As a statewide association of service providers, OPRA is a leader in efforts to collaboratively build a statewide service system that meets the needs of its ultimate customers: Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Currently, OPRA’s Membership consists of more than 150 organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, providing services to more than 15,000 Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

The Core Strategies

  • To work with legislators, administrative agencies and other stakeholder groups, including families and community-based organizations, to shape public policies that deeply affect people with developmental disabilities.
  • To protect the right of individuals and families to choose where and how their loved ones are cared for and supported, and our highest priority is providing and sustaining high-quality services for all Ohioans with disabilities.
  • To promote the creation of a statewide structure that is rational, equitable, fair and effective.

Member Benefits

  • Advocacy and representation with governmental bodies: OPRA has been the trusted voice for Ohio providers serving individuals with DD for more than 40 years.
  • Timely news and information: OPRA connects its Members with what’s happening now, and helps manage change through Committee work and listserv communication.
  • Events: OPRA is a leader in training and professional development.
  • Resources and tools: OPRA connects Members with Members, and with other businesses that support providers, and offers a Member Directory, Job Bank, discounts, and more!

Our Staff

Jeff Davis

Executive Director

Anita Allen

Vice President

Lisa Mathis

Director of Employment
and Health Services

Shane Schaefer

Director of Events

Janice Hall

Special Projects Manager

Christine Touvelle

Policy Analyst


Sonya Summers

Member Communications Manager

Pete Thompson


Rhonda Jacob

Office Assistant