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Training Our Next Generation of Leaders

Recognizing the importance of training tomorrow’s industry leader, OPRA offers Advance Leadership Training.

As our industry leaders mature, the intellectual and developmental disabilities service system will soon be faced with a shortage of quality, experienced executives. OPRA hopes to ensure the system develops the next generation of knowledgeable, disciplined thinkers to move into leadership positions in provider agencies. This program is meant for employees in your agency identified as having the potential to be outstanding administrative leaders now and into the future.


Click Here to View the 2024 ADVANCE Training Curriculum 


This is a yearlong intensive training set to begin in January and conclude in October of every year.  Participants will meet virtually via Zoom during the dates and times listed on the above 2024 ADVANCE Training Curriculum. 

The ADVANCE Training class will meet the 4th Thursday of every other month from 9am-12pm.  The dates are listed below.

January 25, 2024
March 28, 2024
May 23, 2024
July 25, 2024
September 26, 2024
October 17, 2024

All participants need to complete the assigned readings and materials prior to each meeting.

For provider organizations that are OPRA Members, one (1) individual from that organization may attend for $400.  Additional attendees from the same member organization may participate at a tuition rate of $1,000.00 each.   For non-members, any attendee may participate at a tuition rate of $1,500.00.  Payment for participation must be paid in full prior to the first meeting.

Please note that we are only accepting 25 dedicated students for the 2024 ADVANCE Training Class .   Only one (1) excused absence is permitted for the duration of the training.  

We have reached capacity and registrations are now closed! 

If you would like to get on the waiting list, please reach out to Sonya Summers at


Inquiries & Applicants

For general and registration information, please contact Sonya Summers, Member Communications Manager at     

For specific information about ADVANCE: Provider Leadership Training, please contact Jamie Steele, OPRA Board Chair, Executive Director for Ohio Valley Residential Services, and ADVANCE Coordinator at