Anita Allen currently serves as OPRA’s Vice President, working with ICF, Adult Day Services, a variety of ever-changing program issues (MUI, QA, and money management, among others), and simplification-and-efficiency initiatives. She also staffs the Program Directors Committee, HR Committee, Healthcare Committee, works with the Membership & Services Committee, and is responsible for OPRA’s internal operations. Anita has 30 years’ experience in case management, residential and adult day support, working in both the public and private sectors, as well as both not-for-profit and proprietary agencies. She has an A.A.S. from North Central Technical College, a B.S.S.W. from Bowling Green State University, and an M.S.S.A from Case Western Reserve University. Anita is also a licensed Social Worker, A.C.S.W.
Scott currently serves as OPRA’s Operations Director. He supports a broad array of OPRA initiatives, including DSPOhio and C3PO. Scott comes to OPRA from the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB)
Christine has her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University and recently received her Masters of Legal Studies with a specialization in healthcare law from the University of Oklahoma. Christine began her career at OPRA as a social work student intern during her senior year and was hired full-time after she graduated in 2016. As our Policy Analyst, Christine monitors the rules that come out from the various state and federal agencies, helps coordinate member feedback on the changes, and helps educate members on what the changes mean for the membership. Christine helps support all of OPRA’s committees, provides technical assistance on rules and regulations, attends state stakeholder meetings on behalf of OPRA Members, and helps coordinate OPRA's government relations efforts.
Member Communications Manager
Sonya Summers joined OPRA in April 2016 and currently serves as OPRA’s Member Communications Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in the administrative field. Sonya provides office management support to the OPRA Staff, OPRA Board and OPRA Members. Sonya oversees member services, event & training registrations, and is responsible for overseeing the OPRA website. She serves as the primary contact for all your questions regarding administrative issues or general questions regarding OPRA events and trainings. Sonya will be more than happy to assist to get you the information you need! Prior to her position at OPRA, Sonya served as the Administrative Assistant to the League Commissioner of GameTimeSportz, a non-profit organization that provides sport activities, regardless of abilities, to kids ages 3-14.
Director of Events
After 28 years of business experience, I have provided dynamic leadership and direction in several areas of corporate and association management including strategic planning, marketing, events, association leadership, and implementing fresh innovative programs.
Training and Event Coordinator
Melissa joined the OPRA team in February of 2020. She is a Certified Meeting Professional; with fifteen years of experience overseeing highly successful meetings, events, and conferences. Melissa coordinates all details of OPRA’s Spring and Fall Conferences, OPRA Training, Special Events and OPRA PAC Fundraisers. Melissa also creates and executes our social media strategy. When not at work Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters; volunteering for the PTO, ALS of Ohio Chapter, and anyone who needs a helping hand.
Rhonda Jacob has been the Office Assistant for OPRA since September 25, 2017, providing support to the OPRA staff, Board, PAC and Committees. Rhonda answers incoming calls and greets visitors with a sunny smile and a positive disposition. Rhonda also performs general clerical duties, processes incoming and outgoing communications, maintains and updates member information, manages calendars for OPRA’s conference room and training center, as well as managing meals for meetings and training. Rhonda is a licensed Pharmacy Technician and had worked for the Kroger Company in that role for the past seven years. Rhonda graduated from Otterbein College in 1990 with a BA in business and a Minor in Equine Science.
Pete Thompson joined OPRA in November 2013. In addition to his bookkeeping work for OPRA, Pete performs part-time accounting work for other non-profit organizations in central Ohio, and he is a Business Broker. Pete began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in Columbus. Later, was the Controller and CFO for several central Ohio companies. Pete was born in Wisconsin, and grew up in New York State. He went to Ohio University, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting, and a minor in Interpersonal Communication.