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Meet the Director


Lisa Hickman, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Lisa is the Executive Director for the OCECD as of August 19, 2019.  She holds a Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology.  For over 11 years Lisa was faculty in the Department of Sociology at Grand Valley State University (in Michigan), and additionally served as chair for the department for two years.  She taught courses and conducted research in the areas of education, children and families.  Lisa moved back to Ohio for family reasons and began her work as the Research Specialist at the Ohio Criminal Sentencing, conducting research to help inform criminal justice policy in Ohio.  The transition to working as Executive Director for the Ohio Coalition is an honor and feels like coming back to her roots, what she is trained in and what she does well.  She looks forward to providing support to the staff and parents so that the Coalition can continue to move forward in its mission. 
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