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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.


This is a yearlong intensive training set to begin in January and conclude in October of every year. Participants meet during the dates listed on the 2021 ADVANCE Training Curriculum.  Currently, we are holding training classes virtually.  Once we are back to in-person classes, all trainings will be held at the OPRA office in Columbus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunch may be purchased with advance notice at a cost of $10 or $12, to be collected the day-of.  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 just the nominal cost of program materials and administrative fees. Additional attendees from that organization may participate at a tuition rate of $1,000.00 each, plus materials and fees. For non-members, any attendee may participate at a tuition rate of $1,500.00, plus materials and fees. Payment for participation, if applicable, must be paid in full prior to the first meeting.

Inquiries & Applicants

If you are interested in participating in our next ADVANCE training, please contact Sonya Summers at or call us at (614) 224-6772.  

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