President and CEO
Over the past 25+ years Pete has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with IDD and the front-line professionals who serve them. His experience in the IDD system is diverse and has included working as a DSP, Case Manager, Director of Adult Services, Behavior Support Consultant for the State of Ohio, Chief of Staff for the Ohio Association of County Boards and an Administrator for ICF facilities. He is the co-founder of the Good Life Network. Pete is recognized by his peers for his abilities to exude principled leadership, build strong relationships, provide exceptional training and tackle complex problems with passion. Pete has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg University and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Scott currently serves as OPRA’s Operations Director and is the lead contact for issues related to day and employment services. Scott manages various OPRA initiatives including C3PO, The OPRA Friday 5, and is the liaison for the Day Array, Day Service, and Employment Service committees. He also advocates for members' priorities in several state workgroups including the Single ISP, Blueprint for Adult Services, and BEST Implementation. He has a Master's in Social Work Administration from the Ohio State University and and lives with his family in Granville, Ohio.
Director of Advocacy
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.
Director of Residential Resources
Rachel comes to OPRA as our Director of Residential Resources after spending a majority or her career in the provider world. Most recently she was the Director of Adult Day Services with ARC Industries. Prior to that she served as the Director of Programming for Heinzerling Community. Rachel has extensive experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities in both day programming and residential services. She has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Leadership. In her spare time she can either be found watching her 17 year old son play soccer or binge watching some of her favorite shows. She is a self-avowed Game of Thrones fan fanatic who also enjoys historical and political biographies
Member Communications Manager
Sonya Summers joined OPRA in April, 2016. Sonya currently serves as OPRA’s Member Communications Manager and is the lead contact for your membership questions. She is responsible for managing the OPRA membership database, OPRA website and various aspects of OPRA’s administrative needs. She helps support the OPRA Board and OPRA Governance Committee. She also co-chairs on the OPRA Member Services Committee. Sonya brings over 30 years’ of professional service experience to the OPRA Team. Before joining OPRA, Sonya worked 5 years as the Administrative Assistant to the League Commissioner for GameTimeSportz and Jr. NBA Basketball League in Pickerington Ohio. A non-profit organization that promoted leadership and teamwork activities for children ages 3-13.
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 manages all details of OPRA’s Spring and Fall Conferences, Partners, 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.