Debbie Boehmke, EMC Program Manager and Life Coach
Debbie joined United Way in September of 2015 and is EMC’s inaugural Program Manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Baldwin Wallace University and an associate degree in art from Cuyahoga Community College. She brings a wealth of nonprofit and public-sector work experience. She has served as Child Care Director at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, as a GED instructor for the Medina County Career Center, an Intervention Specialist for teens with Autism, and as Site-Based Manager for Big Brothers Big Sister of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties to name a few. Debbie is currently an active member of the Medina County Share Cluster, the Northeast Ohio Women’s Network, the Medina County Sister-to-Sister program, and the Medina County Home Advisory Council. On behalf of United Way, Debbie participates in the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the Medina County Housing Network, the Medina County Career Center Advisory Committee, and the Medina County Economic Development Corporation Workforce Committee. She was awarded the 2017 Medina County Athena Woman of the Year Award and was a graduate of the 2018 Leadership Medina County class. When Debbie is not volunteering she enjoys hiking, gardening, walking her dog, and spending time with her husband of 29 years, and her two adult sons, Tyler and Mitchel.
(330) 725-3926 ext. 229
Beth Ewing, Life Coach
Beth joined United Way and EMC in March of 2016. She received dual bachelor’s degrees in Sociology/Social Work and Corrections from The University of Akron and an associate degree in Criminal Justice also from The University of Akron. She serves as a CADAC1 (Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor), having received her certification from Lorain County Community College. Before coming to United Way, Beth worked at ViaQuest as the Program Manager and at Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties as a Family and Community Wellness Specialist. Beth has previously served as a child advocate for the New Horizons Battered Women’s Shelter and was a certified instructor for the Ohio Children’s Fund/Ohio Taskforce Against Human Trafficking Youth. She has received training in both drug addiction and human trafficking and currently serves as the chairperson for the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Beth sits on the Adult Education Board for the Medina County Career Center, the Medina County Diversity Project committee, Opiate Taskforce sub-committee, and spends time training the community on Human Trafficking. Beth is a mother to three sons and six foster sons and enjoys camping and fishing with family in her free time.
(330) 725-3926, ext. 226
Josh Kirksey, Life Coach
Josh has been a life coach for EMC since October of 2016. He received an Exhorter’s License and an Ordained Minister’s License from the Church of God International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee. Before coming to United Way, Josh served as a Student and College Pastor at Sheffield Church of God, was in charge of the Pathways Summer Youth programs at the City Mission in Cleveland, served as a Student and Family Pastor at Buckeye Christian Assembly, served as the Lead Pastor at Discover Life Church, and was the Events/Outreach/Recruitment Administrator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties. He has received training in Corrections and served as a Corrections Officer at the Lorain Correctional Institution. He also has a certification in Grief Counseling from the Cornerstone of Hope. Josh has previously served on the Summit County Children Services board, he was a co-founder of the Momentum Youth Conference for the Church of God Organization, he served as a volunteer Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Medina County, and he spent a week in Houston cleaning up neighborhoods after Hurricane Harvey. He currently sits on the Akron Dream Center board, Lodi Cares committee, WinterFest Transportation committee, and is a member of the I-Team for the Medina County Office for Older Adults. In his free time Josh enjoys playing slow-pitch softball, hiking, volunteering for his church, attending Cleveland sports games, and hanging out with his wife and four boys.
(330) 725-3926, ext. 228
Allison Fazio, Communications and Outreach, AmeriCorps VISTA
Allison is a native Medina County resident. She was a student of the Cloverleaf school district and graduated in 2013. Following graduation she attended The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and received a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism with a specialization in public relations. Allison joined EMC as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2017 and is in the process of completing her second year of service. Allison is an active planner in the Medina County's Sister-to-Sister program, serves on the steering committee for United Way's NextGen young professionals group, and serves on the AmeriCorps VISTA Economic Mobility project advisory group for United Way Worldwide. When she is not working, Allison enjoys traveling and going on outdoor excursions with her fiance, hanging out with her family, and catching up with friends.
(330) 725-3926, ext. 225