Amy Lamerson, MSW
SOAR Ohio and HNHF Director, SOAR Ohio State Lead, Ext 128
Amy joined COHHIO in September of 2016. She currently coordinates and manages the SSI Ohio Project, which works to assist individuals experiencing homelessness with potential SSI/SSDI benefits. Amy previously worked as a Veteran’s Case Manager in the SSVF program and Housing Specialist for Faith Mission, in Columbus, OH. There, she worked in both Men’s and Women’s shelters, assisting with coordination of services in mental health, substance abuse, and rapid rehousing using the Housing First and Critical Time Intervention Models (CTI) with single adults. Amy attended the Ohio State University in Columbus for her Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Minor in Sociology with a Certification in HIV/AIDS Education. She then received an Accelerated Masters in Social Work with a focus in Administration, Policy and Clinical Diagnosis from OSU. During college, she interned for the Ohio Department of Health in the HIV Care Service Section. There, she assisted in agency audits to maintain compliance with state grant funding regulations. She also co-developed and administered HIV educational seminars for HIV/AIDS Community Agencies who received ODH funding. She also worked as a Program Assistant for Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in client services, grant proposals, community outreach, and educational awareness for the LGBT community.
Joe Maskovyak, Esq.
Affordable and Fair Housing Coordinator, Ext 133
Joe Maskovyak started at COHHIO in August 2014 after having served on the COHHIO board for many years. He is a long time housing advocate, starting his career at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) where he became the managing attorney for housing and worked on behalf of low income housing clients in Franklin County. In 2007 he moved to the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) where he pursued legislative work around housing on the state and national level. He has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Political Science and a master’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to attending law school, he spent 4 years teaching in the Political Science Department at BGSU. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida.
Continuum of Care Director, Ext 118
Erica Mulryan joined COHHIO in August 2006. Previously, Erica worked as a policy associate with the Mid-America Institute on Poverty of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, a service-based human rights organization in Chicago, where she coordinated their immigrant asset-building research project. Erica’s professional and academic background has largely focused on anti-poverty research and policy analysis as well as issues involving violence against women. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Kansas State University and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work (A.M.) from the School of Social Service Adminstration at the University of Chicago.
Administrative Assistant, Ext 127
Manuel joined COHHIO in August 2018 as a canvasser for the Ohio Votes program. He brings administrative experience from previous positions with The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Manuel holds degrees from Capital University and UCLA.
Director of Communications & Development, Ext 111
Marcus joined COHHIO in 2015 after a decade of reporting on Ohio’s state government for Gongwer News Service, where he covered ongoing debate over tax policy, health care, voting rights, predatory lending, clean energy and a host of other issues. Prior to moving to Ohio, Marcus lived in Virginia, New York City and Spain, where he worked as a freelance journalist, photographer and stonemason. Originally from Philadelphia, he earned a BA in English literature from the University of Virginia.
SOAR Ohio and HNHF Coordinator, Ext 137
Candace joined COHHIO in October 2020 as the coordinator of SOAR Ohio and the Housing Now for Homeless Families program. Before joining COHHIO, she was a SOAR Specialist at Community Support Services, a multi-service mental health agency in Akron. For over five years, Candace assisted homeless individuals with disabilities apply for Social Security benefits. Prior to SOAR, she worked at the Haven of Rest Ministries, a faith-based shelter serving men, women and children in Summit and surrounding counties. She assisted women with case management, housing placement, faith-based counseling, and small group activities. She also contributed to the development of the Future Story job training program helping women overcome to barriers to employment. Candace earned a degree in Community Services and a Bachelor degree in Social Work at the University of Akron. She enjoys spending time with family, going camping, is a band, football and track mom and is the half-time show announcer at son’s high school football games.
Continuum of Care Coordinator, Ext 135
Valerie joined COHHIO in September 2018. She is a graduate from Central State University, and received her Masters in Public Administration Government/ Nonprofit studies from Wright State University. Prior to joining COHHIO, Valerie worked as a Case Manager/ Program Coordinator for Homefull, and as an Analyst for the Indiana Balance of State. In her spare time Valerie is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated, National Council of Negro Women, and PANCAN. Valerie enjoys spending time spoiling her furbaby, shopping, yoga, cycling, and a completing word search puzzles.
Amanda E. Wilson, MSW, LSW
HMIS Support Coordinator, Ext 115
Amanda is a master’s level Licensed Social Worker with more than fifteen years of social services experience in a variety of settings, including violence against women, developmental delay, mental health and early childhood education. Before joining the HMIS team, she spent two years working in housing at The Salvation Army. In addition to her work with COHHIO, Amanda writes items for the social work licensure exam, teaches yoga, and kickboxes Muay Thai.
Advocacy Director, Ext 139
Gina joined COHHIO in November 2017 after managing lobbying efforts with CRN Consulting, Ltd. for the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in the state budget. Gina previously served over a decade as senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, and has worked for the Ohio Association for Justice and the Centers for Independent Living. She also has experience as a real estate agent. A native of Botkins in Northwestern Ohio, Gina graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications and Political Science.