UTILIZATION & QUALITY

IMPROVEMENT COORDINATOR


Coming Soon!

We're excited to welcome our new UQI Coordinator on May 6th - check back to learn all about them!



DIRECTOR OF

FOSTER CARE


Anita Godfrey

MPA, LSW

We've been privileged to play a role in helping thousands of children and families in central Ohio. As our community's needs have grown, we've been able to grow along with it. Our services now touch the lives of people in more than 14 counties every day. We credit our strength and endurance to a consistent approach to managing our business, and to the character of our people.


​Led by YAS' CEO, the Executive Team is a group of experienced agency leaders who have key executive roles in various areas of the agency. The Executive Team’s responsibilities include long-term strategic planning (programmatic and overall agency), preservation of YAS' financial stability, and quality improvement.

meet our executive team

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Sarah Cochey

MSSA, LSW, EIS

Since becoming CEO in December 2016, she has been focused on navigating many industry changes to ensure our rich 40 year history of serving Central Ohio continues to reflect a culture committed to quality client care. Sarah is also dedicated to ongoing efforts that develop and support our most valuable asset, our staff.

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DIRECTOR OF

​DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING


Jocelyn Pennino

She's been the creative brain behind our print and digital design since 2013, as well as spearheading YAS fundraisers over the years. In other words: defending brand guidelines and cultivating growth is her jam.

We work very hard to take care of our staff - after all, they take care of our clients! See what staff members have to say about their experience at YAS:

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​"Youth Advocate Services has been a wonderful place to start my next steps in my career!


My observations include that YAS is a place where many therapist/ clinicians/ counselors start their careers in the social work field. While YAS is a fast paced environment, it certainly keeps with the standards of the industry here in Columbus, Ohio. YAS is a small non-profit agency, so while pay may not be as high as some other companies in Columbus, they are able to offer a great benefit package, including paid time off that you start earning immediately.


YAS also wants staff to have a healthy work-life balance, and encourage and expect staff to work a 40 hour work week, which allows for staff to have a life outside of work! I came from an employer where productivity standards were double that of YAS, and caseloads were much higher. I felt stress every day, and now at YAS that has decreased significantly!"

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


Glenn Richard
He is a trusted CEO adviser (and our resident practical joker) who has analyzed and developed financial and technological well-​being for YAS since 2009. 

DIRECTOR OF

​BEHAVIORAL HEALTH


Ann Hemphill

MSW, LISW-S

Her 20+ years' experience in the social work field - where she has helped develop and initiate several programs in the state of Ohio - shines brightly through her BH team.​ Here at YAS, Ann has expanded our reach into over 200 unique schools in Franklin County.

EXECUTIVE ​ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT / HR


Erica Fitzgerald

Right hand to the CEO and quality onboarding specialist, Erica is an integral part of our agency's backbone. This no-nonsense problem solver gets things done.   

DIRECTOR OF

EARLY CHILDHOOD


Lydia Boles

MSW, LSW

She is a lover of developing processes and procedures that enhance both performance and job satisfaction. As such, she provides supportive leadership to the Help Me Grow's Home Visiting and Early Intervention staff who serve our littlest clients and their families.