OPPA Teams

OPPA Teams

Advocacy Team

The Advocacy Team leads OPPA advocacy initiatives, both internal and external to the prevention and behavioral health system, and provides opportunities for OPPA members to increase their advocacy skills.

Current initiatives:

  • OPPA Community Spotlight on Advocacy: Hosts a quarterly webinar for members, featuring a local-level advocacy effort.

  • Marijuana Task Force: Co-facilitates a collaborative project to provide Ohio's prevention community with tools to educate consumers and communities about marijuana health and safety risks.

  • Representation: Provides a prevention voice on several state-level committees, workgroups, and task forces.


Belon Hill, OCPS, ICPS

Mary Makley Wolff, MS, OCPS, ICPS

Contact the Advocacy Team at advocacy@ohiopreventionprofessionals.org

Communications & Marketing Team

The Communications & Marketing Team coordinates member communications, OPPA promotion, and social media activity.

Current initiatives:

  • Ohio Prevention Professionals Facebook Group - Moderates OPPA's Facebook group for real-time dialogue and networking among prevention professionals and advocates.

  • Monday Mornings with OPPA - Develops content for OPPA's membership e-newsletter.

  • OPPA Website - Identifies, secures, and creates content for the OPPA website. 


Chelcie Beadnell, OCPS, ICPS

Mary Marvel, MS, OCPC, ICPS

Contact the Communications & Marketing Team at communications@ohiopreventionprofessionals.org

Education & Training Team

The Education & Training Team manages OPPA member-only and broader education and training events.

Current initiatives:

  • OPPA Conference - Plans and implements annual conference, held in May.

  • OCPC Development Fellowship - Coordinates advanced professional development opportunity for prevention professionals working toward their Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant credential.

  • Training & Events calendar - Maintains comprehensive list, located on the OPPA website's Members tab, of conferences, workshops, trainings, webinars, and other events sponsored by state, regional, and national partners.


Christi Valentini-Lackner, OCPS, ICPS

Rachel Miller, MEd, LSW, OCPC, ICPS

Contact the Education & Training Team at training@ohiopreventionprofessionals.org

Membership & Networking Team

The Membership & Networking Team coordinates member recruitment and renewal, provides member networking opportunities, and identifies member engagement opportunities.

Current initiatives:

  • OPPA Networking Lunch & Learns - Hosts series of one-hour topic-specific learning and networking opportunities for OPPA members.

  • OPPA Young Prevention Professionals Project (YP3) - Provides support for member-led initiative of young prevention professionals in the OPPA membership.

  • Membership campaign - Recruits new prevention professionals and other prevention advocates to OPPA to increase their professional development and connection to Ohio's prevention community.



Cory Brown, OCPS, ICPS

Contact the Membership & Networking Team at networking@ohiopreventionprofessionals.org

Resource Development Team

The Resource Development Team secures material, personnel, and financial resources to support OPPA initiatives and sustainability.  

Current initiatives:

  • OPPA Youth Prevention Showcase - Plans and coordinates OPPA signature fundraising event.

  • Resource development initiatives - Leads efforts to raise funds, further organizational development, and identify sponsorship and individual support for OPPA and prevention.


Holly Zweizig, MPA, OCPC, ICPS

Contact the Resource Development Team at development@ohiopreventionprofessionals.org