Bambi Baughn, Executive Director
Bambi Baughn has served as the Executive Director for Fayette County Community Action Commission (CAC) since 2009. Prior to her position as Executive Director, she served as the Deputy Director for 29 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University, and attended Graduate School at the University of Dayton. Throughout her career, Bambi has worked to represent low-income individuals; championed homeless and housing initiatives; and created several programs to assist Fayette and surrounding counties. Bambi’s passion, drive, and vision have guided Fayette County CAC to where it is today. In addition to her duties at CAC, Bambi serves as Director of Housing Services Alliance and serves on several Boards, including: Salvation Army, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio, Washington Rotary Club, Ohio Youthbuild Coalition, Fayette County Continuum of Care Chair, Regional Advisory Council for 5-county One-Stop, Southern State Community College Foundation Board, Council on Rural Housing Development, and the Ohio CDC Association. Bambi has received the Stephanie Bevans and the CDC Staff Member Awards.
Angela Siler, Fiscal Officer
Angela graduated from Washington Senior High in the year 2000 and was hired on at Community Action Commission of Fayette County at that time. Her primary responsibilities were to the Fiscal Dept. and she also assisted in the HEAP Dept. until 2008. Other duties she has been responsible for include, but not limited to; Salvation Army School Clothes Program, Transit billing, Home Delivered Meals and briefly mentoring Summer Youth kids. She has attended several training’s on programs offered throughout the agency and given her many years of experience in the agency she has acquired much knowledge of how each program is operated. She currently holds the Fiscal Assistant title at the agency. Alongside of working at Community Action she has also had the opportunity to coach in the community on a couple different levels from 2000-2010. These sports include Junior High Girls Track, Junior High Girls Basketball, and Senior High Girls Soccer. Coaching these young ladies will always be a highlight in her life as she was richly blessed by the experience. It was a very rewarding opportunity for her. She has also had the opportunity to sit on different boards within our community and be a part of many different outreaches. She co-held the Treasurer position on the Adult Daycare board and is currently on the board for the Rose Avenue Community Center/Church and also serves on the Fully Alive committee for women. Her greatest honor is to serve alongside of her husband in many different ministry facets. Her greatest joy is her two beautiful daughters.
Amy Joseph, Head Start Director
Amy Joseph graduated from Miami Trace High School in 1991.She began her career as a restaurant manager for 11 years where she was also a field trainer for 2 of those years. This management and trainer experience has given her valuable qualities for which she uses in her current position today. In 2003, Amy graduated from Ohio University with her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She later graduated with her BA in Applied Sciences from The Ohio State University specializing in speech and hearing sciences in 2013. Amy’s passion was working with children with behavior concerns which was her focus when completing her MA in Applied Behavior Sciences in 2015. She has worked at Head Start since 2001 as a Teacher until, 2013 where she became the Family, Community/ERSEA Coordinator. During such time, she became very familiar with the community members as she participated on various community committees. She was on the board at Rock-A-Bye and formed many community partnership agreements between agencies. The earned the Family Development Credential and is a certified trainer for this credential as well. Amy maintains CPR, Child Abuse and Communicable Disease certification as state licensing requires. Amy became the EHS/HS program Director in 2016.
Gaye Huffman, Emergency Shelter Director (The Brick House)
Gaye Huffman graduated from Washington Senior High School and began work at Community Action as the Summer Youth Program Coordinator. She then moved on to become the Community Energy Opportunity Program Coordinator and Litter Prevention Coordinator. Since 1996, Gaye has been responsible for all components of the Emergency Shelter, and works with all housing programs. Gaye has taken crisis worker, domestic violence, CPR, and homeless assistance training.
Tracey Hixon, HEAP Coordinator
Tracey Hixon received her diploma at Southeast High School in Florida and has been with CAC since 2002. Tracey, after several years as HEAP Intake worker, is now the HEAP Coordinator. Tracey has served several roles in the agency including: Homeless Shelter Supervisor, Salvation Army Intake, and Summer Youth Coordinator. Tracey has served as President of Octa Village Council and the Chairman of the Octa Festivals Committee. Tracey was also a registered advocate for several years.
Mekia Rhoades, Mobility Manager
Mekia Rhoades graduated from Miami Trace High School. Prior to coming to CAC Mekia worked in supervisory roles, public relations, and sales. Those talents and skills made her a great fit for her position today. In addition to her role at the agency Mekia serves on the Continuum of Care, Emergency Food and Shelter, Transportation Advisory, Health Fair, and Alliance for prosperous downtown committees. Mekia also volunteers for Fire In the Sky and the Health Fair Committee. As Mobility Manager she coordinates transportation in Fayette County, working closely with local area transportation providers. She is responsible for maintaining and annually updating the Fayette County Coordinated Public Transit-Human services transportation plan. Providing out of town transportation for low income elderly and/or disabled clients that cannot afford to pay for or have no other means of transportation is a daily activity for the Mobility Manager. She strives to improve transportation services for persons with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with lower income ensuring that communities coordinate transportation resources through multiple federal programs, and local avenues. Mekia has been trained in Child Passenger Safety and Reasonable Supervisor Suspicion through the FTA Drug and Alcohol Program.
Stacey Johnson, YouthBuild Director
Stacey graduated Edward Lee McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio. In 2002, Stacey began her work at Fayette County Community Action as the Youth Build Resource Counselor. In 2006, Stacey served as the Summer Youth and Youth Build Director. Stacey has served the community in several capacities during her employment, including: Benefit Bank Counselor, Tax Counselor, and Homeless Prevention Pilot Case Manager. Stacey currently serves as the Youth Build Director. Stacey has been trained in 120 hours of Foster Care classes, Fayette Recovery Center 7 hours of Substance Abuse Awareness, various Youth Build conferences, Neighbor Works America, Credit Counseling and Building Linkages for at Risk Families in Ohio and various HUD Conferences.
Judy Havens, Senior Programs Coordinator/HEAP-PIPP
Judy was HEAP/PIPP Intake Coordinator in Clinton County before joining CAC Fayette County. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management as well as Associates in Business. With years of managerial and supervisory experience under her belt, Judy also serves on the Clinton-Highland Joint Fire Dept. board, the New Vienna Planning Committee, coordinates the annual Memorial Day event and “Santa Comes to Town”, and serves on the New Vienna Revitalization Committee as coordinator for events such as the annual fall festival/car show to raise monies to spruce up the town. Judy is President of Village Council in New Vienna serving her third four-year term. She is also a certified Master of Balance Coach. Judy brings to CAC Fayette County her desire to help others overcome challenges preventing them from being self-sufficient and her desire to alleviate the “stigma” attached to asking for a helping hand.
Vicki Carrozza, Weatherization Director
Vickie Carrozza graduated from Georgetown Joint Vocational School. Vickie L. Carrozza has worked in Weatherization since 1978. Vickie, throughout her years of dedicated service, has continued to keep up her education by completing Carpentry and Electricity through Southern State Community College. Vickie also attended the Ohio Weatherization Training Center, Inspectors Refresher Course, LEAD EPA, Energy Assistance, Lead Paint and many other training.
Dreama Brown, HCRP RRH Coordinator
Dreama graduated from Miami Trace High School in 1993, and has her Bachelor’s Degree through OCU in Business Management. She has actively served the community since 2012, working with domestic violence victims and children. Dreama began working with Community Action in 2014 as a housing case manager and currently serves both Highland and Fayette counties. She also coordinates over all RRH programs within Region 16. Dreama is the Region 16 Coordinated Entry Liaison, as well as chair of the Local & Regional COC Boards. Dreama assists with various programs within Community Action, including Salvation Army funding and volunteers for various programs in the county. Dreama has received certifications in numerous programs including; Motivational Interviewing & Speaking, Trauma Informed Care, Adult & Child CPR, Self Defense, Grant Writing & Management, Bridges out of Poverty, and attends a multitude of housing training’s annually.
Tina Dahmer, Loan Packager – Affordable Housing Programs
Tina graduated from Highland High School in Ewing, Missouri. Tina is currently the Self Help Loan Packager, and has more than 20 years of experience in a government/non-profit agency. Her expertise is in Grant Management, Community Development, Marketing/Recruiting and 502 Direct Loan Packaging. Tina has worked for Community Action since 2002 and has served in several capacities, including Youthbuild Director, loan packaging, marketing, and recruitment. Since 2005 Tina has attended and successfully achieved many certifications from Neighborworks America and she is a Notary Public for the State of Ohio. Tina is also a graduate from the Leadership Fayette program.
Jennifer Guisinger, PSH Case Manager
Jennifer has worked with Community Action since 2013. She started with Community Action as a front desk receptionist & was brought into the PSH programs as a case manager in 2015, a position she still currently holds. Jennifer established the Community Garden that is currently located at the Rose Avenue Community Center & is now partnered with Master Gardeners of Fayette County. Jennifer has received attended & received many certifications, including; Adult & Child CPR, Narcan Administering, Trauma Informed Care, Bridges out of Poverty and attends housing training’s yearly.
Melinda Hellard, PSH Case Manager
Melinda is a graduate from Ohio University in Chillicothe. There, Melinda received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services. Melinda began her career with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office as a Victim Advocate and is trained in Forensic Interviewing with Child Sexual Assault victims, Adult sexual assault response, Domestic Violence and working with Homicide Survivors. She has worked with Green County Children Services as an Investigator, as an Intensive Case Manager with Clinton County Mental Health and Recovery Services, and at Fayette Recovery with the three day intervention program. Melinda currently works as a case manager for multiple PSH programs.