Dayna Schrock, (Board Chair), serves as Minister of Congregational Care and Women's Ministry Director at Berlin Mennonite Church in Berlin, Ohio. She also works part-time as a Therapist Assistant at Active Chiropractic in Millersburg, Ohio. Dayna is a certified STAR Practitioner, (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), through Eastern Mennonite University. She also received training in Mediation Skills through Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and is a certified Stephen Ministry Leader. She resides in Walnut Creek, Ohio with her husband, Mike, and their three children, Lauren, Hayley, and Tyler. Dayna enjoys movie dates and game nights with family, attending her children's sporting events and creative arts performances, and loves to travel. Dayna's hope for Connexus is to be a visible resource to the communities of Holmes and Wayne Counties where businesses, schools, churches, organizations, court systems, and individuals and families can go for support and training regarding handling conflict in healthy ways. She sees Connexus as not only a "connector" of those experiencing conflict and positive resources to aid in working through conflict, but also as an "educator" providing training on managing conflict before relationships are broken or before the need to go to court arises. Dayna also hopes for Connexus to educate persons with a passion for healthy conflict management by providing training in conflict transformation skills, or to become mediators.
Lydell Steiner, (Vice Chair), resides in Dalton, Ohio with his wife, Rebeca, and their two children, Sofia and Kyros. He is a Development Coordinator at Venture Products in Orrville, Ohio. Lydell received an MA in Conflict Resolution and Organizational Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University and a BA in Business Management from Malone University. He also served for three years with MCC, (Mennonite Central Committee), in Nicaragua. Some of his hobbies include farming, volunteering, and traveling. Lydell believes strongly in the need to transform how our culture views and relates to conflict. Instead of falling into either extreme of ignoring conflict or litigating conflict, he hopes individuals, families, neighbors, coworkers, and communities can create new patterns and reflexes for constructively responding to life's difficult encounters.
Debora Dutcher, (Secretary), serves as a High School Intervention Specialist and English as a Second Language Teacher. She has completed Graduate level training and implementation in restorative justice and restorative justice practices, including meditation, circle processes and Graduate level Certification in Peace and Conflict Transformation in Educational Settings. Her goal is to complete her Teaching English as a Second Language graduate certification and Restorative Justice in Education graduate endorsement by 2018. Some of Debora's volunteer experience includes serving as Board Member of the Pregnancy Crisis Center of Holmes County and serving with Mennonite Disaster Service numerous times over the past 30 years. She resides in rural Holmes County with her husband, Titus, who is a Family Physician. They have six adult children, including their in-laws, and one grandchild. Debora enjoys heirloom sewing, gardening, wilderness canoeing, biking, reading, expanding her multicultural children's literature library, and creating memories with family. Her dream for Connexus centers around working towards a more socially just and equitable learning environment for all children. She believes that restorative justice has an extensive role in helping to attain this dream. Debora also believes restorative justice is a process. Connexus offers opportunity for restorative justice discussions and practices to be implemented within the school culture. These discussions and practices assist in addressing the needs of disenfranchised students and students on the fringe, the challenges of poor attendance, graduation rates, low achievement and discipline concerns. She is also a firm believer that restorative justice contributions benefit students, teachers and the overall school culture.
Mark Leinbach, (Treasurer), completed a Master in Business Administration in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2005. He currently serves as Executive Director of SpringHaven, Inc. Counseling Center in Mt. Eaton, Ohio. Mark has lived in Holmes County for 11 years. During his childhood years, he resided in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He is married to Marlea and they have two elementary-aged boys. Mark enjoys being outdoors with family, biking, and playing mandolin. He has also worked in non-for-profit organizations for the past 15 years, specifically in the mental health field. Mark anticipates that Connexus will be able to be a visible resource and place for healing in the community. He hopes that people will grow in their ability to find healthy ways to manage conflict in their personal, family, and professional lives due to the work of Connexus. He also believes it takes small seeds of change to transform the culture of conflict and sees Connexus spreading a message of healthy conflict resolution and modeling these practices in our communities.
Kim Hartman, received her Bachelor of Music Education and Associate of Applied Science with RN licensure and is currently retired. She resides in Wooster, Ohio with her husband, James of 32 years, has four grown children, two sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. Kim has served on a variety of short-term service opportunities, volunteer work, and church work throughout the years. Her hobbies include studying scripture, biking, reading, nutrition and cooking, composing Bible memory ‘ditties,’ weight-training, Pilates and other fun exercise classes, and she has an embarrassing addiction to computer games. Kim's dream for Connexus in the next five years is that the organization will provide regular opportunities for training in conflict transformation and become a recognized source of support and assistance with conflict in Wayne and Holmes Counties. She sees Connexus transforming the culture of conflict by teaching and modeling the handling of conflict in constructive ways in the community.
Janice Shroyer, serves as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Holmes County Juvenile Court. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Malone University and has been a licensed Social Worker with the State of Ohio since 1987. Janice resides near Millersburg, Ohio with her husband, Mark, and has a son in college. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling. Janice has work experience in multiple disciplines including medical, mental health, developmental disabilities and the legal system. She has been at the juvenile court for 18 years. Her experiences at the court have brought about a strong belief that the services which Connexus plans to provide through the process of healthy conflict management will be very helpful to our communities and can serve as a diversionary option to the court system.