SPCA Advisory Council

The Statewide Prevention Coalition Association Advisory Council supports SPCA by sharing their professional expertise and knowledge with other members of SPCA and the SPCA coordinator at Prevention Action Alliance. Members help plan the six annual SPCA meetings, provide guidance on professional development opportunities and resources provided to SPCA members, and aids in member engagement, recruitment, and retention.

Members of the SPCA Advisory Council are selected from the members of SPCA. Up to five members of SPCA may serve at one time with one person serving as chair of the council. If you’re a SPCA member and are interested in being on the SPCA Advisory Council, email the SPCA Coordinator at spca@preventionactionalliance.org.

Meet the SPCA Advisory Council

Jodi Salvo, Chair, OCPC, MSW

Jodi Salvo LSW, OCPC is the Director of Prevention Services at OhioGuidestone. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant. Jodi oversees school-based prevention education, youth-led programming, and coordinates the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition. She is passionately committed to strengthening families and communities in Tuscarawas County and is a strong proponent of the power of community coalitions to make a positive change in one’s community. She is actively involved in many community committees and organizations, is the chairperson of Ohio Statewide Prevention Coalition Association, and board member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio, where she serves as the Membership and Networking chair. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

Milan Karna, OCPC

Milan Karna, OCPC is currently the coordinator of the Wood County Prevention Coalition, a year 6 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grantee. Milan is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, and he serves as one of the co-chairs of the Wood County Opiate Task Force, as an advisory board member for Statewide Prevention Coalition Association, and as a member of the Bowling Green State University Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force. In August 2018, Milan represented the Wood County Prevention Coalition during a presidential roundtable at the White House for the grant announcement and 20th anniversary of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. In 2019, Milan was the recipient of the ADAPAO Community Champion Award for going above and beyond expectations to advance prevention within his community. Milan has also presented at the 2018 Coalitions Rising Conference and at the 29th Annual Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum in 2019.

Beth Thomas, MSW

Beth loves the energy of working with people to positively impact their communities.  She has the pleasure of serving as the program director of HC3 (Healthy Choices Caring Communities) while working with Fulton County communities to reduce underage substance use through a variety of coalitions and initiatives. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Social Work from Bowling Green State University.

In 2010, Beth developed the community based youth-led prevention initiative, YAC, which has grown to more than forty high school youth. Under Beth’s leadership, her organization is currently piloting a school-based, youth-led prevention group for middle school-aged young men. As the Northwest Ohio Regional Co-Coordinator for Adult Allies, Beth enjoys the opportunity to learn and share with other Adult Allies to empower young people across our region to build collective impact.

Beth and her husband Kevin are the parents of three mostly “grown and flown” young adults and are still discovering what to do with their empty nest.

Amanda Conn Starner, CHES, OCPS

Amanda Conn Starner serves as the Director of Community Engagement for PreventionFIRST! She is responsible for building, growing and sustaining substance use/misuse prevention coalitions across the Greater Cincinnati region. Amanda graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English Literature and a Journalism Writing Certificate along with a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education with a concentration in community health. She is a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Coalition Academy. Amanda worked for the public sector for several years including as a member of senior staff at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Senate. She began her professional career as a print and television journalist which included winning an Emmy Award. Amanda is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS).

Alyce Jennings, OCPC

Alyce Jennings, OCPC, joined Summit County Community Partnership n November 2014 as the Director of Development. She has a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Malone University. As Director of Development, she oversees fundraising, volunteer management, and project development.

She has a passion for bringing people together to create broad community change. She has served on the SPCA Advisory Council since 2019 and appreciates the opportunity to support Ohio coalitions. Growing up in Appalachia and working in Akron, Alyce appreciates the benefits and challenges both rural and urban neighborhoods face in creating healthy communities. She and her husband, Jonathan, are raising four kids between the ages of ten and seventeen. If her family could not find her as a child, they had only to look in her closet where she could be found reading a book. She still finds joy in reading and playing the piano.

To learn more about SPCA or if you have questions about meetings or joining SPCA, contact us at 614.540.9985 or email spca@preventionactionalliance.org.