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.

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).

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.