The members of the Matthew B. Schoonover Educational Center Advisory Council provide advice, expertise, and guidance on the educational offerings of the Matthew B. Schoonover Educational Center at Prevention Action Alliance.
Meet the Members
Dr. Teri Peasley, EdD–Early Childhood Education Consultant
Dr. Teri Peasley is an early childhood educator with over 30 years of experience. She is the Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education program at Ohio University Zanesville. Additionally, Dr. Peasley is an assistant professor in the program. She teaches early childhood education courses for preservice teachers and supervises student teachers. Dr. Peasley previously worked as a preschool teacher, administrator, and regional manager for a national child care company. She also managed the Professional Development Center for Early Learning Pathways of Central Ohio where she was responsible for creating and implementing training for childhood training and professional development across Ohio. She has a BS in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University and an MS of Early Childhood Studies from Walden University. Dr. Peasley completed her terminal degree at Walden University where her research focused on the training experiences of preservice child care teachers.
Ashley See, MCHES, CPST–Health Promotion Director, Licking County Health Department
Ashley See is the Health Promotion Director at the Licking County Health Department in Newark, Ohio. She has served in this role since January 2019 but has been with the Health Department since 2006 as a Health Educator and then Health Education Manager. Ashley, under general direction from the Health Commissioner, supervises the Health Promotion/Education Division staff responsible for assessing, implementation, and evaluating prevention or promotion activities. Ashley also coordinates the Child Passenger Safety Program.
Ashley has 14 years of public health experience, including time serving on many community coalitions. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a member of the Ohio Society of Public Health Educations (OSOPHE). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Promotion and Fitness from Otterbein University, where she also doubled minored in Health Education and Sports Management. Ashley is also a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).
Ashley is originally from Licking County and currently resides in Johnstown, Ohio with her husband, Dave, and two children, Allison and Emily. Ashley’s favorite thing to do during her time off is spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys doing any type of physical activity, whether it be a sport, running, or just spending time outdoors with her family.
Beth Thomas, MSW–Training Consultant; Program Director, HC3
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.
Karen Vadino–Humorist, Trainer and Consultant
In her 30-plus years as a human service professional, most of Karen’s experience has been in the field of chemical dependency, both as a licensed clinician and as a certified prevention specialist. She has considerable experience working with children and families, having served as a clinician and supervisor in Children’s Services group homes and a Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Karen also has been a part-time instructor in Social Work, Sociology, Juvenile Justice and Human Development at Youngstown State University, Penn State University and Westminster College.
Karen draws from her extensive and varied experience to form the foundation of her unique and distinctively humorous approach to life and work. For the past twenty years, she has been a nationally recognized speaker and trainer sharing her inimitable insights with thousands of people–adults and youth–each year. Karen has been described as “one of those rare people who can make you laugh and cry in the same moment”.
Regardless of the topic, Karen’s workshops and presentations are humorous in nature, reflecting her own insightful approach to dealing with life’s daily challenges. She is well known for her “Vadinoan Theories,” including her exhortation to “release your dolphins” and her firm belief that we should never wait until we are entirely happy before we laugh.
Karen is working on finishing a book or two, including a compilation of her original workshop materials and activities.