Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies Announces New Executive Director

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The Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) appointed Mark M. Mecum as its new Executive Director.

The Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) appointed Mark M. Mecum as its new Executive Director. Mecum’s appointment concluded a thorough two-month nationwide search.

Jeffrey Greene, President-Elect, Board of Directors, announced Mecum’s appointment to the Board in a letter last week. "Mark Mecum is exactly the right leader, at the right time, for OACCA. He has excellent child welfare and behavioral health experience, political advocacy, strong community relationships and unbeatable enthusiasm." Mecum joined OACCA in 2006 as a Policy Analyst and was promoted to Associate Director for Government Relations in 2008. He has been serving as the Interim Executive Director since 2011.    

Mecum works closely with the Ohio General Assembly, state departments of government, and various stakeholder groups and sister associations to advance OACCA’s mission. He staffs OACCA’s advisory committees and serves on numerous state task forces and committees. Mecum earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from Ohio University.

“I am thrilled and honored to be offered this opportunity to lead such a committed and passionate association,” said Mecum. “Through partnerships with the state, advocacy groups, and Ohio’s providers, the association is poised to improve our systems of care for children and families. I am excited to lead this work.”

Founded in 1973, OACCA is a statewide association of agencies that provide a wide array of services to children, youth, and families. Services include: foster care, adoption, residential treatment, independent living, rehabilitative services, emergency shelter, respite care, counseling and specialized education services. OACCA’s mission is to promote and strengthen a fully integrated, private/public network of high quality services through advocacy, education, and support of member agencies, enabling thousands of children and families to achieve and maintain independence and productivity.

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