About PASS

Our Story

Prevention Awareness Support Services offers mental wellness and prevention programming to varied audiences throughout West Central Ohio. Under contracts with Mental Health and Recovery Services Boards or alcohol drugs and mental health boards (ADAMH), and state, federal, and private funders, PASS staff present evidence-based programs to meet specific outcomes. Our popular school-based programs focus on substance use prevention, pro-social emotional learning, and suicide prevention. We also offer programming for adults who are parenting children from newborn through adolescence. Our primary adult prevention program provides an overview of mental wellness and developing mental health challenges to enhance early recognition and intervention to prevent challenges from becoming worse. We also coordinate prevention coalitions and offer response to tragedies call postvention.

PASS has grown from a one office, three county provider, to now serving eight counties out of three offices. The counties served with PASS programming are Allen, Auglaize, Delaware, Hardin, Mercer, Morrow, Paulding, Union, and Van Wert. Program delivery does vary by county based upon selected need and funding.

Please feel free to explore our website or call the office with a particular program question.

Our Beginning

PASS (Prevention Awareness Support Services), is a non-profit organization service in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and Union Counties. PASS (formerly PVFF) was created in 2001 through a grant from the Anthem Foundation of Ohio. It began as a coalition made up of individuals representing over 50 organizations in Allen County. Serving the community through the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County, PASS provides education, programming, and resource referral to critical issues. PASS supports evidence-based programs in each of the prevention focus areas of child abuse, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, suicide and problem gambling. As referenced above, the next chapter in the PASS journey began in July, 2019 as we opened an office in Marysville to serve the citizens of Union County. The array of PASS programs is offered with the intent to keep the local community needs at the forefront of each interaction.   

Highlights of Our Journey

  • PASS began in Union County in 2019 with a contract with the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County. Currently PASS provides school-based programming in all public schools, adult prevention programming, and support groups throughout Union County.

  • PASS began in Paulding and Van Wert Counties in 2020 with a contract with Tri County ADAMHS. Currently PASS provides school-based programming in public schools throughout the county.

  • PASS has just begun providing prevention services in Delaware and Morrow Counties in 2021 with a contract with the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board. PASS provides school-based programming support to school staff to implement evidence-based programming throughout the counties.



Rick Skilliter, OCPS, CTR, CCISM

Executive Director

Joann Rosengarten, OCPSA

Associate Director AAH

Beth Miller, RA, CDCA

Associate Director Union, Delaware & Morrow

Cindy Friedrich, RA

Prevention Marketing Specialist

Jessica Gogley, RA


Janeece West, OCPS

Prevention Specialist AAH

Michael Garey, OCPS

Prevention Specialist Union

Hope Duran, RA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Andrea Dafler, RA, PRC, CDCA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Elizabeth Carpenter, RA

Prevention Specialist Union

Cassandra Branan, RA

Prevention Specialist Union

Sydney Abromavich, RA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Portia Cooper, RA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Kelsey Risner

GPRA Housing Support

Shauna Zimmerman, RA

Prevention Specialist Delaware Morrow

Holly Boyd

Prevention Specialist AAH

Alishia Stiles

Prevention Specialist AAH

Donna Dickman, OCPS

Director of Development/MHFA

Lucy Flowers, OCPC

Director of School-Based Prevention Services

Michelle Kroeger

Administrative Assistant

Diane Tegenkamp, LSW, RA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Tabbie Glass, RA

Prevention Specialist Union

Shelby Amsler, OCPS

Prevention Specialist AAH

Michelle Evans, RA

Prevention Specialist

Bethan Miller, RA

Associate Director

Julia Nelson, RA

Prevention Specialist

Samantha Talbert, RA

Prevention Specialist AAH

Michelle Evans, OCPS

Prevention Specialist AAH

Jessica Muhlenkamp

Prevention Specialist AAH

Ricki Trippett

Prevention Specialist Union

Jennifer Dempsey, RA

Prevention Specialist Paulding

MaryJo Hammond, RA

Prevention Specialist Van Wert

Megan Rufty, RA

Prevention Specialist Union

Elizabeth Wintringham

Prevention Specialist Delaware Morrow

Cj Maxwell

Prevention Specialist Delaware Morrow

Vanessa Prentice

Prevention Specialist Union

Our Board Members

Jennifer Scott

Principal Investigator, Hardin County Prosecutor's Office

Rhonda Norris

SANE Nurse

Autumn Swanson

Allen County Resident

Robert D. Bruni

Supervisor, Allen County Children Services

Gerry Burton

Outreach Worker, Allen County Council on Aging

Holly Koza

News Anchor, Hometown Stations

Josh Unterbrink

Co-Director, Activate Allen County

Marcey Bell, LISW-S

Ohio Northern University

Joey Newell

Principal, Fairbanks School District

Funding Partners

PASS services are made possible through funding from these agencies:

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