The Mid-East Ohio Regional Council (MEORC) provides innovative products and services to 19-member county boards, providers, and to people with developmental disabilities in Mid-East Ohio.  We are known for our expertise in facilitating cooperation, collaboration and problem solving to improve services, creating opportunities for people to be included and building strong communities. 

MEORC is a council of governments created under the authority of Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code. The original by-laws were adopted on January 20, 1989.

In creating MEORC, the member boards recognized that they shared common concerns and desire to provide the best possible services to persons with developmental disabilities in their respective counties. They determined that by cooperating with one another and coordinating their powers and duties their respective counties’ residents will benefit and be better served.  The member county boards may deploy MEORC in any endeavor that they believe will improve services to their respective residents they serve.

MEORC Strategic Plan 2018-2020 

Our Mission

Our Mission

MEORC helps customers excel through innovative and collaborative solutions

Our Core Values

Our Core Values

Appreciating one another, Always Improving, Making changes quickly, Constantly learning, Working together, and Encouraging Creativity

Our Vision

Our Vision

Building Strong Communities

Meet our Team

Click on the profiles to learn more about our staff.

Denise McGough

Denise McGough

Secretary
 
dmcgough@meorc.com
 740-397-4733 ext. 100

Denise McGough

Denise McGough

Secretary
Office of Business
 dmcgough@meorc.com
 740-397-4733

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I have been with MEORC over 5 years. I provide support in the Business office. My 20 years experience comes from customer service, data entry and office support. One of my quirks is that I am a list maker and have to have things very organized. I have been married to Mike, who I met in high school, for the past 40 years. I have 3 adult children, 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson. My proudest accomplishment is a 60 mile walk in 3 days for breast cancer fund raising. I love the OSU Buckeyes and once went to Urban Meyer's football camp for women. I got my picture with him and the championship trophy. Some of my hobbies include baking, walking, crafting, golfing. I like to volunteer at my daughter’s school when time permits. She teaches 3rd grade. I enjoy my job at MEORC and the people I work with. It is gratifying knowing you are helping people with disabilities.

Gail Hall

Gail Hall

Project Manager
 
ghall@meorc.com
 740-507-7936

Gail Hall

Gail Hall

Project Manager
Office of Project Management & Innovation
 ghall@meorc.com
 740-507-7936

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I started my career with MEORC January 2013, after working several years in higher education.  I was born and raised in Loudonville Ohio, where I raised both my kids who are now grown and living in Columbus. My free time includes watching OSU sports, working in my hosta beds, and running.  I started my 21st year of running, spending the past year doing all trail runs in Mohican State Park.  I will be participating in the Fuzzy Fandgo this fall, doing a 9 mile run which supports Camp Nuhop, a residential summer camp for children with learning disabilities and ASD (Autistics Spectrum Disorders) and attention deficit disorders as well as their outdoor education program.

Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron

Reporting Systems Coordinator/Investigative Agent
 
hcameron@meorc.com
 740-439-0666

Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron

Reporting Systems Coordinator/Investigative Agent
Office of Investigative Services
 hcameron@meorc.com
 740-439-0666

Jen Grubaugh

Jen Grubaugh

Agency Administrative Assistant
 
jgrubaugh@meorc.com
 740-397-4733 ext. 106

Jen Grubaugh

Jen Grubaugh

Agency Administrative Assistant
Office of Business
 jgrubaugh@meorc.com
 740-397-4733

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I earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University; that has led me to have a career in banking, office management and revenue management. I have been involved in office and cash management careers for over 18 years.  There was something missing for me in these career paths, I wanted to be able to have a more direct impact on people’s lives.  That is how I came to be employed at MEORC. I was born and raised in Mount Vernon.  After living in Columbus and Cleveland for many years, I now live in Mount Vernon with Ian, my husband of 10 years and our 3 fur babies (our cats named Mamacita, Karma and Melvin).  When I am not at the office you will find me working on our old colonial style home, exploring areas in and around Ohio, traveling the world, cooking or cheering for all Cleveland team (especially the Indians).

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Associate Director of Nursing & Training Services
 
jjones@meorc.com
 740-501-6293

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Associate Director of Nursing & Training Services
Office of Project Management & Innovation
 jjones@meorc.com
 740-501-6293

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I am a registered nurse with 24 years’ experience.  I worked 11 years in the open heart surgery unit at Aultman Hospital.  After I had my four children, I left the hospital to stay home with them full time. I utilized that time to further my education.  My passion has always been nutrition and healthy lifestyle education; therefore, I went back to school to become a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant.  I worked for 3 years with a Holistic Practitioner giving seminars and consulting with and helping various individuals improve their eating and overall health habits.  After that practitioner moved out of state, in 2007, I began working full time at Tuscarawas County Board of DD providing direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities.  I worked there until I started at MEORC in 2012, giving me 9 years of experience in the DD field.  I currently serve on the state Health Advisory Committee in which we provide support and education for individuals who have intellectual, mental, or developmental disabilities and the nurses who serve them. I am inspired by the individuals that I come in contact with.  I love working with people and whether I am sharing my knowledge of nutrition or my knowledge of safe medication administration, I feel most satisfied when I have made a positive difference in someone’s life. 

Karl Hoop

Karl Hoop

Investigative Agent
 
khoop@meorc.com
 740-439-0666

Karl Hoop

Karl Hoop

Investigative Agent
Office of Investigative Services
 khoop@meorc.com
 740-439-0666

Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Project Manager
 
kevans@meorc.com
 740-398-0325

Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Project Manager
Project Management and Innovation
 kevans@meorc.com
 740-398-0325

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I have 20 years of experience in the DD field, from summer camp counselor to Medicaid Manager, I’ve almost done it all. I’ve worked in a large urban county and a small rural county. I’ve spent the last 9 years immersed in the waiver world working to help SSA’s help the people we serve create their best lives. I owe my whole career to the very first group of adults and kids with disabilities I worked with as a summer camp counselor in 1997. I took the job as something to do with my summer having no real idea what I was doing. I had always been the underdog, the loner, the weird kid in school and I felt a kindred spirit when I met another group of fun, funny, smart, caring human beings who also just wanted to be accepted for who they were, not for what everyone else thought they should be. In my spare time, my husband and I like to garden, watch subtitled movies and anime, visit the local farmers market and help make Sunday service at our church run smoothly. When I have time to myself, I like to knit and crochet, play roller derby, drink wine and/or cider and read sci-fi/fantasy fiction. I am inspired by good people doing good things for each other regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. I am also inspired by the complex simplicity of nature and the universe. 

Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson

Project Manager
 
kjohnson@meorc.com
 740-485-1747

Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson

Project Manager
Office of Project Management & Innovation
 kjohnson@meorc.com
 740-485-1747

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I am Kelli Johnson. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt and trained in LEAN. I have been a Baldrige Examiner and I have a Master’s Degree. I am equally right and left brained. I love working with numbers and analyzing things, but I also enjoy being creative. I love to see results as I work. When I am not at work I am usually at a church activity with my husband and kids or we are working out or playing sports together.

Our Journey To Continuous Improvement

Who is MEORC

“On September 11, 2011, MEORC received Spirit award recognition at The Partnership for Excellence conference in Columbus, Ohio. Accepting the award is Tim Spitzer, MEORC Executive Director.”

Who is MEORC

On September 15, 2014, MEORC received Pioneer award recognition at The Partnership for Excellence conference in Columbus, Ohio. Accepting the award are MEORC employees (L-R): Troy McCollister, Cathy Henthorn, Dan Teynor, Steve Long, Lisa Keen, Nathan Mutschelknaus, Diane Steinmetz, and Kelli Johnson.

Our Lean Journey

We began our Lean Journey in 2014 by sending our staff to LeanOhio training (read more about LeanOhio here). All of our staff have been exposed to Lean principles and it is included in our orientation process for all new employees. We have applied Lean principles to many of our processes from Accreditation to Payeeship to survey work to internal business processes such as payroll and accounting. We even apply Lean principles to our personal life!

Our Baldrige Journey

MEORC’s Baldrige journey began in 2007 by learning about Quality concepts and staff participating in Quality Foundation Trainings. Afterwards, process improvement efforts were launched internally with good success and MEORC knew that this was the right path. MEORC Leaders became involved with The Partnership for Excellence (TPE) and were trained to be Examiners. Trained examiners help an organization identify its strengths and opportunities for improvement. The examining team develops a feedback report to the applicant organization, allowing them to continue on their journey towards world-class performance.

In 2011 MEORC furthered the involvement with TPE through “Advising.” Advising is for organizations that are new to the Baldrige program. A professional coach worked with the team to further explain the Baldrige Excellence Framework and helped draft a 5-page Organizational Profile. Once completed, TPE Examiners provided written feedback. MEORC successfully completed the Advising level process and received “Spirit” award recognition at TPE’s annual Quest for Success Conference on September 11, 2011.

On September 11, 2011, MEORC received Spirit award recognition at The Partnership for Excellence conference in Columbus, Ohio. Accepting the award is Tim Spitzer, MEORC Executive Director.  

In 2014, MEORC successfully completed the Partnering level process and received “Pioneer” award recognition at TPE’s Quest for Success Conference on 9/15/14.

To learn more about TPE please go to:  The Partnership for Excellence.

Our Journey to Becoming a Person Centered Organization

As an organization supporting county boards, providers, community entities, individuals and their families, we believe it is essential that all our employees are empowered, supported and encouraged to use their gifts and talents to embrace the meaning of being a Person Centered Organization.  It is through our daily practices and interactions with each other and our customers that we can help spread the concept of Person Centeredness, so we can provide valued and quality services that support people to pursue the life they desire. We believe it starts with each of us individually and organizationally by being intentional  embracing these key concepts.  
 
Being a Person-Centered Organization at MEORC means everyone is empowered and encouraged to use their gifts to:

  • Build relationships that focus on employees and customers
  • Listen, Act and Be Honest
  • Continuously learn and make simple changes or push for more complex changes
  • Act and make decisions that balance what is important to and for employees, customers and our organization
  • Communicate openly and without jargon

Work for MEORC

We don’t have any current positions available at this time, but if you’d like to be considered for a future career at MEORC, please submit your resume here.

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