OCCS Leadership

The Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) is a not-for-profit organization designed to oversee the legal compliance and overall performance of its statewide portfolio of community schools. As the designee of the University of Toledo's Board of Trustees, OCCS is the sole community school sponsor in Ohio designated by a university to provide community school sponsorship and oversight. The OCCS Board of Trustees sets the overall direction and mission for the organization while the leadership team is responsible for its implementation.

Lenny Schafer, M.Ed., PCC-S
Executive Director

Lenny Schafer is the Executive Director for the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS). Prior to this position, Lenny served as the Associate Executive Director and was responsible for leading the new school development team, which guides potential new charter schools through the application process and oversaw several OCCS departments – academics, special education, and compliance. Lenny has spent more than 15 years working in education as a counselor, teacher, and administrator. Lenny holds a master’s of education in counseling and is an independently licensed professional clinical counselor. In addition, he is a founding member of two dropout recovery high schools in Canton, Ohio.

Darrin Beconder
Chief Oversight Officer

Darrin Beconder is the Chief Oversight Officer for OCCS. Darrin has been part of the community school movement for 12 years and brings invaluable expertise to our team in the areas of urban school leadership, school improvement, special education, operations and management. Prior to joining OCCS, Darrin served as Director of Support Operations for a management company and also as a school administrator in Akron, Cincinnati and Youngstown.

Jamie Davies O'Leary
Chief Communications & Advocacy Officer

In her role as Chief Communications & Advocacy Officer, Jamie oversees the delivery of OCCS communications to schools, governing boards, school leaders, the media,and the public at large, and manages the organization's policy and legislative strategies. Prior to joining OCCS, Jamie worked for the Fordham Institute as a Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Editor, where she researched and wrote extensively about state and federal education policies related to charter schools and K-12 education issues broadly. She has a master's degree in public affairs (MPA) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an undergraduate degree in politics. Previously, she was a public school teacher in Camden, New Jersey as part of the Teach For America (TFA) program and testified to the Ohio General Assembly in order to bring TFA to Ohio. Jamie was selected as an Education Pioneers fellow in 2008, and a Truman Scholarship fellow in 2004 for her commitment to public service.

Lisa K. Burke, JD
Director of Compliance and Internal Counsel

Lisa Burke serves as the Director of Compliance and Internal Counsel for OCCS. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University where she received a double major in American government and Spanish, and earned her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Before working at OCCS, Lisa worked for a Chicago law firm in civil litigation, administrative law and mediation proceedings, and upon returning to her hometown of Toledo she worked as an attorney in corporate law. She has testified at hearings before the U.S. Department of Education on regulations involving special education, and has served on the executive committee for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo. In her current role, Lisa provides legal guidance to OCCS staff on matters involving compliance with community school law and contracts.  She has developed compliance processes for monitoring sponsored schools, including directing and beta-testing OCCS’ online compliance information systems. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio, and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and is on inactive status in Illinois.

Vallrey Crump, M.Ed.
Director of Academics and School Improvement

Vallrey Crump serves as the Director of Academics and School Improvement. In her role, she oversees school improvement services for OCCS-sponsored schools and monitors the academic performance of all portfolio schools.   Vallrey has over 26 years of experience in urban education in Ohio, having served as a charter school principal, superintendent, special education coordinator, school social worker, consultant, and more. She is a founder and former board president for a Cincinnati-based charter school, and has served on several education and community boards and assisted in the development and implementation of Cincinnati Public Schools’ first discipline school, Project Succeed Academy. Vallrey received her master’s in education administration with an emphasis in charter school leadership from Central Michigan University. Her previous experience with OCCS includes serving as a Regional Representative and Special Education Coordinator. In her new role as Director of Academics, she looks forward to partnering with our schools to champion innovation and help guide them toward high-quality academic outcomes.

Shelby Sauer, CPA
Director of Finance and HR

Shelby Sauer is the Director of Finance and Human Resources for OCCS. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration, she obtained her license as a Certified Public Accountant and has over 10 years of experience in the field of financial analysis. Shelby is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She currently manages all internal financial data and assists with schools' monthly fiscal reviews. Additionally, she manages all internal human resource functions.

Adrianne C. Shreve, BS
Director of School Fiscal Services

As the Director of School Fiscal Services, Adrianne Shreve analyzes and monitors the fiscal accountability of OCCS-sponsored schools and serves as a liaison between the schools, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Auditor of State. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Before joining the organization, Adrianne spent 10 years in public accounting, where she obtained a specialization in preparation of non-profit entity financial reporting and tax compliance.

Frank W. Stoy, BS
Director of Contracts and External Relations

Frank Stoy serves as the Director of Contracts and External Relations for OCCS. Frank's 35 years of experience is a blend of service in the fields of business, government, and public education. Throughout his career, Frank has implemented seminars, workshops and professional development programs for multiple charter school stakeholder groups. He also has testified before the Ohio Senate and Ohio State Board of Education on multiple issues involving public education and school choice. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, Frank has served on the Board of Directors for YMCA Camp Storer and TARTA. In his current role, Frank manages OCCS’ contract processes including reauthorization, new school contracts and transfer schools.

Christopher Trabbic, BA
Director of IT & Operational Support

As the Director of Information Technology and Operational Support, Christopher Trabbic manages the development and maintenance of the information technology systems for OCCS and oversees special projects involving technology. Prior to joining OCCS in 2004, Christopher obtained his bachelor’s degree in business from Bowling Green State University with a specialty in management information systems and computer science. He has 18 years of experience in information technology and is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Maumee.

Matthew E. Trzcinski, BA
Director of Trustee Relations

Matthew Trzcinski serves as the Director of Trustee Relations and joined OCCS in 2006. Prior to joining the organization, Matthew worked for a member of the Ohio House of Representatives who was instrumental in bringing charter schools to Ohio. Beginning his work with OCCS as a member of the compliance team, he has since worked in all aspects of charter school oversight, from being a regional representative in Columbus to working with school governing authorities in charter contract renewal. A University of Toledo graduate, he recently participated in the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Sector Leadership Program. Currently, Matthew is the staff liaison with the OCCS Board of Trustees.

Heidi Isaacs
Assistant Director of Special Education

Joining OCCS in 2007, Heidi Isaacs is the Assistant Director of Special Education. Heidi came to the organization after 14 years of experience in the mental health field working with adjudicated youth in Northwest Ohio. In addition, she has served as a supervisor at the Alternative Learning Center, an educational facility serving students with severe academic and behavior needs. Heidi is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor, an active parent advocate, and an Ohio-certified surrogate parent for students with disabilities. She studied organizational project management and psychology at Colorado Christian University. In her role, Heidi provides special education oversight and technical assistance to OCCS-sponsored charter schools.