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

2018 Balanced Scorecard Report

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.

Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

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

Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Reporting Systems Coordinator/Investigative Agent

 ajackson@meorc.com
 740-439-0666

Brett Beaver

Brett Beaver

Custodian

Brett Beaver

Brett Beaver

Custodian

Cathy Henthorn

Cathy Henthorn

Director of Financial Operations
 
chenthorn@meorc.com
 740-398-6614 ext. 102

Cathy Henthorn

Cathy Henthorn

Director of Financial Operations
Office of Business
 chenthorn@meorc.com
 740-398-6614

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I have been working in the business and accounting field since 1986. My career started with reviewing field audits for a private firm and I quickly found that I needed a better balance of working with numbers and supporting people. I worked for 12 years as a provider and administrator in long-term care before joining MEORC in 1997. I enjoy working with our Business and Leadership team to support our Mission and to work towards realizing our Vision.  I married Lee, my high school sweetheart, in 1986, and we have a son, Kyle, and daughter, Katelyn, (and a grand dog, Nala). Since 1992, we have lived on a small farm outside of Mount Vernon where we have built our house and barns through the hard work of my husband, my father and our friends. Community involvement is important to me which is why I volunteer whenever I can. I enjoy volunteering as a 4-H Advisor, Sunday School teacher, President of a local non-profit housing board and working with the Knox County Relay for Life. Our vision to build strong communities is a key reason that I so enjoy working at MEORC.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

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

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

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

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Christina McKinney

Reporting Systems Coordinator
 
cmckinney@meorc.com
 740-397-4733

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Christina McKinney

Reporting Systems Coordinator
Office of Investigative Services
 cmckinney@meorc.com
 740-397-4733

Christine Anorga

Christine Anorga

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

Christine Anorga

Christine Anorga

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

Darin Durbin

Darin Durbin

Associate Director of Business
 
ddurbin@meorc.com
 740-501-2698

Darin Durbin

Darin Durbin

Associate Director of Business
Office of Business
 ddurbin@meorc.com
 740-501-2698

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I began working at MEORC in 2002 negotiating contracts and service rates with providers.  Prior to that I worked in the private sector - manufacturing arena, which was okay and had its rewards, but I must say having a job with a mission to help people live better lives is so moving and truly awesome.  Throughout my career at MEORC I have been involved with a variety of business and operational functions, wearing many hats.  Some of the things I am involved with at MEORC are Medicaid Service System Facilitation (number crunching), procurement (supplies/computers/equipment), Human Resources (policy and procedure development), IT support facilitation (I’m not an IT person…I just drew the short straw hereJ) and building maintenance (yard work, shoveling snow, plumbing issues, and a variety of other stuff).  I am addicted to a few things, like cran-grape juice, watching sports, The Ohio State University Athletics and playing GOLF!   I am a 9-time Friendly Urban Golf Association (F.U.G.A.) champion!  I have also been a certified softball umpire for 10 years.  My wife Lisa and I live in Danville and we have 3 awesome kids (all adults now, but they’re always your kids, right?).  We are members of the Louisville Weimaraner Rescue group, and have fostered dogs since 2011.  At this point we are raising a grand-cat that now thinks it is a dog.  I am so blessed and fortunate enough to work with such an amazing and extremely talented team at MEORC.  I am really excited about the possibilities for how we can continue to grow our organization in the future.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Project Manager
 
dmitchell@meorc.com
 740-432-4240

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Project Manager
Office of Project Management & Innovation
 dmitchell@meorc.com
 740-432-4240

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I have been with MEORC since 2001 specializing in Quality Assurance and Process Management.  I have a very keen eye for detail, while understanding the importance of the big picture and maintaining a focus for the customers I serve. I have also worked for Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Children Services and an Intermediate Care Facility.  In each vocation I have learned that communication is the key to success and supporting people in achieving their outcomes. In my spare time I write music, play guitar and all instruments and write stories. My daughter inspires me.  She has taken all the best of me and my lessons in teaching her and has become an outstanding athlete, student and person. My nephew, Brodyn lives every day with Nonketotic Hyperglyciniemia (NKH). He is our hero.

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

The Project Manager will specialize in the area of Accreditation and Person Centered Practices. They will prepare County Board customers for DODD Accreditation Reviews through county Board audits, teaching and training, and person centered reviews. The candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of experience in the Developmental Disabilities provider sector or in quality management. Also must have a Valid Ohio Driver’s license with vehicle insurance and reliable transportation. The candidate must be willing to travel because these services may be provided anywhere within the region and state. Also may require overnight stays or be away from home for several days.

Please read full job description. 

We will accept online applications until 5pm on June 7, 2019.

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The Administrative Assistant works closely with the Directors and is responsible for providing administrative support, direction and assistance to management and/or department staff. They handle with a diverse group of important external callers and visitors as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload, recommends changes in office practices and procedures.

The job is full time with benefits. 

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. 

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The Developmental Disabilities RN is responsible for supporting the region in maintaining the health and safety of people with developmental disabilities. This includes training, conducting reviews, assessments and performing delegated nursing tasks.

The job is full time with benefits. 

Deadline to apply is June 7, 2019. 

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May 24, 2019

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In May, MEORC facilitated the Strategic Planning process for the Tuscarawas County Family Children First Council. In this 2 day event, the FCFC was able to develop a new Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Goals,...

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Natalie Lupi facilitated another impactful Person-Centered Thinking Exposure training!

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Natalie Lupi facilitated another impactful Person-Centered Thinking Exposure training this week in Cambridge. Sixteen participants spent two days learning about and practicing tools to help guide person-centered...

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