Our Team

Saryn Cranston Resource & Program Support Specialist
Saryn Cranston stepped into their role as Resource & Program Support Specialist at MENTOR Central Ohio in March of 2022. Saryn holds a M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and has previous experience in a variety of settings related to the mental health field. They eagerly bring these perspectives into supporting mentoring organizations locally and throughout the state. Originally from upstate New York, they moved to southeast Ohio in 2010 and to Columbus in 2021. Outside of work, they can be found in nature, gaming, or in the kitchen.


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Amber Harris, LSW, MEd Contract Trainer & Consultant
Amber Harris is the founder of Bridgn Gaps LLC an educational and consulting agency specializing in trauma and adoption support, focusing on empowering, educating, and advocating through the healing power of relationships. Currently Amber partners with Mentor Central Ohio & Big Brothers Big Sisters providing trainings and curriculum development were she has conducted multiple trainings surrounding trauma, building healthy relationships, and youth empowerment with a long list of agencies including Columbus Public Schools, Dennison University, Ohio State Young Scholars, Nationwide, Columbus Police Department, I know I can, and many more. Amber is a licensed social worker and certified adoption competent therapist. Currently she provides mental health trauma focused therapy with United Methodist Children’s Home. Amber obtained an Associate Degree from Columbus State Community College in Early Childhood Development, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Social Work from Ohio Dominican University and Master Degree in Human Development Services from the University of Dayton. She is a dedicated and hardworking social worker with over 20 years of experience with a diverse population as a therapist, trainer, and advocate for youth and families. Amber is recognized by peers and supervisors as a creative, energetic leader who has desire for continuous learning that thinks outside of the box. Amber has a published article “The Healing Power of Relationships” in Fostering Families Today. March/April 2018. Amber believes the most important gift that you can give a person is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. Amber has been a foster parent and is an adoptive mother. She has witnessed the healing power of relationships.
Barbara Kimmel Consultant
Barbara Kimmel has almost 20 years experience in the mentoring sector, having served Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as the Director of Learning and Development (2001-2009) and as a contractor for Altria and Goizueta funded projects. (2010 – 2014). Since 2015 she has been engaged by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and later Mentor Central Ohio, a program of BBBSCO, as a program and project manager for a variety of initiatives. Prior to joining the BBBS family, she was a Training Manager for Bank One (now Chase) and an American Sign Language interpreter. These experiences sharpened her skills in project management, performance consulting and meeting planning and facilitation as well as training design and delivery. Her mission throughout her career has been to enable people of all ages to maximize their performance, communicate more effectively, deal positively with change and capitalize on diversity. She holds a B.S. in Deaf Education from Kent State University. She has over 30 years experience communicating cross culturally with business professionals and dignitaries from around the world while home hosting for the International Visitors Council (IVC) and Columbus International Program (CIP).
Z. F. Taylor
Contract Trainer & Consultant
Z. F. Taylor is a native of New Jersey, husband to Evangelist Luanda Daniels-Taylor & full time Father to four sons, William (27), Michael (25), Miles (14) & Xander (12). He has also been a mentor to over 1000 youth and young adults in several states. Z.F. is a trainer and consultant who adds abundant value to the team; collaborating to bring forth comprehensive & engaging conversations, training and solutions to the community. Z.F. has 30 years of working in public, private and non-profit sectors, spanning from educational domains to court systems. He has also seen the tangible outcomes of what happens when a team of mentors, teachers, families, communities and peers work together for the benefit of youth and young adults. From business owners to high earning scholars, Z.F. has had the opportunity to offer structured support and see amazing results stem from his efforts of being a mentor to these youth/young adults ranging from the ages of 5 to 35. He has witnessed their various levels of success first-hand. Previous roles include but are not limited to, Director of Student Success for Patriot Preparatory Academy (OH), Counselor for The Sunshine Center (KY) for court appointed youth, Executive Director for South Frankfort Community Center (KY), Lead Mentor for Lead the Way Learning Academy (OH), as well as various other roles within the community.
Laurie Moline Consultant
Laurie Moline has been working to advance the mentoring movement since 2011 and has built strong mentoring relationships with many young people in her community of Stark County (Canton), Ohio. She is the founder/executive director of MentorStark, a non-profit focused on building collaboration between mentoring programs in Stark County and providing career-based mentoring connections and social capital building support for young adults ages 15-26. Laurie's previous role was as a contracted director of the Get Connected program of United Way of Greater Stark County, a career-based mentoring program that was started by the United Way Women's Leadership Council under Laurie's leadership as chairwoman. Laurie graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of arts in Mass Communications with a focus on broadcast journalism and media management. She spent the first 25 years of her career as a writer, producer, communications manager, and business owner, skills that now serve her well as a non-profit leader, social innovator and consultant for Mentor of Central Ohio. Laurie is a graduate of the 33rd class of Leadership Stark County, and a member of the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Stark County Job and Family Services Planning Committee, and the Family Planning and Adolescent Health Committee in Stark County. She believes strongly in the power of connected communities and is passionate about building community infrastructures that allow young people to explore opportunities, build relationships, step out of their comfort zones and share their voices to create positive change.

MENTOR Central Ohio Advisory Council

Elizabeth Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
Maggie L. Ellison, Event Marketing Strategies
Art Flesch, Retired, Department of Taxation
Jim Kilgore, CIVISTA Bank

Steven Miller, United Negro College Fund Inc.
Kathleen Smith, Nationwide Insurance
Kip Wahlers, Ice Miller LLP
Randy Ware, retired,AEP
Ron Wollett, Schneider Downs