Our Team

Ami Peacock, MSW, LISW-S Director
Ami has a long association with mentoring as a former employee and contractor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. She created and managed their first Hispanic Mentoring program. More recently she was the manager for the Mount Carmel West Healthy Living Center, where she created and developed bilingual health and wellness services for vulnerable communities addressing issues of infant mortality, obesity and chronic disease management. Prior to that she served as a hurricane relief social worker in Miami, Florida and lived in Argentina for a year teaching English to youth while doing community development work. Through these engagements she has managed staff, finances and fund acquisition / grant reporting, developed and cultivated partnerships with community organizations, designed and delivered training, and built programs and functions from the ground up. What a great journey of preparation for leading Mentor Central Ohio through its next exciting chapter!

apeacock@bbbscentralohio.org

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Amber Harris 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).

bkimmel@bbbscentralohio.org

Courtney Koehler Training & Resource Specialist
Courtney McCaleb Koehler has served children and families of diverse backgrounds and cultures for over ten years. Originally from Columbus, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Capital University and then returned home to serve her former, at-risk community as a teacher. Throughout her teaching and music career, Courtney served as the Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Co-Coordinator, facilitated a Building Leadership Team, and served as an Executive Board Member of a 501(c)3. As a volunteer, Courtney served as a mentor and Holiday Wish volunteer with Franklin County Children’s Services in addition to serving as the Resident Environmental Education Intern at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Nampa, Idaho. During her time there she hosted children’s programs, community outreach events, workshops, and coordinated volunteers. Her most recent employment has been with Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she served in the Community Education Department as a trauma informed Parent Partner with the SPARK program (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), an in-home, kindergarten readiness program.

ckoehler@bbbscentralohio.org

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ZF Taylor Contract Trainer/Consultant
My name is, Z. F. Taylor, a native of NJ, husband to, Minister Luanda Daniels-Taylor & full time Father to 4 sons, William (27), Michael (25), Miles (14) & Xander (12) and Mentor to over 1000 youth/young-adults (NJ, NY, KY, OH). As a new Trainer & Consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Ohio & Mentor Central Ohio, I’m elated to add value to our team and collaborate with them in bringing comprehensive & engaging conversations, training, and solutions to our community. After 30 years of working in the public, private and non-profit sectors, spanning from educational domains to court systems, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the tangible outcome of what happens when a team of mentors, teachers, families, communities and peers work together for the benefit of our youth/young adults. From business owners to high earning scholars, it’s been my reward to offer structured support and see amazing results stem from my efforts of being a mentor to youth/young adults ages 5-35 and witnessing their levels of success. 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), and various other roles within the community & throughout the last 30 years.

MENTOR Central Ohio Advisory Council

Elizabeth Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
Kimeta Dover, Retired
Art Flesch, Retired
Jim Kilgore, CIVISTA Bank
Steven Miller, United Negro College Fund Inc.

John Schilling, Design Group
Michael Schilling, Franklin County Children Services
Kathleen Smith, Nationwide Insurance
Kip Wahlers, Ice Miller LLP
Randy Ware, AEP
Ron Wollett Stage Capital, LLC