Corporate Staff

Shane Davis, Executive Director

Shane Davis

Executive Director

  • Shane has been with the agency since 2006
  • Graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration
  • Has also worked as a Case Manager, Placement/Intake Coordinator, and a Regional Director
  • Mr. Davis became the Executive Director in 2011.
Dan Anderson, Kentucky State Director

Dan Anderson

Assistant Executive Director

  • Has been with the agency since 2004.
  • Dan graduated from the University of Kentucky where he studied psychology.
  • With Benchmark Dan has also served as a Foster Parent Trainer, Regional Director, Director of Operations, and Kentucky State Director.
Teresa Knisley, Program Administrator

Teresa Knisley

Program Administrator

  • Has been with the agency since 1996.
  • Graduated from The Ohio State University with her Degree in Social Work.
  • She is a Licensed Social Worker.
  • In addition to working with Benchmark, her professional history has included working at the Department of Children Services and with Juvenile Court.
Anthony Dill, Director of Training

Anthony Dill

Director of Operations

  • Has been with the agency since May 1997.
  • Anthony is a licensed social worker and graduated from Capital University at Columbus, OH.
  • Prior to being employed by Benchmark Family Services, Anthony served 8 years in the United States Army as an EMT.
Michelle Slark, Senior Program Support Specialist

Michelle Slark

Senior Program Support Specialist

  • Has been with the agency since 1995.
  • She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wright State University in 1991 and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio.
  • Her first job was with Clark County Department of Human Services, Children Services
  • She believes she has found her niche in her current position as Senior Program Support Specialist. Training staff, ensuring quality, supporting all of the employees, offices and the agency is what she likes doing best.
Alexis Reaver Data Management Coordinator

Alexis Reaver

Director of Training

  • Has been with the agency since April 2016.
  • Alexis received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Wright State University.
  • Prior to being employed by Benchmark Family Services, Alexis worked in the Athletics Department at Wright State University, and for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Elli Hicks, Director of Public Relations

Elli Hicks

Director of Public Relations

  • Elli has been with Benchmark Family Services since January 2017.
  • Elli received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wright State University.
  • Prior to being employed by Benchmark Family Services, Elli worked as a Senior Digital Marketing Specialist for Naked Lime Marketing.
Angela Johnston, Program Support Specialist

Angela Johnston

Director of Strategy and Development

  • Has been with the agency since 2009.
  • She provided Case Management services in the Lexington Kentucky office until assuming quality assurance responsibilities in 2011 to ensure maintenance of standards for our CARF accreditation.
  • Angela became part of our Program Support team in December 2012 with focus on quality and processes in our Kentucky offices.
  • She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky in 2008.

April Thomas

Director of Strategy and Development

  • April has been with Benchmark Family services since 2012.
  • She completed a double major in Psychology and Human Services at the University of the Cumberlands.
  • April has served hundreds of children and families in the many different roles she has held at Benchmark.

Tom Pechous

Director of Strategy and Development

  • Tom has been with Benchmark since 2001
  • He graduated from Bethany College with a degree in social work and is certified as a licensed social worker
  • He has worked as a Case Manager, Licensing Specialist, Trainer, Supervisor, Regional Director, and State Director
  • Before joining Benchmark Tom spent five years developing and leading a community support team that assisted at risk children

Whitney Smith

Director of Strategy and Development

  • Whitney has been with Benchmark Family Services since 2006.
  • She graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Science.
  • She has also worked as a case manager, Intake Coordinator, and Regional Director within the agency.

Georgia

Santoria Williams

State Program Director, Georgia

  • Santoria has been working with Benchmark Family Services since 2014.
  • She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with specialization in Public Management and Leadership from Walden.
  • She has an extensive social services work history, spanning over 21 years of experience in providing mentoring and client education to under-served populations.
  • Santoria joined our Program Support Team in July, 2015.

Ceminthia Grant

Program Support Specialist

  • Ceminthia has been with Benchmark since 2015.
  • In her time at Benchmark, she has also worked as a Licensing Specialist and a Regional Director.
  • She has a degree in Business Administration as well as a Master of Divinity.
  • Ceminthia joined our Program Support team in 2018.

Indiana

Matt Oswald, Program Support Specialist

Matt Oswald

State Program Director, Indiana

  • Matt Oswald has been with Benchmark Family Services since 2014.
  • Matt became part of our Program Support team in September, 2015 to help maintain quality and to develop processes which assist our staff in efficiency and compliance.
  • He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Education.

Kentucky

Sharon Scrivner, Assistant Kentucky State Director

Sharon Scrivner

State Program Director, Kentucky

  • She has worked for Benchmark Family Services since 2005
  • Sharon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Psychology
  • She has worked in the social service field for over 15 years
  • Sharon worked for the Department of Community Based Services in Nicholasville, KY for 3 years before joining the team at Benchmark Family Services
Sheila Rentfrow, Program Support Specialist

Sheila Rentfrow

Program Support Specialist

  • Sheila Rentfrow has been working with Benchmark Family Services, primarily as Treatment Director, since December 2006.
  • Sheila obtained her Master of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1998.
  • She has experience working with children for over 15 years providing crisis assessment and intervention, crisis/intensive counseling services, and pre-admission screenings for hospitalization of children in foster care.
  • Sheila joined the Program Support Team in April 2015, and currently works out of the Lexington Administration Building providing support and assistance to Benchmark’s Kentucky offices.
Danica Kidd, Program Support Specialist

Danica Kidd

Program Support Specialist

  • Started with the agency in 2007, in Berea, KY, as a case manager until 2011.
  • Danica obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005.
  • Became a TSS Supervisor for the Berea, KY office in November 2014.
  • In October of 2016, Danica joined the Program Support Team and is currently working out of the Berea, KY Regional Office providing support and assistance to Benchmark’s Kentucky offices.
  • Danica’s job responsibilities include internal monitoring of offices, training staff, and ensuring quality and processes are maintained to provide the best services for our families and youth.

Texas

April Cantu, South Texas State Director

April Cantu

State Program Director, Texas

  • April Cantu  has been with the agency since 2014
  • Graduated from The University of Texas Pan-American with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology
  • With Benchmark, April has also worked as a Licensing Specialist, Regional Director, and State Director
  • Prior to working for Benchmark Family Services, April worked for New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services which served at youth risk dealing with Substance Abuse/Dependency issues

Jynger Roberts

Program Support Specialist

  • Jynger has been with Benchmark Family Services since April 2017.
  • Jynger received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Prior to being employed by Benchmark Family Services, Jynger worked as Program Director for Dillon International.

Advisory Board

Eli Williams

Advisory Board Member

  • Eli is President/CEO of Urban Light Ministries.
  • He has designed innovative programs which strengthen and support parents and especially fathers who are at risk for family relationship failure.
  • He is recognized as an authority in the area of fatherhood, authoring the book on the subject “Father Love-The Powerful Resource Every Child Needs”.

H. Anthony Stephens

Advisory Board Member

  • Bishop H. Anthony Stephens is the pastor of Abundant Life Apostolic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • He served several years as corporate board President of Benchmark Family Services.
  • His experience includes work in juvenile probation and residential care for youth as a state administrator.

Mark A. McMillian

Advisory Board Member

  • Mark has over 25 years of experience in various human service capacities.
  • He is currently the Principal of the McMillian Group, LLC: Human Resources Training and Development Consultants.
  • Mark is a highly valued friend and consultant to Benchmark Family Services.

Ralph Williams

Advisory Board Member

  • Ralph is currently Executive Director of Christ’s Community in College Hill, Cincinnati.
  • Ralph has been recognized internationally for his innovative program development in the Juvenile Justice field.
  • He has previously served on the Benchmark Family Services Board of Directors.

Raymond Lloyd

Advisory Board Member

  • Raymond has over 40 years of experience working in the Child and Family Services Field.
  • As a training consultant to human services organizations, Raymond has trained for Benchmark on several occasions.

Todd O’Neal

Advisory Board Member

  • Reverend O’Neal has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of youth and adults through music.
  • He has worked extensively with the Department of Correction, training and encouraging inmates.
  • Rev. O’Neal has enthusiastically supported Benchmark and its mission for many years.

Wade Thomas

Advisory Board Member

  • Wade has several years of experience working in the therapeutic foster care field.
  • Wade has frequently provided Benchmark Family Services with valuable and timely consultation.

Board Members

Dale Hartzog

Board President

Doug Radel

Secretary

Scott Silver

Board Member

Heather Snyder

Board Member

Kenny Gibson

Board Member

Jonella Dee Hawn

Board Member

Donald Bowshier

Board Member