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COSA is designed to elevate the field of out-of-school time education and programming.

COSA Leadership

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Mark Noftz

Director of COSA

Mark Noftz has been an out-of-school time (OST) professional since 2008 when he began tutoring in afterschool programs. He quickly developed a passion for these programs because of their impact and the opportunities they create for youth. Mark then moved into various leadership roles in the OST field. From 2010-2018, Mark served as a Center Director and Site Coordinator for Horizon Education Centers where he managed various 21st CCLC afterschool programs in Elyria and Cleveland.

Mark’s experience in 21st CCLC includes program management, grant writing, curriculum development, staff development, training, and data reporting and entry. In addition, Mark has presented at various out-of-school conferences and has made several trips to Washington D.C. and Columbus, OH to advocate for OST funding.

Mark became the COSA Training Facilitator in July 2018 and was promoted to Director of COSA in October 2019.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Bowling Green State University. In addition, he maintains a State of Ohio teaching certification in grades 7-12 Language Arts.

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COSA Mentors

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Stacy Ward-Braxton

Northeast Regional Mentor

Stacy is passionate about equipping leaders, engaging teams and empowering organizations by providing resources that will place people where their strengths can produce results and promote engagement.

Stacy’s introduction to 21st Century Programs was in 1999 where she began as one of the program coordinators for the 21st CCLC in East Cleveland City Schools. She has spent the past 20 years as a consultant, speaker, trainer, coach and entrepreneur helping educators, entrepreneurs, non-profit and for-profit organizations thrive.

She received her undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio where she continues to give back. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor from 2010-2017. As a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Positive Organizational Development Program, Stacy realizes the importance of combining engagement with being an experienced multi-disciplinary team member and working effectively with people and communities from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

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Theresa Barnett

Northwest Regional Mentor

Theresa joined the COSA team in 2018.  She has dedicated her career to working in the field of Out-Of-School Time, focusing her efforts on supporting growth in 21st Century Community Learning Center programing. Through the years Theresa has worked as a 21st CCLC site coordinator, served on grant writing teams, acted in the capacity of coach for new coworkers and is currently a mentor for Ohio’s 21st CCCL grant recipients.

Theresa is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachler’s of Arts Degree majoring in Individualized Programming with Interdisciplinary Studies of Anthropology and Recreation. Outside of work she volunteers for other non-profit organizations that foster continued education for all ages. Theresa appreciates any chance to support meaningful and enjoyable educational opportunities for youth and their families. She also is a novice Beekeeper and enjoys spending time with her family

Theresa feels privileged to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with colleagues and to continue to make positive impacts on youth and their families.

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Jamond Foree

Southwest Regional Mentor

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jamond has spent the past decade working to improve the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional outcomes for young people from cradle to career.

He has served locally as Youth Development Director at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and the Senior Manager for Community Strategies at StrivePartnership. In addition to his local work, Jamond served as Technical Advisor for the YMCA of the USA, providing programmatic support and targeted staff development in 10 states.

As a master trainer and skilled facilitator, Jamond has worked across the country helping organizations, school districts, and municipalities to build capacity while developing strategies to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity. In addition, Jamond is a multidisciplinary artist. He has worked professionally as a costume designer, actor, and freelance writer. When he is not trying to save the world, he is busy working his most important job: Dad.

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Sheila James

Central Regional Mentor

Sheila has served as a champion for children and dedicated youth advocate for over 25 years. Her career and advocacy efforts include a variety of experiences: volunteer, teacher, outreach specialist, program administrator, TA Specialist, STEM Specialist and Professional Development Trainer.

Sheila has been a leader among her peers to drive quality and consistency of the site experience through coaching, training, and mentoring throughout the country as well as right at home in Central Ohio. She is a Master STEM Trainer, Red Cross FA/CPR/AED Instructor, and holds degrees in Business Administration and Early Childhood Development.

Sheila is committed to advancing children’s learning and social development by equipping those who work in programs with the impactful tools they need to succeed. This involves delivering best practice information, relevant resources, and updating significant changing trends in the afterschool and early childhood field.

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