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Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: 330.379.9094
Fax: 330.379.1901
Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1

Executive Team


Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW, became Executive Director of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) in December 2013.

Prior to joining SCCS, Ms. Barnes served for more than five years as Executive Director of Stark County Job and Family Services (SCJFS) and before that served for one year as Deputy Director of Children Services there.  Ms. Barnes also served as Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Summit County Children Services from February 2002-May 2007 and she gained additional experience in the child welfare field through earlier positions at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services.

As SCJFS Executive Director, Ms. Barnes led a triple-combined agency including Human Services, Child Support and Children Services with approximately 475 staff and an annual budget of approximately $50 million.  The agency provides a variety of programs and services including:  Medicaid, Food Assistance, Child Care and Ohio Works First; establishment, enforcement, collection and disbursement of child support orders; assessment of child abuse and neglect; and foster care and adoption services.  While with SCJFS, she was active with a variety of local organizations, including the Stark County Family Council and Stark County Community Action Agency.  She has also served on many committees and boards at the state level, and was appointed in 2013 to the Board of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.

Ms. Barnes has a B.A. Degree in Psychology from Hiram College and a M.Ed. Degree in Higher Education from Kent State University.



Katerina Papas has been with Summit County Children Services since June 1991 when she joined the agency’s Legal Department as Director of Legal Services. She served in that position until becoming Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel in 2001. In June, 2006, she was appointed Interim Executive Director, a position she held until September 2007 when John Saros became Executive Director.

Ms. Papas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, where she excelled in social science courses that focused on child welfare, family dynamics and psychology. She then earned a Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law by the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Prior to her employment with Summit County Children Services, Ms. Papas practiced private law in the areas of domestic relations, criminal, real estate, and civil litigation. She also was employed by the Akron City Law Department, where she prosecuted misdemeanor and traffic cases, and coordinated preparation of cases for felony court hearings.

Ms. Papas has solid leadership background which includes positions in several community organizations, serving as: Junior League of Akron President; International Institute Board of Trustees Member and former Vice President; Women’s Network former President; Member of the Grievance and Government Law Committees of the Akron Bar Association; and former Board of Trustees Member of the YWCA. Ms. Papas is also a graduate of Leadership Akron.

Ms. Papas is well known and respected in the community for her passion for the vulnerable children this agency serves, her expertise in Child Welfare administration and her volunteer involvement in this community with emphasis in social services.



Amy Davidson, LISW-S, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and then began her career at Summit County Children Services in 1997 as a Protective Services Caseworker at the West Akron District Office.  In 2000 she went back to the University of Akron, where in 2002 she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work.  Later that same year she was promoted to the position of Protective Services Supervisor.  From 2009-2011 she was the interim Family Team Meeting Supervisor.  In that position she was instrumental in implementing Child Safety Team Decision Making Meetings.  In 2014 she was promoted to Social Services Department Director, in Protective Services, where she worked to improve departmental outcomes.

Ms. Davidson has been involved in a variety of workgroups and initiatives throughout the agency, including the Differential Response, Team Decision Making, Human Trafficking, Family Interaction, and Continuous Quality Improvement.  

Ms. Davidson is a life-long Summit County resident, having graduated from Barberton High School.  She is committed to our community, and the safety and wellbeing of our children.  She brings strong leadership skills to her current position, as well as a commitment to best practice, and partnering with the families we serve. 




As Director of Human Resources and Support Services, Valarie Nash oversees all human resources functions for Summit County Children Services in addition to the areas of Information Technology and SACWIS (the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System), Organizational Research and Evaluation, Client Rights, Special Projects, Security and Facilities/Physical Services.

Mrs. Nash, a resident of Massillon, was with Stark County Job & Family Services for six years, most recently as Deputy Director of Human Resources and Support Services.  Prior to joining Stark County, she was the Deputy Director of Human Resources and Support Services at Akron General Medical Center/Edwin Shaw Rehab for 10 years. She currently is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Job & Family Services Human Resource Association, the Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association and the Stark County Human Resources Association.

A graduate of Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union), she has remained active with the university and currently serves as cheerleading coach there.  She is also involved in a variety of community organizations in Stark County, serving as Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, Vice-Chair of the Fan Appreciation Parties for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, and is a member of the Meyer's Lake YMCA and St. Peter's Parish. 



Mr. Kearns, worked for the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services as an Auditor, Auditor in Charge, and Audit Supervisor from 1995 thru 2010.  During that time, he had the opportunity to work with Summit County Children Services in his auditor role.  He then worked for Wayne County Job & Family Services, and most recently served as the Budget & Finance Administrator for Portage County Department of Job & Family Services.

Mr. Kearns brings a wealth of experience and information regarding audit and budgeting to the agency.  He also has experience supervising facilities management functions which is now part of the finance division at SCCS.