Cassandra Holtzmann, JD, became Executive Director of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) in May 2022.
As SCCS Executive Director, Mrs. Holtzmann leads a child services agency with approximately 360 staff and an annual budget of almost $62 million that provides Intake and Protective Services, and Placement/Permanency Services, such as Foster Care, Kinship Care and Adoption. The agency also offers many specialized programs and initiatives including Alternative Response (AR) – a less-investigatory/more collaborative family-oriented child protection service model; the Serious Trauma Assessment Team (STAT) which specializes in cases involving critical injuries to children and suspected child sexual abuse; and the Medically Fragile unit which provides service coordination to children with complex medical/developmental needs. SCCS also has two Family Preservation units that work intensively with parents on a voluntary basis to strengthen the family and maintain children in their own homes when possible. In addition, SCCS is also participating in the Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment and Reduction Trauma) program. This program is designed for families with co-occurring substance abuse and child maltreatment and include Family Peer Mentors that help families navigate systems while providing hope and motivation to promote healing and to keep children safe and families together.
Prior to joining SCCS, Mrs. Holtzmann served for five years as the Director of the Crawford County Department of Job and Family Services. Before becoming Director there, she had served as Director of Ashland County Job and Family Services from 2011 to 2016. She has served the public for 24 years in the roles of Director, Staff Attorney, and Intern Prosecutor. She also maintained a small private practice for several years prior to becoming a Director. Mrs. Holtzmann is also a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Certified Mediator and Certified Labor Relations Professional. In addition, she has served as Adjunct Professor for the Ashland University teaching Family and Community Mediation.
She has a passion and is an advocate for improving the Child Protection Services system and under the leadership of Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) and the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association (OJFSDA), she has worked with colleagues to drive changes in the system at the state and local levels.
Mrs. Holtzmann received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1999. She was licensed to practice law in Ohio in 1999 and in Northern District of Ohio Federal Court in 2002. She is a member of the Galion Rotary and a member of the Welcome Church of Christ where she serves as a member of the Finance Committee.