Kevin Potts | Executive Director
Kevin Potts is excited to be the new Executive Director of the Ken Anderson Alliance. At KAA, Kevin looks forward to growing the Alliance’s vision of “Creating Live, Work, Play opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.” He looks forward to fully realizing the heart of the Alliance’s mission by connecting with Cincinnati’s giant heart for service, philanthropy, and opportunity.
Hailing from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, Kevin Potts brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the senior and disability services realms. He has led several organizations, including his own business, in major growth and extension of equitable services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He is recognized as an expert and champion in the design and implementation of support services for adults and children with disabilities, as well as senior adults.
Kevin has had a passion for helping others since an early age. He has an uncle with Down Syndrome, who “helped raise me. He nurtured me.” The time spent with this cherished family member has always informed Kevin’s work, and he has dedicated his career, from an early age, to a vision of creating the best experiences for those society often neglects. He attended Carson Newman University and Alabama A & M, ultimately achieving graduate degrees in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. From there, in time spent in both Tennessee and Kentucky, he has established a reputation of excellence and integrity, working with state and federal mandates to advocate for the best possible care and access to community-based living for the elderly and individuals challenged by IDD.
Kevin believes that these individuals “should have every opportunity and choice to experience a life enriched by the same opportunities that everyone else has: to live independently, to work and develop a career, and to play and participate in their community. I choose to see the person’s ABILITY, not disability.”
Heather Schaffner | Events Coordinator
Heather Schaffner is the Events Coordinator for Ken Anderson Alliance, joining the organization in March of 2018.
Heather came to us after spending 9 years in the United States Navy, at various duty stations including the USS John C. Stennis CVN 74, an aircraft carrier. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University as a non-traditional student in 2015, immediately securing employment working In Game Events & Promotions for the Cincinnati Reds during the All Star Summer. Her favorite memories of that time are watching Todd Frazier win the Home Run Derby, and escorting Barry Larkin for on-field ceremonies prior to the All Star Game.
Heather spent two years working with AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, first helping participants reach their fundraising goals, then moving to the production side of the event. She recruited, trained, and scheduled hundreds of event volunteers in multiple cities for the two day 39.3 mile event.
Heather is the mother of 1 daughter, Skye, and is a proud Grandma to Hendrix. Her love of sports began at an early age, her late father was a die-hard Bengals and Reds fans, a tradition she is passing down to her grandson.
Gio Boeing | Community Engagement Manager
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Gio first worked with children with severe emotional disabilities at Beech Acres when it was a residential facility. Gio then began her career of over 30 years working with individuals with developmental disabilities at LADD, where she worked in a group home, the community program, and as their Intake Specialist. Gio worked at Starfire for 27 years where she was the Program Coordinator for the Evening & Weekend Recreation & Service Program for teens and adults with disabilities until this program was cut at the end of 2014.
Gio began working at the Ken Anderson Alliance in 2016. She was happy to accept the challenge of starting the PLAY Program in 2017 because she has a passion for planning and coordinating community based social and service activities for individuals with disabilities. She believes these activities are very important because they lessen isolation, provide a greater comfort level in the community, and enhance both self-confidence and quality of life.
Gio has been married to her husband Tom for 38 years. Tom served as a volunteer on a regular basis on outings as the PLAY Program was becoming established and continues to volunteer whenever he is needed. They have two children, a son Tyler and a daughter Tessa (and a great son-in-law Zach). Gio and her husband love to travel and have visited 50 of the 61 U.S. National Parks.
Mike Tomlinson | Employment Specialist
Michael Tomlinson has recently joined the Ken Anderson Alliance in the role of Employment Specialist to help advance work opportunities for adults with disabilities. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Cincinnati in 2018 and is very excited for this opportunity because of his passion for this field of work. Michael's goal is to make a difference for the people and the community we serve and help facilitate employment experiences that empower disabled adults.
Cate Fopma | Community Liaison
Cate Fopma began her career in social service administration in 1986 when she was hired as the first Prison Fellowship Ohio Director. In 1989 she became the first Executive Director of Cincinnati’s Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA). Cate continued her work in substance abuse prevention as Miami University’s Prevention Coordinator. After adopting two children, she became increasingly aware of issues with foster care, adoption and children with special needs. This led to working with the Butler County Family and Children First Council as their community coordinator. In 2014, she became the first Executive Director of the Ken Anderson Foundation. All these jobs involved a great deal of community networking and building coalitions as well as administration and volunteer management.
Cate graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Urban Administration. She has been speaker and trainer at many events, including serving as the plenary speaker at the President’s Drug Advisory Council Conference. She is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XIV and continues work with the Cincinnati Chamber. She has served as LSDMC President at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and volunteers with ArtsWave. The arts, especially music and drama, continue to be extremely important in her life. She also is the Founder of Cates Crafts and teaches paper crafting classes in her home studio.
Cate has 4 children, 2 stepdaughters and 7 grandchildren.
Theresa Ciampone | Volunteer Coordinator
Theresa Ciampone joins our team with experience in the Cincinnati nonprofit Community. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with Marketing and Management degrees, Theresa began her 21-year career at Stepping Stones as the Volunteer Coordinator where she had been a teen volunteer. During her time there, she also served as the Development Director, Marketing Coordinator and Events Manager. She spent a few years doing Marketing and Development consulting for local nonprofits like Linden Grove School and Melodic Connections. She most recently worked for two years at iSPACE as the Development Director. Joining Ken Anderson Alliance as Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa is excited to return to the Disability Services community fueling her lifelong passion. (In her free time, Theresa also enjoys coaching volleyball and spending time with her family. She lives in Anderson with her husband Nick and three daughters.