Department Spotlight August

  • “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ― Shannon L. Alder

The Community Relations and Prevention department provides multiple prevention and education services in Wayne and Holmes counties for community groups, schools, businesses, and individuals in the community. Their goal is to provide education about the effects of substance abuse, domestic violence, safe-dating and other topics in a way which promotes positive mental health and wellness. The Community Relations and Prevention department also focuses on the prevention of substance abuse disorder through the development of protective factors.

Meet the Staff

Rhiannon Whalen-Harris, M.Ed. | Community Relations & Prevention Director

Rhiannon oversees community outreach regarding the services of OneEighty, as well as education to prevent substance use disorder, violence, and other behavioral health issues. She took her first position with OneEighty back in 2012 when she returned to the area after living in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Rhiannon holds a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education as well as a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family; playing with her dog, Weezie; meditation; reading; listening to music and traveling, when possible.

Emily Wirtz | Community Education & Outreach Coordinator

Emily Wirtz joined the OneEighty staff in February of 2018 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Creative Writing, and Religion from Ashland University. She moved to Wooster from her hometown of Youngstown and now holds a position as the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, serving the communities and schools of Wayne and Holmes counties, providing others with agency information and education on the prevention of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and substance use disorder. She is also currently pursuing her Master of Public Health from Kent State University in an effort to better understand and serve the community.

You might find her jogging around the College of Wooster campus, scrapbooking with her cats, or scoping out international vacation spots for a future adventure.

Kailey Cary | Youth Specialist

Kailey has been with OneEighty for just over 2 years.  Kailey started with the agency in June 2018 as the part time Youth Prevention Education Specialist, providing Generation Rx (prescription drug abuse prevention) programming to local schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. In her current position as a Youth Specialist, she conducts youth programming and support services to meet the needs of children staying in the shelter who have been victimized or who have witnessed abuse and educates the community about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kailey was born and raised in Northeast OH and graduated from Malone University in 2017, where she met her husband, Austin.  Kailey and Austin enjoy birding together and spending time visiting Ohio State Parks.  Kailey also enjoys crafting, gardening, finding new ways to live more sustainably, family game nights, and time with loved ones.

Gayle Byrne | Coordinated Community Response Specialist

Gayle became the Coordinated Community Response Specialist in September of 2019 after sixteen years in medical device/pharmaceutical sales . Gayle acts as a liaison among multi-disciplinary teams both within the agency and the community to help improve and coordinate response and outreach efforts related to intimate partner and sexual violence.  She organizes activities and events to promote OneEighty’s services portfolio and educate the public about domestic violence/sexual assault prevention.  Her professional background is in secondary English education, business and medical sales.

Away from work, Gayle is a busy wife and mom of two teenagers and golden retriever, Ollie.  She loves to entertain at home with family and friends, is passionate about decorating, always has a book nearby to read, and is a great movie date -- as long as you’ll share your popcorn and you don’t mind commentary throughout the show.  .  .

Nonya Wenger, OCPS | Community Coalitions Manager

Nonya has been with OneEighty since 2015 and is staff support for all the substance abuse prevention Community Coalitions in Wayne County. Nonya works with other OneEighty staff to provide environmental prevention, which includes education, training and community events meant to prevent substance use disorder and other risky behaviors with youth.

She is certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid and is a certified trainer in TiPS (Training in Intervention Procedures, for alcohol vendors) and Alcohol Literacy Challenge. She is a member of the State Prevention Association, the Wayne County Opiate Task Force and its Prevention and Support Committees. Nonya holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Supervision and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.

Kristina Hoskins, OCPSA  |  Outreach and Prevention Assistant

Kristina Hoskins has been with OneEighty for five years.  As the Outreach & Prevention Assistant, she works to prevent youth substance abuse and assist outreach efforts for OneEighty programs. She loves the meaningful work she gets to do and looks forward to growing professionally with the agency.

Kristie Skaggs | Coalition Prevention Specialist

Kristie started at OneEighty in February and works with several substance abuse prevention coalitions in Wayne county. In addition to her work, she enjoys writing and traveling and has visited 6 continents.

Christy VanSickle| Community Relations & Marketing Manager

Christy is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of OneEighty’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities. She supervises two associates who provide outreach regarding the services of OneEighty, as well as managing, coordinating, and recruiting volunteers to the agency. Christy started with the agency in August of 2018 after twenty years in the retail industry. Christy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time or traveling with her husband, running with her dog, watching tv with her two cats and reading outside.

Dwight Sprang | Volunteer Coordinator

Dwight joined OneEighty in November of 2019 after being in retail management and human resources for 25+ years.  He was born & raised in Big Prairie (It is not big or a prairie) Holmes County.  Dwight lived in Wooster for 11 years and currently lives in Ashland.  He is a graduate of West Holmes High School (Go Knights) and received his asssociate degree in accounting from The University of Akron. Dwight is a widower with no kids and enjoys spending time with his family; Mom, 2 brothers, 1 niece (15) and 3 nephews (18,4,3).