Housing Resource Center
Housing Resources Center Staff
The Housing Resource Center is an umbrella for several program activities, including advocacy, home accessibility, nursing home transition and facility management.
Ash Lemons transitioned into the field of disability related services in 2002, a few years after a diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis ended a successful 8 year stint as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force.
He is currently the Director of the Housing Resource Center at the Ability Center of Greater Toledo where he oversees the Home Accessibility program, The Nursing Home Transition program and other programs related to Housing and Advocacy. He previously served as the Ability Center’s Accessibility Specialist and Disability Rights Advocate.
In 2005, Ash was presented the “Spirit of Democracy” award, by former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, for assisting 11 County Board of Elections in working towards compliance with the Help Americans Vote Act. In 2008, he was recognized by Chief Logan of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a key advocate in the passage of SB209, which provided expanded opportunities for hunters with certain disabilities.
Ash currently serves as a board member of the: Toledo Lucas County Housing Trust Fund, Toledo Area Alliance to End Homelessness, Williams County Habitat for Humanity, The Ohio Secretary of State’s ADA advisory committee and the Ohio Governors Council on Persons with Disabilities.
Ash holds an Associates degree in Airframe Technology from the Community College of the United States Air Force, a BS in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and is an ICC certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner. Ash enjoys spending quality time with his two sons and wife. His hobbies include walking, listening to music, community improvement activities and watching the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Home Accessibility Staff
I have a BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and an MA in Sociology from University of Toledo. I have worked as a Pharmacy Technician, interned with Department of Youth Services and worked for Lucas County Children Services. I love working with and for others.
After having my daughter, I worked in the family business so I could spend as much time with her as possible. Now that she is older, I have been fortunate enough to go back to work full-time in a rewarding position with this amazing organization.
When I am not working, I love hanging out with my daughter and husband, playing tennis, shopping, reading, and exercising. I also enjoy backpacking and traveled around Europe after graduation.
I am a lifelong resident of Lucas county. I grew up in the Shoreland-Point Place area, but have resided in west Toledo, Sylvania Township, and Springfield Township. After graduating from Whitmer High School, I attended Owens Community College. After working in various sales positions I changed direction and started a career in carpentry. I worked in a family business with my brother for almost twenty years, before starting my own company nearly a decade ago. With nearly thirty years experience as a carpenter-remodeler my hope is to bring a good deal of expertise to the ramp building program. I like to spend my spare time with my wife Kim, my daughter Kirsten, and my two grandchildren. I am also a big sports fan and enjoy many types of music.
Nursing Home Transition Staff
Shelley is a frequent lecturer at state and local colleges on disability legislation and the inclusion of people with disabilities. She has certification from the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Trainer.
She is a native Toledoan and alumna of the University of Toledo. Shelley is a recipient of the Toledo Distinguished Community Leadership Award by Leadership Toledo for her advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Legal Aid of North Western Ohio, and the Toledo Bar Association presented her with the Community Advocacy Award – Access to Justice . Shelley also received the 2004 Milestones: Tribute to Women in Education for her work in helping to create The Disability Studies Program at the University of Toledo.
She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA). She is also a Governor-appointed member of the Ohio Unified Long-Term Care Commission and is Chair for the Governor’s Ohio Olmstead Taskforce.
I began working at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo in 2001, as the Community Living Coordinator. The department expanded its staff and, in 2008, I became the Nursing Home Transition Manager. As such, I am responsible for coordinating communications between various social agencies and businesses to encourage smooth transitioning for consumers. As of May 2009, my department has assisted in the transition of nearly 400 consumers from a nursing home setting into independent living, an accomplishment of which we are all proud.
Before ACT, I worked with the State of Ohio as a supervisor for the Department of Youth Services, a corrections facility for felony offenders. In this position, I supervised staff members responsible for the youth offenders. Before becoming a supervisor, I worked as a Corrections Officer, specializing in transitioning offenders with substance problems back into the community.
In my spare time, I volunteer at my church and hold the position of Servant Leader of the Deacon’s Ministry and Servant Leader of the Church and Family Life Ministry. I’ve recently received training through “The Keeping it Together Marriage Initiative”, sponsored by the State of Ohio, as a Couples’ Training Facilitator. My hobbies include auto detailing, repairing and rebuilding small electronic devices, surfing the internet and spending time with my family and close friends.
Born and raised in New Jersey, I received an Associate’s degree in Legal Assisting and have over 10 years experience in customer service and administrative roles. I relocated to Sylvania, Ohio in 2004 with my husband, where I was fortunate enough to stay at home with our son, Marc. Marc was born with multiple disabilities and he changed my life in ways I never expected. There are no words to describe the lessons that he taught me in the four short, but precious years he was with us.
Marc is the reason why I am at The Ability Center today. I was seeking to join an organization that made a difference in the lives of others. I started as a volunteer with The Ability Center in 2009 and officially became an employee in 2010. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people who are passionate about the individuals we help on a daily basis.
In my spare time, I love to travel and above all I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I have been employed at The Ability Center for 12 years, the last three years as a Nursing Home Transition Coordinator. I am passionate about assisting people in nursing facilities to live independently in the community. Through the Home Choice Program as a Transition Coordinator, I am able to assist individuals in finding a community setting that they choose with the supports they need to assure an opportunity for them to live in their home and not in a nursing home.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and finding tranquility in my flower garden.
It is amazing to think one change in direction and your path can transform into something you never thought possible. Yes, I have always dreamed of helping others but I wasn’t sure how to take the steps to get there. I grew up in Toledo, part of a close family. I enjoy the simple things life has to offer: animals, art, crafts, music, and nature. My background is diverse. I was an active babysitter for my neighborhood, worked in a restaurant for six and a half years, spent almost a year as a direct support professional for autistic adults, and then my journey led to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo.
I still remember the first day I walked through the doors. I was so excited and nervous, curious where this journey would take me. I am completely amazed how it has brought me to a place that I have always dreamed of: helping others. There are so many wishes and dreams we have in life, some are fulfilled and some are not. To think I have found mine is incredible. Each new day I have is a blessing and a gift.
I am so thankful for being a part of The Ability Center Family. To learn, grow, and become the being I have always wanted while helping others reach their goals and passions is the best way to spend my days on this incredible journey. I am currently pursuing a college degree in the medical field. This education will help me gain the knowledge I need to help others on many different levels. No matter what happens in life, even if it seems impossible, if you have a dream and you think you can reach it, reach for it. If you follow your heart, anything is possible.