OUR STAFF

Michael J. Krause

Executive Director

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Michael J. Krause serves as the Executive Director of Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations (OhioPRO). He has served OhioPRO in this capacity since June 2021 and is its inaugural Executive Director. Michael is a tireless advocate for all individuals in, or working towards, recovery and the peer-run organizations that provide recovery support.

Under his leadership, OhioPRO has enjoyed remarkable success in its many strategic initiatives. His accomplishments over that time include developing a mobile application to be used by certified peers, creating funding opportunities for peer-run organizations, and engaging the peer community through learning opportunities.  

He has a personal passion for recovery because he, too, is a person with a lived experience and is in sustained recovery. Michael has served in a variety of executive-level positions throughout his professional career; a majority of that service was within the affordable housing industry. Michael currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.  He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Westminster College.

Megan Conkle

Program Director

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Megan Conkle is a dedicated and experienced professional who is deeply committed to creating positive change in the fields of housing, supportive services, and public administration. As the Program Director at OhioPRO, Megan collaborates with peer-run organizations to establish streamlined structures that enhance the accessibility, strength, and equity of statewide recovery systems.

Prior to joining the OhioPRO team, Megan served as the Director of Housing and Supportive Services at the YWCA of Canton. In this role, she successfully led a diverse range of programs, including a homeless shelter, rapid rehousing program, and Permanent Supportive Housing program. Recognizing the importance of supporting individuals in active substance use and recovery, Megan implemented innovative harm reduction strategies that effectively addressed their unique needs.

Before her tenure at the YWCA, Megan served as the Resident Services Administrative Analyst at the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. Here, she demonstrated a passionate commitment to promoting resident choice and ensuring resource availability, playing a key role in coordinating the agency's ConnectHome digital access program.

Megan holds a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Additionally, she holds Bachelor's degrees in English and Communication from Wittenberg University.

Megan lives in Canton, Ohio with her husband, two dogs, four chickens, and art studio. Her personal interests reflect her creative nature and her dedication to contributing to her local community.

Uele Boxill

Marketing Coordinator

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As a writer, photographer, and peer recovery supporter, I believe storytelling can make a difference in people's lives. As a person in mental health recovery, I know firsthand the importance of sharing personal stories and fostering an open community. And I believe that OhioPRO is an organization that champions those values in our state.

Before starting at OhioPRO, I worked for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in their Public Affairs Office for five years. In 2022, I participated in the inaugural Mental Health Youth Action Forum, hosted by MTV and The White House. Through this program, I worked with 30 other young adults in the mental health advocacy space to develop online campaigns centered around helping youth and young adults with their mental health. The forum culminated in a public discussion around mental health with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and actress Selena Gomez at The White House.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing from Capital University in 2016. In 2023, I earned a Certificate in Photography from the University of Washington and am continuing my education through the UCLA Extension School.

I hope that by working with OhioPRO, I can continue to grow my passion for storytelling and develop new skills to share the stories of peer supporters from across Ohio and help foster change and innovation in the peer community.

About OhioPro

Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations serves as the unifying force for Ohio peer-recovery organizations and programs to speak with one voice in all aspects of the mental health and substance use disorder systems.

 

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