Randy Leite, Ph.D. serves as executive director of the Appalachian Children Coalition, an organization focused on expanding and enhancing child mental health resources in the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region. In this role, Dr. Leite is engaged with schools, mental health boards, social service agencies, and governmental entities to address significant mental health resource disparities in the region. Leite assumed this position after serving for twelve years as the dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. In the dean role, he facilitated a number of academic and community engagement programs focused on bringing positive impact to children and families in Southeastern Ohio. During his tenure, the college grew to enroll over 10,000 students in a broad variety of academic programs. While serving as dean, Leite taught a variety of classes on family policy, family dynamics, and family diversity. His interest in family policy is reflected in his development of the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health at Ohio University and the Institute for Child and Family Policy at Bowling Green State University.
Leite’s interest in fatherhood developed through his research on non-residential father involvement with children while completing a doctoral degree in human development and family science at The Ohio State University and in subsequent years as a faculty member at Bowling Green State University. As a researcher, Dr. Leite has explored the impact of family policy on children and families, dynamics of father involvement with children, family demography, and child outcomes associated with patterns of family engagement.
Born in Columbus, he was raised by loving, highly-engaged parents. He met his wife Theresa while both were college students. They raised three children together and are now doting grandparents to two grandchildren. Leite readily admits that being a father has been the most rewarding and meaningful experience of his life and is excited to continue as a member of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood as it promotes high-quality father engagement with children across Ohio.
The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting.
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2021 Commission Meeting Dates: Feb. 11, May 13, July 8, Sept. 9 and Nov. 18.
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Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, June 2019
Supporting the Fatherhood Journey: Finding from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) Impact Report
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
AdCouncil Fatherhood PSAs
Region V Fatherhood Webinars
National Fatherhood Initiative
National Center for Fathering
Kids Count Data
Grant Writing Webinar (Power Point Slides)
Infant Vitality Toolkit for Fathers
Ohio County Services
Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)
Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition
Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Strong Babies
Start Talking Ohio
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