Board MembersMahoning Country Children Services
Mahoning County Children Services Board is comprised of eight members who are appointed by the Mahoning County Commissioners. Officers are elected by a majority of the board membership and serve two-year terms.
Dr. Joseph Mosca
Dr. Joseph Mosca has been a Children Services Board Member since 2013. He is currently the Dean of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services at Youngstown State University. Dr. Mosca earned a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Mosca has an extensive list of professional consultant/community service activities, funded projects, national and international paper presentations, university service, and professional development activities. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Social Worker of the Year Award and Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Social Workers/Ohio Chapter Region 4. Dr. Mosca also received the YSU Professional/Administrative Staff Award for Distinguished Service, YSU Distinguished Professor Award for University Service, YSU Smith-Murphy Award for Teaching Excellence, and the YSU Watson Merit Award for leadership.
Dr. Benjamin L. McGee
Dr. Benjamin L. McGee was appointed to the Board in 2016. Now retired and serving as an Independent Education and Social Service Agency Consultant, Dr. McGee has spent his professional career in education and working with youth. Prior to his retirement, Dr. McGee served as Superintendent of Youngstown City School District, Youngstown, Ohio. After retiring from Youngstown City Schools, Dr. McGee served as Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, Counseling and School Psychology at Youngstown State University and was also Special Assistant to the State Associate Superintendent for Urban Initiatives, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. McGee currently serves on numerous service organization Boards. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Educator of the Year and Youngstown State Alumni Award for Diversity. Dr. McGee received his Doctorate in Education from Youngstown State University, a Master’s Degree from Youngstown State University and Undergraduate Degree from The Ohio State University.
Anthony Spano has served on the Mahoning County Children Services Board since April 2012. A Youngstown State University graduate, Spano is currently a Purchasing Coordinator at Youngstown State University. The majority of Spano’s career has included positions and leadership roles involving youth. He is Founder and Executive Director of Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, a non-profit organization serving chronically and terminally-ill children. Spano has also been publicly recognized for his community service work and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including: The President Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing, celebrating and inspiring community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge. The award is presented by the President of the United States.
Delphine Baldwin Casey
Pastor JoAnn Pangio
Pastor JoAnn Pangio was appointed to the Board in 2016. Pastor Pangio has spent the majority of her career in the ministry. She is currently the Senior Pastor at Abundant Harvest World Outreach Center, Austintown. Pastor Pangio is credentialed and affiliated with Abundant Ministries Fellowship and also ordained with the International Fellowship of Churches Assemblies. She also served as Administrator of Rejoicing Life Christian School which she and her husband, Dr. Michael J. Pangio founded in Middleport Ohio and has directed many Sunday school programs. Pastor Pangio has traveled to Africa, Peru, Nicaragua, France and the Caribbean to minister in conferences and also has a program on PTV called “Spiritually Speaking.” She is also a volunteer at Struthers Middle School with the MORE Reading Program. She and her husband have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She is a Youngstown, Ohio native, a graduate of Cardinal Mooney and attended Abundant Word Bible School.
Director of Operations & Compliance for Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership
Marilyn Montes is the Director of Operations and Compliance for Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) based in Youngstown. She has worked for MYCAP over 25 years, and other urban and rural Community Action Agencies and the housing authority over the last 13 years. Montes is a certified Human Resource Professional with experience managing and maintaining compliances in all human resource disciplines. She is also certified in Labor Management. In 2015, Montes attained certification as a Non-Profit Accounting Professional (CNAP). She also started Montes HR Generalist Consulting Services in 2014. The company assists an organization’s Board of Directors to hire their top management positions such as the CEO/ED CFO, HR and/or COO. Montes grew up in Youngstown after coming to Ohio from Puerto Rico at the age of three. She has two adult children and is now enjoying her grandchildren.
Director of the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry
Daniel Wakefield is the director of the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry. Wakefield holds a Master’s degree in history from John Carroll University, Cleveland, and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned two baccalaureates from Youngstown State University, one a Bachelor of Science in Education, the other a Bachelor of Arts in history, and he is a graduate of the University Scholars and Honors program. Wakefield worked as an educator for a number of years prior to joining the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry in 2000. He currently serves on the board of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality and as hospitality and communications chair for the Ursuline Sisters Associate program. Wakefield is also involved with the Mahoning County Homeless Continuum of Care. Additionally, Wakefield received the “25 Under 35” Award from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley in 2014.