The Educational Resources Consultants of Ohio (ERCO) is a non-profit, educational organization that specializes in authorizing, monitoring, evaluating, and providing technical support for Ohio charter schools.

History of the Company

ERCO opened its doors for business in January 2005, offering services to Ohio charter/community schools, which must by state law be authorized or "sponsored" by an entity like ERCO, which provides oversight in accordance with State of Ohio standards.


When founded, ERCO was one of many community school sponsors authorized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to offer operating contracts to the 270 Ohio community schools in existence then. ERCO held, in its early years, operating contracts for fifteen (15) schools. Today, ERCO holds operating contracts for more than twenty schools which serve thousands of students.

Mission Statement

To provide a strong foundation of resources, oversight, guidance and leadership both to and in partnership with educational leaders of community schools serving children and society.

Vision Statement

To promote high quality charter schools in Ohio through strong academic performance and financial viability.

Core Values

  • Integrity: We will do what we say and expect the same in return.

  • Quality: We will continually strive for excellence individually and collaboratively.

  • Respect: We will exhibit professionalism with each other and our stakeholders.

  • Competence: We believe knowledge is power.

  • Accountability: We hold ourselves to these core values.

Meet Our Staff

J. Leonard Harding

Executive Director

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J. Leonard Harding, Executive Director of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc. brings 30 years of experience in education to ERCO. He holds a B.S. in 
Education from Miami University of Oxford OH, a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his superintendents license while enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati in the Urban Educational Leadership Program. Combining his background in education and business, Mr. Harding brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to lead and direct the community leaders of which his organization sponsors. Mr. Harding's past relative experience has been as the Director of Education for Hamilton County Juvenile Court of Common Pleas, administration at Northwest Local School District and teacher with the Princeton City School District. Mr. Harding was an adjunct professor at Xavier University and the student teacher supervisor for the college of education at the Cincinnati branch of Mt Vernon University. He has received special recognition awards for "Excellence in Programming" from Xavier University and "Ohio Principals Mentoring Program" from the State of Ohio. Mr. Harding is the co-founder of Christ Tabernacle Ministries of Excellence, Inc. which is the parent group of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc.

Aaron Kinebrew

Director of Compliance

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Mr. Aaron Kinebrew has over 10 years of sponsoring experience and serves as Director of Compliance of ERCO and has 20+ years’ experience in the educational field has mentored thousands of youth and is known as a dynamic inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator. He has held the positions of caseworker, teacher, counselor, Dean of Discipline and Assistant to the Principal; each progression preparing him for his present role at ERCO. Mr. Kinebrew’s exposure to troubled students includes: facilitator of conflict mediation groups, development of programs to enhance physical skills, and behavior monitoring. Mr. Kinebrew holds a B.A. with concentration in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University, has completed graduate level classes in mathematics at Xavier University.  Mr. Kinebrew received his certificate of completion in Leadership/Non-Profit Management through Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management-Executive Education Program. He is also a participant of the Charter School Institute through Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Kinebrew respects, defends and advocates for school choice.

Dr. Terry B. Joyner

Academic Performance & Accountability Specialist

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Dr. Joyner brings over 40 years of experience in curriculum and instruction, beginning her career as a teacher of students with disabilities and Reading Specialist in the public school system. She has held the positions: Supervisor of Curriculum and Learning, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent/ Chief Academic Officer. In the position Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Joyner was responsible for directing Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Research, Evaluation and Assessment; Services to Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners; Federal Programs and Professional Development. Dr. Joyner has also collaborated with institutions of higher education, state and local agencies and private foundations to improve educational services for all students and families in the Cincinnati area. Dr. Terry. B. Joyner is also the President and CEO of Systems Solutions LLC, an educational consulting company that  provides curriculum alignment, instructional management, program evaluation, coaching, data analysis and monitoring services to schools for improving student achievement. She provides professional development, technical assistance and administrative services to local school boards, community schools, sponsors and social service agencies. She received her degrees in Education from the University of Delaware (BSED 1977), University Of Maryland, College Park (M.ED, 1978), and Wilmington University, Delaware (Ed.D 1996). Dr. Joyner believes, “Schools control the conditions that lead to student success.” Quality teaching and instructions is the key to success.

Melissa Robinson

Special Education/Northeast
Regional Consultant

James Wilson Jr.

Director of Quality
and Finance

Ms. Robinson has an extensive background in working within the special education field. She is also experienced in interacting with students with severe behavior problems and juvenile delinquent clients. Ms. Robinson is skilled in innovating, implementing, supervising, and directing projects from conception to completion. Some of her past duties included supervision and direction of eight schools in all their special education processes and to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines. She holds a B.S. degree in Special Education from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

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James Wilson is the Southwest Regional  and Finance Consultant for the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio. He has worked in these capacities and other sponsor capacities for 10 years. He brings a wealth of Financial experience and knowledge starting as a Marketing and Finance major at Cincinnati State and later obtaining over 15 years of Finance, Accounting, Banking and Payroll expertise. He is responsible for Financial Oversight of all ERCO schools. James has worked in all aspects of Charter School oversight, evaluating and technical assistance to schools, as a Regional Representative for the Cincinnati/ Dayton area schools.

David A. Harding

Systems Analyst

David Harding is a young business professional that joined the ERCO team in 2016. He currently serves as system analyst working on solutions that support internal, as well as, external clients. David graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a Darwin T. Turner Scholar, with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. His past experience includes project management, informational systems, and client relations.

Karen Parker


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Another part of the logistical organization of ERCO is also up the shoulders of Karen Parker our outgoing Receptionist. Karen covers several positions such as secretary and is responsible for accounts payable. Forty-five years experiences gives her the finesse to interchange each position seamlessly and effectively. Prior to her position at ERCO, she held numerous positions of “back office” support that helped in the efficient running of the office. She developed and implemented processes that resulted in time and cost saving procedures. Karen is the pleasant smile as you enter the doors of ERCO. Her warmth and easy communicative skills makes you feel “at home” which is important in overall communications within the office environment.

Benjamin Rodriguez

Data Analyst

Benjamin is an experienced committee member with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. Skilled in nonprofit organizations, communication, event Management, leadership development and youth development. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in communication with a focus on organizational leadership. Benjamin is a data analyst for ERCO conducting full lifecycle analysis to include requirements, activities, and design. He develops analysis and reports capabilities. He also monitors performance and quality control plans to identify improvements.

Sonya Lunsford

Administrative Assistant/
Human Resource


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The logistical organization of ERCO is upon the shoulders of our excellent Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, Sonya Lunsford. Sonya has over twenty-five years’ experience in the clerical field and eighteen years as an Executive Administrative Assistant. She attended Indiana State University in the school of Business Administration and later the University of Cincinnati—Raymond Walters College with a concentration on Office Administration/ Medical. She successfully incorporates her work experience and educational background with excellent organizational and leadership skills as ERCO's Executive Administrative Assistant.

Sean Fraunfelter

Financial Specialist

Fraunfelter Accounting Services formed in 2000 and since completed over 200 GAAP conversions, including over 55 CAFRs, filing over 100 non-for-profit tax reporting form package (990s), and financially forecasting/analysis for multiple local governments between Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

Mr. Fraunfelter also serves as the contract finance director at two transportation improvement districts, three port authorities and several community improvement corporations. Fraunfelter Accounting Services has served as the ERCO financial review specialist for our bi-monthly financial reporting process since July 2012. Her has adapted our review process to meet the needs of the Department of Education sponsor program through a six step process which now includes a monthly comparative review and up to two year historically trend analysis.

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Contact Us

Tel: 513.771.4006

Email: admin@ercoinc.org


3401 Hamilton-Mason Rd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

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