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.
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.
To promote high quality charter schools in Ohio through strong academic performance and financial viability.
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
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.
Dr. Terry B. Joyner
Academic Performance & Accountability Specialist
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.
Director of Compliance
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.
Academic and Performance Coach & Central Regional Consultant
Michael Kelly has over 40 years in education in a variety of settings including, parochial, public and charter settings. He received his B. A. from Wabash College in 1977 and a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 1987.
His mission is to focus on improving the educational opportunities for students and improving student achievement. In order to do this, he works with the adults in the schools to create situations where a focus on adult actions results in the improved achievement for students. I have leadership experience at multiple levels including high school, middle school, central office, and most recently at the elementary level.
His recent experiences over the past 15 years, have been focused on school improvement. He has been trained as an Ohio Improvement Process Facilitator. This has prepared him to work with BLTs in going through the Decision Framework and then developing a focused plan. He has assisted building leadership teams through the process of collecting and using data to define a small number of focused goals designed to improve student achievement through changing the adult behaviors of teachers. Building these collaborative structures of TBTs to really focus on what works for students is the key to successful school improvement.
These opportunities have allowed me to experience the whole process in various districts and buildings, all with diverse challenges and demands. As public education continues to maneuver through this time of extraordinary change, he has the energy and enthusiasm and drive to be a force for positive change.
Special Education Consultant
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.
James Wilson Jr.
Director of Quality
James Wilson has over 10 years of sponsoring experience and serves as Director of Quality and Finance of ERCO. He has worked in various capacities within the organization including the areas of school finance, school facilities, school governance, and school accountability. He brings a wealth of financial and business experience and is responsible for financial monitoring, evaluating and offering technical assistance to ERCO schools and school treasurers.
James has obtained his Bachelor's degree from The Union Institute and University in Organizational Leadership.
David A. Harding
Director of Operations, Southwest Regional and Board Development Representative
David Harding is a young business professional that joined the ERCO team in 2016. He currently serves as the Director of Operation and System Analyst. David has 2 plus years of sponsoring responsibilities including: school compliance, operations, school facilities, school governance, school accountability and evaluating school performance. 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.
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.
Brian Anderson joined the ERCO team in 2019. He attended the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in Mathematics and decided to use that knowledge to pursue a career in the Education field. Previous work experience in the engineering field, commitment to the goal of attaining quality education for kids and a strong desire to learn are a driving force in Brian’s ability to help ERCO grow. Utilizing his mathematics background, he assists in collecting school data and compliance documents to support ERCO in a uniquely analytical approach.
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.
Financial Specialist/ Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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 throughout the state of Ohio.
Sean Fraunfelter is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license since 1999. Mr. Fraunfelter's CPA license serves ERCO as an equivalent Treasurer in his role. Mr. Fraunfelter has served as the ERCO Financial Specialist for 8 years, overviewing, evaluating school monthly financial reports and completing the analysis review for each school. The analysis was developed to meet the needs of the sponsor with a six step process that includes a monthly comparative review and a two year historical trend analysis.
Mr. Fraunfelter also serves ERCO on its Advisory Board.
Northern Regional Representative
Daniel Calloway is a business professional that joined the ERCO team in 2017. He currently serves as the Northeast Ohio Regional Rep. Daniel has 10 plus years of working and serving on board of directors for charter schools and public advocacy organizations in Ohio. While working with charter schools he has worked on school compliance, finance, operations, school facilities, school governance, school accountability and evaluating school performance. Daniel graduated from Kent State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and John Carroll University with a Masters in Nonprofit Organizational Management.
Fernanda Rivera Trillo
Assistant Southwest Regional Rep
Fernanda has Managerial experience in the life insurance and medical supply industries and currently holds life and health licenses. She is also a portrait photographer in the greater Cincinnati area. Fernanda graduated from Fairfield High School and then attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for 2 years where she studied photography.