Our Faculty & Staff


Dawn Anderson-Butcher (Executive Director)

(MS, BA, BS, Miami University, PhD, MSW, University of Utah) Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher is a Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University (OSU) and a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor (LISW-S) in the State of Ohio. She also holds a courtesy appointment in Kinesiology at OSU and co-leads the university-wide Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports Initiative (LiFEsports) at OSU (a national exemplar sports-based youth development program). Dr. Anderson-Butcher has a BA in psychology, a BS in exercise and sport sciences, and a MS in health and sport studies from Miami University, Ohio. She also has a MSW and PhD from the College of Health at the University of Utah. Her primary research interests focus on positive youth development in various social settings such as schools, afterschool programs, and youth sport. Her secondary research interests include exploring how school-family-community partnerships maximize school- and community-based resources for learning and healthy development, especially in communities serving vulnerable children and families. Her work has been published in key journals such as Children & Schools, Journal of Education and Psychological Consultation, Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport, Research on Social Work Practice, and Children and Youth Services Review. Anderson-Butcher has provided technical assistance, capacity-building, and research/evaluation services to LEAs, SEAs, and other youth serving agencies across the nation, such as the Ohio Department of Education, Utah State Office of Education, Mansfield City Schools, Columbus City Schools, The Cardinal Health Foundation, the United Way of Central Ohio, and the Knowledge Works Foundation. She also chairs the national Mental Health-Education Integration Council, a network of interdisciplinary scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and graduate students focused on workforce preparation issues related to addressing barriers to learning in schools and other youth serving agencies. Dr. Anderson-Butcher also is a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE, formerly the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sport).



Becky Wade-Mdivanian (Director of Youth Development Initiatives)

(B.S.W., Capital University, M.S.W., The Ohio State University) is currently the Director of Youth Development Initiatives in the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University and the Director of Operations for the LiFEsports Initiative. In this position, she is responsible for the management and leadership of all current youth development grants at the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) as well as the day-to-day management and operations of the LiFEsports Initiative.



Catelen Ramsey (Program Coordinator)

(M.S.W., The Ohio State University) is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio. Currently, she is the program coordinator of the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Catelen’s role in CAYCI is to coordinate day to day operations and grant management focused on planning, implementation and evaluation of school-family-community partnerships. She also manages projects in relation to positive youth development, school climate, health and social services interventions to support vulnerable youth and families. Along with this role Catelen also helps supervise and instruct OSU students as they learn social work practices and develop research and evaluation techniques.

Sara Henderson (Program Coordinator)

 (B.S.W., M.S.W., The Ohio State University) is a Program Coordinator with CAYCI. Sara works with high school age youth and supervises two MSW students at Early College Academy. She also spends time working with the LiFEsports’ Youth Leadership Academy, summer camp and clinics. Sara initially became involved with the LiFEsports Initiative as the dance coach, she fell in love with the program and has enjoyed being involved in different facets over the years and seeing it grow. Outside of LiFEsports, Sara is an independent licensed social worker with supervisor designation in the State of Ohio. Sara volunteers with Safe Families for Children and rides each year in Pelotonia.

René Olate

(PhD, MSW, Washington University, MA, ILADES/Pontifical Gregorian University) is an Assistant Professor and CAYCI faculty researcher at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. He has conducted cross-national research on youth programs and worked as an international consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and United Nations in several countries of the Latin American region. Dr. Olate has held faculty positions at Catholic University of Chile and Boston College and has several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in English and Spanish. Dr. Olate’s scholarship focuses on masculinities, youth violence, high-risk youth, Latino gangs, volunteerism, and community and youth development. Currently, he is conducting research about the intersection among masculinities, violence, and risk behaviors and protective factors on youth in Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua.

Angelic Dean (School-Family- Community Coordinator)

(B.A. Ohio University, M.S. Indiana State University) is currently the School-Family-Community Coordinator within the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Angelic’s focus is the implementation and facilitation of the school-family-community partnerships through the Community Collaboration Model for School Improvement within Hamilton STEM Academy located in the Linden community within Columbus City Schools. Within her role she is an advocate for Hamilton families and students within the community and works with school to ensure resources and supports are present and effective, and lead back to academic learning and achievement.