637 College Avenue • Wooster, OH 44691

330.462.1118

Our Team

Shawn Pedani, LISW-S

Director of Encourage Foster Care

Heather Huebner

Recruiter and Engagement Specialist

Jessie Berry, MSSA, LISW-S

Clinical Supervisor

Maria Reina

Foster Care Coordinator

Amanda McCarter

Foster Care Coordinator

Candice Kocsis, BSW, LSW

Foster Care Coordinator

Jodi Figueroa, LSW

Foster Care Assessor

Palma Ashcraft, BSSW, LSW

Foster Care Assessor and Trainer

Jocelyn Mast

Administrative Assistant

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The Encourage Team

See what sets Encourage Foster Care and our wonderful team apart.

See what sets Encourage Foster Care and our wonderful team apart.

Shawn Pedani, LISW-S

Shawn Pedani, LISW-S

Director of Encourage Foster Care

I’m honored with the privilege to be a part of helping to locate, train, and support high quality foster homes throughout Northeast Ohio! There are so many children who need moms and dads who can help develop meaningful connections with them and help them reunite with their families of origin. I'm also honored with the privilege of leading an outstanding team with a unified purpose of effectively serving counties to help keep children as locally as possible. When I'm not at work, I enjoy playing the guitar, lifting weights, and nerding out on Marvel and Star Wars.