Reza joined ODA in October 2018, as Grants Director. Before joining ODA, he was the Grants Manager at The Free Clinic (currently Circle Health Services) for five years. Reza’s role was instrumental in creation of The Free Clinic’s first ever Pediatric Department; he also helped design and implement The Free Clinic’s new Family Therapy Program. Prior to The Free Clinic, Reza was the Foundation and Government Funding Manager at The Village Network in Wooster, Ohio for more than six years. His efforts at The Village Network helped provide high quality evidence-based services for high-risk foster children and youth in residential facilities; Reza helped create a horticulture therapy and employment training program for youth aging out of the foster care system. Reza’s professional experiences also include design and implementation of substance abuse prevention and family self-sufficiency programs.
Reza received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University (CSU), and completed his academic pursuit by earning a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs from CSU. Reza’s doctorate dissertation research explored effectiveness of various foster care networks in Ohio based on their success in securing permanency for the children placed in out-of-home care. Reza also earned a Master of Public Administration degree at CSU with specialization in Health Care Administration Track. In addition, Reza holds a State of Ohio social work licensure (LSW).
Reza enjoys spending time with family and friends; and participates in various arts and cultural clubs and activities, including poetry, ethnic fairs, wine tasting and culinary arts, and volunteer work in the community. Reza currently serves as a volunteer for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries’ (LMM) Housing and Shelter Board, as well as LMM’s Program Committee.