Meet Our New Executive Director!

Written by Kristen Minichello

We are excited to announce that Ashley Krause has been appointed as the new Executive Director of The Children’s Center! An experienced professional in addressing child abuse and neglect, Krause comes to The Children’s Center from Geauga County Job and Family Services where she led a team of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigators and supervised the Geauga County Child Advocacy Program. 

“I am humbled and honored to lead The Children’s Center of Medina County,” said Krause. “This organization represents my passion and dedication to the protection of children in our community. I am so proud of the mission of The Children’s Center, and am eager to get to work with an extraordinary group of staff and Board Members.”


Getting to Know Ashley

We asked Ashley to share a little bit more about herself so that we could all get to know her a little better.

What skills and experiences are you most excited about bringing to The Children’s Center?

I am so excited to bring my passion for children to The Children’s Center. Not only am I passionate about the work I do, each and every day I strive to make a difference in the lives of those I come in contact with. Making a difference in just one life, matters. My experience working directly with children who have been abused or neglected is essential to bring to The Children’s Center. I am experienced in addressing these issues firsthand and am eager to continue prevention and trauma-informed work within the community. I am excited to bring my positive energy to The Center, and to develop long-lasting relationships within the community.

What are your favorite things about Medina?

I love the “small-town feel” in Medina. The community has such a warm feel to it, and everyone knows everyone (seriously!). I am eager and excited to develop relationships in Medina. The community support is admirable. There is something to say about the way this community comes together to meet goals and move towards positive change.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

My previous mentor and a good friend of mine once told me, “you will try and you will fail; but it is the effort in your trying that gives you the strength to accept that sometimes you will fail.” Failing is hard to accept, but there is some grace in that moment knowing that you gave it your all. There is never a question as to if you could have done more when you give it all you’ve got. We fall, and we fail, and we get right back up. We keep going because the world needs us.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have been a figure skater for 25 years and am currently a figure skating coach. I was a synchronized skater while attending Ohio University. Figure skating has always been something that has been a huge part of my life and even led me to meet my hockey player husband (who also coaches several youth hockey teams)!

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

Compassion and Confidence. My compassionate heart is my driving factor in the passion I have for the work I do. To care for and respect those going through one of the most difficult times in their lives speaks for itself. It is equally important to take pride in what you know, and what you do – and to know it well. Confidence comes from being educated and informed so that you can ensure those you serve receive the best services necessary for healing.

What does the community need to know about The Children’s Center?

First of all, you should come to The Center for a tour! The Children’s Center embodies a unique mission that truly is life-changing for children and families in the community. The staff encompasses some of the most dedicated and talented people. Each and every staff member, volunteer, donor, partner, board member, committee member, or anyone else who walks through our front door is instrumental to our success here at The Center. We are a great team, and really give it our all each and every day to make a difference.

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