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Executive Director

D.J. Watson

D.J. graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's Degree in Specialized Studies-Political Science and History. He has been employed by the District since 2010, holding various positions throughout his career before being named the Director in July of 2018. He has over 15 years of experience in the Juvenile Justice system, having been with Harrison County Juvenile Court before joining the District. 

Heavily involved in the community, D.J. serves as the President of the Board of Education for the Harrison Hills City School District. Additionally, in May of 2019, D.J. was elected to the Executive Board of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Director's Association. 

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Melissa Rubel

Melissa studied post-secondary education at Belmont College from 2011-13, when she was offered a 911 dispatch position while interning at a local Sheriff's Department. Melissa graduated in 2014 with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, going on to get her Bachelor's Degree in 2020 from Ohio University. She started her career in corrections in 2015 with the West Virginia Dept. of Corrections. 

Melissa has been employed at the District since 2019, beginning as a Detention Specialist at the Sargus Center before being promoted to the District's Education Coordinator position in 2020. In August of 2022, Melissa took over the Administrator role at Future Stories. 

Melissa volunteers at her local community center's events throughout the year. She has enjoyed pageantry since 2006, where she has won many local, state, national, and international titles. In her spare time, she likes to be outside or spending time with her family. 

Melissa has always had a passion for helping children with aspirations of becoming a foster parent. 

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Financial Officer

Lisa Rine

Lisa attended Ohio University. She has been employed by the District since 2012. First as the Human Resources and Financial Officer,  now solely serving as the Financial Officer. 

Lisa has a vast range of experience in the Finance and Accounting arena. She worked for Unified Bank for 12 years as the BSA officer and Bookkeeping Supervisor. Lisa was also a store manager for Wendy's Management Group for 13 years. 

Presented to those who show exemplary service in financial efficiency, she was awarded the Ohio Auditor of State award in 2015. 


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Kasey Kramer

Bio to come!

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