Office for Exceptional Children Contact Information

The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Among its responsibilities, the office administers state and federal funds; coordinates and administers programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and gifted students; implements a statewide monitoring and complaint-resolution system designed to assess district/educational agency compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and provides technical assistance to districts and educational agencies around issues of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

General Contact Information

(P) 614-466-2650
(Toll free) 877-644-6338
(F) 614-728-1097
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 409
Columbus, Ohio 43215

For callers using TTY, please call Ohio Relay Service at (800) 750-0750.

Office for Exceptional Children Staff Information


Contact Form for Questions


JoHannah Ward, Director

Nikki Poindexter, Administrative Professional, Director's Office

Beth Arledge, Program Administrator, Director's Office

Monica Drvota, Associate Director 
Diane Loomis, Administrative Professional
Carol Baker, Administrative Professional, Dispute Resolution 

Heidi Kleinman, Assistant Director, Dispute Resolution

Sarah Buoni, Assistant Director, Diverse Learners
Maria Lohr, Assistant Director, Gifted

Sarah Brooks, Assistant Director, Supports and Monitoring
Sarah James, Assistant Director, Resource Management

Andrea Faulkner, Assistant Director, Urban Support

Vacant, Program Administrator, Data Team

Kaellen Craft, Data Manager

Last Modified: 6/14/2022 10:58:25 AM