HCJFS is the largest department within Hamilton County government and reports to the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners.

The Hamilton County Job and Family Services Planning Committee serves as an advisory body to the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners on the many family, employment and social services which are locally developed to meet local needs and state and federal law.

 

Executive Team                     >>Top Management

Michael PattonDirector

Patton, who joined JFS in 1993, has held numerous executive roles, including leadership positions in Child Support, Children’s Services Program Support, Workforce Development and Public Assistance. Patton launched programming focused on fathers, which has grown into the successful Fatherhood Collaborative of Hamilton County. He’s spearheading the agency’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts and guided creation of the agency’s first peer-to-peer mentoring program for staff. Patton is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. 

 

Talia BryanCustomer Complaint Resolution Administrator

Bryan joined the leadership team in 2018. Before joining HCJFS, Bryan worked as a Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, representing HCJFS in child abuse, neglect and dependency matters before the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. She has also served as an Assistant General Counsel to the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.

 

Melissa GravesAssistant Director, Economic Sustainability 

Melissa started with HCJFS in 1992 as an Eligibility Technician. She has a long history of working in the public assistance arena and initiated the hardship extension and good cause policy. In March 2004, Melissa was promoted to Child Care Section Chief and served in that capacity until she moved to the Family and Adult Assistance Section Chief position in 2008.  She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.  Melissa has been recognized as Hamilton County Employee of the Year.

Kevin HoltDirector, Ohio Means Jobs Center; Interim COO

Holt started with JFS in 1991 as an eligibility technician. He also worked in income maintenance, Child Care, Children’s Services, Workforce Development and, most recently, at OhioMeansJobs. He also has supervised other services, including PRC, FAA training, state hearings, fraud/overpayment, Medicaid outreach and Non-Emergency Transportation.

 

Monica SaylorAssistant Director of Child Support and Fatherhood Initiatives

Saylor earned her juris doctorate at the University of Dayton School of Law. She worked in Butler County for three years as a staff attorney before joining Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

In her previous role as Legal Section Chief, she was responsible for managing the child support Legal unit, Administrative Hearings unit and the Order Modification unit. 

Jim TinkerChief Communications Officer

Tinker joined the agency and the leadership team in 2020. Before joining HCJFS, His career has included communications, marketing and management roles with nonprofits as well as agency marketing. Tinker began his career leading economic development and historic preservation efforts.

He has a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and earned his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, graduating magna cum laude.

 

Margie WeaverDirector of Children’s Services

Weaver joined the executive team in 2017 after 13 years with the agency. She has worked as a Section Chief extensively in Utilization Management and more recently in Intake. Before joining HCJFS, Weaver worked as a program director and clinical director at two local foster care agencies. She brings an additional focus on child safety to Children’s Services. She holds a master’s degree from Xavier University.