Scioto Trails

Our Staff

Dave Rastoka has over 30 years of experience in working with people with disabilities. Throughout those years, his roles have included being a Quality Assurance Specialist, Home Manager, Job Coach, Executive Director and Regional Director. Dave pushes himself to make his life extraordinary by pursuing his goals both personally and professionally. When Dave isn’t working to serve individuals and families through his career, he is busy writing children’s books, delivering motivational speaking, and serving on various boards.

Shayla has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She first served as a DSP while obtaining her undergraduate degree. After graduating, she accepted a position with a provider working with individuals who lived in supported living waiver and ICF homes. Over the next several years she obtained a master’s degree in social work and continued her career expanding knowledge and skill base in the field. Shayla has experience working in various positions within supported living waiver homes, ICF homes, and day programming. In January 2012, Shayla began working as the Administrator at Scioto Trails. Shayla led the downsizing of 2 large ICF’s which resulted in building 7 homes in Pike and Ross Counties. She also expanded the waiver program into Ross County and oversaw Day program operations. Shayla switched careers in December of 2019 to work developing job skills in transitional aged youth with Autism.

In July of 2021, Shayla returned to Advancing Abilities – Scioto Trails as the Chief Operating Officer working to ensure quality care, while developing and expanding our services. Shayla is passionate about building relationships, community partnerships and impacting change. Shayla is currently working on a new program to offer Employment Services. This program will focus on developing vocational and soft skills which will be invaluable to each person served as well to their future employer.

When she is not working, Shayla enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Megan earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services from Tiffin University. After joining the Scioto Trails team in 2009 working in the business office, she discovered her passion to work directly with the individuals we serve. She was promoted to a QIDP in 2012, and in July 2021 she accepted the position of Program Director of our Lucasville ICF campus and Advancing Abilities day program. In September 2022, Megan accepted the position of Administrator of the Pike County ICF.

During Megan’s time at Scioto Trails, she has assisted in the downsizing of a large ICF setting into new homes for our individuals in Pike and Ross counties. In addition, she was part of the team that worked to develop and launch our new Advancing Abilities day program location in Piketon in early 2021. Megan is dedicated to ensuring all of the individuals we serve have the opportunity to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Karen earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education (Intervention Specialist) from Shawnee State University. She joined Scioto Trails as a Direct Support Professional in June of 2011, later that year Karen was promoted to a QIDP, Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. In 2014 she accepted the position as Program Director of our Lucasville Campus. In July,2021 Karen was promoted to Ross County Administrator.

During Karen’s tenure at Scioto Trails, she has been part of the team that downsized two large Intermediate Care Facilities and created new homes for the individuals we serve in Pike and Ross counties. Karen is a passionate advocate for individuals we serve and is dedicated to ensuring they have every opportunity to succeed.

Karen and her husband Steve live in Portsmouth Ohio and have 4 adult children and two grandchildren.

Angela joined the Scioto Trail team in January of 2013. She has been serving those with disabilities since 1991 in a variety of roles over those years. Angela attended Ohio University for much of her education and graduated from Ashford University in 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. Her goal is to ensure and to provide the best possible quality of life and care to the individuals she serves in the community.

In spare time Angela can be found hiking, kayaking, or taking pictures in nature. She also enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.

Keri Finley joined our team in June of 2020 as the Pike County Human Resources Director. Keri began her career in Human Resources when she was in college. She attended Morehead State University and completed her Bachelors in Business Administration and her Masters in Education. Keri worked as a Business Office Manager and Human Resources manager in the Ashland, Kentucky area. Once she completed her Masters degree, Keri taught business and computer courses at the college and high school level for 10 years, before coming back to work in HR, which is her true passion.

In her spare time, Keri enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Maranda Meyer joined the Scioto Trails team in September of 2022 as the Human Resources Manager for Ross County. Maranda is originally from Adams County, Ohio. Upon high school graduation, she attended Shawnee State University, where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare. After graduation, Maranda worked as a Human Resources Assistant. In 2019, Maranda found her passion for helping individuals with developmental disabilities as a QIDP in an ICF facility, and she went on to work at the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center, in Batavia, Ohio, one of the Department of Developmental Disabilities’ developmental centers.

In Maranda’s spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Mariah joined the Scioto Trails team in 2014 as a Direct Support Professional. In 2020, she accepted the position as Team Lead over the Lucasville ICF homes 200 and Villa. In 2021, Mariah was promoted to the Day Program Manager of Advancing Abilities. As of 2022, Mariah accepted the Program Coordinator position, servicing our Lucasville ICF individuals, and is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree at Capella University. Mariah strives endlessly to ensure her client’s happiness and well-being is #1 priority.

In her spare time, Mariah enjoys spending time with her husband and pups.

Susan earned her associates of Arts degree in Accounting from Ohio University of Chillicothe and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with a dual concentration in Healthcare Management from Ohio Christian University. She has been the Business Office Manager since 2008.

Susan served on the board of directors for First Capital Enterprises, a workshop for the disabled, for many years. She worked at the Chillicothe Gazette for 19 years and was the Accounting Office Manager there for the last six years. She is active in her church and enjoys going on mission trips.

Susan and her husband John live in Chillicothe in a cabin they built and have two grown sons and two young granddaughters. In her free time Susan enjoys crafting, canning, woodworking, and spending time with her granddaughters.

Becky joined Scioto Trails in 2020 as the Assistant Business Office Manager and in September 2022 was promoted to the Waiver Business Office Manager and Human Resources of Pike/Scioto County!

Becky has over 20 years of experience in management and customer relations. She is a graduate of Southeastern Business College and has an extensive background in operations and entrepreneurial activities. Her combined education and experience make her a valuable asset to the Business Office and HR team.

In her spare time Becky enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her sister, and learning about new places and their history.

Lavetta joined the Scioto Trails team in 2010 as a Direct Support Professional. Utilizing her previous management experience, she quickly moved to a Shift Supervisor and ultimately a House Manager once our new homes were completed in Lucasville. In September 2022, she accepted the position of Residential Director of the Pike County ICF.

Lavetta has previously worked as an EMT and also a manager for Bob Evans Restaurants for 17 years before coming to Scioto Trails. During her time at Scioto Trails she has taken on many roles and responsibilities, such as training incoming staff on behavioral de-escalation techniques, planning facility events for individuals and families, and developing menus.

Lavetta has 3 amazing daughters and 5 wonderful grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and crafting.

Missy Rapp currently serves Scioto Trails as the Residential Services Director on our Chillicothe ICF campus. She started with the company as a Direct Support Professional in December 2011 in our Day Program. She was promoted to the Production Specialist with our Day Program, and then promoted as the Workshop Manager in 2018. She is a lifelong resident of Pike County, Ohio, and is married and has two grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Tonja earned her LPN nursing license in 2007 and immediately began working for Heartland of Portsmouth as a nurse manager. In 2013 she went on to obtain her Associates in Applied Sciences at Rio Grande University. Once obtaining her RN License, she moved on to be a Director of Nursing for Correctional Health Care Company at the Scioto County Jail where she worked for 5 years; followed by working first as a Patient Care Coordinator and then the Director of Professional Services at Heartland Hospice for 6 years. Tonja has always had a deep connection with disabled individuals and has personal experiences in this field. She is extremely passionate about this line of work and is excited to continue her journey as the Director of Nursing for this company.

Tonja hopes to bring a fresh perspective to this company and is always looking for ways to improve the care of her patients. Tonja is ready to bring her team forward and encourage her staff to be the best that they can be.

In her spare time, Tonja enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Ginger Speer joined the Scioto Trails team in November 2004 as an LPN, directly after graduating the LPN program at Scioto County CTC in October 2004. Ginger was promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing in May 2021.

During Ginger’s time at Scioto Trails she has taken on many responsibilities. She provides orientation to all newly hired employees, is a First Aid and CPR instructor, and is the Chairperson for our Human Rights Committee. Ginger is passionate about the quality of care provided to the individuals we support and is always working to ensure our employees have the knowledge needed to complete their jobs successfully.

When not working, Ginger enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends and is a devoted Ohio State Buckeyes fan!

Tisa (TK) has been a part of the Scioto Trails team before it was Scioto Trails. TK started her career in 2001. TK has worn many hats during her time at Scioto Trails. As of the last few years, TK was a Direct Support Professional in our Lucasville ICF home Villa. In April 2022, TK accepted the position as Training Coordinator, because TK brings many years of experience and new ideas to the table every day!

TK has two adult children, both of which work at Scioto Trails. In her spare time, TK enjoys playing video games, watching shows, and spending time with her cats & pup!

Advancing Abilities Day Program Team

Julia has over seven and half years of experience working in various positions within the company. She also brings along 20 plus years in management experience outside of the company. While employed here at Scioto Trails Julia has worked as a Direct Support Professional, Direct Caregiver, and as a House Manager in the Chillicothe Campus ICF homes for four and half years. Julia was promoted into her new position as a Day Program Manager in 2021.

Her Day Program Manager job includes her being involved in planning and implementing daily activities, encouraging community integration, making admission decisions for referrals based upon client assessments, and ensuring the health and safety of each individual served.

Some of her other responsibilities are to organize programs and activities, develop new programs to support strategic direction of the organization, create and to manage long term goals. She ensures goals are met in areas such as, customer satisfaction, safety, and quality. Managing and leading her team members daily is yet another task involved with the Day Program Manager position.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending it with family, friends and attending activities at the “Gathering Place Church”, where she has been an advocate member for 3 years.

Brandi’s passion is to help people find employment within their interests and abilities. She loves helping people build relationships within their community. She specializes in different employment supportive services such as vocational assessment, job exploration, job development, job training, and self-advocacy.

Brandi brings over 10 years of experience with working in Employment Services. She began her career in Day and Vocational habilitation setting, where she saw a huge need for more inclusive services for people with disabilities. She did not like that the participants of the program were so segregated from their own community.

Brandi stepped out of the workshop environment and began job developing in the community in 4 different counties for people that have different abilities. That was when she knew that was what she was meant to do. She fell in love with everything about inclusive services that promote self-advocacy.

Brandi’s other passion is to educate businesses to help create inclusive opportunities within the community to open doors for people to secure successful employment. She has helped close to 100 people and counting to secure employment within various counties in southern Ohio. She hopes to make an impact on so many more lives and is so excited to partner with Advancing Abilities to create a transitional outcome based vocational habilitation program within the community. This initial program is for people who may not know what their employment goals are and need to know more about what employment looks like.

Kelsie started her career in 2014 with Scioto Trails as a Direct Support Professional. Kelsie quickly learned that after spending time with our folks that this was the career she wanted to grow in.

Kelsie was given the opportunity to be an Activities Coordinator in 2019. She loved being able to plan these events to enhance the daily lives of the people we serve. She was soon promoted to Assistant Day Program Manager in 2021. Kelsie now has the privilege to be in the role of the Day Program Manager and is very excited to grow the program and bring exciting opportunities and experiences for everyone we serve. She also plans to further her knowledge with how to better serve people through employment supports and add more community integration to our programming.

During her time off Kelsie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling and experiencing new things.