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This profile was last updated on 2/1/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master of Science degree
    Youngstown State University
  • BA
    Kent State University
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Web References
Steve Votaw New President ..., 1 Feb 2015 [cached]
Steve Votaw New President Steve Votaw has been on the job for just over a month. Steve started his new position on January 19th and hit the ground running. teve has enjoyed meeting with staff and board members- and listening to their desire to take the Furniture Bank to the next level. He even went on a ride along with two drivers to pick up furniture on a Friday afternoon. teve says, "I have been very impressed with the dedication of the staff and commitment of the Board. The volunteers are amazing as they work to build quality bed frames, dressers and tables. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio has a great history and is a very lean and efficient organization that's impacting the lives of thousands of families."Steve's vision for the future of the Furniture Bank aligns our mission with poverty- "Poverty is growing far too rapidly and it is important for us to be a vital cog that helps alleviate its influence and look for key opportunities to provide families with the resources they need to turn their empty house into a friendly home. We know that giving a child a bed or a family a kitchen table that we are truly reducing the impact of poverty and providing an opportunity for hope."
Votaw served as the Chief Executive Officer of Directions For Youth and Families for 17 years where he led the organization through a period of significant growth, and oversaw programs benefiting youth and their families receiving mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and prevention services. Previously, Votaw served as the Executive Director of Learn4Life Columbus, where he was responsible for developing and leading the cradle to career initiative for children and students in Columbus.
Our Organization | Learn4Life Columbus, 17 Oct 2014 [cached]
Steve Votaw
Executive Director
Max & Erma's: Invest and Franchise, 11 Feb 2002 [cached]
"There are people out there who have a dramatic impact on the lives of these kids everyday," said Steve Votaw, executive director of Directions For Youth.
Steve ..., 22 May 2012 [cached]
Steve Votaw
Steve Votaw Executive Director
Steve Votaw, Executive Director
Steve Votaw
Steve Votaw Executive Director
Steve Votaw has been the Executive Director for Learn4Life since July 2011. Learn4Life is a central Ohio cradle-to-career entity formed by the efforts of local Columbus leaders in the corporate, philanthropic, community, civic and government areas. Learn4Life will connect and convene local stakeholders in an effort to enhance the success of youth in early childhood education through high school graduation, into postsecondary certificate attainment and career placement. The long range impact of L4L will help build a vibrant work force and thriving community.
Votaw is formerly the CEO of Directions for Youth and Families January 1993 through July 2011. As CEO of Directions for Youth and Families, he oversaw an agency that annually serves over 6,000 kids and families through an array of treatment, prevention and education programs. Votaw had 5 years experience in administering community mental health and substance abuse programs for the City of Cleveland and the Mills Center in Marysville. He has also worked extensively with substance abusing teens and severely mentally disabled clients.
Votaw received a BA from Kent State University and Master of Science degree from Youngstown State University. Votaw currently serves on the Jonathan Alder School Board. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, a member of the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Justice, the Ohio Attorney General's Victim of Gang Violence Task Force, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Assessment Team.
Learn4Life and Champion of Children Release New Report | Live United Central Ohio, 30 July 2012 [cached]
"Learn4Life is dedicated to creating a cradle-to-career educational support network for our students, and this report shows us exactly where we need to target our efforts to make that network as effective as possible," said Steve Votaw, Executive Director, Learn4Life.
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