Karin VanZant, MPA
Karin VanZant is the Executive Director of Life Services at CareSource. CareSource is the largest private provider of Medicaid in Ohio and the second largest provider in the United States. She will be building a new division of CareSource, Life Services, that will assist current Medicaid members to build a solid structure of economic and social supports that, when coupled with the health supports currently in place, will give members a new path for their future and less dependence on government subsidies.
Prior to joining CareSource, Karin VanZant was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community. Prior to starting Think Tank, Karin VanZant served in various leadership capacities in the nonprofit sector through the Community Action Network – at the local level and as a member of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. This has included working with diverse teams to develop and implement strategies and approaches aimed at fostering economic opportunity and personal and community leadership potential present among under-resourced neighborhoods and groups.
Karin VanZant has an MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums including Bridges Out of Poverty and has helped presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation.
Karin teaches a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, and Emotional Intelligence.