What We Do

Meet the foster care and adoption professionals at DCCH.

RON BERTSCH, Director

    Ron has been working with foster care and adoption services since 1986. Growing up in Southgate, he graduated from Newport Central Catholic High School. Ron received his Bachelors in Social Work and Sociology from Thomas More College and his Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Ron and his wife, Julie, reside in Campbell County with their five children, of whom four came to them through adoption. Contact Ron by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GENE BLAIR, Trainer

    Gene joined the Foster Care team in July of 2012. He and his wife Shellie have served as foster parents to 28 children over 14 years, adopting three of them. Gene has been training families for foster care and adoption for the past 15 years. He also enjoys training for the Family Nurturing Center’s Father program. He is a graduate of Asbury College, and an ordained minister. Gene can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SARAH LUSHER, Recruiter & Marketing Coordinator

    Sarah joined DCCH in 2006. After ten years working directly with the children in the residential program and at Guardian Angel School, Sarah has become a part of the TFC/Adoption team, as a recruiter and marketing coordinator. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Sarah can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JESS POSTEL, Case Manager

    Jessica joined DCCH in 2005 as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist at the Residential Facility working with children. In 2013, Jessica joined the Foster Care and Adoption team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Miami University, and completed her Masters in School Counseling at Xavier University. Additionally, Jessica is on the leadership board for Prosper Avondale, a community-based charitable organization committed to the peace and prosperity of Avondale, an urban neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jessica can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LYDIA WALL, Case Manager

    Lydia joined DCCH in July 2014. She started off as a student intern in December 2013 and loved the experience she had working with the Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program. Upon graduating, she was offered a full-time position. Lydia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University with her Bachelor degree in Social Work. She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MELANIE SHANNON, Case Manager

    Melanie joined DCCH in July of 2012 as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist at the Residential Facility working with children. In late 2014, she joined the Foster Care and Adoption team as a Case Manager/ Recruiter. Mel graduated from California State University of Monterey Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Xavier University to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TASHA HEISEL, Case Manager

    Tasha joined DCCH in November 2015. She started off as a student intern in December 2014 and loved the experience she had working with the Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program. Upon graduating, she was offered a full-time position. Tasha graduated in May 2015 from Northern Kentucky University with her Bachelor degree in Social Work. She can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SARAH MCADAMS, Case Manager

    Sarah joined DCCH in 2015 as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist at the Residential Facility working with children. In 2016, Sarah joined the Foster Care and Adoption team as a Case Manager. Sarah graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies. Sarah can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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