About Us


Ohio Gap Closers has one mission. To purposely improve the academic achievements of youth in foster care.

About Us


 

We want to help children succeed, but we can't do it alone. Please join us and allow our family to help your family! Together we can Overcome, Give Thanks and Contribute to your child's bright future.

Our History


Ohio Gap Closers is founded in the Porter family traditions established in Alliance, Ohio. These traditions include overcoming adversity, being thankful, and contributing. Our story starts with our matriarch, Ella Louise Porter (pictured below). Click on her picture to learn about our journey to creating OGC.


Our History




 

We want to help children succeed, but we can't do it alone. Please join us and allow our family to help your family! Together we can Overcome, Give Thanks and Contribute to your child's bright future.


Ohio Gap Closers is founded in the Porter family traditions established in Alliance, Ohio. These traditions include overcoming adversity, being thankful, and contributing. Our story starts with our matriarch, Ella Louise Porter (pictured below). Click on her picture to learn about our journey to creating OGC.


Our History

A Look Back

Our History

We honor the late Ella Louise Porter by continuing her love for children no matter where they come from through our work at Ohio Gap Closers LLC.

When you’re born into a family of approximately 45 different people, you have to be able to overcome adversity. Sometimes the adversity could be at home, in class, or at school trying out for the basketball team. The adversity could be from opening the refrigerator and wondering what you are going to eat tonight. No matter what the adversity is, it takes all of us working together to overcome it.

Growing up with a large family that included our father, mother, White siblings, Black siblings, and siblings with special needs, we were always thankful for each other. Our parents and teachers at school helped shield us from the materialistic nature of society and taught us to recognize that we had something to be thankful for in having each other.

As you can imagine, there was no room for laziness in our large family. Each and every one of us had to contribute. The boys took out the trash and mowed the lawn, while the girls cleaned the floors and washed the dishes. This might sound old school to many, but in the Porter household, this is how we were trained to contribute to the greater good.

It is only by the grace of God that we have all reached adulthood relatively unscathed. The fundamentals that our mother, Ella Louise Porter, taught us of overcoming, giving thanks, and contributing has produced great results including but not limited to: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, lawyers, police captains, military service men and women, counselors, social workers, financial analyst, managers, high school principals, college admission officers, homeland security agents, entrepreneurs, information technology specialist, and our one of a kind Porter Palooza!


Meet Our Team


Taylor Porter

Taylor Porter

Taylor L. Porter, Founder of Ohio Gap Closers LLC also serves as Assistant Principal at Westerville South High School in Westerville City Schools. He served as an inaugural member of the BRIGHT New Leaders For Ohio Schools program in 2015. Before BRIGHT, Taylor was a Business Analyst for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Bureau of Automated Systems. He also worked as a Social Program Specialist for the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. A graduate of the Columbus Center for Urban Progress Progressive Leadership Academy, Taylor holds an MBA from The Ohio State University (2017) and a B.S. in criminal justice from University of Cincinnati (2009).

“With the current status of public schools in our community and the communities next door, I know that it is my time to step up and give back. This job is personal and it starts with my family! I have experience with families that have faced extreme challenges, and I have experience helping those same families achieve a better tomorrow.”

Emily Ragland

Emily Ragland

Emily Ragland serves as Associate Director of Admission at Capital University. She has spent her professional career serving as an advocate for college access for those with the most need, serving on both the Community Based Organization side and now working in higher education. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Capital University and a Master’s degree from the University of Dayton. Emily values family – as one of 13 kids, she spends her free time with her family or attending music events with her husband, who is a music educator.

Travis Porter

Travis Porter

Travis Porter is a community leader in foster care services and in the mental health field. Mr. Porter is active in the community serving children, adults and foster families. Travis is a licensed CPI instructor at The Village Network an active case manager for CareSource. Mr. Porter has experience at mentoring at-risk youth, served as a behavior specialist at Rosemont, and community support person at Dublin Counseling Center/Syntero. Mr. Porter is graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and holds his BSW and LSW.

Mark Bobo

Mark Bobo

Mark Bobo is a graduate of The Ohio State University, holding a BS in Agricultural Economics and MBA. Mr. Bobo is presently working for the Ohio School Board Association as lead consultant of membership engagement. Mr. Bobo has served on numerous community advisory boards and continues to advocate on behalf of Ohio’s children.

Racquel Armstrong

Racquel Armstrong

Racquel Armstrong is an industry leader in the field of education. With more than 10 years of experience, including serving in the capacity as a teacher leader, department chair, and administrative principal, Ms. Armstrong has worked tirelessly to remove barriers for the underserved while increasing access to close the opportunity gap. Ms. Armstrong holds  B.A. from Wellesley College in Urban Studies-Economics, a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Education and an Executive M.B.A. from The Ohio State University.



Meet Our Team



Taylor Porter

Taylor L. Porter, Founder of Ohio Gap Closers LLC also serves as Assistant Principal at Westerville South High School in Westerville City Schools. He served as an inaugural member of the BRIGHT New Leaders For Ohio Schools program in 2015. Before BRIGHT, Taylor was a Business Analyst for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Bureau of Automated Systems. He also worked as a Social Program Specialist for the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. A graduate of the Columbus Center for Urban Progress Progressive Leadership Academy, Taylor holds an MBA from The Ohio State University (2017) and a B.S. in criminal justice from University of Cincinnati (2009).

“With the current status of public schools in our community and the communities next door, I know that it is my time to step up and give back. This job is personal and it starts with my family! I have experience with families that have faced extreme challenges, and I have experience helping those same families achieve a better tomorrow.”

Emily Ragland

Emily Ragland serves as Associate Director of Admission at Capital University. She has spent her professional career serving as an advocate for college access for those with the most need, serving on both the Community Based Organization side and now working in higher education. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Capital University and a Master’s degree from the University of Dayton. Emily values family – as one of 13 kids, she spends her free time with her family or attending music events with her husband, who is a music educator.

Travis Porter

Travis Porter is a community leader in foster care services and in the mental health field. Mr. Porter is active in the community serving children, adults and foster families. Travis is a licensed CPI instructor at The Village Network an active case manager for CareSource. Mr. Porter has experience at mentoring at-risk youth, served as a behavior specialist at Rosemont, and community support person at Dublin Counseling Center/Syntero. Mr. Porter is graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and holds his BSW and LSW.

Mark Bobo

Mark Bobo is a graduate of The Ohio State University, holding a BS in Agricultural Economics and MBA. Mr. Bobo is presently working for the Ohio School Board Association as lead consultant of membership engagement. Mr. Bobo has served on numerous community advisory boards and continues to advocate on behalf of Ohio’s children.

Racquel Armstrong

Racquel Armstrong is an industry leader in the field of education. With more than 10 years of experience, including serving in the capacity as a teacher leader, department chair, and administrative principal, Ms. Armstrong has worked tirelessly to remove barriers for the underserved while increasing access to close the opportunity gap. Ms. Armstrong holds  B.A. from Wellesley College in Urban Studies-Economics, a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Education and an Executive M.B.A. from The Ohio State University.

 

Services


Let us help you close the gap! Ohio Gap Closers offers professional development to parents, teachers and social workers in the following areas:

In this training we focus on transient students and how to find success in any academic setting. Parents will walk away empowered with real life tools to help their child. Teachers and workers will walk away with a better understanding on how to reach all students in the classroom.

Please contact us to personalize your professional development package.

Services


Let us help you close the gap! Ohio Gap Closers offers professional development to parents, teachers and social workers in the following areas:


Please contact us to personalize your professional development package.
 

Resources


Here at Ohio Gap Closers, we aim to offer resources for parents, students, educators and all those who strive to better the lives of the children in their communities. Sign up for our newsletter to get your free resources!



Resources


Here at Ohio Gap Closers, we aim to offer resources for parents, students, educators and all those who strive to better the lives of the children in their communities. Sign up for our newsletter to get your free resources!


 

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Give the gift of family. Your contribution helps us to close the academic achievement gap, health gap, and positively impact outcomes for children in foster care. Click the button below to make a donation.

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Give the gift of family. Your contribution helps us to close the academic achievement gap, health gap, and positively impact outcomes for children in foster care. Click the button below to make a donation.

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