Biography

Karin VanZant

VP, Executive Director, Life Services, CareSource

Karin VanZant is the VP/Executive Director, Life Services at CareSource. She is building a new division of CareSource that will transition current Medicaid members off of government subsidies into a high quality life. Life Services is accomplishing this goal through assisting 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. The first program from Life Services is JobConnect. Housing, education and food access are also Social Determinants that Ms. VanZant is overseeing as a part of CareSource’s comprehensive approach to Population Management. She is considered a national expert on poverty, has given a TEDx talk on the subject and has delivered testimony to the Ways and Means Committee on welfare reforms.

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 has 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 a 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 author 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 also teaches at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and her son.

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