Meet The Team
Scott D. VanDerKarr
Founder & President
Founder and President: Scott started the first Specialized Docket in Franklin County/City of Columbus. Beginning with a Mental Health Docket,he grew the specialized docket programs of Franklin County to include six courts before his retirement: Long Term Drug Court, Opiate Extension Program, Veteran’s Court, CATCH (Changing Actions to Change Habits) Human Trafficking Court, and ADAP 101. Since retirement in 2015, he has started a First Time Offender Education class for men charged with attempting to purchase sex – known as a John School. In its short existence, he has educated over 125 defendants about human trafficking, the connection to drug addiction, and public safety implications. Scott continues to provide impact at Alvis Reentry Treatment and Southeast Mental Health of Central Ohio. He is a passionate advocate for families impacted by substance abuse disease, particularly the opiate epidemic.
Chief Operating Officer
CDCA, Heather comes to our team with nearly 15 years of serving at-risk and drug addicted women as both a community provider at Rachel’s House in central Ohio and as a Franklin County Municipal Court Probation Officer. She was the Probation Officer for the Opiate Extension Program (OEP), the largest Drug Court in the state Ohio beginning in 2011. During Heather’s involvement in this intensive caseload, OEP participant program completion grew from 22 to nearly 70%. She then served victims of human trafficking and women charged with soliciting in Franklin County as the CATCH Court Probation Officer under presiding Judge Paul M. Herbert. CATCH has since become a national model for a specialized drug court addressing the complex needs of this population. Heather continues to use her gifts at Lives Back by connecting the Justice System to the community.
Shanequah Gaiter- Fraiser
LCDC III, brings excellence and management to our team. She has an extensive background in criminal justice – she was Lead Counselor at West Central Community Correctional Facility in Marysville, Ohio and began her career as a case manager at Alvis House. Since 2010, she has been continually remaking and implementing drug courts. She first implemented OEP in 2010, the first Opiate specific court in Ohio. For 5 years she also managed CATCH court and turned its pilot year into a thriving program that served over 30 women each year. Shanequah brings years to the table of not only the individualized role of conducting defendant intakes, counseling sessions, and monitoring progress – but the very public aspects. For over seven years she has been conducting a court room. Shanequah has learned the delicate balance of the justice system and the treatment world. She educates the group of up to 70 adults, knowing each of their stories and advising the Judge in sanctions and celebrations. She has worked with treatment teams from dozens of agencies, housing programs, community stakeholders, and even government officials.
Justice Team Member
MSW, LISW-S, Mandi is currently a Clinical Social Worker with the Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma program. Prior to Mount Carmel, she served as the Director of Clinical Services and Trauma Counselor at Amethyst, Inc., a long-term residential and outpatient program for women with substance abuse issues. Before her role as Clinical Director at Amethyst, she developed a new model of trauma informed residential programming in conjunction with CATCH Court. In addition, Mandi has served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University’s school of Social Work and the city of Columbus’s Crisis Response Team.
Justice Team Member
Stacey comes to Lives Back with a background and passion for criminal justice. From 2008-2012 Stacey worked for the Student Employment Program of the United States Secret Service providing research using law enforcement databases, assisting in search/arrest warrants, and interviewing suspects and victims. She then served the Franklin County Municipal Court as a Probation Officer for Drug Court. Stacey has an incredible talent for creating and maintaining defendant outcomes and for being creative and timely with sanctions. She is also a world traveler who last year took 11 months of her life to travel to 11 countries, leading outreach experiences to a team of 50 individuals.
Bela Koe- Krompecher
Justice Team Lead
LISW-S, LICDC, Bela brings a vast array of education and experience to our team. He is the Clinical Director for the YMCA of Central Ohio where he not only supervises all treatment staff, but provides mental health/substance abuse counseling to clients. He has worked as a social worker/Addiction Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Southeast Mental Health, Inc. At the Franklin County Municipal Court he was the Co-Coordinator for Alcohol and Drug Education Program and the Veterans Court Docket. He has conducted hundreds of complete mental health and AOD (alcohol and other drug) assessments and designed and implemented a system of outcome tracking. Bela is passionate about Trauma-Informed Care and developed a system of assessing trauma experiences of defendants and assisted the court in using the outcomes to better serve the community. Bela is also shaping the next generation of social workers as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University School of Social Work graduate program.