President & CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, Executive Sponsor of the DEI Committee
Over his 31 years as CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, Jim Mason has led the former General Protestant Orphan Home through its evolution from a 19th century orphanage to the 21st century parenting center it is today. Each of several transformations under his stewardship had the effect of deepening and expanding its mission, while shifting the approach from fixing children’s deficits to building on their strengths.
Jim’s vision led to the creation of Beech Acres’ proprietary Natural Strength Parenting™ model, upon which all of its individual programs are based. Natural Strength Parenting provides parents and teachers with the tools to intentionally build on their children’s innate strengths by mindfully doing so. Recognizing that racism is a root cause barrier for too many black and brown children developing their unique strengths, Beech Acres is integrating equity and anti-racism strategies into its Natural Strength Parenting™ model and operating systems.
Jim has overseen the expansion of Beech Acres’ reach into the community to achieve greater impact on the lives of parents and children, which has led to solid investments in schools, pediatric practices, and child welfare. The highly committed and talented team of Beech Acres staff now makes a positive impact on more than 13,000 children, parents, teachers and health care providers in Southwest Ohio each year. For 7 years running, Beech Acres has been selected by The Cincinnati Enquirer as one of Cincinnati’s Top Places to Work, including a 2020 #1 ranking in the Meaningful Work category.
He has also partnered with other community leaders to create numerous local, state and national coalitions designed to improve service quality for vulnerable children and their families. His leadership in the community and state of Ohio has been recognized by several groups, including the Ohio Children’s Alliance, NAMI Southwest Ohio, PreventionFIRST, and Vistage International’s CEO Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jim holds a B.S. degree in Education from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. He currently serves on the boards of the Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition of Ohio, Children’s Home Society of America, and Joining Forces for Children Steering Committee.
Jim and his wife, Debby, have been married 48 years. They have their 3 terrific married children & spouses, and 8 awesome grandkids!