Jim Mason has committed his professional life to a simple, but challenging purpose – strengthening families so children can achieve their unique potential.
He has filled numerous roles on that journey including teacher, coach, probation officer, therapist, trainer and leader.
In his 35 years with Beech Acres Parenting Center, Jim has led the agency through several transformations, each with the effect of deepening and expanding its mission in the face of a rapidly changing environment.
Once an orphanage for dependent and neglected children, Beech Acres became a multi-service, government-contract driven agency in the 1990s, including several years as a capitated managed care entity for the community’s most troubled children. Jim has partnered with other community leaders to create several coalitions and networks designed to improve service quality for children and families.
In anticipation of today’s deep cuts in government funding, and with a commitment to sustaining its original mission, Beech Acres has been transformed once more…this time into a 21st century parenting center. Today the organization’s 30-plus services are offered as customizable resources for all parents.
Jim is a frequent speaker on the subjects of parenting, family relationships, executive leadership and organizational change. As a member of the World Future Society and Institute of Noetic Sciences he is keenly interested in the impact of rapid technological and social change on today’s institutions, particularly the family.
Jim holds a B.S., cum laude, in Secondary Education from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. He is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. He currently serves as board chair of Voices for Ohio’s Children, and has served on the board of trustees of the Child Welfare League of America, Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, and Vestry/Session of the Indian Hill Church. He served as volunteer clergy at the Hamilton County Justice Center for more than 30 years.
Jim and his wife, Debby, have been married for 41 years. They have three married, adult children and eight grandchildren. Jim greatly values time with his family, which has provided a rich “practice field” for Beech Acres’ Intentional, Strength-based and Mindful Parenting approach!
In addition to spending time with his family, Jim enjoys international travel, reading, golf and racquetball.