Sylvania Community Action Team

funWho is SCAT?
Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) is a Youth, Parent & Community group brought together to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids, and to discourage drug and alcohol use and other negative and unhealthy behaviors – not intervention, but prevention. A primary focus is encouraging  community and parent involvement with challenges that face our youth. Identifying how we can help, providing programs that offer guidance and education, and offering positive events that our youth can get involved in to develop leadership skills is SCAT’s mission.

SCAT’s membership includes parents, teachers, elected officials, police officers, school administrators and community members. We work in partnership with local organizations to support a healthy community. SCAT meets throughout the year to plan programs for our community. Check out our calendar for upcoming meetings.

Check out our many events and resources for parents and youth as well! Our youth activities are a wonderful opportunity for fun, friendship and leadership! The parent resources we offer are aimed at support and information for parents of all ages.  Contact us for more information. If you’d like to donate or volunteer at our events or activities, you can Get Involved!


To prevent drug and alcohol use among our youth, to provide support for positive youth, family and community development and to promote a safe, healthy community.


DebChanyDeb Chany, Executive Director

Deb has been involved with SCAT since the mid 90’s as a parent volunteer with the 24-Hour Relay Challenge. In 1998 Deb was hired as the executive director of SCAT. She also has an RN degree and worked in the hospital setting for 21 years. Deb and Drew are the proud parents of three adult children and seven grandchildren. Gardening, reading, sewing and updating their 100+ year old home and visiting their children and grandchildren keep Deb busy in her spare time.

JaneyOBrienJanet O’Brien, Project Coordinator

Janet comes to SCAT with a long background as a volunteer and employee for area nonprofits. Before joining SCAT she served as the director of The Humane Society of Monroe  County and currently serves on the Board of Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet and Humane Ohio. Since coming to SCAT Janet has coordinated SCAT’s first annual Golf Scramble, served as co-chair for the 24-Hour Relay Challenge food committee, and has been a part of redesigning and updating the SCAT brochure, logo and website.

Connie White, Youth Leadership Coordinator

Julia Koralewski, Life of an Athlete/Core Committed Coordinator

Julee Peterson, Youth Coordinator for the Jr. SCAT Crew

Julee graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Julee was thrilled to share her love of literature with high school seniors in her first official teaching position in  1998 in Tiffin, Ohio.  Although Julee loved being a teacher, the title she is most honored to hold is “mom”.  She and her husband are blessed with six amazing children from elementary to college age.  During her free time she enjoys pilates, yoga, reading and watching a good movie with her husband and rescue dog, Teddy.

Liz Young, Administrative Assistant

Liz comes to SCAT with a long history of working with 501c3 organizations.  She has been president of the Highland Parent organization, Treasurer of the Sylvania Northview Choir, pit crew chairman for the Northview Band, Treasurer of Team Toledo Triathlon Club, and President of Team Toledo Triathlon club. She has a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and an Elementary Education certification as well as certification in Early Childhood Special Needs.  Her first role as a parent in the Sylvania Schools was the SCAT rep for Highland back in 1995.  She and her husband Russ, live in Sylvania Township and have two childrfen, Marcus, 28, and Sammie, 15, who currently attends Northview.  Liz is also a 5-time Ironman finisher.

SCAT Executive Officers

Connie Torrey, Community Representative
Vice President
Julie Hoffman, Sylvania School Board
TJ Irwin, Photographer/Business Owner
Mary Morrison, University of Toledo
Past President
Jeff Kowalski, Retired Fire Chief, Sylvania Township

SCAT Board of Trustees

Ray Carroll, Sylvania Township Police

John Crandell, Sylvania Township Trustee

Vicki Donovan Lyle, Sylvania School Board Member

David France, City of Sylvania Utilities Department

Laura Frye, Citizens Bank

Bill Geha, Prevention/Intervention Specialist

Sandy Husman, Sylvania City Council
Jayne Klinger, ProMedica social worker
Rosie Olejownik, Parent

Officer Kevin Pooley, City of Sylvania Police
M. Scott Ramey, Sylvania Municipal Court Judge

Kim Roberts, ProMedica
Barbara Zona, Parent