He worked for the Ohio Youth Commission as a Youth Street Worker and for the Lucas County Children Services Board as a caseworker investigating child abuse and neglect. He later became a Supervisor of Foster Care and a Casework Supervisor.
Vásquez worked for Boysville of Michigan as Regional Director/Executive Director of St. Anthony Villa in Toledo from 1987 through 1989. He worked with kids at risk and lived at the facility.
He served as Assistant State Director of the Ohio Youth Advocate Program from 1992 ton 1996. His responsibilities and areas of expertise were much the same as they currently are at the Twelve, Inc., where he has been Director of Special Projects for the last twelve years.
Vásquez works closely with the agency’s foster care program. “I work with recruiting foster families, training them, and helping them to get their licenses. I also help place kids. The Twelve Inc. is a $4,000,000 nonprofit serving children and families with six offices in Ohio and two in Florida,” he explains.
He and his wife Kathy have two sons. Stephen works in Development for United Way, and David is at BAX Global.
Both of Vásquez’s sons originally went to public schools until the family made a decision that Stephen should attend Catholic school in order to get a religious education. “When we moved Stephen, we moved David too,” says Vásquez. The boys graduated from
St. Joan of Arc and St. Francis de Sales High School.
Vásquez is active in the community. He serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Toledo Zoo and is a member of the board of WGTE. He has twice been appointed to the Military Academy Selection Committee for U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
He was a member of the City of Toledo’s Hispanic Affairs Commission from 2003 to 2007 and served on the Lucas County Tax Levy Citizens Advisory Board in 2005.
In addition to Latino candidates Cruz-Bridges, Vásquez, and Treviño, the other candidates seeking appointment to the open position are:
John G. Bull Dog Rust, a longtime attorney now in his 90s and the oldest candidate on the list.
Cheryl Catlin, an unsuccessful candidate for the school board in 2007.
Jim Whiteman, an educator who also made an unsuccessful bid for the board.
Chris Myers, a two-time unsuccessful candidate for the school board.
Dr. Stephen Goldman, who has also made an unsuccessful run for the board.
Theodore Jobe, who was a candidate for the school board in 2007 and is a retired Libbey High School teacher and coach.
Vince Hornik, an honored school district volunteer.
Layne Anthony Morris, a former Wood County employee.
Willie S. Oliver, a now-retired Scott High School guidance counselor and athletic coach.
Frank Scarlato, who has an extensive business management and financial expertise.
Jamilah N. Jones, coordinator of graduate student recruitment at the University of Toledo’s college of graduate studies.
According to the Board’s president, Dr. Steven Steel, the board has 30 days to fill the seat vacated by Torres but it cannot appoint a replacement before ten days have elapsed from Torres’s final day of service. According to Steel and published reports, the board has a retreat scheduled on March 8, the 13th day after the resignation of Torres. If there is not a special meeting held prior to that date, Torres’ replacement will be chosen at the retreat.
Editor’s Note: Robert Torres began his new career as Director of Development of the City of Canton, Ohio on February 25, 2008. See http://www.laprensa1.com/Stories/2008/021608/Torres.htm
UPDATE: On March 7, 2008 , Bob Vásquez was sworn in as Robert Torres’ replacement. Fourteen people initially applied to fill the board vacancy and the remaining board members voted 3 to 1 for Vásquez.
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