About Us


LCCAA: Touching Lives

The Lorain County Community Action Agency was created in 1966 as a private non-profit organization dedicated to continuous improvement and betterment of the local communities.

The Lorain County Community Action Agency became a part of national policy "to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity."

The initial mission of our agency was to improve the social well-being, economic capacity, and opportunities for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. To begin to achieve this basic purpose, LCCAA implemented two successful programs, Head Start in 1966 and Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.) in 1973.

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Empowering Individuals

The Lorain County Community Action Agency aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities. Since LCCAA was created over 4 decades ago, we have acted as a provider for a wide range of public and private resources, programs and policies which give individuals the opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. We strive to help others to seek self-sufficiency through the pursuit of values, expectations and the development of responsibility.

Today, LCCAA has nearly 175 employees, and a 15-member board.

Executive Team Members

Jackie Boehnlein, President & CEO

Chris Haney, Finance Director

Shauna Matelski, Head Start Director

Frank Prihoda, Planning and Community Services Director

Carla E. Rodriguez, Human Resources Director