Rose M. Handon, PhD., (is affectionately referred by many as Dr. Rose, or Ms. Rose) is a native of Columbus, OH. She is a licensed social worker and retired human services administrator from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Her public service career spans over 40 years where she worked in direct and indirect services on behalf of children and families, served as a local and state administrator overseeing child welfare programs and policy, and adult protective services for vulnerable populations. She currently serves as the Director of Consumer Advocacy for a state agency.
For over 25 years, Dr. Rose served as a field instructor and adjunct faculty member for several universities. She has taught at the Ohio State University – College of Social Work. In addition, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students from an array of courses, i.e., research, policy, management, ethics and diversity; organizational behavior and leadership as an online adjunct faculty with Northern AZ University, (Flagstaff, AZ); Post University (Waterbury, CT); and Indiana Wesleyan University where she provided both on campus and online instruction.
Dr. Rose holds a Bachelor in Social Work degree (Capital University), Master of Science in Administration (Central Michigan University), and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy and Administration (Walden University). She is Chief Executive Owner and President of Empowerment Network Circle, a coaching, mentoring, and consulting business. She is the ultimate promoter of helping others to realize their dreams, purpose, and understand principles associated with divine assignments. This may be through climbing the corporate ladder, being secure in relationships; establishing goals; or to enhance your overall personal and/or personal self.
Dr. Rose professional affiliations and/or memberships includes: The City of Whitehall Civil Service Commission – (2012-2023) where she is serving a concurrent second (6) year mayoral appointment); formerly served as Commissioner with the Ohio Fatherhood Commission; American Society for Public Administration; International City and County Management Association; Former appointed member of the Supreme Court of Ohio - Domestic Violence Advisory Committee; recognized in Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in Black Columbus; and member of the National Association of Social Workers: Ohio Chapter.
Dr. Rose is a sought after motivational speaker. She has conducted a number of professional and personal faith-based lay workshops / presentations across OH and the country on a range of topics. She is published in her respective field. Her dissertation is entitled: "An Ethnographic Study of Client-Initiated Violence Affecting Child Protection Workers." Between 2009-2014, she served as a regional lead consultant for the National Resource Center for Adoption as a policy advisor on adoption and post permanency services for 10 states (in the southern and pacific regions).
Dr. Rose is an undeniable strong woman of faith. She meets no stranger and loves people from all walks of life. She mentors youth and adults (both men and women) to help them to uniquely define and pursue their dreams and passion. She has been an active member of Rehoboth Temple Church for over 40 years, where she has served as the Women’s Ministry Director for over 10 years.
Dr. Rose has been married to her devoted husband, Brother William for 40 years. In March, 2018, they lost their only beloved daughter Jasmine, who died at the age of 30 years while in a car accident. Needless to say, as parents their world drastically changed overnight which prompted a season of Brokenness. Yet, even in the midst of adversity, Dr. Rose continues to stand boldly after being tried and tested. The testimonies that have resulted following Jasmine’s death is on “overflow status.” Two books are currently underway for publication as Dr. Rose seeks to share how God has brought her through many trials and tribulations, while maintaining a commitment to serve others.Career Vitae