Our Team


Chris Merlo

Managing Director

Chris has been involved with ForeverDads for 5 years. he has helped with the All-Pro Dad’s breakfast. He is now the Managing Director and is in charge of programs, activities, and staff. Chris has been married for over 22 years to his wife and has two daughters. He is also a member of Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. He hopes to help these dads/fathers get the help and motivation they need to be great men in their community and children’s lives.

“A dad is the Anchor upon which his children stand”

Contact Chris:
740.453.1323 x105

Janet Long

Client Services Navigator

Janet has been with ForeverDads for almost three years. She started as a volunteer coordinator, moved into office manager, and has found her calling as Client Services Navigator specializing in CPS & child support. Janet is also the Director of MidEast Rescue and Restore Coalition, a volunteer organization that fights against human trafficking. She has two sons of her own & is expecting her first grandchild this Spring!

“I love helping our clients become better fathers and make a difference in their children’s lives. It is a pleasure being able to help create that change.”

Contact Janet:
740.453.1323 x103

Lindsay is new to ForeverDads and is the Office Manager and the role of Community Engagement Coordinator.
She was born and raised in Zanesville and continues to live here with her family. She has been married for 14 years, and has a son and a daughter. She is very excited to be on the team of ForeverDads and has heard some and seen some events in the past they have done including All Pro Dads breakfast which spiked her interest in the organization. Now she is helping to oversee these particular events and programing, she is excited to see where it takes ForeverDads.

“She believes anything done within the schools and family oriented programs is a great asset. “

Contact Lindsay:
740.453.1323 x106

Lindsay Gee

Office Manager
Community Engagement Coordinator

Burl has been with ForeverDads for over 15 years.

He started as a volunteer with Muskingum County Fatherhood Coalition, published the Fatherhood Resource Guide, and became the Interim Director. In June of 2006, ForeverDads incorporated with Burl as the Executive Director.

Today, you can find Burl mentoring fathers, coordinating events, planning for the future, and enjoying his grandchildren.

Contact Burl:
740.453.1323 x102

Burl Lemon

CEO/Executive Director


Mike Ross

Facilitator – Nurturing Fathers

Jay Smith

Facilitator – Nurturing Fathers

David Toth

Facilitator – Fathering in 15

Board Members

Scott Comstock

Board President

Zanesville Police Department

Chris Zemba

Board Vice President

Champions Services of Zanesville

Katie Brown

Board Secretary

REA & Associates

Don Riley

Board Treasurer

Computer Plus Technologies

Ben Hess

Immediate Past President

Mattingly Family of Companies

Jamey Baker

Board Member

ValueCare Ambulance Service

Doug Brock

Board Member

HomeMaster Renovations

Luann Cooperrider

Board Member

Perry County Juvenile & Probate Court

Mike Emmert

Board Member

Zanesville City Schools

Jennifer Riesbeck

Board Member

Journey Home Foster Care & Adoption Agency

Matt McMillion

Board Member

Smoot Construction

Past Board Members

Jason Wilhelm

Past  President

Branch Manager – Park National Bank

James McDonald

Founder & Board Member Emeritus

CEO/Executive Director – SVS