Ramona Toussaint, MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir President
A native of New York, I moved to Cincinnati in 1992 to get my Masters at UC subsequently choosing to make my home in College Hill. I have a personal passion for social change issues and the arts which is why in 1998, I auditioned and became a member of Community Shares partner, MUSE- Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, which sings for social justice and is one of the founding organizations of the CS Cincinnati affiliate office. Since 2007 I have served in various roles within Community Shares with pride. I am always amazed by the diversity of CS organizations representing a broad section of our community. Some of the organizations are small, under represented and often posses very little infrastructure yet have a powerful, collective social impact. Organizations like people can thrive when connected to the right resources. I take comfort in knowing that CS helps represent and support these organizations and the good work they are doing. By supporting Greater Cincinnati Community Shares, which raises funds, provides networking opportunities, professional development, and PR for these organizations, I can make a difference in the lives of so many. And that is a great feeling!
Amy McMahon, University of Cincinnati Vice President
Amy McMahon, MSW, is the BSW Program Director in the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. “What I love about Community Shares is the grassroots nature of the agencies who are members of Community Shares, and the can-do attitude of a great group of volunteers and professionals who really do work together to get the agency’s work done.”
Josh Wagoner, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)- Greater Cincinnati Chapter Secretary
Josh Wagoner is a designer at SPACES interiors, architecture & construction, where his projects include custom residential renovations. He joined the Community Shares board in 2013, representing GLSEN Greater Cincinnati. At GLSEN, he helped launch and grow the weekly Youth Group for middle and high school age students, revitalize the annual Youth Summit, and worked to raise the local chapter’s media and public profile. Currently Josh is executive producer of a feature-length documentary for GLSEN Greater Cincinnati on being LGBT in Catholic schools. He lives in North Avondale.
Patrick Moloughney, Owner, Macaron Bar Treasurer
“As a native of New Jersey, I moved to Washington DC in 1995 and received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. While in Washington I was President of the Board of Directors of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), a drop-in after school program for LGBT youth, and worked as a paralegal at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), assisting servicemembers targeted by the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. I relocated with Procter & Gamble to Cincinnati in 2002 where I stayed for 10 years and was a Brand Manager. I left P&G in 2012 to start my own company, Macaron Bar, a bakery dedicated solely to French macarons. I’m a board member of Community Shares because I’m passionate about all of the member organizations respective missions and believe the exponential strength in unity among the groups as a whole.”
Suzanne Bertuleit, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
Suzanne Bertuleit joined the Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati board in April 2015 and serves on the development committee. Community Shares’ mission of building social, economic and environmental equity aligns with her values. Suzanne notes that “Community Shares’ 24 member organizations tend to be modestly staffed and outside the mainstream community funding mechanisms. We provide fundraising, awareness and training support. Together, we can do more to improve our community than when we remain alone.”
Suzanne is Director of Quality & Risk Management for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region. Prior to her current role, she worked in the development department for more than six years. Suzanne is a mechanical engineer and worked at General Electric Aviation for more than 15 years in engineering, sales, 6 Sigma and e-business.
Melissa English, Ohio Citizen Action
Melissa English is a 20 + year non-profit veteran with experience in a variety of organizations where she has been responsible for fundraising, legislative work, program development and grant writing. She is currently the Executive Director of the Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund (OCAEF), a former Community Shares member organization. OCAEF is a sister group to Ohio Citizens Action, where Melissa serves as the Development Director.
James Flick, City of Cincinnati
“I work for the City of Cincinnati. I was born and raised in Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School before earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. In addition to my work with Community Shares I coach high school rugby for the Walnut Hills High School Rugby Football Club.
I love Community Shares because it gives me an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in my community by raising awareness and funds for local organizations that enhance and touch the lives of so many people in Greater Cincinnati.”
Anna Hehman, Cincinnati Observatory
Anna is the Director of Development for the Cincinnati Observatory, one of the current Community Shares member organizations. She has over ten years of experience in fundraising, which she uses to enhance services for the over 25,000 people of all ages who visit the Cincinnati Observatory ever year. She loves the setting in which she works saying that, “Not only is the entire setting beautiful, but the learning that goes in within the walls of our buildings is truly incredible. Anna’s duties include pursuing funding avenues to financially secure the Cincinnati Observatory. Her professional skills include Donor Relationship Management and Cultivation, Event Planning, Organizational Marketing, Community Relations, Brand Strategy, Volunteer Management, Strategic and Budget Planning, Grant Research and Writing, Written and Verbal Communication Skills.
Dr. Ericka King-Betts, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
As the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Ericka serves as the Chief Professional Officer of this regional human service agency. In this position, she is responsible for overall program management & development, strategic planning, public relations, marketing, budget development & financial oversight, contract compliance, funder relationships, staff management and quality assurance. She ensures that the agency remains focused on delivering quality services/initiatives that are mission & vision focused & actively seeks opportunities for agency collaborations in order to eliminate group prejudices and racial or neighborhood tensions.
Ericka is a notable author & researcher. In 2007, she co-authored an article on the significance of shift work: Current status and future directions in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. She provided research for Lonnae O. Neal Parker’s 2005 book I’m Every Woman, Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood, and Work. She has also completed book reviews for Ann Swidlers 2004 book Talk of Love: How Culture Matters and M. David Rudd, Thomas Joiner, M. Hasan Rajabs 2002 book Treating Suicidal Behavior: An effective, Time Limited Approach. These works represent only a small portion of the research and articles written by Dr. Ericka King-Betts. By conducting research & putting this knowledge into print, others can benefit from this information for many years to come.
Dr. Ericka King-Betts also provides trainings locally & nationally on domestic violence, working w/ perpetrators of violence & their families, why culture matters in treatment and human relations/rights to a wide range of audiences that include: mental health professionals, judges, attorneys, court personnel, social workers, educators, & students to empower others w/ knowledge on how they can become agents of change.
Jessica Klaers, UCAN
Jessica has been the clinic manager for UCAN since February of 2014. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Working at UCAN has been very rewarding for Jessica, it has been a great way for her to combine the love she has for both people and pets alike. She attended St. Cloud State University where she acquired a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.
Being a part of the Gourmet Grub for Good committee for the past three years has fortified her trust in the commitment Community Shares has to its member groups as well as the impact it is making for each of them.
Dan Korman, Owner, Park + Vine
Danny Korman is just as likely to ride his bike as he is to walk around Cincinnati. Why not? Car-free most of his life after sending several cars to the junkyard at an early age, he rarely tires of this primal way of getting around his hometown. Danny nurtures his passions while running the general store Park + Vine in Over-the-Rhine, which he opened in summer 2007 on Vine Street before moving to Main Street in October 2010. After graduating from the school of planning at the University of Cincinnati in 1991 and studying preservation planning at Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY in 1997, Danny worked a bunch of different jobs focused on Main Street revitalization, tourism and bicycling advocacy in Ohio, Kentucky, New York and Illinois. Danny is a big architecture buff, urban explorer, nature lover, believer in supporting local economies and steward for the environment and animals.
Matt Murray, Equality Cincinnati
“I am a board member though the organization Equality Cincinnati. I became familiar with Community Shares Cincinnati five years ago and have played a role supporting the organization ever since. Community Shares supports small non-profit organizations financially, and also with resources for development to help strengthen and maintain their individual efforts and growth. Community Shares has the ability to provide these smaller organizations with the foundation to see them successfully give back to the community. Several member organizations are near and dear to my heart, including UCAN, GLSEN, and UpSpring which helps children in need.”
Lily Raphael, UpSpring
Lily received her B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2012. In Ecuador, she led a community agriculture project and performed research on cultural preservation and youth entrepreneurship initiatives while volunteering and studying abroad, and later worked as Regional Coordinator for Community Enterprise Solutions on social innovation and women’s economic empowerment programs in rural communities. Lily also worked in Montreal as a Document Specialist at the Law Firm of Campbell Cohen, as well as in business development and research with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade. Since 2006, she has been involved with the True Body Project, co-leading trauma-informed, social-emotional workshops for girls in schools and community centers across Cincinnati. She is also a part of City Silence, hosting gatherings and promoting outreach to create a culture of mindfulness and silence in Cincinnati and elsewhere.
Kareem Simpson, Community Action Agency
Kareem Simpson is a self-described innovator, community enthusiast, serial entrepreneur, published author, foodie, and obsessed with all things creative! Raised in inner-city Covington, KY, Kareem has been a lover of downtown Cincinnati and returned here to live following a four year career as a Korean Linguist in the US Army. He founded BookMark Online, a small personal and professional development company. where he published his first book of fiction, ‘Chronicles of a Boy Misunderstood’ and began Pub_Inc, Cincinnati’s first book publishing incubator.
Community involvement has always been important to Kareem, who has been a volunteer for many community groups and events, including Community Shares. He is employed full time for the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency where he spends his days creating, securing funding and overseeing programs that aid low-income individuals and help them become self-sufficient.
Staci Y. Wagner, MSA City of Cincinnati
Staci Gambrell-Wagner attended the University of Cincinnati earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration. She later went on to earn a Master’s of Science degree in Administration with areas of concentration in human resources, public health and health administration from Central Michigan University. Currently, Staci is pursuing a doctorate degree in Public Health Policy and Health Services Administration.
Staci Wagner is employed by the City of Cincinnati where she is the Chief Operating Officer and Program Manager for the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).
Staci is a strong community advocate and her personal mission is to serve those who are less fortunate and those who are in need. She is the proud mother of 10 year old Shelby Christina Wagner, the joy of her life!!!
David E. White, City of Cincinnati
“I love Cincinnati as a native Cincinnatian, went to high school at St. Xavier, college at University of Cincinnati and have worked in various non-profits throughout my entire career. With an education and background in urban planning and transportation, I began my career at SORTA/Metro and have worked with the Civic Garden Center, Stop AIDS, & Caracole. I contracted for Duke Energy as a cartographer and ended up in my current position so I could work alongside one of my all-time heroes who is one of the most passionate persons committed to women’s reproductive health and to serving women in need.
Having grown up in a family dedicated to volunteerism, I have been a dedicated volunteer for the Civic Garden Center (15 years), Pendleton Neighborhood Council (11 years, president/vice president 7 years), Bockfest (7 years), Community Shares (7+ years), Cincinnati Pride (3 years), Give Back Cincinnati (5 years), and many other organizations/efforts that are dear to my heart and important to our community.”