Suzanne Bertuleit, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, Board President

Suzanne Bertuleit joined the Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati board in April 2015 and chairs the development committee. Community Shares’ mission of building social, economic and environmental equity aligns with her values. Suzanne notes that “Community Shares’ 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.

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Jennifer Mooney, The Mooney Group, Board Vice President

Jennifer is a communications expert with a focus on underrepresented organizations that need a voice and on society’s challenging issues. Ms. Mooney’s passions include NGO work in Kenya, equality, eradication of anti-Semitism, race/multicultural relations, education, and extreme outdoor sports.  She was active in race relations in Ohio that included eight years as a member of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

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Jim Flick, Deerfield Township, Board Treasurer

Jim Flick joined Deerfield Township as Economic Development Director and Public Information Officer in July 2018. He has over 11 years’ experience in data analytics, research, communications, project management and public affairs within government, real estate, and legal settings. Prior to joining Deerfield Township, Jim spent two and a half years at the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development as a Development Officer within the Major Projects Division and was an Interim Division Manager of its Policy and Communications Division. He also spent five years at the commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield, most recently as the Vice President of Research and Marketing. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor for the Masters of Public Administration program at Northern Kentucky University, where he earned his Master’s Degree in 2010. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University.

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Melissa English, Ohio Citizen Action, Board Secretary

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.

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Claire Daugherty, Over-The-Rhine Community Housing

Claire has spent most of her career with the YMCA at both the local and national level. While she is an expert in youth development, her many years in the non-profit world has also made her a skilled fundraiser for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. She is an experienced world traveler with avid interest in other cultures, passionate conservationist, seamstress, youth development and social justice advocate.  She embraces the positive opportunities that change creates.

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Larry Falkin

Larry Falkin, City of Cincinnati

Larry Falkin has served since 2007 as Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. In that position, Larry leads the development and implementation of sustainability programs; ensures the City’s compliance with environmental regulations; and oversees recycling services for City residents. Larry has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental professional, including positions with the City of Kansas City Missouri and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Larry holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Pace University.

Larry has twice co-chaired the City of Cincinnati’s Community Shares Campaign. He served for 2 years as Board Chair and Executive Director of ECOCorp, an environmental non-profit. He has been employed by non-profits including the New York Public Interest Research Group and Connecticut Citizen Action Group. He has served on the Board of non-profits including Green Energy Ohio, Churchville Nature Center, and the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.

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Eleonora Fusco, Community Volunteer

Eleonora is an Expert in Decision Making and Habit Formation. She holds a Ph.D. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She has been an international manager for P&G in product development. Currently, she manages her rental properties while dedicating most of her time and energy to build a more equitable community. Activism is her mantra. Together with her dogs, she has volunteered as a pet therapy team at the Center of Chemical Treatment, visited nursing homes and hospitals. She has hosted fundraisers and friend-raisers for various causes. She is originally from Rome and became a naturalized US citizen in 2011. She lives with her German Prince Charming, beloved furry companions (2 dogs and 4 cats) in the historic district of Columbia Tusculum. She is a member of the NAACP, LULAC, and the League of Women Voters.

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Shenda Larry, First Financial Bank

A native of Cincinnatian, Shenda has over ten years of experience in banking. She has worked for various fortune five hundred companies such as Citibank, Bank of America, U.S Bank and currently First Financial Bank. She is currently on the planning committee for WELD. Weld is an organization that develops and advances women’s leaders. It strives to increase the number of women serving in leadership in business and government in central Ohio. We build programs, events, and a community to support leadership development and business growth. Shenda is also currently sitting on the board for the Roselawn Business Alliance. Throughout the years she has obtained a wealth of financial knowledge. Specializing in retail banking and community relations. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and traveling the world. Her true passion is working in the inner city of Cincinnati to bring social change and improve the quality of life. She loves working with individual families and whole communities to empower them to identify their assets, needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities. Shenda can be reached at First Financial Bank in Roselawn where she currently serves as the Business Development Manager.

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Michele R. Murray, Fifth Third Bank

Michele works for Fifth Third Bank in the Commercial Business Control Project Management Office (PMO) as a Sr. Strategic Initiative Manager in Cincinnati, Ohio; a role geared to managing high-level business projects and initiatives for the Commercial Line of Business.  In her 12 years of service with the bank, she has held a number of positions including Retail Operations Reporting Manager, Retail Finance Compensation Program Manager, and Sr. Finance Analyst.  She is passionate about coaching/mentoring and has had to opportunity to develop programs in this area; a passion she shares while working with several Business Resource Groups (Women, African American & Health/Wellness) within her organization.  She previously worked as the Affiliate Project Manager at Fifth Third and served as the Vice President of Financial Affairs for a product development company in Charlotte North Carolina.  Additionally, during her profession, Michele performed as a financial management consultant with Deloitte & Touché focusing on financial analyzes at Wright Patterson Air Force Base along with an extensive corporate financial and human resources career with General Motors in Ohio.

In addition to being a finance manufacturing and financial industry professional, she enjoyed serving on the Board for the Girl Talk Organization in Charlotte North Carolina and the Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia and continues to support these organizations.

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Jen Scott, Equality Ohio

Jen Scott (she/her/hers) is a native Ohioan from Forest Park, Ohio. She attended Northwestern University earning a degree in Chemistry.  After returning to Ohio, she embarked on a successful career in information technology and established her own consulting firm. In 2015, she began another path in life, that of a community organizer and grassroots activist. Through her volunteer roles, Jen learned how to use her personal passion to empower a community to make a real difference in the lives of others.  She brought this passion to Equality Ohio, a member organization, when she joined the team in 2019 to establish and expand Equality Ohio’s work in the southwest Ohio region. Jen serves on the board of American Atheists, Community of Reason (COR), Cincinnati Pride and is one of the organizers for the Multifaith Coalition of Greater Cincinnati. Jen joined the board of Community Shares in 2020 and is looking forward to furthering the mission of Community Shares to build social and economic equity and a healthy environment in Cincinnati and the surrounding region.

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Tony Saldanha, Procter & Gamble (retired)

Originally from Goa, India, Tony has lived in 6 countries in the past three decades. As VP of Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Service, he leads Next Generation Shared Services and is responsible for innovating and constantly evolving P&G’s best-in-class shared services operation. He has been leading initiatives at P&G since 1991 and has been co-chair of P&G’s Asia-Pacific American Leadership Team, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, and been on the Advisory Board of Indiana University Analytics program and the University of Cincinnati IT Department. In his spare time, Tony likes to travel and stays busy with various hobbies, including carpentry, gardening, and cooking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s of business administration from the Indian Institute of Management. He is married to Julia and has two children.

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Susan Sparr, Certified Financial Planner

Susan is a trusted resource for individuals, families, and business owners in building financial freedom and achieving financial success. She has the skills, knowledge, and experience to help her clients meet or exceed their financial goals. She has been a CFP® professional in Cincinnati for over two decades, making her uniquely qualified to assist clients in identifying and solving financial problems.  She is a 20-time Leaders’ or Presidents’ Conference qualifier. She holds a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. Susan is active in the US Tennis Association and is involved with many community charities and organizations.

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Tristan N. Vaught, Transform Cincy

Tristan N. Vaught is a Co-founder of Transform Cincy and formerly the Director of Education and Training at Living with Change. They are an activist, educator, and the Founding Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. Previous to this role, they held positions as the Interim Director and first Program Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at the University of Cincinnati. They hold a Master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from University of Cincinnati with research centered on the effectiveness of LGBTQ+ ally trainings in higher education. They also graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Tristan’s advocacy and education work focuses on intersecting identities and how they impact individuals’ lived experiences. They enjoy writing poetry and short stories, communing with nature, and considers themselves a bourbon snob.

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David E. White, City of Cincinnati

A native Cincinnatian, David loves his city.  He attended St. Xavier High School followed by the University of Cincinnati. He has worked at various non-profits throughout his career.  With an education and background in urban planning and transportation, he began his career at SORTA/Metro and has worked with the Civic Garden Center, Stop AIDS, & Caracole.  He has been a contractor working for Duke Energy as a cartographer. In his current position, he works alongside one of his all-time heroes who he feels is one of the most passionate persons committed to women’s reproductive health and to serving women in need.

David grew up in a family dedicated to volunteerism. He  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 his heart and important to the community.

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