Community Leaders Institute

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The Community Leaders Institute is an eight-session leadership development training program offered over five consecutive weeks in February–March. The goal is to build research and leadership skills that the individual can use to improve or develop a health program. Training sessions are designed to build leadership and research/program evaluation skills in the following areas: Grant Writing; Accessing Public Datasets; Program Evaluation; Quality Improvement; Survey Development & Assessing Community Health Needs; Design Thinking; and Research Ethics. Participants receive a small grant ($1,000–$1,500) and have the opportunity to apply the skills learned to a health-related project (to be completed over the next 12 months).

Program administrators, organizational leaders, community physicians and other key program staff who want to gain skills in program evaluation/research and network with other community agencies/practices should apply as Community Leaders. Unpaid volunteers at community organizations or agencies should apply as Community Health Advocates. Members of CCTST partnering institutions (University of Cincinnati, CCHMC) may apply as Auditors and are accepted on a limited basis.

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2018

Community Leaders Institute – 2018 Training Session in Progress
Community Leaders Institute – 2018 Training Session in Progress
Community Leaders
NameOrganizationProposed Project
Jasmine HumphriesHeal n BuildPlace-Based Bike Clubs
Jodi CunninghamThe Community BuildersAvondale Children Thrive Initiative
Michael VinegarGabriel’s Place After-SchoolHealthy Cooking Club for Kids at Gabriel’s Place
Mildred PattersonSeven Hills Neighborhood HousesHealth Effects of Stress on Youth
Nkem Kayla IheukwuSoulful ChangeHeal Through Creation—An Intentional Space for Single Women
Ruth KellyFamilies FirstUniting a Safe Sleep Ambassador Program in the Community (Collaboration with Cradle Cincinnati)
Shermikao DatcherBeech Acres Parenting CenterParent Connext
Tara JimisonClermont County Public HealthThrough Another’s Eyes: Changing the Conversation about Recovery through Photovoice
Tyra SchererClermont County Public HealthThrough Another’s Eyes: Changing the Conversation about Recovery through Photovoice
Valerie BairnsfatherSafe Pastures Family HomeEvidence-based Practices and Program Evaluation of Safe Pastures Family Home Life Skills Program
Community Health Advocates
NamePartner GroupProposed Project
Tina Briggs-BrownThe Community BuildersAvondale Children Thrive Initiative
Jennifer FosterThe Community BuildersAvondale Children Thrive Initiative
Jeneya LawrenceThe Community BuildersAvondale Children Thrive Initiative
Audrey ScottThe Community BuildersAvondale Children Thrive Initiative
Priscilla NashSO-ACTWalk With Me
Dana BollWoven Oak InitiativesTree and Climate Education for Williams Avenue Elementary School and Neighborhood
Andrea MeismanCCHMC-Adolescent & Transition Medicine
Angela MolloyUC ACRC/CCTST
Angela WhiteCCHMC & Cincinnati Debate Society
Emily JohnsonCCHMC—Community Relations
Maya WallaceCCHMC—Community Health
Rhemecka GrahamCCHMC—Community Relations
Stephanie WilliamsCCHMC

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2017

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Community Leaders
Applicant Name Applicant Organization
Rhyanne McDade Apple of His Eye
Kiana Trabue YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Heather Cockram Habitat for Humanity
Candice Tolbert Super Seeds
Sheila Nared United Way of Greater Cincinnati/Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
Aaron Grant People Working Cooperatively
Jack Theurling Lighthouse Youth Services
Latisha Owens Guiding Light Mentoring
Aprina Johnson Walnuts Hills Redevelopment Foundation
Reginald Brazzile Project Nehemiah
Lashkela “Nikki” Steele Winton Terrace Resident Council, Winton Hills Community Council
Marsha Thomas Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati
Chevelle Clayton Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lynmari Lopez Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Community Health Advocates
Applicant Name Name of Supporting Agency
Angelica Hardee Cancer Justice Network
Luwana Pettus Oglesby West End Community Council
Dominique Love CCHMC All Children Thrive
Natasha Miles CCHMC
Applicant Name Applicant Partner Organization/ Community Group
Julie Wijesooriya Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Reuben Battley Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Christina Klein University of Cincinnati
Laura Sheldon Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Marilyn Dew CCHMC/Cradle Cincinnati Connections

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2016

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Name Affiliation
Laura Allen Prevention FIRST!
Chanel Bayless Families Connected
Sherman Bradley Consider the Poor
Ernest Ciambarella Queen City Physicians
Cynthia McCarthy Cincinnati Health Department
Jamie-Lee Morris The AMOS Project
Angela Pancella Woven Oak Initiatives
Steve Schumacher Environmental ALI
Megan Schmittauer Giving Kids a Fighting Chance
Lisa Marie Watkins Santa Maria Community Services
Beth Yantek Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati
Lisa Meatchem Sickle Cell Alliance Foundation
Jalisa Holifield Freestore Foodbank
Nakeisha Sloan Winton Terrace Resident Council
Keith White AED Heartsavers
Kristin Loiselle CCHMC – Adherence Center
Jessica Seeberger CCHMC – Cradle Cincinnati
Lauren Stenger UC Medical Center – Emergency Medicine
April Mack-Williams CCHMC – James M. Anderson Center
Michelle Hudgens CCHMC – Heart Institute

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2015

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Name Affiliation
Rigel Behrens Working In Neighborhoods
Aalap Bommaraju Cincinnati Health Department
Carmen Burks Cincinnati Public Schools
Julian Collins American Lung Association
Jonathan Lam St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy
Stacey Hall Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
Joseph Landers The Children’s Home of Greater Cincinnati
Sara Sheets Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Jonathon Sherwood Easter Seals Tristate
Elizabeth Waite Walnut Hills Redevelopment Fund
Patricia Youngblood Peaslee Center
Ryan Hall Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health
Marlene Ostrow Independent Community Health Advocate
Natashia Conner Trinity Outreach
Nancy Laird Lower Price Hill Caring Connections
Tori Ames Cincinnati Children’s
Shakeyrah Elmore University of Cincinnati
Donnetta Jackson UC Health
John Scott Cincinnati Children’s
Jerusha Clark University of Cincinnati

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2014

Name Organization
Emilie Graham * Great Miami Rowing Center
Jada Harris National Black MBA Association
Barry Isaacs * HOPE4CHANGE
Shawn Jeffers Public Allies Cincinnati
Gregg Kottyan * Avondale Moves!
Dinah Meister * Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved
Lakisha Porter FamiliesFORWARD
Paul Rudolph Growing Well Cincinnati
Evelyn Sears * Manifested Glory Ministries
Gauri Shevatekar * Cincinnati Health Department
Amanda Conn Starner Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati
Jamie Stoneham Gorman Heritage Farm
Ennis Tait CWFF Child Development
Corinn Taylor Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program, Cincinnati Health Dept.
Claudia Velez * Santa Maria Community Service International Welcome Center
Martha Walter Reproductive Health and Wellness Program, Cincinnati Health Dept.
Brittany Wells Nutrition Council

* Community Health Advocates

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2013

Name Organization
Laura Brinson Santa Maria Community Services
Charisse Brown Gabriel’s Place
Katie Chadwell YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Ozie Davis III Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation
Joellen Grady Whole Again International
Eric Hall Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati
Donna Jones Urban Appalachian Council
Donald Jordan Cincinnati Police Department
Alexis Kidd Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses
Patricia Lee Reviving the Human Spirit (RTHS)
Lisa Newton REAL Women of Cincinnati
Stephanie Russo BLOC Ministries
Gene Seay Cincinnati Police Department
Brieanne Sheehan Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati
Kareem Simpson Cin-Ham County Community Action Agency
James Alice Stringer The Midwest Trans* and Queer Wellness Initiative
Stephanie Vogel Northern Kentucky Health Department
Beth Wentz Talbert House School Based Services

Community Leaders Institute · Class of 2012

Name Organization
Joann Avant YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Ellen Berninger Cincinnati Health Department
Gwendolyn Brown Sickle Cell Affected Families of Greater Cincinnati
Monica Burns HealthCare Access Now
Melissa Cornelius Urban Appalachian Council
Nikki Fannin Center for Great Neighborhoods
Sarah Halloran-Barnett The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
Kimberly Hauser Wyoming Youth Services
Gail Lewis Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church
Alfredo Mann Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
Katrina Wyche Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati
Cathy Rafales Santa Maria Community Services
Mary Sehlhorst Freestore Foodbank
Leslie Stevenson Gabriel’s Place
Karen Walker-Jones Cincinnati Public Schools Early Childhood Education
Michon Woods Freestore Foodbank

Past Community Leaders