Colleen Cheek joined Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) in 2021 as the AAA (Athletic and Academic Accountability) Pathway Manager. In this role, Colleen oversees the AAA Pathway, which is a comprehensive student-athlete development program designed to provide CPS athletes the supports needed to achieve success in both their academics and athletics. Colleen looks forward to using her decade of experience in the professional sports world to build upon an already impressive program.
Colleen comes to ABC from the Reds Community Fund (RCF) where she worked over seven years rising to Senior Outreach Manager. With the RCF, Colleen managed the Reds Rookie Success League in five locations, created the Reds Home Base program, implemented educational programs for the P&G Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy, analyzed RCF program data, and more. Before that, Colleen managed educational programs and donations for more than three years in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets in Community Relations.
Prior to her career, Colleen graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, in Sport Science. Being born and raised in Cincinnati, Colleen and her husband love all things Cincinnati. Colleen and her husband reside in Silverton with their rescue animals: two cats and a dog. In 2020, they became foster parents with Beech Acres and are now proud foster parents to two CPS high school students.
As a mother of two girls, both Cincinnati Public Schools students, Sally is passionate about ensuring that all CPS children, regardless of their background, have access to opportunities that will help them succeed in life.
Sally began her nonprofit management career right out of college, and over the years, has filled many roles in a variety of organizations, including Executive Director, Director of Communications, and Director of Marketing. Now in the role of Executive Director at ABC, Sally oversees all aspects of the organization.
As a side job, Sally acts as a de facto cab driver, taking her girls and four rescue pittie mixes to extracurricular activities, hikes, dog parks, road trips, campouts, and more. And any chance she gets, she rounds up her family and takes them to their favorite local Indian restaurant.
Starting with ABC in 2018 as the Annual Report Coordinator, Adam has moved up to the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Adam is responsible for planning and organizing ABC events, managing website content & social media channels, and assisting in fundraising and grant writing efforts for ABC programs.
A graduate of Ohio State University, Adam is very passionate about giving back to others, and has spent over six years as a volunteer at Save The Animals Foundation, an animal shelter, where he cares for and medicates cats.
Carmen’s personal mission statement is to “be a force of positive change in the world,” and she can think of no better way to accomplish that than by investing in and supporting our youth.
A former actor, Carmen stepped into the nonprofit field to increase accessibility, equity, and diversity in the arts. She managed two small theatre companies before pursuing her graduation education at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned an MBA and MA in nonprofit administration. She’s worn a lot of hats in her work, including Camps Coordinator, Manager of Individual Giving, Director of Development, Managing Director, Marketing Manager, and Administrative Consultant. As she steps into the role of Director of Advancement at ABC, Carmen will oversee fundraising, marketing, community outreach, organizational storytelling, and data management.
In her spare time, Carmen can be found hiking with her dog, playing old video games, spending time with family, reading, and writing.
Brian is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School as well as Northwestern University. After serving as the Executive Director of ABC from 2004-2021, and the Director of Special Initiatives in 2022, Brian is now taking on the role of Emeritus Director.
Prior to accepting a position as Executive Director of ABC, Brian served as the Regional Director for the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation. Mr. Leshner currently serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Tennis Club. He has also served as Co-Chairman for the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, and numerous boards in and around the Cincinnati area.
Vanessa Macy is the Member Services Manager for Activities Beyond the Classroom and joining the team in September 2022. Prior to working at ABC, she spent 17 years working in the museum field at Cincinnati Museum Center where she served in many roles such as Director of Cincinnati History Museum and Senior Director of Museum Experience where she oversaw operations and program
development for the Cincinnati History Museum, The Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Natural History & Science.
Vanessa earned her Master’s in Public History and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University. For the past seven years she has been an adjunct professor at NKU teaching graduate students in their Public History program.
In her spare time, Vanessa serves as the Vice President of her local community group in Covington Ky. She is a wife, proud mom of two daughters who attend the University of Cincinnati, as well as mom to two Bernedoodles, an adorable rescue cat, and quite a few plants. She and her husband love to hike and camp and are currently trying to reach a goal of visiting every National Park.
Sophia Scott is the Director of Operations for Activities Beyond the Classroom and joined the team in 2021. Sophia brings with her a diversity of experiences from growing up in a single family home, being a first-generation college student, obtaining an advance degree in Integrative Studies concentration in Public Administration and Social Work, as well as a certificate in Non-Profit Management (NPM).
Prior to coming to ABC, Sophia held various community roles including United Way of Greater Cincinnati where she fulfilled both finance and program management roles. Sophia is the mom of 3 and can be found enjoying life with her husband, also in non-profit community work.