Grimes Sally

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.

 

Lawrence-Bille Carmen

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.

Leshner Brian

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.

Macy Vanessa

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.

Scott Sophia

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.