BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Lisa Thal is the General Sales Manager at WREW radio which is owned by Hubbard Interactive, which also owns and operates WUBE/WYGY, WKRQ, cincysavers.com and 2060Digital.com. She has over 27 years in broadcasting experience in the Cincinnati. She is passionate about helping businesses create conversations with new customers while retaining their current customer base. She specializes in stimulating conversations by marketing companies to over 1.2 million people and 120,000 loyal Facebook followers. Lisa has served as President of Activities Beyond the Classroom since 2009 and as a board member since 2007. She also serves on the board of Life Center Organ and Tissue Donation and the Patty Brisben Foundation. Lisa is a University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music graduate. She understands the impact after school activities can have on students and the community.
Bob is currently Director of Business Development with the Cincinnati Bengals and Chairman of the Board for Cincinnati Federal Savings and Loan Association. Prior to joining the Bengals front office he served as Hamilton County Commissioner, Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections and Clerk for Delhi Township. In addition to serving on the SAF Board for XX years, Bob has served on many community Boards including the Kenton County Airport Board, Accountability and Credibility Together (ACT), Hamilton County Child and Family First Board, Hamilton County Solid Waste Management, Hamilton County General Health District and Talbert.
Richard E. Friedman
Richard E. Friedman retired from the University of Cincinnati in June, 2013 after 42 years of service. He served for 14 years as the Assistant to the President, and 14 years as a Dean in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and directed the campus-wide McMicken Honors program. As a member of the faculty he offered course work in Philosophy, including ethics, logic, and value theory and developed an electronic on-line learning module.
Friedman’s community service has included a number of leadership roles on many non- profit agency boards and foundations. He has served as the President of the boards of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati. Additionally, he is a current board member and served as the chair of the board of the American Heart Association’s Cincinnati Metro, Great Rivers Affiliate, the Vice Chair of the Hoxworth Blood Center board, and was the board chair of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, the Talbert House Advisory Board, Activities Beyond the Classroom, Tennis for Charity and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He also chairs the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati and is the Immediate Past President of the Cincinnati Seasongood Faculty Club Board of Governors at the University of Cincinnati.
He was the recipient of the Mayor’s Friendship Medallion presented by the Cincinnati Human Relations Council and he received the Robert V. Goldstein Volunteer of the Year award given by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
Charley Frank began as the executive director of the Reds Community Fund in 2004. He has directed the fund’s field renovation efforts, developed the youth baseball/softball funding programs and expanded the Reds Rookie Success League throughout the region. He has established annual fundraisers such as the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, Redlegs Run and the Father’s Day Catch and is currently leading a capital campaign for the expansion of the Community Fund’s “Urban Youth Academy.” Frank also serves on the board of the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati Public School’s Student Activity Foundation. Previously, Frank spent 11 years with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, serving as vice president of communications. Frank is a Northwestern University and Walnut Hills High School graduate. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Wyoming with their son, Sam, and daughter, Avery.
Brian is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School as well as Northwestern University. 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.
Barry Lucas served as President & CEO of Superior Jewelry from 1975 thru 2000. Superior Jewelry Company was the #2 domestic distributor of popular price costume Jewelry in the USA, serving the mass merchandising and drug store category, with revenues in excess of $20 million. In 2000, the business was sold to AAI/Foster Grant in an industry rollup and served as President of the Superior Jewelry /Drug Store Division. Lucas retired in 2004. Since that time has been a consultant in sourcing product from the Far East. Lucas is currently serving on numerous business & charity boards. Lucas was raised in Cincinnati and is married to wife Alice. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. The Lucas family currently resides in the Kenwood area.
Neha M. Matta
Jay Richey is currently the President of Kemira Water Solutions Inc., a $200 million chemical company, the US subsidiary of Kemira Oyj, a $2.5 billion chemical company based in Helsinki, Finland. Richey also held positions as Vice President of Styrenics, Lanxess Corporation, a $400 million chemical business and Vice President of Inorganics Chemicals, Bayer Corporation. Richey has served as board member of World Affairs Council, Cincinnati.
Since joining RSA in 1992, Alex has focused his practice on the relationships and intersections of public and corporate finance. He has experience with many types of clients and transaction structures. Current and recent engagements include corporate, state and local public finance issuers. His experience with finance structures include: New Market Tax Credits, Energy Credits, Environmental Credits, State and Federal Tax Incentives, General Obligation Bonds, Revenue Bonds, Special Assessment Districts, Economic Development, and focused programmatic issuance. Alex especially enjoys complex and multi-dimensional transactions that require collaboration among parties. Alex has fostered relationships between Public and Private issuers that have resulted in successful partnerships that have benefited local communities. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Hills High School Association and advises several private companies. He holds a degree from the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University and the FINRA designation as General Securities Representative (Series 7), Investment Banking Representative (Series 79), and Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).
ABC OFFICE MANAGEMENT
Steven Edwards is the Administrative Assistant in the Activities Beyond the Classroom main office. He started with ABC in June 2016 and worked in Logistical Operations and International Shipping Compliance prior. He graduated from Georgetown College in 2012 where he studied abroad in Japan and graduated with his degree in Commerce, Language, and Culture with an emphasis in Asian Studies and Japanese Language. Outside of the office he participates in weekly charity events supporting a number of organizations, such as The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Cincinnati Chapter, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cat Adoption Team, and more.
Latricia Jones has been with Activities Beyond the Classroom since December 2014. Since the start of her career with ABC, she has operated as the 21st Century Grant Director and currently serves as the Business Manager. Before her career with ABC began, Latricia served in the Winton Hills Community for 10 years in several capacities: grant funded Program Director, After School Site Coordinator and Community Learning Center Resource Coordinator. Latricia Jones is a native of Cincinnati and shortly after graduating from Missouri Southern State University, she moved back home and found her passion; collaborating with key stakeholders and partners to support the CPS Community Learning Center Initiative. Latricia’s education and career path have provided her with experience and expertise in true community partnership, after school programming, project management, and community support in youth education. She aspires to promote success and create opportunity for students and families in Cincinnati Public School.
Rachel Stallings joined Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2015 as a site coordinator under the Ohio Department of Education 21st Century Grant. Recently promoted to 21st Century Grant Director, Rachel writes and manages grant funding for several CPS sites. Rachel also directs the ODE funded Community Connectors Grant focusing on mentorship at Douglass Elementary School, and extracurricular programs such as tennis, soccer and martial arts for elementary students. Prior to her career with ABC, Rachel received her architectural engineering degree from The University of Cincinnati. After working on federal projects for several years, Rachel followed her passion to better the lives of children working as a tutor, parent coordinator, and after school coordinator. Rachel prides herself on learning from and utilizing her experiences with students, families and the community to provide quality programming to students attending Cincinnati Public Schools.
Ellen van Treeck
Ellen van Treeck starting working as the accountant for Activities Beyond the Classroom in June 2015. Prior to working at ABC, she worked in various business endeavors, public accounting, private equity groups, event rental industry, as well as several family held companies. She grew up in Cincinnati, graduating from the University of Cincinnati.
Paul Brownfield is entering his third year as Athletic Director at Aiken New Tech High School. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Paul has served Cincinnati Public Schools since 2013. Paul is both a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). An avid outdoorsman, Paul’s spare time consists of fishing and spending time with family. Personal mantra: It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
Walnut Hills High School
Bringing more than nine years of professional, collegiate and high school athletic experience, Steve Ellison began his tenure at Walnut Hills High School as the Extracurricular Director in the spring of 2017. He graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin, with a Bachelors in Science with concentrations in Health and Human Performance and Sport Management. Steve also served as a collegiate athlete on the football team. He completed his graduate degree at Xavier University with an M.S. in Sport Administration. Upon graduation, Steve worked with the Cincinnati Reds, assisting the ball park operations director. In addition, he interned with the athletic director at Walnut Hills High School, serving in the capacity of site administrator for all athletic events. His professional career also includes recruiting for the University of Tennessee at Martin football team, assistant athletic director at Wright State University, a school teacher with Cincinnati Public Schools, and high school basketball coach, football coach, health and wellness instructor and the middle/high school athletic director at Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy.
Most recently, Steve spent the previous four years as the ABC Extracurricular Director at Woodward Career Technical High School. During his time at Woodward, he added several athletic programs such as: softball, wrestling, freshman football and freshman girl’s basketball. Other successes included increased student participation on all levels, successfully planned and organized annual track meets and basketball previews, and he implemented an academic accountability program. Mr. Ellison is a native of Cincinnati and attended Walnut Hills High School.
Brian is currently in his 1st year as Athletic Director at Clark Montessori Junior & Senior High School, and his 4th year as an Athletic Director with Cincinnati Public Schools. Prior to his current position, Brian served as the Western Hills Junior & Senior High School Athletic Director for 3 years. In addition to being an athletic director, Brian has held several volleyball coaching positions around the greater Cincinnati area, for both club and high school teams. In 2010, Brian was named co-coach of the year in the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association-Southwest District. Brian has also held a position as Recreation Supervisor for the Anderson Township Park District for 3 years, where he was responsible for all youth and adult sports within the Park District.
Brian has earned his RAA certification (Registered Athletic Administrator) and is working on getting his CAA certificate (Certified Athletic Administrator). He is a two time nomine (2014-15 & 2015-16) of the SWOADA (Southwest Ohio Athletic Director’s Association) Horizon Award which is given to an Athletic Director who has shown professionalism, involvement and made a difference in his school during the first 5 years in the profession. In 2015-16, Brian was nominated for the OIAAA (Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Meritorious Service Award which is given to an Athletic Director who has made special contributions, leadership and service to interscholastic athletics in Ohio at the local, district, and state level. Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies and Health with a Minor in Coaching from Miami University. Brian and his wife Ashley have been married for 5 years and are expecting twins in July 2016.
Jolinda Miller, Athletic Director for the past 12 years at Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a passion for student success and growth. Through Jolinda’s efforts, Hughes High School was awarded an Impact 100 grant of $101,000 this past September. The money raised was used to fill in the unused swimming pool and create an indoor practice facility on the Hughes campus. In 2013 and 2014 she led a group of students, teachers, administrators, and friends to Neply, Haiti to facilitate a basketball camp for a group of 100 orphans, child slaves, and village kids. Jolinda and her husband Britt have been married for 17 years and have 2 children. Their daughter, Jamison, is 7 and their son, Jent, is 1.
Woodward Career Technical High School
Jarbreel is a graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools and received his diploma from Gilbert A. Dater High School in 2004 where he graduated with honors. He continued his education at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College where he received a full basketball scholarship. As a sophomore, he and his teammates received the team ranking of fifth in the nation. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Arts, he attended the University of Southern California where he received a full ride to play basketball. While at USC, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He then attended Mars Hills College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in December of 2008.
Throughout his professional career, Jabreel has held a held a variety of positions including paraprofessional, adjunct instructor at the collegiate level and head junior varsity basketball coach for Cincinnati Public Schools. Throughout his career, he has always strived to be a positive mentor and role model for the young men and women of the inner city communities. The 2017-18 school year marks is inaugural year as Athletic Director at Woodward Career Technical High School, where he strives to bring new and exciting things to the student-athlete experience. Go Dawgs!
William Pope Jr., better known as P.J. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Wyoming High School, where he graduated in 2002. P.J. attended Bowling Green State University on Football Scholarship in 2002-2005. From 2006-2008 he played in NFL with the Bears, Packers, and Broncos. P.J. went on to earn his Bachelors in Education from Bowling Green in 2009, and then his Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier in 2012.
He was the Football Coach at Wyoming Middle School in 2009 and Shroder High School from 2011-2013. P.J. has also been the building Sub at Shroder in 2011-2012, Afterschool Coordinator at Withrow from 2012-2014, and is currently employed through Activities Beyond the Classroom as the Athletic Director at Shroder (since 2014).
His Personal Mantra is “Pray more, fear less, live better.”
Chuck Richardson, III
Western Hills/ Dater
Chuck Richardson, III is a native of Dayton, Ohio and graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Strategic Communication and a Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Xavier University. Chuck started with Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2016 as the Athletic Director at Western Hills High School. Prior to coming to Western Hills he was the Assistant Athletic Director at Taft. In addition to his work at Western Hills, he also is involved in community collaborative in his hometown of Dayton and has been instrumental in reviving the African American Homecoming Celebration at The Ohio State University. Chuck is a lover of sports and loves to root for his Ohio State Football Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers Basketball, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Bulls.
Chuck’s goal is to win a CMAC All Sports championship and he is looking forward to working with the community on the west side and his goal is to #BringBackThePride!
Taft High School
Romell is a Cincinnati native who graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 2005. While serving as a collegiate athlete, he graduated from Thomas More College with two Bachelor of Arts degrees. One in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and the other in Business Administration. After pursuing a professional career, Romell completed his graduate degree at Xavier University where he received an M.S. in Sports Administration in 2012.
Romell is entering his second year as an Athletic Director at Taft High School. Before accepting his current position, he interned with multiple Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Athletic Departments, taught within CPS schools and coached high school basketball.
Since a very young age, Romell has had a passion for sports and youth. He has strived to be a positive role model and mentor. He has a son (Romell Jr.), numerous family members and kids looking up to him, and he feels it is his job to show them that they too can break the cycle.
Personal mantra: When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful.
Jonas L. Smith
Withrow High School
Jonas Smith is the Director of Athletics at Withrow University High School. He started his career in education in 1990 as the head girls basketball coach at Jefferson Township High School. In 1995, he started his teaching career with the Dayton Public Schools at Wilbur Wright Middle School. A year later, he became Director of Athletics for Jefferson Township Local Schools, which he held until 2005. From 2005 to 2016, Jonas worked as the Director of Athletics for the Dayton Public Schools. In 2016, he became Director of Athletics for Bowling Green City Schools, where he worked until 2017.
Jonas is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA) and Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). In addition, he has been a registered OHSAA basketball official since 1995, and has served on the Board of Directors in various roles over the years.
He graduated from Dayton Jefferson Township High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Wilberforce University in 1995. He earned his Elementary School Certification from Central State University in 1998.
Jonas resides in Dayton with his wife LaDonna, a First Grade Teacher with Dayton Public Schools, and two sons, Jaren and Jalen.
21ST CENTURY CLC GRANT STAFF
Kim Ronnebaum started with Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2014 as the Assistant Program Coordinator at Riverview East Academy, before being promoted to the Family Literacy Specialist in 2015. She began working for non-profit organizations in 2009, beginning with Sisters of Charity as an STNA and then transitioned from a Program Leader to the Assistant Program Coordinator at Saylor Park Elementary with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati (BGCGC). Kim received an award in July of 2014 for ‘Programmer of the year’ from BGCGC. She is actively involved in her own children’s education and extracurricular activities, as well as dedicating time to her photography.
COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS
Darcus Anderson is the Community Resource Coordinator for Roselawn Condon School, she is employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. Darcus previously worked for Talbert House as a Mental Health Provider, where she coordinated resources and facilitated individual, group, and classroom presentations to help increase students social skills. Darcus has a M.Ed in Counseling and a Bachelors in Psychology.
Dana Bierman is the Community Resource Coordinator for Aiken New Tech High School, employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. She coordinates and implements community partnerships and programs by engaging families and residents to support students in learning and life skills. She also facilitates the alignment of district-wide initiatives and community involvement to strengthen services for students and families. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Dana worked in HR management in the private sector for more than 20 years before entering the field of education.
Resource Coordinator, College Hill Fundamental Academy
Tracy believes in taking a holistic approach to supporting students, parents and the community. She is working towards improving academic outcomes, increasing social-emotional wellness, building leadership skills, and providing enriching and meaningful opportunities for students and families.
Her goals for College Hill Fundamental Academy include becoming a more trauma-sensitive school, increasing service learning opportunities for students, implementing Expeditionary Learning and The Leader in Me, and infusing the power of mindfulness into the classroom. In addition, she hopes to strengthen the school’s partnership with parents and the community.
Tracy has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion. She has two young children at home who continually teach her how to live a life of gratitude and inspire her to serve others.
In August of 2015, Sheena Dunn became the Resource Coordinator for Frederick Douglass Elementary School employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. Sheena was born and raised in Somerset, KY and moved to the Greater Cincinnati area to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. She began her professional career in 2006 working for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio providing In-School Girl Scouting for schools throughout Cincinnati and Indiana. In 2007, she began her time at Frederick Douglass Elementary as a SES Tutoring Coordinator through the YMCA then had a short time as a substitute teacher. In 2006, Sheena began developing her after school expertise as the Imani Family Center After School Coordinator at Frederick Douglass. She lived this position from fall of 2006 to summer 2015. Recently, she finally achieved her dream job as Resource Coordinator at Frederick Douglass this past August. Sheena is the mother of a beautiful and intelligent 4 year old daughter and a cantankerous but loveable 10 year old furry baby named Tony which helps keep life exciting. She graduated from Union Institute and University in October with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership this past fall!
Linda Johnson-Towles is the Resource Coordinator at Silverton Paideia Academy, employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. She is a licensed educator with a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in Library Science, and a certification in educational supervision. Previously, Ms. Towles served as the eLearning Project Manager for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an education consultant and school improvement coach for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center and taught within Cincinnati Public Schools as a Library Media Specialist. In these positions, she worked on inquiry and problem/project-based learning, instructional technology, formal and informal student assessments, and student engagement. Ms. Johnson-Towles currently coordinates community services for student and family needs, and facilitates initiatives for the sustainability of Silverton’s museum school concept.
Community Resource Coordinator, Winton Hills Academy
Shelby has been involved with Cincinnati Public Schools in various capacities for more than 15 years. Her involvement started through her children at Fairview-Clifton German Language School and Walnut Hills High School.
She started working at Winton Hills Academy in 2015 as the resource community assistant and technology teacher and was promoted to the Community Resource Coordinator in November of 2016. She is striving for greatness in the community and is excited to be a part of the Activities Beyond the Classroom team.
When she isn’t helping the school and community, Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter in 3rd grade, son in 6th grade and oldest daughter who is attending college in Hawaii.