Anderson Darcus

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.

Bedinghaus Bob

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, 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.

Bierman Dana

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.

Brownfield Paul

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.

Cheek Colleen

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.

Collier Onyango

Prior to joining ABC in 2019, Onyango served as the School Resource Coordinator at Cheviot School, starting in 2013, where he will continue in that role. He has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Central State University, specializing in Graphic Arts. He also worked for Beech Acres Parenting Center as a School Based Case Manager, providing him experience as a qualified mental-health specialist. He provided crisis support for students to assist them with emotional issues and traumatic events while they were at school. He also worked for Children’s Home of Cincinnati as a behavioral health technician, providing direct service to children with mental-health needs in an after-school program.

As a Resource Coordinator at Cheviot School/Cincinnati Gifted Academy West, he has been able to attain some newsworthy events and programs, such as having the first Community Health Fair at the school, and partnering with a farmer’s market that is open year-round to combat lack of healthy food resources in the area. In May of 2019, Mt. St. Joseph University awarded him with the  honor of being named the Community Partner of the Year, representing Cheviot School.

Edwards Steven

Steven Edwards is the Finance Manager in the Activities Beyond the Classroom main office. Steven started with ABC in June 2016 as the Administrative Assistant, and worked in Logistical Operations and International Shipping Compliance prior.  In August of 2019, after proving a tireless work ethic and great business acumen, Steven was promoted from the role of Administrative Assistant to Business Manager.

Steven 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.

Frank Charley

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.

E. Friedman Richard

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.

Gibbs Carol

Carol Gibbs, a long-time community activist and volunteer, is currently the President and CEO of the Mt. Auburn Community Development Corporation, which Gibbs founded in 2015 to strengthen and coordinate business and housing development in Mt. Auburn. Prior to her current role, she spent 15 years in the role of President and CEO of ACT (Accountability and Credibility Together), an organization she founded to increase self-sufficiency skills of families to reduce their need for public assistance.

In addition to her professional roles, Gibbs has been involved in a number of Cincinnati organizations, including the Strategic Engagement and Planning Committee for Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Auburn Community Council, Taft Elementary School, William Howard Raft Historic Site, Neighborhoods of Uptown Leadership, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Ohio Foodbank Association, and more.