Board of Directors

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Jill Frost

Board Chair
 


Saleem M. Saleem

Vice chair

Saleem M. Saleem is a Professor of Social Work at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.  He earned his Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.  Dr. Saleem also graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and Literature from the University of Karachi.

He is a clinically trained psychotherapist and has extensive experience working with families and children, especially with the Save the Children Foundation of Great Britain.  He generally teaches social work research, social welfare history, social policy, cultural diversity among people, inter-professional cultural competency, senior field instruction and seminar as well as General Education courses - cultural pluralism, global awareness, and macro social science theory. He pioneered the Student Social Work Exchange Program with Malardalen University in Sweden.  He also built the study abroad program, Liaison of India Experience Project, at Capital University. He is committed to building international social work education programs both at undergraduate and graduate level with special emphasis of macro social work practice.

Dr. Saleem is a sought-after Board Member, President, Consultants to several philanthropic organizations, and was Editor of the News Journal, Catalyst, published by Greater Cleveland Adult Education Council.  Currently he is on the Board of Lions Club and Metropolitan Community Services – T.O.U.C.H., and Chair of the Strategic Planning and Grants Development.


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Alma Montano Saddam

Secretary

Alma Montano Saddam is a Faculty Emerita of Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University. She received her education at the University of the Philippines and at The Ohio State University. Prior to retirement, she was the Extension Nutrition Specialist with OSU and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Nutrition. She was also Director of the Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Human Nutrition from 1989-1999. Past work experience includes both being a Clinical and Administrative Dietitian at the Yale University Medical Center and The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Currently, Alma volunteers as a Staying Well Instructor at the Upper Arlington Senior Center and as a Culinary Instructor for Asian Cuisines at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Besides being on the Board of MACC, she is also on the Board of the Asian Festival, Inc. and an officer of the Philippine American Society of Central Ohio. Major research and service interests are behavior change of older adults through nutrition education and dietary practice change of culturally diverse inter-generational families and individuals.


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Jack Green

Treasurer
 

 


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Pamela Shields

Development Committee Chair

Pamela Shields currently works within the Sales & Marketing department for CareSource, the largest Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan in Ohio. One of her major goals is to help promote wellness and health in her community and in the Central Ohio region.  She embodies the passion for living well and being well!

Pamela has a MBA from University of Phoenix and is transferring her PhD Program in Organizational Leadership to join Indiana Wesleyan University preliminary proposed research focused on African Women as entrepreneurs.

She serves on a variety of boards including MACC, Urban Charter School for Drop Recovery, CDC Head Start Program and a various community agency boards. She is also a member of Zonta International Columbus Chapter District 5.  Pamelaspecializes in offering seminars which are explosive, inspiring, uplifting, motivating, goal orientated and “Dream” focused. 


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Janie E. Bailey

Member

Janie E. Bailey, ACSW, LISW-S, LICDC-S, retired President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services Inc. (aka: Columbus Area, Inc) has a thirty-five year history of clinical and management experiences in the social service field.  Ms. Bailey began her career in 1967 as a social worker in Philadelphia, Pa. working with foster children, their parents/families and adoptive parents.  She is a graduate from Florida A&M University (FAMU) earning a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in social work.  She received her Masters Degree in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania and continued honing her clinical and leadership skills through a variety of postgraduate trainings including Leadership Columbus.  She has taught on the college level as a visiting professor at both Central State University and The Ohio State University teaching undergraduates and graduate level students respectively. 

Since retirement, she is serving as a volunteer on multiple community non-profit social service organizations as well as several national civic and social organizations.  Janie and her husband are the proud parents of two adult sons and three wonderful grandchildren.


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Yvonka Hall

Member

Yvonka Marie Hall is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. NEOBHC is the first organization in Ohio dedicated to addressing health disparities in the African American community. She served as Director of the Cleveland Office of Minority Health and the Northeast Ohio Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association.

Yvonka is a nationally recognized health disparities expert and serves as an advisor to numerous organizations. The 1974 murder of her mother dramatically changed her life; her childhood promise to use her life to help others has lead to the creation of cutting edge programs and impacted thousands of people’s lives. She is a proud mother and activist deeply impassioned and involved in social justice activities. Whether it’s speaking against environmental issues, systemic racism, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, domestic violence, health disparities, mental illness, juvenile justice, employment, education or hosting community forums, she uses her voice to make a difference in the lives of others.

She is a graduate of Texas Southern University and Notre Dame College of Ohio. She has the distinguished honor of being a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow.


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Eric Kearney

MembeR

Eric H. Kearney is a former Democratic member of the Ohio State Senate, representing District 9 from his appointment in December 2005 to January 5, 2015. He served as Minority Leader from 2012 to 2013. He earned his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law. His professional experience includes being the founder of Sesh Communications and as a partner at the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kit & Stanford, LLC. 

In March 2016, Kearney was named CEO of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.


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Terrell Knight

Member

Terrell Knight was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, relocating to Columbus to start his career. While working at the Ohio Senate, Terrell grew to fall in love with the city of Columbus. He became active in various local organizations and volunteers to feed the homeless several times throughout the year including Thanksgiving.

Terrell went on to work at the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council as the Certification Manager and Data Analyst. As the Certification Manager he conducted desk audits, onsite visits and oversaw the entire certification process. In the capacity of Data Analyst his responsibilities included all database management, development of the bi-annual economic impact report for publication and economic forecasting as it pertains to minority business development and growth in the state of Ohio.

Terrell currently works at The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. In this role he provides businesses of the Columbus Region resources for growth through connections, government, talent engagement and visibility. Terrell is very passionate about small businesses and their development. He understands the importance of small businesses and the impact they have on the local economy. Terrell is an expert in small business development – willing to help all business thrive.

To learn more about Terrell please follow him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/knightterrell) and Twitter (@_TerrellKnight)!


Sue E. Moore

Member


Tiffany Porter

Member


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Rejeana Haynes

Ex Officio

Rejeana Haynes is the Vice-President of Clinical Operations at St. Vincent Family Center.  St. Vincent Family Center provides mental health and educational services to children with both emotional and behavioral disturbances. Rejeana is also responsible for developing and implementing programs, policies and procedures.   Overall, she has the responsibility of leading the agency toward continued clinical excellence.  

Rejeana has worked in the behavioral health care field for the last 25years. She has dedicated much of her career advocating for culturally competent service delivery in the behavioral healthcare field.

Rejeana is active in the community. Rejeana worked with St. Vincent to maintain a long standing partnership with Columbus City Schools. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) in behavioral healthcare. She has been a board member of MACC since its inception, 2003.  Rejeana wrote one of the original grants that were Ohio Department of Mental Health funded as a pilot project to provide mental health services to Hispanic/Latino youth in Franklin County.  Rejeana has continued to advocate for culturally competent services by sitting on special interest committees that advance the concept of cultural competency in behavioral healthcare. She currently serves as the educational coordinator student interns at St. Vincent Family Centers. This position has required major coordination efforts with the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.

Rejeana completed the L2000+ Leadership Academy through The John Glen Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at The Ohio State University, June 2006.   She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Rejeana is also a graduate of the United Way Project Diversity Program.