President, Jake Williams: Jake is an Associate Partner and Industrial Division Manager at ATA Beilharz Architects. He has been with the firm since 1998. With specialties that include Building Code interpretation, existing building assessment, construction document coordination, and consultant management, Jake is also one of three LEED accredited professionals on staff. He has been involved with and served on various professional and community organizations, including as President, Board of Directors, for the Cincinnati Warehouse Education Research Council (2013-2015), and as a member of NAIOP. Jake was President of the Mt Washington Community Council 2009-2013 and Vice President 2007-2009. While a member of the Mt Washington Community Council he was the Chair for the Plan Steering Committee at the City of Cincinnati for the Mt Washington Comprehensive Plan. Jake has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2011, first serving as Secretary, and currently the President of the Board since 2016.
Treasurer, Emily Mitchell: Emily Mitchell is a partner at Locey Mitchell and Associates, a small accounting firm that does audit and tax work for HUD housing projects, LIHTC housing projects, and small nonprofits. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Accountancy and Finance from Wright State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Her experience includes a variety of businesses and industries including work with the Model Group, Episcopal Retirement Services, Working In Neighborhoods, and Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. Emily volunteers regularly at her church and to further the work of her clients. She is the mother of two boys and her interests include reading, traveling, and sports.
Secretary, Samantha Conover: Sam is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Price Hill Will, where she creates engagement strategies to interact and work with Price Hill residents and organizations. She is the Founder of Renaissance Covington’s 2015/16 Curb’d program; which created immersive public experiences in the area of a parking space. Prior to her work with Renaissance Covington, Sam was a Gallery Resident at People’s Liberty where she focused on engaging community through space. She is a graduate of the distinguished interior design program from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. She is a member of the DAAP Alumni Board and of her local community council. Sam is a passionate community advocate and showcases that passion through community development, experiential design, and creative placemaking.
Barbara Bell is the Community Resource Coordinator at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy employed by Xavier University/Community Building Institute. In this role she has been a key stakeholder at Rothenberg for over 5 years that collaborates with administration and manages teams along with coordinating 61+ partnerships. She has been teaching in Higher Education since 2007 and has worked with numerous local non-profits. She is currently on a weekly radio broadcast with Cincinnati Bible Way Church on Soul101.5FM/1230AM. Barbara is a consultant and coach for administrators, executives, leaders and faith based organizations. As a Cincinnati native, she loves the opportunity to give back, support and be a voice for our community at large. Barbara is currently a member of The City Manager’s Advisory Board (City of Cincinnati), a member of Over The Rhine Community Council and Pendleton Community Council. Barbara is a Certified Life Coach and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business from Florida State University and holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Union University and Institute.
Dan Bennie is a partner of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., LPA. He has extensive experience in the representation of real estate developers and entrepreneurs, builders, condominium and community associations, financial institutions and investors in real estate. Dan advises entrepreneurial clients on a wide variety of legal matters that frequently arise with business owners, investors, and their families. Dan is the vice president of Central Land Title Agency, a fully owned subsidiary of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., LPA. Dan is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, and the Oakley Community Council where he is on the Board of Trustees and current chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. Dan is current member and former president of the Parish Council at St. Mary’s Church in Hyde Park. He is the Past National President of alumni association and Sigma Sigma society at the University of Cincinnati. Dan is an alumni and former chairperson of “X-Travaganza” at St. Xavier High School.
Ken Brawner is retired from Anthem BC/BS in 2018 after having worked in the Insurance Industry for 40 years. He managed multi-million-dollar budgets, specializing in Legal and Legislative initiatives. While at Anthem, Ken volunteered on the Diversity Committee and was on the Public Speaker’s Forum. Ken has been a member of and served on the Board of several Cincinnati Community Councils. Over the years Ken has served on the Boards of numerous non-profits including Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Invest In Neighborhoods, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC), North Avondale Business Association (NABA) and several others. Ken is a graduate of Xavier University and University of Cincinnati. Whereas Ken is an avid car collector and real estate investor, he loves his community volunteer work the best.
Elese Daniel is currently the Education and Outreach Manager for Red Bike. Formerly she worked as the Community Liaison for Neighborhoods Committee Chair and Vice Mayor David Mann. Elese knows her way around the city, and the City, better than anyone else, passionately devoting her time and energy to improving neighborhoods and Cincinnati’s collective of communities. Among her many volunteer efforts, she has volunteered for Wordplay Cincy – an innovative program that empowers Cincinnati youth and was their Writer-in-Residence for 2016/2017, and is currently chair of the Transportation work group for the Green Cincinnati Plan. Elese has served on the Neighborhood Summit Planning Committee for 4 years, connecting the event to the community through unique interactions such as short order poetry with Chase Public.
Heather Gerker is the Manager of Early Learning Success with StrivePartnership. Previously, she was the Director of Conferences and Professional Development at the American Montessori Society, where she designed national professional development opportunities to support Montessori Educators in providing high quality education, including an annual event which host over 4000 Montessori Educators each year. For over 10 years, Heather has worked in education. She has coached hundreds of teachers and administrators in emotional intelligence, leadership, and classroom practice and has worked with many nonprofit education organizations. She served as President of the Cincinnati Montessori Society (2013-2015), founder and President of Kentucky Montessori Alliance (2016-2018), and is a member of Mt. Washington Community Council. Heather is passionate about education and community engagement and feels strongly that when the two work together, both students and the community will be stronger.
Formerly a professor, Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith is taking her passion for Black Studies and Women & Gender Studies beyond the classroom in efforts to build stronger, more equitable relationships to benefit the greater community. She aims to engage fixed mindsets as they relate to cultural identities. Meredith received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Studies. As the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Strategies at Cradle Cincinnati is working with women to co-create sustainable communities that help to reduce stress and in turn lower infant mortality in Cincinnati.
Joshua Swain is a past-president of the Kennedy Heights Community Council and current member. He has served on the Invest in Neighborhood board for the past six years. Josh is a Qualified Bike Patroller for the City of Cincinnati and is a former member of Citizens on Patrol. He was a Personnel Specialist for the United States Army which included transporting military personnel to various locations. He has been retired for thirty one years from the United States Postal Service. Josh has been a Professional Tailor since he was seventeen years old and enjoys working on new projects.
Tiffani N. Tribble is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker West Shell, but previously worked in higher education teaching and consulting in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Management and Leadership. She created and was the Director of the Academic Planning Center for a private, liberal arts college in northeast Ohio before returning to Cincinnati five years ago. Tiffani currently serves on an Alumni Advisory Committee for Miami University, the Diversity Committee for the Cincinnati Board of Realtors (CABR) and served on the Board of the North Avondale Neighborhood Association (NANA) for three years as Secretary, Vice President and President.
Elizabeth Bartley is a returned Cincinnatian, currently residing in Walnut Hills. She served on the IIN Board of Trustees for 4 years as Ass’t Secretary and Treasurer, and has been Chair of the Neighborhood Summit since 2015. Elizabeth represents IIN on the Equity Coalition Core Team for All-in-Cincinnati. Prior to her current position, Elizabeth worked for WestCURC, first as a consultant, then as Executive Director, implementing the vision for the revitalization of the Westwood Historic Business District. In addition to her professional work, she has over two decades of teaching and research, most recently focusing on the dynamics of the urban environment and arts/culture led regional development. Outside of Cincinnati, Elizabeth puts her energy into World Heritage as a member of the World Heritage Ohio Steering Committee for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Nomination and Chair of the Regional Development sub-committee, as well as serving on various scientific committees for ICOMOS.