Meet the CPS Community Learning Centers' Resource Coordinators
Resource Coordinators come to Cincinnati Public Schools from a diverse pool of partner agencies in the Cincinnati community. They are key to building partner services that support each child in reaching his or her full potential, in school and in life.
Dara Jenkins, Districtwide Resource Coordinator for
Dara Jenkins is the Districtwide Resource Coordinator for Tutoring & After School, coming to Cincinnati Public Schools from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (BGCGC) where she worked for the past 8 ½ years. She started as the Site Coordinator for BGCGC’s first school-based site at Oyler School. Two years later, she was promoted to Resource Coordinator for Oyler, responsible for developing partnerships and programs to meet the needs of students, parents and the community. In August 2008, Ms. Jenkins was promoted to the BGCGC organization’s administrative team as Director of Operations for School-based Sites. In this role, she oversaw staff, operations and programming for four school-based sites, and two Resource Coordinators. For the past two years, she was Director of Education & School-based Services, coordinating all BGCGC school sites in Ohio and Kentucky. She also oversaw its GRADUATE pillar throughout the organization, which involved five stand-alone clubs. Additionally, she has been a member of the Cincinnati Public Schools After School Advisory Board and is an active member of the Ohio After School Network (OAN), currently participating in its Policy and Funding Committee. She also co-chaired the BGCGC Young Professional group. Prior to joining BGCGC, Ms. Jenkins served as Group Center Director for Children’s World Learning Center, District Coordinator for Bright Horizon Learning Center, and as a Kindergarten teacher. She has earned several awards throughout her career including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Professional Service Award in 2012 and the Children's Hunger Alliance Excellence in Leadership in 2012 . She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dayton.
As the districtwide Resource Coordinator for Tutoring and After School, Dara supports CPS' Community Learning Center Initiative, through the recruitmentment, placement and alignment of the districts volunteer tutors.
Ife Bell is the Cincinnati Public Schools Districtwide School Community Coordinator for After School.
Her education and career path have provided her with experience and expertise in entrepreneurship, organizational leadership, project management, strategic planning, relationship development, and marketing.
She transitioned from the business world into the education setting in 2008 through tutoring, mentoring and resource coordination. In April 2015 Ife was promoted to CPS District Wide School Community Coordinator to oversee after school for the district. In this role she collaborates with key stakeholders and partners to support the CPS CLC Initiative through after school/out of school programming.
With more than five years of education administration experience, Ife brings a unique skill set and expertise in community engagement, parent and family engagement, grant writing, volunteer management, program development and data analysis. As a techie, she incorporates various technology platforms and programs into her work.
She is a proud alumna of the University of Cincinnati where she received her bachelor’s in Business Administration with a double focus in Marketing and Operations Management. She is also a recent graduate of the United Way BOLD Training.
Ife’s favorite quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and is driven by this belief. Her passion to see students and adults excel beyond their imagination is demonstrated through her engagement as a community member and volunteer.
Monna Beckford is the Community Resource Coordinator for Evanston Academy under the umbrella of FamiliesFORWARD. She facilitates, implements and coordinates ongoing community partnerships, programs and services by engaging families and community residents to support students, inside and outside the classrooms. A leader in her community, Monna is a member of the Evanston Community Council Executive Board, serving as its Education Committee Chairperson; leads Evanston Academy's Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC); serves as a community rep on Walnut Hills High School’s Local School Decision Making Committee; and is a former member of the Mercy Montessori Board of Trustees. Prior to entering the education field, Monna worked at Procter & Gamble for 25 years as a Human Resources Manager. She is the Founder and Executive Director of College Prep Consulting, a consulting firm providing personalized college admissions counseling and advice to high school students and their parents. Monna graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, specializing in Organizational Leadership.
Barbara Bell is the Community Learning Center Resource Coordinator for Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, employed by Beech Acres Parenting Center. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. Born and raised in Cincinnati and a graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools, she began working with CPS in 2011. Prior to joining Beech Acres, Barbara worked in higher education, administration and the nonprofit sector. She served in numerous capacities from faculty, academic advising, student affairs coordination and case management. Her role at Rothenberg requires coordination, oversight and implementation in four focus areas — academics, community engagement, wellness and parental involvement.
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.
Eboni Bonner is the Community Resource Coordinator for Westwood School, employed by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University. Eboni has been with the Y and at Westwood School for almost seven years. Prior to that, she served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the University of Cincinnati. In this position, she worked in the Center for Community Engagement to recruit university students to tutor and volunteer at local Cincinnati Public Schools. It was there that she gained a better understanding of herself and what direction she wanted to go with her career. At Westwood School, Eboni is continuously working to meet the needs of students and families by providing resources and programming as well as building relationships with community partners to make her school and students successful. She also sits on the Westwood Works board in the Westwood community to help keep her informed and connected to her community. Born and raised in Cincinnati and a graduate of CPS, Eboni is passionate about making change and working closely with youth and families in the realm of education.
Angela Campbell Harris
Angela Campbell Harris is the Resource Coordinator at Western Hills University High School, employed by GRAD Cincinnati for the past 10 years. GRAD has partnered with Western Hills since 2001 providing staff in the areas of social service and college access. Angela especially enjoys helping students who will be the first generation in their families to go to college. She has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University. She has worked with families and youth in various settings including Head Start, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Central Community Health Board. She finds high school to be a wonderful place to meet and encourage young people to grow and explore all the possibilities life has to offer. She is married to her husband of 30 years, Marlin, and has three adult children who all successfully completed college.
Debbie Chambers is the Resource Coordinator and Parent Involvement Coordinator for Hartwell School, employed by Cincinnati Public Schools. She has worked at Hartwell for over 20 years and has a long history with the families in the community. Mrs. Chambers attended Hartwell School as a child, as did her children. Being a lifelong Hartwell resident and CPS graduate, she is very familiar with the community. She has served on the boards of the Hartwell Athletic Association, Hartwell Improvement Association and Hartwell High School Alumni. She and her husband were active in Boys Scouts of America for over 20 years with Troop and Pack #14 located in Hartwell. She is the "go to gal" at Hartwell School.
Onyango Collier is the Resource Coordinator for Cheviot School, employed by the YMCA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts and experience as a qualified mental-health specialist, providing crisis support for mental health groups at various schools throughout the region. He also has experience as a behavioral health technician, providing direct service to children with mental-health needs in an after-school facility. His duties at Cheviot School involve coordinating, establishing and maintaining community engagement. Prior to working for the YMCA, he worked 13 years in the non-profit sector, assisting children and parents in the mental health arena in support of academic growth and increased social capabilities.
Elizabeth Cone is a Resource Coordinator for William H. Taft Elementary School. She has been with the school district for 19 years, developing, coordinating and implementing programs in the schools to serve CPS families. Elizabeth has facilitated groups through CPS for Raising Great Kids, Amer-I_Can and the Center for Peace Education. Prior to joining CPS, Elizabeth worked with the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Diversion program, linking juvenile offenders to rehabilitation programs focused on improving outcomes for at-risk youth. She believes that cultivating and sustaining strong relationships with the community are the keys to success for all students.
Shawnteala “Ashanti” Dawson is a Resource Coordinator for Chase Elementary School. She has worked with the school and the Northside community for four years. Ashanti contributes her time to numerous committees, such as the Northside Education Committee, the LSDMC, the Calendar Committee and the Instructional Leadership Team. She was recently engaged and is the mother of a wonderful eight-year-old son who attends North Avondale Montessori. She is a graduate of Ashford University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Child Development, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Elementary Education and Leadership. During her free time she enjoys being with family, volunteering with local organizations as a tutor and mentor, and consulting on interior design projects. Educating future generations has been her lifelong passion, and she plans to continue instilling the message of “it takes a village” among the community in which she serves.
In August of 2015, Sheena Dunn became the Resource Coordinator for Frederick Douglass Elementary School. She has a long history with the school. In 2007, she began her time at Frederick Douglass Elementary as an SES Tutoring Coordinator through the YMCA, then she worked for a short time as a substitute teacher. In 2009, Sheena began developing her after school expertise as the Imani Family Center After School Coordinator at Frederick Douglass, a position she held through the summer of 2015.
Born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky, Sheena 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.
Sheena is the mother of a beautiful and intelligent 3-year-old daughter and a cantankerous but loveable 10-year-old furry baby named Tony, which helps keep life exciting. She will graduate from Union Institute and University in October 2015 with a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership!
Colleen Foegle began serving as Resource Coordinator at Sayler Park School in August 2015. Prior to joining the Community Learning Center Institute team, Colleen worked as a tutor, substitute teacher and instructional assistant at Oyler School Community Learning Center. Prior to that, Colleen spent over 15 years in educational publishing sales and marketing. She is a licensed counselor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from Xavier University. Colleen enjoys volunteering with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides transitional housing for homeless families.
Tom Haid is the Community Resource Coordinator for Gamble Montessori High School, employed by the Central Clinic. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University. Tom has been with Gamble for three years as the resource coordinator, but actually began his affiliation with it 12 years ago by advocating for its creation before CPS’ Board of Education through the Montessori Coalition. He coordinates and supports the districtwide Community Learning Center initiatives, including building parent engagement upon the number of community partnerships. Prior to joining CPS, Tom worked for 22 years in the fields of marketing, public relations, event planning and customer service in the non-profit sector.
Ilene Hayes is the Resource Coordinator for Mt. Washington School, employed by the Community Learning Center Institute since January 2007. She loves her work as a Resource Coordinator and, since she began her position, has recruited more than 100 partners for Mt. Washington School. Prior to joining the CLC Institute, she was the Operations Coordinator at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center for almost five years, with day-to-day responsibility for the facility and program management. Ilene has also spent more than 16 years with a nonprofit devoted to quality child care in a variety of direct service and management roles. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati and was a licensed social worker for 15 years.
Leslie Henry is the Resource Coordinator and After School Coordinator for Bond Hill Academy, employed by FamiliesFORWARD. He is a Licensed Social Worker who grew up in Long Island, New York, and moved to Cincinnati in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Oakwood University and Ashford University. Working for FamiliesFORWARD since 2002, Leslie provides leadership in the coordination and management of community partnerships, after-school programming and family engagement. Leslie also works closely with the principal to implement school-climate strategies. Prior to this, Leslie was a family preservation therapist for the Brighton Center.
Audrey Holtzman is the Community Resource Coordinator for Rockdale Academy, employed by St. Aloysius Orphanage. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Xavier University. She has been with Rockdale for seven months, coordinating and acquiring new partnerships for the school. Prior to coming to Rockdale, Audrey worked for Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, increasing parental engagement and providing parent trainings for CPS parents.
Linda Johnson-Towles is the Resource Coordinator at Silverton Paideia Academy, employed by the Cincinnati Art Museum. 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.
Pamela Knox is the Community Resource Coordinator for John P. Parker School. She is a staunch advocate of providing superior service and educational experiences to the students of Cincinnati Public Schools. During her 19 years with CPS, Pamela has worked closely with students, parents and various communities to develop programs and activities that engage and strengthen the learning community.
Pamela works tirelessly to secure school community partnerships to offer programs and activities that empower students to own their futures and be familiar with a strength-based process to determine it. Her intentional development includes partnering with the business and faith-based communities to provide students with co-curricular opportunities by securing additional resources and support for activities and programs.
Pamela’s commitment to CPS students has earned her numerous awards, including the Ohio Lottery Academic All-Star award, the Girl Scouts Great River Council Community Partnership award, the Church of the Living Christ Salute to Excellence in Education, the Parents for Public School award and the Extra Mile award. The City of Cincinnati also read a proclamation in her honor for her work to develop and implement the Woodward Career Technical High School Rebuild New Orleans service learning project. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and Human Development.
Jami Luggen is the Resource Coordinator at Oyler School, employed by the Community Learning Center Institute. She is responsible for managing more than 100 community partners and hundreds of volunteers who serve Oyler’s students, families and community year round. Jami and Oyler School’s Community Learning Center recently were featured on the National Public Radio show “Marketplace” and were recognized as part of the 2013 Coalition for Community Schools National Initiative Award of Excellence. Jami also worked in banking and private industry for almost twenty years. She has a master’s degree in Business from Thomas Moore College.
Molly Luken is the Resource Coordinator at Ethel M. Taylor Academy. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in political science and human rights. Before coming to Taylor in 2012, Molly was a case manager for people who are mentally ill and homeless in Over the Rhine, and an analyst for an insurance agency.
Shelley Mokas is the Resource Coordinator for Roll Hill Academy, employed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. She has a bachelor's degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and has been with Boys & Girls Clubs for eight years. She started as an Education Director at the Marge Schott-Unnewher Boys & Girls Club in Covington, moved after several years to be an After School Site Coordinator at Wm. H. Taft Elementary School, and, in 2011, became Roll Hill’s Resource Coordinator. Her major roles at Roll Hill are to engage and recruit volunteers and school partners; help coordinate tutors and tutoring programs; enhance family engagement by planning events for parents; and overseeing the implementation of the Boys & Girls Club after-school program.
Robert Myers is the Resource Coordinator for Rees E. Price Academy, employed by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. He is a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in Social Work, and an independent licensure in Chemical Dependency Counseling with a clinical supervision endorsement. Myers has worked in Cincinnati Public Schools for 23 years, coordinating resources and developing programs for children and families. Prior to working in CPS, Bob worked for Hamilton County Juvenile Court for 10 years.
Tim Nared is the Community Resource Coordinator for Parker Woods Montessori (PWM), employed by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.
Tim has been working with CPS since 1996. He was the School and Community Linkage Director for Woodward Career Technical High School from 2007-2010. Prior to that, he served as a volunteer on the Career and Development Advisory Committee for Aiken and Woodward High Schools. He also volunteered as an advisor for the MORE program at Mt. Airy Elementary School.
Prior to accepting his position at PWM, Tim was a Mentor Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, a school teacher for the Princeton School District, a college administrator for Temple Baptist College, and a state trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He has a bachelor’s degree in Counseling.
Catherine O'Shea is the Resource Coordinator for Dater High School, employed by the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Raised in the greater Cincinnati region, Catherine has a bachelor’s in English and International Studies from Thomas More College and a master’s in Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati. Before joining the CYC and Dater team in September 2015, she lived in Houston and was the High School Program Manager for PAIR, a nonprofit that works with refugee students in the schools. Catherine also spent several years teaching English literature and composition at various Cincinnati area colleges. Catherine is working to meet the needs of the Dater community through community programming, partnerships, and resources to fulfill the Community Learning Center's and Dater's vision and mission.
Kathy Painter is the Resource Coordinator at Winton Hills Academy, employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. She has worked with Cincinnati Public Schools since 2008, serving as an After-School Coordinator, a tutor for students with disabilities and a Resource Coordinator. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has previously worked in the nonprofit sector and the Juvenile Justice System. Over the span of her career, Kathy has worked with youth in various capacities, has served on various advisory boards/councils, and has developed an array of programs and training designed to empower, equip and elevate.
Corey Parker is the Community Resource Coordinator at Midway School, employed by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. He has a Master’s in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Corey has worked in social work for over 18 years, including six years with juvenile court and with various social service agencies such as FamiliesFORWARD and Hamilton County Children's First Council. At Midway, he coordinates services and forms community partnerships, with the goals of heightening academic success, increasing parental involvement and raising the social responsibility of children and families of Midway.
Tracy Power is Resource Coordinator at Roberts Academy, employed by the Community Learning Center Institute. She came to Roberts in March 2010 after five years at KnowledgeWorks Foundation and its subsidiaries, and she sees her role as Resource Coordinator as, “the best job in the city!” She manages the various partnerships and programs that serve students, families and the community, is an active member of the East Price Hill Improvement Association (EPHIA), the East Price Hill Business Association (EPHBA), and other community organizations. Power served as the President of the Board for Faces without Places, a support organization for children experiencing homelessness. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Community Planning and a certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Richara Richardson is the Resource Coordinator for Hays-Porter School, employed by FamiliesFORWARD. She received a bachelor's degree in English Literature and in African-American Studies and a master's degree in Educational Administration, and she currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to working for FamiliesFORWARD, Richara was a classroom teacher, an adjunct instructor, an assistant director, and as an extended learning specialist. As Resource Coordinator, she serves as liaison between the school and its community partners, which she recruits to help meet the needs of individual students, impact school success, and reflect community interests. She is an advocate for youth development and education, and she volunteers much of her time mentoring, coaching and working with youth through leadership development programs.
Jill Smith became a Resource Coordinator at the Academy of World Languages in the spring of 2010 after a decade of nonprofit leadership. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education, and then she worked for four years for KnowledgeWorks Foundation and its subsidiaries. Jill also has a long career of community service and was recognized by Xavier University with the 2010 Magis Award for her outstanding work in “seeking peace and improving the world through education.” She graduated from Xavier with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
TJ Smith is the Resource Coordinator for Mt. Airy School, employed by the Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI). TJ has a bachelor's degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Ohio University. TJ has been with the CLCI for almost two years, coordinating and promoting community and parent engagement, after-school programs, and volunteer tutoring. As part of her community engagement efforts, she is directly involved as current President of the Mt. Airy Town Council. TJ has 20 years experience in education and training. Prior to joining CLCI, TJ was a College Access Program Coordinator for GearUP, supporting 30 Cincinnati Public Schools.
Tim Walker is the Resource Coordinator at Pleasant Hill Academy, employed by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. He has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, where he also was a student athlete. He spent five years coordinating resources for four Cincinnati Public Schools’ principals and providing supportive services to children and families in the Evanston and Roselawn communities. Prior to joining the YMCA, Tim spent five years working to implement the Whiz Kids program, which provides one-on-one tutoring to students in the Greater Cincinnati area.