Mary Asbury is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, a position she has held since 1988. She is a practicing attorney specializing in the legal needs of lower income families and community redevelopment. She also serves as Executive Vice President of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation, through which area Bar Associations partner with Legal Aid to involve private attorneys in pro bono legal services. She is also a member of various committees and task forces for the Ohio Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
Liz Blume is the Director of the Community Building Institute (CBI) at Xavier University, which aims to blend community organizing principles with community planning processes. Drawing on more than 30 years of municipal planning and community engagement experience, including as the Planning Director of both Cincinnati and Dayton, Liz has worked on issues of affordable housing, urban education, land use, and equitable community and economic development. Liz also co-directs Xavier University’s Master’s in Urban Sustainability and Resilience, an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to grapple with the challenge of building resilient communities in the twenty-first century.
Jay Chatterjee, the Dean Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, is currently a retired Professor of Architecture and Planning. His teaching expertise includes International Planning, Regional Design and Development, and Urban Design. In addition to numerous University policy-making appointments, Dean Chatterjee serves on many major civic and professional committees for the City of Cincinnati and on charitable foundation boards. He is also involved with various professional associations, such as the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners. Jay has received many awards for his work, including the American Institute of Architects’ Thomas Jefferson Award, the Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Marjorie Davies began her career working as the assistant to the corporate controller at ATE Management & Service Company in 1980. In 1984, she was recruited into the executive development program at Procter & Gamble. After her tenure at P&G, Marjorie shifted her focus towards the non-profit and philanthropic sectors where she been engaged for more than twenty years with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the League of Women Voters. Ms. Davies served as the president of the League of Women Voters Cincinnati chapter between 2008 and 2009.
Melanie Moody retired from Procter & Gamble after a career in the Global Business Services business unit where she held worked to improve and increase the responsibility of IT Operations, Information Security, and Human Resources. Prior to joining P&G, Melanie worked for ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas. She is currently the Treasurer and Board member of the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center, Board member of INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, Chairperson of the Allen Temple AME Finance Committee and Founder of The Phyllon Foundation, an organization that provides experiential learning opportunities for under-served students to enhance their self-confidence and resilience. Melanie is also an active member of the Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati, working as the central buyer to negotiate contracts and coordinating purchases for the church’s five regional sites.
Jerry Newfarmer is the president and CEO of Management Partners, a company he founded in 1994 to help government leaders improve how their organizations work.. Prior to founding Management Partners, Jerry served in public service positions in California and Ohio, most notably serving in a variety of roles with the City of Oakland and as the City Manager in the cities of Fresno, San Jose, and Cincinnati. Jerry has also served as the President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and served honorably as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.
He has also remained active in a variety of professional organizations, including the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Ohio City Management Association (OCMA), as well as in the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
Dr. Julie Cencula Olberding
Dr. Olberding is Director of and Associate Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Northern Kentucky University. Her research has focused on regionalism, economic and community development, nonprofit organizations and management, and philanthropy and volunteerism. Dr. Olberding has taught a number of courses in the MPA program, including Foundations of Public Administration, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Resource Acquisition and Management, Volunteer Management, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Program Evaluation, and the Public Administration Capstone.
Dr. Olberding has also served as faculty director of the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project at NKU, and she is currently on the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Dr. Myrtis Powell
Dr. Myrtis Powell is the former President and CEO of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Prior to joining the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Dr. Powell worked for Miami University, where she had served for twenty-one years, the last thirteen as Vice President for Student Affairs. She is currently a member of the following boards: the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Mayerson Academy, Art Links, Bethesda Hospital, Inc. and the Union Central Life Insurance Company. Nationally, she serves on the board for the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the National Child Labor Committee in New York City.
Barb Rinto served as the Administrative Director of the Women’s Health Program at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and the Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. She also served for twelve years as Director of the Division of Student Affairs at the Women’s Center at the University of Cincinnati until her recent retirement. While at UC she served as a member of the President’s cabinet. Ms. Rinto is active in the community, having served as a member of the Leadership Council for The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as well as a board member of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati and Free Store/Food Bank, where she served as both the Chair for the Committee on Trusteeship and the Vice-Chairperson for Client Services.
Hon. Fanon A. Rucker
Judge Rucker has been a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge since 2007. He has worked as an attorney since 1996 and is a former Assistant City Prosecutor and former associate with the law firm of Santen and Hughes. He is also a past president of the Cincinnati Bar Association, a member of the Ohio Bar Association, and a Trustee of Allen Temple Church and the Catholic Inner City Education Fund. In addition, he serves as a board member of Boys Hope and Girls Hope as well as the Children’s Law Center.
Mary Schubauer-Berigan is a research epidemiologist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where she conducts studies of cancer among workers exposed to potential occupational carcinogens. She is currently a member of the Planning Committee for the 2008 American Statistical Association Conference on Radiation and Health, as well as a member of the Epidemiology Sub-Committee working on the International Combined Nuclear Worker Study for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In 2003 and 2006, she was a member of the Working Group for the World Health Organization’s and International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to advise the United Nations on the scientific basis for awarding compensation claims for diseases induced by exposure to ionizing radiation in the workplace. Despite the vast scope and international significance of her prolific scientific accomplishments, Dr. Schubauer-Berigan still finds time to lead an active civic life within her own neighborhood of Clifton. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Clifton Town Meeting and a member of the Board of Directors for the Uptown Crossings Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. In 2006, she was named a “Rising Star” by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement in Greater Cincinnati.
Upon graduation from Harvard Law school, Mr. Singleton received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia After moving to Cincinnati in 2001, Mr. Singleton practiced law at Thompson Hine until 2002, when he became the Executive Director of the Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC). OJPC provides free legal representation to prisoners and ex–offenders to help them become productive, law-abiding members of the community.
In addition to serving as OJPC’s Executive Director, Mr. Singleton is an Assistant Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he teaches the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. Mr. Singleton has also taught as a Lecturer at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
David Altman, Executive Secretary
- David Altman has dedicated the past thirty years to environmental concerns as a civic leader and as an environmental lawyer. Over the same timeframe he has also been active in philanthropy, having served since 1975 as the Executive Secretary of the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation and as a founding member of the Donor’s Forum of Ohio (today known as Philanthropy Ohio). He is president of ALTMANNEWMAN Co. LPA (f.k.a. D. David Altman Co. LPA), has chaired or been a member of state and local governmental advisory councils, and has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the National Civic League, New Life Youth Services, and Family Services of Greater Cincinnati.