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Groundwork Ohio Announces Members of 2021 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship Cohort

Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the incoming 2021 cohort of its Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship program. The Fellowship is designed to provide early education and health professionals from across the state with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, engage with thought-leaders and policymakers to advance quality early learning and health, and take steps to create state-, local-, and community-level change for young children in Ohio.

“We are thrilled to welcome this passionate group of early childhood professionals as the second cohort of our Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship,” said Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio. “Now, more than ever, we need strong advocates who can elevate their voices to state policy in support of children and families in Ohio. We look forward to working with the 2021 cohort to foster skills and experience to help them do that.”

Over the next year, fellows will engage in a hybrid curriculum designed to build upon leadership and communications skills, expand knowledge around the landscape of Ohio’s early childhood systems, and empower participants to take on leadership roles in their communities and the early education and health professions across the state.

This year’s fellows include:

  • Carla Adams, Child Development Council of Franklin County

  • Jessica Ann Boiner, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Charlene Carroll, Emmanuel Christian Academy

  • Misty Cole, Hopewell Health Centers

  • Jessica Collins, Knox County Head Start

  • Megan Foradori, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

  • Andrea Hairston, HSD Academy Learning Center

  • Alice Harrell, New Dimension Child Care Center

  • Jennine Hoover, Kendal at Oberlin

  • Asia Hughes, The Childcare People

  • Michael Ingram, Bedford Heights Daycare & Nursery Center Inc.

  • Brittany Jackson, Action for Children

  • Ginny Joo, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - TIP Program

  • Caroline King, Temple Tots Preschool

  • Angela Kirkland, Family Child Care Home Provider

  • Renee Matsunami, Child Care Choices, Inc.

  • Amy McMillan, Simpy's Playhouse

  • Patricia McNerney, EICK Global STEM Academy

  • Devin Montrell Bates, The East End Neighborhood House

  • Margaret Osborne, Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Ottawa County Family & Children First Council

  • Jessica Parker, City of Lakewood, Division of Early Childhood

  • Brittany Pope, OhioGuidestone

  • LInda Schettler, Catholic Charities Early Learning

  • Hannah Scully, Child Focus

  • Julia Shaheen, Stark County District Library

  • Amber Sullivan, Bright Beginnings Early Intervention

  • Amanda Uhrig, Brightside Academy Ohio

  • Clarissa Walls-Parker, Clinton County Community Action Program Head Start

  • Erica Wehri, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission

  • Tawanna Williams, Starting Point Learning Center

  • Carrie Williamson, Kids Academy

  • Marian Wright, Bright Beginnings Early Intervention

More information about the program can be found at Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities. To learn more about Groundwork Ohio visit and follow us on Twitter @GroundworkOhio and Facebook,



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