MEET OUR STAFF

Committed & Nonpartisan
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SHANNON JONES

President & CEO
Shannon ensures that Groundwork consistently achieves its mission and leads a statewide advocacy effort to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.
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LYNANNE GUTIERREZ

Assistant Director & Legal Counsel

Lynanne provides leadership to our policy focuses. She was previously a child and family law attorney and served as a Senior Legislative Aide in the Ohio General Assembly.

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MELISSA BACON

Policy & Advocacy Director

Melissa is an experienced policy professional with more than 20 years in state government, legislative and executive, working on state and federal issues.

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CHELSEA KIENE

Director of Communications
& Stakeholder Engagement

Chelsea supports Groundwork Ohio’s mission and advocacy efforts through strategic communications, press outreach, and engagement with diverse stakeholders.

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ALI YOGMOUR

Operations Manager

Ali joins the Groundwork Ohio team to advance the organization’s mission to champion high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families, and communities.

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JULIA JACKELS

Policy Associate

Julia works to elevate Groundwork's policy priorities and provides targeted support to Groundwork's engagement with policymakers and the early education workforce.

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KELSEY HOPKINS

Policy Associate

Kelsey works to elevate Groundwork's policy priorities and provides targeted support to Groundwork's engagement with stakeholders, policy research, and advocacy efforts.

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MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

BOARD MEMBERS
ROBYN LIGHTCAP
Board Chair
Learn to Earn Dayton


DAVID MELIN
PNC Bank

LISA GRAY
Ohio Excels