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Board

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Board

of Directors

Officers

Officers

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Officers and Directors - Step Forward - Providing Cuyahoga Community Services to our residents

Kathryn M. Hall
Chairperson
Kathryn M. Hall

Kathryn M. Hall is the Corporate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for JACK Entertainment. Kathryn has more than 20 years of experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is passionate about helping others and deeply committed to the community.
Hall is also a Training Consultant with Corporate College, a Division of Cuyahoga Community College. She also owns her own Diversity Consulting Firm, The Essence Group. LLC.
Kathryn previously served the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as the Chief Diversity Officer, a position she also previously held for Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College as well. Kathryn is actively involved in the community and serves numerous organizations including Board Chair for Step Forward (formerly The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland); Board Member for the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival; The Commission on Economic Inclusion; The Artist Review Panel for Cleveland Hopkins Airport; The United Black Fund of Cleveland, and The UNCF of Northeast Ohio.
Hall graduated from Cleveland State with a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Diversity Management. She is also a Certified Diversity Professional. Kathryn received her Executive Coaching Certification from Weatherhead School of Management. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University.
Kathryn was recently named as one of the 2021 YWCA of Greater Cleveland Career Women of Achievement.
A Cleveland Native, Kathryn is an avid sports fan, a proud lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and Cavaliers season ticket holder. When she is not cheering on her hometown teams, Kathryn enjoys collecting fine art and traveling.

James Kenny
Vice Chairperson
James Kenny

Jim Kenny is Managing Director of Evergreen Business Communications, an independent advisor for reputation management and marketing communications. He is active in service to non-profits in Greater Cleveland as he is a board member and marketing committee chair at Prayers From Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation. He recently stepped down after 16 years from the board of directors at the Women’s Recovery Center, where as its vice president he led the development of two strategic plans, a rebranding effort and capital fundraising campaign. He is married to Alice, who is teacher at Cuyahoga County’s Educational Service Center to deaf and hard of hearing students. They have recently arrived at an empty nest after raising two sons in Lakewood.

Cassandra Brown-Collier
Secretary
Cassandra Brown-Collier

Cassandra Brown-Collier, Med., is a retired educator who spent 41 years serving in various positions in public school districts, institutions of higher education, as well as Head Start. She is currently a guest teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. She received her education degrees from Bowling Green State University (BSED) and Cleveland State University (MEd) with additional coursework completed at the doctoral level. Cassandra has been married for 39 years and has one adult son. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys watching all kinds of sports, as she proudly recalls her days as an active football mom.

LaRese Purnell
Treasurer
LaRese Purnell

LaRese Purnell currently serves as a Managing Partner of CLE, Creating Leading Enterprises, an accounting and professional services consulting firm located in downtown Cleveland. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Toledo and is currently seeking additional education form Baldwin Wallace College. LaRese take pride in developing and participating in initiatives that will help keep youth off the streets and engaged in programs that will mold leadership and entrepreneurial skills. LaRese is involved in many community agencies, is an author and is also the proud father of Gabriella and Gaven Purnell.

Directors

Directors

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Sherelle L. Tucker

Kira Kammenzind

Yvonne Nichols-Sims

Shadonna Griffin

Judge Michael J. Ryan

Brian Gallagher

Ed Purcell

Attorney Issa Elkhatib

Michael Moore

Angela Davis

Bishop Christian O. Medina

Eugenia Cash-Kirkland

Cecil B. Lee