BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Committed to growing equity in our community.
Trustee, Neighborhood Communications & Collective Good[s]
With Your Store of the Queen City since its founding, Melissa Baker is one of our veteran board members. Melissa Baker is a resident of Lower Price Hill. She is a mother of 3, step mother of 2, and grandmother of 5 biological and 5 by marriage. She also adopted her nephew. Her grandmother was part of Santa Maria’s Mother’s Club and a lifelong member of the State Avenue United Methodist Church, both of which she is actively connected with. Melissa’s grandmother lived at 719 Neave St for about 25 plus years and she lives on North State Avenue. She is also a member of the Lower Price Hill Neighborhood Action Team. One of Melissa’s favorite quotes is “I am proud to say I’m from Lower Price Hill, we are always on the rise.” As an artist in the Lower Price Hill Arts Collective, Melissa shares “I like to crochet, it's a form of relaxation for me. I make: blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, and most recently I have been making dish/face cloths from 100% cotton yarn.”
Trustee, Neighborhood Communications & Collective Good[s]
Julia Bean aka Jalelu is an Entrepreneur, Founder of B.YOUnique Soulistic Healing center, a Social Enterprise with the Mission to Enhance, Empower & Enlighten the soul by providing R.E.S.T. (Resources, Education, Support, and soul power Tools).
As an active member of LPH Community Council, Neighborhood Action Team, Your Store Queen City Board Member, LPH Artist Collective and the next Resident Artist, she is passionate about shifting the narrative of Lower Price Hill to reflect the beauty and love that the LPH Family radiates throughout the community. Her vision is to create an environment that allows You to Be You, which is reflected in her Mantra, "Be You, Be True, B.Younique! Julia is both grateful and excited to be a part of such a great community, and plans to use her life experiences and gifts as tools to teach The Art of Love. https://www.byounique.love/
Trustee, Neighborhood Communications & Grocery Operations
As a Licensed Social Worker employed with Central Clinic Adult Services, Elaine is a dedicated advocate committed to providing the highest level of care to clients with diverse mental health and socio-economic backgrounds. Demonstrated record of providing quality client care, empathic client-centered advocacy, and creative problem solving. Her specialities include working with clients from a variety of backgrounds, with an emphasis on strengths-based, collaborative, client-focused practive. She has multiple years of experience working with clients struggling with dual-diagnosis and individuals who have experienced complex trauma. She is particularly competent in working with clients who identify as LGBTQ+. She has been a member of the Lower Price Hill community for several years, along with two of her family members and also has a background as a hospitality industry kitchen manager and working in an independent grocery and deli. Prior to that work, she was a top-performing fundraiser working as a Lead Caller for Ohio State Univerisity.
President & Founder
Reba Hennessey has a combined 7 years of nonprofit programming, finance, operations and fundraising experience with the literacy organization WordPlay Cincy, fundraising over $2m since its opening. Beginning her nonprofit lift as a volunteer in 2013, she helped grow the start-up organization's annual revenue from approx $40k to over $1m in her final year ending 2019.
Small groceries run in Reba’s family. As a female entrepreneur in the early 1900's, Reba’s maternal great grandmother often bragged that her store, Schulz Carryout, was one of the first small groceries to carry ice in the mid-Ohio region. Her paternal great-uncle Charles Sommer owned a convenience store in Dayton, Ohio where he spent most of his adulthood. Early in her own education, Reba began to develop her own invaluable leadership and relationship building skills through work in corporate retail operations and as a night-shift convenience store clerk.
After graduation with a BSA from The Ohio State University, Reba dedicated herself to learning about systems of justice as an office manager/bookkeeper and lead paralegal for law firms practicing in the areas of corporate litigation, labor law, child protection and adoption, family services, immigration and estate planning. She has been a board member for Community Matters, a neighbor empowerment service organization in Lower Price Hill, serving on its Executive Committee as Secretary, Governance Committee Chair, and member of its Youth Leadership Taskforce.
Trustee, Planning and Building Committee
Mati works as a nonprofit consultant in grant writing with an educational background in city planning and economic justice. Her skills include knowledge of neighborhood development principles and are fueled by a passion for the stories and crafts that spring from communities’ interwoven cultural backgrounds. She is Communications Director for the Northside Community Council and, in that role, brings important perspective from collaborations with neighborhood organization efforts around food and planning.
Vice President & Governance Committee Chair
Ashley-Devon is an anthropologist, activist, and artist who currently resides in West Price Hill and works with Johns Hopkins. They have worked with several community-building efforts in the city and began working on anti-hunger efforts in Price Hill during an AmeriCorps VISTA term with the local non-profit Community Matters. After completing an M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati in 2018, they secured a position as a remote Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University where they currently work to study issues related to pregnancy and incarceration in the tri-state area. Their goal as a member of the YSQC board is to utilize their understandings of both local communities and broader social systems to help ensure that every project empowers residents in achieving their goals.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Betsy Young is a consultant with a background in nonprofit management, administration, grant writing, and communications. Her current nonprofit work focuses on creating a variety of technical and non-technical materials including instructional, promotional, web, and proposal writing. Additional accomplishments in website creation and design, maintaining web content and quality, SEO, social media marketing, distribution and graphic design. She is also the co-owner/publisher/editor of Aurore Press, a independent Cincinnati-based publishing house that specializes in promoting local artists and writers.
COLLECTIVE GOOD[S] COMMITTEE
The neighborhood vendors of Collective Good[s] are driving the development of opportunities within the neighborhood, and supporting each other during the progress.