BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Committed to growing equity in our community.
Collective Good[s] Committee
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/
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.
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.”
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Ambassador
Collective Good[s] Committee
President & Founder
Desirae “The Silent Poet” Hosley is a nonprofit professional who was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Spoken Word Artist, Motivational Speaker, Program Developer and Community Organizer.
Desirae served for AmeriCorps Volunteers of America and her first assignment was with the Urban Appalachian Council (currently known as the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition) in Lower Price Hill. That was the start of her love for the nonprofit world. In addition to her work with UACC, she has collaborated with Community Matters and local teens around creative writing, spoken word expression and performances. Desirae also serves on the Board of Queens Village. As the world continues to shift, she has created a community called Social Therapy where young adults and adults come together to bridge the social gap in this new pandemic world through writing and storytelling. For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Rico Rodriguez is a student at the University of Cincinnati (Blue Ash) with an Associates Degree in Electronic Media Technology, and is in his last semester of graduating from UC. He is collaborating with Your Store of the Queen City as part of his capstone work to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Administration. During his time studying, he realized his passion for abstract art and the layers behind the emotions of color theory and the abstract. Within that study of self, he found his purpose to instill life with balance, as a designer, artist and musician.