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Mapping Ohio's Compassion
Community Conversation Roundtables
Ohio's Best Practices
In January of 2014 Sagamore Institute hosted two Community Conversation Roundtables in Ohio: Cincinnati and Cleveland. The Roundtables were held on behalf of the State of Ohio as part of its Mapping Ohio’s Compassion Project. The roundtables featured Jay Hein—Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives during the Bush administration—as the keynote speaker alongside panels comprised of leaders in Ohio’s nonprofit best practices. Click the tabs below to listen to the discussions.
Jay Hein is the president of Sagamore Institute, a think tank he co-founded in 2004 with U.S. Senator Dan Coats. As part of his Sagamore duties, Jay also serves as managing director of an impact investing vehicle called Commonwealth. He is also a fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion. Previously, Jay served as Deputy Assistant to President Bush and Director, White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. He formerly directed Civil Society Programs at Hudson Institute and he served as a welfare policy advisor to then-Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.
Kurt is Freestore Foodbank’s President & CEO. He received his BA in Economics & Finance from Baldwin Wallace College and his MBA and JD from the University of Toledo’s Colleges of Business & Law, respectively. Kurt chaired United Way’s Financial Stability Impact Council and was President of the Forest Hills Foundation for Education. He sits on the Board for Hamilton County’s JFS Planning Committee, as well as the Boards of the OH, KY & IN Associations of Foodbanks. Kurt lives in Wyoming with his wife, Karen, who is the Media Specialist & Technologist for Wyoming Middle School. They have three children.
Chef Jeff Pitts has been with Cincinnati COOKS! since 2003. After picking up a certification in construction, and cooking technique from Japanese Chef, he moved straight into the working world. He has completed course work at the Urban Accelerated Skills Training Academy and is currently enrolled at Cincinnati State Midwest Culinary Arts Institute program for this fall. As of August 2013, Chef Pitts has been promoted to Head Chef and Trainer of the Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati COOKS! Program.
City Gospel Mission
Barry has over 30 years of experience in leadership and management. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he spent 17 years in management with Procter and Gamble in their Product Supply Division. Barry left P&G to work with Athletes in Action where he had several leadership positions working in the Professional, Collegiate, and International Divisions of AIA. In February 2005, he became Executive Vice President of Youth Programs at City Gospel Mission.
The Foodbank Inc.
Michelle Riley is the Chief Executive Officer at The Foodbank. The Foodbank acquires and distributes over 7 million pounds of food to 85 other nonprofits in the areas of Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Michelle received her MST from Wright State University and earned an additional 60 hours of postgraduate work in Education Leadership. After six years of teaching and three years in administration with Dayton Public School system, Michelle decided to go to work in the nonprofit arena. Prior to coming to The Foodbank, she was the Chief Operating Officer at the YWCA, Dayton for four years. Oversight included programs dealing with domestic violence, mental health issues and chronic homelessness. In addition to her current role, she holds three active principals certificates and she sits on the Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition Board, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and the advisory Board for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
R. Douglas Spitler
Episcopal Retirement Homes
Doug has 35 years experience in the aging services field in both management and consulting capacities. He has been employed by Episcopal Retirement Homes since 1982, initially as Executive Director for the Whetstone facility in Columbus, Ohio, and as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1987. Doug is founder and past Chair of Linkage, a resource and innovation collaborative representing senior living communities. He has served as Leading Age Ohio’s Chair and Vice Chair and is currently Chair for the Leading Age Ohio Foundation. He has served four terms as a member of Leading Age’s House of Delegates and is currently serving on the Leading Age Policy Congress. He was appointed to the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators for the State of Ohio in 2011. Doug has received the Award of Honor from Leading Age Ohio and the Pillar Award from Smart Business and Medical Mutual.