Josh Spring, Executive Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His
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Josh graduated from the College of Social Work at Xavier University. Josh is a Licensed Social Worker. Previously, Josh was the Social Worker for Tenants of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing’s 250 units of affordable housing. Josh noticed that repeatedly Tenants or those that wanted to be Tenants were experiencing the same repeated issues. This built a desire to organize systematic efforts to take on the root causes of homelessness, leading Josh to the Coalition.
Josh began learning about homelessness from those who were homeless; while working in the transitional housing building of Tender Mercies, an agency providing affordable housing for people who have been homeless with mental illness.
Mona Jenkins, Director of Development and Operations
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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Mona received her MA from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Studies with a focus in Foundations of Education and Social Change. As a graduate researcher, Mona focused primarily on community-based issues in health, gender, and education and actively worked with community members to find sustainable solutions specific to each neighborhood. Mona has also been advocating to address food access in communities that are considered food deserts. In addition to her academic and advocacy work, Mona is an active volunteer and enjoys spending time on projects that are designed to build community engagement and empowerment. This includes building houses, playgrounds, and clean water systems, teaching in after school programs, and coordinating other volunteers to assist with various community concerns. Her work is both local and global as she has worked with rural and marginalized communities in Vietnam, Haiti, Ecuador, and Czech Republic. For the last decade, Mona has been traveling every year with a group of friends to New Orleans, Louisiana to help rebuild communities that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mona also serves as the founding board member of the Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc., for the Awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
At the Coalition, Mona is responsible for the development work of the organization. She oversees the grant writing, fundraising and donation efforts that are needed to sustain the work that is done here to help reach our mission of ending homelessness in Cincinnati.
Gabriela Godinez Feregrino, Streetvibes Editor
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Gabriela graduated from Ohio University in May of 2018 with a communications degree in media. In school, she studied media production with an emphasis on social change, and also finished a minor in English. She worked at the Ohio University LGBT Center where she found her love for working with and for the community around her. Her previous employment taught her how to speak on panels, teach advocacy, and grass roots organizing. She knows the importance of advocacy and hopes to spend her life working in this sort of field. She has always been a writer and she was incredibly excited when she found out that we were hiring a new editor – she jumped at the opportunity. She feels it’s a privilege to work for this paper as well as an incredible responsibility. She hopes to showcase as many voices from the community as she possibly can.
Mark Mussman, Director of Education
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Dr. Mark’s previous roles included leadership in adult basic education, workforce development, volunteer coordination, and AmeriCorps service. As an education expert, Dr. Mark brings strategies for community education and a desire to build community connections. Through an individual grant from People’s Liberty, Dr. Mark founded the Creative App Project in 2015, which developed the first mobile app for the Safe and Supported Initiative, a partnership between Lighthouse Youth Services, Human Rights Campaign, HUD, and many other locally-based partner organizations, aimed at reducing instances of LGBTQ+ homelessness among teens and young adults. A Cincinnati native, Dr. Mark graduated from Walnut Hills High School, and at the University of Cincinnati studied student trust to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and M.Ed. in Educational Foundations.
As Director of Education, Dr. Mark administers the educational component of the Homeless Coalition’s mission to educate the public about homelessness and poverty and to combat harmful stereotypes and myths about homelessness. His position includes creating and implementing educational programs and initiatives. Dr. Mark directs the Voices Speaker’s Bureau, connecting formerly homeless individuals with churches, companies, secondary schools and universities. Through the Cincinnati Urban Experience program, Dr. Mark also coordinates Alternative Break service-learning trips for groups from across the country.
Amanda Lynn Barker, Director of Community Organizing
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Amanda has a BA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University-Bloomington, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Humboldt State University in California. She has worked for progressive social change through non-profit service delivery, program administration, or community outreach and organizing for nearly twenty years. Her resume includes the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross, the Watershed Stewards Program, the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, the Northcoast Environmental Center, and GRID Alternatives-North Valley. She has also participated in international work projects in Colombia and Romania. Amanda is committed to applying her time and energy toward the necessary social and cultural changes that will create access to healthy and equitable standards of living for everyone.
Larry Johnson, Front Staff
Larry is a retired Vietnam War Veteran; he has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio most of his life. Larry says it is a privilege working at the Homeless Coalition because he is able to be in a position to help people every day, which humbles him.
Kayla Pierce, Social Work Intern
Kayla Pierce is a Senior Social Work Major at Xavier University with minors in Gender and Diversity Studies & Peace and Justice Studies from Dayton, Ohio. Kayla will be interning within Advocacy during the school year as our student social work intern. Kayla loves to learn about social justice issues to further educate herself and she sees the need to have continuous education of the harsh realities of the world around us. She hopes one day to use her learned social justice knowledge to create policies that change discriminatory acts for the betterment of all lives.
Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Janiah Miller, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Campaign Intern
Janiah Miller is a senior at Northern Kentucky University studying Integrative Studies, she has three minors in Political Science, Social Justice and University Honors with two focus areas in Women & Gender Studies and Public Service. Last fall she took a course in Over-the-Rhine which helped inspire her passion to fight housing and education issues which lead her to be an intern for Cornerstone Renter Equity the following semester then the House Appropriations subcommittee of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development in Washington D.C this past summer. She will be an education intern this semester while she participates in the Miami University Over-the-Rhine Residency Program which focuses on the People’s Movement. She hopes to spend her career being an advocate through law, education and politics.