Josh Spring

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 experienced homelessness with mental health barriers.

Resized_IMG_17901Mona Jenkins, Director of Development and Operations
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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.

FullSizeRender-5Gabriela 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.

MarkMark 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. A Cincinnati native, Dr. Mark graduated from Walnut Hills High School where he helped co-found the first Cincinnati high school-based Gay Straight Alliance. Dr. Mark received his Bachelor of Philosophy from the Western College Program at Miami University after working on projects with the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and JumpStart, Middletown. At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mark’s research focused on commercialism and student trust. After earning a M.Ed in Educational Foundations and Urban Educational Leadership, and a Certificate of Peace Studies, Dr. Mark received his Ph.D. in Educational Studies. As an AmeriCorps community volunteer, Dr. Mark provided direct instruction to community-based GED school participants through the Urban Appalachian Council and the Northside Community School. Dr. Mark continued his GED instruction at various community sites until embarking on the CAP513 Project. Through an individual grant from People’s Liberty, Dr. Mark founded the Creative App Project (CAP513) 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.

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, including the Speaker’s Bureau, Tours, and Trainings 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.

Tony Boggan, VISTA
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Through the years, Tony has helped organize and build several prison advocacy groups. In addition to building cohesion among these groups, Tony’s efforts have led to changes in prison rules, regulations, and state laws concerning the functions of Ohio’s prisons. Locally, Tony has served as an organizer on city council and mayoral campaigns by providing support and making community connections. Additionally, Tony has been involved with tenant organizing in several buildings around Cincinnati, including within CMHA properties.

As a VISTA, Tony’s main role is aiding tenants in their fight to save their homes. Tony is working hard to ensure residents know their rights and are unified in their goal. His passion for social justice drives the works that he does, and he believes that social justice is possible, as long as everyone is willing to do their part.

Mic Adams, VISTA
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Mic Adams (he/him/his) has a BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and graduated in the fall of 2020. He has volunteered and interned at various non-profit organizations across the city of Cincinnati, including Happen, Inc., Inner City Youth Opportunities, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, and the Active Minds chapter at Walnut Hills High School. He has most recently done work with the People’s Safety Reimagined campaign and the Homeless Coalition’s own Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative. He plans to apply to graduate programs in the field of Psychology/Social Work after his year in service through AmeriCorps.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Mic is focused on organizing tenants of HUD-funded projects whose contracts either expire within the next five years, or have REAC scores below 60. He hopes to aid in the fight to preserve and create affordable housing within our city.

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