Josh Spring, Executive Director
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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
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Mona recently 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.
Justin Jeffre, Streetvibes Editor
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After studying at the University of Cincinnati, Justin Jeffre became a member of the multi-platinum recording group 98 Degrees. In addition to his passion for music, Justin has been active in Cincinnati’s political scene, including running for city office and leading campaigns for numerous causes. He became a co-publisher of the Cincinnati Beacon in 2006, a position he held until July of 2012. In 2008, Justin worked as a ballot access coordinator for the Nader for President campaign. He currently serves on the board of Common Cause Ohio. In July of 2012, Justin became the Editor of Streetvibes.
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 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 Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless’ 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 Voice of the Homeless 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.
Daulton King, Public Ally
Daulton recently graduated from the College of Social Work at Xavier University. Before taking on the role of Streetvibes Distributor Program Manager, Daulton interned at the Coalition for a year advocating for those experiencing homelessness or on the brink of experiencing homelessness. Daulton hopes to continue his education through pursuing a Masters degree in social work at the University of Cincinnati.
Key Beck, Streetvibes Layout Manager
As a cultural artist, community activist, and facilitator, Key has worked throughout Cincinnati in various capacities including leadership and partnership positions with Oyler School, the Urban Appalachian Council, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, AmeriCorps, the University of Cincinnati, and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. Key holds a B.A. degree in French Language and Literature, with a specialization in French business and psychology and an M.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati. Key is an avid runner and cyclist (also vegan), and promotes health and wellness through volunteerism and community activism. Key is Safe Zone Ally Certified and promotes safe and inclusive spaces in the community and workplace. As an instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Key’s research has focused on gender, identity and sexuality in contemporary urban environments and popular culture.
Derrick Hutson, Front Staff
Derrick is a retired Vietnam War Veteran and a retired Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Derrick says that working at the Homeless Coalition is the perfect fit for him because it’s a great way to give back to the community.
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.
Yolanda Barton, Front Staff
Aquashia Peterson, Summer Intern
Aquashia is a junior at Mount St. Joseph University. She is majoring in Paralegal Studies with minors in Business Administration and in Communication with New Media Studies. Aquashia interns as the Advocacy and Policy Specialist, assisting Executive Director Josh Spring in projects such as the Employment Pipeline Pilot and organizing tenants living in substandard affordable housing. Aquashia always had a passion for advocating for minorities and those in need.