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.
Leslie Moorhead, Director of Development
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Leslie Moorhead has a BA from The University of Cincinnati, and is currently working on a dual Masters degree from Xavier University. Prior to coming to the Homeless Coalition, Leslie was a Program Director at a local transitional home for women and children. She also spent several years teaching Special Education to at risk youth, as well as several years spent as a Case Manager for abused and neglected children. Leslie has a passion for helping others and really strives to create change in the lives of those who are in need.
At the Coalition, Leslie 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.
Mark Mussman studied student trust to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and M.Ed. in Educational Foundations from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Mark’s previous roles included leadership in adult basic education, workforce development, volunteer coordination, and Ameri*Corps 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 nearly 50 other locally-based partner organizations, aimed at reducing instances of homelessness among teens and young adults. Dr. Mark looks forward to working with the Homeless Coalition and schools to bring the message of empathy and understanding around homelessness to our community.
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 oversees 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 trips and mission trips with middle school and high school and college aged students across the country, and co-coordinates the City Wide Shantytown program.
Daulton King, Streetvibes Program Manager
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.
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
Aquishia 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.
Riley Ferguson, Summer Intern
Riley is attends school at Mount St. Joseph University. There she is studying Communication and New Media with a minor in Graphic Design and Marketing. She is interning with Leslie Moorhead, as development coordinator. Riley is excited to do a co-op/internship at the Homeless Coalition because she felt that it was a great opportunity to getting her feet wet in what she’s interested in, along with fulfilling a passion to helping others.
Camri Nelson, Summer Intern
Camri is a fourth year journalism major with a minor in communication at the University of Cincinnati. She is excited about writing for Streetvibes because of the experience she will gain from meeting various people and going to different places within Cincinnati. Most importantly she looks forward to writing stories that will empower people to get involved within their community and make a difference.
Deanna Wilson, Summer Intern
Deanna is now entering her sophomore year at Mount St. Joseph University. She is studying Health and Wellness with a minor in Psychology. Here at the Coalition Deanna is interning under Dr. Mark Mussman, as an Education Program Specialist. She is very excited about learning what it means to be an advocate, what resources there are available for people experiencing homelessness, and how she able to help in any way possible.