Ann MacDonald

Alexis Adjei

Alexis Adjei is a Human Resources Business Partner with a focus in Organizational Culture at Talbert House. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and a Master’s degree from Murray State University, she began her career managing special populations in the public sector. With more than 8 years of progressive experience in Human Resources, the scope of her expertise is extensive and includes the full complement of recruiting, onboarding, training, employee relations, performance, compliance, HRIS management and more. She prides herself on being organized and enjoys being a great resource for all levels of the organization.

In her current role, she is able to focus her energies on staff development and retention, which she finds rewarding. Alexis believes that through cultivating positive relationships, there is greater potential to strengthen the bond between employee and employer while also meeting organizational and personal goals. Alexis facilitates the LEARN program which focuses on foundational leadership skills.

Carol Leigh

Carol Leigh

Prior to retirement, Carol Leigh spent 25 years with Ohio River Company as Manager, Marketing Communications. Carol’s expertise lies in business-to-business marketing including research, communications and planning. Now part of ESCC’s volunteer workforce, Carol is heavily involved in curriculum design and development.  She was instrumental in creating the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati (NLIGC), a joint project of ESCC and Talbert House.  Carol has been the Co-Program Manager for EXCEL for more than five years. 

Connie Hinitz

Connie Hinitz

Connie Hinitz is a philanthropic sector management specialist with more than 30 years’ experience creating and implementing comprehensive nonprofit initiatives. She currently is the Volunteer Coordinator with ESCC. As former administrator of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, she created  an internationally recognized educational travel program for Jewish adolescents and young adults. Connie serves on ESCC’s internal training faculty. Connie was a presenter for the Freestore/Foodbank Leadership Institute.  Prior to being asked to become one of the facilitators for ADVANCE, she helped develop the curriculum for the “Leading Others” class.

LAWRENCE WILLIAMS is an independent human service professional, providing education & training, with a primary focus on leadership development, workplace coaching/mentoring, team functioning in the workplace, and topics addressing human diversity and cultural competency. He retired in 2013 as an Executive of Talbert House (Cincinnati, Ohio). During his tenure responsibilities included oversight of the agency’s Human Resources, and training and development departments. He is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio; received his primary and secondary education in Cincinnati Public Schools; and earned Criminal Justice Bachelor and Master of Science degrees, from the University of Cincinnati.

As an independent trainer/consultant, Lawrence plans, prepares and provides staff development, leadership, one-to-one coaching, as well as gives related talks, in-services and workshops to a variety of professional and community-based clients. Past clients include: The National Institute of Drug Addiction’s (NIDA) Community Education Network; Hamilton County Juvenile Court; Department of Jobs and Family Services; Community Mental Health & Recovery Services Board; Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (formerly Department of Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services (ODADAS); Ohio Community Corrections Association (OCCA); United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Talbert House; Central Community Health Board (CCHB), and local community and faith-based organizations. Additionally, Lawrence served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he developed and taught: Fundamentals of Cultural Competence, in the Addictions Studies program.

Lawrence has been married for 44 years, has one son, and served as father to a niece and nephew. He is an active grandfather to 2 girls and 1 boy, ages 17, 14 and 8. He has served several local and state community initiatives and non-profit boards, including: The Cincinnati Center for Chemical Addictions (CCAT), Ohio Credentialing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCB), AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati (AVOC), Cincinnati Action Now (CAN), Cornerstone Community Loan Fund, Winton Woods Community Drug-free Coalition, Prevention First (formerly the Coalition for a Drug-free Greater Cincinnati), and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cincinnati alumni board.

Other activities include: He is an avid Bible student (in affiliation with Bible Standard Ministries –, reading, mentoring young people in their personal development journeys, traveling, spending time with grandchildren, writing, music (listening to jazz); spinning, walking and bicycling; amateur photography.