Programs

 

 

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.

Carl Swabek

Carl’s expertise lies in program management, manufacturing operations, product support, and sales. He was employed by GE Aviation, where he worked for 35 years. Most recently, he was Regional General Manager Americas‑‑Customer and Product Support and supervised a staff of 60 individuals. Carl’s volunteer activities span a wide variety of interests. Organizations in which he is currently involved include Valley Interfaith, St. Vincent DePaul, and United Way. OneSource Experience Carl is the project lead assigned to First Step Home and to Franciscan Ministries. Carl has been a facilitator/trainer with the ADVANCE workshops for new nonprofit managers and for a series of leadership workshops at Planned Parenthood. He also is an EXCEL coach.

Carol Sparks

Carol is a human resources specialist with expertise in employee and labor relations. Prior to retirement, she was Operating Vice President, Employee Relations at Federated Department Stores. Having attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Carol is especially committed to the arts. She served on the board of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Choral Society. She has volunteered with the Fine Arts Fund and served on the HR Commitee of the United Way. Carol also deeply cares about environmental issues, having served on the boards of the Campbell and Boone Conservancies.

Christy Noll

Christy is the Business Development Coordinator for the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati.  Christy collaborates with OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Talbert House to coordinate NLIGC programming. Prior to Talbert House, she had experience in marketing roles within the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  Christy has a B.S.B.A. in marketing from Bowling Green State University and is a native of northeast Ohio. An active community volunteer, she has sat on various agency boards including JDRF of Southwest Ohio and the Social Enterprise Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

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 ADVANCE program manager for OneSource. As former administrator of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, she created  an internationally recognized educational travel program for Jewish adolescents and young adults. Connie served 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.

Julia Johnson

Julia is a management specialist. She retired from the City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District in 2007 as Superintendent of Administrative Services Division after more than twenty years in the position. Her other assignments with the City of Cincinnati included Personnel Analyst in the Personnel Department, Field Auditor in the Department of Finance, and Assistant Personnel Director for the Cincinnati Recreation Department. Julia is an alumnus of the Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati program and is Past President of the Cincinnati Chapter of American Society for Training and Development. She also is past board member of the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council. Julia currently volunteers as a facilitator for Leader Circles for the Leadership Council of Cincinnati. OneSource Experience Julia serves on the newly created OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence Board of Trustees. She also heads up OneSource’s Volunteer Engagement Committee. Her skills as a volunteer consultant have been in demand by organizations as varied as the Warren County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, University of Cincinnati, and Xtraordinary Women, Inc. She has led strategic planning projects, assisted with staff development projects, and has coordinated coaching programs for the Nonprofit Leadership Institute, Free Store/Foodbank Institute, and the EXCEL program. Julia serves on OneSource’s training faculty and is an instructor in the coaching for change workshop.

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 – biblestandard.com), 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.

Michael Katz

Michael retired from Totes Isotoner Corporation as Senior Vice President of the US Wholesale Division of this multinational Apparel Accessories Company. Prior to his 15-year tenure at Totes, Michael’s career in consumer marketing was shaped by brand management positions at Heinz Pet Products (HJ Heinz) and Maxwell House Coffee (General Foods Corporation). Over a 33- year career in the consumer products sector, Michael accumulated experience in sales and marketing management, including merger and acquisition activity, in both large, public and smaller, privateequity-owned business environments. OneSource Experience Michael currently serves on the OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence Board of Trustees. He supervises the EXCEL leadership development program curriculum and is co-leading the instruction of the Jewish Nonprofit Leadership Institute. He was project manager for a series of training workshops for Planned Parenthood. He also has worked on strategic planning projects for animal welfare organizations.

Nancy Spencer

Nancy is a senior executive with more than fifteen years’ experience in project management and custom research for global clients. She most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Research Excellence with French‑based Ipsos. Prior to Ipsos, she served as Vice President, Global Project Development at the Nielsen Company. Her responsibilities included budgeting, process improvement, resource integration, and talent management. Nancy’s clients were in consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, telecom, and durables. Nancy’s expertise includes project implementation, strategic planning, performance management, team building, coaching, and training. Recognizing the importance of work/life balance, Nancy opted to leave the paid workforce to focus on her school‑age children. She continues to put her professional skills to use as a member of the Madeira City Council. She has headed standing committees for Budget and Economic Development. Nancy participates in the Madeira City Schools Parent‑Teacher Organization, Madeira Farmer’s Market Advisory Board, and is also active with youth sports programs.

Rob Young

Rob has both executive and information technology expertise. Most recently, he was a senior executive in the enterprise software space, working in companies ranging from startups to global organizations. His knowledge base includes team building, customer retention, and process implementation. He now concentrates his efforts to find ways to offer meaningful, living wage employment to disadvantaged individuals. Rob has a passion for volunteering and has been heavily invested in community work all his life. He was a volunteer for OneCity, an ecumenically supported organization that helps nonprofits develop best practices. Rob became a therapeutic foster parent to four teenage boys for more than three years. As a leader with his church, Rob was involved in humanitarian efforts in Bosnia after its civil war was brought to an end. He is also a volunteer youth leader at LifeSpring Christian Church. OneSource Experience Rob has been an EXCEL coach for several years. During the 2017‑2018 year, he agreed to become EXCEL program manager. Rob was part of the consulting team that developed a strategic plan for Concert Nova and assisted with the research for the St. Vincent de Paul homeless services study.