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WORDPLAY BOARD & STAFF

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Tim'm West,

Board Chair

Senior Managing Director, LGBTQ Community Initiative,

Teach for America

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Michele Kiner,

Treasurer

Accounting Vice President, Corporate Controller,

Messer Construction

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Steve Yandell,

Vice Chair

Associate Professor of English,

Xavier University

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Eve Bolton,

Trustee

Board Member,

Cincinnati Public Schools

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Govinda Davis,

Trustee

Senior Associate,

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

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Jess DeLisio,

Secretary

UX/UI Designer,

Procter & Gamble

Indi Ekanayake

Indi Ekanayake,

Trustee

School Design Partner,

Transcend Education

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Manuel Iris,

Trustee

DePaul Christo Rey High School and

Poet Laureate of the City of Cincinnati

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Tina Macon,

Trustee

President & Senior Consultant,

AllMac & Associates, LLC

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Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins,

Trustee

Co-Owner & Chief Detail Officer,

Soul Palette, LLC

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Joe Moorman,

Past Chair

Senior Director of Organizational & Community Development,

Mayerson Academy

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Aaron Parker,

Trustee

Lead ESL Teacher, Aiken HS &

Adjunct Faculty, TOESL, Xavier University

LEGACY TRUSTEES

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OUR STAFF

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Tom Monaco

Chair Emeritus

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Elissa Yancey

Co-Founder & Trustee for Life

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Gwen Dunn,

Staff Accountant

gwen@wordplaycincy.org

Libby Hunter,

Executive Director &

Co-Founder

libby@wordplaycincy.org

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Michael Link,

Chief Storyteller

michael@wordplaycincy.org

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Spring Starr Pillow,

Education Specialist

spring@wordplaycincy.org

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Amy Tuttle, 

Director of Programming

amy@wordplaycincy.org

Lauren Elyse Jones,

Interim Development Director

Brand Architect + Engagement Strategist of Architect Brand + Design Cincinnati

lauren@wordplaycincy.org

TEACHING ARTISTS

Many of WordPlay's programs are led by teaching artists—trained professionals in the visual, performing or literary arts who use creativity as a vehicle for personal storytelling, critical literacy and a range of youth development skills. 

 

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Anjali Alm-Basu

Comic Art, Bookbinding

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Geoff Barnes

Dance, Theater

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Terrence Burke

Puppeteer

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Laurent Che

Poetry, Spoken Word

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Freda Epum

Poetry

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Samuel Foulkes

Creative Writing

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Hillary Hahn

Dance, Theater,

Creative Writing

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Laila Hameen

Theater, Creative Writing

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Pauletta Hansel

Creative Writing, Poetry

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Brandon Hawkins

Visual Art

 
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Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson

Creative Writing

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Brandon Isaac

Spoken Word, Stand Up Comedy

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Jeni Jenkins

Design Activist, Educator, Artist

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Yalie Kamara

Poetry

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Theresa Kulbaga

Creative Writing

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Carlos García León

Poetry, Spoken Word, LTAB Coach

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Kay E. Moore

Poetry, Creative Writing

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Teisha "Murray"

Movement, Arts Integration

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Elaine Olund

Creative Writing, Visual Art, Yoga

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Kate Reidel

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Social Justice, Teen Enrichment

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Annie Ruth

Multi-discipline Artist,

Visual Art, Creative Writing

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Natalie Villacorta

Creative Writing

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Ashley-Devon Williamston

Poetry, Creative Writing

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Liz Wu

Music, Creative Writing

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Simone Yael

Theater, Community Arts