WORDPLAY BOARD & STAFF

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Joe Moorman,

Board Chair

Senior Director of Organizational & Community Development,

Mayerson Academy

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Phillip Ridley II,

Treasurer

Asst.Vice President, Business Banking,

U.S. Bank

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Steve Yandell,

Secretary

Associate Professor of English,

Xavier University

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Eve Bolton,

Trustee

Board Member,

Cincinnati Public Schools

Indi Ekanayake

Indi Ekanayake,

Trustee

Thriving Learning Communities (TLC) Program Specialist, 

Mayerson Academy

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Nick Pietoso,

Trustee

Owner,

Nicola's Restaurant

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Regina Carswell Russo,

Trustee

Founder & Chief Media Messenger,

RRight Now Communications

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Tim'm West,

Trustee

Senior Managing Director, LGBTQ Community Initiative,

Teach for America

LEGACY TRUSTEES

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Tom Monaco

Chair Emeritus

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Elissa Yancey

Co-Founder & Trustee for Life

OUR STAFF

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Libby Hunter,

Executive Director & Co-Founder

libby@wordplaycincy.org

Karen Harshaw,

Chief Development Officer

karen@wordplaycincy.org

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Amy Tuttle, 

Director of Programming

amy@wordplaycincy.org

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Desirae Hosley,

Community Engagement Coordinator

desirae@wordplaycincy.org

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Sarah Nimmo,

Development & Communications Coordinator

sarah@wordplaycincy.org

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Spring Starr Pillow,

Lead Teaching Artist

spring@wordplaycincy.org

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Mia Vera,

Program Coordinator

mia@wordplaycincy.org

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Yasmin Payne,

Program Assistant

TEACHING ARTISTS

All of WordPlay's programs are led by teaching artists—trained professionals in the visual, performing or literary arts who use the arts to enhance learning. Teaching artists might use acting to support reading comprehension, dance to teach poetry or puppet-making to teach storytelling, creating an engaging and creative learning experience for students.

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Anjali Alm-Basu

Comic Art, Bookbinding

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Terrence Burke

Puppeteer

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Courtney Carroll

Counselor

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Jori An Cotton

Creative Writing,

Spoken Word Poetry

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Samuel Foulkes

Creative Writing

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Pauletta Hansel

Creative Writing, Poetry

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Brandon Hawkins

Visual Arts

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Brandon Isaac

Spoken Word, Stand Up Comedy

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Yalie Kamara

Poet-in-Residence

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Theresa Kulbaga

Creative Writing

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Mauri Moskowitz

Ceramics, Visual Arts

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Teisha Murray

Dance

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Tanyqua Oliver

Poetry

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Elaine Olund

Creative Writing, Visual Art, Yoga

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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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Liz Wu

Music, Creative Writing

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Simone Yael

Theater, Community Arts

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices

Main Office:

2110 Saint Michael Street, Suite 201

Cincinnati, OH 45204

p: 513-541-0930

Northside Writing Center:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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