After 23 years of youth and community development, I joined OPEN M in August of 2019 to return to a passion of my early career…assisting motivated individuals who are ready to change with economic success through learning, overcoming challenges, sustained employment with fun but firm support. As a kid in poverty, I relied on God, mentors and non-profit organizations in East Cleveland to survive. The best ones gave me nothing that I did not earn and taught me to grow away from my reliance on them. Moving 5 times in 6 years in elementary school, life at home was a struggle that I only survived with fun, firm and caring guidance. Since obtaining a social work degree in 1996 at Malone College, I have served as a caseworker in both the mental health and foster care fields, in juvenile justice as a Director of a nationally successful community re-entry and employment program for juveniles ages 17-21 in Massillon, OH, as the Director of Planning and Community Outreach for SARTA in Canton, OH and as both a Club Director and the Director of Operations/Programming for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Akron.
The mission of OPEN M, a Christian ministry, is to provide pathways out of poverty for all by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and strengthening the community.