HENRY BROWN - BOARD CHAIR
Henry Brown serves as the Chairman of the Avondale Development Corporation Board of Trustees. He has served three terms on the ADC board.
Mr. Brown is a principal with WEB Ventures, a management consulting firm focused on strategic planning for diversity and economic inclusion. WEB is helping to ensure inclusion in all aspects of the development and operating process of the Uptown Innovation Corridor, centered at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Reading Road in Uptown Cincinnati. Their work includes construction contracts, employment, developers, and investors. The WEB Ventures team was played a central role in recruiting the principals of Queen City Hills, LLC to the Corridor. This will be largest African American-led real estate development project in the Cincinnati region's history.
Mr. Brown retired from Procter & Gamble in 1999 as the Director of World Wide Engineering. Before founding WEB Ventures in 2014, he provided consulting services to small and mid-size construction and construction-related companies.
Mr. Brown’s record of community service is long and deep. He was the volunteer project manager for the design and construction of a full service Carl H. Lindner family branch of the YMCA built in Cincinnati’s inner city in 2005. He is a member of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA Board of Directors, past member of the YMCA of the USA Board of Trustees, past board chair of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA and member of the Wesley Education Center volunteer board.
In addition to his work for the YMCA, Mr. Brown was project manager and advisor to the Board for design and construction of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum, which opened on the Cincinnati riverfront August 2004. He was a past director of for Seven Hills Neighborhood House and past director and board chairman of Lenox Savings Bank (now Foundations Bank).
Mr. Brown has also maintains generous and continuous involvement and support for his alma mater, Missouri University of Science and Technology. He served on the Diversity Subcommittee of the MSM-UMR Alumni Association Board and as Chairman of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh (philanthropic out reach) board for two terms. Brown also served as chairman of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on African American Recruitment and Retention. He has been elected to the UMR Civil Engineering Academy for outstanding professional and civic contributions and received the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award. Henry is a founder of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha on the UMA campus. Mr. Brown also maintains generous and continuous involvement and support for his alma mater, Missouri University of Science and Technology. He served two terms on the University's Board of Trustees.
Henry and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Avondale, one of Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods.
JENNIFER GOODIN - VICE CHAIR
Jennifer Goodin serves as the Vice Chairman of the Avondale Development Corporation Board of Trustees. She has served three terms on the ADC board.
Ms. Goodin has been Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati since 1998. Under her leadership, Cincinnati’s House has more than tripled in size to its present 78 bedrooms, with an expansion underway to bring the total to 177 rooms. Ms. Goodin serves on the RMHC Global Advisory Council, and she is a frequent local and national speaker on the topics of fundraising and not-for-profit management. She was named one of Cincinnati’s “Forty Under 40” by the Business Courier in 1999 and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 30.
Ms. Goodin has built a culture of donor and volunteer appreciation, and RMHC of Greater Cincinnati is regarded as a model in hospitality, employee engagement and donor stewardship. RMHC was a recipient of the Non-Profit of the Year award from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Prior to her career with RMHC, Jennifer worked in development and communications for a not-for-profit drug treatment program and a homeless shelter.
Ms. Goodin earned Bachelors degrees in English/Journalism and Theater from Miami University and Masters degrees in Journalism and Health Education from The Ohio State University.
Ms. Goodin and her husband, Steve, an attorney at Graydon, are both former Peace Corps volunteers. They live in Cincinnati with their three children, Hadley, Beatrice and Hugh.
Patricia milton - secretary
President, Avondale Community Council
jan michele lemon-kearney, esq.
Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2015.
Ms. Lemon Kearney is president of Sesh Communications, publisher of the award-winning The Cincinnati Herald, The Northern Kentucky Herald, The Dayton Defender, seshPRIME Magazine, and PIX (News in Pictures). She is also the host of WLWT Channel 5’s “Issues” weekly public affairs program, and is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker West Shell.
Before joining Sesh, Ms. Lemon Kearney practiced law with the firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister before branching out into a solo law career.
Ms. Lemon Kearney was born in Cincinnati and attended Rockdale Elementary School and Walnut Hills High School. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. While at Dartmouth, she attended an exchange program at an HBCU, Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. She earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, was elected first class marshal of her law school class and gave the commencement speech at graduation.
Ms. Lemon Kearney is married to former State Senator Eric H. Kearney, Esq. who now is the president of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, and they are blessed with two children, Celeste and Asher.
christie kuhns, esq.
Vice President of Operations and Community Relations, UC Health
Christie Kuhns has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2010.
Ms. Kuhns is chief of staff and vice president of operations and community relations at UC Health. Prior to joining UC Health, she served as an elected member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 32nd District. She is an accomplished attorney with experience at both a major law firm and a fortune 500 company. Ms. Kuhns is also a business owner, her company Records Request, Ltd., provides legal support services to law firms and corporations managing claims and litigation.
Ms. Kuhns became involved in community organizations when she was a teenager performing in front of Cincinnati City Council trying to save the Arts of Consortium of Cincinnati from budget cuts. She is a founding member of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, the former name of the Avondale Development Corporation. She served on the Avondale Community Council board of trustees for a decade and is past board president of the African American Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kuhns has served on the City of Cincinnati Planning Commission and is currently co-chair of the Cincinnati Democratic Committee of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.
Ms. Kuhns received her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Ms. Kuhns has been recognized for her service to the community by many awards, some of which include: 2018 Business Journal 100 Influencer Rising Star Executives in the Nation; 2017 Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40; The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President’s Award, July 2016; United Way New Century Community Service Honoree, 2014; Venue Magazine, 2013 Woman of Influence; Cincinnati Enquirer’s 20 Professional Women to Watch in 2012; Profiled in the 2011 edition of the Women’s Book; Applause Magazine Emerging Leader, February 2004; Leading Women Inc. Woman of the Year for Service Industries, March 2002- The youngest recipient in the awards history.
Ms. Kuhns is married to former school board president Alex Kuhns. They have two children – Chloe and Kai.
dr. robert e. baines, jr.
Pastor, Southern Baptist Church
Dr. Baines has served as the Senior Pastor of Southern Baptist Church on Reading Road in Avondale since early 2009. Under his leadership, over 700 people have come forward to join the church. People are growing in their discipleship. Ministries have been implemented and improved for both the members of the church and Avondale and vicinity. He has overseen the retirement of $1 million in debt and an additional $1 million in maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the church.
Dr. Baines, Jr. earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary with a focus on economic and spiritual empowerment in black churches. He has authored nine Christian living books. And he current serves as a board member of CityLink Spiritual Advisory Committee and the Coalition of Churches.
Principal, Rockdale Academy Elementary School
dr. monica mitchell
Clinical Psychologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Morag Adlon has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2018.
Ms. Adlon was named Loan Officer for Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) in 2018. She is responsible for providing development services to potential borrowers, building relationships with community development organizations, and originating/underwriting loans. She joined CDF as Asset Management and Construction Administration Specialist in 2017. In this role, she was responsible for conducting loan reviews and evaluating the performance and condition of financed real estate including vacancy rates, operating expenses, net operating income, debt service coverage, operating cash flows and an estimate of property valuation. She also reviewed construction draw requests and inspected projects to confirm progress and quality of work.
Prior to joining CDF, Ms. Adlon worked for nearly 30 years in local community development roles with the City of Cincinnati and government entities in Northern Kentucky.
Ms. Adlon’s community service includes working with the Hamilton County Community Development Advisory Committee and Affordable Housing Advocates of Greater Cincinnati. She earned Masters Degrees from the University of Glasgow, Scotland (Geography) and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning). She is also a Certified National Development Council Housing Finance Professional and HOME Program Specialist.
Vincent O. Terry
Vince Terry has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2018.
Mr. Terry has more than 27 years of experience in the Cincinnati Architect marketplace with projects ranging from PK-12 schools and higher education to healthcare and mixed-use facilities.
Mr. Terry is director of Covington/Cincinnati operations for Moody Nolan. He is currently the project executive leading the planning and design of a new mixed-use multi-family development by The Community Builders in Avondale, which is being completed through a grand award under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. It will comprise 70 residential apartments along with a 20,000 square foot grocery store.
Mr. Terry has led a variety of other Greater Cincinnati projects for Moody Nolan, including Fifth Third Arena at the University of Cincinnati, Corporex Towers in Covington, Phase 1A at the Banks, the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education for Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital multi-specialty clinic in Green Township.
Before joining Moody Nolan in 2007, Mr. Terry worked with Cincinnati-based architectural firms DNK Architects, GBBN and glaserworks. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.
Business Owner, Former Economic Developer, City of Cincinnati
Vada Hill has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since (DATE).
Mr. Hill is a creative and versatile marketing leader with a track record of successes across the financial services, restaurant, packaged goods and political arenas. He is a mission driven executive with a passion for improving the lives of underserved consumers and has a history of crafting and implementing breakthrough brand and product innovations built upon his marketing acumen and keen understanding of consumer behavior.
Mr. Hill is an independent consultant based in Cincinnati, counsel to C-suite executives across a range of strategic, planning and communications challenges. His clients include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and METRO. He is also playing a lead role in facilitating the Cincinnati Children’s/ Avondale Partnership Initiative, where he has successfully designed and implemented the Avondale Listening Project – phase one of the effort.
As Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Hewitt, a leader in full service paid tax preparation with over 6000 locations and 650 franchise partners, Vada led the successful restage of the company’s digital and social media platform and online footprint. As head of the strategy practice at Kelton Global – a Los Angeles based insights and marketing consultancy – Mr. Hill led engagements for a diverse client roster, including Winn-Dixie, BET Networks, AARP/ The Hartford; Gerber Life; Target and the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. His work spanned North America and Europe.
Mr. Hill served as Fannie Mae’s Chief Marketing Officer, where he played a central role in qualifying marketing and product initiatives to responsibly and sustainably increase homeownership levels. He led the development of innovative “safety net” products as HomeStay and Home Manager. He partnered with such African-American “trusted advisors” as Dr. Bobby Jones (host of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Hour); entrepreneur Russell Simmons; Howard University; and the 8 million strong National Baptist Convention to more effectively connect qualified minority homebuyers with prime mortgages. Mr. Hill’s team developed an innovative Spanish language photo novella, Los Rodriguez, as a template for lenders to communicate the homeownership process to new immigrant Hispanics in a culturally relevant manner. He traveled to South Africa to work with one of its major institutions, NedBank, on strategies to mainstream black South Africans into traditional banking. Vada also allied with BET Networks and Univision in creating the “Owning a Home” and “Casa” channels to leverage the power of the internet in originating minority mortgages.
As Taco Bell’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Hill and his team launched such transformational menu initiatives as Gorditas and Chalupas, which continue to be key ongoing elements of the brand’s menu architecture. His development and nurturing, with TBWA/Chiat Day, of the “Chihuahua” advertising campaign was critical in enhancing the effectiveness of the brand’s menu initiatives and rejuvenating brand, employee and franchisee enthusiasm. The campaign effectively placed the brand back on consumers’ radar screen. Mr. Hill was selected by Advertising Age as its lead “50 Most Powerful Marketers.”
Mr. Hill was an advertising executive at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and BBDO in Los Angeles. He was also promoted into a variety of roles in the Procter & Gamble Company. As a Brand Manager, he introduced P&G’s first comprehensive direct marketing program, Luvs Baby Club and laid the strategic and positioning foundations for the long-term business growth of Dreft baby laundry and Cheer detergents.
In the political arena, Mr. Hill was a member of the Bush/Cheney Re-Elect’s Strategy and Media Team. As a member of the U.S. State Department’s South Africa Election Support Project, Mr. Hill was a member of the bipartisan team assisting the Zulu-based Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in preparing for South Africa’s first democratic elections. Mr. Hill also served as the special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education and current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. He was a lead field ombudsman and worked with governors, mayors and superintendents to establish education reform efforts. Mr. Hill managed the Cincinnati area congressional campaign of Ken Blackwell.
Mr. Hill is a member of the Advisory Board of Procter & Gamble's Agile Pursuits Franchise, Inc. subsidiary and a director of First Investors Financial Services, a Houston based auto finance company owned by Aquiline Capital Partners and devoted to the needs of credit challenged consumers. He is a member of one of the 20 ownership groups of the Cincinnati Reds and has served as a board member of the Denny’s Corporation and Blue Chip Broadcasting, formerly the 2nd largest conglomerate of African-American targeted radio stations.
Mr. Hill serves on the board of Darkness to Light, a Charleston, SC based non-profit focused on preventing child sexual abuse. He was also Vice Chair of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and a Vice President of the Charter Committee.
A Cincinnati native, Mr. Hill was born and raised in Walnut Hills and is a graduate of Burton Elementary, Walnut Hills High School and Harvard University; he currently lives in Over-the-Rhine. He is a collector of African-American fine art, Israeli bronze sculpture and Italian and French wine. In concert with Cincinnati’s United Way, Mr. Hill also led the development of the +$175,000 Ross Love Scholarship Fund in honor of his late friend and mentor.
Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Urban League
Rev. Ennis Tait
Pastor, New Beginnings Church of the Living God
Executive Director, Corryville Community Development Corporation & Neighborhoods of Uptown
Daniel Luther has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2011.
Mr. Luther is the director of the Corryville Community Development Corporation where he works with neighborhood residents, business owners, and institutions on improving conditions within the neighborhood with the hopes of making Corryville a welcoming place to live, work, and play.
Director Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati
Markiea Carter has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2018.
Ms. Carter is Director of Economic Inclusion for the City of Cincinnati. She is responsible for administering and enforcing the Living Wage Program, MBE/WBE/SBE certification programs, Wage Enforcement and Prevailing Wage laws for the City.
Ms. Carter is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council, a member of the American Contract Compliance Association and a Community Development Advisory Board Member.
A graduate of Miami University, Ms. Carter began her career in public service more than 10 years ago with the City of Cincinnati in Community and Economic Development. She is a Cincinnati native who enjoys gardening and photography. She resides in North Avondale with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
Senior Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo
Senior Vice President CED Central Market Manager, Fifth Third Bank
Royce Sutton has been a member of the Avondale Board of Trustees since 2018.
Mr. Sutton is an experience community reinvestment act (CRA) compliance manager with more than 20 years of regulatory and community development business success. He is currently senior vice president, Ohio CED Market Manager for Fifth Third Bank, where he provides leadership and management for CRA compliance function for the Ohio Region. His work includes everything from creating business development strategies and opportunities with community partners to administering the foundation grants program and maintaining outreach with key community, government, business and non-profit leaders.
Before joining Fifth Third in 2000, Mr. Sutton served as corporate CRA officer at Civitas Bank and executive director of RESPECT, Incorporated in Evansville, Indiana.
Mr. Sutton earned both a Bachelors degree in Urban-Reginal Studies and Master of Public Administration for Indiana State University. He is also a graduate of the ABA National Community Development Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. He served as an elected councilman for the Vanderburgh County Council and a member of both the Evansville Riverboat Gaming Study Commission and Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Mr. Sutton’s community involvement has been varied and deep, including the UNCF Advisory Council, St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church and the YMCA of Southwest Indiana.