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
Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
Patricia milton - secretary
President, Avondale Community Council
jan michele lemon-kearney, esq.
Publisher, Cincinnati Herald
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
Loan Officer, Cincinnati Development Fund
Vincent O. Terry
Senior Associate Director of Cincinnati Operations, Moody Nolan
Business Owner, Former Economic Developer, City of Cincinnati
Creative and Versatile Marketing Leader
Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Urban League
Rev. Ennis Tait
Pastor, New Beginnings Church of the Living God
Daniel Luther, Executive Director, Corryville Community Development Corporation & Neighborhoods of Uptown
Markiea Carter, Director Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati
Mark Fisher, Senior Director of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo
Royce Sutton, Senior Vice President CED Central Market Manager, Fifth Third Bank