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September 22, 2017

United Way Announces Newest BOLD Class

United Way’s Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD) program, Cincinnati's most comprehensive board training program, is designed for those looking to grow their skills to the next leadership level – becoming effective board members and helping nonprofits meet an amazingly diverse range of community needs.

BOLD is a six-week intensive leadership program that trains participants to be able to step directly into nonprofit board service and connects them with hundreds of organizations so that they can use their skills immediately. Each BOLD class provides the opportunity not only for nonprofits to receive 30 new highly qualified boards members, but also connects an assorted group of community leaders to each other. Participants leave with a network of other Cincinnati professionals representing their varying professional organizations as well as their new nonprofit affiliates.

“Serving on a nonprofit board or committee is one of the most significant ways you can make a difference in your community,” said Valerie Sheppard, senior vice president, comptroller & treasurer, P&G, and former United Way Board Chair.


The Fall 2017 BOLD class began on Wednesday, September 20, and will meet for four hours each Wednesday through October 25. Curriculum for the program includes: hearing from seasoned board chairs and various executive directors, participating in a capstone mock board meeting project, observing real board meetings taking place in the community and much more.

“Just as you receive training for a job, you should receive the best training available to become a nonprofit board member. BOLD gives participants a well-rounded look at nonprofits and all you need to know about these types of organizations,” said Anna Coutts, board programs leader, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We just went through our most competitive application process yet, and you can feel the excitement from this group.”

the fall 2017 bold class:

Alana Albers, Ernst & Young

Patrice Ashworth, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Calvert Bobola, P&G

Nikki Boehmker, PricewaterhouseCoopers 

Marion Byndon, Duke Energy

Josh Diedrichs, Fifth Third Bank

Patricia Donohoo, Western & Southern Financial Group

Heather Ellison, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati

David Emery, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Joe Engels, Fifth Third Bank

Jenni Frazer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Mesfin Gelete, BKD

Meridith Grommon, Cincinnati Bell

Shiri Grote, U.S. Bank

Justin Hanks, Dow AgroSciences

Kurt Hansen, GE

Dennis Hicks, Convergys Corp.

Sophia Jannace, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Wei Liu, The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Sean Mahaffey, RKPT

Robert Mecklenborg, Frost Brown Todd

Sylvia Miller, TriHealth

Angela Myers, The E.W. Scripps Company

Beth Piocos, Nurture Brands, LLC, and UC- Department of Chemistry

Emily Swisshelm, TriHealth Corporate Health

Tim Trucco, Messer Construction Co.

Andrew Tyree, Macys, Inc.

Clarice Warner, Mercy Health

Corey Wilkosz, Ohio National Financial Services

Jayme Wirthwine, Ohio National Financial Services