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April 30, 2018

United Way Announces Newest Class of Future Nonprofit Volunteer Leaders

United Way’s Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD) program, Greater Cincinnati's most comprehensive board training program, is expanding to train even more local professionals for service on nonprofit boards across the region. 

For the first time, United Way will offer three opportunities for BOLD in 2018. In addition to the spring BOLD class, which began Thursday, April 26, there will be one in the summer (July 26-Aug. 30) and one in the fall (Sept. 20-Oct. 25).

“United Way’s BOLD program is an excellent example of how we unite communities to change lives,” said Rob Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We believe strongly in uniting solid leaders to open volunteer positions, and United Way’s BOLD is a wonderful opportunity to make this happen. Together, we continue to be strong leaders in our region’s nonprofit community, forging unlikely partnerships, finding new solutions to our community's greatest challenges and mobilizing the best resources.”


United Way’s BOLD program is a six-week intensive leadership program that trains participants to step directly into nonprofit board service and connects them with hundreds of organizations allowing them to use their skills immediately. 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.

Also for the first time, one of United Way’s top partners, Fifth Third Bank, will be sponsoring the program.

"Fifth Third is pleased to sponsor the 2018 BOLD program. BOLD aligns with Fifth Third’s core value of community involvement and we look forward to enhancing our great partnership,” said Tim Elsbrock, senior vice president and regional president for Cincinnati at Fifth Third Bank. “We realize that BOLD is a critical program for our Greater Cincinnati community because it connects our region’s non-profit organizations with eager, trained professionals who are ready for their first board assignment. It also enhances the skills of those already serving on a board or working on a committee in a leadership capacity. We are looking forward to hearing the success stories that come out of this year’s cohort of BOLD participants."

the spring 2018 bold class:

Seth Adamson, UBS, Financial Services, Inc.

Alison Bevilacqua, 1919 Investment Counsel

Martin Booth, COBCO Enterprises

Kate Coyle, Ohio National Financial Services

Emma Crouser, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Jordan Findley, Northwestern Mutual

Anna Fischer, Valenti Salon & Spa

Tara Froebe, BKD, LLP

John Gray, Fifth Third Bank

Allison Green, The Kroger Co.

Jason Jonovski, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Jessica Kirkpatric, Re/Max United Associates

Bryan Kreyling, Western & Southern Financial Group

Petrick Lillie, Wells Fargo

William Liss, Santen & Hughes

Jennifer Madine, Fifth Third Bank

Michael McCarter, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Kelsey Mehaffie, Thompson Hine, LLP

Alexandria Merriweather-Turner, Ocean Accelerator

Donald Oliver, Cincinnati Bell

Robert Schaefer, Fifth Third Bank

Rossana Settler, Convergys Corp

Mary Smith, P&G

Marc Starks, Fifth Third Bank

Alison Strohm, Ernst & Young, LLP

Janelle Tucker, Fifth Third Bank

Kate Westrich, KnowledgeWorks

Kari Wethington, The E.W. Scripps Company

Kelly Williams, Thrive Impact Sourcing

Melissa Young, Michelman, Inc.