David Ammer is a Director in Product Management at Fidelity Investments. David participates in many local outreach events, was awarded Fidelity's Midwest Region Volunteer of the Year and is a Fidelity President's Circle winner in recognition of outstanding performance.David is a certified Project Management professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Fidelity, David served as a project/program manager at Fifth Third Bank and Accenture. David is a graduate of Arizona State University and lives in Western Hills with his wife and two children.
Chrissie Blatt, founder of Blatt Creative and Balloon Bombed, brings her many talents, and creative flair, to MVK. She has been instrumental in helping coordinate and plan a majority of MVK's fundraising events. Recently, Chrissie chaired, coordinated and led several MVK efforts during Covid-19 including our recent drives for Experience Packs. Chrissie enjoys working with many organizations that focus their attention on Cincinnati's underserved youth. She works as an advocate and on special events for Cleats for Kids and Crayons to Computers. When not volunteering, she focuses on her business, an event styling and planning company and spends time with her family, husband Josh, step-daughter Sarah,, son Ethan, Dauthter Ella and their 2 dogs, Coco and Java.
Debbie Brant is a fundraising consultant and owner of Deborah S. Brant Inc. She has completed fundraising campaigns for clients like the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Know Theatre, Ursuline Academy and Ensemble Theatre. Debbie is currently President of the Jewish Federation, Past President of the Mayerson JCC Board, Chair of the Development Committee for the Cincinnati Ballet, and Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Country Day School Annual Fund. You can find Debbie and her family enjoying many arts and sports events in Cincinnati.
Ariella (Ari) Cohen was born and raised in Cincinnati. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She has served on a number of boards and committees throughout the Cincinnati community and especially enjoys thinking outside the box and tackling challenges within agencies. She is married and has 5 awesome kids.
Ray Compagna is the co-founder of BrightView Health, a behavioral health corporation. Mr. Compagna has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for Poplar Healthcare, an anatomic pathology laboratory. Prior to that, he was the Director of Marketing for Meridian Bioscience, a leading manufacturer and distributor of diagnostic test kits. Mr. Compagna has also held marketing and business development positions at companies such as Hill-Rom, Boston Scientific and DIANON Systems. In addition, Mr. Compagna owned and operated a marketing consulting company that provided professional services for Olympus, Quintiles Consulting and Esoterix. Mr. Compagna is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and also studied at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thomas Dillingham is a Group Sales Manager at Total Quality Logistics. He has worked at TQL since 2006 and is a TQL Presidents Club winner for his teams' accomplishments. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Business and a marketing degree from Wright State University. He and his wife, Randi, live in Milford, OH with their son and their two dogs. Thomas sees tremendous value in the ability of sporting events and other group experiences to inspire at-risk kids. This passion led to his initial involvement with MVK in 2016 and is why he is excited to now be a member of the Board.
Audrey Holtzman is a Diversity and Educator Associate at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network. For the past 5 years she has worked with MVK to provide unique experiences for the students of Rockdale Academy and now as a board member for MVK she will focus on providing these same experiences to students throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. She has been fortunate to see the direct impact MVK has made in the lives of children and brings a unique prospective to the Board. As a child growing up in the inner city, she faced a lot of the adversities similar to that of the kids MVK serves. She knows the importance of providing at-risk kids with experiences that have the potential to change their view of their world, their future and themselves.
Tedd H. Friedman (co-founder and Chairman
of the Board of Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati) is a shareholder of
Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild. Tedd's legal practice is concentrated in
business and real estate law, with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and
divestitures, real estate development, the restaurant and hospitality industry and information technology. Tedd was selected to
Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2014. He was also the
recipient of the Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award from Lighthouse Youth
Services and of the Kate S. Mack Award from Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
Dawn Green has been an award-winning, licensed real estate agent and investor since 2005. She is currently partner and co-founder of Point Blank Range & Gun Shops. Dawn is very active in the Cincinnati community, currently serving on the Affordable Housing Board of Episcopal Retirement Communities and the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Youth Services and New Life Properties, where she served as Chair for four years. She is currently spearheading the development of Sheakley Center of Youth, a permanent and short-term facility that will house and serve homeless youth in Cincinnati, age 18-24. Dawn is past Chair of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, winning the Kate S. Mack Award, two years in a row. Dawn graduated from Northwestern University of 1991and currently lives in Indian Hill with her husband, four kids and two dogs.
Erica Pearl Messer is a clinical child psychologist and Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has been working at Children's since 2004 and is an advocate for child mental health. Dr. Messer specializes in training professionals who work with children and families impacted by trauma and maltreatment. She and her husband, Douglas, reside in Wyoming, OH with their two children and Labrador Retriever. Erica is excited to join the board to help contribute ideas for expanding and enhancing opportunities for our community's children.
a 30 year career working in development. She recently retired from Beech Acres Parenting Center as a Senior
Development Officer. Prior to Beech Acres, she worked for the Jewish Federation of
Cincinnati in various fundraising and marketing areas. Her specialty is donor
stewardship and event planning. She is a past board member of Hillel and has volunteered for
Inter Faith Hospitality Network (IHN) planning their fundraising breakfast. Kim and her husband
Barry have recently moved downtown and are very much enjoying the
revitalization of Cincinnati.
John P. Scott is a
Vice President of partner advancement for Accelerate Great Schools, where he is working to engage the community in ensuring that every child in every neighborhood in Cincinnati has access to a high-quality education. John has over 15 years of non-profit experience. His previous roles include Program Manager of Community Relations at Cincinnati Children's, Senior Relationship Administrator with United Way and Community Planner/Organizer with Victory Neighborhood Services. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Northern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs from Wright State University. John is a member of Class 21 of the Urban League's African American Leadership Development program and is also the recipient of the MLK Humanitarian award, Public Administrator of the Year and Business Courier's Forty under 40. He is a founding member of the Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council and currently resides in Covington, KY with his beautiful wife Sophia and their three children.
Chief Richard Wallace, Amberley Village Police Chief, joins the MVK board of Directors with 32 years of experience in law enforcement, 24 of those years with Amberley Village Police & Fire Department, where he continues to lead one of two uniquely combined police/fire departments in Ohio. His professional credentials include Certified Lawn Enforcement Execute (CLEE), Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), and the Xavier University Leadership Foundations Certificate. He has served on several Executive Boards, including The Shield,Inc., Guns & Hoses, Hamilton County Police Association, Great Oaks Police Academy, Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police, and the RCIC/CLEAR Board. In the spirit of his comittment to strengthening police/community relationships, Chief Wallace has coordinated 2 significant events for MVK at the Fire House during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a drive-thru summer event and a drive-thru Halloween Trunk or Treat event.