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July 28, 2022
Engage! Cleveland continues to build on robust mentorship programs


CLEVELAND, OH — July 28, 2022 — Engage! Cleveland, a community engagement organization focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining talent to the region, has announced the 29 individuals selected for the fourth cohort of its Women’s Mentorship Program and the second cohort of its Co-ed Mentorship Program. The six-month program will commence in mid-July 2022, matching 29 Greater Cleveland young professionals with 9 successful community leaders. 120 mentees and 36 mentors have participated thus far since the program’s inception in January 2020.

“Engage! Cleveland is thrilled to have selected such an exceptional group of talented mentees and mentors in Greater Cleveland for our Mentorship Programs,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland. “We look forward to watching this group grow and learn in their personal, professional, and civic lives.”

A total of 45 Greater Cleveland young professionals applied for the program. The following 29 individuals have been selected:

Megan Antalek, Manufacturing Engineer, Reuter-Stokes

Alyson Clements, Experienced Tax Manager, Grant Thornton LLP

Rachel Collard, Manufacturing Engineer, BWX Technologies

Katlyn DeGraw, Project Manager, Jennasis & Associates

DaLisa Delk Cann, Nurse Manager, Registered Nurse, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

David Goler, Account Executive, WKYC

Ashley Hawthorne, Teacher, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Jessica Hubbard, Assistant Manager of Visitor Services, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Felicia Jackson Marketing & Client Relationship Manager, UBIZ Venture Capital/ Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Jermeka Jackson, Family Support Specialists, Say Yes to Education

Tawanna Jackson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Nestle

Endia Jones, Manager, Human Resources, PMQI, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Ryan Kearns, Development Associate, Literary Cleveland

Stephanie Kresic, Customer Support Engineer II/Clinical Implementation Specialist, MIM Software

Jordan Kushner, Audit Manager, Grant Thornton, LLP

Metta Matthews, Executive Assistant, MIM Software Inc.

Maggie McNamara, Organizational Communication and Engagement Manager, Transtar Industries

Sean O’Brien, Data & Grants Specialist, Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Becki Owston, Deputy Director of Research, BWX Technologies

Alyssa Perna, Small Business Owner & Tech Conference Producer, Experience Events / ASUG

Chris Rightnour, Tax Manager, Grant Thornton, LLP

Jacqueline Simmons, CEO, Changing Lives One Step At a Time

Dominique Stecker, Provider Operations Supervisor, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Willainia Studmire, Product Specialist, Senior Production Chemist, MP Biomedicals

Sydney Van Scoy, Associate Portfolio Manager, Clearstead

Lesley Vizurraga, Business Development Manager, GNCO, Inc.

Hannah Williams, Senior Tax Associate, Grant Thornton, LLP

Tachieka Williams, Human Resources Representative III, FirstEnergy Corporation

A total of 20 Greater Cleveland leaders applied for the program. The following 9 community leaders have been selected as mentors:

Ellen Boehm, Senior Vice President Innovation and Technology Strategy & Operations, Keyfactor

Shayla L Davis, State Representative, Ohio House of Representatives

Rita Dawson, Vice President, Cleveland Steel Tool Co

Kimberley Gillan-Shafron, Director of Communications and PR, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Carolyn Lekan, Vice President- Human Resources, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Melissa Neiberlein, Human Resources Director, Mars Electric

Mary Ripley, Assistant Marketing Director, NOPEC

Diana Starks, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Brian Thiry, Director, Entity Engagement, ReliabilityFirst

To learn more about Engage! Cleveland or new programs, jobs, and civic opportunities for young professionals in Cleveland, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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