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January 5, 2022

Engage! launches third women’s cohort and first co-ed cohort


Engage! Cleveland launches the third cohort of the women’s mentorship program and the first co-ed cohort with 36 mentees and 10 mentors

CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 5, 2022 — Engage! Cleveland, a community engagement organization focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining talent to the region, has announced the 36 individuals selected for the third cohort of its Women’s Mentorship Program and the first cohort of its Co-ed Mentorship Program. After receiving feedback from the program’s previous mentees, the young professional community, and Engage! Cleveland’s Leadership Council, Engage! Cleveland expanded the program to include both a Women’s Cohort and Co-ed Cohort option. The six-month program will commence in mid-January 2022, matching 36 Greater Cleveland young professionals with 10 successful community leaders.

“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 49 Greater Cleveland young professionals applied for the program. The following 36 individuals have been selected:

Amber Andrews, Donor Stewardship and Events Manager, John Carroll University

Adrian Belli, Clinical Support Engineer, MIM Software

Samantha Benedict, Project Manager, Retail, Oatey

Venechia Berry, Human Resource Manager, ScottCare Corp

Tyisha Blade, Producer, Gray Media Group

Jessica Bresnahan, Digital Marketing Specialist, National Safety Apparel

Renee Copsey, Executive Administrator, Boyd Watterson Asset Management, LLC

Dani Elliott, Program Director, Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio

Bailey Fischer, Manager, Training, Fund that Flip

Daniela Goncalves, Integrated Marketing Manager, Enverus

Sophie Hall, Talent Management Specialist (Diversity & Engagement), Swagelok

Ashley Hess, Customer Service Team Lead – NM, MIM Software, Inc.

Lacey Hood, Physician Assistant, Cleveland Clinic

Courtney Hutchinson, Community Arts Program Coordinator, MetroHealth

Xzya Jordan, Compliance Analyst, Elixir Solution

Emily Martin, Manager, Underwriting, Fund that Flip

Walker Blue Miller, Event Coordinator, Fund that Flip

Abby McNutt, Manager, Recruiting, Fund that Flip

Sonya Nudel, Senior Manager, Federal and Business Operations, Park Place Technologies

Madison Papell, Business Manager, Shaker Rocks

Lindsey Powers, Manager of Membership Recruitment, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Kayla Pretzer, Account Executive, Dix & Eaton

Jill Ross, Manager, Events, Fund that Flip

Carli Rubery, Clinical Support Engineer, MIM Software

Katie Scherry, Marketing & Communications Associate, Recovery Resources

Valerie Schmidt, Accounts Payable/Treasury Analyst II, Vestolit

Valerie Schnek, Sr. Trade Compliance Analyst, Lincoln Electric

Madison Simpkins, Media Buyer/ Planner, CMT Consulting Ltd.

Sofia Stamaton, Corporate Event Planner, Fund that Flip

Celia Stonko, StaffMatrix Program Manager, Staffing Solutions Enterprises

Melissa Vargo, Clinical Research Project Manager, University Hospitals of Cleveland

Crystal Watkins, Assistant Vice President – Branch Manager, Beal Bank

Carleton Whitemore, Business Development Manager, MIM Software

Jessica Whittaker, Director of Visitor Services, Cleveland Museum of Art

Ray Yambor, People Operations, Recruiter, Fund that Flip

Johnna Zaccari, Marketing Administrator, Sherwin- Williams

A total of 20 Greater Cleveland leaders applied for the program. The following 10 community leaders have been selected as mentors:

Jennifer Chung, IT Service Operations Lead, Vitamix

Matthew Fieldman, Executive Director, America Works

Steve Fritsch, Vice President, Marketing & Engagement, Team NEO

Jane Haag, Partner, CircleKey, LLC

Patti Isom, HR Business Partner, Veritas Prime

Laura McCann, Human Resource Director, Materion Corporation

Becky Morgan, President, Fulcrum Consulting Works Inc

Carol Treska, Partner, Pease CPAs

Lindsay Walker Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association

Kerri Yarbrough, Human Resources Consultant, The Aura Initiative

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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About Engage! Cleveland
Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations, and events. You can learn more at

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