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January 10, 2023

Engage! Cleveland re-launches esteemed mentorship program with brand new schedule!



Engage! Cleveland re-launches esteemed mentorship program with brand new schedule


CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 10, 2024 — Engage! Cleveland, a community engagement organization focused on attracting, engaging, and retaining talent to the Greater Cleveland region, has announced the 22 individuals selected for the seventh cohort of its Women’s Mentorship Program and the fifth cohort of its Co-ed Mentorship Program. After receiving feedback from the program’s previous mentees, the emerging professional community, and Engage! Cleveland’s Leadership Council, Engage! Cleveland expanded the program to run for an additional two months to create an even more comprehensive and value-packed 8-month experience.  The program will commence in mid-January 2024, matching 22 Greater Cleveland professionals with 5 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 46 Greater Cleveland young professionals applied for the program. The following 22 individuals have been selected:

  • Jenna Bird, Associate Attorney, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP
  • Gabrielle Daetwyler, Tax Staff, Marcum LLC
  • Sydnie Echols, Operations Manager, Birthing Beautiful Communities
  • Lauren Golick, Assistant Controller, First Mutual Holding Company 
  • Ankit Gongale, MBA Student, Case Western Reserve University
  • Adam Grant, Senior Assurance Associate, Marcum LLP
  • Emily Hofsess, Talent Acquisition Manager, Jergens
  • Daijha Johnson, Senior Account Executive, Dix & Eaton 
  • Trisha Kisinger, Growth Marketing Manager, Aztek
  • Lindsey Lott, Development Coordinator, Birthing Beautiful Communities
  • Lila Kratsas, Marketing Specialist, TruWest Holdings
  • Themelina Malysa, Senior Clinical Support Engineer, MIM Software
  • Jessica Manley, Fund Development Coordinator, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
  • Anastasia Maikranz, Director of Digital Marketing Strategy, Aztek Consulting
  • Julia McNamara, Graduate Assistant, Boler College of Business, John Carroll University
  • Ashley Mennow, Clinical Science Engineer Team Manager, MIM Software
  • Olivia Palcisko, Talent Acquisition Partner,  The NRP Group 
  • Devina Patel, Attorney, TAFT Stettinius & Hollister
  • Connor Sweeney, Client Engagement Specialist, Staffing Solutions Enterprises
  • Nicole Townsel, BIPOC Program Fellow, Oberlin College & Conservatory
  • Madison Vidovich, Naturopathic Doctor and Chiropractor, Great Lakes Health and Wellness
  • Hannah Xu, Non-Profit Professional 

We are excited to announce that the following 5 community leaders in the Greater Cleveland Area have been selected as mentors:

  • Leslie Dorsey, Human Resources Director, Oatey Co. 
  • Jill Fowler, Founder & CEO, Songbird Leadership  
  • Felicia Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, DS Architecture, LLC 
  • Garet Libbey, Leadership Development Coach and Consultant, Garet Libbey Consulting, LLC
  • Sean O’Neill, HR Business Partner, GNCO Inc.


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, TikTok 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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