MIKE MOROSKI | Executive Director
Mike Moroski served at Moeller High School for 10 years & in that time was a classroom teacher, service learning coordinator, and House Dean. Concurrently, he ran a nonprofit, Choices Cafe, in Over-the-Rhine that sought to bridge the gap between those with means & those without. Mike finished his time in secondary education by holding the position of Assistant Principal/Dean of Student Life at Purcell Marian High School.
Mike earned his B.A. & M.A. in English from Xavier University, and his M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Mike is a trustee on the Southwestern Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (serving on the Youth Employment subcommittee), and a member of the City of Cincinnati’s Human Services Advisory Committee (serving on the Homelessness subcommittee). Additionally, Mike serves as Trustee on the board of Invest in Neighborhoods, the Sedamsville Community Development Corporation, and the Mayor's Hand Up Steering Committee. Previously, Mike served as board chair at WordPlay, Micah’s House, Choices Cafe, and as Trustee at the Drop Inn Center homeless shelter, WCPO Community Advisory Board, and Preschool Promise Community Engagement Committee.
RENEE BERLON | Development Director
A graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.A. in International Studies/Human Rights, Renee has experience working for local, state-wide, and international nonprofit advocacy groups. Most recently, Renee served as the Senior Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for Cooperative for Education, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education in Guatemala. In addition, Renee's professional career has included community organizing with Ohioans to Stop Executions, leading delegations for CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador), and advocating for tenants and homeowners at the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit. In her free time, Renee enjoys serving the local community by volunteering as the President of the Friends of Findlay Market, as a girls fast-pitch softball coach through the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy, and with St. Vincent de Paul of Cincinnati.
ALEX KUHNS | Program Director
Alex Kuhns brings years of experience to UpSpring as he was the Education Specialist & Therapist at Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center, a teacher at the Boys & Girls Club, a Professor at Cincinnati State, a soccer coach at Academy of World Languages, past President of the Cincinnati Public School Board, and a member of the Northside Community Council. Alex has earned his A.A.S. In Early Childhood Ed (and was certified to teach Preschool), a B.S. in Integrated Social Studies Education (Adolescent to Young Adult), and an M.Ed in Mental Health Counseling & Human Development.
LILY RAPHAEL | Program Manager
Lily received her B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2012. In Ecuador, she led a community agriculture project and performed research on cultural preservation and youth entrepreneurship initiatives while volunteering and studying abroad, and later worked as Regional Coordinator for Community Enterprise Solutions on social innovation and women’s economic empowerment programs in rural communities. Lily also worked in Montreal as a Document Specialist at the Law Firm of Campbell Cohen, as well as in business development and research with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade. Since 2006, she has been involved with the True Body Project, co-leading trauma-informed, social-emotional workshops for girls in schools and community centers across Cincinnati. She is also a part of City Silence, hosting gatherings and promoting outreach to create a culture of mindfulness and silence in Cincinnati and elsewhere.
LENICE WILLIAMS | Program Coordinator
Lenice received a BA in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. A former employee of Cincinnati Public Schools, she served as an Instructional Assistant at Fairview-Clifton German Language School and as a Senior Support Specialist at James N. Gamble Montessori High School. After leaving the Quality Control Division at Univar, she earned her Child Development Associate from the Council of Professional Recognition. She applied this knowledge to develop and managed her own in-home Child Care Center that worked in conjunction with the Arlitt Center for Education, Research & Sustainability. Lenice sat on Arlitt’s Parent Policy Committee and represented the Community Action Agency’s Parent Policy Council. She currently serves on committees at Bethel #2: Children’s Ministry, Shepherd Keepers and Soup Kitchen and as their Board’s Secretary.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES & AMBASSADORS
Pete Daugherty, Real Estate Professional
Cory Curry, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Kara Dadosky, Barnes Dennig
Wendy Ungard, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Courtney Barlow-Schulte, Cincinnati Art Museum
Tammy Cahill, SpiceFire
Sara-Kate DeBord, Paycor
Rebecca Riegelsberger, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Seth Walsh, Cincinnati CDC Association
Denise Weinstein, Envoi Design