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Board of Directors

 

Board of Directors

Scott Ellsworth

Board President

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Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting.  In this role he works with employers, community colleges, community based organizations, and other workforce organizations to more fully engage employers in developing effective programs.  It is no longer enough for employers to sit on the sidelines and hope that the workforce system will succeed at providing workers that meet their skill needs, instead they must play a key role in helping to make it successful.  In addition, he provides interim leadership and services to small and medium sized businesses whose owners are ready to transition to the next challenge in their lives.

Scott is the former Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU).  BLU is Washington DC based advocacy and education organization that strives to bring employers into the workforce and skills gap discussion.  BLU has had significant impact on the workforce landscape and in 2014 Scott left his successful career in manufacturing to focus on closing the skills gap and making sure the US workforce system is more effective today and into the future.

Prior to BLU, for 12 years Scott was GM and Vice President of US operations for Tipco Punch, Inc, a Hamilton Ohio company.  Tipco is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of tooling components and special small lot, close tolerance machined parts.

Scott holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and has over 25 years of experience at a variety of manufacturing firms both large and small.  His career began as an Advance Manufacturing Engineer at GE Appliances and progressed to include management positions at a variety of companies including Danaher Tool Group, Elliott Turbomachinery, Siemens Energy and Automation, and Danly IEM.  Having spent his entire career in manufacturing companies first as an engineer, then working through the supervisory ranks to his role at Tipco, Scott has a keen interest in keeping American manufacturing strong.

As a founding member and Chairman of the Southwest Ohio Manufacturers Consortium, Scott has been heavily involved in working with local manufacturers to develop a program to improve the quality of entry level employees in Southwest Ohio.  This partnership between local Southwest Ohio Manufacturers and Butler Tech was successful in providing a pool of qualified workers to member companies.  This work earned Tipco a 2009 Investing in People Award from the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio.  In addition, Scott is the past chairman of the Partners for a Competitive Workforce’s Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway team.

Over the years, Scott has shown leadership in and been very involved with the community through work, church, and the chamber of commerce.  As a past interim president, board chairman and 10 year board member of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation (and current interim President/CEO), he has a strong understanding of the needs of business.

Harold Brown

Board Member

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Harold Brown currently serves as Vice President of Community Strategies at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). In this role, Harold provides executive leadership and vision for GCF’s comprehensive array of grantmaking programs, including developing an in-depth strategy to advance its community leadership work. In addition, he partners with GCF donors to help fulfill their philanthropic goals by ensuring they are aware of our region’s greatest needs and opportunities.

For 16+ years prior to joining GCF, Harold served in a variety of leadership roles at KnowledgeWorks. In his most recent role of Senior Officer for the Advancement of Underserved Learners, Harold explored and developed opportunities for KnowledgeWorks to invest and partner in initiatives designed to dramatically improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth. His most recent initiative was a statewide effort to dismantle the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” and support quality educational options for youth who have not succeeded in traditional schools or who may be reentering their communities following incarceration.

An Oxford, Ohio native and graduate of Harvard University, Harold began his career as a Senior Researcher at WGBH Boston and also directed Multicultural Enrollment Services at Miami University.  Harold serves or has recently served on a number of national and local boards, including the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, GreenLight Cincinnati Advisory Board, National College Access Network Board, and the Cincinnati Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board.

Meka Pace

Board Member

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Meka Pace serves as the Superintendent of the Metro Schools Network, which includes Metro Early College High School, Metro Middle School, and the Metro Institute of Technology. Meka was part of Metro Early College’s founding group of teachers for the inaugural 2006-2007 school year.  First, she worked as the school’s intervention coordinator.  She also served as dean of students and assistant principal.  Meka seeks to ensure personalized, innovative educational opportunities for students, while leading teachers as they focus on rigorous, equitable education for all students.

Meka frequently consults with educators in Ohio and around the country. Her work in Ohio, Texas, and North Carolina includes coaching school teams to not only integrate Common Core state standards into the STEM and Early College setting, but also to coach other educators to step into the same role of trainer.  Prior to working at Metro, she worked in Columbus City Schools, where she helped create successful, high-achieving inclusion models in both an elementary and a middle school through designing appropriate interventions for students with special needs.  She has led the development of multi-age student groupings, block scheduling, standards-based teaching, and creative partnership opportunities in multiple educational contexts.

Meka earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University; her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Capella University and coursework to obtain her superintendent’s license from The Ohio State University.

Jorge Perez

Board Member

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Jorge Perez is the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.   His experience includes 22 years at YMCAs in Dallas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Southwest Illinois, and as Senior VP of Programs for YMCA of the USA.   He has served in multiple national/statewide roles including: YUSA Board member, Emerging Leaders Leadership Network (Executive Champion), Multicultural Leadership Development Institute (coach/speaker), and the Illinois State Alliance.

JP Schippert

Board Member

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JP Schippert is currently the Director of Operations – Internal Audit and Compliance for The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP.edu). He has worked in post-secondary education for over 10 years in various operational and audit/compliance roles. He brings a broad prospective of both on-campus and online modalities in delivering educational content to at-risk adults in career-oriented programs.

JP is passionate about the ability for non-traditional education models to reach students where they are in their life path, and allow students to consume education at a pace and delivery method that supports their success.

He earned his B.S. in Accounting and, subsequently, his Ohio CPA license and has also had extensive experience in small business and non-profit management. He brings his understanding of finance and accounting coupled with his passion and knowledge of blended educational models to AchievePoint Career Academy as a board member.

JP is excited to be a founding board member and is committed to provide board oversight to assure that the Academies achieve high student outcomes and provide a supportive and motivating environment for all enrolled students.

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