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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.
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Harold Brown currently serves as Vice President for Strategy and Policy at Interact for Health. The mission of Interact for Health is to improve the health of all people in our 22-county region through grants, education, research, policy and engagement. In his role, Harold will guide implementation of Interact’s strategic plan and supporting policy work, which currently focuses its efforts on reducing tobacco use, addressing the opioid epidemic, and improving children’s access to healthcare through school-based health centers.
Prior to joining Interact for Health, Harold served as Vice President of Community Strategies at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). In that role, Harold provided 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 partnered 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 (“alternative education”) 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 on a number of local boards, including the Mt. St. Joseph University Board of Trustees, Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees, GreenLight Cincinnati Advisory Board, and the St. Xavier High School Mission Promotion Committee.
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Christy Earls is currently the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Amstan Logistics, a division of American Standard. She has worked directly with post-secondary education for 10 years in various student services roles prior to her current role. She brings workforce development knowledge as well as the desire for changing lives through education.
Christy is passionate about creating opportunities for non-traditional students and providing hope, direction and enthusiasm about career and workforce development.
She earned her BA in Public Relations. In addition to being a board member, she is also a committee member of Supply Chain OKI, Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tri-State Logistics Counsel. She also partners with Ohio Means Jobs and the Veterans Alliance to promote workforce development in the tri-state area.
Dr. Maria Espinola
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Maria Espinola, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Espinola was born in Argentina. Her childhood experiences sparked an interest in human rights issues, which set the course for her career. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her pre-doctoral fellowship in multicultural psychology at Boston University Medical Center, and her post-doctoral fellowship in trauma psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Espinola’s current projects focus on providing services to marginalized adults and children in Cincinnati and promoting equity at the state and national level. One of her projects include a collaborative program with Hamilton County’s CHANGE Court, a specialized docket created by Judge Heather Russell for women with histories of human trafficking and drug addiction. In order to serve marginalized youth, Dr. Espinola established the African American Youth Wellness Fund, which focuses on reducing mental health and economic disparities among African American adolescents in Cincinnati. Dr. Espinola has also been serving as a faculty advisor for a group of over 40 medical students since 2016 and actively worked with them to establish the UC Student Run Free Clinic. The UC Student Run Free Clinic opened its doors in July 2019 to serve uninsured and underinsured people in Cincinnati, particularly Latinos.
Dr. Espinola received over 20 honors and awards for leadership, diversity initiatives, community impact, academic achievements, and outstanding performance. These awards include the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40” Award, which honors young professionals who have reached major milestones in their careers and made significant contributions to the Cincinnati community.
Dr. Espinola currently serves as Chair of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Diversity Committee, as a member of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Board of Directors, and as Liaison for the American Psychological Association Presidential Initiative on Deep Poverty.
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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.