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Mario Cannon, President@ulypgso.org

Mario has been a member of Urban League Young Professionals for 4 years. During that time he has spent 2 years as the vice president and one as the community involvement chair, as well as chaired the professional leadership development committee during part of his time as vice president. He is an active board member and sitting community outreach chair of the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games. He is also, a past vice president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated Cincinnati Alumni Chapter.

Mario is a proud native of Cleveland, OH, who has a master’s degree in sociology and bachelors’ degrees in psychology and journalism from the University of Cincinnati. He spent 4 years working with hundreds of families all over the region to gain access to community resources/services, acquire jobs and job skills, admission into college, and successfully out of the justice system. Currently, he works as the business developer for Lithko Restoration Technologies.

He lives to help build dreams and make lives better.

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Vice President:

Angelica Hardee, Ph.Dvpgc@ulpgso.org

Dr. Angelica Hardee is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Cincinnati in 2009 to start her educational journey at the University of Cincinnati (UC). There Dr. Hardee completed her bachelors, masters and doctorate focused in public health, health policy and global health systems. During her time at UC she had the opportunity to focus her efforts in global health while traveling to Belize, Ghana and China. Dr. Hardee’s domestic and international opportunities lead her to her career in serving her community through public health. Currently, she is Senior Manager part of the Gen-H (The Health Generation) team at The Health Collaborative where she leads the Regional Community Health Needs Assessment which includes thirty-five hospitals within a twenty-five-county region including Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. In addition, she assists in implementing the national demonstration model across eight counties in Southwest Ohio connecting healthcare and social services resources. Dr. Hardee is dedicated to addressing health-related social needs in the community. Lastly, Dr. Hardee is a passionate community health and policy advocate involved in mentoring youth at local schools.


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Director of Policy and Procedure:

Kirsten Van Kallen, policy@ulypgso.org

Kirsten L. Van Kallen is a Speech-Language Pathologist with Cincinnati Public Schools where she currently works with high school students to improve their communication skills in order to be effective communicators in the academic setting and their community. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA; Kirsten received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge.  She went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. 

Kirsten is a progressive leader with a desire to provide mentorship and volunteer withincommunities. In her free time, Kirsten loves to travel and advocate for lupus awareness by writing for her personal blog. Although new to the Cincinnati area, Kirsten has already developed a love for the city. She garners a passion for the advancement of all residents within Cincinnati metro region, especially those individuals that are often forgotten.

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Treasurer and Fundraising Chair:

Morgan Morris, fundraisinggc@ulypgso.org

A native of Westampton, New Jersey, Morgan Morris is a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Sport Management. Morgan was a 4-year member of the gymnastics team that won the 2009 SEC championship. She was also a three-year team captain, eight-time NCAA All-American and a 2007 NCAA National Floor Exercise Champion.

Currently, Morgan works in athletics development at the University of Cincinnati. There she solicits support toward scholarships for student-athletes, capital projects and other athletics priorities. She has also spent time in various roles at Alabama, University of Central Florida, Oregon State and the University of Nevada, Reno. Morgan is passionate about mentoring and developing young people by helping them realize their potential outside of competition and beyond graduation. She strives to make an impact in her community by being a servant leader and using her strengths to help anywhere and anyone she can.

She and her husband, Tim, reside in Northern Kentucky with their twins, Ryan (daughter) and Simeon (son). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, traveling, and shopping.

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Director of Marketing and Communications:

Jarvis Graham, directormarketing@ulypgso.org

Jarvis Graham is a 2009 Graduate from Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Social Administration at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University

Currently Ms. Graham is a Case Manager at NECCO where she is responsible for analyzing, assisting, motivating, and coordinating various services for young women in the agency’s independent living program. She also does contracted work as a Social Media Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys reading African American fiction novels and volunteering for places like Dress for Success and Ronald McDonald House Charities Cincinnati.

Ms. Graham has been a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio for 4 years. Ms. Graham is an active Member at Legacy Pointe Church where she serves as the Director of Special Projects and Social Media Ministry. She also serves as the Community representative on the LSDMC at Silverton Paideia Elementary School.

Ms. Graham is passionate about her family and enjoys being an Aunt. As a friend, she enjoys cooking for dinner parties and hosting her yearly holiday gathering. As a ministry leader, she loves to offer help wherever it is needed. And as an African American Woman she believes that empowerment is necessary for upward mobility.

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Ashley Kirkpatrick, secretarygc@ulypgso.org

Ashley Kirkpatrick is a recent graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Michigan State University. After graduation, Ashley served as an Indiana AIDS United AmeriCorps Volunteer while earning her Master’s in Public Health.

Ashley’s diverse background with a focus on community development has led her to a number of volunteer and community leadership opportunities. She served as a youth mentor, an English tutor for refugees, and organized a rural women’s campaign in Cape Town, South Africa. Ashley is excited to join the movement with the Urban League Young Professionals and is currently serving as secretary.

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Civic Engagement Chair:

Jullian Jones, civicengagementgc@ulypgso.org

Jullian Jones is currently the Director of King Academy Community School in downtown Cincinnati. He received his Bachelors Degree from Central state university in 2012 and later went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Law in 2016. He plans to run for State Representative of Cincinnati’s district 32 in 2020. He also has plans of eventually opening his criminal defense law firm and becoming the president of Central State University.

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Community Chair:

Ronnie Jefferson, communitygc@ulypgso.org

Striving for growth, and eager for change, Ronnie Jefferson comes with a vigorous desire to advocate for a better community to advance the youth as it pertains to unity, economic, and self-empowerment. A Cincinnati native raised in Avondale, Ronnie has always maintained a passion for different styles of writing throughout her life, and plans to utilize them at best during her tenure at the Urban League. During high school, she developed a fascination for event planning and tourism, and obtained a B.S. in Hospitality Management from the University of Cincinnati. She has gained 7 years of experience in the industry and currently serves on the Sales Team at the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Membership Co-Chair:

Devoe Sherman, membership@ulypgso.org

Devoe Sherman, known as The Electrified Speaker, is one of Cincinnati’s Premier Millennial Entrepreneurs and a true “Poverty to Success” story. De’Voe has built his career in a variety of roles and industries; mostly in small companies where he is the gatekeeper, business consultant, blogger, and community organizer.  In his 24 years of life, he has experienced many heartbreaks and joys and has learned what it takes to hustle through tumultuous storms. He is a thriving businessman who believes in elevating success and making a positive impact in the community. 
He is a modern-day serial entrepreneur who operates two business ventures. De’Voe is the educational director for First Generation Leaders of America, FGLA, as he has a dream to see young men and women succeed.

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Membership Co-Chair:

Stacey Hogan, membership@ulypgso.org

Stacey Hogan is a native of South Bend, Indiana and moved to Cincinnati in 2016 to begin her career. Stacey received Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Florida A&M University. She is currently pursuing her MBA with a focus in healthcare administration. She is currently employed as an Underwriter at Anthem. Stacey became active in ULYPGSO to connect with other like-minded young professionals in the area. She is currently serving as the membership chair for the organization.

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Professional and Leadership Development/ Webmaster Chair:

Chantel Buchanan, leadershipgc@ulypgso.org

Chantel Buchanan is a claims adjuster with Liberty Mutual but has many skills and passions that lie outside of her current job field. Besides Ohio and Kentucky, she has lived in two other states, Virginia, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, from Hampton University, and in Charlotte, North Carolina. In Charlotte, she spent 10 years in Education; eight as an instructor and two as a career advisor; Chantel holds a certification in Marking Education and in Career Development Coordinating. She is passionate about helping others see their potential and loves sharing the knowledge she’s learned to those around her.

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