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Mario Cannon, President@ulypgso.org  

Mario has been a member of Urban Young Professionals for 3 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 presidency. 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 Incorporate’s 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 has 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. He lives to help make lives better.


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Vice President & Treasurer:

Jessie Hill, treasurer@ulypgso.org

Jessica Hill is a grant management specialist, currently employed at the University of Cincinnati. Jessica’s experience as a grant management specialist includes the procurement of funds and management of projects for nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and federally funded grantees. Jessica is devoted to promoting health equity and education in underserved communities. Jessica is passionate about community service and seeks to empower and equip young leaders to affect positive change, especially in the area of STEM and the health professions.

Prior to returning to Ohio, Jessie was an active member in the New York Urban League Young Professionals, and local NYC community boards in the areas of youth, education, and health. Jessica joined the ULYP-GSO just one month after relocating to Cincinnati. After God and family, Jessie loves all things related to music, reading, travel, and food.

Jessica earned a Bachelor’s in Communications from Ohio University, a Master’s in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.

Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


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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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Jarvis Graham, secretarygc@ulypgso.org


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Membership Chairs:

Kirsten Van Kallen, membership@ulypgso.org

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Membership Chairs:

Breana Booker, membership@ulypgso.org

Breana is a Human Resources Professional currently employed as a Talent Acquisition Partner with First Financial Bank in Downtown Cincinnati. She provides recruiting and consultative support to the Retail banking centers within Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Breana was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She started her career working in Retail branches throughout Cincinnati with PNC Bank while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Northern Kentucky University. Upon graduating in December 2013 she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to further her work experience in the banking industry with PNC Bank. Shortly after relocating, she accepted a role within Human Resources in PNC Bank’s Recruiting Administration Center located in Columbus, Ohio. Human Resources became a passion for Breana during her senior year of undergrad as it aligned with her desire to help people and be within an industry that was a necessity and offers constant change. After a year and a half of exceptional performance, she was extended an opportunity to return to Cincinnati, Ohio and join First Financial Bank’s benefit’s team. Upon accepting the role Breana, was exposed to benefits administration and onboarding which highlighted her interest and entry into Talent Acquisition where she is today. During this time, Breana also received her Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Franklin University.
Breana is an innovative thinker, team player, and progressive leader with a desire to assist any and every individual she comes in contact with. Breana has been a member of ULYPGSO since 2017 and is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc

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Professional and Leadership Development Chair:

Carlton Collins, leadershipgc@ulypgso.org

Carlton Robert Collins is an author, entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, and writer with a decade of experience in education ranging from recruitment of minority educators nationwide, strategic development for clientele as well as college placement and career exploration for scholars throughout Greater Cincinnati and Metro Atlanta. Currently, Collins works for Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the largest youth service organization in the region, with the Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates program. He is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s in History with a concentration in Child Development. He is matriculating at University of Cincinnati in the Instructional Design and Technology Masters program. Collins is the proud father of one son, Elijah Mitchell, and committed husband to his wife and business partner Rosalyn. Their company, EDUC8theWORLD Ltd, was created to deliver innovative solutions and distinctive perspective to issues facing youth, young adults, and professionals in our society.

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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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Signature Events & Fundraising Chair:

Alex Morton-Green, fundraisinggc@ulypgso.org

Alex Morton-Green is a creative professional who has a strong passion for people and the arts. She brings 10 years of marketing, and event planning experience, specializing in corporate event creation and execution.  Alex started her career as a summer intern for Mayor Mark Mallory while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.  After graduation she worked as an Event & Fundraising Producer for the Daniel Drake Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and then transitioned into a marketing role with Macy’s, Inc.  Alex currently works for the Cincinnati Ballet.   

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Civic Engagement Chair:

Angelica Hardee, PhD., civicengagementgc@ulypgso.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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