On the staff of The Center for Community Solutions since 1985, Joe Ahern has almost 30 years’ experience in survey research and data analysis. He has acquired extensive knowledge of U.S. Census, vital statistics, and other community data resources. In carrying out his analyses, Mr. Ahern draws on his expertise in using SAS, SPSS, and SUDAAN statistical software and ArcGIS geographic information systems software. Using these software packages, Mr. Ahern has analyzed data from the 1998, 2004, and 2008 Ohio Family Health Surveys and the 2001 Cuyahoga Family Health Survey. He was lead analyst for a report on racial and ethnic disparities using the 2008 data. In 2011 and again in 2014, he contributed to the Northeast Ohio Regional Impact and Outcomes (NEORIO) reports. Mr. Ahern’s other recent Community Solutions projects include a demographic profile of Lakewood, Ohio (2012); a needs assessment for the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board (2011); and Workforce Development Indicators (2008). Mr. Ahern also provides technical and data analysis support for other CCS research and policy projects. In 2011, the National Association of Planning Councils selected Mr. Ahern for the Judith Rothbaum Award honoring excellence in using social indicators for community action. Mr. Ahern holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cleveland State University.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 406
Loren C. Anthes, MBA
Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center
Loren Anthes joined The Center for Community Solutions in March, 2016, in the position of Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center. Loren has significant public and private experience, and has worked extensively with the legislative and executive branches of state, federal, and local government. Loren comes to CCS from The MetroHealth System, where he served as manager, State and Local Government Relations. He previously worked for The Centers for Families and Children, the Ohio House of Representatives, and the Ohio Medicaid program. He is co-chair of the Northeast Ohio Health Advancement Coalition, which focuses on Medicaid expansion advocacy in Ohio. Loren has a B.A. from Ohio University and a Health Care Masters of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. He has participated in a number of state and local associations and initiatives.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 102
Rosie Black joined The Center for Community Solutions in 1979 as a receptionist. During the past 30-plus years, she has moved through the ranks of the Support Team and attained her current position as staff accountant. She is working toward a degree in accounting. One of Ms. Black’s key interests is working with children and youth, and she fulfills this personal mission through active participation in faith-based ministries.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 555
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy | Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow
Tara Britton joined The Center for Community Solutions in October, 2010, and currently serves as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow. Her main areas of policy research and analysis are health care and reform, mental health and addiction, HIV/AIDS, Ohio Works First, and the budget and legislative processes at the state and federal levels. Located in the Community Solutions’ Columbus office, Ms. Britton serves as an author of CCS reports, including State Budgeting Matters and the By the Numbers series, on a variety of health and human service topics and engages with advocates on issues ranging from mental health to HIV/AIDS. Britton serves as vice chair of the Health Impact Council of the United Way of Central Ohio and on the board of the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Tara was an assistant for three years at a Columbus consulting firm, with a focus on the state legislative process. In that role, she tracked legislation and provided reports on hearings in the Ohio House and Senate. Ms. Britton obtained a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from The Ohio State University.
Phone: (614) 221-4945
Associate Director | Senior Fellow / Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research
Emily Campbell joined The Center for Community Solutions in May, 2007. As Director of the Applied Research Team, she guides staff members who examine a variety of health, social, and economic conditions. Her research and analysis includes work on poverty, public and private funding of health and social services, and budget and fiscal issues. She has consulted with numerous nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies to provide data and public policy decision support. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Ms. Campbell served as Special Projects Coordinator for a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania. She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University where she majored in Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management and received a Master of Arts in Political Science. She currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of The Literacy Cooperative, and is an active member of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Board. Ms. Campbell was recently recognized by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club as one of Northeast Ohio’s top “Movers and Shakers” under age 35.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 357
John R. Corlett
President and Executive Director
The Board of Directors and staff of The Center for Community Solutions welcomed John R. Corlett as President & Executive Director, effective December 15, 2014. Corlett’s career has included leadership roles in both the public and private sectors in Ohio. For the past four years, he has served as vice president for government relations and community affairs at The MetroHealth System. Prior to that, he served as Ohio’s State Medicaid Director managing a $12 billion annual program that provided health care coverage for over 2 million Ohioans. Before going to state government, Corlett served as policy director for The Center for Community Solutions. His career has also included leadership roles in community organizations focused on families, children, behavioral health, and women’s health. He serves on a number of community boards including The Saint Luke’s Foundation, The Centers for Families and Children, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, The Center for Health Affairs, and The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. He has been the recipient of many awards in Ohio, such as Community Partner of the Year (Care Alliance, 2014), Leadership Through Advocacy Award (Ohio Hospital Association, 2013), City of Cleveland LGBT Legacy Award for Healthcare (2011), Child Advocate of the Year (Public Children’s Services Association of Ohio, 2007), Friend of Public Education Award (Ohio Federation of Teachers, 2005), and Advocate of the Year (Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 2003). Corlett graduated with honors with a Bachelors Degree of Specialized Studies from Ohio University. Upon graduation, he was selected as one of OU’s four outstanding senior leaders. Corlett is a Cleveland resident.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 420
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 440
Director, AIDS Funding Collaborative | Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning
Melissa joined the The Center for Community Solutions in 2008 and serves as the Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning and Director of the AIDS Funding Collaborative. Melissa began her career as an HIV research associate at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Before relocating to Cleveland, Melissa trained with the Maryland State Department of Health WIC program and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Reproductive Health Division, in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Melissa served as a Health Promotion Consultant at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield where she implemented health promotion programs for the Northeast Ohio Medicaid population. Melissa holds a bachelors degree from Colby College (1999) and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (2005).
Roslyn Bucy Kaleal
Roslyn Bucy Kaleal (formerly, Miller) joined The Center for Community Solutions in 1978. She has had a variety of responsibilities and currently serves as Office Administrator. In this position, she oversees CCS's human resources program, works closely with the Board of Directors, serves on the Communications team, and manages the office and specific areas of donor relations. Previously, Roz served as director of community affairs, the organization’s external affairs program, including communications, event management, and media relations. Ms. Kaleal has extensive experience in conference management, including over 25 years as manager of Community Solution’s annual Human Services Institute, the longest-running annual gathering regarding human services in Northeast Ohio. She has spoken to community groups and consulted privately on the topics of conference management, media relations, and branding. For the past few years, Ms. Kaleal also served as communications consultant to the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. She is a graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program of Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University, and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 511
Sheila Lettsome (formerly, James) joined Community Solutions in 2005 and has served in various roles. She was hired as an administrative assistant, and her title was changed to Executive Assistant in 2010. She provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, Council for Older Persons (COOP), Finance, and the Board of Directors. She has a wide range of duties that include organizing and scheduling meetings, handling meeting logistics, processing accounts payables and receivables, coordinating Board and Committee meetings, taking official Board minutes and maintaining board records. Sheila earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College in 1999. She has previous experience as an office manager and an interior designer. She has worked in architectural and interior design, creating environmental solutions for retail clients. She has done extensive research in ergonomics and space solutions to create environments that are both functional and efficient. Her diverse background and experience allows her to utilize both creativity and organization skills in her role at Community Solutions.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 421
Public Policy Associate
Brie Lusheck joined The Center for Community Solutions in August, 2016 and currently serves as Public Policy Associate on the Public Policy Team. Prior to joining The Center for Community Solutions Ms. Lusheck was Legislative Liaison at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. It is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence, and they also make determinations on Social Security disability. Previously she was a legislative aide for State Representative Timothy Derickson and served as the committee clerk for the Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee. While serving as Fellow in the Ohio Legislative Services Commission she worked in the majority leadership office for former State Representative Barbara Sears and State Representative Cheryl Grossman. Brie graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Ashland University and also participated in an international political studies program at Anglo American University in the Czech Republic. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, and Denison Depot.
Phone: (614) 221-4945 Ext. 2
Program Coordinator, AIDS Funding Collaborative
Lindsay joined the Family Health Team at The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) in April, 2012. Lindsay is the Program Coordinator for the AIDS Funding Collaborative. The AFC, housed at Community Solutions since 2005, is a public/private partnership that strengthens the community’s response to HIV/AIDS by providing coordination, leadership, and funding in Greater Cleveland. Lindsay is responsible for the AFC’s discretionary grantmaking, community initiatives, and the AIDS United AmeriCorps program. Lindsay began her career in high school as a File Clerk and Peer Educator at Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland. Before returning to Cleveland, Lindsay interned with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Prior to joining Community Solutions, Lindsay served as a Youth Initiatives Coordinator where she implemented comprehensive sexuality education and youth advocacy programming across Northeast Ohio with Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio. Lindsay holds bachelors (2005) and masters (2006) degrees from Indiana University – Bloomington in Applied Health Science.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 413
Health Associate | Coordinator, Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health and Advocates for Youth Program
Shaina Munoz joined the Health Team at The Center for Community Solutions in April, 2015. She is a Health Associate and coordinates The Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health and the Advocates for Youth Program.* Prior to joining Community Solutions, she was a patient advocate at Preterm, where she provided counseling and patient support to women seeking abortion services. Ms. Munoz began her career in advocacy in high school, where she created and co-taught a diversity course for her school. She facilitated sexual health education workshops on campus during her undergraduate studies and has held graduate internships with The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Witness/Victim Service Center, and Neighborhood Connections. Ms. Munoz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and African-American Studies from Mount Holyoke College (2010), a Master of Science in Social Administration with a concentration in Community Practice for Social Change, and a Master in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University (2014).
*The Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health formed in 2005 to unite local organizations committed to comprehensive sexual health education and provide support for local and state policies and programs promoting comprehensive sexuality education. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 423
Applied Research Fellow
Emily Muttillo joined the Center for Community Solutions in September, 2016 in the position of Applied Research fellow. Emily has experience working in the public and nonprofit sector, where she most recently worked as the Project Coordinator on the Age Friendly Cleveland initiative, a part of both the World Health Organization and AARP’s network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Emily also managed the Access Your Benefits and Economic Security Project of the city's Aging and Disability Resource Center. Through this work, she assisted older adults obtain financial stability by enrolling in assistance programs and gaining access to budgeting tools. She previously worked for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Emily attended John Carroll University for undergraduate studies and Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs where she received a Masters of Public Administration.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 217
William Tarter, Jr.
Policy Planning Associate and Community Advocacy
William Tarter, Jr. (Will) serves as the Policy Planning Associate & Community Advocacy for the Center for Community Solutions. Most recently, he was the Community Engagement Specialist for OneCommunity, a technology company that owns and maintains a regional fiber optic network across Northeast Ohio. Previously, he served as the Manager of Business Research and Community for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. He also worked as the Voter Education and Outreach Specialist for the Office of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Will has been involved in several successful community organizing entities. He is the founder and Past President of a non-partisan civic education and advocacy organization, the Cleveland Young Professional Senate. He is also a founding Board Member of the umbrella organization for the young professional community, Engage Cleveland. He also is active in Toastmasters International. He is certified at the “Competent Communicator” level and has served in leadership as a past Area Governor, as a well as a District Champion and two-time Division Champion in Speech Evaluation. Recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 Under 40,” he was also recognized by Cleveland Business Connects Magazine as the “Networking Star of the Year.” Will is a Fellow in the Legislative Service Commission of the Ohio General Assembly, a Fellow in the Center for Progressive Leadership and a Leaders and Scholars Appointee for Opportunity Nation. Will serves on the City of Cleveland Division of Police Body Worn Camera Policy Committee. He is also a member of the NAACP, volunteers for Youth Opportunity Unlimited and is on the web team for his church. Will also was the youngest member appointed by County Executive Ed FitzGerald to serve on the inaugural Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission. Will graduated cum laude with a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Communication degree from Ohio University. Will is married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, and has one child, Abigail.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 311
Eboney Thornton joined The Center for Community Solutions as a data entry consultant in 2004, becoming a full-time staff member in 2005. Presently, she coordinates the external communications needs of the organization. Ms. Thornton attended Chatham College in Pittsburg, PA from 2001-2002, with a concentration in Political Science. After a year, she returned to Cleveland to join the AmeriCorps program City Year. Ms. Thornton was with City Year for two years, 2002-2004, serving the Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County areas through Domestic Violence Curriculum, one-on-one tutoring, creating and sustaining after-school programs, and community service projects for members, volunteers, and key community stakeholders. Currently, Ms. Thornton is working towards her Associates in Business Administration at Cuyahoga Community College. In 2007, Ms. Thornton published her first fictional novel, Tolen.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 502
Policy and Planning Associate
Kate Warren joined The Center for Community Solutions in May, 2014 as a Research Assistant, and now serves as a Policy and Planning Associate. She works with the Research team on applied research, analysis, mapping, and data visualization. She has worked on the Age Friendly Cleveland Initiative, capacity building for the social services system in Geauga County, creating resources such as fact sheets and county profiles, along with a variety of other projects. Before coming to Community Solutions, Kate’s experience included outcomes measurement and direct service work with Cleveland’s homeless population at The City Mission, academic research at Cleveland State University, and marketing work. She volunteers as a mentor for teens in the Clark-Fulton and Tremont neighborhoods of Cleveland. Kate holds a Master of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Urban Economic Development (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Religious Studies (2010), all from Cleveland State University.
Phone: (216) 781-2944 Ext. 105