Analyzing data to solve social issues, making data accessible to everyone, being a part of solutions that address the region’s greatest challenges.
These are just a few of the reasons our four esteemed new board members, Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, Kevin McDaniel, Heather Stoll and Tracy Strobel, said they wanted to join Community Solutions’ Board of Directors.
Dr. Nazleen Bharmal
“Given my current position and prior work, I wanted to be part of an organization that is helping to inform community health in Northeast Ohio,” said Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, the Medical Director of Community Partnerships at Cleveland Clinic Community Care. Bharmal graduated from Brown University before heading to Harvard Medical school and then later gaining a PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She told Community Solutions that she wants to be a part of our mission because Community Solutions is an important organization to bring together “evidence-based policy, research and public health practice.”
I also believe that this organization takes data that may seem intimidating and makes it accessible to all, and as a person whose job is sharing information with neighborhood residents that is extremely important to me.
Kevin McDaniel joins our board after a long career working with various nonprofits in Greater Cleveland, including the Cleveland Foundation and United Way of Greater Cleveland. McDaniel is currently the Executive Director at the Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
He told Community Solutions he wanted to join our board because he has seen our work “leveraged into sound decision-making which affects lives. I also believe that this organization takes data that may seem intimidating and makes it accessible to all, and as a person whose job is sharing information with neighborhood residents that is extremely important to me.”
He said as a board member he hopes to use his position to amplify the voice of residents and is also excited to help share our work in a way that benefits all communities. He has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Heather Stoll has been familiar with The Center for Community Solutions’ work for decades.
Heather Stoll has been familiar with The Center for Community Solutions’ work for decades. Her mother volunteered for Community Solutions (then known as the Federation for Community Planning) in the 1980s, and ever since then she said she has known and respected our mission and thinks of Community Solutions as an invaluable resource.
Stoll is the Vice President of External Affairs at Sisters of Charity Health System, a position she has held for more than 15 years. In this role, and others, she has partnered with Community Solutions for years, telling us that she wanted to join our board because she believes we “provide valuable information to our community leaders to ensure our public policies best serve all members of our community.”
The organization combines two of my professional passions, analyzing data and helping to solve social issues.
“The organization combines two of my professional passions, analyzing data and helping to solve social issues,” said Tracey Strobel, the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. For more than 14 years Strobel has worked for the library system, first as the deputy director and now as the executive director.
She told Community Solutions that she has always believed “you can either be part of the problem or part of the solution – [Community Solutions] is indisputably a big part of solutions that address some of our region’s greatest challenges.”
Strobel has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kent State University and a master’s of Library Sciences from SUNY Albany. She is also the director-at-large of the Public Library Association. She told Community Solutions she looks forward to bringing a new perspective and creative ideas to the board and plans to be an “advocate and a connector” so Community Solutions’ research has greatest impact.
Each board member was appointed to a three-year term.