Our principals and board members bring a wide variety of experience; these individuals come from diverse backgrounds and have unique professional skills and aim to provide support and tangible next steps for those interested in systemic diversity.


Together, our leaders represent decades of experience in program design, data analysis, philanthropic relations, women’s issues, legal issues, advocacy, marketing, public relations, grant writing, organizational change, program design and analysis, racial and gender equity theory, logistical coordination, and clinical skills.

  • Bethany Studenic


    Managing Director

    Bethany holds her Bachelors in Social Work, Masters in Social Administration, and Juris Doctor. Bethany has over 10 years in community change experience, heading up highly visible social and research based movements. In addition, Bethany has worked with a variety of diverse populations through direct experience. Bethany is an accomplished fundraiser, government relations professional, community strategist, researcher and policy analysis expert.

  • Chinenye Nkemere


    Director of Strategy

    Chinenye (ChiChi) is a strategic thinker. She has over 10 years of experience in community and digital engagement and advocacy. ChiChi holds a Bachelors in Political Science and African/African American Studies from The Ohio State University and immediately moved to Houston to serve as a Teach for America educator. As public safety and workplace advocate she is dedicated to progressive and transformative community development.

  • Serena

    Draper Hendershot


    Director of Stark County

    Serena is the current Outreach Director of The Martin Center/3rd Street Community Church where she provides resources for vulnerable populations in Stark County. She graduated from Walsh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & History, and has been serving in the Ohio Army National Guard since 2015 as a Human Resource Specialist. Serena is skilled working with survivors of sexual and emotional abuse and is a vibrant advocate for workforce development and racial justice in Ohio. 

  • Tait M.


    Research Associate

    Tait is a high school student entering her senior year this upcoming fall.


    She enjoys reading, writing, computer coding, and playing music. She is passionate about social justice and is considering studying journalism/communications, sociology, urban studies, or African American studies.


    Tait joins us from Future Connections at University Circle Inc.

  • Kathleen Brennan

    Board Member

    Kathleen is currently a Program Officer for Education at the Cleveland Foundation. Katie holds her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. Katie is continuing advocate for social justice. She has worked on policing and legal issues, education, mentoring, and community issues.

  • Sara Carnicom

    Board Member

    Sara is a Research Analyst with a large higher education provider. Sara graduated from the University of Akron, first with her Bachelor's in Psychology and then with her Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Sara is an accomplished researcher and data analyst, leader of program evaluation, and designer of best practices.

  • Maryann Mathai

    Board Member

    Maryann is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in private practice specializing in trauma focused therapy. She holds her Bachelors in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. She is passionate about the mental health of marginalized populations and has served as an advocate, counselor, and coordinator of clinical services at nonprofits across NY. She is dedicated to holding space for open conversations & destigmatizing mental health. 

  • Brittany Senger

    Board Member

    Brittany holds her Bachelor’s in Social Work and her Master’s in Social Administration and Social Work. Brittany is currently a Project Manager in Multi-Family Development for a local Community Development organization. Brittany is an adept writer, researcher, clinician, nonprofit administrator, and advocate.

  • Robert Studenic, Jr.

    Board Member

    Robert has over a decade of experience in software development. Robert holds his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and is focused on advancing technology by creating robust and easy to use applications for users. Robert is thrilled to lend his skills, gathered and honed in the private sector, to Enlightened Solutions in pursuit of more equitable workplaces.

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