Our Team

 
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Officers

 

Board

Tim Harman, President

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Tim is an experienced HR professional with a successful track record of implementing talent acquisition, college recruiting and diversity & inclusion strategies. Known for his ability to build highly effective cross-functional teams and contributing to business growth and development, Tim has consistently enhanced the recruiting and retention areas with multiple Fortune 500 companies.

As a business leader with over 15 years of experience, Tim has been recognized in Recruitment and Diversity & Inclusion for delivering exemplary results with Lbrands, Ashland Inc, Quantum Health and MGM Resorts International. Tim most recently joined Columbus 2020 as the Director of Customized Workforce and Training.

Priscilla Hammonds, Vice president

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As Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Grange Insurance, Priscilla leads the development and execution of an enterprise diversity and inclusion strategy to drive initiatives that impact the workforce, workplace, marketplace and community. Prior to joining Grange Insurance, Priscilla held leadership roles at State Farm and Nationwide Insurance in the areas of diversity & inclusion, underwriting, and agency operations. Priscilla also serves on the board of the United Negro College Fund, is an ambassador for Central Ohio United Way Project Diversity, and is a co-founder of the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium

lenore winfrey, secretary

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Lenore is Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) . As Chair, she is committed to building a workplace environment in which everyone feels valued, respected and included, and is treated with dignity. Prior to joining OSBA in 2003, Winfrey directed the Speakers Bureau for the American Heart Association and she has held other political, management and diversity roles within the Franklin County government.

Michael bowman, treasurer

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An expert in campus recruiting, employee resource groups, and accounting, Michael is a senior manager in the tax practice of Schneider Downs. Michael provides consultation to his clients to assist them in understanding the complexities of federal tax law and its impact on financial reporting and compliance so that his clients can make informed decisions for their business. He routinely advises clients on matters including accounting methods and periods, tax credits, and IRS examinations.

sTEVE Francis, president emeritus

Stephen Francis is the owner of Franchise D&I Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations on their D&I journey. He was appointed the first ever Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus in January 2016. As Chief Diversity Officer, Steve Francis was in charge of implementing and communicating the diversity and inclusion vision, commitment, and strategy of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

Toby chambliss, board member

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Toby Chambliss is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Toby is responsible for implementing and overseeing the Department’s EEO and ADA Compliance programs. She ensures the Department’s compliance with all equal employment opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies, and serves as the subject matter expert in the areas of EEO and ADA compliance, providing consultation and advice to administrators, supervisors, employees and applicants.

todd corley, board member

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Todd Corley is the founder of the TAPO Institute, a consultancy focused on the generationally-driven shift in beliefs and values that has redefined the meaning of "inclusive" leadership. He senior leadership teams on how to engage and develop talent, build organizational agility, and cultivate innovation. Dubbed by The Huffington Post as "The Man Who Made Abercrombie & Fitch Less White," Corley witnessed the impact of Millennials and rising iGens during his ten years at A&F. His many accomplishments there include architecting a landmark diversity initiative that resulted in a 626% increase in racial and ethnic diversity; a strategy for LGBT equality; and gender focused initiatives.

shayne downton, board member

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Shayne Downton is the Senior Assistant Vice President for Accelerators with the United Way of Central Ohio. With the United Way for 13 years, he has served in this role for the past two months. Included in his work portfolio is the daily oversight of staff which oversee diversity and inclusion, volunteerism, community engagement and accountability. Shayne has led the United Way of Central Ohio’s diversity work for 10 years that include the procurement of minority and women businesses; board leadership development for people of color and the LGBTQ community; eliminating racial disparities; oversight of an internal diversity committee; and ensuring the United Way of Central Ohio has a strategically aligned approach to diversity and inclusion.

Donnie Perkins, board member

Donnie Perkins joined the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University as the first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer on January 5, 2015. Mr. Perkin leads the College’s Office of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion and provides strategic leadership for K-12 STEM initiatives, undergraduate recruitment and retention, the Minority Engineering Program, Women in Engineering Program, partners with the graduate education and recruitment program, leads diverse faculty recruitment and advancement programs, climate initiatives, diversity leadership development programs, corporate relations, university and community engagement. Mr. Perkins has more than 25 years of higher education and healthcare leadership and proven experience promoting the value and benefits of diversity, inclusion, inclusive excellence and equity.

mia hairston, board member

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Mia Hairston is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Nationwide. She has enterprise-wide responsibilities for the strategy and execution of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s initiatives for over 33,000 Nationwide associates. She works closely with senior executives to promote and cascade the D&I strategy throughout the organization. In addition, she oversees all D&I programming, 16 Associate Resource Groups with approximately 19,000 members, and 18 Business Unit Councils across the country, along with a host of national and local partnerships and sponsorships.

 

Communications Team

Lachandra B. Baker, MBA, ABC, CTA

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Lachandra Baker received her bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, majoring in Hospitality Management and Communications. She received her master's degree from University of the Southwest in Business Administration and Marketing. She is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Greater Columbus Region.

Baker is an award-winning communicator and four-time TEDx performer. She co-founded Be Passionate, LLC, a consultancy that seeks to help people discover and live out their creative and professional passions and is the sole proprietor for LBB Edutainment, LLC, a consultancy that helps individuals and organizations build their brand through storytelling.

Alexander Davis, MPS

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Alexander Davis is an experienced nonprofit manager, strategist, and fundraiser with a passion for progressive causes and expanding opportunity to underserved communities. His goal is to create change by helping organizations, officeholders, and candidates be successful, responsive, and responsible actors.

Alexander is the founder of Davis Strategic, which provides full service consulting to progressive campaigns and organizations, with a focus on fundraising, strategy, and communications. His volunteerism in Central Ohio includes serving on the board of directors of Equality Ohio and At Home By High.