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Ada is the former president of the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterhill, Ohio. She is a widely respected historian and genealogist.

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Susan has more than 30 years of experience supporting community development and vitality. Her book, The Community Table: Effective Fundraising through Events, was published by Ohio University Press in 2019.


Silvester is the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio University and a candidate in a Higher Education Leadership and Policy PhD program.


Beth is a former school psychologist in Southeast Ohio and served for 12 years at a mental health clinic. She currently pursues social justice issues.

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Dr. Nelson is a recently retired Associate Professor from the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University.

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Dr. Cambridge is professor emeritus in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication.

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Leslie is a former college dean at Ohio University and Episcopal priest. She now serves as a spiritual companion and supply preacher.

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Dr. Ford-Ahmed is professor emeritus in the department of Communication/Media Studies at West Virginia State University. She holds expertise in public relations.

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Dr. Green is the Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Services in University College at Ohio University where she leads a team of advisors.

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Marlene is an Administrative Assistant at Ohio University and a member of the University Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

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Elizabeth “Libby” is an historian and former VP of Human Resources at the Cincinnati Enquirer. She is the fourth generation in her family to have attended Mount Zion.

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David is a retired Episcopal priest who has served churches in Columbus and Xenia, Ohio. He has been a resident of Athens for ten years.