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Meet the City Year Columbus staff

City Year Columbus has a young, diverse team that strives to be representative of the students we serve. Whether we are recruiting young leaders, implementing our work in schools, finding new supporters or helping our AmeriCorps members be the best they can be, we are all passionate about working together to support students.

Adero Robinson
Adero Robinson - Vice President, Executive Director arobinson@cityyear.org

Adero Robinson serves as the Interim Vice President, Executive Director for City Year Columbus. In his other role as Chief of Staff, he is charged with overseeing the activities of the Executive, Human Resources, and Operations departments. Additionally, he collaborates with leadership to develop and implement long-term strategic plans and operating goals.

Adero has over 26 years of nonprofit experience. He began his career as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Columbus serving as a tutor and mentor in a Columbus City Schools 5th grade classroom. Adero then transitioned to a Project Leader, where he supervised AmeriCorps members serving at Gladstone Elementary School.

Later, as a Community Development Specialist with the Columbus Compact Corporation, Adero worked to improve the quality of life in Columbus' central city neighborhoods through the implementation of high-impact community-based projects. During his tenure as a Senior Impact Manager with the United Way of Central Ohio, Adero led the Neighborhood Partnership Center and worked with education, health, and neighborhood-based non-profits on funding opportunities, programming, and capacity building. Adero also served as the Director of Education Services for the Columbus Urban League and as a Project Manager with Battelle for Kids. He has received several community awards, including a national Comcast Leadership Award. Adero has also participated in several local and national leadership programs and has served in a leadership role on several non-profit and community boards and committees. Adero holds a B.A. from Denison University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is married to Tracy Robinson and is the proud father of four children and three stepchildren. In his spare time, Adero enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching Netflix, traveling, and coaching youth basketball. He is a 2nd-degree black belt and enjoys practicing and teaching karate.

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Hannah Akbari
Impact Manager hakbari@cityyear.org

Hannah serves as the impact manager at Livingston Elementary School and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students. She has traveled all over the world, and her favorite trip was to Thailand.

Taylour Aungst
Impact Manager taungst@cityyear.org

Taylour serves as the Impact Manager at Starling PreK-8 and is responsible for managing and supporting her team by providing the resources they need to be successful with students, as well as supporting the partnership between City Year and Starling. Taylour enjoys cooking, reading, and exercising in her spare time.

Michael Bach City Year Columbus
Michael Brian Bach
Impact Manager mbach@cityyear.org

Michael serves as the impact manager at Windsor STEM Academy and is responsible for managing the team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students. Outside of City Year, he serves as a mentor and volunteer for local civic organizations.

Michael also spends time annotating song lyrics online, enjoying soccer, and running.

Natalie Cosgray
Impact Manager ncosgray@cityyear.org

Natalie serves as the Impact Manager at Mifflin High School and is responsible for leading and managing her team through their student-focused service year. Originally from Columbus, Natalie attended Middle and High School in Beijing, China before returning to Ohio and graduating from Ohio University. She served her first year at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley ('21) then joined City Year Columbus ('22) as a Senior AmeriCorps Member. Outside of work, you'll find Natalie enjoying physical activities such as hiking, wakeboarding, biking and woodworking!

Zandra Casto
Learning and Evaluation Director zcasto@cityyear.org

Zandra serves as an impact director and is responsible for supporting our amazing impact managers and implementing our Whole School Whole Child model in our partner schools. She is always taking book recommendations and suggestions for new kombucha flavors to try.

Ashley Dzurnak
Recruitment Director, West Region adzurnak@cityyear.org

Ashley serves as the senior regional recruitment manager, and in this role, she is responsible for managing the Ohio recruitment team and recruiting AmeriCorps members at college campuses across the state. She serves as the director of operations for an LGBTQ sports league in Columbus and is an Ohio State sports fanatic.

Imani Foster
Impact Manager ifoster@cityyear.org

Imani serves as the impact manager at Trevitt Elementary School and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students. In her free time she likes to explore Columbus and cook new things!

Tiffani Gottlieb
Managing Director of Impact tgottlieb@cityyear.org

Tiffani serves as the managing director of impact and is responsible for compliance, program strategy, community organization and district partnerships. She is obsessed with 90's grunge rock and has an English Mastiff that weighs 185 pounds.

Julia Jackels Chief of Staff City Year Columbus
Julia Jackels
Chief of Staff JJackels@cityyear.org

Julia serves as the chief of staff and is responsible for overseeing a wide range of operations including facilitating the activities of the Executive Office: human resources, talent acquisition, professional development, budget oversight, internal and external partnerships and communications, and overall administrative, finance, and office operations.

In her free time, Julia enjoys exploring Columbus with her partner Aaron, spending time with her dogs Rose and Clover, attending live music events, and is a board game enthusiast.

Kendra Penn
Community Partnerships Manager kpenn@cityyear.org

Kendra proudly serves as the Community Partnerships Manager; in this role she is responsible for collaborating with and seeking out partners around Columbus that are committed to supporting our incredible students and ACMs.

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland she graduated from The Ohio State University and served 2 years with City Year Columbus. Outside of City Year she enjoys getting lost in magical realism, knitting & embroidering, and watching telenovelas with her cat Earl Grey.

Tiffany Priest
Managing Director of Development tiffany.priest@cityyear.org

Tiffany serves as the managing director of development and in this role, she is responsible for leading the development team and all fundraising efforts for City Year Columbus.

Her favorite Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo, because he is obviously the best and has the most work/life balance. Feel free to send her some of your food and travel recommendations. Good vibes are welcome too.

Alexia Santiagio City Year Columbus Staff
Alexia Santiago
Impact Director asantiago5@cityyear.org

Alexia serves as the impact manager at South High School and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio Alexia graduated from the University of Akron. In her spare time she loves to craft playlists and has an extensive collection of earrings and plants.

Elissa Sensbach Murphy
Development Coordinator elissa.sensbachmurphy@cityyear.org

Elissa serves as the development director and is responsible for coordinating the development department's activities and social media at City Year Columbus. Elissa is originally from Dover, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. In her spare time, she enjoys being around cat and thrifting. One of her favorite artists is Queen.

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Andrew Steinke
Recruiter asteinke@cityyear.org

Rod Swain
Regional Recruitment Director rswain@cityyear.org

Rod serves as regional recruitment director, and in this role, he is responsible for coaching the Midwest recruitment team and assisting with the organization’s strategy to find young adults interested in serving with City Year.

Lauren Toomey City Year Columbus photo
Lauren Toomey
Recruiter ltoomey@cityyear.org

Lauren serves as a Recruiter for City Year, in this role she is responsible for recruiting AmeriCorps members at various college campuses.

She enjoys several activities including camping, hiking, weightlifting, longboarding and spending time with her dog, Bella.

Cassidy Venema
Service Year Advisor cassidy.venema@cityyear.org

La'Rez Wilson
Impact Director lwilson2@cityyear.org

La’Rez serves as an impact director and is responsible for supporting our amazing impact managers and implementing our Whole School Whole Child model in our partner schools. He loves to sketch and doodle and can often be found randomly breaking into song.

Ileesha White
Impact Manager iwhite@cityyear.org

Ileesha serves as the Impact Manager at Linden McKinley STEM Academy and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students.

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