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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 - Interim 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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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.

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Christina Bowerman
Site Guide, West Region cbowerman@cityyear.org

Christina serves as the regional admissions manager, and in this role, she is responsible for reviewing applications to City Year, scheduling and conducting interviews and preparing incoming AmeriCorps members for service in Columbus and Cleveland. She enjoys hiking and visiting national parks and has two tuxedo cats.

Zandra Casto
Impact 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.

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Loren Carter
Impact Director lcarter1@cityyear.org

Loren serves as the Impact Manager for Champion middle school and Trevitt Elementary school and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students.

She has a fond appreciation for 90s/00s R&B music and loves any dessert with Oreos in it.

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.

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.

Hannah Jones
Impact Manager hjones5@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.

Ruth-Marie Lomax
Managing Director of Development rlomax@cityyear.org

Ruth serves as the managing director of development and in this role, she is responsible for leading the development team and all fundraising efforts for the site. She was once caught on a jumbotron dancing with Busta Rhymes.

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Fiona Minich
Development Manager fminich@cityyear.org

Fiona serves as the Development Manager with City Year Columbus. She is responsible for supporting the overall operations efforts of the City Year Development team and partners with site leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and family foundations.

Fiona also sits on the Board of Directors for the Fan Association of North America, is a 5th generation collector of ladies folding fans and has a deep love for Art History. When she's not visiting art museums, Fiona can be found travelling the world or scouring antique and thrift shops.

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Alexia Santiago
Impact Manager 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.

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.

Sarah Thoresen
Impact Manager sthoresen@cityyear.org

Sarah serves as the impact manager at Mifflin High School and is responsible for leading an awesome team of AmeriCorps members at the school—go Punchers! She is a big fan of ice cream and is always chasing 10,000 steps.

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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.

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Abdelis Vega
Learning & Evaluation Director avega2@cityyear.org

Abdelis serves as the Learning and Evaluation Director at City Year Columbus and is responsible for leading training and development efforts for Corps Members as well as all things analytics.

Originally from southeast Pennsylvania, Abdelis is excited to now call Columbus, OH home. She earned a BA from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS from Colorado State University. She maintains that while the Rocky Mountains are breathtaking, the Appalachian Mountains are the most beautiful. Abdelis enjoys swimming, baking, second-hand shopping, and loves everything Halloween.

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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Catie Woods
Impact Manager mwoods3@cityyear.org

Catie serves as the Impact Manager at Starling K-8 and is responsible for managing her team and providing them with the resources they need to be successful with students.

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