Coalition Committees

Looking for a way to help create a lead safe Cleveland? Join one of the Coalition’s working Committees where people like you are lending their voices. The Committee meetings are open to everyone. Learn more about each one below and take a look at the schedule of upcoming meeting dates. 

About the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Committees

The Coalition has seven working Committees and three Subcommittees. A brief description of each Committee is listed below including the chair organization. If you are interested in joining a committee, reach out to the contact person listed. 

Governance

Chair, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation 
The Governance Committee supports the Steering Committee and helps to manage the Coalition’s policies and procedures. 
Contact Mitchell Balk, mitchell.balk@case.edu

Community Engagement

Chair, Environmental Health Watch 
The Community Engagement Committee elevates resident voices and lived experience, and hosts outreach and education classes in the community. 

  • Resident Action Teams were formed under Community Engagement.  
    The Resident Action Teams raise awareness, educate and mobilize the community to act, and ultimately, create lead safe homes. 
    Contact Kim Foreman, Kim.Foreman@ehw.org 

Research & Evaluation

Chair, Case Western Reserve University 
The Research and Evaluation Committee is responsible for measuring the Coalition’s success, establishing a baseline to measure change, track the lead certification progress and create a central hub for data. 
Contact Robert Fischer, fischer@case.edu  

Policy

Chair, Enterprise Community Partners 
The Policy Committee identifies and advocates for comprehensive local, state, and federal lead safe policies, including legislative, administrative, and implementation changes.   
Contact: Mark McDermott, mmcdermott@enterprisecommunity.org

The Policy Committee formed three Subcommittees: 

  • Lead Safe Child Care Settings
    Chair, Starting Point & Enterprise Community Partners 
    Child Care Settings Subcommittee identifies and implements appropriate system and/or policy changes to improve lead safety in child care settings.
    Contact: Wyonette Cheairs, wcheairs@enterprisecommunity.org
     
  • HHAC & Early Childhood Screening, Testing & Services
    Chair, Invest In Children & Cuyahoga County Board of Health 
    HHAC identifies and implements system changes that will improve rates of lead testing. The Subcommittee is focusing on four areas of work: more timely and specific data; supporting the implementation of a lead “pathway” in the Pathways HUB model; working with/advocacy to MCO’s and potential changes to workflow/procedures within health systems.
    Contact: Kathy Schoch, kschoch@ccbh.net or Rebekah Dorman, REBEKAH.DORMAN@jfs.ohio.gov
     
  • Educational Interventions and Lead
    Chair, Legal Aid Society & Cleveland Metropolitan School District 
    Educational Interventions help Cleveland schools systematically identify children with histories of EBL, screen for delays and provide needed support to students. Two topics areas: how schools should learn about histories of elevated lead levels and messaging to parents, teachers, and administrators about the risk of behavioral and learning effects of lead exposure.
    Contact: Danielle Gadomski Littleton, dglittleton@lasclev.org or Mary Ann Teitelbaum, Mary.Teitelbaum@ClevelandMetroSchools.org

Summit

Chair, United Way of Greater Cleveland 
The Summit Committee convenes Cleveland’s diverse community and create public forums on lead poisoning prevention. 
Contact: Andrew Katusin, akatusin@unitedwaycleveland.org

Resource Development

Chair, The George Gund Foundation 
The Resource Development Committee provides ongoing support to the Lead Safe Home Fund Administrators, including development, distribution and review of resources. 
Contact: Marcia Egbert, MEgbert@gundfdn.org 

Workforce Development Advisory Group

Chair, Urban League of Greater Cleveland & Enterprise Community Partners 
The Advisory Group engages community stakeholders to correctly build and maintain the lead safe workforce, advise the Resource Center on workforce development, serve as a referral network and feedback loop and help to develop criteria and monitor entry into the community-based workforce program. 
Contact: Wyonette Cheairs, wcheairs@enterprisecommunity.org

Steering Committee

 

 

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition’s Steering Committee is made up of Committee Chairs,  Individuals directly impacted, Civic leaders, At-large members and City of Cleveland representatives.  

The Steering Committee oversees the affairs of the Coalition and supports the Coalition’s mission and purpose in the following ways: 

  • Help to ensure that the Coalition is viable as it pursues its mission, purpose, and guiding principles;
  • Provide strategic guidance to Coalition staff and working committee chairs and help to ensure goals are met;
  • Serve as representative voices of the Coalition 
  • Select the Lead Safe Home Fund administrator(s) and monitor the operation of the Lead Safe Home Loans and Grants and Lead Safe Resource Center

 

Terry Allan

Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Board of Healthame

Mitchell Balk

President, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

Aparna Bole

Division Chief, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Robin Brown

Founder, Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead, and LSC Resident Action Team member

Gabriella Celeste

Policy Director, Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and Co-chair of the Ohio Lead-Free Kids Coalition

Jawanza Colvin

Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Colleen Cotter

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Ayonna Blue Donald

Director, City of Cleveland Department of Building and Housing

Marcia Egbert

Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation

Rob Fischer

Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, CWRU

Kim Foreman

Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch

Blaine Griffin

Councilman, Cleveland City Council

Donnie Grissett

Community Member and LSC Resident Action Team member

Diana King

Community Member and Chair, Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality

Sonia Monroy Matis

Community Member and LSC Resident Action Team member

Mark McDermott

Vice President and Ohio Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

August Napoli

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland

JoAnn White

Special Assistant, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation