Bruce Wayne JefferyExecutive Director
Bruce previously served as the Executive Director with the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA with YMCA of Greater Louisville Kentucky, where he played a critical role in launching a new “Community Integrated Health” facility in December 2019. As executive director of the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, Bruce was responsible for promoting a community integrated health strategy, in partnership with neighborhood groups, non-profits, community leaders and funders. Before joining the YMCA in Louisville, Bruce was first the operations director and then appointed to CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, Illinois where he spent almost 12 years. In Bruce’s tenure he led the organizations through multiple years of positive financial growth, served a record number of youth and his proudest professional highlight is partnering with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to build a Teen Center which they opened in December of 2018. His passion for youth and families has allowed him to lead throughout his career with a servant heart.
Angie OkudaDirector of Capability Building
Angie Okuda serves as Director, Capacity Building. She regularly interacts with a broad, diverse group of education practitioners, system and community leaders, parents and students to determine how effectively institutions and communities are functioning to achieve goals related to School readiness, Reading and Math Literacy, and other critical education outcomes. She identifies interventions that will achieve these outcomes and works hands-on with stakeholders within the ecosystem to execute their implementation. In this capacity, Angie uses her extensive training in Continuous Improvement to support improvement network endeavors and serves as quality improvement coach for Continuous Improvement and the application of CI principles and practices across the ecosystem.
Angie worked for seven years as the Resource Coordinator at Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools where she engaged community members, parents, program partners, and multiple stakeholders in developing a premier Community Learning Center and showcased her site to the U.S. Department of Education, and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. She also sits on the board of Community Happens Here.
Jeffrey GaverManager of Research and Impact
Jeffrey Gaver serves as Manager of Research and Impact for Cradle to Career Cincinnati. He supports the team in synthesizing both quantitative and qualitative data to identify opportunities for impact. He believes qualitative data from students, parents, and the community provide the critical context needed to properly frame and understand quantitative data. He supports the team integrating research, best practices, and findings in the work and advises on data collection tools, models and methodologies.
Jeffrey has a Master’s degree in Sociology and is studying for his PhD in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, where he has also served as a research assistant, a graduate assistant for the Kunz Center for Social Research
Angenita BrownManager, Success by 6
“Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, bur furthest from resources and power.” ~ G. Martin
Angenita (Angie) is passionate about literacy, community, social justice, and the power of parent voices. A mother of 3 young adults, 2 Ph.D.’s and 1 mechanical engineer. While she and her husband are very proud of their accomplishments, they believe it was the power of early literacy in their home during their formative years which facilitated their desire to achieve.
There is no question that literacy is an essential element to a child’s development and open doors to a brighter future. Nationally, only 35% of public-school students were at or above Proficient in grade 4 reading. In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Children from lower-income homes have limited access to books. Because of this, there are fewer home and preschool language and literacy opportunities for preschoolers from low-income families than children from economically advantage backgrounds.
With a background in Nursing, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education Leadership her desire is to use every gift she has been given to encourage, inspire, teach, and fight for education equality for all children especially our marginalize children. The last 16 years of her career has been spent in K-12 suburban and urban school districts being a member of the executive team. She is extremally excited to be a part of Success By 6, United Way and CradleToCareer Cincinnati.