2021 Board of Directors

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Amanda Bentley Fessler

Board Chair

Private Wealth Business Development Specialist, The Evelo/Singer/Sullivan Group

 

Amanda joined The Evelo|Singer|Sullivan Group in 2011. As a Private Wealth Business Development Specialist, she coordinates business development and client appreciation events, oversees marketing strategies to promote the team to affluent families, and ultimately helps the team deliver a unique client experience. Amanda holds the Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM (AWMA®) designation. Amanda received her B.A. from Northern Kentucky University. She is active in the Greater Cincinnati community; passionate about causes that empower women and girls and is currently serving as a board chair for Kenzie’s Closet. Amanda assumed this key leadership role in 2018, taking the reins from founder Brynne Coletti and has implemented important changes into the growth of the organization including strategic planning, board prospecting and relationship-building with community parthers, agencies and constituents.  She has played an integral role in the planning and execution of our largest annual fundraiser, Girls Night Out, for many years.

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James Donnellon, CPA

Director

Barnes Dennig Group

 

Jim has more than three decades of his career invested in the accounting arena – with 20+ years spent serving as a director at Barnes Dennig. His work outside the firm includes industry experience with a local company and four years with a major international accounting firm. This blend of private industry and public accounting experience has given Jim a solid appreciation of what it takes to build a profitable company.  Jim has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and the Advisory Board of the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Science, Construction Science Department.  Jim is past president of the Cincinnati Athletic Club and has served on Archbishop Moeller High School’s Education Commission and their Athletic Advisory Board. He was also past president of their Alumni Association. Jim currently serves on the Boards of Resource, Kenzie’s Closet and American Classical Music Hall of Fame. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Jim earned an MBA in finance from Xavier University.

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Peter Frey

Office Services and Community Relations Manager ProLink Staffing

 

Peter is well-known for his community volunteerism,  event planning savvy and philanthropic support of local agencies such as The Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation and Kenzie's Closet.  Peter has successfully helped plan and execute Kenzie's Closet's Girls Night Out fundraiser every year since it's inception resulting in $750,000+ revenue to help the mission.  Previously in the real estate business, Peter was a nominee of the 2016 Forty Under Forty awards.  He was a graduate of Purcell Marion High School and attended the University of Cincinnati.  

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Sarah Evans

Community Volunteer

Sarah Evans was born and raised in Cincinnati and currently resides in her childhood home.  She has been married to Jonathan for 20 years and has three children, Lilly (17), Grace (15), and Will (8).  Sarah is an active community volunteer, a long-time supporter of Kenzie's Closet and has previously served as Co-Chair of Girls Night Out and volunteered for Shopping Days and other mission-related activities

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LaTasha Youngblood
Acting Vice Chair

 

Residential Program Manager

St. Joseph Orphanage

 

LaTasha plays a key leadership role at St. Joseph Orphanage and was previously the Assistant Principal of School Environment at Lighthouse Community School. She has been in education for ten years and her previous experience includes Admission Representative for Brown Mackie College and Assistant Manager for US Bank. LaTasha graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. LaTasha has received two Master Degrees in Adult Learning and Training and Teacher Leadership from Capella University. LaTasha is passionate about working with youth who come from challenging backgrounds and showing them life changing experiences. Through her experience, she has referred students to Kenzie’s closet for many years and brings her perspective and enthusiasm to the mission. She also served on the planning committee and played an integral role in our fundraiser Girls Night IN 2021.  

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Robert Coletti

Retired Partner Emeritus

KMK Law

 

.Bob Coletti's practice was concentrated in the corporate, securities and financing areas where he has had extensive experience in forming joint ventures, initial public offerings of securities, and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing both public and closely-held corporations before he retired in 2016. A partner with the firm from 1988 to 2016, he had supervised a transaction team that had overseen more than 300 acquisition and divestiture transactions with an aggregate transaction value in the billions of dollars. Bob also served in a general counsel capacity for several firm clients and had represented funds, investment partnerships and individuals in private equity investments and venture capital based transactions.  Bob has advised clients such as Cintas Corporation, American Financial Group, Chiquita Brands International Corporation, Meridian Bioscience, Orchard Holdings Group, Property Advisors Corporation, Summer Hill Partners, Loth, Inc., John Tisdel Distributing, Gilligan Oil Company, Klosterman Baking Co. and KPS Special Situations Fund.  *Retired as a partner from KMK and performing pro bono legal work under Gov. Bar R. VI(8), Bob was the first Ohio attorney registered as an Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney through the Ohio Supreme Court. Bob's Emeritus Pro Bono status is through an affiliation with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.

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Missy Hendon Deters

Executive Director

Girls Hope, Boys Hope

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Amy Joseph

Amy is a graduate of Miami University and worked at Summer Hill Inc a family owned investment firm.  She is now an active board member of her family’s charitable foundation.  Amy also serves on the board of The Ocean Reef Foundation.  She has been involved with Kenzie's Closet since its inception. Amy enjoys golfing and dabbles in pickle ball and other racquet sports.  

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Robert Lesan III
Treasurer

Attorney, Partner

KMK Law

Rob Lesan is Co-Leader of the firm’s Business Representation & Transactions Group. He has broad experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures encompassing both public and private acquisitions, dispositions, carve-outs, co-investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters.   Rob has substantial experience in technology transactions, representing firm clients in matters ranging from traditional software licensing and development to structuring sophisticated cloud services offerings. Rob is a co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Team.  In addition to his M&A and technology focus, Rob also acts in a general counsel capacity for numerous firm clients. He has advised clients such as Cintas Corporation, AtriCure, Inc., American Financial Group, Inc., Belcan Corporation, 84.51 LLC, Orchard Holdings Group, LLC, and Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

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Megan Stacey

Realtor, Team Lead

The Megan Stacey Group, Coldwell Banker

Megan Stacey is a Cincinnati native, who resides in Hyde Park with her husband (Drew), daughter (Emory), son (Ford), and two dogs (Murphy & Briggs).  Megan graduated from Miami University in 2005 and earned her master's degree from Xavier before embarking on her first career in education both as a teacher and a principal. From there, she moved into Real Estate and found her greater passion.  The Megan Stacey Group mission is to help families successfully buy, sell, or invest in Real Estate.  “We consider you our family,” says Megan, “we make sure to place you above any sale and to treat all members of your family with empathy, honesty, and care.” In a few short years, this group has enjoyed incredible success with the vast majority of business coming from referrals from happy customers.  I’m lucky to be part of Coldwell Banker West Shell and the caliber of people and professionalism that they provide.” Megan is a fashion blogger with Polka Dots and Pleats, which is on Instagram and Facebook, as is her Facebook Group, Cincinnati Moms and Friends.  She also volunteers heavily in the community including various leadership positions for the Junior League of Cincinnati and Catholic Residential Services.

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Scott D. Farmer

Chairman/CEO

Cintas Group

 

Scott D. Farmer serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Cintas Group. Scott joined Cintas in 1981. He has held the positions of Vice President – National Account Division, Vice President – Marketing and Merchandising, Rental Division Group Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1994, he was elected to the Board. He was elected Chief Executive Officer in July 2003. Mr. Farmer was appointed Chairman of the Board in September 2016. The Board believes that Mr. Farmer's breadth of knowledge and experience in the areas of marketing, business development and corporate strategy, as well as his familiarity with all aspects of Cintas' business, renders his service on the Board extremely beneficial to Cintas.

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Lance Mall

Assurance Senior Manager

Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

Lance Mall has over 10 years of experience in public accounting, primarily within Financial Services and Life Sciences Industries. He has extensive experience serving Commercial and Consumer Lending Institutions, Brokers and Dealers in Securities, emerging growth FinTech companies, and Clinical Research Organizations (CRO), where he has provided accounting, auditing, and consulting services. Lance received both a BS and Masters in Accounting, graduating from the University of Kansas. He is licensed CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lance is an active member of the Finance Committee and an active community volunteer.   Outside of work, Lance enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife, aLeslie, are are expecting a child in June. 

Community Volunteer

 

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Natalie Jones

Radio Personality

Q102-FM

 

Natalie is a West-Side-born Cincy native making the best out of every day and having as much fun as possible. She is the middle of 5 children raised the classic Cincinnati way: Catholic schools, parish festivals, and a lot of sports, making her a natural tomboy through and through. Natalie graduated from the University of Cincinnati and ended up on the west coast in a life full of performance, stand-up comedy, outside adventure, sports, and a little bit of volunteer radio. Natalie hosts afternoons on popular FM station Q102 with her partner, Freddy Mac.  She was nominated as Cincinnati’s favorite talk show host in 2021 by Cincy magazine and has a huge following on social media. Natalie was friends with our namesake, Kenzie Comisar, and continues to honor her legacy as a board member.  Natalie has emceed, co-hosted and/or been on the event planning committee of Girls Night Out for several years and is an active member of the development effort.  When Nat’s not in the studio you can find her in a group fitness class outside, traveling, downtown at a happening, or with her family.

Blake Gustafson (Mt Lookout) Julie Back

Colleen Nardini

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Meghan Broderick

Asst Vice President & Wealth

Management Advisor

Merrill Lynch

 

Meghan grew up in Cincinnati and attended Saint Ursula Academy High School.   She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and started her career with Merrill Lynch upon graduation in Indianapolis.   Meghan met her husband, Adam, in Indianapolis and they moved back to Cincinnati in 2012.  Adam works in IndyCar Racing and they do a lot of traveling as a result.  Meghan has one son, Brody, who is 9 months old and two boxers, very high energy dogs.  Meghan lives in Oakley and enjoys walking on the new Wasson Way.  She spends a lot of time at the Cincinnati Sports Club and the Cincinnati Zoo.  Meghan is also the President of the Cincinnati Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.

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Brynne F. Coletti

Founder of Kenzie's Closet, Board Chair Emeritus and Volunteer

Paula Comisar

Community Volunteer,  Philanthropist,

Kenzie's Mother and long-time friend to our mission