Rev. Clifford Watson
Bruce Murphy, Business Leader
The son of a politically engaged steelworker from Youngstown, Ohio, Bruce Murphy learned from a young age that community involvement goes a long way, he told DiversityInc. Like his father, who was a union president, Murphy saw the value in listening to the needs of the community.
As President of Community Development Banking, Murphy was instrumental in the creation of KeyBank Plus, a program of services and free financial education geared toward members of low-income groups who may not be familiar with traditional banking. Head of Corporate Responsibility since 2013, Murphy oversees the bank’s community-development lending, workplace diversity, supplier diversity and environmental sustainability.
Murphy’s KeyCorp career began in 1990, when he joined the human-resources department at AmeriTrust, which later merged with Society Corp, Key’s predecessor. Previously, he spent a dozen years in retail and human resources at Mellon National Bank in Pittsburgh.
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He sits on the boards of numerous organizations, including Cuyahoga Community College, The McGregor Foundation, BAI and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. He is a member of Leadership Cleveland and serves on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion.
She serves as the Sr. Manager of Emerging Programs and Institutional Advancement at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.
Prior to joining the Urban League, SeMia served as a Professional/ Personal Development coach for nearly 20 years. She also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, specializing in Organizational Systems Design and Development. Her degree, when combined with her experience, has equipped SeMia to assist individuals from all walks of life.
SeMia enjoys inspiring others to reach for and achieve their potential. She strongly believes that each person has a unique set of skills and abilities that only they can deliver. Leading to her personal motto, “You Can Be #1, Too!”
Candice Wilson, Fitness Expert
Before becoming a fitness expert, Candice struggled with her own weight and self-esteem. She was determined to reach her goals — and through dedication and hard work, she did.
Candice became a personal trainer/ group fitness instructor after taking her own journey with weight loss and decided to help others achieve individual goals to improve their quality of life. Her own personal challenges gave her a real appetite to help others overcome adversity and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Candice has been training/ teaching for 8 years, focusing on all parts of fitness: including cardio, max strength training, power and agility, and weight management.
In 2014, she opened her own fitness studio in Maple Heights, OH – Know Excuses, LLC. Her studio offers a wide variety of group fitness classes and personal training. As a personal trainer, she strives to help each client establish and accomplish their goals by designing programs that will help develop skills, coordination and flexibility. The “Know Excuses” motto is what she lives by. We all can find excuses NOT to do something. The key is to recognize those excuses, and ELIMINATE them! Be stronger than your Excuses!!
Her passion for health and fitness stems from her natural desire to incorporate into life: 1) FUN through physical activity, 2) Gaining PEACE of mind and clarity, 3) Constant CHALLENGES for knowledge and growth.
Andy Batten, Executive Director of Lighthouse, Inc.
After attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Barclay College (BA, Theology), Andy began his ministry as a Crisis Youth Counselor (Buckhorn Children’s Center), and an Associate Youth Pastor at Church of the Nazarene and Victory Nazarene. His ministry with Lighthouse began in 2004 and his training continued with participation in DeVos Urban Leadership Institute and Neighborhood Leadership Institute. He is a dynamic public speaker/preacher, motivator, team builder, and visionary. Andy and his wife Kristen live in Ohio City in a home they renovated together.
Gail Reese, Co-Founder and Exec. Director of the Ministry of Reconciliation
She is a wife and mother of three adult children. In November of 1970, at the age of 17, Gail received Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.
She is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Ministry of Reconciliation, with the initiative of blanketing our cities with prayer and The Gospel Of Jesus Christ. She is a member of United Pastors in Missions and assists various Pastoral Ministerial Alliances. She is the organizer of the North East Ohio United Networks of Youth Ministries that partner with Church and Para-Church Youth Ministries. These networks help foster the spiritual growth of our Christian youth and develop student leaders as well as reach those that are unsaved, sponsoring various initiatives such as Back To School Prayer Rallies, Young Warriors For Christ – Student Leader Trainings & Fellowships, True Love Waits Campaign and more.
She serves as the Director of the North East Ohio Adopt-A-School Network and the Stop The Violence Campaign. She serves as the publisher of YO (Youth Outreach) Magazine – A magazine predominately written by youth, about youth, for youth. She serves as a member of the Advisory Ministry Council of the National Network of Youth Ministries. Her greatest desire is to be “Just Like Jesus” ministering to the needs of the people spiritually, physically, financially, mentally and socially!
Leonard Tanks Jr., Pastor
Leonard Tanks Jr. was born April, 2, 1985. He serves as the Pastor of Young Adults between the ages of 18-26 at Hope Alliance Bible Church (HABC) and throughout Northeast Ohio. Pastor Tanks is the leader of HABC’s Missions, Evangelism and Outreach teams. He is also co-leading “Boys 2 Men,” a mentoring program of HABC’s non-profit organization, Alliance for Family Hope.
Pastor Tank’s life before Christ included abandonment, drug dealing, prostitution, abuse, as well as drug and alcohol addiction. He accepted the Lord while in jail awaiting trial for crimes that would have him serving 3-5 years of prison time. By the grace of God he received a Bible in jail. He read and realized that the life he was living was condemning him and sending him to Hell. Ultimately, the relationship he thought he had with God was false. February 27, 2010 he was released from jail and released from the bondage of sin. Since then he has lived to fulfill the promise he made to God and is faithfully serving the Lord.
Pastor Tanks has two beautiful daughters, Elleana Tanks-Gabor and Celina Tanks. He is married to his lovely, God-fearing wife D’Angela (DD) Tanks. Pastor Tanks admits that it was his wife who encouraged and pushed him to embrace his past and to allow God to validate him in the ministry by opening doors that his past left closed. He loves his family and seeks to be a Godly husband, father, and leader to them first and then to be great leader and shepherd to those whom he may encounter.
Jimeka Holloway, Founder/CEO of Collaborative Endeavors, Inc.
Ms. Jimeka Holloway is a Doctor of Management Nonprofit Research Fellow and Ph.D Candidate in the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. She is also Founder and CEO of Collaborative Endeavors, Inc. located in Cleveland, Ohio, an innovation consulting company with an emphasis on co-creative design.
Her deep interest in the social impact of community investments is revealed in her service as Board Chair of the Central and Eastern Bridgescape Academies, Founder/CEO, TriFYRE, Inc., Central Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board member and Founding Member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Cleveland.
Ms. Holloway is a certified Urban Youth Minister (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Diversity Management professional from NTL Institute. She has earned her Masters of Art from Cleveland State University and a Bachelors of Art (Psychology) from Kent State University.