Board of Directors
President/CEO & Janitor
Stefan has over 20 years of clinical experience, understanding the complexities that often undermine resource delivery in the social service sector. He understands the important role that coordination of care plays in successful outcomes for individuals and communities, and how leadership must focus on interagency collaboration for system success. Stefan's work in the technology sector has been regionally recognized for its strategic significance, specifically in the area of creating knowledge management systems. He understands the technical issues involved in scaling technology on a national level, as well as the human factors involved in making a product user-friendly. Stefan has led globally distributed technical teams, and understands their use in our contemporary economic landscape. He brings natural leadership aptitudes and skills to enhance collaboration on tech development between geographically distributed organizations that have competitive self interest. Stefan's formal education is in Human Factors Engineering & Psychology, with a Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership. In his free time, Stefan enjoys reading and nature walks with his wife and 6 children.
Sunnie has worked in the nonprofit sector since graduating with a Psychology Degree in 2002. The beginning of her career involved working with disadvantaged youth’s who had become involved in the criminal justice system. She quickly became a passionate advocate for the decriminalization of youths. The second part of her career began while working at a mental health agency in Cincinnati, Sunnie held several different roles, all of them giving an increased insight into the struggles faced by those she served. Following the completion of her Master of Social Work Administration degree in 2011, she started working in program planning and development in the macro-organizational field of social work. Sunnie has been serving on the executive board at URC since 2016. Sunnie now works as a Team Leader for Greater Cincinnati’s FIRST Program, that provides an evidence based treatment to person’s newly diagnosed with a thought disorder. Sunnie lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Dan and their daughter and their dog.
Cynthia Wilson currently serves on the executive board at URC as the Chief Financial Officer. With over 30 years working in finance, she has a remarkable set of experiences that has enhanced our operational skills as we move into the not for profit sector. Cindy has experience as an accounting professional in various industries and a broad understanding of all things accounting. She is experienced with system implementations, accounting process consulting, and new company ventures. As a past business owner, she is aware of the financial responsibilities expected of corporations. Cindy received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and an Accounting and Computer Science degree from Cincinnati State.
Trent is a Research Associate at the Economics Center in Cincinnati, OH. He performs economic analytics including economic impact analysis, regression analysis, shift-share, location quotient, cost-benefit analysis, input-output analysis with social accounting and cohort-component population extrapolation. He also provides social science research including data organization, data analysis, coding and surveying. Trent performs socioeconomic modeling using public and private data sets. Trent is also the Project Manager and Creator of Mapsources, which he started in 2014. He created a project to map regional resources for homeless persons and low-income residents in the Greater Cincinnati area. He developed a web-application with routing, database query, geospatial query and curated crowd sourced data aggregation. Prior to his work as a research and tech guru, Trent served in the Peace Corps in Safotu, Savai’l, Samoa. Trent taught English and Science, coordinated a traveling health screening seminar, arranged first aid conferences and started a computer center with donated computers. He provided education to the Samoan farmers that directly contributed to increasing their yield by an average of $700 within the first six months. Trent has a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Trent and his cat, Blue, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joe is Digital Marketing Director at SparkPeople.com in Cincinnati, OH. He creates and manages the digital marketing strategy for one of the world’s largest health and fitness communities. Joe also develops, budgets and deploys all PPC advertising campaigns across both desktop and mobile devices. He leads UX projects to boost conversions/actions taken, implements SEO, SEM, and social media tactics to increase engagement and site visits. Joe is also in charge of tracking and analyzing all mobile app/mobile web traffic using both Google and Firebase Analytics, and uses this data to optimize cross-platform offerings to generate additional traffic and revenue. Joe has been in the technology and marketing industry since 2009 however he considers himself to be a “language enthusiast” and has worked in the “publishing” industry as an editor, proofreader and a blogger. Joe has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in German. He also studied abroad in Mainz, Germany and taught ESL classes. Joe and his wife, Lisa, live in Kentucky with their three children.
Emily currently works for the Veterans Administration in Cincinnati OH and serves as the Outreach Specialist for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Outreach Division. She organizes and chairs the Homeless Outreach Group, collaborating with homeless providers, including Cincinnati Police, to ensure continuity of care throughout the community. Emily organizes two Homeless Resource Events each year, partnering with over fifty community homeless service providers within Ohio and Kentucky. She has been an integral member of the Play it Forward program; a program that allows Veterans experiencing homelessness to attend local cultural events at Playhouse in the Park. Emily also edits and updates the Homeless and Low-Income Resource Guide which provides resources for individuals and agencies within seventeen counties. Emily received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Art and Theater. Emily has been serving as an executive board member with URC since 2016. Emily is a supervising, independent Social Worker and is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. She is also a Yoga Nidra teacher in training. Emily lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their 3 dogs.
Jonathan Trauth, EdD
Dr. Jonathan Trauth is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University. In the 1990s while working for the affordable housing coalition and serving special needs populations, Jonathan studied psychology and theology leading to a dual Degree from Xavier University. In 2001, Dr. Trauth began working in substance abuse dependency counseling in inner city Lexington, KY, while working on his MSW at the University of Kentucky. He completed his Doctorate in Counseling at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Dr. Trauth traveled to El Salvador and to Nicaragua to help build water filtration systems and malaria-proofing latrines while also being introduced to permaculture techniques for third-world country applications. Dr. Trauth worked three years at the Clermont Recovery Center in Batavia, Ohio, with adolescents incorporating therapy through gardening. He then brought the ideas learned in horticulture therapy to clients and families at Lighthouse Youth Services where he worked as a social worker and clinical supervisor. Last year he completed his 72 hour permaculture certification. More recently at St. Leo the Great parish, Dr. Trauth began working with the Burundian refugee population. These refugees requested his help in obtaining land for farming so they could grow their own food. Observable outcomes that have had a significant impact on these refugees include community integration, self-efficacy, self-sufficiency, increase in business knowledge, opportunities for physical exercise for all ages, and a collaboration with different organizations focused on the creation and sustainability of a refugee garden.