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CATC welcomes seven new board members

Cincinnati, May 1, 2014 —  The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center is pleased to announce the addition of seven new people to its board of directors.

“These men and women join as additions, not replacements, to our already rich representation from the business, education, professional and non-profit communities,” said Lee Carter, CATC chairman and co-founder. “Their interest signifies a growing recognition of the positive impact that CATC programs are having on Cincinnati families and communities.”

The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center uses a combination of arts, life skills, and workforce development programs to help mostly at-risk teens from Cincinnati Public Schools stay in school, graduate, and prepare for success in work or higher education. Eighty-nine percent of CATC students proceed to the next grade or graduate, and 93% of CATC seniors graduate. Bridging the Gap, a CATC workforce development program, provides skilled workers in sectors such as health care and manufacturing, where more skilled workers are needed, and boasts a near 90% retention rate among these formerly high turnover positions.

The new CATC board of directors members are:

Andrea J. Ayers, president and CEO, Convergys Corporation, brings a 20-year-plus track record of success and business growth. Her commitment to job creation and education programs that develop tomorrow’s workforce, plus her work with business leaders including the Business Roundtable, G100 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Business Committee, and Ohio Business Roundtable align perfectly with the CATC mission and programs.

Philip “Flip” Cohen, chairman and founder of Flipside Products, Inc., a national manufacturer and distributor of school supplies to retailers and schools.  His non-profit leadership includes his work as president and founder of Friendship Reading Center, Inc., an after-school education program for elementary aged children; and service, board of directors, Our Daily Bread, Inc.

Jeff Hinebaugh, partner at Dinsmore. Honors include selection to Ohio Super Lawyers list; named by The Best Lawyers in America as 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati for Litigation-Construction; listing in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, listing in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial, banking & finance, bankruptcy, construction and product liability litigation.

Rick Hulefeld, founder and executive director, Children, Inc., a United Way partner founded by Rick in 1977 as an early childhood learning center that has since grown under his guidance into an innovative network of education and development centers with additional built-in resources that enrich academic studies through  civic engagement, advocacy, and career training.

Kelly Kolar, president and founder, and chief creative director, Kolar Design. Kolar Design works “at the intersection of design, architecture and brand strategy” to bring environments to life and advance the organization’s vision and brand. Her clients include Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Cincinnati Parks.

Libby Korosec, VP external relations, Castellini Management Company. Korosec’s professional portfolio includes expertise in public relations, public affairs, corporate communications, and grassroots marketing. In addition to her current work at CMC, she has served in leadership roles at Northlich, Cincinnati Bell, and as a mayoral press secretary for the City of Cincinnati.

William T. Lecher, senior clinical director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Lecher has a long-standing relationship with CATC, as one of the original champions and formers of  the operations aspects of Bridging the Gap, the CATC workforce development program. His initiatives have made it possible for dozens of CATC graduates to launch careers in health care at Cincinnati Children’s and other area hospitals.

About the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center

The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center (CATC) is a non-profit (501c3) entity which, in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), uses a combination of arts, life skills and workforce development programs to help keep at-risk students in school, enable them to graduate, and prepare them for success in life. All students are from CPS high schools. Most are juniors or seniors whose credits are likely to be insufficient for graduation, or freshmen or sophomores whose peers of the same age have advanced to higher grades.  CATC is patterned after the highly successful Manchester Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, and is a model for national replication of programs that use the arts to help children succeed.

For more information, to donate or to sponsor a child, people are invited to visit www.cincinnatiartsandtechnologycenter.org or call CATC at (513) 562-5500. Media, please contact Gail Silver, 513.475.0002 or gms530@msn.com.
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