Justin Mondok | Co-Director
Accessibility is a central focus of Justin’s professional work as an Urban Planner and much of the community work he engages. He believes in the idea of easily accessible information and physical places to better connect people to the things they need.
Follow Justin on Twitter @justin_mondok to learn more about the work he does.
Christopher Tennant | Co-Director
For over 15 years, Chris worked as a social worker and business development professional in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of his master’s degree (MPH) in 2017, Chris found himself seeking new opportunities that support his goal of a healthier, more equitable, and more welcoming Mahoning Valley. He currently works as a school-based therapist and consults with local organizations on diversity and inclusion. Chris is a proud Puerto Rican who has personally assisted families relocating to the area. Chris can be found on social media with screen name ctennantygt.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cassandra Clevenger | Board President
Genna Petrolla | Board Secretary
Arlene Floyd | Board Treasurer
Nicole Pettitt | Board Member
Nicole Pettitt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Youngstown State University, where she researches and writes about immigrant and refugee education, teaches courses in Linguistics, and coordinates the university’s K-12 TESOL licensure endorsement (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Nicole is a former teacher of TESOL and Spanish, and comes to us by way of Minneapolis and Atlanta.
More information about Nicole’s scholarship and teaching is available on her YSU faculty site: https://ysu.edu/directory/
Ra'Cole Taltoan | Board Member
Terry Vicars | Board Member
Ariana Wyndham | Board Member
Lorene was instrumental in helping Thrive MV launch by providing Spanish translation services to help us launch the website and resource guide
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
The project received initial support from The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s Community Investment Grant Progam as well as technical assistance to get the project off the ground. The Thrive Mahoning Valley founders are all alumni of the Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program. Visit the Foundation’s website at rjweanfdn.org.
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
YNDC works to transform neighborhoods into meaningful places where people invest time, money and energy into their homes and neighborhoods; where neighbors have the capacity to manage day-to-day issues; and where neighbors feel confident about the future of their neighborhood. YNDC provided collaborative support to assist in project getting started. Learn more about their work at yndc.org