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Meet the Mentors Panel Discussion
Join us for our annual Meet the Mentors panel on Wednesday, January 26 from 4:30-6 pm. This webinar will showcase four mentors. Panelists will share academic and professional advice, talk about their experiences in the field, and answer questions from the audience.  Although the conversation will be geared towards mentees and current Levin students, all are welcome to attend.

Jan 26, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rebecca Baas
Supervisor @UH Rainbow Center for Child Health & Policy
Becca is an “Ohio boomerang” who proudly calls Cleveland her forever home after several decades living all over the country. Her experiences as a US Marine, military spouse, parent, public administrator, and volunteer yield a unique perspective on service and the importance of community. She is a passionate advocate for systems and policies that yield better outcomes for children and families. Becca holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy. She currently serves as the Supervisor for the UH Rainbow Center for Child Health & Policy, where she spends her days surrounded by an amazing team of public health researchers dedicated to systems of care that address health disparities. Becca and husband Dave are raising four incredible, energetic children. Her motto is "I'll never be bored."
Turo Dexter
Knowledge Management Officer @Federal Transit Administration
Turo Dexter serves the Federal Transit Administration (US DOT) as its Knowledge Management Officer. He facilitates knowledge sharing activities while managing the agency's intranet and several organizational development programs. Turo moved to Washington, DC as a Presidential Management Fellow after earning his Master of Public Administration from the Cleveland State University’s Levin College. Originally from Minneapolis, he brought 25 years of experience as a technology consultant and developer, which included helping to establish the Cuyahoga County Land Bank as its first Director of IT. He was the first student to graduate from the college's 4+1 Urban Studies/MPA program and served as CSU's Winter 2009 University Valedictorian. He and his wife Susan live in Fairfax County, Virginia, and are eager to help familiarize Levin colleagues with Federal service and the PMF program.
Andrew Kovach
Program Officer, International Visitors @Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Andrew Kovach is the Program Officer for International Visitor Programs at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Andrew holds a M.A. in Global Interactions from Cleveland State University where he also completed his undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Political Science. Andrew first joined the Council in 2015 as Development Assistant, and then assumed a role as International Visitor Program Associate, before being promoted to his current role as Program Officer. In 2019, he was recognized as exchange "Programmer of the Year" by Global Ties U.S. His other professional experiences have focused on nonprofit work for Cleveland's refugee community.
Elaine Price
Principal Planner - Greenspace @Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Elaine A. Price serves as Principal Planner - Greenspace for Cuyahoga County Planning Commission serving fifty-nine communities.  Her work drives strategic initiatives around greenspace, waterways and regional trail systems. Elaine began her career as an Environment, Health and Safety professional in industry-leading firms including Sohio/British Petroleum, Chase Brass & Copper, American Steel & Wire, and GE.  GE’s EHS and Six Sigma Quality programs advanced Ms. Price into management through a series of global assignments, and ultimately in Human Resources.  Elaine left GE to lead The Holden Arboretum as President & CEO.    Elaine is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland (2005) and Leadership Lake County (2002).  Elaine earned her BA double major in Biology and Environmental Studies, and her MS in Environmental Science, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Elaine enjoys gardening, cycling, cooking, and activity with her church(s).  She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband
Ameera Meri (Moderator)
MPA Candidate/Mentee @Cleveland State University
Ameera is the graduate assistant for the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. She has worked with the Center for over 2 years as both the student assistant and graduate assistant. She currently assists the Center with their student enrichment and professional development programs. Prior to becoming the Center's GA, she was an undergrad at CSU studying Organizational Leadership, graduating in 2020. During her last year of undergrad, she worked at the Center as the student assistant, assisting with marketing activities, program administration, community outreach, and more. As well as working as the Center's GA, she has also been working as the site strategies intern for regional economic development agency Team NEO for the past year. Ameera plans to graduate with her master's in 2022 and use her passion for public administration to continue to help bridge the gap between communities throughout Northeast Ohio.
Emily Dahnert (Moderator)
MNAL Candidate/Mentee @Cleveland State University
Emily Dahnert (she/her) is currently a candidate for a Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership as part of Levin’s 4 + 1 program. She comes to Cleveland State by way of Cuyahoga Community College, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. Emily moved to Cleveland Heights just over five years ago with her family. When she is not pinned to the couch by her extremely cuddly cat, you will most likely find her in a public library, on a pickleball court, or in her mother’s small vegetable garden. She is passionate about racial justice, social equity, LGBTQ+ rights, and chronic illness and hopes to get involved in community development work in the future.