President/CEO of the Lorain County Urban League, Inc.
George H. Lambert, Jr. is the newly appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the Lorain County Urban League. The affiliate is located on Ohio’s beautiful Lake Erie shores.
Notably, Mr. Lambert’s background spans careers in both the non profit and for-profit sectors where he provided support to clients from Corporate Industry to National Organizations. His tedious work in the non profit arena includes serving as the Senior Director for Resource Development Operations with United Way of the National Capital Area. His role was critical in the success of two consecutive campaigns each exceeding $30 million respectively. He is also the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Urban League and served as a Regional Consultant with the National Urban League.
Mr. Lambert’s for-profit experience has been as a public affairs senior executive spearheading strategic alliance initiatives on behalf of Fortune 50 telecommunication clients. He also served as a Senior Principal with the Gasby Group, a full service strategic fund raising firm. In this capacity, he spearheaded a $4 million comprehensive campaign.
Keenly interested in urban issues throughout his professional career, Mr. Lambert continues to serve as an advocate helping to shape the social service landscape in many venues. Moreover, his career path has been laced with visionary leadership and progressive managerial achievement. He has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and commissions and maintains his involvement in a broad range of issues consistent with his interests and views.
Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania and received a B.A. Degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Lambert is married to the former Bernardette Curtis. He is the proud father of five lovely young adults and five grandchildren. He is an ordained Deacon and a member of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Contact George at: 440-323-3364 x 23 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Housing
Mindy Wright joined the Lorain County Urban League in August, 2003 as the Housing Program Director. In this capacity, Mindy currently oversees, with the assistance of Larisa Staruch, Foreclosure Prevention Counselor, the following programs for the LCUL:
- HUD Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program
- National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program
- State of Ohio’s Restoring Stability Program to provide financial resources to struggling homeowners
- Fair Housing Program to include workshops and landlord/tenant advice and referrals
- First-time Homebuyer Program
Mindy grew up in LaGrange, Ohio graduating from Keystone High School. Later Mindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. She has also obtained certifications in the areas of homebuyer counseling, foreclosure counseling and program management. Through Mindy’s efforts, the Lorain County Urban League became the first HUD approved counseling agency in Lorain County in 2007.
Together with her husband, Phillip, she is the proud mother of two children, Sydney and Logan, who keep her very active. In her spare time, Mindy enjoys reading, working in the yard, and spending time with family.
Contact Mindy at 440-323-3364 x22 or by email at email@example.com.
Director of Programs
Michael Ferrer joined the Lorain County Urban League in October 2004 to manage the organization’s WIA funded youth tutoring and mentoring programs. Since joining the LCUL he created the Urban Youth Adventure Challenge for youth, developed the Lorain City Schools Credit Recovery Leadership Academy, piloted the National Urban League’s Save Our Sons Diabetes Prevention program for African American men with Morehouse School of Medicine, and worked with MERCY to start the Rising Stars Medical Internship program for high school youth aspiring to become medical professionals.
Prior to joining the organization Michael served for 11 years as Director of Youth Services for El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. (El Centro), Lorain County’s oldest Hispanic multi-social service organization, and 6 years as Youth Services Director for the Lorain Salvation Army, where he planned and implemented yearly long programs for over 1800 youth between the ages of 6-21. Almost all of his programs with these organizations targeted youth involved with gangs, those kicked out of other programs, and youth who had extensive contact with Juvenile authorities. Many of these youth have now graduated from high school and college, serve on organizational Governing Boards, and work in areas which assist youth in adapting to the demands of today’s workforce.
Michael is a respected motivational speaker and trainer, who has written several education programs for youth utilized by non-profits, area school systems and both NUL and NCLR affiliates. He serves as a consultant for juvenile authorities, public and private schools and national initiatives for “At Risk” youth. Michael and former LCUL President/CEO Fred Wright created the Hispanic/Latino African American Coalition which brought the first joint community “Critical Issues Health Conference to Lorain County. He organized the 1st Statewide Hispanic Health Disparities Conference for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. He and his wife Dina have coordinated all 16 Hispanic Leadership Conferences in Lorain County. Michael currently serves or has served on several boards throughout the County. He was Executive Director of Southeastern Business College and CEO of Palmer School in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Old Guard, President Reagan’s personal escort. A Graduate of Bowling Green State University, he lives in Lorain with his wife Dina, and has six children.
Contact Michael at 440-336-1501 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Paula Deason is the Director of Operations for the Urban League. Paula obtained her BS from The University of Detroit and her Masters of Education from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, she has a Special Education Counseling endorsement from the University of Texas. She has taught in many different districts which include Detroit, MI, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX and Plano, TX.
Paula has 5 children. Paige graduated from Ohio Northern University is married, lives outside of Dallas and owns her own consulting firm RTX Solutions. Sam graduated from the University of Texas and is employed by HP as a computer engineer. Rebekah graduated from the University of Toledo and is an electrical engineer with Continental Engineering in Dallas, Texas. Jon graduated from Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology and works for Sikorsky Helicopter as an FAA certified Airplane Mechanic in West Palm Beach, FL. Dan is a student at Lorain County Community College.
Contact Paula at 440-323-3364 x27 or email@example.com.
Participant Portfolio Specialist
Brisco Odom joined the Lorain County Urban League in May, 2012 as a community base work experience client from the Veteran Rehabilitation program, assisting in the area of data entry clerk.. He later transitioned into the Participant Portfolio Specialist position where he is currently working with the NUL UYEP WORKS program.
Prior to coming to LCUL, Mr. Odom was a Field Engineer with Clover Technologies of Wixom, Michigan. He brings to the Urban League a joyful spirit and great organizational skill
Contact Brisco at 440-323-3364 x21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Director of Programs
Tina Allen currently services as Program Director for Project Ready: Making a generation ready for the Promise of Higher Education. Project Ready is a middle school transition program helping students make a transition to high school and prepare them for college. Project Ready provides students early access to college and career.
Ms. Allen was an Employment Specialist for the Urban League for three years before joining the staff of the Lorain County Community College ABLE program; she rejoined the Lorain County Urban League staff as a Case Manager and GED Instructor for the Urban Youth Empowerment Porgram in October 2009.
Tina has a compassion for youth, and a passion for education, and giving back to the community. She has been employed, as a GED Instructor, with Lorain County Community College, Adult Basic Literacy and Education Program (ABLE). She has also worked as a substitute teacher in Elyria and Lorain City Schools. She is active with the youth within the church and the community. She has received awards for community service.
Tina is enrolled in the Ashland University Graduate Program, pursing a 4-9th grade math/social studies teacher certification/Masters Degree in Education. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a B.S.B.A. in human resources management. Tina has one daughter, Octavia Allen. She attends North Carolina A & T State University pursing an accounting degree.
Contact Tina at: 440-323-3364 x 26 or by email at email@example.com
Foreclosure Intervention Counselor
Larisa Staruch joined the Lorain County Urban League in September 2009 as the Foreclosure Intervention Counselor. Her job responsibilities include meeting with clients and assisting them with developing a budget and setting financial goals. She also educates clients on topics such as foreclosure, collection action, court judgments, credit reports, wage attachments. Larisa is also an intermediary with lenders and servicers, on behalf of her clients, in negotiating HAMP, in-house loan modifications, deed-in-lieu or short sale transactions. She also assists clients with preparing both loan modification and Hardest Hit Funds Applications. Prior to working at the Urban League, Larisa was a Paralegal/Administrative Assistant with The Housing Advocates, Inc. Home Ownership Assistance Program where she assisted attorneys specializing in predatory lending and foreclosure defense issues.
Larisa was born in Lorain and grew up in Elyria, Cleveland Heights and Amherst, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a post-degree certificate in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga County Community College.
Contact Larisa at 440-323-3364 x31 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gloria Simpson joined the Lorain County Urban League in December 2010, as a volunteer in the education department. Gloria assisted in the Read and Rise Program and helped out in the office as needed. She later transitioned into the employment department when the opportunity became available. Gloria’s job responsibilities include meeting with customers, doing initial intake, assisting them with preparing a resume and a cover letter. Ms. Simpson also works with customers throughout the job search process; she makes employment referrals; provides pre-employment workshops, and post-employment follow-up activities. Above all, Gloria connects individuals who are looking for work to a network that includes sponsors of seasonal job fairs and potential employers.
Prior to coming to the Lorain County Urban League, Ms. Simpson was a Patient Account Representative for Community Health Partners. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Lorain County Community College. Gloria is also a local playwright, writing, directing, marketing, performing, and staging approximately 9 different plays throughout the state of Ohio.
Contact Gloria at 440-323-3364 ext. 33 or by email at email@example.com.
Ruthie Wilson joined the Lorain County Urban League in June, 2012 as a student intern from the Lorain JVS Adult Career Program, assisting in all areas of administration. She later transitioned into the Office Assistant postion where she is currently working with the NUL Occupy the vote campaign and is an administrative assistant to the Director of Programs.
Prior to coming to LCUL, Ms. Wilson was a human resource assistant and an office assistant within the Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. She brings to the Urban League a big smile and bubbly personality.
Save Our Sons Program Assistant
Dazarae Shepherd joined the Lorain County Urban League in 2006 as a student in the UYAC Program, in 2007 she participated in Rising Stars and in 2008 interned with LCUL through WIA. In 2009 she transitioned into the Program Assistant position with the Save Our Sons program. Dazarae is in charge of the Save Our Sons registration, follow-up, administrative work, group meetings and tests. She is currently a student at LCCC, A 2007 gradate of ElyriaHigh School, and the proud mother of one son.
Junior Advocate Counselor
Tula Ramos joined the Lorain County Urban League in June, 2013. She formally worked as our Program Coordinator for the WIA Mentoring and Tutoring Program and has since returned to assist with UYEP Works. She’s earned her Associate’s Degree in Police Science and is currently enrolled in Lorain County Community College partnership program with Youngstown State University for her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She has four children and has lived in the city of Lorain her entire life.
Michelle E. Moore, is a 25 year resident of Lorain County. She has worked in Lorain County as well as Cuyahoga County for the past 19 years in non profit youth programs and for profit businesses such as Adecco, Ohio Business College and Bakers. Michelle graduated from Elyria High School as well as the Lorain County JVS with a certificate in Computers and Accounting. She has an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Lorain County Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Services Administration.
Eric D. Pardon was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. He is a graduate of Admiral High School where he was a successful athlete, excelling in football and track. He received a full scholarship to Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor’s majoring in Professional and Interpersonal Communications. He has been married for 28 years. He and his wife have two teenage children. He has worked in the field of human services as a social worker and case manager for many years. His work experience includes: Crisis Hotline Clinician/Suicide Prevention Interventionist, Adult Protective Services Case Manager, MICA House Site Manager, Boys and Girls Club Area Director. He also has worked with Lorain City School System as an In-Scholl Suspension Teacher. He has been a volunteer for the Lorain County Task Force, Harrison Cultural Community Center, and Cabrini Food Pantry in South Lorain and as a Lorain City Youth Football Coach. He was also a member of the Cultural Diversity Team at Lorain County Jobs and Family Services in Elyria, OH. He has been certified as a Rape Crisis Advocate in the past. He enjoys listening to music. He prefers listening to jazz and classic rock and roll music. He also enjoys watching sports especially football, basketball and track and field. He loves gardening, grilling, and hanging out with his friends and family. He recently joined the staff of the Lorain County Urban League in June of 2013.
Cindy Bogacki has joined the Lorain County Urban League in January, 2013 as the Organization’s outside accountant. Cindy is an active CPA with more than 25 years in corporate accounting. Her industry experience includes printing, real estate, automotive, recruiting, and lab testing services. During these years, Cindy has been an integral part of their accounting departments, and has helped them to grow and expand their business. She was the key player in leading these companies in many accounting system conversions and the training of the company-wide staff. She was proactive in identifying, researching, and presenting cost-saving opportunities. Cindy was often recognized by employees company-wide as the “go to” person who takes great pride in going above and beyond the call of duty to deliver premium customer service.Cindy is also currently employed as a public accountant in Broadview Heights and has been there since November, 2010. Besides Cindy’s love for accounting, she also enjoys gardening, cooking, canning, walking and swimming. Cindy is a graduate of West Virginia University and lives in Olmsted Falls with her husband Mike and son Mikey.
Housing Specialist, Pamela Leftrict, joined the Lorain County Urban League in October 2013. Pam works with Mindy Cooper and Larisa Staruch in the Housing Department. Pam handles intake services for homeowners seeking assistance through the foreclosure prevention programs available through the Lorain County Urban League. Having obtained a vast array of employment experiences, she is committed to influencing the success of the community service, social welfare and self-help programs that are sustained by the Urban League.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Pam is a graduate of Wright State University. She resides in Elyria with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, travel and reading. Pam serves as a member and officer of the Lorain County Urban League Guild.