Teleange′ was named Chief Advancement & Relationship Officer for JumpStart in January 2021, where she is responsible for leading JumpStart’s strategic fundraising initiatives, strengthening partnerships and spearheading the organization’s involvement in civic initiatives including the Cleveland Innovation Project, the MidTown Innovation District and other initiatives JumpStart anticipates pursuing in the coming years. Accumulating almost twenty-years in nonprofit management, philanthropy and racial equity work has made her an impactful leader and trusted broker in the community.
Prior to joining JumpStart, Teleange’ Thomas served for five-years with, Foundation Center Midwest, (now Candid) as the Director of Partnerships- Midwest deepening the organization’s impact in thirteen Midwestern states through comprehensive data, training and insights on the social sector to help non-profit professionals, grant seekers and the philanthropic organizations that fund them be catalyst for change in their communities. A seven-year tenure as the Program Director, Health for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland; overseeing strategies to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations through strategic grant-making, systems and policy change and five-years in leadership roles with the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Health.
In addition, Ms. Thomas she is the co-architect of The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland, Celebrate Those Who Give Black and The Cleveland Black Equity & Humanity Fund.
Always entrepreneurial, Teleange′ is the founder of Plattforms LLC., a women and minority owned firm that specializes in the design, startup, and sustainability of social change projects and initiatives to improve humanity through socio-economic opportunity and solutions; particularly aimed at elevating people, places and ideas that impact people and communities of color.
Teleange’ is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She is a board of director for Green City Growers, The Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Public Library and Policy Matters Ohio. She is a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a member of Zeta-Phi-Beta Sorority Inc.,(Inactive), The Order of Eastern Star (Active) is published in numerous professional journals and academic publications and has earned a host of awards and honors for her service and leadership.
Kevin K. Johnson is a thought-leader, futurist, advisor to boards, and philanthropist. He has held multiple leadership positions in the areas of Engineering, Information Technology, and Association Management. He has introduced a myriad of successful new products, solutions, and innovative business models into various markets
across several highly competitive industries. He has a track record of developing business initiatives that have achieved sustainable competitive advantages for his employers and clients in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
His expertise spans a wide array of functional areas including strategic planning and implementation, business process optimization, expert system design, product lifecycle management, program management, and team-based management processes. He has worked with multinational companies including Robbins & Myers, PTC (formally Parametric Technology Corporation), Cooper Oil Tool, PMI Food Equipment Corporation (Hobart Corporation), Bendix Corporation, and Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. He has been awarded U.S. Patents for the design of new products along with several U.S. Trademarks. He and has served as Executive Director of an international professional Association.
Mr. Johnson’s expertise also extends to elder care and aging-in-place models where he has been intensely involved in non-profit and for-profit
initiatives associated with the health, economic, and social well-being of older adults.
Kevin Johnson is a philanthropist specifically focused on attaining sustainable outcomes through focused philanthropic initiatives with select engagement partners. He and his wife Constance Hill-Johnson have been awarded the Cleveland Foundations’ 2015 Frederick Harris Goff & Legacy Societies Philanthropic Award for Service; an honor bestowed once every 2-years. Mr. Johnson was also instrumental in producing The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland (TSOPCLE) in 2019 a national exhibition showcasing Black philanthropy and community philanthropy throughout the greater Cleveland area. The TSOPCLE team also launched the Cleveland Black
Equity and Humanity Fund. A sustainable fund seeded by African Americans and community allies that can support and facilitate philanthropic investment in causes and issues that promote and support Black-led social and economic change throughout Northeast Ohio.
Currently, Mr. Johnson is Managing Partner at NexGen Interactive, LLC, a technology consultancy helping clients understand and implement fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies to increase profitability and attain competitive advantage. Additionally, Mr. Johnson is CEO of Glenwood Management a corporate group that includes business-to-business risk management company, KDJ Group LLC, and Visiting Angels of Cleveland, a business-to-consumer, senior home-care agency.
Mr. Johnson has served as an adjunct professor of Strategic Management at Antioch University’s McGregor School of Graduate Management. Mr. Johnson is also a former instructor of Applied Physics including Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics at Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus in Ohio.
Prior community and civic involvement include serving as a Trustee for Habitat for Humanity (Dayton, OH) and as a task force member for the City of Dayton, Ohio’s ‘Year 2000’ mitigation project. He was the Technology Chair for the 2004 International Children’s Games in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the creation of the City of Cleveland’s strategic Emergency Operation Center. He speaks on wide-ranging topics from technology including Blockchain, IoT and Smart Cities to social issues including eldercare.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio Kevin Johnson, has earned the degree of Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University’s McGregor School of Management in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Johnson is also a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® accredited by theSociety of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) ®.
Constance Hill-Johnson (Connie) is the Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services in Cleveland Ohio. Visiting Angels is an in-home service provider assisting the elderly and older adult to live as independently as possible by remaining safely in their own familiar home environment.
Now a seasoned entrepreneur, Connie started her business in 2002, and has successfully served hundreds of seniors throughout the greater Cleveland area and surrounding communities. Her professional background includes over 10-years of senior health care management experience in a variety of health care settings. She is regarded as a both a dynamic motivational leader and speaker who shares with audiences her entrepreneurial journey which began in her early 40’s, in addition to her recent journey as an adult caregiver to a mother with dementia.
Connie’s expertise spans a wide array of organizational settings including acute care hospitals, physician’s medical practices, and professional management services companies. Ms. Hill-Johnson also spent 5 years as an institutional sales broker on an equity sales and trading desk for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.
She has earned the degree of Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Connie serves on the Board of Directors of The Cleveland Foundation, the oldest community foundation in the country. In 2017 she was honored as a Crain’s Women of Note and in 2020 she was selected as a YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Excellence award winner. Connie currently serves on the boards of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA) and Adults at Risk, a pillar of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. She is a member of the African American Outreach Committee of Hospice of the Western Reserve and is one of the architects of The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland & Celebrate Those Who Give Black, an exhibit which reframes how philanthropy looks in the African American community. A committed philanthropist, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Cleveland Black Equity and Humanity Fund, a sustainable fund, seeded by African-Americans and community allies that support and facilitate philanthropic investment in causes and issues that promote and support
Black-led social and economic change throughout Northeast Ohio.
Cecil J. Lipscomb is the Executive Director of the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc.(UBF). Founded in 1981, UBF is a charitable organization that provides financial (grants) and technical support to neighborhood-based organizations, offering a full range of health and human service programs for the residents of Cleveland’s African American and lower income communities. In 2019, he received the Smart Business 50 Innovation, Impact and Sustainability Award for his work at UBF. Prior to that, Mr. Lipscomb was Senior Director of Institutes at
Cleveland Clinic and worked as Director of Fundraising for Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering. Before 2004, he worked in commercial and government sales,
management, and marketing in the telecommunications sector for ten years with two Fortune 100 Companies, who eventually merged to create Verizon.
In addition to his executive responsibilities, Cecil devotes a significant amount of his time on a voluntary basis to organizations whose missions reflect his life’s vision and where he believes
he can make a contribution to their advancement.
Mr. Lipscomb is 1st Vice Chair for the Board of Directors at Eliza Bryant Village, the oldest continually operating African American long-term care facility in the United States. In addition to
serving on the Board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, the highest-performing network of free, public charter schools in Ohio, he serves as a visiting member of the Board of Directors for
United Way of Greater Cleveland. He was also pleased to accept a recent appointment to the Cleveland Public Library Board, believing that literacy is a fundamental building block and a
critical element to equity in education.
Cecil was tapped by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra to work with its Community Engagement Committee, and recognizing homelessness and the need for affordable housing as
one of Northeast Ohio’s greatest challenges, he welcomed an assignment with the 2020 Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Breaking New Ground Committee which focuses on that issue.
As Co-Chair of the United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Equity Leadership Council, Cecil gives attention to improving race, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices within the community. The
Council also assists United Way with addressing these issues internally with both Board and staff.
Mr. Lipscomb received his undergraduate education from Ursuline College, his MBA from Weatherhead School of Management, and certificate of nonprofit management from Mandel
Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife, Erica, are raising 3 children, ages 18, 16, and 15.