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We strongly value our connections in the community.

The Office of Advancement & Community Engagement is comprised of an energetic and dedicated group of professionals committed "to advancing the mission of The Children's Home of Cincinnati by serving the needs and goals of the agency - and its partners - through a strategic focus on marketing, communications, business development, community engagement and fundraising."

Rod Hinton

Roderick Hinton
Chief Administrative Officer

Rod provides strategic and operational oversight for non-programmatic functions within the agency including fundraising, community relations, marketing and communications, business development, human resources, training, volunteerism, advertising, special events, and agency awareness initiatives. He works closely with the president and CEO, Board of Trustees and executive leadership team on several high-level and strategic initiatives including The Children's Home Foundation, acquisition/merger prospects, enlarged partnerships within the business community, and other ongoing strategic community engagement efforts. An impassioned leader who remains steadfastly dedicated and connected to the community he serves, Rod serves on several boards for local charities and fellow non-profits including Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA); Christ Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Inclusion and Advisory Board, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; and The Metropolitan Board of Governors.


Steve Wilson, Ed. D. - Communications Director

Steven Wilson, Ed.D.
Communications Director

Dr. Steven Wilson leads all strategic communications on behalf of The Children's Home including marketing, advertising, public relations, and media relations. He oversees the communication aspects of agency events, advancement of The Children's Home programs in support of early childhood, behavioral health, and education as well as manages the agency website, crisis communications, social media and printed materials. He is a combat veteran and retired from the United States Air Force.


James Johnson - Manager of Advancement

James Johnson
Manager of Advancement

A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, James C. Johnson received his B.A. in Electronic Media & Broadcasting in 2018. He is a proud native of Cincinnati where he was raised by his southern-styled grandparents in their inner-city home. In honoring his country, he has served in the United States Army Reserves as a paralegal specialist.

He comes to us from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati where he was the membership & digital marketing director for the Central Parkway branch. Overseeing the service of over 4,000 members, James led the fundraising efforts for the facility. He has also served on the international Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and currently volunteers with the Tulsa Initiative, Inc. as their development manager.

As manager of advancement, James implements and manages The Children’s Home’s fundraising efforts centric to donor engagement and stewardship, and the agency’s annual and leadership giving campaigns. He will also oversee operations relating to The Children’s Home’s direct mail campaigns and is responsible for relationship cultivation, prospecting and development as well as agency portfolio management, including individual donors, foundations and corporate partners.

  Caren Hoelker
  Advancement and Community Engagement Executive Assistant

  Caren Hoelker is the Advancement & Community Engagement Executive Assistant at The Children’s Home. She helps define and achieve the agency’s strategic philanthropy, awareness, and engagement goals. Caren works directly with the chief administrative officer and collaborates with the President & CEO, the agency executive team, and the Board of Trustees. Caren collaborates with the Director of Leadership Giving, facilitates the administration of the grant process including the collection of agency documentation, input and loading of grant submissions, maintaining online and hardcopy grant records, and managing fiscal year spreadsheets of grant activity. Caren also assists the Advancement Team in executing donor recognition strategies including yearlong and highly individualized initiatives including, but not limited to personalized mailings, phone calls, and donor receptions. Caren comes to The Children’s Home by way of St. Xavier High School, where she served as the admissions coordinator.


Our mission of transforming the lives of children and their families cannot be fulfilled without the generous support of individuals like you.



We offer various volunteer opportunities throughout the year for individuals and organizations. Projects such as landscaping and program supply drives are a great way to bond with fellow co-workers, church members or others while contributing to a worthy cause benefitting Cincinnati’s most vulnerable populations. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact us at

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The Children's Home
5050 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 272-2800