OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
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."
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.
Steven Wilson, Ed.D.
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.
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.
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
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