Director: Candice, a mother of 3 boys, had a son suspended for staring. She brings the passion of wanting to develop our youth. For the past 5 years, the Tolbert Family has worked with youth at the entry point of the court system by volunteering at Hillcrest Academy. Candice has helped numerous individuals with felonies find gainful employment through entrepreneurship.
Executive Director: Tommie offers a robust knowledge and expertise in performance coaching, leader development, organizational engagement and global diversity spanning corporate, public, government, education and not-for-profit sectors. Tommie has been sought after to provide leadership, employee development and diversity consultancy across the nation.
Rodney and his wife Patricia live in Springdale with their children Rodney II and Ryann. Rodney is a native Cincinnatian and proud Cincinnati Public School product (Pleasant Hill Elementary and Walnut Hills High School). Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Law School. He has practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for 20 years.
Mr. Harris spent his first 17 years practicing law in private practice but then closed his private practice to serve our community. For the last 3 years, Mr. Harris has held the office of Director of the Hamilton County Public Defender’s office felony division where he has raised the standard for indigent defense in Hamilton County. In 2016, Mr. Harris was the recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association “Attorney of the Year” award for his work. In 2017, Mr. Harris was awarded the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati “Distinguished Service” for his service to the greater Cincinnati community throughout his 20 year career. Recently, Mr. Harris was recognized for his community service by the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.
Mr. Harris is active in the community serving as a ‘Mentor-Leader’ to many area youth. He formed, founded, presided over and coached for Viking’s Youth Athletics, ltd. youth football and cheerleading. Mr Harris has also taken a lead role in educating the community through Black Lawyers Association community forums and has been recognized as a criminal law expert.