Statement from the Board

“It’s been an honor serving as ELC’s board president. Over the years I have watched our center work tirelessly to create safe and inclusive learning environments. I am proud of who we are and who we will become as a center.”

— Susan Grosse, Ex-Officio President, Empower Learn Create, Inc. Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

Our board works collaboratively with ELC, community partners and families to provide leadership and advocacy to ensure children have access to quality early learning experiences.



Kathleen Bryan
University of Cincinnati;
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, ECE Birth – 5 Program

Vice President

Tiffany Roman
University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College;
Assistant Professor/Program Director, Radiologic Technology Program


Lindsay Sadlowski
Total Quality Logistics, LLC;
Assistant Corporate Counsel


Melissa Schmidt
Clark Schaefer Hackett;
CPA, Senior Manager

Ex-Officio President

Susan Grosse
American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter;
Director, Chapter Program Services


Diana Grover
Life Enriching Communities;
Senior Director, Compliance & Process Improvement

Joe Harrell
University of Cincinnati;
Associate VP Facilities Management

Helene Harte
University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College;
Associate Professor of Education

Tony Lawson
Cincinnati Museum Center;
Senior Director, School & Teacher Partnerships

Nicole Mayo
University of Cincinnati;
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Dwonna D. Thompson-Lenoir, Psy.D.,LPCC-S
Director, Young Child Institute
Central Clinic Behavioral Health

Lauren Schwartz
Meridian Closets; President