Team

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE


Felicia A. Saunders

Community Engagement Administrator

Felicia Saunders is the Community Organizer and President of the Easthaven Civic/Block watch and Treasurer for the MidEast Area Community Collaborative (MACC). She is an Alumna of Mifflin High School and Fort Hayes Career Center with a degree in Word Processing and Data Entry. Retired from Nationwide Insurance since 2006, (21 years as an Underwriter Specialist), she participated in the Neighborhood Community Care Days. She is currently a contractor for the State of Ohio as a Program Administrator for the ODJFS, Office of Families and Children.

She has a passion and is a dedicated community leader/advocate for nonviolence. Her tireless and compassionate ways are due to the loss of losing her oldest and only son to gun violence. Anthony “Fatboi” Sowers II, was murdered on August 16, 2009 in the Easthaven neighborhood.  Through her grief and pain, she and her neighbors took steps to try and stop the needless violence and loss of life in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently supporting “Think Make Live” as a Community Engagement Administrator.

Felicia is also the Director and organizer of the South Community Youth Association (SCYA)-Southside Seminoles Football and Cheerleaders little league and after school tutoring organization.  She is on the Easthaven Elementary School Site Base Council Advisory Board and sits on the Advisory Board as the Program Administrator for the Unity House – a home that provides individuals recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction, with a safe sober living environment that is supported through: social and leisure recreational activities; as well as responsible life skills.

 


Lauren Lopez

Program Administrator

Lauren Lopez is a Program Coordinator for Latinx Student Success at The Ohio State University. She manages the team’s efforts in cultivating the Latinx community for the academic, social, leadership, and professional support of the students at Ohio State. Lauren believes in the full inclusion of Latinx and underrepresented groups on campus and works to raise the visibility of those groups on campus.

After graduation from The Ohio State University in 2012, Lauren began her professional career as a licensed middle school math teacher in Indiana and Ohio for five years. During her time as a teacher, Lauren designed and implemented a highly rigorous curriculum that improved middle school math scores by at least 15% in each of the schools she worked at. Throughout her time teaching Lauren was able to earn her Masters of Art in Teaching from Marian University in 2014.

Lauren involves herself in numerous community organizations. She is a recent graduate of the Latinx Mentoring Academy, Administrative Coordinator of Think Make Live, LLC and she serves as the President-Elect of the Latinx Alumni Society at The Ohio State University. During her free time, Lauren enjoys volunteering as a middle school ladies basketball coach and the Advisor for the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. co-ed Latino Fraternity.

 


Breana Higgins

Marketing Executive
Breana Higgins is a graduate from the Ohio State University with a bachelors in International Studies – Development Studies and a minor in Spanish. She is a community organizer of Think Make Live. She is currently working with Ohio State’s SNAP-Ed extension program – a program that educates qualifying youth and adults with low income though nutrition and obesity prevention. Her passion is for community development in which she strives to advocate and educate youth and families on opportunities and resources that they have so that they can grow, become empowered, successful, and live sustainable lives. Working with multiple organizations, she hopes to gain knowledge and implement strategies into reaching these goals. Breana will be attending the Ohio State University to obtain her masters in Community and Extension.

Jeremy Thomas

Community Engagement Specialist
Jeremy E. Thomas, MA., LPC is a graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in Urban Planning and a Masters from Ashland Theological Seminary in Mental Health Counseling. He has lead voter registration drives and brought awareness to the inportance of voting to his community. He has worked with Think, Make, Live with there youth summit. He makes it a mission to visit each area commission in Columbus once a year to help create neighborhood vision plans. As a resident of Columbus’ Westside Jeremy enjoys working with activist, public servants, and citizens to find sustainable solutions to Columbus’ issues. He is a current mental health counselor at Abraxas Family Services and attends Hope City House of Prayer for worship. Jeremy‘s desire is to see a Culture of Honor created in the city of Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio.

Kirk Shenay

Community Engagement Specialist

Kirk Shenay is from the North Side of Columbus, Ohio. He spent a lot of his juvenile years in trouble and in and out of the system. “I Received my first felony as a adult at the age of 18 and was incarcerated at 20 I spent 6 years behind bars”. In prison is were he truly began to take a in depth look at himself and what he loved and also what he wanted. “My biggest dilemma was never seeing a future for my life. I know today who I am and my relationship with God is what drives my success and mindset. I am so appreciative to be apart of Think Make Live and play my role as a community engagement specialist, where I speak to the youth who are incarcerated or lost like I was. I give them resources and knowledge to become successful. I believe if we began to see ourselves as who we were created to be which is leaders than we will see the difference not only in our generations but those to come as well.”


Sristhi Ghosh

Community Engagement Specialist 

Srishti Ghosh is a Senior at The Ohio State University studying Sociology and Political Science on a Pre-Law Track. At Ohio State, Srishti serves on the Buck-I-Serv Board and works as a Resident Advisor. She is also involved with a few organizations focused on empowering disadvantaged youth and the President of the newly created Think Make Live OSU student organization at Ohio State. Long-term, she plans on pursuing a career in social justice, specifically working on issues surrounding mass incarceration in the United States.


 

Rebecca Serfozo

Community Engagement Specialist 

Rebecca Serfozo is from Lorain, Oh and is currently attending The Ohio State University pursuing her Masters in Social Work. Rebecca has gained experience and knowledge working within the field of corrections throughout her time as a student at The Ohio State University. She has dedicated much of her studies to research, creating and facilitating many evidence-based programs focused on addressing the specific behavioral and mental health concerns affecting many incarcerated youth.