Board Members

Hudson DEI Alliance Board Members & Committee Chairs

Board Members

Co-Chairs

James Greenwood has a lifelong passion for education. He currently serves as the Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Western Reserve Academy. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Greenwood has worked in education for nearly 20 years as both a teacher and administrator in various school settings. He holds a BA in American Studies from Kenyon College where he has served as vice president and president of their alumni council. He also holds masters degrees from Brown University, Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Education from Boston College.

Joan Sauer has resided in Hudson since 1986. She was employed by Hudson City School District for 31 years as a first-grade teacher and as a school counselor.  Since retirement she serves as President of Hudson Community Service Association, Kiwanis member in charge of school grants and liaison to the High School Key Club, member of First Congregational Church of Hudson, President of ET chapter of PEO, and member of the DEI Alliance of Hudson, Ohio. Sauer served on the Summit County Board for the National Alliance of Mental Illnesses.  She is currently a member of NAMI and is always an advocate for mental health.  She serves on the Board of Directors for JoAnna Houses. These houses are located in Akron to assist women who are trying to live productive lives.

Co-Secretaries

Khanya Agee is passionate about gathering knowledge and education. She believes education comes about by conversing and interacting with different individuals with various backgrounds. Agee immigrated to the USA 21 years ago and enjoys opportunities through which she can meet with people from different backgrounds. She spent the last 15 years working with different individuals from different countries in IT. She is an active member of the African American network at work.

Jill Willis is an 11-year resident of Hudson.  She is married to Trey and they have two wonderful girls currently attending Hudson Middle School and East Woods Intermediate.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, including leading an inclusion and diversity strategy in a corporate environment.  She is excited to share her experience and passion about inclusion and diversity in our community

Treasurer

Alethea Vicktoria Ganaway, a graduate of Hudson City Schools and current resident, has been an educator for over two decades.  For the last ten years, she has worked for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).  Currently Ganaway is the Program Manager for the Additive Manufacturing and Ideation Station (a hi-tech fab lab). In addition to her role as a Program Manager, she has taught subjects including mathematics, architecture, urban studies and engineering. Her passion is helping underserved populations gain greater access to technology and STEM education. Her ultimate goal is to help cultivate communities that are empowered so that they may actively improve their surroundings, transforming underserved communities into areas that have greater access to education and safer communities through better design and planning. Ganaway volunteers for ACE Mentoring Program Cleveland, is a member of part of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Steering Committee and the National Organization of Minority Architects.  Her degrees include a BA in History and a BS in Architecture from Kent State University, and a MA in History and Master in Urban Planning Design & Development from Cleveland State University. Ganaway has been featured in many articles and served as a panelist and presenter for additive manufacturing, workforce development, diversity, and STEM education.

Committee Chairs

Marketing

Renjun Bao is passionate about what he is doing. He grew up in a small village in China where he was a farm boy.  He received his Ph.D in engineering and founded businesses both in the USA and China.  He has worked in the professional sports industry for over a decade as a reporter and as a business development professional. Bao has extensive contact with top tier athletics around the world.

Events

Laurie Allen, a twenty-year resident of Hudson, teaches mathematics at Western Reserve Academy where she also serves as a Dorm Head, Junior Leadership Hudson Advisor, Faculty DEI Committee member, Student DEI Committee member, Honor Council member. She is the mother of two children and was born and raised in northeast Ohio.

Fundraising

Michelle Gutierrez, a resident of Hudson for over ten years, has served in various accounting roles for the past twenty years, mostly on a part time basis. Her favorite role and title is Mom. Her five kids keep her busy and are the reason why she is passionate about helping her community come together to celebrate diversity and honor each other.

Amy Jordan joined the Hudson Community Foundation (HCF) in 2012 and has held the position of President since January 2019. The Board of Directors elected her President to oversee and facilitate development and growth initiatives for the foundation set by the Board of Directors. Prior to being elected, she was Director, Donor Services with responsibilities to service current and prospective donors, non-profit organizations, facilitating operations and leadership to staff. Prior to HCF, she had more than 25 years of extensive and diverse experience in marketing, sales, and operations for company sizes from start-up to global with significant hands-on experience in the development, implementation, and distribution of product. Jordan is a Hudson resident for 21 years, married with two children and has a BS in Marketing from Kent State University.

Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement Co-Chairs

Joan Sauer has resided in Hudson since 1986.  She was employed by Hudson City School District for 31 years as a first-grade teacher and as a school counselor.  Since retirement she serves as President of Hudson Community Service Association, Kiwanis member in charge of school grants and liaison to the High School Key Club, member of First Congregational Church of Hudson, President of ET chapter of PEO, and member of the DEI Alliance of Hudson, Ohio. Sauer served on the Summit County Board for the National Alliance of Mental Illnesses.  She is currently a member of NAMI and is always an advocate for mental health.  She serves on the Board of Directors for JoAnna Houses. These houses are located in Akron to assist women who are trying to live productive lives.

Interim Coordinator

Jennifer Batton is a member of the HCSD Cultural Proficiency Committee, the LWVH, and the Hudson DEI Taskforce.  She spent 24 years in the field of conflict transformation assisting local and global communities to build their capacity to prevent, address, and manage conflict.  Her work in education includes serving in state government as the Director of Education Programs for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (serving all Ohio’s schools and teacher training colleges), as the director of the Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College, and as a professor for the University of Akron and CSU.  She worked in 23 countries on behalf of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, the Organization of American States, for the Department of State, and as a Senior Consultant for UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning.  Recently she developed a training on Bridging Divides: What to do when people disagree, for the state of Minnesota’s Office of Collaborative Dispute Resolution to support the League of Minnesota Cities and Association of Minnesota Counties.  She served as a trainer, Senior Fellow and VP of the Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI) in DC focused on moving from dialogue to collaborative action on challenges, which at their root, are based in identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic status.  In 2017 she led the state-wide “Civic Engagement Facilitator Training: Moving from Dialogue to Collaborative Action” with the LWVH, Essential Partners, Welcoming America and SDI.

Contact

Hudson DEI Alliance
Hudson, Ohio

The Hudson DEI Alliance works in collaboration with our educational, business, and faith communities through a fund at the Hudson Community Foundation.

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