Center for Community Engagement

Engage. Connect. Serve.

Nashid Shakir, Chairperson. Nashid is a results-oriented professional with more than twenty five years of progressive leadership, planning, and project management experience. He also has an expansive history and passion for working with inter-cultural community capacity building (inclusion through diversity), and organizational leadership and development. Nashid has been a “Muslim Revert” for over thirty years and married to Rabiah Shakir, for over twenty five years. Nashid is also the proud father of three sons and a daughter: Nuri Shakir (34), Kamilah Bryant (29), Sulayman Shakir (24) and Isa Shakir (22).

Deborah Mariner Allsop, Vice Chairperson.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia State University and her Master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati. She has been the executive director/CEO of FamiliesFORWARD, a United Way partner agency, since October 2007. Prior to that, she served as director for allocations and program evaluation for 15 years at the United Way. Deborah was an elected official, serving as a member of the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education for 16½ years; and has served on several nonprofit boards including the Appletree Child Care Center and the Wyoming Youth Services Bureau.

Jen Molitor, Secretary. With a Master's degree in Education, Jen is a teacher and nutritionist. As a nutritionist, she focuses on functional nutrition to support bio-individual needs through a holistic approach of balancing the body, diet, and lifestyle.

Jacky Musau Kalubi, Treasurer.

With a Master's degree in French Civilization and Literature from the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Kalubi is a Teacher of French and Spanish at The Seven Hills School, a  Pre K-12  private school in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1990. She is also a Diversity Coordinator in the Middle School since 2011.  Her passion for teaching languages and cultures has allowed her to take her students to all corners of the world. In addition to traveling, she enjoys music, cooking, sewing, gardening, knitting and spending time with family and friends.

Barbara Manuel, Program Officer. A graduate of Earlham College, Barbara brings over 20 years of experience in the field of social work. She works at the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Kathy Davis, Member. Kathy has a Master's degree in counseling. She taught Junior High art for 32 years and is happily retired. She continues to be involved in her school, district and community in leading programs that work against drug use.

Dr. Mazemba A Nzwanga. Member. Dr. Nzwanga owns a Masters' degree in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina (USC) and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University (OSU). His professional experience includes many years of teaching English and French abroad and in the US and at all the levels of the education spectrum, at elementary school, high school and college level. In the last five years he has taught English in resettlement centers for refugees in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Nzwanga is also a textbook writer and a novelist.

Cindy Browne, Member. Cindy serves as the manager for the Comboni Missionaries' Justice and Peace Resource Center which brings her in close touch with a variety of global issues. She enjoys relationship building and also learning, and using technology tools that educate, enrich and promote our targets.

Nina E. Lewis, Member. Nina holds a master’s degree in social work from Simmons College in Boston, MA

and master’s in health services administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Currently, she serves as director of undergraduate social work at Union Institute & University with over 20 years of experience as an educator, clinical administrator, and consultant

specializing in behavioral health.

Dr Pierre Matuka Yeno, Member. Dr. Yeno Matuka has a PhD in applied linguistics with concentration in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; and a long experience teaching English in college, high school and language centers in Congo and the United States.