Dr. Suzie White, Director of Student Academy

Suzie White completed her Ph.D. at New York University (NYU) studying higher education and urban school reform. She earned her master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Education Policy and Management, after which she worked as the college counselor at a Cristo Rey high school in Boston. The Cristo Rey Network is a national network of Catholic, college preparatory high schools for young people who live in urban communities. Prior to graduate school she was an AmeriCorps volunteer and Senior Program Development Associate at College Summit, a social enterprise that helps low-income students go to college. Suzie graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies. Suzie completed her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She also completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Simply Power Yoga. 


Lee Smith, Outreach Coordinator

Lee Smith graduated from West Point High School in West Point, Mississippi and attended the University of Cincinnati, where she was a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Lee received a certificate in Personal Computer Training from Queen City Vocational Center. She previously worked in various capacities at Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, Great American Insurance Company, and Fifth-Third Bank.  Lee has extensive event coordination, project management, volunteer management, and community-building skills.  She volunteers as a Sunday Care Director, Assistant Junior League Basketball Coach, at nursing homes and feeding inner-city homeless people.  She enjoys singing, dancing, and working with children. Lee joined the Leadership Scholars Family in 2009.



Alyssa Terrell, Director of Parent Services

Alyssa has been in service to others all of her adult life. Alyssa began her career as a Youth Worker 25 years ago, supporting children and families through outpatient day treatment and found the experience rewarding yet starting too late in a child's life. As opportunities were presented Alyssa stepped up to participate and began providing Parents As Teachers services to families with young children. The work was so rewarding and important that Alyssa stepped into a leadership role with Every Child Succeeds, providing early services to pregnant mothers and young children. Over the years Alyssa developed others as leaders, implemented the Teaching Family Model to accreditation, and supported programs and employees through orientation, training, and talent management services. Alyssa received her Master's in Human Resource Development from Xavier University.


Myrna Gomez, Hispanic Community Outreach Coordinator

Myrna Gomez has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla and will graduate from the MBA program at Xavier University in 2016. She has over 5 years of experience in the retail, manufacturing and customer service; and over 4 years of experience in Spanish teaching, tutoring and translating. She has had the opportunity to live in Mexico, England, Costa Rica and the USA. These experiences have contributed to her ability to adapt quickly to change and to adjust her skills and background to serve in different positions. She is very passionate of her Hispanic culture and enjoys serving the Latino community to succeed in the U.S. Lately she has participated  in the Leadership Scholars Parent Academy where she will now collaborate as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator. Myrna enjoys exercising and she is the leader of the local group No Excuse Moms, where she encourages other women to have an active lifestyle through free weekly workouts. She lives in Mason, OH with her husband and three kids.




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