Nate Coffman, Executive Director
Nate Coffman is executive director of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA), a non-profit trade association for community development corporations that work to revitalize rural and urban communities. Prior to joining OCDCA in December 2009, he directed the revitalization efforts of Cleveland's historic Ohio City neighborhood with the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation.
For eight years he served as executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland (HBA). At the HBA, Nate helped bring the organization and the membership to invest and develop in many underserved urban neighborhoods working in partnership with local CDC's. He also worked several years in Columbus for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as an aide at the Ohio Senate. He is a native of southeastern Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Nate serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA).
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 207
Melissa Miller, Associate Director
Melissa Miller, Associate Director, is primarily responsible for helping OCDCA members build capacity within their organizations. She manages the OCDCA membership and coordinates training and technical assistance opportunities for members. She also oversees programs. Melissa joined OCDCA in July of 2012 and has held a variety of different roles during her tenure at OCDCA. Her first role was OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. Prior to joining OCDCA, Melissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with UGIVE.ORG coordinating service learning projects and connecting high school students with volunteer opportunities. She also spent time interning for State Representative Ted Celeste. Melissa has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from Kent State University and a MBA from Ohio University.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 209
Suzanne Parks, Director of Asset Development
Suzanne Parks, Director of Asset Development, directs the Assets Ohio and JOLI projects. She joined OCDCA on August 2008 and is responsible for the administration of the Assets Ohio venture. Ms. Parks' additional responsibilities include the provision of training and technical assistance, resource development, as well as research and the development of policy.
Prior to joining the OCDCA team, Ms. Parks was an independent consultant working with community development and other government funded agencies assisting with special projects designed to enhance organizational and program capacity. She is a former employee of two Head Start projects in the central Ohio area. In Head Start, she worked with the Family and Community Partnerships and Program Design and Governance components.
Ms. Parks was conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio Dominican University and a Masters in Leadership Education from the Mid-America Christian University.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 206
Lisa Much, Communications and Development Director
Lisa Much, Communications and Development Director, is primarily responsible for fund development and communications for OCDCA. After finishing her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Assets Ohio, she served as the Student Services Coordinator for Columbus Literacy Council until re-joining OCDCA in September 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 211
Alana Perez, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager
Alana Perez, VISTA Program Manager, joined the OCDCA in January 2018 after serving as an AmeriCorps with the American Red Cross in her hometown of Los Angeles. Prior to that, she graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. During her time at Denison, Alana played rugby and was a member of a venture philanthropy organization.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 204
Jim Martin, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Martin serves as the Chief Financial Officer, working closely with OCDCA leadership to develop a comprehensive financial plan for the organization, including retirement plans, budgets, audits and overall financial controls. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Jim started his career as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and has gained a wide range of non-profit organization experience over his career. He earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 210
Jason Weireter, Finance Consultant
Jason joined OCDCA in July 2016 after graduating from Methodist University with a BS in Business Administration in 2015. During his education, he also sought after a PGA membership with golf related internships at Scioto Country Club, Azalea Sands Golf Club, and Golf Web Design. Jason is an avid golfer and enjoys the outdoors.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 210
Jynette T. Hayes, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Jynette T Hayes is a former AmeriCorps VISTA. She is a mother of three and grandmother of five with twins on the way. She has fourteen siblings and is a twin. Jynette has done a mountain of different jobs in her life-time. She has a few businesses including Youth Rises Against All Odds, where she teaches and shows youth how to make healthy and positive decisions; a referral service, Jynette T. Hayes Enterprise; and The Kleaning Krew, which has not open yet. Their motto is “We klean for you do so you don’t have to.” She is a busy lady, but what makes her so happy is that she’s doing what she loves to do right now: volunteering for AmeriCorps as a leader. “Always remember that Dreams and Prayers do come true.” She loves to help other's achieve positive goals in their life-time. She is Spiritual, loves to read, search the internet, watch TV, and cook. She provides Christmas for families with children during the Christmas season. She has travelled to thirty states and lived in four. To sum up Jynette, she is just a happy, care-free person that loves life and people. Her goals are to open a youth center, and her motto is “to be the best I can be.”
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 212
Paul Dravillas, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Paul is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Ohio CDC Association. He recently received his Bachelor’s from The Ohio State University. He is interested in city planning and public speaking. He hopes to turn his experiences this year into a career in program management.
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 205
Make’da Na’eem, AmeriCorps VISTA
Make’da was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio; however she has travelled and lived in many places. Her first job was with the Dept. of State in Washington D.C. where she was living when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. One of her most exciting and rewarding experiences was when she lived in Montreal, Canada. She was even accepted at Sir George Williams University, but decided to return home and attend Ohio State University where she majored in Developmental Psychology and Social Work. She loves languages and speaks Kiswahili. After 25+ years of direct service, she returned in 2002 to start her own nonprofit organization called The Harambee Leadership Academy for Women, Inc. Make’da was recently designated Global Goodwill Ambassador-Ohio in recognition of her global work with the countries of Afrika. She is a lover of animals (except snakes) and her pet’s name is Benjamin….a cockapoo!
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 202
Myreah Williams, Policy Intern
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 202