To strengthen the Lincoln Heights and Woodlawn communities and to address various community challenges, LHMBC/LHOI seeks to engage not only the community, but its stakeholders and many constituents in a process to strengthen individuals and families by providing an organization that will embody such a spirit. LHOI will support and provide a much needed infrastructure that organizations and nonprofit leaders can turn to for advocacy, resources, and support.
LHOI will stand as a mean to creating and sustaining critical public and private infrastructure elements developed by community leaders to support the neighborhoods in such areas such as advocacy, networking, recreation, community health, job readiness and training, youth and senior services and business development through the local Chamber of Commerce and educational training and financing services provided by the Small Business Administration and other local financial institutions. Whether individual or family, neighborhoods greatly benefit from a healthy and accessible support infrastructure that can provide ongoing resources of that support from the early stages of life through later senior years of maturity.
Although other neighborhoods have been at work for quite some time building a support infrastructure for individuals and families, we believe that these neighborhoods are just beginning to develop such resources. In all cases, leadership and vision are the driving forces behind the development of the LHOI.
GARY L. VISHER
Chairperson of Finance/Audit Committee
Gary is currently the CFO for Hightowers Petroleum Company, where he is responsible for the strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting of the company’s overall financial goals and objectives. He has over 38 years of experience in the financial arena. His financial career began in the banking industry as an accountant for Commerce Union Bank (now Bank of America).
He eventually achieved the title of Senior Vice President and served as Chairman of the Bank’s Loan Committee. In 1996, he joined Diversified Supply, Inc. (DSI) as its Controller, and later became its CFO. There he helped that organization grow more than 500% during his tenure. Gary was transferred to Cincinnati by DSI to open a branch office after the company obtained a major contract with Procter & Gamble.
Gary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University, and has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including Goodwill Industries, The Boy’s Club, and The Industrial Development Bond Board of Chattanooga. He has also participated in various community service projects, and was named C-Suite Award’s CFO of the Year in 2015 by the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Gary attends Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church where he is President of its Usher Board.
KEN B. ROBINSON
Ken is a former Senior Finance Executive with almost 40 years of broad business leadership and Board relationship experience with The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company. He has held key global leadership roles within the company over his career.
He has broad and deep experience in Board service capacity helping organizations deliver strategic objectives and build shareholder value. Experiences include Financial/P&L leadership, Accounting, Audit, Governance, Compliance and Risk Management. He also has experience leading and managing key HR projects aimed at helping to improve diversity and inclusion at P&G.
Additionally he has a long history of civic and community involvement as a board member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Red Cross, YWCA and other noteworthy non-profit organizations.
He is a board member of Morgan Stanley’s Private Bank Board and Trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation that oversees the Financial Accounting and Government Accounting Standards Board.
SUZANE BRADLEY, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Suzane Bradley Secretary of the Board & Chairperson of the HR/Policy /Capacity Development/Committee
Suzane is an experienced Human Resources and Diversity Leader with broad based experience in strategic planning, employee development, recruiting and training.
After more than 20 years with Duke Energy, Suzane retired in 2006 and later joined the Energizer Battery Company at the global research and technology center in the greater Cleveland area, where she was employed from 2008-2012. Suzane has been involved in a number of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati, the Delta Gateway Foundation and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She is a member of Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church and is a member of the adult choir.
Chairperson of the Board & of the Governance/MemberDevelopment Committee
Rob has been married to Muddie Robinson for 38 years and they have two beautiful daughters: Ladaska Robinson-Burton and Robin Robinson. He retired from Procter and Gamble after 40 years as a Product Supply Executive.
He developed great mastery in leading and developing global supply chain organization to deliver superior results. He also has indebt experience in engineering, diversity management and human resource development. He lead the construction of several major P&G technical centers and manufacturing sites.
He has a long history of board participation for both for profit and non-profit organizations. He also has a long history of civic involvement and leadership with organizations like the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, North Carolina A&T.
He is actively involved in the LHMBC where he serves as a deacon and a trustee.
BRUCE M. STEWART
Treasurer of the Board
Bruce is a retiree of the General Motors Corporation, Detroit Michigan, whose career in Corporate Finance spanned nearly 32 years. His leadership roles included; Finance Administrator-Technical Center Operations, Resident Comptroller GM Research Laboratories, Finance and Contract Manager – Information Technology Investment for GM North America Manufacturing, for GM Design Studios, and for Global Purchasing. Bruce has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dillard University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University. His community service involvements include active support of the National Programs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Dillard University Alumni Association, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Bruce is a member of the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church.
Chairperson of the PR/Marketing/Community Engagement Committee
REV. ALFONZA JONES
Director of Ministry and Board Advisor
Chairperson of the Funding & Revenue DevelopmentCommittee
Chairperson of the Outreach Program Development Committee
Board Liaison to Health and Wellness