Our Advisory Board

Mr. Todd Portune – Founder and Chair, Cradle Cincinnati; President, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

Ms. Jeannette Altenau – Director of Community Relations, TriHealth

Dr. Kimberly Baughman – Divisional Director, Nursing Administration, The Christ Hospital

Mr. Tom Boeshart – Epidemiologist, Hamilton County Public Health

Ms. Ebony Butts  – Mother and Parent Representative

Ms. Ruby Crawford-Hemphill – Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, UC Health

Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, Interim Health Commissioner, Cincinnati Health Department

Dr. Dave Dhanraj – Medical Director, TriHealth Faculty Medical Centers

Dr. Jim Greenberg – Co-Director, Perinatal Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Sam Hanke – Father and Founder, Charlie’s Kids Foundation

Pastor Valda Hilton – Co-Pastor, Word of Deliverance Ministries for the World, Inc.

Ms. Frances Hutchinson – Mother and Parent Representative

Mr. Tim Ingram – Health Commissioner, Hamilton County Public Health

Ms. Danielle Jones, Mother and Founder, Angel Baby Network

Officer Donald L. Jordan – Police Officer, Cincinnati Police Department

Dr. Elizabeth Kelly – Director, Community Women’s Health, University of Cincinnati Medical Health Center

Ms. Melissa Kennedy – Executive Director, TriHealth Women’s Institute

Ms. Sheri Lawson – Executive Director, Healthy Beginnings

Dr. Michael Marcotte – Director of Quality for Maternal Services, TriHealth, Inc

Ms. Jodi Mesina – MC Regional Care Coordinator, CareSource

Mr. Ross Meyer – Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Dr. Jennifer Mooney – Director, Reproductive Health and Wellness Program, Cincinnati Health Department

Dr. Elbert Nelson – Director, The Christ Hospital Birthing Center, The Christ Hospital

Ms. Candace Novak – Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Dr. Odell Owens – President & CEO, Interact for Health

Ms. Molly Robertshaw – Program Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Mr. Chris Rowland – Vice President, Deskey

Dr. Richard Shonk – Chief Medical Officer, Greater Cincinnati Health Council

Ms. Kiana Trabue – Executive Director of Community Health, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Dr. Shantel Thomas – President & CEO, A Sound Mind Counseling

Dr. Judith van Ginkel – President, Every Child Succeeds

Mr. Larry Williams – Principal, Shroder Paideia High School


Cradle Cincinnati Staff


Elizabeth Kelly, MD
Co-founder & Physician
Lead, Women’s Health

Dr. Kelly has dedicated her entire professional career to serving women at the community health level.  She serves as Director of Community Women’s Health Division of the University of Cincinnati Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is Medical Director of the Women’s Community Health Services at the UC Medical Center, and is Medical Director of Maternal & Infant Health at the Cincinnati Health Department. Dr. Kelly earned her MD at Columbia University.


Jim Greenberg, MD
Co-founder & Physician
Lead, Infant Health

Dr. Greenberg joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1991 and has served as Director of the Neonatology Division since 2003.  In 2009 he was appointed Associate Director of the Perinatal Institute and became Co-Director in 2011.  He leads the largest academic clinical program in the nation, seeing more than 18,000 newborns each year. Dr. Greenberg earned his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.


Ryan Adcock
Executive Director

Prior to this role, Ryan spent seven years as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Mayor Mark Mallory where he managed nationally award winning efforts developing financial literacy and small business growth in Cincinnati. He also served as the city’s chief liaison to the federal government and the State of Ohio.   He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.

Eric Hall
Data Director

After completing his PhD in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, Eric joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Perinatal Institute. Since 2008, Eric’s research focus has been the management and analysis of large perinatal data sets in support of improved maternal and child health outcomes.

Beth McNeill
Associate Director

Hailing from Chicago, Beth established a successful career in sales. As Associate Director, she develops and manages strategic partnerships with corporations, associations and community groups throughout Cincinnati and co-leads Cradle Cincinnati’s fatherhood initiative, Real Men Onboard.

Ryan Mulligan
Special Projects Manager

Ryan has a history of merging the arts and community. While working as a professor of art at the University of Cincinnati, he founded the Hero Design Company, which creates superhero capes for patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Hilltop Stories, a short film festival designed to bring the community together.

Julie Roemke, RN
Project Manager

With a background in education, nursing and public health, Julie previously managed quality improvement projects focused on reducing infant mortality for the Ohio Department of Health. She now serves as Project Manager for Cradle Cincinnati’s Medicaid project, which connects moms-to-be with community health workers in Hamilton County.

Jessica Seeberger
Senior Specialist

An advocate for community health and wellness, Jessica manages healthcare and public health partnerships in order to further initiatives around safe sleep promotion, maternal smoking cessation and optimal birth spacing. She earned her Master in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati.

Cradle Cincinnati Connections


Lindsey Cencula
Cradle Cincinnati Connections Director

Prior to Cradle Cincinnati, Lindsey managed Best Babies Zone in the Price Hill neighborhood. She now oversees Cradle Cincinnati Connections, which services families with children under 3 in four west side neighborhoods. Lindsey has her Master in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Amy Clasgens, BSN, RN
Community Outreach Coordinator

Amy has cared for a wide spectrum of children and families in both clinical and community settings, thanks to her career in nursing. As Community Outreach Coordinator, Amy connects families to needed resources – from medical homes all the way to diapers – while also promoting holistic health and wellness. She earned her BSN and RN from the University of Hawaii.

Marilyn Dew, CHW, LPN
Community Health Worker

Marilyn is a native Ohioan with CHW education from Cincinnati State Technical College. She brings with her experience as a Service Coordinator from PAI, Chattanooga, TN, where she designed client-driven residential support services for disabled populations. Her history also includes therapeutic foster parenting and mentoring for Beechacres. She is passionate about inspiring community residents to make healthy life choices and empowering families towards self sufficiency.

Larissa Loufman, MPH, RD, LD, CLC
Registered Dietitian

Larissa is passionate about helping low-income, underserved populations and community-based research.  Prior to Cincinnati Children’s, she led an infant mortality initiative in Butler County with an emphasis on maternal smoking cessation.  Larissa earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. She is also a Registered/Licensed Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor.

Melissa Niekamp, MSW, LSW
Social Worker

Melissa has spent her career helping children and families in Cincinnati.  As a Social Worker with Cradle Cincinnati Connections, she is passionately advocates for the families she serves and ensures they are connected to community resources.  She has experience working with the Hispanic population and has a focused interest in serving their community.  Melissa earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.

Ebony Peak, MSW, LSW
Social Worker

Ebony has a plethora of experience in the social services arena, including hospice/palliative care, elderly services, juvenile corrections and mental health. As a Social Worker with Cradle Cincinnati Connections, she works directly with families to connect them to community resources. Ebony’s ultimate goal is to help families learn to advocate for themselves and their families.

Deborah Polk, CHW, CDA
Community Health Worker

Deborah Polk brings more than 17 years of working with families and children to her position. She is a passionate advocate for families, with  the goals of reducing infant mortality and providing families with resources that move them towards independence. She received her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and is a certified community health worker.


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