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CPS Board Picks Candidates To Interview For Vacancy

Courtesy of CPS
The candidates will be interviewed at the Education Center in Corryville.

We now know the names of eight people the Cincinnati Public School Board will interview to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Ericka Copeland-Dansby.

Seventeen people applied to replace Copeland-Dansby, who resigned to expand her role with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.  The candidates will be interviewed in an executive session next Wednesday.  The board has until April 5 to name a replacement. 

The finalists are:

·         Pamela Bowers, Director, School Based Services, Central Clinic Behavioral Health

·         Marlena Brookfield, Volunteer

·         Keizayla Fambro, Political Director, Black Fork Strategies LLC

·         Karen O. Henry, Associate Director, University of Cincinnati

·         De Asa Nichols, Supplier Diversity Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

·         Kelli Prather, Occupational Therapist, Enhanced Healthcare Solutions LLC

·         Kenneth Simonson, Jr., University Administrator, University of Cincinnati

·         Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director, Teach for America

Ohio Revised Code gives the board 30 days to fill a vacancy.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology