Columbus, Ohio, December 7, 2020 – YWCA Columbus is proud to announce three new leaders: Sabrina Horton, Chief Advancement and Engagement Officer; Steve Stevenson, Managing Director of Housing; and Nichelle Harris, Managing Director of Education.
Sabrina Horton joined YWCA Columbus’ Senior Leadership Team as Chief Advancement and Engagement Officer in November. Sabrina oversees advancement, donor engagement and marketing, providing strategic planning to secure restricted gifts for innovative, comprehensive, high-impact and measurable programmatic solutions on behalf of YWCA Columbus.
Steve Stevenson joined YWCA Columbus’ Leadership Team as Managing Director of Housing in October. Steve leads a team of clinical and operating professionals and oversees the day-to-day management of shaping, administering, and evaluating resident engagement, security and programming for all housing programs at YWCA Columbus. This includes the permanent supportive housing program: Women’s Residency and the emergency homeless shelter: YWCA Columbus Family Center.
Nichelle Harris joined YWCA Columbus’ Leadership Team as Managing Director of Education in August. Nichelle oversees the implementation, management, evaluation and funding of all YWCA Columbus’ children’s programs. Nichelle leads a staff of 90 spread throughout 20 Kids Place locations and the organization’s Safe & Sound program located at the YWCA Columbus Family Center.
“We’re excited to welcome Sabrina to our Senior Leadership Team and Steve and Nichelle to our Leadership Team,” said Christie Angel, YWCA Columbus President and Chief Executive Officer. “Each new leader brings a depth of experience to support our critical programs as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”
Chief Advancement and Engagement Officer
Sabrina has over 20 years of experience in advancement, donor engagement and marketing. Before joining YWCA Columbus, Sabrina served as Director of Foundation Relations with The Ohio State University Foundation, with primary responsibility for units of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Ohio State Heart & Vascular Center. Sabrina developed and implemented short and long-term plans to cultivate and steward relationships with foundations in support of research by working with academic and medical center research teams.
A native of Keystone, West Virginia, Sabrina earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration – Health Care and Masters of Science in Adult and Technical Education – Training and Development from Marshall University.
Managing Director of Housing
Prior to joining YWCA Columbus, Steve served as the Operations Director at the YMCA of Central Ohio. His primary responsibilities included daily operations of the Men’s Overflow Shelter Program, including two locations that house 250 homeless men. Steve was also the Director of Student Mentoring for the Columbus City School District where he established trusting relationships to foster accountability, mutual trust, and respect in order to help students prepare for graduation and plan for the future. As the Director of Student Mentoring, Steve created a national model for mentoring initiatives in the largest school district in Ohio. Before working for the Columbus City School District, Steve was the Executive Director of the Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA where he managed operations, including membership, marketing, programs, facilities, volunteer and staff development, financial development, community relations, and collaborations with community agencies.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Steve earned a degree in Education at Point Park University where he was a four-year basketball player.
Managing Director of Education
Nichelle Harris has been a passionate leader in the field of school-age child care, after school and summer learning for over 25 years. Prior to joining YWCA Columbus, Nichelle was the Executive Director of the Ohio Afterschool Network where she worked to inform state and federal after school and summer learning policy, connect people across the state of Ohio, and helped advise the Out-of-School-Time field on national trends and best practices. Nichelle is a past C.S. Mott Foundation White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow, a National Afterschool Association Emotional Intelligence Fellow, and has chaired several national leadership committees for the Out-of-School-Time field. Nichelle is also a seasoned national presenter on building collaborations and adult learning strategies, presenting for the National QRIS Conference, NASA’s NOSL Conference, C.S. Mott Foundation National Network Meeting, and the National Afterschool Association’s Annual Convention.
Nichelle holds an Education degree from The Ohio State University.
In addition to these executive and management hires, YWCA Columbus also welcomes 12 additional employees including: Lalitha Pamidigantam, Policy Analyst; Teresa Woods, Volunteer and Donations Coordinator; Celine Roulet, Program Assistant; Jerry Valentine, Family Support Specialist; Kylene Davis, Program Assistant; Regina Davidson, Assistant Preschool Teacher; Chadae Braswell, Program Assistant; LaShawn Stewart, Engagement Specialist; Ebony Domingo, Academic Support Specialist; Claresha Woodard, Family Support Specialist; Devan Adams, Custodial Technician; and Renee Morrison, Service Coordinator. Learn more about YWCA Columbus and the organization’s job opportunities at www.ywcacolumbus.org/who-we-are/join-our-team/.
About YWCA Columbus
YWCA Columbus is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA Columbus defies a status quo that puts women, people of color, and the underprivileged on uneven footing. By fostering dialogue, providing practical resources, and education, we promote empowerment and inclusion. YWCA Columbus initiates systematic social change that will create a Columbus of peace, justice freedom and dignity for all.