IJPC Staff Members
Program Manager, Death Penalty + Peace and Nonviolence
After spending ten years away, Bekky returned home to Cincinnati, where she was born and raised, a place she had to leave to truly love. Bekky graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and minors in Environmental Studies and Geography. Directly after college, she joined AmeriCorps and spent two years working in Appalachian Ohio creating local food access and fighting for food justice. She continued her work in Appalachia with Community Food Initiatives doing program expansion and community outreach work, as well as direct work with families in the foster care system. That work led her to South Carolina where she earned her Masters of Social Work and spent time with Save the Children Action Network, advocating and community organizing for early childhood education. After spending two years working as a school social worker in Price Hill, she has joined IJPC to be part of the effort to generate and mobilize change. In her free time, she is traveling to see her siblings, spending time with her husband and two cats, biking, gardening, and voraciously reading.
Karina Cabrera comes from a mixed status family; she was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the late 1990’s Karina’s parents immigrated from Veracruz, Mexico. Growing up from the age of six was attending rallies and watching her mother advocate for workers rights. She previously attended Roger Bacon High School and will be continuing her education at The University of Cincinnati for Criminal Justice. Karina joined the Advisory Board of Youth Educating Society in 2017. Karina is very excited to be the YES coordinator and work on educating the community on issues that affect her life.
As a lifelong Cincinnati resident and former IJPC intern, Hayley is excited to rejoin the team as Operations Manager. Hayley graduated from Miami University with degrees in social justice and global politics, concentrating on community-based leadership and human rights. As a student, Hayley was involved in multiple social justice organizations that fueled her passion for intersectional feminism and grassroots organizing. She became particularly interested in examining the racial history of Cincinnati during her work at the Cincinnati Herald and her semester studying gentrification and displacement in Over-The-Rhine. Hayley also spent a semester in Kosovo, studying peacebuilding in the region and working with an NGO providing youth mental health resources. Her academic and personal experiences in social justice settings confirmed her dedication to the community work that IJPC does. Outside of work, Hayley participates in the Westwood Community Garden and enjoys playing Killer Queen at local arcades.
IJPC Louise Akers Fellow Through Mercy Volunteer Corps
Naiomi has a BA in Religious Studies from Moravian University, an M.Div. from Brite Divinity School, an MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from George Mason University, and an MA in History from Texas Christian University. During her time in academia, Naiomi studied and researched about the ways in which religious faith (specifically Christianity and Islam) has been used by some adherents to advocate for war and violence, and by others for nonviolence. The Sr. Louise Akers fellowship allows Naiomi to combine her passions for research, writing, and peace/nonviolence while enabling her to contribute towards a more just world. She is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to help develop a certificate in peace promotion. Outside of work Naiomi spends her time reading and writing about theology and social justice, greeting every single dog and cat that passes her by on the sidewalk, and visiting different local area churches.
After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Allison accompanied students and Salvadorans during her time with the Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador. There, she learned about the collective power of community and gained a love of the Spanish language. Allison received her Master of Social Work from Boston College and stayed in Boston to work as a community organizer doing domestic violence prevention work. After moving to Cincinnati, to be closer to family, Allison was thrilled to find a home with IJPC in 2014 as the organization continues to grow. During her tenure, the organization has responded to an increasingly volatile political climate, engaged in an 83 mile walk to stop executions, hosted many rallies for immigrant rights, and created the Rethinking Racism initiative. She spends her time outside of the office with her family, including her husband, two children, and chocolate lab. She enjoys gardening and letter writing.
Program Manager, Human Trafficking + Immigration
Samantha joins IJPC with a passion for carving out spaces for people to find and use their voice to create change. Samantha spent the last few years as a community organizer for a local grassroots organization that is working on environmental, economic and social justice issues here in Hamilton County. Originally raised in Findlay, Samantha attended the University of Indianapolis to earn a degree in social work. While there, she witnessed the power of many voices coming together to advocate for better public policy. Samantha was eager to learn more and received her Master of Social Work with a concentration in community & economic development from Washington University in St. Louis. Samantha enjoys cuddling with her cat, Minerva, and playing the clarinet with the Queen City Freedom Band.
IJPC Board Members
Mark (Zeek) Childers, Treasurer
Michael Howard II
Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth, Chair
S. Marge Kloos, SC