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Kim joined LISC as a Deputy Director in June 18, 2012 and became the Executive Director of Toledo LISC in June 2015.
During this time, Kim has been able to secure over $37 million for community partners to advance economic development initiatives in Toledo. Kim has been instrumental in rebuilding the Toledo LISC lending program, which includes two New Market Tax Credit projects and new opportunities for a theatre, health clinic, and grocery store. Kim has also led the Toledo CDC community in Creative-Placemaking, attracting additional resources from the Kresge Foundation to support their local efforts.
Prior to joining LISC, Kim served as the Chief Operating Officer of United North Corporation for five years overseeing their real estate portfolio and operations. In 2001, Cutcher began her career with NorthRiver Development Corporation and fostered the growth of a comprehensive neighborhood-based organization developing $45 million of real estate, and a number of federally funded programs that provided opportunities for low and moderate income families.
During his 22 years at LISC, Victor has administered over $6.5 million in grants, has underwritten $40 million in loans, and has facilitated over $55 million in Low Income Housing and New Markets Tax Credits equity investments. Additionally, he has provided technical assistance and training for the Neighborhood Partnership Academy (NPA) and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (ONCR), including having a seat on the board. He also oversaw the planning process that lead to the formation of the Southwest Detroit Development Collaborative (SDDC).
Prior to LISC, Abla was an AmeriCorps member working at Core City Neighborhoods.
He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Urban Planning, both from the University of Michigan.
Sarah joined Toledo LISC in September 2015. Her focus areas are Welcome Toledo-Lucas County, commercial corridors, creative placemaking, and lending.
Before joining Toledo LISC, Sarah served as a LISC AmeriCorps member on the immigrant integration initiative, Welcome Toledo-Lucas County. Prior to that, she worked at a nonprofit in Chicago as Assistant Director and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.
Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Brittany joined Toledo LISC in 2018. In addition to her duties as Administrative Assistant, she also coordinates the office’s communication and social media efforts.
Prior to joining Toledo LISC, Brittany launched PROPEL, a career-focused mentorship program for young adults. She also previously worked at Centro Astalli Sud, which runs an immigrant center outside of Naples, Italy, and before that spent three years as an Arabic-language media analyst in the DC area.
Brittany holds a Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Emory University, and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, where she specialized in youth and workforce development.
Robyn joined Toledo LISC on March 16, 2015 as a Program Assistant. Her primary focus is managing Toledo LISC, Michigan Statewide, and Detroit’s AmeriCorps programs.
Prior to joining Toledo LISC, Robyn served as an AmeriCorps member, and then employee at the United Way of Greater Toledo. There she served as a Volunteer Coordinator and then in the Community Impact Department as the lead staff for compliance, program reporting, and the application process.
Robyn made Toledo her home by way of a doctorate degree through Bowling Green State University.
Shaulonda Jones joined the Toledo LISC team in April 2018 as a Program Assistant. She will assist in the Year 16 initiative, support the Toledo FOCs, and help with other LISC programs. Before joining LISC she was a grants analyst for the University of Toledo, a coach for Toledo's first Financial Opportunity Center, and has also worked as a Housing Development Specialist.
Shaulonda has a BA in Human Resource Management and a BA in Accounting from Lourdes University. She has held certification in Homeownership Counseling from NCHEC, Marketplace Application Counselor, and received Coaches training through Central New Mexico. She is also a Certified Ohio Benefits Bank Counselor.
Valerie joined LISC in January 2015 as a Program Officer in Toledo. Her primary focus is managing the Toledo Financial Opportunity Center Network and providing capacity building and technical assistance to local non-profits.
Valerie is an attorney licensed in Ohio, a Housing Development Finance Professional and Board Certified Coach with over fifteen years of experience in serving in government and nonprofit positions.
Prior to joining LISC, Valerie served as the Assistant Director of United North Corporation, a Toledo community development corporation, where she secured the 2009 Coordination Honor Award from the Community Capacity Development Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, raised over $300,000 in local funding to launch Toledo’s first Financial Opportunity Center in 2010, and led the $1.2 million re-development of the Historic Ohio Theatre & Events Center that reopened in May 2013.
Valerie holds a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law.
Before joining LISC Toledo, Vanice worked as a high school principal for an area Drop Out Recovery Program using restorative justice practices to increase educational attainment for youth. She has been in education for 21 years, from early childhood to post-secondary. During her time as a high school principal, Vanice built relationships with over thirty community partners to bring a failing school to meeting State standards, focusing on the students’ needs in and outside of their community. A Toledo native, she has held several other positions, including in the health and affordable housing industries. Vanice holds a Master’s in the Art of Teaching and a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing, in addition to an education license with a career-based education endorsement.
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