NOVA is a grassroots organization that believes in expanding voter participation so that all voices are heard in our democracy. Our 501(c)3, non-partisan status allows us access to social service agencies, schools, food pantries and correctional facilities to register voters, conduct voter research, and advocate for voting equity.
NOVA has registered thousands of under-represented voters in food pantries, social service agencies, supermarkets, libraries, correctional facilities, schools, and a local university.
NOVA uses its own research to maximize voter accessibility for all qualified individuals. As a result, NOVA research and advocacy have improved local and state election laws.
NOVA has testified locally, state-wide, and nationally, resulting in improved voting accessibility. In addition, NOVA collaborates with organizations such as the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, League of Women Voters, State Voices, Greater Cleveland Congregations, and Cleveland Votes to further improve voting access for under-represented populations.
Jane Arnoff Logsdon, Volunteer Coordinator
Jane is a licensed social worker with more than 20 years of experience, most recently in hospice work. She is an experienced social activist. Jane is passionate about volunteering and voter advocacy. She is thrilled to be a part of the team! You can contact her at VolunteerCoordinator@nova-ohio.org.
Jeneal Carrington, Intern
Jeneal graduated from OH Virtual Academy and has been registering people to vote since 2017. He has a passion for educating and informing people while making a difference in his community “one registration at a time.”
Alicia Roistacher, Research Assistant
Alicia is finishing her M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Outside of her career interests, she is passionate about civic engagement and service learning. She has previously worked as a literacy tutor and coordinator for America Reads while obtaining her B.S. degree in Biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is excited to be involved in voter advocacy and research focused on improving voter participation.
NOVA BOARD MEMBERS
Lisa Gaynier, President
Retired Director of the Cleveland State University Master’s program in Diversity Management. A long time leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant, Gaynier works for civic and economic engagement.
Meredith Hellmer, Vice-President
An experienced social worker in the Cuyahoga County criminal justice system, she has coordinated voter registration in the County jail since 2006. Accepted as an expert panelist for the National Association of Social Workers, she has contributed to their policy statement on the importance of voting for those who have been incarcerated.
Nora Kancelbaum, Treasurer
Nora provides assistance in data and election research and regularly volunteers in hunger centers, county assistance agencies, probation offices, and other organizations. She represents NOVA at community organizations and formerly edited a journal at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.
Jessica Schreiber, Secretary
Jessica has extensive experience as an attorney/mediator. She served on the school board of the Port Angeles School District and on numerous nonprofit boards (Port Angeles Education Foundation, Pro Bono Lawyers of Clallam County, Olympic Peninsula B’nai Shalom Havurah). In Cleveland, she has served five years as a volunteer tax preparer for AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program at University Heights Library, two terms on the Board of Directors of the Home Repair Resource Center in Cleveland Heights and one term on the Board of Directors of Future Heights.
Susan Alcorn, Board Member
With a background in corporate consumer, government, and media relations, she has organized voting initiatives in under-represented communities, testified on voting issues, initiated partnerships to register voters with key urban organizations, and trained volunteers.
Denise Ali, Board Member
Denise Ali works as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland. She
has over twenty years of Human Resources experience. Before the YMCA she spent over ten years
at Medical Mutual serving in several different roles of which the most recent was the Director, Diversity
Denise feels passionately about breaking the stigma and shame of mental health and supports
emotional wellness awareness and understanding.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College, in Berea,
Ohio, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University, in Cleveland,
A mother of two children, Denise spends her limited free time volunteering for several nonprofit
Andrew Kohn, Esq., Board Member
Recently retired from Hyatt Legal Plans as General Counsel and Vice-President of Operations, he has developed plans to embed voter registration during hiring and at the point of service in a variety of non-profit urban organizations in Cleveland and beyond.
Michael Lalich, Board Member
Mike is an economic development official, currently with the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Mike has also served with the Cleveland Health Tech corridor and Team NEO.
Chinemerem Onyeukwu, Board Member
Chinemerem is graduate of Miami University of Ohio, with a degree in Political Science. He is also an alum of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and has worked on numerous local political/issue campaigns. Currently he is an operations associate for a national plumbing supply firm specializing in asset management. Chinemerem is dedicated to the Greater Cleveland Area and advocating for those that can not advocate for themselves.
Shalini Singh, Board Member
Shalini has worked in corporate America for the last 20 years, the last 6+ years of which were with GE. She brings extensive marketing, strategic and operational expertise to NOVA. She is also a planning member of SAJE (South Asians for Equity and Justice).
Khalilah Worley, Board Member
Senior Organizer at Greater Cleveland Congregations. Formerly an organizer with Industrial Areas Foundation and a founding organizer of Greater Cleveland Congregations, she has directed voting campaigns, education reform and criminal justice efforts in Chicago, Baltimore and Cleveland.
Fouad Yared, Board Member
A recent graduate of Cleveland State University’s Urban Studies Master’s Program, he is a Senior Data Analyst at the New York City’s Administration for Children Services. He previously worked as an advocate for renters at the ClevelandTenants Organization, as a literacy and GED teacher at the Cuyahoga County Jail, and as a volunteer and Administrative Assistant for NOVA.
EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS
Nina is a statistician who worked for 20 years at the CWRU Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, where she participated in studies of welfare recipients, pre-school children and other underserved populations, and where she continues to provide assistance as a consultant. Prior to her work at CWRU, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control doing research on occupational health and safety. Currently, Nina provides data management and statistical analysis support for NOVA’s voter registration, vote-by-mail and research priorities.
Fred J. Livingstone, Legal Director, Esq.
A retired attorney from the law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, he specialized in property tax and subsidized housing law. Having devoted time to election law, gerrymandering, and voting issues, he has championed changes to voting rights laws for the under-represented population.
Norman Robbins, MD, PhD
An Emeritus Professor of Neurosciences at CWRU, he has directed applied research projects on election administration and policy since 2004. He has testified on election reform to Ohio House and Senate Committees, and to the U.S. House Administration Committee. Having served from 2007-2010 on the Ohio Secretary of State’s Voting Rights Institute Advisory Council, he participated on their NVRA Leadership Team to improve voter registration by public assistance agencies.