The Cincinnatus Association

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Upcoming Events

Member Meetings:

Member Meeting
June 11, 2024
Save the Date
Location: TBD 
Member Meeting
July 9, 2024
Save the Date
Location: TBD 
2024 Spencer Awards
May 21, 2024
6:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency

Ninth Annual Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards Celebration

The Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards, now in its ninth year, will celebrate and honor outstanding contributions to the community. The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati is the venue for this significant celebration, providing a fitting backdrop for acknowledging the remarkable achievements of our honorees. Cincinnatus is again partnering with the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.

The prestigious event will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, with the program commencing at 6:00 PM.

The Spencer Awards, established by the Cincinnatus Association in 2015 have been recognizing individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to the greater Cincinnati area with a commitment to ensuring greater inclusion and diversity in the community. This year’s honorees exemplify the true spirit of community service and commitment.

The 2024 Non-Profit Winners

Beech Acres Parenting Center (BAPC): For 175 years, BAPC has combined science and compassion to deliver innovative solutions that equip adults to meet children’s needs and cultivate their strengths. Beech Acres is the first agency of its kind in the region to hire a Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and it has made a significant investment in this work for the next 3-5 years. Beech Acres serves almost 29,000 individuals each year and believes in expanding impact by supporting a community-wide movement towards strength-based social and emotional well-being for all children in our region.

Findlay Market: As Ohio’s oldest continually operating market, Findlay Market is not only an historic and economic asset to our region, but it also exemplifies commitment to diversity and inclusion by prioritizing women and minority-owned businesses when considering vendor applications and food business accelerator applications. The Market’s programs, Findlay Kitchen and Findlay Launch, support food entrepreneurs with an emphasis on members of underserved communities. Welcoming over one million visitors per year, Findlay Market also partners with assistance programs and organizations to provide a variety of affordable, accessible, and healthy foods for all shoppers.

Good Samaritan Free Health Center (FHC): Located in Price Hill, the Free Health Center was founded in 2011 after a community health assessment revealed that an increasing percentage of the area’s population was not receiving proper healthcare. FHC is a patient-centered medical home for uninsured adults in Hamilton County, fostering ownership of wellness and minimizing emergency room use as primary care. FHC educates and empowers patients to achieve a higher quality of life. Its services include primary, specialty, nutrition, dental, and mental health care that is coordinated into a plan tailored for each patient. Along with its small core staff, in 2023, its network of more than 130 providers and community members gave over 6,601 volunteer hours of service for a total estimated $3.1 million in care donated to the community.

SuperSeeds: SuperSeeds’ mission is to disrupt the pipeline to prison for youth aged 13-17. Hamilton County Juvenile Court often refers youth to SuperSeeds, where they are treated with a reformative approach to address criminal behavior. Seventy-two percent of youth who have attended SuperSeeds Transformation Camp surveyed one year post Camp have stayed out of legal trouble. Parents of youth participants in SuperSeeds report academic improvement, increased school attendance, and no additional behavior issues in school or in the court system. From its inception, SuperSeeds has demonstrated its commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, justice, and basic human rights in the population served. The enduring contribution to the community is giving hope, building skills, and empowering justice involved youth to see a different path forward rather than justice involved behavior.

The 2024 For-Profit Winners

First Financial Bank: First Financial Bank works to eliminate bias and build equality as an employer, attracting, developing, and engaging exceptional people. As a financial institution, First Financial delivers financial services and opportunities equally to all members of the community. It is also committed to investing in products and services specifically designed to help build and repair those who are struggling financially. As a community partner, First Financial works to eliminate bias by supporting organizations and causes that work to serve and uplift under-served people.

The event promises to be an inspiring evening, bringing together leaders, influencers, and community members to celebrate the ‘Spirit of America.’

For more information about the Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards and to purchase tickets for the event, please visit Cincinnatus Association’s website at

For media inquiries, please contact: Susan Noonan, Spencer Chairperson at 513.378.4122,

-2024 Education Awardees-

James N. Jacob Award for Outstanding Administration in Cincinnati Public Schools

LaTasha Kimbro, Community Resource Coordinator, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy

John E. Pepper Award for Outstanding Volunteer in Cincinnati Public Schools

Ruth Anne Wolfe, Pleasant Ridge Montessori

Woodward Trust Distinguished Teacher Award

Sabrina McGill, Gilligan Digital Academy

2023 Spencer Awards Celebration
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  Leader-to-Leader Year-End Celebration & Best Practices  

Cincinnatus has planned a year-end celebration & best practice meeting for the Leader-To-Leader participants on June 6, 2024. Thank you to Connie Roesch and Kent Friel for planning the celebration.

The Leader-to-Leader program began as a partnership between the Cincinnatus Association and the Cincinnati Public Schools in 2007. The program matches a business leader (recruited by the Cincinnatus Association) and a Principal, Assistant Principal or Administrator of the Cincinnati Public Schools. Currently, there are eight Cincinnatus members serving as leaders.

Cincinnati Public School Principals/Administrators

  • Doug Bolton
  • Ed Buyniski
  • Jocile Ehrlich
  • John Frank
  • Kent Friel
  • Rhonda Mangieri
  • Gary McClimans
  • Connie Roesch

We were pleased to have several current and former Leader-to Leader principals attend the 2024 Education Awards Program.

  Nominating Comittee Announced  

As per the Constitution of the Cincinnatus Association, Rhonda Holyfield-Mangieri, President, has appointed a Nominating Committee that will recommend a slate of Executive Committee candidates to the membership at the Regular meeting in April 2024.

  • Additional nominations from the floor can be made at the April meeting. A nomination requires a second to be added to the ballot.
  • After the Regular Meeting in April, any five members can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee by submitting a signed letter by May 1 to the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall present the slate for election at the Regular Meeting in June.

The elected Executive Committee members will begin service on August 1, 2024.

The 2024 Nominating Committee named are: Connie Roesch, Chairperson; Jane Anderson, Valerie Daley, Julia Johnson, and Gary McClimans.