New Board Members Bring a Wealth of Diverse Experience to the Board of Directors at Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2023
Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
CINCINNATI, OH – As Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. enters its 126th year of helping families help themselves, it is pleased to announce the appointment of new board members, Kaitlyn Carrender, Rasheda Cromwell, Dr. Sisan Cuervo and Hammad Siddiqi.
Kaitlyn Carrender: Ms. Carrender is a Senior Office Support Specialist at Great American Insurance Group. She is a former client of Santa Maria’s Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program and previously worked for four years at Santa Maria’s Literacy Center West location as the Office Coordinator and then moved to the Administration Building in Sedamsville to serve as an Accounts Payable Assistant. Carrender grew up in Somerset, Kentucky and moved to the West Side of Cincinnati when she was ten years old and has lived in the area ever since. Carrender enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and petting any dog she can. She currently resides in Dent with her boyfriend. She said, “Being on the receiving end of Santa Maria’s services, I know how important they are to the community. They are truly a staple in the area and I’m excited to be able to continue to serve the community in this new capacity."
Rasheda Cromwell: Ms. Cromwell is the Vice President of Community Strategies for Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She is an experienced executive in nonprofit management, community relations, fundraising and advocacy. She began her career with the Department of Health & Human Services in 2004, reading, analyzing, and critiquing grant proposals from nonprofit organizations for federal approval. Falling in love with the organizations she studied, she pursued a career in the not-for-profit sector. Cromwell received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. It was in her previous role with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati that Cromwell became involved with Santa Maria Community Services. “I am excited to serve an organization that is doing such important work with families from their education to financial, and health goals,” she said. Cromwell lives with her husband, Joey, and their three children, Jaylon, Chloe, and Jayce.
Dr. Sisan Cuervo: Dr. Cuervo is an assistant professor and certified bilingual speech-language pathologist. She received her initial clinical training in speech-language pathology from Florida International University, after which she practiced at a pediatric private clinic, various school settings and as an early intervention provider for children with developmental delays. After moving to Cincinnati, she completed a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. As a Hispanic immigrant and first-generation scholar, Dr. Cuervo serves as a community liaison and advocate to support underrepresented communities, she has supported several early literacy and parent training programs at Santa Maria in the past several years. Dr. Cuervo said, “The mission of Santa Maria is very close to my heart. I look forward to bringing my personal and professional experiences to the board in order to support the ongoing efforts of this amazing organization.” Dr. Cuervo lives in the Westside with her family and enjoys cooking, hiking and dancing.