Leadership Team

 

 
 
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Alex Steinman
Executive Director & Principal

Alex has been serving as Executive Director of the ministry since 2013, having previously served as Education Director and Principal of Harambee Christian School. Alex helped found Harambee in 1998, after serving as a volunteer mentor and Bible study leader in Columbus’ inner city. He has a degree in English and earned his MEd in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. Alex is married to Stephanie, and they have three girls who have all graduated from Harambee. Outside of UC, Alex and his wife also help lead a local home church.

 
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Michael Watson
Student & Family Engagement Coordinator

Although Mike started his role as Student and Family Engagement Coordinator in 2015, he has been on staff since 2007 and has been a volunteer since the very first days of the ministry in 1989. Mike grew up in the South Linden neighborhood and attended Linden McKinley High School. He has witnessed first-hand the deterioration of the community and has made his life aim helping our young people and their families thrive with God’s help, in an effort to reverse this trend. He is married to Renee, who teaches at Columbus City Schools. He loves to play tennis, cook, and spend time with his three beautiful grandchildren.

 
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Brandon Grant
Youth Ministry Director

Brandon has been with UC since 2010 and oversees all youth ministry initiatives including Bible studies, mentoring, and camps. He loves being able to impact students with a similar upbringing as him for Christ. He is married to Tyka and enjoys garage sales, record shopping, and playing video games. He is a graduate of Franklin University and the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative and is currently studying for his Masters at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife help lead and mentor youth at UC/Harambee and in their home church. For inspiration, he looks to Joseph from the Bible because he was able to overcome many obstacles with God’s help.

 
 
 
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Michael Larson
Operations Director

Michael has been on staff since 2010 and helps oversee school operations & administration, fundraising & development, communications, and volunteering. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and previously worked in development at OSU’s Fisher College of Business and as a coordinator of mentor programs in Columbus City Schools with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and his wife, Ruth, have been longtime mentors and Bible study leaders at UC/Harambee and also help lead an adult home church. Together they enjoy reading, pour-over coffee, fitness, and doughnuts. They love being parents and have two daughters that look just like him.

 
 

Harambee School Staff

 

 
 
Tyka Grant, Admin. Assistant

Tyka Grant, Admin. Assistant

Michael Mullineaux, Fourth Grade

Michael Mullineaux, Fourth Grade

Grace Motz, MS Bible

Grace Motz, MS Bible

Tonya Guzzo, Teacher Aide

Tonya Guzzo, Teacher Aide

Tia Bland, Operations Assistant

Tia Bland, Operations Assistant

Wakeshia Ghee, Fifth Grade

Wakeshia Ghee, Fifth Grade

Chris Faulkner, Physical Education

Chris Faulkner, Physical Education

Cheryl Hunter, Staff Development

Cheryl Hunter, Staff Development

Jill Cleary, Kindergarten

Jill Cleary, Kindergarten

Michael Harvin, MS Math

Michael Harvin, MS Math

Christa Moret, Lead Teacher Aide

Christa Moret, Lead Teacher Aide

Derek Evans, After School Program Director

Derek Evans, After School Program Director

Hannah Houston, First Grade

Hannah Houston, First Grade

Laura Kramer, MS Science

Laura Kramer, MS Science

Laurie Kline, Teacher Aide

Laurie Kline, Teacher Aide

Mary Beth Gladwell, Librarian

Mary Beth Gladwell, Librarian

Ali Morse, Second Grade

Ali Morse, Second Grade

Sam Kramer, MS Science & History

Sam Kramer, MS Science & History

Becky Alexander, Teacher Aide

Becky Alexander, Teacher Aide

Moses Vaughn, Facilities

Moses Vaughn, Facilities

Sherry Barbour, Third Grade

Sherry Barbour, Third Grade

Pauline Brew, MS Language Arts

Pauline Brew, MS Language Arts

Laura Rader, Teacher Aide

Laura Rader, Teacher Aide

 

Not Pictured: Meg Beech (Art), Mae Werstiuk (Music), Jordan Johnson (ASP Teacher), Jaleah Butler (ASP Teacher), Ida Bilbrey (ASP Teacher)

All Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School Staff have current FBI/BCI Background Checks

 
 

Board of Directors

 

 
 

Dave Glover
Missions Division Coordinator, Xenos Christian Fellowship

John Montgomery
Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration (Retired)

Greg Gordon
Vice President of Operations, Plaskolite

Ariana Adkins
Spanish Instructor, Oakstone Academy

Bryan Brookes
Leadership & Development Director, Central Ohio Youth for Christ

Luke Walker
Owner, Luke’s Auto

Anton James Johnson
Manager of Operations, OhioHealth