Ohio Women's March Leadership
Rhiannon Childs is Executive Director for Women's March Ohio Chapter and Digital Communications Manager Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. Rhiannon’s background in the United States Air Force as a healthcare professional was the beginning of her compassion and dedication to social justice and uplifting voices of marginalized and oppressed communities. She is also the Chair of Community Outreach for Lean In Ohio, a member of the King Arts Complex Women's Service Board, and the Health and Legislative Chair for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Columbus, Ohio Chapter.
As a graduate of History from Ohio State University, Courtney Martin has a keen interest in learning from the past and fighting injustices society has turned a blind eye to for too long. Courtney and her partner, Amelia Clark, rallied family to the Women's March on Washington January 21, 2017 and became involved in political activism while volunteering for Hillary Clinton's Campaign in 2007.
Kerri Shaw, MSW, LISW-S has dedicated her career to serving women and girls in rural Appalachia and has been recognized as a social justice leader in her community of Athens, Ohio. She has practiced school social work and formed a successful Girl Power! group in one of the poorest school districts in the state, serves on the Athens Foundation Women's Fund committee, and is a core member of Showing Up for Racial Justice of Southeast Ohio. She is a faculty member in the Ohio University Social Work Program and, as a social worker, has advocated successfully for the passing of a Conversion Therapy Ban in Athens and for the resolution that declared Athens a Welcoming Community to immigrants and migrants. In 2018, she organized the Women's March, which has been described as ``one of the largest marches in Athens' recent history.`` is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and AmeriCorps member and was awarded the Athens News title Activist of the Year, United Campus Ministry's Social Justice Award, and Ohio University Women's Center Community Service Achievement Award in 2018 for her community involvement and leadership.
Kenyona “Sunny” Matthews is a motivational speaker focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. She is a University of Akron School of Law graduate who focused on civil liberties. She earned her bachelors from Guilford College majoring in Political Science, Philosophy, and African American Studies. In 2016, Ms. Matthews co-founded Dimensions of Isms with Ginger Bakos.The vision for Dimensions of Isms is to bring awareness and progression to societal issues through training in corporate environments, church workshops, speaking engagements, and other civil and social organizations.
Marion Clarke began her career with New Jersey Environmental Federation in her hometown of Montclair, NJ in 2007 and since has accumulated over seven years of experience in conducting community outreach, fundraising, management, and administration on over twenty issue, political, and election campaigns in New Jersey, Florida, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Marion continued her organizing career in Ohio with Working America: AFL-CIO, helping the state to defeat SB5 and re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012. Marion attended Cincinnati State, majoring in Environmental Engineering and Political Science and served as President of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.
Rashida Manuel is a native Cincinnatian with a passion for truly intersectional justice. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Rashida holds a BA in Journalism and a MA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. A communicator by profession and an activist by choice, Rashida has worked for several Cincinnati-area non-profits and facilitated trainings and workshops on diversity and inclusion around the city. Currently, she serves as Cincinnati Lead for the Ohio Women’s March; sits on the boards of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio and the Friends of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati; and serves on the advocacy committee of the Cincinnati Women’s Fund. ``If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.`` Lilla Watson
Meg Thomson, Women's March Ohio Dayton community organizer, is a writer, photographer, feminist, and activist. Participating in social and political movements since before she could vote, Meg began attending protests and marches during the 2016 campaign cycle, leading her to the inaugural Women’s Convention in 2017. Meg received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing from High Point University where she studied women’s roles in media, literature, and American culture. Her published work takes a closer look at the impact of language and rhetoric on gun violence in the media. With her writing and her voice, Meg hopes to promote social justice, advocate for women’s rights, and shift our political landscape.