Celebrating Black Voices

Tenille N. Kaus Leads DEI and Advancement at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Tenille Kaus is only four months into her new role at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where she leads diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and advancement for the nonprofit, but already she has a full plate. Charged with implementing legal aid’s DEI plan and designing strategies to ensure that the nonprofit considers DEI principles across [...]

2023-03-07T11:05:39-05:00February 13th, 2023|

NAACP’s Crystal Bryant-Agyemang Adds Foundation’s DEI Committee to Impressive Resume

Crystal Bryant-Agyemang is a fierce advocate, leader, attorney, and public servant with a drive to serve her community. With a background in social work and the law, Bryant-Agyemang is an effective collaborator and organizer, a sought-after leader, and a staunch advocate for Ohioans impacted by the criminal justice system. As Executive Director of the Cleveland [...]

2023-03-07T11:06:44-05:00January 9th, 2023|

B. Janelle Butler Phifer Receives Foundation’s Denis J. Murphy Award for Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy

B. Janelle Butler Phifer, staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Ohio, is the 2022 recipient of the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Denis J. Murphy Award. The Foundation presents the Murphy Award annually to an Ohio legal aid staff member to recognize outstanding leadership and advocacy. At a reception at Legal Aid of Western [...]

2023-03-07T11:07:23-05:00December 8th, 2022|

Vanetta Jamison Brings Broad Skillset and Decades of Service to Foundation’s DEI Committee

Vanetta Jamison is a former legal aid client turned Board President of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, a passionate advocate for Ohio’s veterans, a fierce champion for disadvantaged children, and an extraordinary person. In short, just the type of committee member the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation sought when forming its Diversity, Equity, and [...]

2023-03-07T11:08:01-05:00November 7th, 2022|