Julie Shifman – Executive Director

Julie Shifman joined Adopt A Class in 2015. Julie brings to Adopt A Class extensive career experience as a lawyer, a non-profit consultant and as a keynote speaker and author of the book Act Three. She is also well known for her community engagement, serving on the boards of United Way (as chair of major gifts), Talbert House (including a term as board chair), the Cincinnati Ballet (currently chair of the New Building Committee), the YWCA, the American Jewish Committee and the Hebrew Union College. She is most proud of being the creator and chair of CincyinNYC which took all of the Cincinnati arts organizations to perform in NYC together in May of 2014 along with 1500 Cincinnatians. Julie received the Cincinnatian of the Year award from the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau for her creation of CincyinNYC.


Julie has lived in Cincinnati for over thirty years with her husband Steve, the CEO of Michelman, and her four sons.


Julie earned her law degree at the University of Colorado and a Masters in tax law at NYU.


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Marie Rusincovitch – Chief Operating Officer

Marie oversees the ongoing business operations within the organization. Prior to Adopt A Class, Marie was in human resources for Western & Southern. Marie also worked for the Federal Government and Zero- The End of Prostate Cancer, both in Washington, DC.


Born and raised in the Cincinnati region, after spending 8 years in the Washington, DC area, Marie returned home and now resides in Oakley. In addition to raising her daughter with her husband Jeff, Marie is an avid runner and has enjoyed completing 4 half marathons with many more races in her future.


Marie has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Public Administration from American University.


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Kate McCann – Mentor Relationship Manager

Kate joined Adopt A Class in 2018 and in her role, she ensures our mentors have a successful, fun, engaging, and sustainable experience within our organization.


Kate was born on the east coast but has lived in many different states as well as overseas. She is a former teacher on the east coast and has worked and volunteered in districts in suburban Cincinnati. She and her husband, Joe, have been in Cincinnati for ten years, have two daughters (Olivia and Sydney), and currently reside in Terrace Park.


An avid reader, and a total news junkie, Katie is passionate about the city of Cincinnati and everything it has to offer. She loves driving around with her family, exploring the area, and especially checking out any new restaurants.


Kate earned a bachelor’s in education from The Pennsylvania State University.


Email: [email protected]

Karen Meyer – PhD STEM Advisor

Karen is responsible for building an educational and fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum for our mentors to bring into the classroom. Her goal is to create activities and experiences that engage our student’s curiosity and provide mentors with helpful instructions that detail the questions “how to” and “why”. For additional support, she is also available to join mentors on their visit.


Karen has over 20 years of experience in chemical and polymer research, most recently at LyondellBasell here in Cincinnati. As a university student and through her career, Karen sought ways to share her love of science with kids and teens. Today, she recognizes the job potential that a STEM education offers and is working to assure that all students in our community have an opportunity, as she did, to find the fun in STEM and inspire curiosity and a career.


Karen attend St. Louis University as an undergraduate and received her Doctorate in Chemistry from Purdue University. She loves her adopted home of Cincinnati!


Check out Karen’s STEM activities here.
Email Karen today to schedule your STEM session!


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