Sonya Fultz – Chief Executive Officer

Sonya Fultz has dedicated her professional career to creating academic opportunities for marginalized communities to access an affordable and effective education. She taught for ten years in P-12 public school settings. She then transitioned to teaching and administrative roles in higher education working with first generation students, adult learners, and students seeking non-traditional pathways to a degree. Sonya has spent the last twenty years as a national and international trainer in school-based conflict management systems. Her interest in sustainable development practices in Guatemala is rooted in the adoption of her Guatemalan-born son, Marty, and she has led adoptive families on Return to Guatemala trips for the last fifteen years aiding them in connecting with their children’s birth country. Sonya and her husband, Walt, have two adult daughters, Cassi and Elizabeth, and enjoy time with all three children traveling.

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Marie Rusincovitch

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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Rachel Gosney

Rachel Gosney – Marketing & Communications Manager

Rachel Gosney joined Adopt A Class in 2019, and she is responsible for the marketing and communications within our organization. Prior to Adopt A Class, Rachel served as the Advocacy and Community Outreach Coordinator for Children, Inc. located in Covington, KY. Rachel is a Northern Kentucky native and has lived in Cincinnati for the past five years. Rachel has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Xavier University in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors program, with minors in Economics, Deaf Studies, and History, and a Master’s of Arts in Private Interests & Public Good from Xavier University.

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Kate McCann – Senior Education & 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 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 exploring the area with her family, and especially checking out new restaurants.  Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Zonieke Alston-Betts – Program Manager: School Relationships

Zonieke Alston-Betts joined Adopt A Class in 2019, and she is responsible for building and managing relationships with school partners, teachers, and administrators.  Zonieke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but she has lived in Atlanta, Chicago, and Denver. She is well known for her dynamic, innovative teaching strategies and relationship building with students.  She has been in the field of education for over 15 years and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Zonieke moved to Cincinnati with her husband and two daughters in 2016, and she was a math teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools for three years.  She is a 2018 graduate of the MORTAR program, enjoys interior decorating, and she is an HGTV fanatic.

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Karen Meyer

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!

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Email Karen today to schedule your STEM session!

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