Our Team

Rigel Behrens
Rigel Behrens Community Development Planner

Rigel Behrens,
Community Development Planner

Before joining WIN’s staff, Rigel worked as a self-employed artist for 19 years. Rigel earned a BA in Political Science from Northern Kentucky University and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. In 2011, Rigel joined WIN’s staff to manage data collection and analysis of Hamilton County foreclosure trends, and produced WIN’s foreclosure reports for several years. She has also provided outreach and technical support for resident-led community building and neighborhood revitalization. In addition to working with the community directly, her work also includes grant writing, action planning, mapping, developing and maintaining relationships with partner organizations and universities.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 103 or email Rigel
Myra Boggs
Myra Boggs Financial Literacy Coordinator

Myra Boggs,
Financial Literacy Coordinator

For over 21 years as a HUD approved Housing Counselor, I worked with families preparing them for home ownership opportunities which included extensive budgeting and credit counseling. I also provided Financial Literacy workshops on a variety of topics that was of interest to families. In my current role as the Senior Financial Literacy counselor, I work with senior citizen homeowners to develop ways for them to be more comfortable in their homes.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 125 or email Myra
Sister Barbara Busch
S. Barbara Busch Executive Director

S. Barbara Busch,
Executive Director


S. Barbara Busch, SC, co-founded Working In Neighborhoods (WIN) in 1978 and continues as its Executive Director today. WIN provides financial education and homeownership opportunities to low and moderate income residents throughout greater Cincinnati. Originally started with a $14,000 budget, the organization now has an annual budget of $1.4 million and employs 21 staff members. A Cincinnati native, S. Barbara has worked for over 40 years to help low and moderate income residents shape their communities.

She is a member of the Sisters of Charity. S. Barbara has a Master of Social Work from University of Michigan and is a Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor.

Under her direction, WIN has built or rehabilitated and sold 167 homes to first-time homeowners. WIN has developed relationships with local and national lenders, which has resulted in over 7,000 low-income families owning their homes. WIN developed the WIN Economic Learning Campus in the heart of S. Cumminsville. The Campus offers financial training and counseling for homebuyers, leadership training, enrichment programs for youth, and 18 apartments for senior citizens. In 2014 WIN began its effort to move 40% of S. Cumminsville out of Poverty in a generation through six targeted efforts and includes 50 near net zero energy homes.
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Tammy Edwards Housing Counselor

Tammy Edwards,
Housing Counselor

Tammy began her WIN career in 2021. She is a HUD certified Housing Counselor. She provides one on one housing counseling and coaching to customers to attain and maintain stable housing. She also teaches group education on home buying and general financial literacy. Prior to working at WIN, she worked in banking and financial planning services. Tammy earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Finance from Thomas More University. "WIN is a godsend", says Tammy "Every day I come to work thinking 'One more day I can be a blessing!' Tammy continues to seek out new opportunities to learn. She now shares with many WIN customers one of her core beliefs: "When you gain knowledge you share knowledge".

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 127 or email Tammy
Cozette Evans
Cozette Evans Administrative Assistant – Youth Programs Coordinator

Cozette Evans,
Administrative Assistant – Youth Programs Coordinator

Cozette Evans, Administration Assistant & Youth Coordinator, has been employed By Working In Neighborhoods for 19 yrs. Myself and my siblings have been volunteering at Working In Neighborhoods for over 30 years. I have been working with the youth program for over 20 years. Before joining the WIN Staff, I bought my first home from Working In Neighborhoods. I am a resident of the South Cumminsville Community for 23 years. I have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 100 or email Cozette
Dennis Kinne
Dennis Kinne Housing Counselor

Dennis Kinne,
Housing Counselor

In December 2010 Dennis Kinne began his WIN career as a housing counselor, coach, educator. Prior to WIN, He worked in accounting, auditing, information technology, and network operations at Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Gas & Electric, and Arthur Andersen. He earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from Xavier University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting permit.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 129 or email Dennis
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Molly Lohr Fund Development Director

Molly Lohr
Fund Development Director

Molly joined WIN's team in the spring of 2022 as Fund Development Director. WIN's core values of empowering people through education, building community through partnerships, speaking out for housing justice and environment sustainability are values she shares. Our community is experiencing an affordable housing crisis and as a native Cincinnatian, Molly enjoys knowing that her work plays a role in providing solutions. At WIN, Molly is involved in working with staff members and volunteers to increase awareness of WIN's mission and developing relationships to increase financial support. Molly has more than thirty years of experience in nonprofit leadership and received a BA in English from the University of Cincinnati.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 128 or email Molly
Mary Metzmeier
Mary Metzmeier Community Organizer

Mary Metzmeier,
Community Organizer

Mary Metzmeier is our lead organizer. She helps low and moderate-income people build power by coming together and working strategically to change public policy and business practices. Mary has worked on housing, quality of life issues, environmental issues, and building neighborhood involvement. After 21 years in the field, Mary’s favorite part of organizing remains helping people who feel powerless begin to see that by working together, we can make real, sustainable change.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 105 or email Mary
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Laura Murphy Environmental Organizer

Laura Murphy,
Environmental Organizer

Laura grew up near the Mill Creek and came to learn that despite the watershed's history, water is life. Previously, she ran the desk at the Oyler School Based Health Center in Lower Price Hill and served in AmeriCorps. While she was taking time off to raise her daughter, a '100-year-storm' sent water rushing like rivers through streets and alleys in her neighborhood in Covington. Hundreds of basements flooded, and debris left behind in Laura's furnace caught fire that winter. That's when she started taking action with Native leaders protecting the rights of water, and Sierra Club members fighting petrochemical projects on the Ohio River. Now, Laura lives back home in Northside and is working with neighbors in the Mill Creek Valley and across Hamilton County on their stormwater problems. With Beekman Corridor residents, she helps develop partnerships and lead volunteer groups to implement green infrastructure projects that reduce erosion and damage to homes. She also helps CUFA members organize, tell their stories, and push decision makers to prioritize their lived experiences and work with them to design solutions to flooding in neighborhoods.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 or email Laura
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Regio Rodriguez Community Organizer

Regio Rodriguez

Prior to joining the mission at WIN, Regio worked as a resource advocate for 3 years at a Cincinnati Nonprofit assisting families and individuals in need with the resources, planning, and steps to achieve self-sufficiency. Regio also spent 3 years working for different banking institutions prior to joining the non-profit sector. In 2022, Regio joined WIN's staff to support the Beekman Corridor Revitalization Coalition as a community organizer. In this role, Regio works with community leaders who aim to empower their neighborhoods to seek equitable and self-sufficient resources, policies, and infrastructure to provide a healthy and happy living for their communities. Regio provides outreach and support to Beekman Corridor Coalition's Housing, Investment, and Dumping Committees, and creating media collateral for neighborhood engagement, maintains and builds relationship with partner agencies and organizations on joint efforts in the Beekman Corridor.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 116 or email Regio
Whitney Schieltz
Whitney Schieltz Housing Development Coordinator

Whitney Schieltz,
Housing Development

Whitney, a native of Dayton, Ohio, studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and then received her master’s in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky. A few years after college, she entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and spent two years in El Paso, Texas, ministering on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Since returning to Ohio in 2017, Whitney has volunteered and worked with various community development and social justice organizations and has served as WIN’s Housing and Volunteer Coordinator since 2018.

Contact Whitney: (513) 541-4109 x. 109 or email Whitney
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Jeff Smith Housing Counselor

Jeff Smith, AFC®
Housing Counselor

Jeff Smith is HUD Certified Housing Counselor at Working in Neighborhoods. He began his non-profit career in 2021, bringing with him 7 years of coaching and people development experience. Prior to joining WIN, Jeff coordinated a free tax preparation program that served families across 8 counties in Northern Kentucky. In his current role, he will primarily provide housing counseling to renters in homes owned by the Port Authority with the goal of transitioning them into homeowners. Jeff earned the Accredited Financial Counselor® designation in 2022 and has a Bachelor's in History and Philosophy from the University of Kentucky.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x.124 or email Jeff
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Shannon Wedig Accounting Assistant

Shannon Wedig

Shannon Wedig is WIN’s Accounting Assistant. She began working at WIN in February of 2020. She handles the majority of the accounts payables and receivables. Before joining WIN she worked in corporate accounting departments for over 15 years. She is a resident of the westside of Cincinnati.
Hope E. Wilson
Hope E. Wilson Director of Operations & Housing Programs

Hope E. Wilson,
Operations Director/Housing Program Manager

Hope Wilson is the Director of Operations/Housing Program Manager for Working In Neighborhoods (WIN). Prior to her current role she worked as the Community & Housing Development Manager and was involved in the development process for 45 single family homeownership units and 18 senior rental units. Hope was involved in the acquisition, rehab, new construction, and sale of WIN’s homes that are sold to low-moderate income first time homebuyer’s. In addition she has been a Housing Counselor & Homebuyer Educator helping families attain and maintain homeownership in the Greater Cincinnati region. Hope joined WIN in 2000 as a Community Organizer focused on housing & lending issues. Hope has a Masters in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 132 or email Hope
Barb Woelfel
Barb Woelfel Accounting Director

Barb Woelfel,
Accounting Director

I began working at WIN in 1992 a few years after graduating from Mount St. Joseph with a BA in Accounting. I have watched WIN grow and change in many ways during my time here. But the foundation of WIN’s mission and work has always remained focused on our neighbors. I also have grown with WIN, from a staff accountant to a senior staff member, Accounting Director and part of the management team. In my early days I was focused on maintaining WIN’s financial records and learning about WIN. Now I am involved in some manner in almost everything WIN does. One of my main focuses these days is on grants, from budgets to reporting and compliance.

Contact: (513) 541-4109 x. 123 or email Barb

Our Board of Directors

  • Matt Buddenberg

  • David Dirr

  • Marilyn Evans

  • Ena Fletcher

  • Ellen Frankenberg

  • Joy Gazaway

  • Glen Glenn

  • Blake Johnson
  • Randy S. Kuvin
  • Kathy Lutz

  • Greg Ossege

  • Steve Schaefer

  • Thelma Walker
  • Wilma Wilson
  • S. Pat Wittberg

  • Pamela Woods
  • Michael Yeazell

  • S. Barbara Busch

Our History

In 1978, as the nation faced high unemployment, spiraling interest rates, inflation and an energy crisis, Working In Neighborhoods (WIN) was born to help Cincinnati’s low and moderate-income residents.

WIN joined with local residents to create an organization that would help them gain a voice in issues affecting them. By working side-by-side with residents and training them to become leaders, WIN helped residents impact issues including utility reform, quality, affordable housing, and quality-of-life issues, such as decreasing crime.

Led by resident’s desire to live in decent homes and to physically improve their neighborhoods, WIN began developing homes in 1981. In order to educate residents about purchasing a home, WIN began offering home ownership classes and counseling. WIN also developed partnerships with local banks which have yielded over $300 million in investments for WIN’s neighborhoods.

In 1986, WIN collaborated with Cincinnati Gas & Electric to ensure that low and moderate-income residents could afford their utility bills. Through this partnership, WIN developed a program so that low-income residents pay no more that 30% of their income for utilities. By working with CG&E, WIN’s energy program has become an effective resource for helping people manage their energy usage in an efficient and cost-effective way. WIN currently serves low-income utility customers in an 11-county radius.

Over the years, WIN has offered leadership training to organizations in 16 low and moderate-income neighborhoods from West McMicken to Mt. Healthy. We have sold over 160 homes to low and moderate income working families and educated thousands of first-time home buyers about how to purchase a home.

In 1999, WIN began developing the WIN Economic Learning Campus in South Cumminsville. The 5-building property on the site of the former St. Pius Church, is home to a community computer lab, financial literacy seminars and counseling programs, as well as youth enrichment programs including the South Cumminsville Youth Summer Camp and after-school tutoring. In the fall of 2006, WIN developed 18 units of housing for senior citizens in the former St. Pius School.

Visit Working In Neighborhoods Guidestar Profile, including recent 990s and Annual Reports.

WIN in the News

Join Our Team

Mission of Working In Neighborhoods: Empowering people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership and economic learning. Working In Neighborhoods is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.

Construction Coordinator

Accountable to: Director of Operations & Housing Programs

Position: The Construction Coordinator performs a range of tasks that range from preconstruction development to preparation of construction documents used for obtaining bids and building permits, securing bids, and assisting in contracting with appropriate trades, and overseeing the construction process. In addition to working with vendors that have an ongoing relationship with WIN the Construction Coordinator will look for potential contractors/tradesman as alternative resources.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in locating and evaluating new properties for WIN in our target areas.
  • Review drawings and prepare specifications for contractor bids.
  • Review and compare bids for contractor selection.
  • Attend meet and confer sessions at the City as needed.
  • Apply for building permits as needed.
  • Work with contractors throughout the construction process, answer contractor questions and check on contractor’s work up through final walk through for punch list items.
  • Keep detailed records for each housing project.
  • Facilitate property maintenance for WIN offices. Secure contractors for building repairs, i.e., window replacement, tuck pointing, plaster repairs.
  • Assist in preparing applications for project funding.
  • Monitor and document project progress throughout the construction phase.
  • Conduct inspections for payout processing.
  • Recommend and present change orders as appropriate for management approval prior to authorizing repair to be made.
  • Ensure that all work performed by contractors complies with the City of Cincinnati or Hamilton County building code, as well as HUD and the Department of Community Development standards, as required by various programs.
  • Act as general contractor as needed.
  • Make recommendations regarding the securing of properties throughout the holding period.
  • Conduct initial inspections.
  • Develop punch lists and follow-up on all outstanding construction issues prior to closing.
  • Adhere to WIN’s warranty request process and coordinates follow-up with contractors as appropriate.
  • Maintain construction files and records of all correspondence to ensure accuracy of construction documentation, including necessary disclosures, waivers, permits, and certifications for payouts.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of residential construction experience or a degree in construction management.
  • Able to lift up to 40 lbs. and have the ability to navigate a construction site.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Programs (Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Must have an automobile, current license, and valid insurance.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people including agency staff, community partners, contractors, funders, and residents.

Compensation: Salary plus health insurance benefits, vacation, flexible spending account, and employee assistance programs.

Application process: Applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to winfo@wincincy.org or submit by mail to Working In Neighborhoods, Attention: Personnel Committee 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

 

Fund Development & Marketing Assistant

Accountable to: Fund Development/Marketing Director

Position: The Fund Development & Marketing Assistant is responsible for assisting the director with stewarding the organization’s development and marketing efforts. Key responsibilities include, event implementation, database management and assisting in the production of print and electronic marketing materials.

Responsibilities:

Events

  • Work with staff and committees to coordinate successful fundraising events

  • Develop and implement event timetable

  • Serve as agency liaison with event venue

  • Solicit auction and raffle items -writes auction item descriptions

  • Prepare correspondence for sponsors and other donors

  • Coordinate the packaging of raffle and auction items

  • Assist in producing event printed and electronic materials

  • Coordinate event volunteer activities

  • Manage event registration, online auction, event seating and event payout with GiveSmart

  • Document practices and procedures for use in future fundraising efforts

  • Assist with other donor recognition and friend-raising events

Database Management

  • Core responsibilities include ensuring accuracy of Salesforce database by entering and updating information

  • Provide timely donor gift acknowledgements and pledge reminders

  • Generate donor reports

  • Work with director to increase annual gift through direct mail and ongoing donor stewardship

Marketing 

  • Helps develop website & social media content
  • Implement WIN’s social media strategy
  • Assist in producing print and electronic newsletters
  • Assist in producing collateral pieces (i.e. brochures, invitations, flyers, event booklets)

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to advance the mission and vision of WIN
  • Associates degree preferred 2 years’ experience in fund development or related field.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite essential, experience with Publisher and donor software a plus
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Skilled at project management
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, volunteers, and the community to further WIN’s mission

Compensation: Salary plus health insurance benefits, vacation, flexible spending account, and employee assistance programs.

Application process: Applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to winfo@wincincy.org or submit by mail to Working In Neighborhoods, Attention: Personnel Committee 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223