StrivePartnership Staff

Byron White serves as KnowledgeWorks Vice President and Executive Director of the StrivePartnership. Most recently, Byron was Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University with responsibilities for oversight and strategic development for the University's civic engagement, workplace engagement and inlusion & multicultural engagement. Prior to that, he was a Vice Chancellor for Economonic Advancement at the Ohio Board of Regents and Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University.   

Geoff Zimmerman serves as Senior Director of Continuous Improvement, leading data strategy for StrivePartnership and data and research efforts across KnowledgeWorks. Geoff has worked in the nonprofit and education sectors throughout his career. He has worked to support data utilizations and data infrastructure efforts across the StriveTogether network, and has previously held positions at University of Cincinnati and United Way of Greater St. Louis. He has a bachelor's of science in business administration from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio a Master's in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.


Emily Lewis serves as Director of Operations for The StrivePartnership, a unique education consortium of providers and funders working together to improve academic achievement in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In this role, she manages our community-based initiatives such as the Preschool Promise and Be the Change. Lewis is also responsible for managing our internal work plan and priorities, budget, goals, and assisting our cross-team alignment with StriveTogether. Lewis has a B.A. in English Literature from Denison University and a Master's in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.



Sherri Boone serves as Executive Assistant/Coordinator for the StrivePartnership. In this role, she provides support to the Executive Director and the entire team. She provides administrative support including calendar management, setting-up complex meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, completing monthly expense reports, updating the website and providing support on specific projects.

Before joining StrivePartnership, Sherri worked in Real Estate as a Client Services Assistant at CB Richard Ellis, supporting up to eight brokers in an administrative capacity. Prior to that, she was a Property Manager with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, managing a portfolio of nine properties. Responsibilities also included day-to-day operation of the properties, tenant relations, contract negotiations, accounts payable and receivable, monthly and quarterly re-projections and yearly budgets for each property.


Melissa McCoy serves as Director of Collaborative Continuous Improvement for the StrivePartnership, where she is responsible for incorporating continuous improvement methodology into the Partnership's collaborative networks and community-based initiatives, as well as facilitating the development and testing of action plans aligned with Partnership outcomes. Melissa received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and a J.D. from the NKU Chase College of Law.

Before joining StrivePartnership, Melissa practiced law in the private sector and sought out opportunities to serve the non-profit community in her free time. Ultimately, she decided to make the transition to the non-profit world, and build a career out of impacting the community and its education system on a broader scale.


Angie Okuda serves as Senior Design and Data Infrastructure Specialist for the StrivePartnership. Angie helps implement and promote consistent adoption of workflows that articulate transitions of data-related information across The StrivePartnership staff and partners including collaborators, funders, school Districts and providers.

Angie worked for seven years as the Resource Coordinator for Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools where she engaged community members, parents, program partners, and multiple stakeholders in developing a premier Community Learning Center and showcased her site to the U.S. Department of Education, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, National Conference for State Legislatures, and Council of Chief State School Officers. The National Center for Summer Learning featured the work of Pleasant Ridge in its 2010 policy agenda and the school was recognized numerous times nationally. Angie taught English in Japan and received her Bachelor's of Science in Communications and Business from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.


Marina Hopkins serves as Senior Manager, Partner Relations & Special Projects for the StrivePartnership with responsibility for creating new partnerships, strenghening existing local relationships and determing best engagement strategies and project collaborations. 

Before joining the StrivePartnership, Marina worked as the Community Resourc Coordinator with the Urban League. She spent two years at Burton Elementary and the last six years at Woodward Career & Technical High Schoo. In this role, she was responsible for connecting the school and community, managing all the partnerships within the school, and identifying additional resources for students. She is a 2012 graduate of the National Urban League Emerging Leaders Program.

Etnyre Osias serves as Senior Manager, Performance Analytics for the StrivePartnership. Etnyre oversees the data and analytics initiatives of StrivePartnership. Over the past year, he served as an Education Pioneer Analyst Fellow, serving in a dual role with StrivePartnership and Cincinnati Public Schools. Through that role he built strong relationships both within the school district and across other partners.

Etnyre earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York City. He previously worked on Wall Street, holding multiple performance measurement and financial analyst positions at Citigroup, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. He also brings experience working at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the comptrollers and technology department.