Cincinnati Scholar House Virtual Tour & Panel
Please join CREW for a virtual tour and panel presentation on the new Cincinnati Scholar House, a Cincinnati Union Bethel program made possible through a partnership with three community based organizations: CUB, Christ Church Cathedral and the Model Group. Cincinnati Scholar House is a transitional learning-living program that supports low-income single parents to complete a post-secondary degree and improve their work prospects. Parents receive housing subsidy and on-site child care and other means of support while they work their way towards self-sufficiency. It is modeled on a Kentucky program with a 15-year track record and 10 additional locations.
Beth Schwartz, CEO, Cincinnati Union Bethel
Beth Schwartz began working at Cincinnati Union Bethel in November 2017. Before taking the helm of CUB, Ms. Schwartz was CEO of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Cincinnati for 11 years. While at JFS, she also served as the JFS Associate Director and the Director of Aging and Refugee Resettlement Services. Prior to her time at JFS she served as Director of Adult Day Services for Cincinnati Area Senior Services. Beth earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Health and Human Services from DePaul University (but since this is a local audience, she answered the question "where'd you go to school by proudly responding Walnut Hills!). She is a past Board member of Leadership Council for Nonprofits, and a member of the soon-to-graduate Class 43 (or Quarant-three) of Leadership Cincinnati. Beth is a Clifton resident.
Tim Westrich, Vice President, Affordable Housing at Urban Sites (formerly with The Model Group)
Tim Westrich is Vice President, Affordable Housing at Urban Sites. He has 11 years of experience working in affordable housing development, and has specific expertise with Low‐Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Historic Tax Credits, HUD financing, and state and local financing programs. Tim has been directly in charge of projects totaling 599 residential units, 30,000 SF of commercial space, and combined $84 million in total development costs. He works on all aspects of real estate projects, including acquisition, financing, construction, lease‐up, and compliance. Most of his past projects involved working closely with a nonprofit partner. Increasingly in the last several years, Tim has worked in a business development role, working to identify new projects that fit the mission of his nonprofit partner. He sits on the board of directors for the Over‐the‐Rhine Brewery District, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the culture and heritage of Cincinnati’s beer brewing past. He is also the past chair of the OTR 5K, and a past board member of the Cincinnati Preservation Collective. Tim holds a Master in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Emily Lubbers, AIA NCIDQ, Project Architect, McGill Smith Punshon
Emily Lubbers is a project architect, interior designer, and BIM coordinator with McGill Smith Punshon. Originally from Michigan, Emily has resided in Cincinnati for 15 years. She has 10 years of industry experience and a Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. As a project manager Emily collaborates closely with owners, consultants and contractors on projects from concept through occupancy. Emily’s goal is to creatively work within the project’s constraints to successfully realize an Owner’s vision. In her free time, Emily enjoys flipping houses, travel blogging, craft beer, and sand volleyball.
Dani Schwarz, Workplace Consultant, RJE Business Interiors
Dani Schwarz is a workplace consultant with RJE Business Interiors in Cincinnati. With a focus on new business development, she is always building relationships in the industry and the community. Dani enjoys helping her clients through the process and making it fun, from design all the way through installation and move-in. Outside of the office, Dani likes being active via hot yoga, walking, and golf.