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TEAM MEMBERS

Kara Warden
Program Manager

Kara was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area, where she graduated from NKU with her BA and went on to complete her MA at Mount St. Joseph University. Kara comes to Sweet Cheeks with a decade of supply chain experience across several global corporations. Prior to joining our team, she spent several years focused on serving youth who are at risk in our city as a local non-profit program and project manager. In addition to that work, Kara also has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion. She occasionally teaches a course on Christian Justice at Mount St. Joseph University and has also served as a founder and the leader of a team at her previous organization which worked to educate staff and address bias and prejudice as it relates to race, gender, nationality and class. When not working, Kara enjoys volunteering at her local church, reading, hiking, camping and creating art. She also likes traveling nationally and internationally. She has visited Italy, Switzerland, France, India, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and Ireland – and hopes to visit more countries in the future. 

Ann Loch
Development Manager

A native Cincinnatian, Ann brings a unique and varied history of creative proposal development, grant writing, and donor relations experience to the Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank team. Ann first learned of diaper need through her then co-worker, Megan Fischer, and was interested in helping any way possible. Ann began volunteering as a grant writer for Sweet Cheeks in November 2016 and is excited to join the team as a permanent staff-member to help Cincinnati’s smallest residents stay clean and healthy. Outside of her development efforts, Ann focuses on raising her children and spending time with her husband, Mike. Ann enjoys reading, writing, PBS, manatees, and a good letter opener.

MORGAN WHALEY
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Morgan is a wife and mother of three girls and is deeply invested in serving others. Morgan is a woman of God and her faith fuels her passion to serve and love others. Morgan graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Communication degree and she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration on social justice.Morgan’s heart is to advocate for underserved and overlooked communities and she aims to show others what it means to love through her work with Sweet Cheeks. “I am so humbled to be a part of the Sweet Cheeks family. The work that Megan has started is a true blessing to the Cincinnati area. I am excited to use my talents and skills to support such a phenomenal organization and engage people across all industries to show the diaper need in our communities.”

Mike Schell
Marketing Director

For the past 10+ years, Mike has advanced his career as a digital marketer and brand manager with an eye for technology and flawless design. His goal is to combine knowledge and experience in these areas to help COVERD Greater Cincinnati service the community and improve the lives of those in-need. Aside from his full time job and his work with COVERD, he is also a Perinatal Childbirth Educator at the Cleveland Clinic teaching a father-to-father “Boot Camp For New Dads” class, aimed to inspire and equip men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads. Mike grew up in Cincinnati but currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Andrée, and their son, August. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, brewing home brew, playing guitar, cooking, spending time outdoors and going to see live music.

HALEY THOMPSON
DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Haley is an entrepreneurship student from Miami University who enjoys spending her free time outside with family and friends. She can often be found reading in the sun, hiking with her parents, or playing with her twin brother and dog. She met Megan Fischer and learned about the diaper bank through two Miami programs: Social Innovation Weekend and Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship. Haley is excited to join the Sweet Cheeks team as their summer intern and hopes to add to the incredible impact SCDB already has on her hometown.

Volunteer Staff

Claire Ballinger
Grant Writer

Claire is an academic librarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio.  After earning a BA in English Literature, she realized she loved writing and literature, but wasn’t sure which direction to take her career. She decided to get her Masters in Library and Information Science and has worked in libraries ever since. When her daughter Libby was born, she was able to transition to a part-time schedule and spend a few days a week at home with her little one. Claire has been married to her husband, Brad, for five years. They enjoy good beers, traveling, and the great outdoors. Claire is honored to contribute to Sweet Cheeks’ mission to serve Cincinnati families in need.

Gretchen Swann
Events Coordinator

Gretchen has held various marketing positions over the past 8 years, and is excited to bring her experiences to Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. She learned about diaper need in Cincinnati from her good friend, Megan. The thought of having that pressure on your shoulders, on top of trying to juggle the journey that is parenthood, was heartbreaking to her and she wanted to do whatever she could to help. Gretchen currently works at Paycor in Norwood as a marketing program manager, and has lived in Cincinnati the past 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff and daughter Charlotte, and is looking forward to helping with marketing efforts and events to help Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank help families in need in our wonderful city!

Amy Boldt
Diaper Drive Coordinator

Amy is currently a stay-at-home mom. Previously, she worked as a product development chemist and technical service representative. After having Jude, she didn’t want to travel anymore, so left her job for a new one. Her new duties include changing diapers, reading childrens books all day, and fighting with a stubborn toddler (who has her personality). Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael, and they enjoy cooking, watching Netflix, and catching up on sleep! She is very excited to be able to help babies in need.