We convene a diverse network of South Side stakeholders to foster alignment to realizing community-level change. We work to enhance communication, collaboration, and service coordination amongst the network.
Columbus’ South Side is a mosaic of prosperous communities in which every resident thrives.
To support South Side residents in living healthy, fulfilling lives by strengthening the collective efforts of community partners.
Our work aims to ensure community members have holistic support from our network of partners to address basic needs and provide access to more opportunities that improve quality of life on the South Side.
Ultimately, we believe coming together will help us improve racial equity and address poverty.
Since our inception, South Side Thrive Collaborative has operated under a simple premise – that we can accomplish more together than working independently.
We grew out of the long-standing commitment to make the South Side of Columbus a thriving community where all residents have:
South Side Thrive Collaborative first began forming in late 2016 when several community-based organizations – including Mid-Ohio Food Collective, United Way of Central Ohio, Reeb Avenue Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Community Development for All People – came together to design an integrative collaborative that powered a collective impact approach to advancing household stability in the South Side.
During this research and development phase, community leaders and stakeholders listened to South Side residents hopes, aspirations, and challenges, and engaged health and human service organizations to build a guiding roadmap for the collaborative. This roadmap continues to guide South Side Thrive Collaborative in its day-to-day efforts of leveraging community assets to more holistically support low and moderate income residents in the South Side.
Our Leadership Table
Jane Abell, Executive Chairwoman, Donatos Pizza; Reeb Center Board Member
Tanny Crane, President & CEO, Crane Group; Reeb Center Board Member
Brad Draper, Senior Vice President of Operations, Mid-Ohio Foodbank
John Edgar, Executive Director, Community Development for All People
Ryan Edwards, AVP of Community Impact, United Way of Central Ohio
Jose Feliciano, Homeless Program Coordinator, Primary One Health
Lori Fisher, South Side Resident & Southside Hope CDC
Aaron Hopkins, South Side Resident & SSCAN Civic Association
Nick Jones, Director of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Brad Lamone, Vice President of Workforce Development, Engineered Profiles
John Petro, Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Together & Co
Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, COTA
Stephanie Shoup, Social Program Developer, Franklin County Jobs & Family Services
Maureen Stapleton, Executive Director, Celebrate One
Scott Varner, Executive Director Family Engagement, Columbus City Schools
Carla Williams-Scott, Director, City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
Ally Zahler, Executive Director, Reeb Avenue Center
In her current role, Sarah is responsible for advancing the mission of South Side Thrive Collaborative by convening and facilitating collaboration amongst stakeholders, building partnerships with residents, local government, and community organizations, and maintaining projects, events, and initiatives.
Prior to leading the Collaborative, Sarah served as Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Strategic Projects Director where she was responsible for organizing and executing numerous programs, partnerships, and initiatives that addressed food security in Central Ohio. Specifically, Sarah led the development of the Foodbank’s fresh food distribution programming, an urban farm social enterprise, and the administration of competitive grant funding to expand low-income communities access to fresh foods.
Sarah is a graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.