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Our Team

HandsOn Central Ohio - Our Team

Ernest Perry

President & CEO

Ernest L. Perry, Jr. is President & CEO of HandsOn Central Ohio, one of the largest HandsOn organizations in the US and the largest 2-1-1 service provider in Ohio. Under his leadership, HandsOn is leveraging its information systems technology, data, and long history of mobilizing communities to support Central Ohio’s efforts to develop neighborhoods of opportunity, where every resident will want to live, every child will learn, and every one of us can lead. Ernest’s vision is one Central Ohio, characterized by vibrant neighborhoods, anchored by strong institutions.

Prior to joining HandsOn, Ernest built a reputation as a leader in social enterprise, neighborhood development, collective impact and impact investing, and technology in Ohio and across the US. His experiences include providing Executive Leadership in the fields of philanthropy (Promise Neighborhoods and KnowledgeWorks), education (The Ohio State University), entrepreneurship & workforce development (Junior Achievement), and museums (The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center).

Ernest was named one of Columbus Business First’s 20 Nonprofit Leaders to Know in 2014, and was recognized as a Top Nonprofit Executive in Eastern Pennsylvania in 2011. He is a Fellow of the African American Leadership Academy and a graduate of United Way’s Project Diversity. Ernest is, also, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus. He is, currently, Board President for the Ohio affiliate of the US Association for Information & Referral Services. Ernest also serves on the Boards of the Community Investment Network of Central Ohio (CINCO) and the ARL Education Foundation. Prior Board service includes Every Child Succeeds, CASA of Franklin County, and 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He has also served as President of 100 Black Men of Greater Cincinnati, Inc

Beth Morrow Lonn

Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation

Beth Morrow Lonn serves as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation.  In this role, Beth leads a variety of programs, including the Coordinated Point of Access for the Franklin County homeless system and Ohio’s largest 2-1-1 Information and Referral operation.  The use of data drive decision making to inform the community is an important and emerging focus of the organization under her leadership.

Beth has over 20 years of experience in non-profit administration.  Her career has focused primarily on creating and maintaining exceptional programing, spanning the areas of housing, homelessness and reproductive health.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ohio University and a law degree from Capital University School of Law.

Tamela Collins

Senior Director, Advancement

Tamela Collins is taking on a new role as Senior Director of Advancement.  In this role, Tamela will lead efforts to align our engagement with donors, partners, and volunteers more tightly to our strategic priorities. This includes direct oversight of our Corporate & Community Volunteer team, as well as working closely with the executive office on Fund development, Marketing and external communications. The Senior Director of Advancement oversees staff and consultants to strengthen and grow HandsOn’s base of support from partners, institutional funders, individual donors, and volunteers and customer relations.

Prior to joining HandsOn, Tamela had a distinguished career in the Central Ohio nonprofit community, having most recently served as Chief Operations Officer for Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. There, she had leadership responsibility for a 30 county area serving more than 40,000 girls and volunteers. She is an active volunteer in many community initiatives, organizations, and advisories including The Women’s Fund, Columbus City Schools, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, King Arts Complex, and YWCA.

Tamela is an alumna of Denison University and Columbus State’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

Tom Brinsley

Senior Director, Operations

Tom Brinsley serves as the Senior Director of Operations for the agency.  In his role he is responsible for office maintenance, security and parking for visitors and staff.

Prior to joining Hands On Tom was at Abbott Laboratories for more than 20 years where he worked in numerous supervisor capacities such as Team Leader, Customer Service Operations and Manager of Customer Master Data. While at Abbot Laboratories, he developed new software and led master data initiatives to improve service for retail, health care, and governmental customers across the US.

Tom earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The Ohio State University.

Tiffany Wright

Senior Director, Finance & Grant Administration

Tiffany T. Wright is the Senior Director of Finance and Grant Administration for HandsOn Central Ohio.  Tiffany is responsible for overseeing the organization’s finance and accounting activities, contract management and ensuring financial compliance with our grant-funded projects.

Prior to joining HandsOn, Tiffany spent over a decade with OhioHealth, serving in Senior Accounting and Finance roles throughout the organization.  Most recently, she was responsible for the budgeting and financial planning process for Heart, one of Riverside Methodist Hospital’s largest service lines.  Her desire to combine mission with her passion for accounting and finance has created relationships with several community organizations such as Gibbs for Kids, The Columbus Metropolitan Club, The National Hemophilia Foundation and The Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tiffany earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her Masters in Accounting from Keller Graduate School of Management.  She is married to Mo Wright and they have 3 daughters, India, Kenya and Milan.

Safira Robinson

Chief of Staff

Safira Robinson is the Chief of Staff for HandsOn Central Ohio. She is responsible for professional and administrative support to the President & CEO. In this capacity, she ensures efficient, effective and orderly operations of the Presidential Office. She manages key internal & external relationships, along with coordinating cross functional team management activities with internal department leaders.

Safira began her career at HandsOn Central Ohio through an internship with the Seasonal Holiday Program, while attending The Ohio State University. Since joining HandsOn Central Ohio, she has seen her career blossom. She has a passion for helping others and through her efforts, Safira has worked collaboratively with central Ohio community partners and organizations (United Way of Central Ohio, Lutheran Social Services and The Ohio State University)to build relationships that ultimately benefit the various programs Hands On Central Ohio supports.

Additionally, as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated®, Safira has expanded her passion and personal reach outside of HandsOn Central Ohio and volunteers her time at The Ronald McDonald House, YWCA Family Center, Faith Ministries (food distribution) and The King Arts Complex.

Safira earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition & Community Health from The Ohio State University. She resides in Pickerington, Ohio and is very active in the local community volunteering through service with her sorority.

Carl Konopka

Director, Information Technology

Carl Konopka is IT Director for HandsOn Central Ohio.  In his role, Carl is responsible for ensuring the continual functioning of mission critical operations, managing the deployment, monitoring, maintenance, development, upgrade and support of all IT systems and serving as IT resource and help desk for the office. This also includes performing backup/data recovery/disaster recovery activities and serving on the Board IT Committee.

Prior to joining HandsOn Central Ohio, Carl served as IT Support Analyst for Ashland Environmental Services, Ashland, Inc.  During his tenure, he provided technical help to Environmental Services staff working with their computer systems.  In addition, Carl initiated and led a pilot to adopt web conferencing in Environmental Services.  The pilot was so successful; web conferencing was quickly adopted by many other departments. Through his Ashland career, he developed a passion to improve productivity through technology.

Carl earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and has done Master’s graduate studies in Computer Science. He resides in Columbus and actively volunteers as a council member and groundskeeper at his local church.

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