Impact 100 is thrilled to announce and introduce our largest-ever YP scholarship class! Join us in welcoming six young women as 2020 Charlotte R. Schmiddlap Young Philanthropists: Tess Brown, Myra Ballentine, Brooke Megenhardt, Nickol Mora, Erika Svirnovskiy, and Daphney Thomas. These women from diverse backgrounds and businesses share the same passion for philanthropy and a common commitment to our region.
Myra is the CEO of VECTRE, a virtual reality development company focused on helping Enterprise improving their decision making through simulations. Check out their projects with fortune 50 companies here: www.VECTRE.xyz Her passion is bias and inclusion and she has created an immersive VR training to help organizations become more aware and pinpoint bias in the workplace: PERSPECTIVES: www.perspctiVR.com She is a Harvard graduate with degrees in business and behavioral sciences. She has lived in Pakistan, Thailand, Boston, and now lives in Northside with her husband and co-founder, Michael.
Tess Brown has lived in the Greater Cincinnati region her entire life. She was born and raised in Park Hills, Kentucky, and used her education at Northern Kentucky University to start her career in communications and marketing. She now serves the community through her role as Director of Marketing and Communications at Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, and through various volunteer positions. Her favorite time is spent with her family, cooking and eating good food, attending the Cincinnati Opera, listening to records, and walking her dogs around the beautiful neighborhoods across Greater Cincinnati. Tess lives in the Prospect Hill district of Mt. Auburn in Cincinnati with her husband, Adam, and dogs, Vlad and Lobo.
Brooke Megenhardt is a Human Resources and Talent Acquisition Assistant Manager at Toyota Boshoku America (TBA) in Erlanger, Kentucky. Prior to TBA, she spent five years at Total Quality Logistics in the Recruitment Department. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication in 2007, Brooke relocated to Northern Kentucky. Born and raised in the Appalachian Region of southeast Ohio, Brooke now resides in Burlington with her husband, Jesse and two-year-old twin girls, Everly and Emersyn.
Since arriving in Cincinnati 10 years ago, Nickol has been a leader in the nonprofit sector. From AmeriCorps member to Executive Director of Public Allies Cincinnati, Nickol has worked to create greater equity in our region by investing in the development of underrepresented leadership and providing access to opportunities. She is excited to join Impact 100 to leverage its DEI focus and support the nonprofit ecosystem through a philanthropic lens.
Erika Svirnovskiy works as a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at GE Aviation where she has the opportunity to develop the next generation of high performance coatings. With a passion for giving, she is thrilled to be part of the new Impact 100 Young Philanthropist class and work alongside such talented, generous women to help make her hometown of Cincinnati the best it can be for all of its residents. Outside of work, Erika loves to travel the world (often by foot), bake tasty treats for all occasions, and watch every Aviation or NASA documentary she can find.
Mother of two, Daphney resides in Cincinnati where she co-owns a business incubator for woman owned businesses – Sweet Sistah Splash. There she has created/facilitated/co-facilitated hundreds of events over the past 7 years. She is also the Founder/Creative Director for the Midwest Regional Sweet & Natural Fest-an outdoor festival celebrating the love of ethnic beauty, community and culture; and Project G.L.O.W- a 6 week program that helps empower young girls through various topics (from friendship building to health & wellness). She also has a background in Community Engagement, Program Coordination & Management, and PR consulting for small businesses. In her spare time she volunteers for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.