For 25 years Andy Fisher has worked in the anti-hunger field as an executive director of national and local food groups, as a researcher, organizer, policy advocate, and coalition builder. He lays out a compelling vision for addressing hunger in his book, “Big Hunger the Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups.” Fisher encourages a broader definition of hunger characterized by a focus on public health, economic justice, and economic democracy.
Catholic Charities invited Fisher to share his vision as part of a presentation and panel discussion beginning at 5:30 pm, Thursday, September 6 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The following local poverty experts will follow Fisher’s presentation by sharing their views and how their organizations are addressing poverty. Guests are encouraged to RSVP online by August 30.
Giovanna Alvarez was born in Trujillo, Perú. She has a Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science from Antenor Orrego Private University in Trujillo Peru, and a Juris Doctorate from Pedro Ruiz Gallo University.
For nine years, Alvarez has served as the Director of the Su Casa Hispanic Center, a program of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio. She develops and leads programs serving the Hispanic/Latino Community, as well as the educational needs of all Immigrants and Refugees served by Catholic Charities.
Alvarez is a member of the Advisory Council of the Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Advisory Council, Woman Helping Woman VAWA Collaborative, COMPASS, and other professional affiliations. She currently serves as a steering committee member of the Greater Cincinnati Childhood Poverty Collaborative and the Leadership Team of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Communities Acting for Kids Empowerment Project. Alvarez received the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Governor’s Award in 2012.
With more than 30 years of senior executive experience leading businesses and serving the community, Ted Bergh became the CEO of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio in 2012. He’s committed to the nonprofit agency’s mission to enlighten, serve and empower the community.
Bergh served as the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Interim Executive Director before joining Catholic Charities. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Everybody Rides Metro from 2006 to 2009, the CFO for Metro and Secretary/Treasurer for the SORTA Board from 2005 to 2009. He served as the CFO for the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1993-2004 and as the CFO for the Gannett Company Inc., for three newspaper markets from 1984 to 1993. Bergh served on the Mayor’s Immigration Task Force, as the Chair of Community Resources and Development Sub-committee (2012-2014).
Bergh earned his BA in Economics from Colgate University in 1975, an MBA in Finance from Cornell University in 1980 and an MA in Theology from Xavier University in 2001.
Michael Johnson is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Johnson was appointed in May of 2018 as the 11th individual to lead United Way of Greater Cincinnati in the organization’s history, spanning more than 100 years. He is also the third executive to oversee the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Johnson also has oversight of partnerships and programs across United Way’s service area of 10 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Prior to joining United Way, Johnson served as the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin, and led the agency on an amazing journey of change – transforming the organization from a local children’s charity to a change agent for children and families. In his eight years as president and CEO, the Club made significant accomplishments: It developed a bold, five-year $15M plan that resulted in more than doubling the number of children and families served in South Central Wisconsin; tripled the number of employees at the organization; and substantially grew its operating budget.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Chicago State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a certification in fundraising management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, a certification in human resource management from Cornell University, and an Advanced Leadership Certification from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Johnson spent 20 years in executive-level positions in Madison, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and St. Louis, leading large and complex organizations in the government and nonprofit sectors. He also served on numerous boards including CF Charities, Overture Center for the Arts, University of Wisconsin, School of Human Ecology, and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.
Throughout his career, Johnson received dozens of awards and has been featured in numerous publications including: NBC Making a Difference Award, Madison 365 – Most Influential Award, and an honor by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Michael and his wife, Toya, were born and raised in Chicago and have three children. They live in Blue Ash.
Kurt Reiber joined the Freestore Foodbank in 2011. He is an innovative and results-oriented executive with 36 years of diverse experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Freestore Foodbank Team, Reiber served on the Board of Directors for the Freestore from 1996 to 2010 and was chairman of the board during his last 4 years. Before devoting his work fulltime to the Freestore, he served as senior vice president of the Real Estate Capital Group of KeyBank for 29 years. Reiber has served on many boards and committees including: Hamilton County Special Olympics, Forest Hills Foundation for Education, Financial Stability Impact Council for the Greater Cincinnati United Way, and Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County. Currently, Reiber is serving on the Taste of the NFL Board.
Reiber helped lead the Freestore Foodbank through a successful capital campaign and under his guidance; the Freestore Foodbank has become nationally recognized by Feeding America for its work in capacity development for its community partners and has modernized operations. The Freestore Foodbank was recognized as Nonprofit of the Year by The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; LEAD Cincinnati partnered with VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm and recognized the Freestore Foodbank as being one of the top three Nonprofits throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; and most recently was inducted into the 2017 Advocacy Hall of Fame and recognized as a top tier advocacy program by Feeding America.
Reiber graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with his BA in Economics & Finance, and received his JD and MBA from the University of Toledo. He recently participated in Leadership Cincinnati Class #36 and Leadership Northern Kentucky 2017.
Moira Weir has been director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services since 2007. She leads a department with a $2.4 billion annual budget that is responsible for local child protection, elder protection, publicly funded childcare, child support enforcement, workforce development, cash assistance, food stamp disbursement and Medicaid disbursement.
Weir worked her way up from being Children’s Services line worker, a position she accepted upon joining the agency in 1993. Under her leadership, the agency has become a state leader in efficiency, accuracy and creativity, winning 16 different awards for innovation from the National Association of Counties during her tenure, more than any other government agency in Ohio. She also launched award-winning campaigns and partnerships such as “Choose Your Partner Carefully,” “Do Ask, Do Tell,” “Everyday Heroes,” “Kids in School Rule” and the “Higher Education Mentoring Initiative” (HEMI). In addition, Weir led the most successful Children’s Services levy campaigns (2011 and 2016) in agency history, both passing with a record 72% approval rate
Weir is a member of the Urban Child Welfare Leaders Group. In 2016, Weir was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. In 2014, Weir was named one of Cincinnati’s Most Influential Women by Venue Magazine. In 2013, HEMI named a scholarship in her honor for her dedication and commitment to helping foster youth graduate high school and transition to higher learning. She was a 2012 finalist for the Athena Award for Women by Cincy Magazine.