Meghann Marnecheck

Executive Director

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Before joining CTA, Marnecheck worked as a policy advocate at the Ohio Statehouse. She also served as the Chief of Staff for the City of Parma from 2006 to 2011. Marnecheck also served as Assistant Director of Development at Cuyahoga County Public Library where she led the diversification and attraction of new funds into the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. Marnecheck earned a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University.

In her role as Executive Director of CTA, Marnecheck will work with Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Chief of Education Dr. Monyka Price, CTA’s Board of Directors and community partners to lead the organization to sustainability and sound partnerships and to advance efforts to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a quality school, and every neighborhood has great schools from which families can choose.

Mary Halm

Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow



Mary Halm is a life-long Clevelander and a recent graduate from the University of Rochester, earning her BA in Health, Behavior, and Society, a branch of Public Health. Halm is looking forward to using her background in public health to support the Cleveland Transformation Alliance’s mission.

In her role as a fellow, Halm will focus on the 2020 survey sent to parents and caregivers that addresses the resources they wish they had when considering schools. Additionally, she will work with CTA staff to develop new survey tools to get more in-depth information for families and support various projects centered around the Alliance’s mission.

Anju Abdullah
School Choice Navigator

Anju has spent the last 12 years’ participating in various community engagement activities throughout the city of Cleveland and East Cleveland. She is a Certified Community Health Worker who enjoys connecting citizens with resources and opportunities that improve their neighborhood, health, and environment. Anju is also a Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent who enjoys helping families protect their loved ones while planning for their future.

Anju is currently a Child Care Licensing Supervisor for Cuyahoga County’s Department of Health & Human Services. In this role she ensures that Family Child Care Providers are following state rules while providing care for children that attend their program. As a Navigator, Anju will assist Cleveland families with locating resources and researching school options. Her desire is to successfully assist families with enrolling their child in a school that best fit their needs.

Carolyn Hurst-Davis
School Choice Navigator

Carolyn has spent the past 10 years helping to foster the love of learning in children in Cleveland and its surrounding areas. As a Masters level Educator, she has gained experience in classroom management, presentations, program development, curriculum, team building and leadership. It is her growing passion for serving communities both in and outside of the classroom.

Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Historically Black College, Oakwood University. In 2016, she earned a master’s degree in Early Education from Ursuline College. Along with Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Carolyn is also a first-grade teacher. In her role as School Navigator, she can bridge the gap between families and schools. It is her belief that all students should receive a well-rounded, quality education. Through CTA she can make this happen.

Maxine Williams
School Choice Navigator

Maxine Williams was born and raised in the Saint Claire community of Cleveland’s east side. Her admiration for community was fostered by her positive and supportive experience as an urban youth. Her dedication to supporting communities like her own provides her an organic ability to relate to the communities she serves, forming lasting rapport and building trust. Committed to uplifting the voice of youth, she finds her strength in creativity and open interaction. 

Along with Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Williams works as a Librarian Assistant with Cleveland Public Library at the Sterling Branch in the historic Central Promise Cleveland neighborhood. She helps promote supportive services and resources that encourage literacy and technology engagement.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the Historically Black College, Clark Atlanta University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science at Kent State University with aspirations to continue her service in community support.

In her role as Navigator for CTA, Williams will continue to build a one-on-one relationship with Cleveland families. She wants to break barriers by serving and supporting education advocacy through the accessibility of quality resources that support empowerment, more than a career, advocacy is her purpose and coincides with her indisputable value for social justice and community