Reverend Jane Gerdsen
President

The Rev. Jane Gerdsen is our board chair. Jane is an Episcopal priest. She is the rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Ohio. Previously she served for 10 years on the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, as Canon for Ministry Development and at several other churches in Dayton and Cincinnati. She is passionate about the development of new faith communities and working to create a more just and equitable world. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to seminary, Jane was a Montessori teacher and worked as a Director of Religious Education. Jane and her husband, Rob, have two children.

Dr. Anne Housholder
Vice President

Dr. Anne Householder is a dermatologist with UC Health as well as a trained theologian and public health practitioner. Anne also completed a fellowship in ethics and consults on medical ethics cases in the region. She lived at Lydia’s House for 3 years as a volunteer before settling in her own Norwood home and continuing as a house duty volunteer. Anne makes beautiful desserts for Lydia’s House parties and custom crafts for celebrations.

Angie Snelling
Treasurer

Angie Snelling, C.P.A., J.D., brings a wealth of private sector and governmental experience to Lydia's House. An active member of Vineyard Central, a Lydia's House immediate neighbor, for over 20 years, Angie pairs a heart for Norwood along with financial and procurement expertise. Angie believes that her extensive international background has shown her how a robust social network supporting our human infrastructure benefits everyone in society. An early supporter of Lydia's House, we are thrilled to have someone with Angie's heart and mind on our board.

Jalonda Williams
Secretary

Jalonda Williams works at the Talbert House as a CCMEP Supervisor. Prior to working with Talbert House, Jalonda worked 17 years with the Cincinnati Job Corps center as a Residential Advisor, Counseling Manager and Programs Director. She also worked as the Social Development Director at the Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center. Jalonda is passionate about assisting young adults on their journey through adulthood and self-sufficiency. She joined the Lydia's House board in January 2019 and now serves as the board secretary. 

Kathy Porter

Kathy Porter is a graduate of University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice. She currently works for a women’s correction facility and is a former Lydia’s House intern. Kathy understands the experience of Lydia’s House guests as she too was once homeless with her children, turned her life around and now mentors women in crisis.

Molly Russell

Molly Russell was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and has called Cincinnati home since 2005. She lives in Pleasant Ridge with her husband, son, and two rambunctious dogs. She is also a Senior Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She joined the firm as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in 2011. Her fellowship centered on preventing foreclosures and preserving homeownership. Molly’s legal work is aimed at helping families establish housing and employment stability. She currently represents consumers in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. She also helps clients obtain medical, food, and cash public benefits. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and received her JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Taisha Rojas-Parker

Taisha Rojas-Parker serves as Senior Director of Workforce Connection Initiatives and Operations having general oversight of strategy implementation and day to day operation. Taisha has nearly 10 years of managing, coaching and consulting experience. She has a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University. Her coaching experience varies from entry level positions to senior management positions. Taisha has been facilitating frontline supervisor and employee professional growth training for over 15 years. Taisha is also a change management professional and has assisted leadership teams in effectively implementing and sustaining change. Taisha is a BOLD program graduate through Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati and has participated in several equity trainings such at Racial Equity Matters through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.  Taisha currently serves on the board as DEI chair for both Impact 100 and the Greater Cincinnati Human Resource Association (GCHRA).  Taisha has much passion for supporting those most vulnerable and providing them with the tools and resources they need to stabilize and thrive in achieving their life goals.  Taisha is married to her husband of 14 years and has 2 children.

Monique Gilliam

Monique Gilliam was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Monique advocates passionately for causes regarding homelessness, family stability and suicide awareness, to name a few. When Monique is not advocating for others, she’s being a mother to four amazing future leaders of the world. Monique currently works as the Lead Organizer at Cohear, a Community Engagement & Strategic Company.