• Tue. May 30th, 2023

By Regina Carswell Russo

RRight Now Communications

Deborah Mariner Allsop, executive director/CEO of FamiliesFORWARD for more than 14 years, was honored during her retirement celebration on July 1. Allsop was given a proclamation from Ohio State Reps. Catherine Ingram and Sedrick Denson, surrounded by noted community leaders and dignitaries during the reception.

State Rep. Catherine Ingram reads a state proclamation recognizing Deborah Allsop’s contributions to the community. At right is State Rep. Sedrick Denson. Photo provided

Allsop, a 2019 Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year honoree, often referred to as a “Champion for Children,” took office in 2007 after retiring from United Way of Greater Cincinnati after more than 29 years of service.

Deborah Mariner Allsop. Photo provided

Celebration attendees included FamiliesFORWARD board members, former Executive Director Betty Hinton, Dr. O’dell Owens and retired United Way of Greater Cincinnati President/ CEO Rob Reifsnyder, to name a few. 

H. Michelle Toney succeeds Allsop as executive director. 

H. Michelle Toney. Photo provided

FamiliesFORWARD is a neighborhood-based resource center for schools, students, their families and the community. Its after-school program serves Bond Hill Academy of Math and Science Discovery, Carson School, Hays-Porter School and Withrow University High School.