Cynthia B. Dillard
President and Founder
Cynthia B. Dillard, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of GIVE.BUILD.SHARE. Dr. Dillard’s passion for this foundation arises from over two decades of development work in Ghana, West Africa and her vocation as a teacher, professor, and artist. She believes deeply that access to education should be a human right and available to all children regardless of the geographic location, nation state or conditions of their birth. Dr. Dillard was led to the small village of Mpeasem (mem-pee-asem) in the Central Region of Ghana in 1999 and learned that there was no school facility for the nearly 100 children who lived there. With her own funds (and later with donations from friends and family), Dr. Dillard built a community center that housed the community’s first preschool, which opened its doors in January, 2001. Yearly, it served more than 60 children in Mpeasem and neighboring villages. This effort led to her enstoolment as the Nkosua Ohemaa (Queen Mother of Development) and given the treasured name Nana Mansa II. Since then, she has been tirelessly engaged in various community development projects, including bringing electricity and water to the village. Along with her husband and generous donors, she is currently administering and building a new elementary school complex in the village of Mpeasem.
Niccole’s professional experience outside of the academy includes over a decade in wireless telecommunications, primarily with AT&T, where she led training development efforts that impacted over 30,000 employees nationwide. In addition, Dr. Hyatt has served as a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she directed all non-clinical training efforts for approximately 17,000 employees, which included the development and implementation of the staff satisfaction survey. Dr. Hyatt earned her Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University, a B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University, and an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Robert M. Ransom
Robert M. Ransom received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bob (as his students and co-workers affectionately called him) in his thirty years of tenure atOSU has served as Director of several Offices, including The Special Services program, The Nigerian Education Program, and The Office of Affirmative Action. He retired as Director of the Office of Equity & Diversity, within OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology. In this position he provided vision and leadership to create an environment that appreciated and valued equity and diversity, and ensured that the College's graduates were prepared to be educators and leaders in our changing and diverse world. Under Dr. Bob's leadership, the Office created effective programs, for students of Color, in all phases of the educational pipeline, from encouraging high school students to become urban teachers, to recruiting students for graduate degrees for work in higher education and educational administration. Dr. Ransom's research interests include multi-cultural research methodologies, educational program development and evaluation, and issues of equality and Affirmative Action in highereducation. He has published research papers and made presentations at national conferences on these various topics. Dr. Ransom is currently managing an educational consulting firm helping community agenciesand organizations gain federal and state funding, staff and program development, and evaluation and research.
Jody Wallace is an early childhood educator who has worked with children, teachers and teachers-to- be for 40 years. She has focused her recent teaching on dance with young children. Ms. Wallace loves to use children’s literature as a point of departure for dance exploration and was the recipient of the Moira McKenzie Literacy Grant. Her research, dance as it impacts story–retelling, was conducted in an urban kindergarten. She is inspired by the internationally recognized pedagogical practices of the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Ms. Wallace holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from The Ohio State University. She has presented at local, state and national conferences including OAEYC*, NDEO* and AAHPERD*. *Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children National Dance Education Organization American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance