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Say Yes Cleveland names Brittney Church as new Assistant Director for IT & Data Management

CLEVELAND, OH (April 30, 2021)Say Yes Cleveland (SYC) has announced that Brittney Church has been named as the Assistant Director of IT and Data Management. Ms. Church moves to this position from inside the Say Yes Cleveland organization; since August 2019, she served as the Family Support Specialist (FSS) for Max Hayes High School. Through the end of this school year next month, Ms. Church will split her time between her new position and her work at Max Hayes High school.

In her new role, Ms. Church will work in partnership with, and report to, Aletha Kern, Say Yes Cleveland’s Director of IT & Data Management. She will assist in the day-to-day monitoring and maintenance of the organization’s data management processes, training of data system end users, and data gathering and analysis to support community reporting needs.

“We’re excited to have Brittney joining our administrative team. Not only does she bring exceptional technical ability to this position, but her work over the last two years as a Family Support Specialist gives her a uniquely experienced perspective on how our data systems can meet the needs of our staff and organization,” said Aletha Kern, Say Yes Cleveland’s Director of IT & Data Management Services.

Diane Downing, executive director of Say Yes Cleveland, said: “In our first two years, Say Yes Cleveland has expanded our support services to 42 schools, and we will soon add another 30 schools before the next school year, so the addition of Brittney Church to our administrative staff will help us ensure that our data systems can scale up to meet the needs of all of our schools.”

Before joining Say Yes Cleveland as a Family Support Specialist two years ago, Ms. Church worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a School Enrollment Specialist and then as an Enrollment/Data Specialist. Earlier, she worked as an Employment Specialist/Job Developer for the Jewish Family Service Association; a social worker for Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services; and as a college advisor for College Now Greater Cleveland. Ms. Church earned a bachelor of arts in sociology/criminology degree from Cleveland State University. She received a master of education degree in counseling from John Carroll University, and she is currently pursuing a master of education degree in education technology from Cleveland State University.

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About Say Yes Cleveland

Say Yes Cleveland is a local organization that provides two big things for Cleveland students: support services for students in CMSD and partner charter schools from PreK through graduation; and college or career training tuition scholarships for all eligible scholars after graduation from a CMSD high school. By emphasizing the necessity of support services from Pre-K through high school graduation, the Say Yes program aims to help students overcome the barriers that poverty often puts before them, so that they can stay on track to success and be prepared to take the full advantage of the Say Yes scholarship waiting for them after high school graduation. Say Yes Cleveland was launched in 2019 by local convening organizations, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Foundation, College Now and United Way. For more information, visit SayYesCleveland.org

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