The first endowment made to ProKids occurred in late 2015, a landmark made possible by Elizabeth “Liz” Ricci in honor of her sister, Amy Merrell. Ricci, who is from Montgomery, Ohio, created the Amy Merrell Steps to Success Endowment to remember her sister who died earlier in 2015. Ricci had learned about CASA organizations like ProKids while a
Movers & Makers featured the 2018 Friends of Children Breakfast in its recent publication.
By Tracy Cook, Executive Director On a large scale, America has gotten a crash course in child trauma. There was a lot of media attention when immigrant families were separated. But whether a child is removed from their parents on an international border or after suffering child abuse and neglect in our own community, by
Nicole and Tristan Zistler have a story to tell. It begins with Tristan’s arrival at the Zistler home when he was a baby with a head full of curls. His biological parents could not care for him; could the Zistlers? Along the way, they met a CASA Volunteer from ProKids, Suzy, who advocated for Tristan
Tom Cuni, a former president of the ProKids Board of Trustees, now puts his experience as an attorney to work as a volunteer. He wrote about how that work impacts the Greater Cincinnati community in the April issue of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s CBA Report. From No Hope To Hope
ProKids Professional Development/Education Director Kathy King was honored with the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Committee Award at its annual Hamilton County luncheon. She received the award because of her work on behalf of victimized families and, in particular, the children affected by violence. King, who also serves as a ProKids guardian ad litem
During National Volunteer Month, ProKids paused celebrate its volunteers, particularly those who have given five years or more. There are about 270 ProKids CASA Volunteers; more than 60 have been with ProKids, advocating for abused and neglected children, for more than five years. Board President John Hands said their commitment adds up to 508 years
ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook will be honored at the Duke Energy Convention Center on May 9 as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. Tracy, who has a persistent need to make things better for abused and neglected children, has made a mark on our community not only for her work directly through ProKids but as a collaborator