Keith Kline, Ph.D.
Dr. Kline spent 34 years in public education serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and Superintendent in Greater Cincinnati. He is passionate about young people growing up to be safe, strong and well prepared for their futures. Keith holds three degrees from Miami University and now teaches doctoral and administrative coursework at Miami. Dr. Kline joined Grant Us Hope as Executive Director in July of 2018.
Client Relations/ Office Manager
Sandy Murphy serves as the Client Relations/Office Manager for Grant Us Hope. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Paralegal Studies.
Jennifer Wright-Berryman, Ph.D.
Director of Data and Analytics
Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman obtained her Master of Social Work and Ph.D. from Indiana University, and has been faculty at the University of Cincinnati since 2013. Jennifer is a mental health and suicide researcher, and has over eighteen years of experience in both interpersonal clinical and community-based practice. Currently, Jennifer is working with communities throughout the country, including Cincinnati, to implement school-based suicide prevention programs called Hope Squads. As the national lead researcher for the Hope Squad program, Jennifer evaluates program outcomes, and designs research to test the program in a variety of settings. Jennifer consults with schools and a number of different organizations in areas of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, and gives talks, lectures, and trainings around the country.
Lisa Carter was a teacher and instructional coach for 33 years, serving grades K-8. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor at Miami University, her alma mater. Prior to her position at Grant Us Hope she was a Fellow for Amazon Education, traveling the country training teachers on program implementation. Lisa is excited about her School Liaison position, as it allows her to do her favorite thing, which is to learn from all the great ideas that kids always have! Lisa started with Grant Us Hope in December of 2018.
Sandy Kauffman was born and raised in Wisconsin. For 15 years Sandy worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist to reduce anxiety and stress for patients and families during medical procedures or hospitalization at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Since losing her brother to suicide in 1999, Sandy’s passion lies in bringing awareness to and educating others about suicide prevention. Sandy joined Grant Us Hope as a School Liaison in February of 2019 and is eager to be a part of transforming how communities come together to save lives.
Melissa Glover taught for 18 years in both Centerville City Schools and the CinDay Academy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Education at Bowling Green State University and her Masters in Literacy at the University of Dayton. She is excited to be a part of Grant Us Hope as a School Liaison. She is passionate about teen mental health care and helping every student have the opportunity to get help when suffering as well as helping the schools to be surrounded by the support they need.
Hope Squad Coordinator
Lauri joined the Grant Us Hope team as a Hope Squad Coordinator in July of 2019. She worked in the public schools for 33 years as a teacher, guidance counselor and advisor to teen leadership organizations. Lauri is excited to continue her passion of empowering and educating youth by implementing Hope Squads in schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Miami University and Master of Education at Xavier University.
Development and Marketing Associate
Alex Holtmeier joined Grant Us Hope in August 2019. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. Alex will be helping lead our marketing and development efforts as we enter an exciting growth phase. Alex is thrilled to work towards our vision to help prevent teen suicide.
Development and Volunteer Associate
Rachel joined the Grant Us Hope team in August of 2019. Prior to joining, she was a middle school teacher for 10 years. Additionally, she also worked for a global educational technology company. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education at The Ohio State University. Rachel is very passionate about the vision of Grant Us Hope and the positive impact it is having throughout the school systems of Ohio. She looks forward to sharing the recent successes of the organization with community leaders.