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A graduate of Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree and Case Western Reserve University, Masters Degree in Social Science Administration.


Attended Ashland Theological Seminary Pastor of Concord Baptist Church since 1988

Currently serves:
Former Chairman, Ohio Commission on Minority Development
Ohio Reverend Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Holiday Commission
Former Cuyahoga County Advisory Council on Senior & Adult Services
Visiting Committee of the Cleveland State University School of Social Work
Senior Voice, Member

Church Associations / Affiliations  
Concord Baptist Church - Pastor 
Cleveland Clergy Alliance , Founder  
East Cleveland Concerned Pastors, Former President/ Co- Founder 

Baptist Minister’s Conference Of Cleveland And Vicinity 
United Pastors In Mission 
Cleveland Baptist Association Of America

( Cleveland Local Chapter ) 
Urban League Of Cleveland 
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc 
Council On Older Persons

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A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration. A degree from Myers University; Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sociology. Including a Masters in Business Administration. 

Her love for family, lead her back to the Cleveland area, where she has a heart for people and possesses more than 30 years of progressive experience in working with youth and families.

She is extremely proud of the spiritual gifts God has given her, giving him all the praise. She also continues to be committed to let her light shine, spiritually, socially, in a variety of areas in communications.

Some of these include positions such as serving as the Human Services Ministry Director of the Avon Avenue Baptist Church, Vice Chairperson for Avon Avenue Baptist Church Trustee, retired Probation Officer 2, Parent Project Facilitator, On-site Mediation, as well a GAL for Lake County.

She has been a Mentor and facilitator of groups for youth's Life Skills Programs, Urban Garden site, within various public and private companies. She facilitated medical intervention programs to assist families in getting glasses, special needs tutoring and Psychiatric testing.


Her responsibilities included monitoring, providing a support network for families and students, who want to enhance their life by furthering their education and providing services to families. She assist families who are in crisis. In her spare time she loves listening to jazz and gospel music

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A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Bachelors in Education, further earning his Doctorate of Ministry and Masters of Divinity degrees from Ashland Theological Seminary. Recently retired, he continues his love to teach at Ashland Theological Seminary. 


Dr. Gilmore is passionate about making sure that each student grows in their spiritual walk, rather than just completing an educational process. He cites his time at ATS as a help in his own continual growth as a wounded healer.

Dr. Gilmore also serves as a local pastor, and his passions are reading, teaching and preaching the Word of God. His relationship with Christ originally blossomed through the experience of getting to know his wife, Dianthia.

 Executive Board Members: Rev. Lorenzo Norris President/CEO, Rev. Dr. Andrew Clark Vice President, Rev. Dr. Thomas Gilmore CFO/Treasurer,
 Minister Edward E. Walton Secretary,
Dr. Mary E. Rice Board Member, Yvelyn Hamilton Board Member,
Kenneth Lumpkin, Esq. Board Member,
Dana Drewniak, Board Member Bishop Omar Medina Honorary Board Member,
Will Tarter Jr. Honorary Board Member,

Dr. Edward McKinney Consultant/Advisor

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