2023 Central Ohio Women in Leadership Symposium
March 16, 2023
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Rising in Resilience: Achieving Empowerment through Advancement & Adaptability
Dr. Ameena Kemavor joined the ADAMH team in November 2021. In her role as Vice President, Advocacy and Engagement, Dr. Kemavor is responsible for actively engaging key stakeholders, elevating ADAMH’s thought leadership role and leading ADAMH's efforts in the areas of legislative awareness, advocacy and community engagement. Dr. Kemavor is an independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervision (L.P.C.C.-S.) Endorsement in the State of Ohio who has been working in the field of mental health and community services for over 25 years. She has a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Psychology, a master’s degree (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Counseling, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES). Dr. Kemavor is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, a Certified Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Instructor, a Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a trained Collaborative Assessment for Managing Suicidality (CAMS) provider. Dr. Kemavor began her career in behavioral health and human services providing inpatient psychiatric care to youth and adults and has a wealth of experience working with persons diagnosed with severe and non-severe mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Developing her social services and community action skills, she has served as a Family Services Advocate for Head Start programming at Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization (CMACAO), a Total Case Manager for the Department of Job and Family Services, a Crisis Intervention Clinician at Netcare Access, and an Intake Hospital Liaison at Columbus Area Inc. Dr. Kemavor expanded her lead in behavioral health services and advanced her career by serving in college student mental health as the Clinical Director of Counseling Services at Columbus State Community College, promoted to later serve as the Senior Director of Student Support and Advocacy with inclusive leadership oversight of Counseling Services, Military and Veteran Services, Disability Services and Student Advocacy. During her higher education tenure, Dr. Kemavor worked diligently in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to secure local, state, and federal funding that innovatively advanced collegial and community awareness of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Returning to her passion of service in community mental health, Dr. Kemavor recently led a vibrant team of professionals as the Clinical Director at a community behavioral health agency in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In this this role she revitalized, raised the standard of care and established a seamless process of remote Telehealth services for community members, removing multilayered barriers for mental health and substance abuse services in one of the most challenging times in world history. Dr. Kemavor is an active leader who believes in advocacy and has shown such activism in the counseling profession in the State of Ohio. Among other leadership roles in the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), she has served as President of the Southeast Ohio Counseling Association (SEOCA); revitalized and served as President of the Central Ohio Counseling Association (COCA); President of the Ohio Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (OAMCD); and is a Charter Member and former President of the Ohio College Counseling Association (OCCA).
Suzanne R. Kiggin, of Powell, is Vice President of Operations for American Signature, Inc. She is responsible for retail operations and customer care for seventeen states. Suzanne recently was recognized for being one of the 2022 Top Fifty women in retail at the annual Retail Leadership Summit. Suzanne previously served as Vice President of Brand Operations for Victoria’s Secret 1150 store locations. She was recognized in 2007, 2009, and 2010 as a Victoria Secret Angel Award Recipient. Suzanne serves on the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Board of Directors on the investment committee and is chairperson of the governance committee. She was the 2018 and 2023 Inaugural Committee co-chair for the Governor DeWine Inaugural. She is an active member of the Association of the Ohio Commodores. She is a fundraiser, volunteer, and participant for Pelotonia and Race for the Cure. Her community involvement has been acknowledged with a “Mayoral Recognition Proclamation.” (Honorary)
A dedicated change-maker and advocate, Lillian has combined her passion for diversity and inclusion with her experience in human resources to lead teams and organizations in the development of supportive work environments. Recruited to the role of VP, Human Resources Director for United Midwest Savings Bank, Lillian is a leading voice in HR best practices. Her aptitude for engaging employees in philanthropy, while empowering them in professional ownership, has dynamically shaped the organization’s culture and boosted morale. As the Director for the Latina Mentoring Academy, Lillian serves a pivotal role in the program’s goal to assist Latina women advance in their careers through professional development workshops and a dedicated mentoring program. For Lillian, LMA is a community of women supporting and engaging with each other. She emphasizes the importance of not only empowering women to be in the spaces they want to be in but also equipping them with the tools to navigate those spaces. Advocacy work is also essential to Lillian, serving as a Grant Captian for the Women’s Fund as well as participating in conversations surrounding Equal Pay and Gender Bias. Her leadership and experience championing organizations in diversity and inclusion are why Lillian is the go-to team member for engaging the community and facilitating conversations that break down implicit bias; disrupt gender, race, and ethnicity norms; close pay gaps for minorities; and inspire social change. In 2022, Lillian was recognized as one of the 2022 Women WELDing the Way® Calendar Honorees. This honor is given to women who live WELD’s values by supporting the leadership development of other women; give their time, talent, and resources to their community, or in support of women-owned businesses. Lillian resides in Pickerington, Ohio with her husband. She’s a mom to their blended family of five children, two grandchildren, and a feisty but lovable beagle. When she’s not working, she practices generosity and creativity by hosting Sip N Stitch social gatherings where she teaches others the art of crocheting as an expression of self-care.
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