Wall of Presidents

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Venita Robinson, MHSA

Presidency: 2015 - 2017

Clinical Research Coordinator

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Ms. Robinson holds the position as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Emergency Medicine Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She works as the coordinator for a nationally recognized research network and a quality improvement project focused on HIV testing in the ED.  Ms. Robinson has worked at CCHMC for over five years.  She started in Psychiatry and moved into Behavior Medicine; where she worked on community programs evaluation and became Program Coordinator of a large grant. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2007. She continued at Xavier to earn her Masters of Health Services Administration .


Ms. Robinson has a strong involvement in the community.  She is the Vice President of the Young Professionals group at CCHMC and sits on the Membership Committee for Give Back Cincinnati, a part of The Board for Cincy YPs.  She regularly volunteers for a variety of events within the Greater Cincinnati community.

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Terresa L. Adams, MSM, BA

Presidency: 2013 - 2014

Community Specialist - Population Health

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Ms. Adams’ career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has spanned over 30 years. She was the first African American to hold a position as Director of Financial Services and Program Director of CHIP Outreach before moving into an Advocate position, then Community Benefit Officer.  Ms. Adams’ current role as Consultant- Community Engagement/Relations has her working with community organizations, schools, and general public to bring Cincinnati Children’s community/population health strategic initiatives (asthma, childhood obesity, infant mortality, and injury) into the community. 


Ms. Adams received her Associate in Science Degree from Cincinnati State Community and Technical College,  Bachelor of Art Degree from Wilmington College, Master of Science Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has completed course work and begun her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Health Policy from Walden University. 


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Yonathan M. Kebede, MHA

Presidency: 2011- 2012

Manager of Operations Innovations

Premier Health Partners 


Mr. Kebede is currently working as the Manager of Operations Innovations for Premier Health Partners. In this role, he facilitates and supports process improvement initiatives and teams across 5 hospitals chartered to reduce variations, reduce cost and improve quality.Mr. Kebede received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University.  Soon after that, he completed his Masters in Health Administration (MHA) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. After completing an Administrative Fellowship with Premier Health Partners, he was working as the Business Manager for Nursing Operations at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio before being promoted to his current assignment. 


Mr. Kebede volunteers on various committees for American Heart Association (PULSE and Open Your Heart Committee) and African American Wellness Walk Committee. Additionally, he serves as panelist for diversity discussion for various organizations throughout the year both inside his organization as well as in the community. Mr. Kebede was born in Ethiopia and has two brothers and two sisters in various parts of the globe. 


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Matthew Turner II, MBA, MHSA

Presidency:  2010

Director, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services

Fort Hamilton Hospital


As the Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services for Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, Matthew is responsible for the overall operations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and neurology departments.  In addition to his job responsibilities, Matthew serves on numerous committees at Fort Hamilton Hospital. Matthew’s previous positions at Fort Hamilton include director of cardiovascular services, operations improvement manager and administrative resident. Matthew’s undergraduate and graduate education was obtained at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Matthew earned master’s degrees in business administration and health services administration. Matthew is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He serves on the board of the Health Care Connection, which serves low-income, underinsured, and uninsured persons living in northern Hamilton County.  Matthew is a graduate of C-Change, a leadership program offered by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.  Matthew is a recipient of the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award, which recognizes individuals who best exemplify Dr. King’s dream and commitment to our society.

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Gyasi C. Chisely, PMP, FACHE

Presidency: 2009

Vice President

Administration/Operations

The University Hospital - Health Alliance


Mr. Chisely is principally responsible for many of the operations/ancillary departments at University as well as the entire Medical Staff.  Gyasi is double Board Certified healthcare and project management and his experience runs the gamut from management in for-profit acute care facilities to consulting to not-for-profit ambulatory outpatient clinics around the country.  He has received many accolades throughout his career, which include the AHA Young Executive of the Year Award and Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management President’s Award.  Gyasi has been featured in Black Enterprise and Modern Healthcare for some of his achievements.  Since his recent move from Chicago, Gyasi has made a concerted effort to engage himself in the Cincinnati community. He proudly serves on many Boards.  Gyasi is also involved in several civic organizations and participates in his Alumni Associations, which include Morehouse College, where he holds a dual BS degree in Biology/Psychology and the University of Michigan where Gyasi holds masters degrees in health/business administration.  Gyasi resides in Cincinnati with his wife, Wakenya, and his daughter, Marley


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Karen Bankston, Ph.D, MSN, FACHE

Presidency: 2006 -2008

Senior Vice President

Drake Center - Health Alliance


Dr. Bankston previously served as the senior vice president of external affairs for the Health Alliance.  She also served as the external affairs liaison to neighborhood councils, the Uptown Consortium, United Way and other community agencies, and oversaw the Health Alliance departments of community health and diversity.  Prior to that she held positions as vice president of operations and vice president for patient care services/chief nursing officer atUniversity Hospital in Cincinnati. She served as associate dean of clinical services, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. She also held various nursing and nurse manager positions at Western Reserve Care System inYoungstown, Ohio.  Dr. Bankston was recently appointed by the Governor Strickland to the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, elected to the governing council of the American Hospital Association’s Section for Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation , and  participated as a member of a national task force to assist the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) with identifying criteria for admission to post-acute care services.  She has received numerous awards and honors and is actively involved in community boards.  Dr. Bankston earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree fromYoungstown State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Kent State University, and a doctoral degree (PhD) from the Universityof Cincinnati with a focus on administration and organizational behavior.