Leadership Team

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm

President and CEO

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm, is President and Chief Executive Office of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland, a private nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through education, personal and professional development programs and support services.

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Dr. Thea Wilson

Dr. Thea Wilson

Vice President of Children and Families

Dr. Thea Wilson is the Vice President for Children and Families at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. In her role as VP for Children and Families, Dr. Wilson is responsible for managing the operations of the Council’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

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Douglass Bennett

Douglass Bennett

Vice President of External Affairs

Douglass Bennett is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Council. Doug focuses on the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction of the organization and its leadership.

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Mark C. Batson

Mark C. Batson

Chief Operating/Chief Information Officer

Mark C. Batson oversees Information Technology, Facilities and Transportation for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. His core focus is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in order to better serve the Council’s client base.

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Deborah Southerington

Deborah Southerington

Vice President of Human Resources

Deborah Southerington is the Vice President of Human Resources at the Council for Economic Opportunities. She is responsible for assessing HR operations to align with organizational goals and creating a more strategic, efficient and effective HR department.

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Deborah Armstrong

Deborah Armstrong

Chief Financial Officer

Deborah Armstrong is the Chief Financial Officer at the Council for Economic Opportunities. She is responsible for assessing and evaluating the financial performance of the organization.

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