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Champions for Children Honorees

Kim Chiodi Kim Chiodi is senior vice president of Public Relations and Corporate Communications for Western & Southern Financial Group and is a former member and chairperson of the 4C Board of Trustees. She also serves as a presenter at 4C programs for child care providers.

Chiodi's passion for advocating for children and families in the community has led her to serve on the 4C board as well as the board of directors of the Greater Cincinnati United Way. She also serves as a member of Women United, a United Way program that propels forward early childhood education and development in the community and as a board member of the Local School Decision Making Committee for Withrow University High School.

Before joining Western & Southern, Chiodi was in private practice as a human resources management consultant and served as director of employee development for Makino and manager of training and personnel research at Western & Southern Life. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Cincinnati's Xavier University and a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron.

Dr. O'dell Owens Dr. O'dell Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist and holds a medical degree and a master's of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School, Owens returned to his native Cincinnati.

Dr. Owens has always worked to integrate advocacy for early childhood education into his professional career, especially regarding its role in ending the cycle of poverty in the community. He is a past president for Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), a collaborative of the Cincinnati Public Schools system, and former president and chief executive officer of RISE Learning Solutions, Inc., a national non-profit organization that uses technology to bring world-class training to adults who care for preschool-aged children.

In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for U.S. Bank and the Cincinnati Fire Foundation.

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