Ronald is the president and CEO of Center of Hope International, Inc. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Black Church Studies at the University of Akron, his alma matter. He has also served as a chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He was the first African American pastor in the City of Syracuse to formulate his nonprofit housing corporation (Bethany Community Housing Development Corporation) and nonprofit agency (NESCO) for job training and placement assistance.

“My time with the Community Foundation was a wonderful experience that allowed me the opportunity to work with a great President & CEO, Peggy Ogden, and an awesome cadre of directors from various fields of community influence. What I remember most is when I first came on board, we were a small Foundation of $20 million in comparison to the larger ones around the country; yet, we managed somehow to put out exceptional work and continued to expand our influences in helping to build the community in addressing a myriad of issues. For these reasons, as well as others, I was proud to serve throughout the years that I did.”