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Romona Bethany
Office of the Mayor – City of South Bend, GVI Program Manager

Romona Bethany was educated in South Bend, where she graduated from LaSalle High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College. Romona went on to receive her Master of Arts in Intercultural and Urban Studies from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Romona served as a Youth Advocate and Youth Leader in the city of South Bend for nearly a decade before training and serving in the city of Chicago for 7 years. As the Detention Reduction Program leader in Lawndale Community on Chicago’s west side, Romona formed relationships with teens and young adults as well as community leaders while encouraging faith-based and community-focused partnerships for Chicago’s existing youth re-entry programs. Romona most recently served as the JAG Leader for Washington High School in South Bend upon moving back to the city of South Bend in 2014. In that role, she was instrumental in elevating and empowering youth to utilize their gifts and their talents towards positive leadership in their community. Romona has been seeking to empower youth for the bulk of her career and is now seeking to empower her community as GVI Program Manager within the Mayor’s Community Initiatives Department. Prior to this role, Romona received the Drum Major for Peace Award for Community Service from former Mayor Stephen Leucke in 2001. She also graduated from NRC’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy in 2014.

Maurice Scott
Office Of the Mayor – City of South Bend, Director of Community Initiatives

Maurice Scott was educated in South Bend, where he graduated from Adams High School and then served as an Air Force medic during Operation Desert Storm. After his military service, Scott attended Ancilla College and then began his career in South Bend’s Parks & Recreation Department, now called Venues Park & Arts. He most recently served as the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. In that role, he was instrumental in facilitating many programs that benefit the community, including the Soldiers Basketball Program, the MADE Violence Prevention Program, and the Dream Academy. Scott has been the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award and the IHSAA Coach of the Year Award, among other accolades. He was appointed the Director of Community Initiatives under Mayor James Mueller’s administration.

Scott Ruszkowski
South Bend Police Department, Chief Of Police

A US Navy Veteran, Chief Ruszkowski joined SBPD in 1988. His brother, father, and grandfather were South Bend Police officers as well. In addition to the Navy, before joining SBPD Chief Ruszkowski worked at the South Bend Streets Department and, as a student at LaSalle High School, at Martin's Supermarkets. He became the 62nd Police Chief of SBPD on October 1, 2015. Chief Ruszkowski has an outstanding, patient wife, four sons, and two grandchildren. Three of his boys attend South Bend schools. His number one priority is people: "We're here for the people and because of the people. Our want is to do no harm. Our belief is that our community is our family."We strive to protect the life, property, and personal liberties of all individuals. It’s our belief the overall quality of life for everyone will improve through the deterrence of criminal activity, and the understanding of the cultural diversity within our community. That’s why we pledge to deliver fair and impartial law enforcement service to all citizens.We strive to protect the life, property, and personal liberties of all individuals. It’s our belief the overall quality of life for everyone will improve through the deterrence of criminal activity, and the understanding of the cultural diversity within our community. That’s why we pledge to deliver fair and impartial law enforcement service to all citizens.

Isaac Hunt
Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Group Violence Supervisor

Isaac Hunt Jr. Goodwill Industries of Michiana Group Violence Supervisor for South Bend and Gary South Bend, Indiana Area Nonprofit Organization Management 2 people have recommended Isaac Experienced Business Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Administration, and Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional with an Associate's degree focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Indiana University of South Bend Indiana.

Terri Bays
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, Reverend Canon Missioner for Transitions and Governance

Terri joined the diocesan staff as the part-time Missioner for Transitions and Governance on July 1, 2016. Her responsibilities involve consulting with faith communities regarding various types of transition, risk management, and compliance with legal and canonical obligations. Before becoming an Episcopal priest, Terri acquired a somewhat eclectic professional background that includes medieval English Literature, leadership within the Open Education movement, and study abroad program management. In addition to her work for the diocese, she serves as priest at the Church of the Holy Trinity, South Bend. Within the diocese, Terri currently serves on the Board of Examining Chaplains and the Joint Disciplinary Board for the Diocese of Northern Indiana and Indianapolis. She convenes the Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Reading Group and participates in other Becoming Beloved Community activities. She has served in the recent past as a deputy to General Convention (2018), as a member of the Episcopal Transition Committee (2016), and as a Diocesan Congregational Development trainer (2013-16). Before starting work at the diocese, Terri divided her time between Holy Trinity and the Cathedral staff.

Canneth Lee
South Bend Common Council, 1st District Councilman

Councilman Pastor Canneth Lee is the 1st district Councilman . He is also the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Christian Center. Pastor Lee leads the Kingdom Christian Center and is also the new First District Councilman in the city and does outreach for the South Bend Group Violence Intervention team.


Breakout session one: Whats a Neighborhood Got To Do With It?

  • The Impact of Place related to outcomes
  • Effects of Exposure to Crime, Violence, and Social Disorder
  • Social Determinants of Health – What IF And How?
  • City Models that Work (IDEAS) – Let’s Brainstorm!

Breakout session two: Community Health and Well-Being – Everybody Plays a Part

  • Impacts on individual health and beyond


MIRO link (shared whiteboard): https://bit.ly/unitedSB2020 Please have this site up during your sessions as we will use the MIRO board as our place for documentation, synthesis, and action plans. Think of it as a space for our shared mind throughout the summit week.

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