Our People

Meet our dedicated Staff and Board of Directors. 

Huckleberry House Staff

Sonya Thesing

Executive Director 

Lynda Leclerc

Associate Director

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David Alexander

Controller

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Carol Argiro

Advancement Director

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Melanie Gunther

Housing Director

Kyra Crockett-Hodge

Director of Outreach and Engagement

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Meredith Leider

Housing Program Manager

Erica Schnitz

Counseling Center Manager

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Kayla Davis

Crisis Shelter Manager

2023-24 Huckleberry House Board of Directors

Nicole Makeda
President

JP Morgan Chase

Jeannie Mackowiak
Vice President

Franklin County Public Defenders

Rajiv Thomas
Secretary

Grange Insurance

Jennifer Mullaney
Treasurer

Ohio Capital Corporation

Meredith Harper Bonham
Beecher Hill

Matthew Curtis
American Electric Power

Josh Fitzwater
Holden Ellis

Eric Hardgrove
NiSource

Shanell Jamal                                                              Brainstorm Consulting Network, LLC

Ryan Konst                                                                Schaefer

Megan Koontz
Fusion Alliance

Deborah Lisheid
Marker, Inc.

Todd Lukens
Nationwide

Frank Pifer
American Electric Power

Pete Shuler
Blue Ridge ESOP Associates

Craig Smith
Scott W. Schiff & Associates Co., L.P.A.

Members serve without compensation.

Our People

Meet our dedicated Staff and Board of Directors. 

Huckleberry House Staff

Sonya Thesing

Executive Director 

Lynda Leclerc

Associate Director

Alex Murphy

Finance Director

Abbey Wollschleger

Programs and Clinical Director

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Melanie Gunther

Housing Director

Kyra Crockett-Hodge

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Jonathan Ross II

Development Manager

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Michelle Geeting

Crisis Program Manager

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Meredith Leider

Housing Program Manager

Erica Schnitz

Counseling Center Manager

2021-22 Huckleberry House Board of Directors

Jerry Beigel
President

Beigel Ventures

Nicole Makeda
Vice President

JP Morgan Chase

Marah Derzon
Secretary

Columbus Academy

Dave Presper
Treasurer

Retired

Maria Armstrong
Retired

Josh Fitzwater
Holden Ellis

Chaz Hixen
Hixen Search

Eric Hutchison
Hutchison Consulting

Shandell Jamal
Brainstorm Consulting Network, LLC

Dionte Johnson
Sole Classics and Canvaas

Ryan Konst
Schaefer

Megan Koontz
Fusion Alliance

Todd Lukens
Nationwide

Jeannie Mackowiak
Franklin County Public Defenders

Maria Mone
Supreme Court of Ohio

Frank Pifer
American Electric Power

Christina Sanders
Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Craig Smith
Scott W. Schiff & Associates Co., L.P.A.

Rajiv Thomas
Grange Insurance

Members serve without compensation.

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Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

          Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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