Our Team

Mary Delaney
Executive Director

Mary holds a degree in International Affairs, with a focus on international economic development, from Xavier University.  After previous experience working with international non-profit organizations, Mary joined the team at Education Matters in 2010 as an AmeriCorps member. Over the years, Mary has lead Education Matters through its re-branding and core program development, visioning, managing creative growth, and leading staff members. Mary also serves as the Executive Director and founder of our sister organization, Community Matters.

e: mary@cmcincy.org

Emily Eskridge
Chief Financial Officer

Emily worked in the nonprofit sector for 6 years before joining the team at Education Matters in 2008. She is driven by a strong passion for people and community. Her belief in complete transparency in the non-profit sector makes her one of the strongest professionals in non-profit finance. On a daily basis, Emily manages our accounting and supports our operations staff.

e: emily@emcincy.org

Patty Lee
Director of Development

Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Berea College and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. It was while living in Berea that her passion for empowering communities through service began. Her previous nonprofit experience includes program and project management, event planning, grant writing, and marketing, public relations, and graphic design for art, public art, environmental, and local history organizations. A native of western Pennsylvania, her personal interests include hiking, photography, bird-watching, and cooking.

e: patricia@emcincy.org

Nikki Marksberry
Director of Advancement

Nikki joined the team after spending thirteen years as a marketing and business development professional in the architectural industry. She holds a BA degree in Journalism from Northern Kentucky University. Nikki is active in the community, and she recently volunteered as the campaign manager for the reelection of Dr. Sammarco, the county coroner. She was awarded the Cincinnati SMPS 2017 Business Developer of the Year and is a member of C-Change Class 12. She describes herself as a momma of two, avid knitter, lover of crime drama, once a poet, and a future world traveler!

e: nikki@cmcincy.org

Erica Ninneman
Program Manager

Erica grew up in Dayton but calls Cincinnati home. She fell in love with Education Matters as soon as she walked through the doors. If she’s not making students laugh, she’s busy emphasizing the importance of pursuing education at any stage in life. Recently enrolling back into college after growing a greater appreciation for education, Erica is pursuing a bachelor’s in education.

e: erica@emcincy.org

Kyle Beck
Program Manager

Kyle received his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.  Through his leadership role in a student organization and his experiences while studying abroad in South America, he realized his desire to dedicate his career to improving the communities of Greater Cincinnati.  After serving a year in AmeriCorps as a GED class instructor, he recognized his passion for teaching and saw that removing barriers to education was the best method to accomplish this goal.  He joined Education Matters’ team in 2014 and has been developing our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

e: kyle@emcincy.org

Sarah Groeschen
Lead Tutor

Sarah is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati and is majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus in mathematics. Her real passion is in teaching and she has enjoyed working at LPHCS for over 4 years. She is motivated by her students’ stories of struggle and success and is inspired every day to help build the confidence of each student that walks through the door. Her goals are to make students feel comfortable learning at the school and to show them that they are capable of passing the GED test.

e: sarah@emcincy.org

Patty Heideman
Childcare Provider

Patty is a Cincinnati native. She has been happily married for 34 years and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Her passion has always been to work with and help young children. She earned her GED at Education Matters and received her Child Development Associates degree through Cincinnati State. She has been employed at Education Matters for 16 years.

e: patty@emcincy.org