Speaker Bios – Annual Meeting 2019

Phyllis Harris (Moderator)
Executive Director
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Phyllis “Seven” Harris’ 25+ years of experience with nonprofits includes program management, fundraising, and upper-level management positions. For many years, she has played a strong role as an advocate in Cleveland’s LGBT community.

Beginning her nonprofit career with 8 years of service at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and now in her current role as the Executive Director of Cleveland’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, the Cleveland native has held pivotal roles in a variety of organizations dedicated to improving people’s lives throughout the region. Phyllis has received numerous awards recognizing her work as an activist and nonprofit leader. In 2017 Ms. Harris received the Homer C. Wadsworth Award. The award was established by Cleveland Foundation to recognize local leaders who reflect the qualities of a leader who is energetic, innovative and visionary and demonstrate creativity, ingenuity, risk-taking, and good humor in a civic, volunteer, nonprofit, or public-sector role.

Ms. Harris holds a master’s degree in non-profit management from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace College. She is a recent graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Cleveland.

Belva Denmark-Tibbs
Exhibit Committee Chair
The Soul of Philanthropy

At HealthSpan, formerly known as Kaiser Permanente, Belva Denmark Tibbs worked diligently for over 25 years to create an environment where all people – patients, providers and employees — could thrive. As Vice President, she was responsible for clinical operations and pharmacy where she managed a $200 million budget, more than 1,200 employees and 54 departments.  She also was responsible for insurance functions, including, vendor oversight, and government programs.

Amid her corporate responsibilities, Belva still made time to be involved in the community. Belva served on the American Heart Association Cleveland Metro board and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland board, including three years as its chair.  Currently, she serves on the Saint Luke’s Foundation board of trustees, including serving as board chair from 2016 through 2018. She also serves on the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging board of directors and the Multicultural Initiatives Advisory board of the American Heart Association.  She stays connected with Hathaway Brown (HB), her alma mater, by participating on the Head of School Council and the Aspire Program advisory board.   Because giving back is so important to her, Belva recently started the Denmark Tibbs Family Foundation to perpetuate a legacy of service. She also is actively involved in a volunteer initiative to bring The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland (TSOPCLE) exhibit to the Cleveland History Center in September 2019.  As part of this initiative, she is chairing the TSOPCLE Exhibition Committee to design a Cleveland-specific exhibit that will celebrate those who give black.  Another way she gives back is by mentoring leaders, healthcare professionals and college/post-graduate students. She is a sought-after speaker who facilitates workshops on leadership, high-performing teams, change management and health.  In 2017, while on mission trips, she taught six graders language arts skills in Jamaica and leadership skills to ministers and lay leaders in Cambodia.  Belva has received numerous awards for her community service and mentoring efforts.

Belva holds a bachelor’s degree in Medical Education from Northwestern University Medical School’s honors program, which included two years of medical school; and she earned an MBA from Cleveland State University Executive MBA program where she was inducted into the Business Honor Society. Belva also is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina.

Belva resides in Beachwood, Ohio with her husband, Rev. Marc Tibbs, who is the senior pastor at Willson United Methodist Church in Cleveland.  They have one adult daughter.  She is an active member of her church and two social organizations — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.  She enjoys reading, traveling, walking in half marathons and spending time with her family.  Whether at work or play, Belva’s passion and personal mission — to encourage, educate, equip and empower others — permeates everything she does.

Jazmin Long
Vice President of Fund Development
Birthing Beautiful Communities

Jazmin Long is a dedicated community development, birth and fundraising professional with a special interest in maternal-newborn stabilization and life-long care. A Cleveland transplant, her

background includes community development, fundraising, perinatal support, economic and workforce development. Jazmin is Vice President of Fundraising at Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), whose mission is to address and improve the social and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes through culture, education, advocacy, support, and engagement. As trained perinatal support professionals, Jazmin and her colleagues work directly with new moms who are socially at high risk for infant mortality, through the prenatal period, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period, offering a wide range of services that include support and direction while also advocating for systems change. Jazmin has her Masters’ Degree in Social Administration and Nonprofit Management, from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Jimmy Malone
The Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund

Jimmy is co-host of the WMJI Morning show, contributor to New Day Cleveland on Fox 8, and founder of the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Family.


Teleange` Thomas
The Soul of Philanthropy

Teleange′ was named Director, Foundation Center Midwest, (now Candid Midwest) in January 2016. She provides leadership for deepening the organization’s impact in thirteen Midwestern states through comprehensive data, training and insights on the social sector to help non-profit professionals, grant seekers and the philanthropic organizations that fund them be catalyst for change in their communities.

Prior, Teleange’ Thomas served for 7-years as the Program Director, Health for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland; overseeing strategies to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations through strategic grant-making, systems and policy change.

She has more than 15 –years’ experience as a professional with deep expertise in philanthropy, non-profit management, grant-writing, fundraising, systems change work, community engagement, health, policy, community development, social innovation and equity.

Further, she is the co-architect of The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland and Celebrate Those Who Give Black – multi-media exhibitions, combined with programming and events that seek to amplify and bring into focus the giving power of Black donors and catalyze the next generation of givers and doers, particularly in Cleveland Ohio.

Teleange’ is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She is a board of director for Green City Growers, The Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Public Library Foundation and Policy Matters Ohio. She is a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Community Impact Volunteer of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, is a member of Zeta-Phi-Beta Sorority Inc., (Inactive), The Order of Eastern Star (Active) is published in numerous professional journals and academic publications and has earned a host of awards and honors for her service and leadership.