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Who We Are


Bekky Baker, MSW
Program Director

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Bekky graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Bekky joined the Ignite Peace team in 2021 and leads the anti-death penalty organizing, and facilitates our nonviolence and anti-racism educational programming.
Hayley Huge
Operations Director

Lifelong Cincinnatian, Hayley joined the Ignite Peace staff in 2019. She earned her Bachelor in Social Justice Studies and Diplomacy and Global Politics from Miami University. As Operations Director, Hayley oversees fundraising campaigns, donor engagement, data management, and communications.
Allison Reynolds-Berry, MSW
Executive Director

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work from Boston College, Allison was thrilled to find a home with Ignite Peace in 2014. Allison leads the organization to implement it’s strategic vision by collaborating with community stakeholders, staff, and Board Leaders.
Samantha Searls, MSW
Program Director 

Originally raised in Findlay, Samantha attended the University of Indianapolis to earn a degree in social work and later received her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Joining Ignite Peace in 2017, Samantha leads the immigration justice work and facilitates our nonviolence and anti-racism educational programming.

Board Leaders

Mark (Zeek) Childers, Treasurer
Linda Davis
Lucienne Driehaus
Roseann Hassey
Michael Howard II
Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth, Chair
Brad King, Secretary
S. Marge Kloos, SC
Krishna Mahadevan
Wendy Maxian, Ph.D.
Robert Sanker
Rev. David Meredith
Robin Wright-Pierce
Jeremiah Pennebaker

Founding Partners

Congregation of St. JosephSisters of Charity of CincinnatiSisters of MercySisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg.


Anawim Community, Bellarmine ChapelCincinnati Friends MeetingCincinnati Mennonite FellowshipComboni MissionariesCongregation of Divine ProvidenceDominican Sisters of HopeFranciscan Sisters of the PoorFranciscans, St. John the Baptist ProvinceGlenmary Home MissionersHyde Park Community United Methodist ChurchMount Auburn Presbyterian Church, New Jerusalem Community,  Sisters of Notre Dame of CovingtonSt. John Unitarian UniversalistUrsulines of Brown County, and Ursulines of Cincinnati.