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Meet Our Staff


The Children’s Home has remained
impactful for so long only by the collective
and collaborative efforts of our employees.
Meet our key leaders.

John Banchy John Banchy
President and Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, John has led the development of a 5-year strategic plan designed to diversify and grow services, to align to community needs, and to provide a continuum of comprehensive, integrated services – from infancy to independence. During John’s tenure with The Children’s Home, his accomplishments include the expansion of the early childhood day treatment program, the opening of a school-based health center on The Children’s Home campus, the acquisition of a major property to expand services for young people with Autism and related disorders, and reducing staff turnover by 9%.

An accomplished leader with more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, John Banchy has held executive positions at the local, state, and regional level developing and implementing high-level strategic plans with annual revenues exceeding $40 million. John also has 10 years of experience with a Fortune 500 company managing and operating large event venues.

From 2001 to 2015 John worked with a national nonprofit. As first the leader at the local level and at the state level, he moved the organizations from operating in a deficit to being financially stable with increased profitability and performance margins. John advanced to a director at the regional level in 2008 and by 2011 the region was nationally ranked as the highest financial producer and six of the seven states earned the President’s Team Award for financial performance.

Early in his career John worked for 10 years as a general manager with a Fortune 500 company specializing in food and facility services. He successfully managed food and beverage operations at multiple venues from 1991 to 1999. He is credited with creating standardized operating procedures for the company’s entire food and beverage operation and was responsible for opening 28 facilities in the United States and abroad.

John earned a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College. He currently serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee for Growing Well, a nonprofit organization that improves the health of our communities by connecting students and their families to accessible, school-based health services. John also serves on the Board of Grant Us Hope and participates in several other local initiatives.

Melanie L. BurdenMelanie L. Burden
Vice President for Human Resources

Melanie leads The Children’s Home human resources functions ensuring that HR practices support overall agency and department specific objectives.

Over the course of a distinguished career that began with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and continued at the Freestore Foodbank, Melanie has been involved in the architecture of strategic culture, management and volunteer engagement. She holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Labor & Management Relations from the University of Cincinnati, and a MS in Executive Leadership & Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University.

Heather EllisonHeather Ellison
Chief Strategy Officer

Heather is responsible for the development and execution of the agency’s strategic initiatives, and building the organization’s capacity to deliver strong, integrated services.

Heather has been with The Children’s Home since 2000. In her first position as Child Care Services Manager she developed the first child care program for the agency. In 2006, she became the Director of Quality, creating and overseeing the quality and risk management systems for the organization. Heather received her undergraduate degree in early childhood & primary education from Ball State University and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University.

Roderick HintonRoderick Hinton
Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement

Rod provides strategic leadership and day-to-day management for the functions of fundraising, community relations, marketing & communications, business development, advertising, special events and agency awareness initiatives.

Roderick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development, both from Xavier University. He has served in multiple leadership positions at St. Xavier High School over the past 20 years, most recently as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Initiatives, reporting to the President.

An impassioned community advocate in Greater Cincinnati, Rod serves on several boards for local charities and non-profit organizations including the Christ Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences and the Safe and Supported Steering Committee at Lighthouse Youth Services. He serves on the Leadership Council for Nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati and is a mentor to two undergraduate students through Xavier University's  executive mentor program. Rod is a graduate of the C-Change Leadership Development Program by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and has been recently recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a 2016 Forty Under 40 and Venue Magazine 2017 Great Leaders Under 40.

Pam McKiePam McKie
Chief Operating Officer

Pam leads the agency’s business operations and program oversight, and will partner with the President and CEO to provide the proper level of governance to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory and policy requirements.

With more than two decades of experience in health and human services, Ms. McKie was most recently with Assurex Health in Mason, Ohio. There she held two positions, Senior Director of Operations and Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility. Ms. McKie received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.

Steve WagnerSteve Wagner
Chief Financial Officer

Steve has held the role of CFO for Cove Federal Credit Union in Edgewood Kentucky since 2015. Prior to that, he served St. Elizabeth Healthcare in progressively advancing positions, the last three as the Director of Corporate Finance.

Mr. Wagner holds bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in Business Administration from Thomas More College. He also holds certifications from Harvard and Xavier universities and is very engaged in civic and community activities.


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