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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 3-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

We are all interconnected one way or another, and no one should have to work through adversity alone. That’s why I work here. Our talented and passionate staff helps so many children and families. They energize me, help keep me close to our mission, and make the community a better place.”

Melanie’s professional career with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati began over 17 years ago. After exploring other opportunities with various organizations and expanding her Human Resources profession she eventually returned “home.” An HR practitioner for over two decades, Melanie leads the agency’s management of its most valuable assets – its people.

She ensures her department laterally supports The Children’s Home of Cincinnati’s mission objectives of providing hope, help and healing to children and families in the community.

Melanie has invaluable human resources experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, and a master’s in labor and employment relations from the University of Cincinnati, a master of science in executive leadership and organizational change from Northern Kentucky University, and is certified in LEAN Systems from the University of Kentucky. Her responsibilities include leading workplace management and employment while driving the agency’s recruitment and retention strategy. She oversees employee and labor relations practices, compliance, policy implementation, talent acquisition, staff training and development, and compensation and benefits programs. She develops and employs strategies to attract the most qualified candidates to The Cincinnati Children’s Home’s mission of service and implements appropriate tactics to retain them.

Driven and energized by helping people, Melanie believes in giving back through volunteering and being of service to those in need. She is engaged in various community engagement efforts throughout Greater Cincinnati. She is a military spouse to a career Army soldier and they both have passed the importance of community involvement along to their teenage son, also an active volunteer who serves alongside his parents.

Heather EllisonHeather Ellison
Chief Strategy Officer

Children are the most vulnerable and innocent in our community.  They need a caring adult who values them for who they are today.  I’m proud to work with so many caring adults at The Children’s Home. We help children and families overcome challenges so that they can become whoever they want.”    

Heather is the chief strategy officer for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, where she leads and integrates all aspects of the agency’s strategic, quality and evaluation, and risk management initiatives for the 21 distinct programs and services provided by the organization. She oversees a fantastic team who ensures the organization is top-notch, data-driven, safe, and innovative.    

Since becoming chief strategy officer in 2017, Heather has been heavily involved in the execution of the agency’s strategic plan and developing new services that bring hope, help and healing to the more than 10,500 children and families the organization serves every year.

Heather has worked at The Children’s Home since 2000 when she founded the first child care program for the organization. She received her undergraduate degree in early childhood and primary education from Ball State University and a master of business administration from Northern Kentucky University.  She is a certified green belt in Six Sigma quality improvement approach and serves on the board of 7 Hills Neighborhood Houses.

A self-professed “wannabe foodie,” Heather can be found with her husband venturing in the Greater Cincinnati area finding out-of-the-way places to sample new cuisine. She also gardens in the summer more as a science experiment than a reliable food source.  She can play the saxophone and is a proud mom to four beautiful daughters and a lazy cat named Tiger.


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Roderick HintonRoderick Hinton
Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement

"We rise by lifting others."

Rod took the helm as vice president of advancement and community engagement in the Summer of 2016 and was immediately handed the keys to several critical functions in the agency including fundraising, community relations, marketing and communications, business development, advertising, special events, and agency awareness initiatives.

 Prior to joining The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Rod worked at St. Xavier High School in various positions of progressive leadership culminating as assistant vice president. There, he reported directly to the school president and was responsible for enrollment management as well as development and execution of short and long-range institutional priorities.

Rod earned his undergraduate degree in organizational communications, and his master’s in human resource development, both from Xavier University.

An impassioned leader who remains steadfastly dedicated and connected to the community he serves, Rod serves on several boards for local charities and fellow non-profits including Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA); Christ Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Inclusion and Advisory Board, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; and The Metropolitan Board of Governors. His leadership and community impact was recognized when he was named to the Cincinnati Business Courier Class of 2016 Forty Under 40, Leadership Cincinnati Class 42, a C-Suite Honoree as well as Venue Magazine’s  Class of 2017 Great Leaders Under 40.

 In his rare moments of spare time, Rod enjoys travelling while also enjoying a competitive game of Euchre and karaoke.

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Pam McKiePam McKie
Chief Operating Officer

"A quote that inspires me daily is from Shannon L. Alder.  ‘Never give up on someone with a mental illness, when ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We,’ illness becomes wellness.’"

Pam leapt into the role of chief operating officer for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati in 2017 and has been running at her usual faster-than-light-pace since her first day on the job. Immediately after stepping into her role here, she brought her passion for helping people and making the world a brighter place to the forefront of the agency’s collective conscience.

Pam leads The Children’s Home of Cincinnati’s daily business operations and provides leadership and oversight to the more than 20 distinct programs the organization brings to the community. She provides direct guidance to the president and CEO to ensure overall compliance with legal, regulatory and policy requirements that govern the agency.

Pam’s three decades of experience in social work include leading initiatives that combat mental illness, teenage suicide, addiction and other illnesses. She facilitated one of the largest investments in The Children’s Home of Cincinnati’s history since its founding in 1864 via the Ohio Attorney General’s office through the Victims Against Crime Act, with services designed to support victims of crime. She also led the remodel and restructure of many agency programs to address the continuous evolving needs facing children and families, along with implementing a 24-hour crisis line for our highest need families.

Prior to her arrival at the children’s home, Pam was most recently with Assurex Health in Mason, Ohio. There she held two positions, senior director of operations and senior director of corporate responsibility. Pam received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.

She continually serves the community by actively working in several organizations including Grant Us Hope, the Justin T. Wright Suicide Prevention Initiative, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Social Workers and as a field instructor for social worker students for the University of Cincinnati.

In her rare free time, Pam is an avid half marathoner and enjoys knocking the miles down in different states. She recently completed races in Hawaii and Colorado and will do an inaugural race in New Orleans next.  She is planning a race and walking excursion to Alaska in 2020.

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Steve WagnerSteve Wagner
Chief Financial Officer

“Our distinct programs, which are part of the equations that change lives for children and families in the Greater Cincinnati Area, require a solid financial footing to function. My team and I are proud that we’re part of an organization that invests in the community and ensures we have a solid return on our future.”

Steve has been the chief financial officer for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati since June 2018 when he hit the ground running. Immediately after taking the financial reins for the organization, he reshaped and retooled the agency’s pension plan while, at the same time, ensured the children’s home was able to operate without a break in service to clients after the government’s redesign of Medicaid. Steve’s responsibilities include fueling the organization’s 21 distinct programs from a financial basis and leading efforts related to budgeting, financial analysis, tax, audits, compensation benefits, contracts, billing, and the funding for expanding services provided by the children’s home.

Prior to his role at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Steve served at St. Elizabeth Healthcare for 16 years in various leadership roles culminating as the director of corporate finance. Following his work at St. Elizabeth, he served as CFO for Cove Federal Credit Union.

Steve has his undergraduate degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration from Thomas More College. He also holds management and executive finance certifications from Xavier University and Harvard University.

A longtime athlete, Steve founded an organization in the Greater Cincinnati area that teaches youth from age’s 10 – 18 baseball, and incorporates life skills and community involvement with the ten teams now under the umbrella of his group. Founded by Steve in 2002, the group gained such an impetus within the baseball community of the region that several former professional baseball players now offer coaching to the young players.

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