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We strongly value our connections in the community.

The Office of Advancement & Community Engagement is comprised of an energetic and dedicated group of professionals committed "to advancing the mission of The Children's Home of Cincinnati by serving the needs and goals of the agency - and its partners - through a strategic focus on marketing, communications, business development, community engagement and fundraising."

Rod Hinton

Roderick Hinton
Chief Administrative Officer

Rod provides strategic and operational oversight for non-programmatic functions within the agency including fundraising, community relations, marketing and communications, business development, human resources, training, volunteerism, advertising, special events, and agency awareness initiatives. He works closely with the president and CEO, Board of Trustees and executive leadership team on several high-level and strategic initiatives including The Children's Home Foundation, acquisition/merger prospects, enlarged partnerships within the business community, and other ongoing strategic community engagement efforts. 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.



Carly Merz

Carly Merz
Advancement Executive Assistant


Carly directs The Children's Home volunteer efforts, which is a robust undertaking that impacts thousands of children in life-changing ways every year stemming from efforts such as holiday giving and donations, enrichment activities, and mentorship opportunities for our students from members of the community. She is also in charge of gift processing and acknowledgement and is the executive assistant to the chief administrative officer.


Parker Smith

Parker Smith
Annual Giving and Donor Engagement Manager

Parker provides advancement and community engagement planning that is focused on defining and achieving the agency's strategic philanthropy goals. He leads, manages, and implements operations that breathe life into the organization including annual giving, donor engagement, stewardship, prospecting and recognition initiatives. He is an influential and key asset in community engagement planning initiatives for The Children's Home and plays a pivotal role in special events.


Steve Wilson, Ed. D. - Communications Director

Steven Wilson, Ed.D.
Communications Director

Dr. Steven Wilson leads all strategic communications on behalf of The Children's Home including marketing, advertising, public relations, and media relations. He oversees the communication aspects of agency events, advancement of The Children's Home programs in support of early childhood, behavioral health, and education as well as manages the agency website, crisis communications, social media and printed materials. He is a combat veteran and retired from the United States Air Force.



Our mission of transforming the lives of children and their families cannot be fulfilled without the generous support of individuals like you.



We offer various volunteer opportunities throughout the year for individuals and organizations. Projects such as landscaping and program supply drives are a great way to bond with fellow co-workers, church members or others while contributing to a worthy cause benefitting Cincinnati’s most vulnerable populations. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact us at

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The Children's Home
5050 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 272-2800