Meet Our Team

If you have any questions about the Avondale Neighborhood Archive, please contact Erena Nakashima ( 

Community Partners

Avondale Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton county

Kaya Burgin: Branch Manager

Renee Roberson: Librarian / Director of Oral History Project

Avondale Development Corporation

Russell Hairston: Executive Director

April Gallelli: Community Organizer

Project Manager

Anne Delano Steinert: Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Cincinnati


Erena Nakashima: Graduate Intern, University of Cincinnati / Manager of Avondale Neighborhood Archive 

Divya Kumar: Graduate Intern, University of Cincinnati / Supervisor of Avondale Youth History Corps


University of Cincinnati, Center for the City 

David Stradling: Zane Miller Professor of Urban History

Rebecca Wingo: Director of Public History

Carla Chifos: Associate Professor of Urban Planning

Tia Gaynor: Founding Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

Nathan Pell Ela: Assistant Professor of Political Science

The University of Cincinnati Institute for the Advanced Study of Democracy and Culture

John McNay: Professor of History, UC Blue Ash

Jonathan Kregor: Professor of Musicology, Head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory, CCM


The Avondale Neighborhood History Initiative has benefited from the generous support from the University of Cincinnati's Community Change Collaborative.