Social Justice Awards
Cincinnati, Ohio - Fall 2019
Our Mission:

To empower and enlighten all minds to the success and achievements of Central Ohio’s Social Justice Leadership.

Our Vision:

To empower and enlighten all minds to the success and achievements of Central Ohio’s Social Justice Leadership.

The Criteria:

The public and those engaged in the field will be able to nominate those outstanding professionals and leaders in the social justice movement though our online nomination form.

Nominating Categories

Community Service:

Honoring Social Justice Community Service Leadership

Education Advocacy:

Honoring Social Justice Education Advocacy Leadership

Law Enforcement:

Honoring Social Justice Law Enforcement Leadership

Legal Advocacy:

Honoring Social Justice Legal Advocacy Leadership

Public Service:

Honoring Social Justice Public Service Leadership

Restorative Justice:

Honoring Restorative Justice Leadership

Highlights from Columbus Event

Award Recipients

Community Service:

Individual –  Michele Heritage, CEO of Community Shelter Board
Organization –  B.R.E.A.D Organization

Legal Advocacy:

Individual –  Kathi Shear, Attorney at Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Education Advocacy:

Individual Public School –  Amara Leggett, A Young Legend
Organization Public School –  Gahanna Lincoln High School Diaspora Program

Public Service:

Individual –  State Representative Bernadine Kent, 25th District of the Ohio House of Representatives
Organization –  Ohio CDC Association

Individual Higher Education:

Dr. Robert Gatti, Vice President, Dean of Student Affairs at Otterbein University

Organization Higher Education:

Urban GEMS at The Ohio State University

Restorative Justice:

Individual –  Brian Woods, CEO of Metropolitan Community Services – T.O.U.C.H.
Organization –  CleanTurn Enterprises

Law Enforcement:

Individual –  Deputy Tresalyn Butler, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Organization –  Bigs in Blue, Mentoring program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Special Tribute Awards:

Amber Evans, Community Leader
Michael Bivens, City Attorney for the City of Whitehall
The National Social Justice Park
Honorary Chairperson

Dr. Angela Bryant 

Professor at The Ohio State University

Angela Bryant is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University-Newark. Her activist research focuses on theoretical and substantive questions in sociology and criminology concerning: the organizational contexts of juvenile and criminal courts, racial/ethnic, gender, and class disparities in case processing decisions for offenders, and the implementation and consequences of juvenile/criminal justice policies. Her research has been published in Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Prison Journal, Sociological Perspectives, The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, and multiple book chapters.

In addition to court research, she has obtained internal and external grant awards for criminal justice research projects that focus on the implementation and consequences of education policies in adult correctional facilities, specifically Inside-Out courses. Her inside-out work has been recognized by a few awards from OSU and Ohio Campus Compact; the 2010 Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship, the 2015 Distinguished Service Learning Award, and the 2015 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. Angela has offered Inside-Out courses since 2009 and serves as the instructor liaison to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) for all Inside-Out courses offered in the state of Ohio.

Advisory Board
Bonnie Griffin

Bonnie Griffin is an executive film producer; digital media content creator, influencer and principal at Bonnie Griffin Productions LLC specializing in PR and creative marketing solutions. She attended the Ohio State University and Franklin University and has a BS in marketing research. With offices in Columbus, Manhattan, and soon opening in Los Angeles, Bonnie strives to serve others for the greater good. “I believe that one person does make a difference in every project and that each of us is just one person away from fulfilling our true destiny and purpose.” 

C. Sunny Martin

C. Sunny Martin has dedicated his life’s work as a social entrepreneur committed to making a difference in the lives of those who remain thirsty enough to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. Sunny is a nationally recognized award winning publisher, media and corporate marketing consultant, radio show host, and small business entrepreneur coach. His passion has always been rooted in shining a light on those whose advocacy is for lifting up others to fulfill and pursue their purpose and passion in life.

Paul Rockwell

Paul Rockwell is an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in business consulting and engineering services. His grass roots startups include Average Joe’s Pub and Grill, Red Door BBQ, Invest in Holmes, The Food Truck Depot, Ohio Food Truck and The BANC. Team Rockwell is here to help entrepreneurs and business owners start, operate and become the best they can be in business and life.

Event Coordinator and Manager

Terry Green

Founder & CEO of Think Make Live

Terry Green is the Founder and CEO of Think Make Live, LLC social justice consulting firm and Think Make Live Youth community non-profit. Terry is a national social justice consultant providing a hallmark experience in youth leadership opportunities, innovative civic engagement and workforce development strategies.

​Terry is a Community Leader for Opportunity Youth United, a national movement of young people and allies working to increase opportunities and decrease poverty in America. He is also an active alumnus of the United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Recently, he has been appointed to serve a three year term on the Supreme Court of Ohio Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency.

His ambitious drive to serve has led him to become a solution-driven effective social justice consultant. Terry is truly dedicated every day to provide more innovative strategies and opportunities for youth and returning citizens to thrive in today’s society.



Contact Contact
P.O. Box 83131 Columbus, Ohio 43203

Terry Green is the Founder and CEO of Think Make Live, LLC social justice consulting firm and Think Make Live Youth community non-profit.

10% percentage of all proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the youth programs for the Think Make Live Youth 501(c)(3) non-profit organization