Urban Connections is an organization, consisting of two staff people and many committed leaders, volunteers and board members. Feel free to contact us at any time. The UC House can be reached at 614-251-0140. Our Staff are available for presentations about Urban Connections as well as teaching small groups, Sunday School or other classes on topics related to community development. Please contact one of us for more information. 

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Cathy Alexander

Executive Director

Cathy has been with Urban Connections since 1999, first as a volunteer, then on staff coordinating programs, fundraising, doing community development, and now as Executive Director. She lives in the community with her family and is committed to loving neighbors and neighborhood. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology, and she holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
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Michelle Orellana

Youth Director

Michelle has served as Youth Director with UC since 2017. Having grown up in San Francisco, Michelle brings her passion for teaching inner city youth and her experience as an Elder to Columbus where she leads Middle School and Teen nights weekly, to develop their faith and help them prepare for life. She is also dedicated to serving as a bridge between cultures and communities in an effort to create a place of true diversity where experiences and space are both respected and shared.
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Our board members give their time and talents voluntarily. We pride ourselves on a diverse board, 1/3 of whom have a vested interest in our community (having their residence or business in the community). Our board meets quarterly to provide oversight and accountability to the ministry.

Board Members

Sandra Moody – Chair
Onalee Pierce
– Secretary
Matthew Jackson
– Treasurer
Burt Manchester
Rochelle Hutchinson
Lessie Shorter
Joey Oteng – Moritz Board Fellow