Christopher Whitmore, Executive Director
Chris has served as Executive Director of Scranton Rd. Ministries C.D.C. for 12 years, and has been involved in revitalization efforts across Cleveland for 19. Prior to joining the ministry, Chris worked as a Biomedical Engineer for 8 years with Bayer Diagnostics and Applied Medical Technology.
While working as an Engineer, Chris and his wife served with his church and the surrounding community on Cleveland’s west side. A culturally vibrant community, Cleveland’s near-west side faces many challenges, but also has great potential. In late 2001, a small but dedicated team committed to play an active role in serving this community, which was confirmed as they formally incorporated Scranton Rd. Ministries C.D.C., and Chris transitioned into full-time leadership. During this time, he also completed his M.B.A., with a focus in Finance and Urban Studies.
In his most important role as husband and father, Chris greatly enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife of 17 years, Michelle, and 2 awesome daughters, Abigail & Megan- hiking, traveling and laughing.
Natalie grew up on the east side of Cleveland, but fell in love with the Scranton Road community 12 years ago when she came to Christ and began serving at Scranton Road Bible Church. As Chief Operating Officer, her roles include supporting and developing the staff, proposal writing, and overseeing marketing projects. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and an M.A. in Urban Studies from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. She has seven years of experience in leading youth ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, home decor and spending time with family.
Chad Abraham, Program Director, After School Enrichment Program
Raised on Cleveland’s westside, Chad has been a part of the Scranton Road Community for over 20 years. He holds a B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing from Baldwin-Wallace College. Chad attends the Revolution 216, a church plant, where he serves as the children’s ministry co-leader and a discipleship leader. Prior to joining the SRMCDC team, Chad worked in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a career coach and also volunteered in Lesotho, Southern Africa working with young students. Both he and his wife enjoy navigating all Cleveland has to offer, including unique cultural arts, a diverse array of restaurants, and lots of historic heritage.
Sheila is a licensed attorney, holding a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She has been with Scranton Road Ministries since 2010. Along with a group of volunteer lawyers, she started the Scranton Road Legal Clinic in Summer 2012 in order to empower and educate our community about their legal rights and responsibilities. She has helped to provide pro-bono & low-bono community legal services and education through a variety of organizations such as The Housing Advocates, Inc., Building Hope in the City, the Federal Public Defender, and The Fell Law Office, LLC. Sheila enjoys cooking, ceramics, painting, and exploring Cleveland. She lives in West Park with her husband, Joe (see above), and their dog, Butters, who is probably having an accident as we speak.
Liz Fine, Administrative Assistant
Liz Fine is a full time wife and mother of four. As SRMCDC’s Administrative Assistant since November 2009, Liz plays a key role in planning Benefit Events and Health Fairs while also preparing communications, e-newsletters, financial administration, and more. She holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts and is pursuing an education in Urban Studies and Nonprofit Administration. She was born in raised in Cleveland, OH and enjoys cooking and reading.
Ronny has countless years of experience working with children and is completely grateful to God to be a part of Scranton Road Ministries. He works with the After School Enrichment Program as a tutor, runs a boys book club at Scranton Elementary, and teaches life skills at Lincoln West High School. Born and raised in Cleveland but widely traveled throughout the world, Ronny served his country in the Army and become one of the youngest sergeants in his platoon. As a DJ, Ronny has produced and programmed gospel music on WENZ 107.9 and several other radio stations, while also teaching radio programming to a young, up and coming crew called, “YO Radio Crew- Yahweh’s Own”. Ronny most recent endeavors include Mix Producer for Superadio that airs in several states. He is also a Celebration DJ and produces the Ronny Knight Show on Facebook. But most importantly, he’s a family man and has a beautiful daughter.
Nate Ortiz, Classroom Facilitator, Youth Jobs Partnership
Nate provides career coaching, life-skills, conflict management, resume refinement, and help with finding your strengths to hundreds of students every year at Lincoln-West High School and Rhodes High School in the west side of Cleveland. He is a Mentor, Career Coach, and a Motivational Speaker to many young adults. As pastor of R.E.D. 4 Christ Ministries, he has mobilized and led the ministry in giving back to the community at The Annual Turkey-Give-Away Event, as well as the Annual Toys-for-Tots Distribution services. He and his wife, Briseida Ortiz, have 3 children; Vashti Rose, Xaris Jolianne, and Micah Nathan.
Leigh Prugh, Attorney, Scranton Road Legal Clinic
Leigh Prugh has been a practicing attorney for 15 years. Her passion is helping people by explaining the legal process to them, and when she is not with the clinic, representing them in her private practice. Leigh hopes that she can glorify the Lord by using her legal knowledge to assist people, and also helping them to understand forgiveness and mercy provided by God. In her spare time, Leigh enjoys reading, running, and playing frisbee with her husband and 3 daughters.
And we can’t forget our very dedicated and resourceful volunteers!