Volunteer Spotlight | Junior Achievement of OKI Partners

Our Volunteer MVP's

MVP Emily Thobe


Emily Thobe

Emily Thobe from GE Aviation was presented with the Junior Achievement Partners in Excellence Award. Emily has done everything from teaching JA in the classroom, to organizing fundraising efforts, recruiting volunteers, and planning and organizing volunteer training. She has coordinated and hosted what can only be described as "spectacular" job shadow events at GE, giving students a first-hand look at opportunities that they would otherwise have never dreamed of. Through Emily's efforts, thousands of students have had access to information and experiences that help shape their education and life goals.





MVP Mary Ronan

Mary Ronan

A Cincinnati native, Mary Ronan's service to Cincinnati's children includes a diverse background in teaching and administration at the elementary and high school levels. She has earned a reputation for building strong, supportive and open relationships with her staff, as well as with parent and community stakeholders. With a keen focus on raising students' academic achievement, Superintendent Ronan has led Cincinnati Public Schools to the distinction of being one of Ohio's highest-performing large-city school districts.


  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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