The Toledo Journal congratulates these Movers & Shakers
on their outstanding achievements.

Press Release

Ebonie Jackson, finance director for the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, received a 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Monday, September 26 at the 21st annual 20 Under 40 awards ceremony.  She was selected from a field of 163 candidates.

Ebonie Jackson - Florida A&M University Graduate
Ebonie Jackson – Florida A&M University Graduate

            As the chief financial officer at LMHA,  Jackson leads the accounting, procurement and IT functions and serves as the advisor to the Executive Director and leadership team. She was one of 28 CPAs under the age of 35 from across the country selected by the American Institute of CPAs for its first annual Leadership Academy.  She has served on the national committee overseeing the AICPA Insurance Trust, served on the governing body of AICPA, has served on other national AICPA committees.

            In the community, she is treasurer of the Toledo Chapter Jack and Jill, is a trustee of the Ohio CPA Foundation, serves on the United Way Education Committee, Robinson HUB Steering Committee, and is a member of the Toledo Chapter of The LINKS, Inc.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selected the 20 candidates for recognition.  It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 420 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.

Jackson was nominated by Tianna Anderson and Richard Jackson.

            Sponsors of the 2016 program include Eastman & Smith, Fifth Third Bank, Plante & Moran, Columbia Gas of Ohio and The Andersons.

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Will Lucas, co-founder and CEO of Classana, received a 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Monday, September 26 at the 21st annual 20 Under 40 ceremony.  He was selected from a field of 163 candidates.

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Will Lucas – University of Toledo Graduate

Lucas founded Classana, a software which helps people share, discover, and organize educational resources for personal and professional development; as well as Creadio, a brand-marketing firm servicing nationally recognized brands. He is founder and curator of TEDxToledo, is a University of Toledo Trustee, serves as an Ohio Casino Control Commissioner and is a member of the Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

He was among the “40 Diverse People In Tech Who Made big Moves In 2015,” in TechCrunch, was recognized by Business Insider in 2014 in “the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology,” and in 2013 in “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Tech,” and by NBC New’s The Grio in “top 10 Blacks in tech to look out for in 2013.”

A songwriter, he is credited on the track “How ‘Bout It,” on the album Special Occasion, by R&B artist Bobby Valentino.  The album has sold over 500,000 copies in the US.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selected the 20 candidates for recognition.  It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 420 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.

Lucas was nominated by Kristian Brown, Sam Melden and Angela Lucas.

Sponsors of the 2016 program include Eastman & Smith, Fifth Third Bank, Plante & Moran, Columbia Gas of Ohio and The Andersons.

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Getro Jean-Claude, Financial Analyst for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, received a 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Monday, September 26 at the 21st annual 20 Under 40  ceremony.  He was selected from a field of 163 candidates.

Getro Jean-Claude - University of Toledo Graduate
Getro Jean-Claude – University of Toledo Graduate

In his role at the Port Authority, Jean-Claude manages the ECDI microloan program that supports entrepreneurs.  A native of Haiti, he is proficient in Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English and graduated with honors from the University of Toledo in 2014.  While there, he lead the Soma Community and Model United Nations clubs, the Toledo CAN club, and made the President’s List for two consecutive years and the Dean’s List.  UT awards included Best Mentor Award (twice),      the best New Student Organization Award and he received honorable mention for Collegiate Council on World Affairs from Ohio State University.

He was recently recognized by the Urban Innovation Exchange national publication in “People changing Cities—Urban Innovator of the Week” and featured in the Toledo City Paper article “Doing Better in Toledo: New Locals.”  In addition, he was selected by Welcome TLC to share his story in “Love Letters to Toledo” as part of the Immigrants Heritage month celebration. He graduated from Leadership Toledo in 2014 and received the Next Toledo Mayor Award.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selected the 20 candidates for recognition.  It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 420 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.

Jean-Claude was nominated by Dave Schlaudecker.

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