Meet Our Team

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Bob Ivory, Director

Bob Ivory is a native Clevelander, born in Lake Village, Arkansas and adopted at age 3. A proud product of the Cleveland Public System and attending Ohio University, Bob served as a Juvenile Correctional Officer for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, established group homes for at risk males licensed by the State of Ohio and developed community-based after school programming and interventions. 

Bob served as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cleveland Regional Office of the Governor under former Governor Ted Strickland before being promoted to Regional Project manager for the Governor's Office for Closing The Achievement Gap in 2007. 

In 2011, Bob was appointed a Special Assistant to the County Executive before migrating to San Francisco where he introduced and launched the Students of Promise Closing the Achievement Gap Program within the San Francisco Unified School District. Bob returned to Cleveland in 2014 where he has directed the Students of Promise Program Initiative within 5 inner ring suburban school districts at the middle school and high school level. On top of being A life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, AmeriWell Board Member and Executive Team Member of the My Brother's Keepers Alliance of Greater Cleveland, Bob is also a published author and charting smooth jazz recording artist and singer-songwriter.

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Erin Mims, MPA, Linkage Coordinator

 Cleveland Heights High School

My name is Erin Mims. I have been the Linkage Coordinator at Cleveland heights High School since January of 2015. I completed both of my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Kent State University. I enjoy my work with the Students of Promise and I look forward to the program growing and touching more lives.

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Will Colbert, Linkage Coordinator

 Bedford High School

My name is Will Colbert. I am a 2003 graduate of Twinsburg High School where I played football. Following graduation I studied Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo and EMS at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. After college I pursued a career in CNC Machining and worked at a local company for 8 years before I became an assistant coach at Bedford High School for their football team in 2012.

In 2015 I was approached to be a mentor at Heskett Middle School in Bedford for the Mentoring Network and served in this role until 2019.

In 2020, I was offered a position by the Bedford City School District for the Students of Promise program, bringing SOP to Bedford for the first time in the program history. Becoming a Linkage Coordinator has allowed me to help students "at the max. I still can't believe that this is an opportunity that I have. I'm very grateful."

Will resides in Bedford with his wife and 3 children. 

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Miya Nettis, Linkage Coordinator

 Warrensville Heights High School

My name is Miya Nettis and I am the Linkage Coordinator for the Warrensville Heights High Tigers.

I graduated from WHHS in 2001 and went on to the University of Akron to pursue my undergraduate degree in 2006 and earned my Masters in Higher Education Administration.

After graduation I was a longtime substitute teacher at Warrensville Heights and also worked as a Case Manager for Murtis Taylor Human Services. 

In 2014 I began my current role as a Linkage Coordinator for Warrensville Heights High School.

"All my kids are my babies." 

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Nicole Zeigler, Linkage Coordinator

 Warrensville Heights Middle School

I am a wife, national championship cheerleading coach, motivational speaker, and actress. As the first in my family to graduate college, I am a graduate of Liberty University where I earned my Masters degree in Human Service Counseling with a focus area of Life Coaching as well as a Bachelors of Arts In Communication with a Radio/TV focus.

I am also a founder of A Delicate Rose, Inc. where I help women get unstuck after facing traumatic experiences.

My zeal and passion for the youth led her to create the Honor Roll Challenge which swept across the nation earning her a feature on Chicago Fox and News Channel 5 Cleveland. 

I was featured in the 1st volume of 30 People You Should Meet, which highlighted my non-profit organization, A Delicate Rose, Inc.

I am an avid reader, worshiper and advocate. My life is guided by my three favorite scriptures:

Habakkuk 2:2 (King James Version)

"And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it."

Haggai 2:9 (King James Version)

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts."

Philippians 3:14 (King James Version)

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."