Our Team

MATTHEW P. HUGHES, executive DIRECTOR

Matthew P. Hughes has been involved with Envision Children since 2014 and celebrated his 4th anniversary at Envision Children in June 2018. He was named its Executive Director in July 2017. Matt brings to the position 29 years of experience in the non-profit sector including 15 years in higher education.  He served as the Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania; and in a variety of fundraising leadership roles at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Outside of education Matt has served as the Vice President of Development & Marketing for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the Executive Director for the St. Margaret Foundation in Pittsburgh and the Director of Development for the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Matt's expertise is building and growing comprehensive fundraising programs. He has personally secured over $129 million in gifts throughout his career and worked on teams which have raised billions of dollars for annual & major giving programs as well as capital campaigns.  Additional areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing & communications, Board governance, fiscal management and alumni affairs.

Matt resides in Mason, Ohio. He is currently engaged to Rhonda Asher and together they have five adult children—Kailey, Victoria, James, Zachary and Alexandria. Matt is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Healthcare Professionals. He is a past Board member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Carmen Stone, Assistant Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Coordinator Kindergarten Challenge

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Carmen is the Assistant Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Coordinator Kindergarten Challenge with Envision Children. Carmen initially joined the Envision Children team in October of 2017 working withthe Extended Day Program she then joined the Kindergarten Challenge Program in January
2018 and the Academic Summer Enrichment Program June 2018.

Carmen is a native of Cincinnati and has over 25 years of experience working with children
both inside and outside of school settings; serving in several volunteer positions at Cincinnati
Public, Winton Woods and schools along with a variety of athletic organizations. Carmen has a strong history if displaying leadership ability. From 2012 to 2014, she served as the chairperson of the Shroder High School Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC).
 
A proud graduate of Cincinnati Public School’s Withrow High School, Carmen holds an
Associate’s Degree and Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy from Cincinnati State Technical
and Community College. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Diversity
Studies from Xavier University.

Along with Carmen’s experience serving Cincinnati’s Youth,Carmen is a founding
member of the Nu Phi Chapter of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. In 2017, Carmen was
elected as the Chapter Youth Advisor for Gamma Phi Delta Sorority Inc. - Nu Phi Chapter. As
this role, Carmen she is responsible for creating, leading and ensuring the execution of a variety of activities for the chapter’s youth program for boys and girls ages 8 to 13.

Carmen enjoys finding new and unique opportunities for education and finding ways to
appeal to the challenges of today’s youth. She believes that “If she can start them with a good
foundation they can continue build on it."

Nakia Fowler Senior Instructor

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Nakia joined Envision Children in the Fall of 2018 as a part-time instructor. She quickly was promoted to a full-time position as a Senior Instructor. She works in all areas of our Catch Every Child Initiative including the Extended Day Program, In Class Instruction, and with the Kindergarten Challenge. Her work in the EDP and ICI are mainly in the Winton Woods Primary South building. 

Nakia is a native of Cincinnati and has several years of experience working with children both inside and outside of school settings.  Nakia has a strong history of leadership roles but she maintains a fun and youthful spirit that allows her to relate and interact positively with students.

A proud graduate of Mouth Healthy High School, Nakia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University.

Nakia’s is emphatic that every child is capable of achieving academic success. Her goal is to teach students in a way that will relate to them on their level.  Nakia’s thoughts: ”If we can start our children with a solid foundation of education, the blue skies are their limitations.”