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We look forward to welcoming you to the New Directions family and being part of your journey!

Celeste Gamble
Executive Director

Celeste joined New Directions in February 2020 as Director of Development, and transitioned into the role of Executive Director in January 2022. She brings over 25 years of professional experience in philanthropy, management, relationship development and community building. Prior to New Directions, she held development and program management roles in the central Ohio nonprofit community. Celeste is committed to improving financial stability for women and their families and is proud to lead the New Directions team.

Kat Cochrane-Yamaguchi
Programs Director

Kat joined the New Directions team in May 2020 and leads a dedicated and dynamic team committed to supporting women in achieving meaningful career goals. Kat brings 20 years of professional nonprofit experience in developing, implementing and evaluating effective, evidence-based programs and services. Prior to New Directions she led affordable housing, workforce development, and adult education programs for partner nonprofits in the Central Ohio area. She is passionate about creating safe spaces and experiences for individuals to flourish and effect positive change for themselves and their communities. She holds a Master’s of Education in Curriculum Development and Teacher Leadership and a Bachelor’s of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Urban Geography, Women Studies, and Education from Miami University.

Ayanna Jordan
Programs Coordinator

Ayanna joined the New Directions team in August 2021 and leads coordination and instruction for core programs such as YES, the online course designed to support holistic career development. The Center’s mission aligns with Ayanna’s personal commitment to purpose-filled work that provides safe, inclusive, and affirming spaces for women to thrive and build community while working on their goals. She is a certified personal coach, and has over 20 years of professional experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, addressing equal educational access for first-generation college students and developing women-centered, quality resources and programming that spark personal growth and ignite real transformational change.

Jami Phillips
Employment Specialist

Jami joined New Directions in 2009 as a center volunteer and assumed the role of Employment Consultant and Program Instructor in 2016. Jami works with graduates to explore job opportunities, customize resumes, prepare for interviews, and negotiate salary and job offers. She also build relationships with Central Ohio employers in order to connect clients to employment opportunities. Prior to New Directions, Jami spent 15 years working as a recruiter for a local search firm as well as a community volunteer serving children with special needs and their families. She hold a Bachelor degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University.

Jill Hammonds, MSW, LISW
Career Counselor

Jill joined New Directions in January 2020 and oversees the E3 program operations and tracks the success of each participant. Provides career counseling and case management services to the E3 participants. Jill earned her BA in social work from Ohio University and her Masters in social work from The Ohio State University. She has over 11 years of vocational rehabilitation counseling experience as well as 5 years of program management experience. Jill values assisting others in achieving their success and walking alongside them in their journey.

Margaret Monroe
Office Coordinator

Margaret joined New Directions in January 2019. Margaret received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2018 from Franklin University. She has over 10 years of experience in working with client relations, something that she truly enjoys. She strives to provide a listening ear and a comforting word to all who visit the Center. Margaret thrives on using her skills to positively impact the Center and the clients we serve.