We’re a small but mighty staff who rely on the time and energy of our amazing interns, volunteers, leadership council and board members. With the dedication, love of Cleveland and passion for showcasing everything the city we love has to offer, we deliver over 50+ events and opportunities a year to the young professional and business community.
Get to know our team below.
Ashley Basile Oeken is an experienced leader with over ten years of experience in the nonprofit field. Her expertise is focused on the next generation and young professionals.
Ashley is the organization's Founding Executive Director having been hired in 2012. In her role at Engage! Cleveland, Ashley oversees all aspects of the organization while driving strategic initiatives to increase the impact Engage! Cleveland can have on the community and young professionals. She consults with employers and nonprofits to attract, engage and retain the best and brightest talent.
Ashley is very involved in the civic community in Cleveland serving on a variety of committees and Boards. Most notably, Ashley serves on Board of Trustees at the Saint Luke’s Foundation where she additionally serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. In addition, Ashley has received many honors and recognition for her work in the Cleveland area.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Youngstown State University. Additionally, Ashley is a graduate of the LEADdiversity Class of 2015, PRADCO’s Women in Leadership Class of 2013, Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2012, and the Spring 2009 Civic Leadership Institute.
Megan Baechle is the newest addition to the Engage! Cleveland team, serving as the part time Programs Assistant since October 2018. Megan comes to E!C with nearly 10 years of experience in operations management, executive support and event planning. For the past four years, she has also served as the Executive Director for the Berea Chamber of Commerce and brings her experience working in the nonprofit sector to her role with Engage! Cleveland.
As the Programs Assistant, Megan supports various areas of E!C’s mission including membership, development and programming. Working with local businesses to enhance their footprint here in the greater Cleveland area is a personal passion for her. She thrives on finding creative ways to engage local businesses and believes in the power of networking. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University.
Cheyenne Meek is a native of Port Clinton, Ohio, a small city 20 minutes from Cedar Point and one hour west of Cleveland. Throughout her upbringing, she frequently visited Cleveland and even lived in Bay Village for a summer to advance her swimming career.
Currently, Cheyenne is in the final semester of her Master of Public Administration program at The Ohio State University. She graduated from OSU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and a minor in professional writing. While at college, Cheyenne was a four-year varsity swimmer, a presidential host for the university’s president, Dr. Michael V. Drake, and the top student in her major, receiving the School of Communications’ Outstanding Senior Award.
This spring while interning with Engage! Cleveland, Cheyenne is excited to learn everything she can about Cleveland and help the members of its incredible YP community find success and meaning in their city.
Lisa Fuentes is a part-time accountant with Engage! Cleveland where she oversees our financials. She handles day-to-day functions, reporting and working with our auditors. Lisa has over 25 years of experience and is a sole proprietor working with many nonprofit clients. Lisa is a native Clevelander and graduate of the Cleveland Public Schools system.
Christine Kohls is our part-time Development Consultant. She spends her time sharing our mission and bringing on new employer members. In addition, she supports fundraising efforts around event sponsorships and through grant writing. Christine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) whose 18 years of experience includes leadership positions in healthcare, higher education, social service, and arts and culture organizations.