Our Team

Mario Basora, Chief Executive Officer

Mario brings a career of passionate advocacy for children to FRC, with over 20 years of experience leading successful transformative change efforts in schools and school districts across Ohio.  His mission is to create a world where all children, regardless of their background, can dream big and achieve greatness in their lives.

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Mario brings a career of passionate advocacy for children to FRC, with over 20 years of experience leading successful transformative change efforts in schools and school districts across Ohio.  His mission is to create a world where all children, regardless of their background, can dream big and achieve greatness in their lives.   

Mario earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton, a second bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Northern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Miami University, Oxford, and a School Superintendent’s license from Xavier University.  Before joining Future Ready Columbus, Mario’s career included service as a substitute teacher, junior high and high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, school law professor, senior vice president, and superintendent. 

Throughout his career, Mario has been honored to work closely with educators and community leaders to achieve big things for children.  These include significantly increasing academic achievement for African American and economically disadvantaged children, creating and successfully implementing several strategic planning efforts, and establishing a training center for innovative learning practices.

WHY THIS WORK

Mario’s passion and mission to improve the lives of poor and marginalized children stems from his own background as a child of color, raised by a single mother in poverty.  Just as he was able to overcome the odds as a first-generation college graduate who rose out of generational poverty, he believes his life’s work is to help children like him achieve their dreams.

Mario is grounded in the belief that all children can break out of the cycle of poverty and racism.  The work of Future Ready Columbus is to imagine, believe in, and implement the conditions and supports for that to happen.  Through a collective impact approach working closely with public/private partnerships, the Future Ready by Five plan has all of the elements necessary to break the cycle and ensure that all children in Franklin County are ready for kindergarten by age 5.   

WHY THIS COMMUNITY

Columbus and the surrounding Franklin County region are amazing places to work and live.  Mario is particularly in love with the region’s commitment to diversity, vibrant arts, sports, and culture scene, and its innovative spirit.  With its energy and impactful public/private partnerships, Columbus and Franklin County can lead the way in altering the trajectory of children growing up in under-resourced neighborhoods.

By implementing Future Ready by Five, we have a great opportunity to set the standard for community change strategy.  If implemented with fidelity and commitment, the plan can transform the lives of children not only in Franklin County, but also across Ohio, the Midwest, and beyond.   

Alicia Moxley, Chief Community Relations and Social Responsibility Officer

Alicia’s previous position as the Chief Mission Officer at Columbus Urban League sharpened her innate ability to understand diverse experiences and points of view throughout communities. She arrived at Future Ready Columbus uniquely qualified to continue growing these connections. She comes to the table of conversation equipped to communicate the needs, concerns and desires of families and children across Franklin County.

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Alicia’s previous position as the Chief Mission Officer at Columbus Urban League sharpened her innate ability to understand diverse experiences and points of view throughout communities. She arrived at Future Ready Columbus uniquely qualified to continue growing these connections. She comes to the table of conversation equipped to communicate the needs, concerns and desires of families and children across Franklin County.

WHY THIS WORK

Service is Alicia’s passion, and she has been able to weave that into her career opportunities. She says her work with Future Ready is equally enjoyable and fulfilling. She comes to work every day grateful to be on a team that shares her diligent quest for change.

Alicia is inspired to see the ways in which FRC is building a better Franklin County through the FR5 plan, partners and systematic changes. She believes that if we can touch a few lives every single day, we can successfully build a community filled with genuine joy and equality.

WHY THIS COMMUNITY

Alicia grew up in the Dayton area but has since planted roots in Columbus. She believes the city provides an opportunity to build strong networks and lasting relationships, and that leveraging those connections is an essential tool to making a meaningful and lasting impact on all communities.

Alicia remains connected to the local Urban League and offers support and insight whenever she is asked. She is also actively involved with her church, where serves in an administrative capacity and on the hospitality team.

Angela Boucher, Director of Finance and Operations

Angela is innately driven by a curiosity to gain knowledge, understanding and efficiency so she can better contribute to the world around her. It is that same curiosity and passion for growth that inspired her to attend DeVry University to obtain her degree in business administration and move into a career as a financial expert.

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Angela is innately driven by a curiosity to gain knowledge, understanding and efficiency so she can better contribute to the world around her. It is that same curiosity and passion for growth that inspired her to attend DeVry University to obtain her degree in business administration and move into a career as a financial expert.

Since joining the team in 2017, she is proud to have led Future Ready Columbus to a Gold Star rating from Guidestar. This commitment to excellence paired with her dedication to serving others makes Angela an outstanding member of the FRC family.

WHY THIS WORK

Angela feels blessed to hold this position with Future Ready. She loves that the nature of her work allows her to provide relief to her fellow team members. As a result, they can use their unique gifts to the absolute best of their abilities. It’s this top-tier teamwork and support that helps move this organization one step closer to achieving 100% kindergarten readiness in Franklin County.

WHY THIS COMMUNITY

Angela believes the Columbus area is a special place to pursue both personal and professional endeavors because it is a tight-knit community with big-city opportunities.

For Angela, Central Ohio is the perfect place to nurture her love of learning. She is always open to increasing her knowledge of history, religion and serving others. She is a proud mom who finds purpose in taking care of her others and giving back. She does so through her job at FRC, volunteering with her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and being an active member in her church community.

MiKayla Bivens, Director of Communications

Mikayla is a critical thinker and dynamic leader. She discovered her passion in communications and public relations during her academic tenure at Hampton University.  She graduated with a degree in Strategic Communications at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism. She previously served as the Director of Retention Services at the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office and developed skills in creating holistic approaches to assist the community. She is eager to communicate the purpose and mission of the organization to the community and continue to raise awareness around the importance of kindergarten readiness.

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Mikayla is a critical thinker and dynamic leader. She discovered her passion in communications and public relations during her academic tenure at Hampton University.  She graduated with a degree in Strategic Communications at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism. She previously served as the Director of Retention Services at the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office and developed skills in creating holistic approaches to assist the community. She is eager to communicate the purpose and mission of the organization to the community and continue to raise awareness around the importance of kindergarten readiness.

 

Why This Work

MiKayla is no stranger to this important work. It is personal to her.  Prior to kindergarten, she was homeschooled by a stay-at-home mother.  She learned the value of how repetitive vocabulary impacts success and is keenly aware of the direct impact that kindergarten readiness has on a child’s success.  The positive impact on her health, habits, and emotional wellbeing is what she aims to share with others by championing this work.

 

Resident within MiKayla’s core values is the knowledge of “to whom much is given, much is required.”   The impact of kindergarten readiness is “the much” that she has been given, as she aims to assist the team of Future Ready in providing this crucial service to her community.  For her, it is about the societal and social gains that kindergarten readiness provides.  If for nothing else that this work impacts one child by leading to better grades, lower dropout rates, better health and lifestyle habits then her work has meaning and society advances.

 

Why This Community

MiKayla was raised in Whitehall, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Whitehall Yearling High School and Hampton University.  Her home community instilled compassion, empathy, and service.  All of which are hallmarks of MiKayla’s brand.  She knows the value of how a healthy community can impact emotional wellbeing, feelings of safety, and how it inspires positive curiosity and the desire to grow.  She wants to continue the legacy of her family by giving back while also weaving a thread into the bright futures of others.

Amanda Isenberg, Project Manager

Amanda joins Future Ready Columbus with an extensive nonprofit background, having worked at notable organizations including Nationwide Children’s, National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This coupled with her background as an English teacher make her the perfect fit for Future Ready Columbus.

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Amanda joins Future Ready Columbus with an extensive nonprofit background, having worked at notable organizations including Nationwide Children’s, National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This coupled with her background as an English teacher make her the perfect fit for Future Ready Columbus.

WHY THIS WORK

Throughout her experience as a teacher, Amanda saw and was frustrated by an overemphasis on test scores. There was no measurable way to consider the challenges each child faces outside of the classroom and how that is reflected in test results. She is especially thrilled that FRC is addressing these complex disparities which affect children’s Kindergarten readiness.

Amanda is thrilled to be working alongside a team that is not only having conversations and conducting studies but pushing the needle forward into the implementation stage and toward real, tangible change.

WHY THIS COMMUNITY

Amanda moved to Ohio 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia. She sees Columbus as a thriving city and appreciates that it maintains a friendly, welcoming vibe while providing extensive and diverse opportunities to community members.

Amanda contributes to her community inside and outside of work. Her front yard is home to a Columbus Blessing Box, which supports those struggling with food insecurity. Amanda is also a certified yoga teacher.

For more information about Future Ready Columbus volunteering or internship opportunities,
please contact Alicia Moxley at Alicia.Moxley@frcbus.org or 614-689-2084.