The Cardinal Nest Inc.  

  501(c)(3) organization  dedicated to serving the needs of high school students through action and purpose. 

Carly Elizabeth Hill, MEd, MNO

Founder & Executive Director

Carly, a passionate servant-leader from East Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Shaw High School as the Valedictorian of her class in 2010. She went on to Howard University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education in 2014. She received her Master of Education in Community Health in May 2016 from Cleveland State University and her Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. Immediately after graduating from Howard and returning home, Carly became extremely active in her community. Since 2014, Carly has served as a member of the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association, the National Council of Negro Women Cleveland Section, and the Howard University Alumni Club of Cleveland. In addition to volunteering with these organizations, she works full time in the External Affairs Department at Care Alliance Health Center and works as an adjunct professor at Cuyahoga Community College. She also mentors students through the College Now Greater Cleveland mentoring program and serves as one of the inaugural members of the Emerging Leaders Board. In recognition of her commitment to serving her community, Carly was recognized as one of the Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers in 2016 by the Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club.  Deeply rooted in her faith, Carly is a member of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Team Members

Russell J. West, Jr.

Arthur B. Hill, II

Board of Trustees

Chavone Taylor-Nash, MUS 


Shalah Turner, MPA

Vice Chair

Delante Spencer Thomas, Esq. (JD/MLRHR)

Samantha Walker

Heather Beasley, MEd

Beverly Burgess, MEd

Cassandra Harris-Williams, PhD

Venetta McDonald

Jonathan Tyes, B.S., CHW