Dr. Rhonda Turpin joined The Securus Foundation as a contractor for Grants Management in March 2020. She has more than 30 years experience as a grant writer and funding specialist, Working at Hitchcock Center for Women, and previously for Cuyahoga County Commissioners as a Program Manager for a five million dollar partnership grant. Her distinctive qualifications include a unique blend of strategic funding development and operational execution of complex partnerships. She led local federal initiatives during an eight year span: the Youth Development Initiative that was President Clinton’s platform, and the Faith Based Initiative proffered by President Bush. Dr. Turpin garnered her academic credentials as a National SAMHSA peer reviewer for three years, where she presented annually at their National Women’s Conference.

The foundation of her grant writing acumen is establishing and executing complex programming and partnership grants. She is a change artist, and loves to expand existing systems into innovative models that display a new way of doing things in the world.
Her education consists of an Associates of Arts Degree in Mental Health Habilitation from Cuyahoga Community College, A Bachelors of Science in Social Work, with a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certification, A Master’s Degree in Urban Studies (MSUS) from Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, with a specialty of nonprofit management and program development, and a doctorate degree in Metaphysics from UNISA. Her academia is a testament to her philosophy that it is essential to be of service to those less fortunate, and create new paradigms.