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Lourdes professors love teaching. In addition to their role as educators, many are instrumental in serving their communities. Ms. Shay Elletha Bankston and Dr. Patrice McClellan are two professionals who inspire individuals inside and outside the classroom.

Ms. Bankston and Dr. McClellan were recently appointed by Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz to the newly-created City of Toledo Human Relations Committee. Ms. Bankston is a member of the Stop The Violence committee and Chair of a gun violence sub-committee. Dr. McClellan is a member of the Equality & Social Justice Committee. In their current roles, they will work with colleagues to support a safe, energetic and livable city and support residents working to overcome prejudice and build mutual respect.

Shay Bankston

Ms. Shay Elletha Bankston

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Premier Consulting, a company that provides behavioral health and community development services, Ms. Shay Bankston has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for Lourdes and was recently appointed Interim Director of Social Work. She was most recently instrumental in organizing a Teen Summit 4.0 event at Lourdes featuring Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Stacy Cook as the keynote speaker. “Not In Our Town” focused on youth taking a stand against gun violence and crime.

The Licensed Independent Social Worker has served the region and community in several capacities including Director of Family Services of Northwest Ohio, Habilitation Coordinator for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as a Home/Office Based Clinical Therapist at Unison Behavioral Health Group. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of Toledo, a Master of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. She is currently in the dissertation completion phase of a Doctorate of Education in Educational Foundations and Leadership Policy at Bowling Green State University.

Patrice McClellan

Dr. Patrice McClellan

Committed to serving the community, Dr. Patrice McClellan is a member of the Paramount Healthcare Board, Chair of the United Way African American Leadership Council (AALC) Joint Council and until 2018, served as Co-Chair of its Leadership Development Committee. Recently, Dr. McClellan was selected as a “20 under 45” individual to receive the 2019 Black Lives Matter Award by the Community Solidarity Response Network.

The Lourdes Associate Professor of Business & Leadership previously prepared some of this region’s brightest and most talented leaders as Director of the University’s Master of Organizational Leadership program. A published author and respected leadership expert, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Toledo and Master of Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Education in Educational Administration & Leadership Studies degrees from Bowling Green State University. Dr. McClellan has presented across the country on a variety of subjects including race and gender, leadership, social justice and superintendency. In 2011, J.A. Alston and Dr. McClellan co-authored Herstories: Leading with lessons of the lives of Black women activists.


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