Community Health Charities Welcomes Teleangé Thomas to National Board of Directors

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Thomas joins to build stronger healthier communities and advance equity.

“Teleangé's knowledge and insights will be an invaluable asset as we continue to evolve, building stronger, healthier communities while addressing root causes and inequities."

Community Health Charities announced today that Teleangé Thomas, Director of Partnerships, Midwest at Candid, joined the CHC national board of directors, adding her significant expertise to an impressive roster of top executives in health and social impact.

“Teleangé has more than 15 years of experience in community engagement and important systems change work,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, Community Health Charities president & CEO. “Her knowledge and insights will be an invaluable asset as we continue to evolve, building stronger, healthier communities while addressing root causes and inequities.”

As Director of Partnerships, Thomas plays a strategic role in elevating Candid’s presence and impact throughout the Midwest, a territory of 13 States (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, WI). Her direct responsibilities include relationship building, fund development and thought leadership. She is charged with identifying, cultivating and strengthening relationships with primary stakeholders, surfacing regional sector needs and connecting them to Candid products and existing solutions, while contributing to new Candid innovations and piloting new solutions.

She is the co-architect of The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland and Celebrate Those Who Give Black. These multimedia exhibitions, in conjunction with programming and events, amplify and sharpen the giving power of Black donors and catalyze the next generation of givers and doers, particularly in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thomas is also the founder of Plattforms LLC., a women and minority owned consulting firm that specializes in the design, startup, and sustainability of social change projects and initiatives to improve humanity through socio-economic opportunity and equity-based solutions. The work of Plattforms LLC. is particularly aimed at elevating people, places, and ideas that impact people and communities of color.

Thomas is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She is a board of director for Green City Growers, The Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Public Library Foundation and Policy Matters Ohio. She is a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Community Impact Volunteer of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, a member of Zeta-Phi-Beta Sorority Inc. (Inactive), The Order of Eastern Star (Active) and is published in numerous professional journals and academic publications, plus she has earned a host of awards and honors for her service and leadership.

Thomas was elected to the national board of directors by unanimous vote at the last meeting in December and will officially start her Board duties at the next meeting in March, hosted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

About Community Health Charities
Community Health Charities has been raising awareness and resources and empowering people to take action to improve health and wellbeing for over 60 years. We support education, treatment, and prevention for those with health challenges; bring organizations together to improve community health; provide individuals with opportunities to get involved; and increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations. Visit or @healthcharities.

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