Elishia Chamberlain
Elishia ChamberlainExecutive Director

Elishia is a proud Kentucky Colonel, who makes her way over the river every day to serve the Madisonville Community. Joining MCURC in 2019, she is enthusiastic to build on her longstanding belief that partnership between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati is a key to success for our region.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through years of service in Northern Kentucky. Early in life Elishia had a passion for the arts, and a passion for community service. This grew into an interesting background in the fine arts and public administration. A career in public service came naturally, and as she began to pursue her MPA from Northern Kentucky University she found employment at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District where she worked to serve the eight county Northern Kentucky Region in a variety of ways. Her background includes work in planning and programming for Homeland Security and Highway Safety, economic development, grant writing, CDBG administration, project management, policy, public sector (local government) management, and community development. After spending the last six years working in local government management, she is excited to get back to her roots of working in community development. Madisonville is alive with energy and promise, and Elishia hopes to be a partner to the community as it sets its course for the future while honoring its past.

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business.” ~ Charles Dickens

Matt Strauss
Matt StraussReal Estate and Marketing Manager

Matt first took an interest in community development in high school when he volunteered to rehab houses and give speeches in support of ReSTOC and the Drop-Inn Center in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. In college he turned his interest in historic architecture into an internship in the Urban Conservator’s office. In 1990, Matt started on a two-track path of community development and theology when he began his Religious Studies major at about the same time he started rehabbing houses for the Camp Washington Community Board.  He continued community development work in Newark, New Jersey as a VISTA and while completing his master’s degree at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he specialized in 19th Century German religious criticism.  In 1998 he began teaching a variety of courses as an adjunct at Mt. St. Joseph University specializing in World Religions.  Matt joined Price Hill Will in 2005 when he got their Buy-Improve-Sell program off the ground. He also headed efforts to tackle issues of vacant and nuisance properties as well as boosting home sales.  He then worked to promote the neighborhood.  Matt joined MCURC in April 2013 to lead our real estate development and marketing efforts.

Jordan McKittrick
Jordan McKittrickOffice Manager

Please welcome MCURC’s newest staff member, Jordan McKittrick.  She is our part time Office Manager.  Jordan is a UC graduate who has had a long term passion for being involved in the city and it’s communities. She became familiar with Madisonville and MCURC after working at Plant Cincinnati this summer, located a few doors down. After getting to experience first hand how involved the community members  are, and how dedicated everyone is to bettering the neighborhood, she was motivated to help further those efforts. Outside of work she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, painting, traveling as much as possible and of course, spending quality time with her dogs.