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​Tera Mcintosh, Ph.D.

Dr. Tera McIntosh currently serves as the Central/Northern Ohio Member Relations Coordinator for Foresters, a fraternal benefit society where she both secures funding for and implements community service programming and a volunteerism network.  In addition to her 8 years of teaching at her alumni Antioch University in their MBA, MHSA, and Management programs, she is also the Program Chair at Atlantic University in the Masters in Leadership Studies Program where she has been faculty since 2015, and Part-Time faculty for Robert Morris University in their Organizational Leadership programs. 

Tera splits her time between three different cities, Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, and Asheville, NC as her work has her fluctuating and engaging in the communities where she is employed through many other additional roles. Tera is a performance slam poet who has competed at the national level in both 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. In 2016 Tera was ranked the 53rd best women poet in the world. Her poetry has been published in the online literary magazine, Randomly Accessed Poetics, Steer Queer Magazine, True Q Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Slam Anthology. Tera is the co-founder of Gay for Good Columbus, a local chapter of a national non-profit that focuses on building relationships and volunteerism in the community and the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective, Pittsburgh's current and only spoken word non-profit organization for youth and adults. 

Tera was recently featured in Quorum Magazine for the top 5 Young Change Makers in the region that are building a Better Columbus. Tera was a guest teacher at Carnegie Mellon’s Osher School of Learning, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Gangs, Drugs and Violence Program. Tera also taught leadership development for the Center of Lifelong Learning and Development at Slippery Rock University and was the Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016 for the Organizational Leadership program at Robert Morris University.

Tera received her B.S. from Slippery Rock University in Recreation Therapy, her M.S. from Carlow University in Non-Profit Management, and her Ph.D. from Antioch University in Leadership and Change. Tera’s research is focused in: civic engagement, building community capacity, collaborative and restorative communities/practices, non-profit development, action research, asset-based community development, relational and grassroots leadership, complex community initiatives, social entrepreneurship, social capital, experiential learning/education, positive deviance, small business development, authenticity and leadership, organizational development, relationship building, trauma and resilience, study circles, gangs, and violence, trauma, peacebuilding, and lgbtq+ public health issues. Her publications can be found through the OhioLink database system and the Interdependence Network, as well as the Journals of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.

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