Who We Are
Dana Clay-Perdue is a Fitness Trainer who works with Cleveland schools and non-profit organizations to help develop fitness programs for youth and adolescents. After working in the healthcare field for eighteen years, Dana knows how vital health education is in various communities. She develops creative ways to teach youth and adolescents how to stay physically active and develop better food choice habits which drive her passion for teaching children how to live a healthy lifestyle through adulthood.
Dana is a Certified Fitness Trainer with a background in Youth Fitness, Nutrition Coaching, and Indoor Cycling Instructor. Being a former Division I high school Track and Field athlete, she became a business owner of On Your Mark Strength and Conditioning Ltd. She has implemented specialized high school strength and conditioning programs that have enhanced or maintained children’s goals and lessened the risk of sports injuries.
Dana holds a bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Community Health from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Sigma Honor Society.
Rachael Sommer is the director of Operations and Partnerships at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. Her primary areas of focus include health equity and positive organizational development. She completed a Bachelor's in Social Work from Bowling Green State University with a minor in Spanish and a Masters in Social Science Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Community and Social Development.
Ms. Sommer brings diverse community-based experiences to the Board. She worked as a frontline social worker doing family preservation counseling with FrontLine Services (formerly Mental Health Services). These experiences fostered her interest in policy-level changes to systematically improve the lives of Cleveland residents and motivated her decision to work as an assistant for former Councilman Joe Cimperman (Ward 3).
Her passion for public health grew further during her tenure as the coordinator of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative at the Cleveland Department of Public Health. It was here that she also co-founded Open Streets Cleveland, which sought to transform streets from car centered and serving to open places of recreation and sustainable transportation for everyone.
Rachael is excited to share her skills and experiences to elevate the Rollin' Buckeyez vision to turn empty place into social spaces.
Since 2013, the RollinBuckeyez Foundation (RBF) has partnered and served the Greater Cleveland community. We have direct knowledge of the social and economic needs of the neighborhood because this is where we grew up. Innovative youth programming in many Cleveland neighborhoods are statistically under-served and under-funded. Can we solve this issue in our lifetime? Probably Not.
The overall goal of our programs is to provide a creative way for us to help build a healthier community by being more physically active, which serves as a catalyst for economic stability. We believe a healthy community is a wealthy community.
It is with great honor that I work with my board, staff, and the amazing partners, family, and friends that continue to support the cause of RollinBuckeyez. We are deeply committed to our mission, to fill in the gap and provide quality, creative, and engaging programming.Thank you, and we invite you to join us in attaining our goal.