Welcome to the Lorain County Urban League

The Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.

Our mission is to empower African Americans and underserved people to thrive through direct service, collaboration, and advocacy.

Our vision is to create a pathway for clients to increase their income, secure housing, and become financially stable using a holistic coaching approach to deliver housing, employment, financial, and educational services.

For 44 years the Lorain County Urban League has worked in a variety of ways to strengthen and support the local African American community. Founded in 1978, the Lorain County Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disadvantaged groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Lorain County Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change in Lorain County.

Board of Directors

Cindy Kushner
Director, Marketing and Outreach Initiatives
Lorain County Community College
Brittany Lovett
Community Foundation of Lorain County
Marketing and Communications Officer
Linda Hoptry
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Finance Manager Business Cases
John Monteleone
School Principal
Lorain City Schools
Sharon Furcron
Senior Manager, Supply Planning
Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group
Sylvia Duvall
Lorain County Urban League Guild
Mike Thomas
Senior Director
Nordson Corporation
Steve C. Harmon
Assistant Vice President
Community Development Relationship Manager
Huntington Bank
Melissa Kobasher
Lorain County Domestic Relations Court

Our Team

Parris M. Smith

President and CEO

Suzie Dills


Dee Baker

Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Achilles Morales

Education and Youth Development Coordinator

Arneatha Shannon

HUD Housing Counselor

Ruthie Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Samairia Atkinson

Administrative Assistant

Teresa Ortiz

Housing Intake Specialist

LCUL Guild

What Is The Guild?

The Urban League Guild is an auxiliary volunteer group of men and women who are a cross-section of our community; serving as ambassadors supporting fundraising, promoting membership and volunteer opportunities to serve the Urban League of Lorain County.

  • Working as mentors and support to the Education & Youth Development programs
  • Public Awareness of the Urban League within the community
  • Fundraising initiatives
  • Urban League events including the annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference, LCUL Annual Gala, and other special projects


Who can become a member?
Membership in the Lorain County Urban League Guild is open to all persons who express an interest in the mission of the Lorain County Urban League and the Lorain County Urban League Guild and who are willing to support and/or participate in its programs. Membership is an open one which does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.
Are dues required?
Dues for the Guild are $50 annually.
When does the Guild Meet?
Guild meetings are held once a month on the third Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
How do I become a member?
For more information on how to get your Guild membership, please contact Sylvia Duvall at 440-323-3364.