About Breakthrough Cincinnati


Bill Hopple, Jr. and Odessa Hooker founded Breakthrough Cincinnati as Summerbridge Cincinnati in 1992. Over the years, summer program sites have been hosted by the Cincinnati Country Day School, The Seven Hills School, and St. Xavier High School. Breakthrough Cincinnati currently operates two sites in Greater Cincinnati, one at Cincinnati Country Day and one at The University of Cincinnati. Over it's 25-year history, Breakthrough Cincinnati has impacted thousands of Cincinnati youth through its one-of-a-kind summer learning experience. 

National Affiliation

Breakthrough Cincinnati is a member of the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national organization that started in San Francisco in 1978 to address inequities in education. Today, the Collaborative is composed of 25 affiliated sites located throughout the United States. For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees

Steve Dessner, President
Amber Carter, Secretary
Lance White, Treasurer
Steve Baggott
Tysonn Betts

Ben Greenberg
Amy Hanson
Tony Jaccaci
Libby Krone
Jeff Krumpelman

Rico Rice
Sunnie Rucker-Chang
Janice Walker               
James Zimmerman


See "a day in the life" at Breakthrough Cincinnati