CoraLyn J. Turentine is a native of Canada who has been passionate about social justice since childhood. She has leveraged her talents in strategic planning, community development, leadership coaching, and nonprofit management to strengthen the efforts of a variety of organizations and faith-based ministries, such as Chosen Ministries, KidsPeace, and WaterStep. CoraLyn has earned her B.A. in Sociology from DePauw University, and her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She has served on the Board of Directors for Brookside Community Development Corporation, Near East Area Renewal, and Chosen Ministries, Inc. She has also served as an Indianapolis Council Member for Forward Cities.
From 2010-2018, CoraLyn was a licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent, charged with caring for children and youth with the highest levels of behavioral needs. Within her home, she has provided trauma-informed parenting for children aged 8 weeks to 22 years who have experienced developmental delays due to toxic stress and trauma. CoraLyn began designing workshops and training for other youth-serving professionals in trauma-informed care and social-emotional learning while serving as Program Director for the Near Eastside Education AmeriCorps. She has been a licensed Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor since December 2016.
CoraLyn's efforts have had a global reach, positioning her to provide strategic leadership to organizations in Costa Rica, Haiti, Tanzania, India, Nigeria, Swaziland, and Sierra Leone. Because of her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector and to leadership excellence, CoraLyn was awarded the 2013 United Way Diversity Volunteer Award, the 2014 NAPW Woman of the Year Award, and is a featured professional in the 2014 Women of Distinction Magazine. CoraLyn and her husband OlaJowon, are proud parents of their sons, Shane and Ernest, and daughter, Gabriella.