Legacy Partners of Northwest Ohio LLC


Terry and Annika Awls – Managing Partners

Our Team is a group of talented professionals with a combined of over 60 years’ experience in Corporate America and other ventures, specializing in leadership, corporate culture, business and facility consultation, financial consultation, DEI initiatives and community engagement.

Terry J. Awls,
Managing Partner

Terry J. Awls is a strategist, community advocate & liaison, speaker and college basketball coach. He currently serves as a Managing Partner of Legacy Partners of Northwest Ohio, LLC, a boutique consulting firm focused on climate, collaboration and culture.

Annika N. Awls,
Managing Partner

Annika N. Awls, Managing Partner for Legacy Partners of Northwest Ohio LLC is best known for her strategic and motivational leadership in corporate and social teams and is also an advocate for women’ well being.

Edwards (Ed) Hughs, Partner

Over a twenty plus years career in Indirect Sourcing, Ed has held Sourcing positions with several Fortune 500 Companies covering industries including Consumer Goods, Automotive, Telecom Equipment and IT Services. He successfully worked with executive and rank and file level employees as an outside consultant and internal employee. His expertise includes spend analysis, strategic sourcing, negotiation, supplier management and cross functional team leadership. While much of Ed’s career has focused on the IT category (hardware, software, maintenance, network, cloud, hosting, print, telecommunications, technical services, and leasing), Ed has covered all areas of Indirect Spend and developed overall category strategies, supplier scorecards and supplier management, conducted sourcing events, negotiated agreements and in some instances implemented and maintained the selected solutions he has successfully sourced and negotiated.


Ed has earned his Master’s in Business Administration, focus on Global Management, from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree, focus on Computer Science, from Eastern Michigan University.

Rhonda Sewell, Partner

Rhonda Sewell is the Manager of External and Governmental Affairs for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. A tireless servant leader and community volunteer, this professional library advocate has worked more than 14 years for the Toledo Library, and is best known for her award-winning 18-year career as a noted journalist for The Blade newspaper.

Rhonda is also self-employed as a consultant and business owner – she is the Creator/President of Rhonda Has Spoken, LLC, an ecommerce business promoting Black literature; the Founder/President of RBS Consulting, LLC, a solo consulting business specializing in professional development/advocacy and strategy, and Rhonda is a Partner Consultant of Legacy Partners, LLC, an African American owned and operated consulting partnership business. Rhonda’s current work involves managing the Library’s advocacy strategy for funding, and the education and stewardship of legislators, elected officials, policy makers and community leaders and organizations on the mission and goals of public libraries.

During Rhonda’s tenure at The Blade, she represented the newspaper as a Features writer, and as an international correspondent in England, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, China and The Netherlands. A decade of her work was spent as the paper’s Fashion Editor and Rhonda also worked as the American Fashion Correspondent for CLEO Magazine, a former women’s publication based in Cairo, Egypt. During her journalism work, she also held positions at WGTE PBS as the co-host of a weekly live show titled Thursday Night, and has served as an adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University in the areas of ethnic studies and communications/public relations.

Rhonda volunteers her time as a Mayoral-appointed executive Board member and is the current President-Elect of The Arts Commission, where she also Co-Chairs its Creating Placemaking committee and serves as a member of the Human Resources, and Momentum planning committees. She is the Immediate Past Chair and served a full six-year term on the Board of the ProMedica Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital Foundation; and her previous Boards include (Chair), African American Leadership Council of United Way; (Chair) The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Inc.; YWCA of Northwest Ohio; The Toledo Ballet; The American Heart Association; The Media Foundation Board of the Independent Collegian Newspaper at the University of Toledo; MADD Poets Society; The Art Tatum African American Resource Center at Kent Branch Library, and she is an advising member of the Advisory Council, and of the Empower HER campaign, both for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which honored Rhonda in 2018 for its Women of Distinction Award in the category of Community Responsibility. In addition to this award, Rhonda has received numerous recognition for her strong community engagement and advocacy including The YWCA Milestones for Women Award in Volunteerism (2017); The Jefferson Awards Top 10 finalist and Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service (2016); Inspiring Woman of Leadership Award from the Maumee Bay Club of NANBPWC, Inc., (2016), and many others.

Rhonda is currently under contract with the University of Toledo Press to complete a book to be released in 2021 profiling transformative women form Northwest Ohio. She is also at work on a book with portrait artist Leslie Adams on Rhonda’s late cousin Willa B. Brown (1906-1992), the first Black woman in American history to receive her commercial pilot’s license. Rhonda resides in Sylvania Township and is the proud mother of twin daughters, age 20, who are rising juniors in college at The Ohio State University and at Ohio Wesleyan University. She counts her 5-year-old rescue mixed terrier Oliver Gavin as her furry son.

Rev. John C. Jones, EMBA, CDM

In fall 2020, Rev. John C. Jones was named HOPE Toledo president by the HOPE Toledo board, which is chaired by Wendi Huntley, Esq. As a Toledo native, Jones knows first-hand the impact quality education can make on an individual, a family and the broader community.

Prior to taking the position with HOPE Toledo, Jones served as the community liaison for ProMedica with its Social Determinants of Health office. In that role, Jones served the community through the development of mentoring programs, as well as training and placement of youth, young adults and others. During his tenure, he also focused on education and was instrumental in developing the vision for HOPE Toledo.

Previously, Jones served as the President and CEO of the Greater Toledo Urban League. John is also an ordained minister and serves as an Associate Minister at the Christian Temple Baptist Church under the leadership and pastorate of his father, Rev. Charles E. Jones.