our mission

is to build broad-based private/public partnerships WHICH SUPPORT the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces through education, advocacy, and fundraising.

Our Story Began in 1995

Cincinnati Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks. Incorporated in 1995, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park advocates that began over a century ago. We carry on the work of ordinary citizens taking action to establish and protect Cincinnati’s parks.

We enrich Cincinnati’s top-rated urban parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature and conservationists. 

pROJECTS TO WATCH

Our Neighborhood Parks Campaign is focused on the vitalization and improvement of eight Cincinnati Parks, spread across neighborhoods throughout the city. Parks and programming is selected based upon the Cincinnati Parks’ 2007 Master Plan, immediate need, and a cultural enhancement to the system.

BURNET WOODS

CLIFTON / CORRYVILLE / CUF NEIGHBORHOODS

BURNET WOODS

Projects include park activation through wellness programming, invasive species removal, and other capital improvements.
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HYDE PARK SQUARE

HYDE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD

HYDE PARK SQUARE

Projects include the installation of a new beautiful safety barrier along with fresh sod and additional flower beds.
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laurel park

WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD

LAUREL PARK

Projects include the design, development and programming of an Ezzard Charles statue, new lighting, and continued maintenance.
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MT AIRY FOREST

MT. AIRY / WESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOODS

MT AIRY FOREST

Projects include enhancements to the arboretum, new accessible pathways, improvements to the picnic areas and trails, and a new bike skills course.
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BE.WELL PROGRAM

PROGRAMMING | DOWNTOWN

BE.WELL PROGRAM

This partnership with Children’s Hospital provides year-round seasonal programming to get terminally ill children, children with disabilities, and their families active outdoors.
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CPAC GRANTS

PROGRAMMING | CITY-WIDE

CPAC GRANTS

These grants support the Cincinnati Parks Advisory Councils with neighborhood park programming and logistical assistance for events across Cincinnati.
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KROHN SHOWS

PROGRAMMING | MT. ADAMS / WALNUT HILLS

KROHN SHOWS

We proudly support Krohn Conservatory’s seasonal floral shows including the annual Butterfly Show in the spring and Holiday Show in the winter.
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NATURE NEXT DOOR

PROGRAMMING | AVONDALE / CLIFTON

NATURE NEXT DOOR

Our support for this Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature program provides nature education and outreach to underserved youth, impacting the lives of 40,000 children each year.
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Our Impact in 2019

We had an outstanding year in 2019, raising funds for Parks projects across the city. Of dollars spent last year, an impressive 93% went towards park projects/programming. Last year we gave $702K to support improvements in neighborhood parks including trail restoration, park lighting, accessible sidewalks, tree plantings, and more.

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Our Commitment to Transparency and Excellence

Since our founding in 1995, we have raised over $100MM for YOUR Cincinnati Parks. We take the responsibility of stewarding your gift seriously, putting transparency and accountability first. We are a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator and hold the Platinum Seal of Transparency  by GuideStar, both of which are the highest possible rankings for transparency and accountability.

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A group of people in a park stand on the bridge to Everybody's Treehouse in a heavy snowfall

board of directors

Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors are philanthropic-minded professionals that help build broad-based partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces.

Executive Committee

Director since 2014 • Don is a Managing Partner at Mellott & Mellott, P.L.L. He is involved in many community causes including Catholic Inner City Schools, the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, Our Lady of the Visitation Church and Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled. He and his wife Kim have four children, Andrew, Patrick, Michael and Sarah.

Director since 2012 • Dan is a Principal at Wealth Dimensions Group. His hobbies include golf, scuba diving, skiing, paddle tennis and running. He has given back to his community through his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Heart Association, Dan Beard Boy Scouts, Ohio Prevents Blindness and The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. He is married to Isla, and father to Isabella, George and Charlie.

Director since 2014 • Tom is an attorney at GE Aviation, helping with supplier relationships. He is a founding member of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Emerging Leaders committee and he also serves as Vice Chair of the board of Women Helping Women. He and his wife Holly have two children, Frost and Cecily.

Director since 2014 • Fay is an attorney with 5 decades of legal experience. She served for 12 years as the City Solicitor of Cincinnati before entering private practice with a municipal bond firm. Currently she consults with local governments on organizational management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati. She has been an active volunteer in many cultural and civic organizations, most recently with the UC College of Law Board of Visitors, the Cincinnati Art Museum docents, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and the YWCA. She has been honored by the YWCA as a Career Woman of Achievement and by the American Society for Public Administrators with the ASPA Career Achievement Award. Fay lives in Clifton with her husband, Tom, has two grown children and enjoys traveling, painting and taking her grandchildren to play in our parks.

Director since 2016 • Harry is the Founder of One Page Solutions, a strategic planning consulting firm. He is a Procter & Gamble retiree, where he was President of Millstone Coffee, a previous Senior Executive of Nutrition Technology Corp. and the VP of Marketing at Kenner Toys. He is a graduate of Williams College and Wharton’s MBA program. Harry is a life-long conservationist, having been the Chair of the Ohio Nature Conservancy Board, a 40+ year member of the Cincinnati Nature Center, and has completed a 15-year quest with his wife to hike in and photograph all of the U.S. Scenic National Parks. He has significant non-profit board experience in Cincinnati, including President of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Board Chair of Summerfair, Inc., a Cincinnati Ballet Director, and Vice Chair of Episcopal Retirement Homes. Harry is married to Dr. Julia Hawgood and has two children, Megan and Jonathan, and five grandchildren.

Director since 2018 • Brian is a realtor of luxury residential and investment commercial real estate for his company Brian L. Tiffany & Co. He also works as a consultant for REMAX Victory & REMAX Collection. Brian studied at Miami University. He and his husband, Jerry live downtown. Brian has served on the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and DCI Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

 

Director since 2015 • Mary Jo has been an active supporter of the Parks in many capacities. She is the founder of the Rapid Run Advisory Committee and has chaired the Green Up Day at Rapid Run for 30 years. Within the Cincinnati community, Mary Jo has been involved on the boards of Invest in Neighborhoods, Clifton Town Meeting and West Price Hill Community Council. Mary Jo lives with her husband, Fritz, and has four grown children, Odin, Joe, Jessica and Charles. She enjoys gardening.

Director since 2018 • Dr. Boorn currently serves as an Associate Professor, teaching at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Field Coordinator for the Real Estate Department. Dr. Boorn’s experience as a real estate and community development professional includes projects in both the public and private sectors. She has overseen the development of numerous projects across the U.S. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of CitiPlanIt providing strategic development services for a wide range of clients including private equity and real estate holding firms along with professional sports teams and entertainment companies. Prior to forming her business, Dr. Boorn served as Vice President of Development at Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), where she oversaw the redevelopment of Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Previously, she played an instrumental role as a Vice President of Development and Investment Management for the commercial real estate firm Madison Marquette. Dr. Boorn comes to the Price School from The Ohio State University, where she was an adjunct professor in the University’s Fisher College of Business. She also previously served as adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business. She earned her PhD with a concentration in regional development at the University of Cincinnati, MBA and a Master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University. Dr. Boorn is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

Director starting in 2020 • Jon, as a senior wealth advisor, provides customized investment and wealth management solutions to individuals. He has particular experience in helping clients transition to retirement and generating retirement income from various asset and income sources. Prior to joining Mariner Wealth Advisors, Jon held several positions at Fifth Third Bank. Most recently, he was an officer and equity analyst responsible for stock selection in the industrials and information technology sectors. Prior to that, he was an external manager research analyst responsible for building the buy list of investments for private bank and institutional clients. As an associate portfolio manager, he worked with senior portfolio managers on high-net-worth client relationships to establish strategic asset allocations consistent with the investment policy statement. Jon has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Cincinnati. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and business administration minor. Jon is a board member at UpSpring, a non-profit exclusively focused on the educational needs of homeless youth and children in the Greater Cincinnati area, a member of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Investment Committee and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Emerging Leaders group.

Director starting in 2020 • Kelly draws on a nearly 15-year career in marketing and general management at Procter & Gamble, where she built iconic brands such as Ivory, Joy and Mr. Clean (as well as Procter & Gamble’s corporate brand), worked closely with many of the nation’s top retailers, and led innovative new approaches to corporate branding, recruiting, and talent development. After leaving Procter & Gamble, Kelly immersed herself in corporate and organizational governance, serving on the Boards of Opal Foods, Central Valley Eggs, Cornell University, The Cincinnati Ballet, The Cincinnati Zoo Foundation, the Junior League of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Foundation. Kelly lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband Tim and their children Sarah Grace, Caroline and Henry where she advises clients, volunteers, and enjoys cheering on her children in their various artistic and athletic endeavors.

Director starting in 2020 • Jennifer is a marketing communications professional, consulting with several local businesses. She served as the Co-Chair for the 2019 Hats Off Luncheon and as the Decor Co-Chair for the 2017 and 2018 events. Jennifer serves on the board of the Association of Volunteers, a fundraising auxiliary for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and chairs the communications committee for the group’s annual event, Design Cincinnati. She’s an active volunteer in her neighborhood and with her children’s schools. She is married to Craig and has three children, William, Carter and Charlotte.

Director starting in 2020 • Carrie Carothers enjoys being an active volunteer in her community. She served on the board of her local PTO as Vice President and President. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Association of Volunteers, a fundraising auxiliary for Cincinnati Children’s and is a past chair of their annual event, Design Cincinnati. Carrie has held leadership roles for the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, serving as a Hats Off Luncheon decor committee co-chair for two years before ultimately co-chairing the event in 2019. After practicing law in Chicago for several years, Carrie returned to her hometown of Cincinnati in 2006 and currently lives in Terrace Park with her husband JJ and their three children Graham, Simone and Stefan. She believes in the power of positive thinking and plans to bring that spirit to work with her on the board.

Director since 2019 • Jeff is the Director of Contract Administration and Communications at the American Association of University Professors at UC College of Law. He has served as Executive Director of the Charter Committee, Cincinnati’s nonpartisan political action committee and was a former candidate for Hamilton County Treasurer. Jeff is very active in the community as a member of Price Hill Will, Kids Voting of Southwest Ohio, the Multi-Neighborhood Housing Task Force, United Way Regional Public Policy Council, Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ballot & Issues Committee, the Center for Chemical and Alcohol Treatment and the Price Hill Civic Club.

Director since 2018 • Sarah DeDiemar is the Marketing Director at Myriad Neuroscience (formerly Assurex Health), working on the GeneSight brand. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her master’s degree from Xavier University. Sarah has been a member of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Emerging Leaders committee since 2014 and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation board since 2018. In 2020, she will take on additional responsibility as the Marketing Chair for the board. Sarah lives in Amberley Village with her husband Kyle, owner of Everything Outdoors, her two dogs, Scarlett & Presley, and cat, Jerry.

Director starting in 2020 • Lisa enjoys helping clients with entity formation and financing, operating agreements, contract review, intellectual property advice, commercial lease agreements and real estate issues, hiring and firing, policies and procedures, and day-to-day operational issues. In her role as a litigator, Lisa has been involved with a wide variety of corporate disputes involving matters such as real estate contracts and zoning, evictions, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, fraud, embezzlement, non-compete, trade secrets, intellectual property, state agency investigations, probate and many more. Prior to her career in law, Lisa studied abroad through programs offered by the London School of Economics and New York University in Florence, Italy. She worked as an intern for Congressman Rob Portman and Member of British Parliament, Paul Burstow. She also worked for the Hamilton County Republican Party and was active in local politics. A native of Wyoming (the Cincinnati suburb), Lisa and her husband Josh live in Columbia Tusculum with their children Kate and Jack. Lisa’s grandparents, John and Phyllis Smale were great supporters of Cincinnati’s Park System, and Lisa has continued that tradition as an avid supporter of Smale Riverfront Park and Cincinnati’s other parks and greenspaces. She is a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks, and has served as a committee member for the Hats Off Luncheon since 2008.

Director starting in 2020 • Joe joined Merrill Lynch in 1975. Realizing affluent families’ needs extended well beyond picking stocks and bonds, Joe sought out to build the “go-to” team for a more comprehensive approach to private wealth. Trailblazers of the rising trend of total wealth management, today, the Evelo/Singer/Sullivan Group is a nationally recognized private wealth advisory team; advising individuals and families on all facets of their financial wellbeing and managing more than $5 billion in assets. Joe has earned national recognition as a leading financial advisor. His industry accolades include being named for seven consecutive years a Barron’s Top Financial Advisors, notably being named the #1 advisor in Ohio from 2013 – 2015. Additionally, Joe was named a Top Wealth Advisor by the Financial Times in 2014 and Worth in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Active in the Greater Cincinnati community, Joe serves on the board of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. He is a former board member of St. Vincent DePaul, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, The Salvation Army, Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE) and Boys & Girls Hope. Joe splits his time between Cincinnati, Ohio and Naples, Florida.

Director since 2014 • Susan is a former Public Relations/Fashion Director and 2011 Enquirer Woman of the Year for volunteerism at the Freedom Center and with numerous inner city outreach programs. Susan has volunteered with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Winners Walk Tall in Cincinnati’s inner-city schools, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, The Terrace Park Historical Society, The Wellness Community and the East Row Historic District in Newport. She is married to John Frank and has two children, W. Scott & Molly.

Director since 2019 • Dean is the proud owner of the Montgomery Inn. He served as a Foundation Trustee in the past, and has been the Chair of the Dean Gregory Golf Classic (previously the Friends of Parks Golf Outing) for the last 10 years. Dean is active in the community with both the Hoxworth Blood Center and USO.

Director since 2015 • Aric is the Senior Vice President of Commerce Bank. Within the community, he serves as President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, in addition to volunteering with the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund and St. Vincent DePaul Charitable Pharmacy. Aric lives with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Ava, Henry and Louis.
Cynthia Henderson, Director since 2016 • Cynthia is Vice President – Institutional Senior Portfolio Manager at Fifth Third Bank. She attended Miami University, was in Leadership Cincinnati Class XXXIII and has done work for the Fund Evaluation Group. Cynthia was past Co-Chair of the Hats Off Luncheon in 2014 and 2015. She has dedicated her time to serving on the boards of the American Red Cross, Miami University Foundation, Cincinnati Ballet, 4C for Children, Junior League and the Executive Council of the Women’s Leadership Council of the Tocqueville Society of United Way. Cynthia’s tortoise is on Carol Ann’s Carousel down at Smale Riverfront Park.

Director since 2016 • Cynthia is Vice President – Institutional Senior Portfolio Manager at Fifth Third Bank. She attended Miami University, was in Leadership Cincinnati Class XXXIII and has done work for the Fund Evaluation Group. Cynthia was past Co-Chair of the Hats Off Luncheon in 2014 and 2015. She has dedicated her time to serving on the boards of the American Red Cross, Miami University Foundation, Cincinnati Ballet, 4C for Children, Junior League and the Executive Council of the Women’s Leadership Council of the Tocqueville Society of United Way. Cynthia’s tortoise is on Carol Ann’s Carousel down at Smale Riverfront Park.

Director since 2018 • Lucy owns her own consulting firm. She worked formerly as Associate Director of Global Procter & Gamble Communications- leading the “Thank You, Mom” Campaign for the Olympics in 2012. Lucy studied at The University of Oxford. She is trilingual, speaking French and Spanish. Lucy has volunteered with ArtsWave and is an Assistant Teacher at United Business Institutes.

Director starting in 2020 • Kevin F. Hoskins practices in the firm’s civil litigation, employment & labor and administrative law sections. His practice focuses on cases involving business disputes, zoning issues, product liability claims, and job-related claims, such as Title VII discrimination and retaliation. Kevin represents clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has successfully tried bench and jury trials in several states. Kevin also serves as general counsel to a national disaster restoration company. Kevin obtained his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and a B.B.A. with a double major in Finance and Organizational Behavior and Business Policy from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Kevin was one of the founders and is a current Board Member of the Monica Combs Memorial Scholarship Fund and is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Cincinnati Goering Center. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2012, and participated in Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s C-Change Class of 2013. Kevin is active with Cincinnati’s Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund and was awarded the Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 Award in 2015. He resides with his family in Mt. Lookout.

Director since 2016 • Mark Jeffreys is the CEO and Founder of 4Sight – a company that mines user generated content online in reviews and social media for insights for brands. He spent 16 years at Procter & Gamble until he left in November 2017 as Marketing Director, Gillette North America. Mark is also Chairman of the Board for go Vibrant, which is a non-profit whose mission it is to make an active lifestyle irresistible, and is an elected Trustee on the Clifton Town Meeting board of Trustees. He attended The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Mark is a native New Yorker, but has lived and worked in Washington, DC, Chicago, Japan, Korea and Spain before coming to Cincinnati 20 years ago. Mark and his wife Pamela have four children, Kathryn, Victoria, Evelyn and Nicholas, and live in Clifton.

Director starting in 2020 • Kelly Kolar is President & Founder of Kolar Design, Inc. an award-winning global brand innovation firm specializing in building branded experiences at the intersection of people and place. The firm has a wide range of projects over its 28+ years including: Cincinnati Children’s, Fifth Third Bank, UC Health, Scripps Media, Nationwide, Doctors without Borders and Procter & Gamble globally. She is a alumni of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning, where she has served as an adjunct professor as well as past President of the College Alumni Board. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Ohio Arts Council. She is also a trustee at Contemporary Arts Center and The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios. In addition she serves the City of Cincinnati, Small Business Advisory Committee, and is the second vice-chair of the global committee on the Forum for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. In 2016, She was awarded SEGD distinguished member award.

Director since 2018 • Randy is Vice President of Surety AssuredPartners Neace Lukens. He is has insurance expertise and is well connected within the community. Randy studied at Muskingum College and is bilingual. He and his children LOVE playing in the parks and attending various Parks events.

Director since 2015 • Warner is an Assistant Vice President at Western & Southern, where he is part of the Institutional Markets team, leading the day-to-day operations of the pension risk transfer business. Prior to Western & Southern, Warner was a partner in the Corporate Department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He has volunteered with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Yale Club of Cincinnati, C-Change, ArtsWave, and Music Now Festival. He and his wife Emma have young twins keeping them busy at home.

Director starting in 2020 • Michael has progressed through the ranks of Prus Construction to his current position as Senior Vice President where he represents 5th generation in the family business. He has been fortunate to work on such high-profile projects as Union Terminal, Cincinnati Streetcar, Wasson Way, Smale Riverfront Park and Kennedy Connector. Michael is active in numerous trade associations and boards including Spirit of Construction, American Society of Concrete Contractors, and Ohio Contractors Association. He has served on the University of Cincinnati- College of Engineering Advisory Board, and Northern Kentucky University- Construction Management Advisory Board. He is active in the community of Madeira serving on the Madeira School Foundation board. He remains consistently involved in the Madeira youth sports programs coaching his children, Emma & Ryan, in basketball, baseball, soccer and football. He has recently been appointed as the director of the Madeira Recreational Basketball program.

Director since 2016 • Keke was an attorney with an L.L.M. in Financial Services law, and practiced in Chicago before moving to Cincinnati in 1989. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the University of Cincinnati. Keke has been dedicated to Cincinnati Parks for several years. She was Co-Chair of the Hats Off Luncheon in 2014 and 2015. In addition to her commitment to the Foundation, she serves on the Board for the Cincinnati Ballet. Keke is a former Board Member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, National Hemophilia Foundation, Fernside: Center for Grieving Children and Beech Acres Parenting Center. Keke and her husband, Tony, have one daughter, Anna Catherine. Keke and Tony have the Soap Opera/Crosley Radio Horse on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Director since 2018 • Ann was President of the Cincinnati Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has been extremely active in the community serving on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Board, WVXU, League of American Orchestras and the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund. Ann is credited with helping bring Louis Langree to Cincinnati. She and her husband Harry were 2011 recipients of the Faith in Education Award on behalf of the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund. Ann was also recently awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s most prestigious award for her commitment to the mission of the AIA.

Director since 2019 • Rosemary is a Women’s Committee Member and has been Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for Hats Off Luncheon for last 2 years. She studied at The University of Oxford and is a Distributor at Nuskin Enterprises – Nu Skin. She is the owner of the 25th Hour – a fundraising firm which counsels numerous nonprofits. Rosemary served as President of Cincinnati Symphony Association, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Bayley, United Way Foundation, Madcap Productions and Enjoy the Arts Board of Directors.

Director starting in 2020 • Sheila utilizes the resources and abilities of the Private Bank, in order to advise her clients and their families. She partners well within various lines of business and outside professionals to provide the best strategies and guidance to meet the needs of high net worth individuals and their families. Sheila has more than 15 of experience with banking, wealth management, customer service and P&L management. Sheila is registered with FINRA licenses Series 7 and Series 63, Life Insurance, CEPA.
Sheila has worked closely with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation on various committees, is a board member for the Family Nurture Center and is actively involved with the NAACP, National Urban League, and local Chambers of Commerce. She is happily married to Dante Simmons and has a son named Tommy, 3 dogs and 1 turtle!

Director since 2015 • Ellen is a Women’s Committee member and volunteers in the Smale Riverfront Park docent tour program. She serves her community through her involvement with the Indian Hill Garden Club, the Garden Club of Cincinnati and Indian Hill Church. Ellen also volunteers with the Cincinnati Art Museum as a member of the Duveneck Association and Women’s Committee. Ellen lives with her husband, Clark, and has three grown children, Will, Stuart and Brooks. She enjoys golfing, walking, organizing people, playing Mahjong and hosting parties. Ellen and Clark’s Horse, Trigger is on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.
Kerry King Stetter, Director since 2019 • Kerry studied at the University of Kentucky. She is the Vice President of Corporate Banking at First Commonwealth Bank. She was previously the Asst. Vice President and Small Business Banking Officer at US Bank. Kerry has been a volunteer at the beautiful Krohn Conservatory and has worked at Delhi Flower and Garden Centers as buyer/nursery manager.

Director since 2019 • Kerry studied at the University of Kentucky. She is the Vice President of Corporate Banking at First Commonwealth Bank. She was previously the Asst. Vice President and Small Business Banking Officer at US Bank. Kerry has been a volunteer at the beautiful Krohn Conservatory and has worked at Delhi Flower and Garden Centers as buyer/nursery manager.

Director since 2019 • Deana is the Vice President of Human Resources for 3CDC. She is a Women’s Committee member and has served on Hats Off Luncheon Committee for 2 years. Prior to joining 3CDC, she received an associate’s degree in Information Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Relations, all from the University of Cincinnati. Deana also earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP.

Director since 2016 • Jane is a previous teacher at Cincinnati Country Day School and Mariemont Public Schools. She attended the University of Arizona, with graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. Jane is a dedicated Women’s Committee member. She leads the Docent Program and is extremely passionate about Cincinnati Parks. Her other interests revolve around children’s issues and outdoor organizations. She served on the Board of the Cincinnati Nature Center, and the Adolescent Health Center of Children’s Hospital, in addition to past President of the Garden Club of Cincinnati. At this time, she is most interested in helping promote Parks and investigating ways to involve the community in improving green space in their neighborhood.

Director since 2018 • Andrew is a local pop artist who has worked on several acclaimed works that include pop reinterpretations of historic images of Cincinnati’s architectural landmarks. He has been an active West End resident and Laurel Park advocate, volunteering his time with Visionaries & Voices and Necco.org. Andrew also works at Liberty Mutual in Regional Sales and studied Marketing at the University of Cincinnati.

Director starting in 2019 • Danyelle is an Employment Attorney and Chief Diversity Officer for E.W. Scripps. She is a Women’s Committee member and has supported Hats Off Luncheon for the last several years. Danyelle received her bachelor’s degree in government and Africana studies from Cornell University and her doctorate in law from The Ohio State University. She is active in her community as a member of The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack & Jill of America.

For more than sixty years, Marjorie McCullough Motch has been impacting the world around her as a volunteer, is a passionate advocate for greenspace in our community and she served as the first president of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board of Directors.
The following is an abbreviated list of her volunteer service: National President, Association of Junior Leagues 1960-1962, National Board President, Girl Scouts of the USA, 1972-1975, Chairperson and Founder of the Junior League of Cincinnati, The Children’s Theater 1948-1950, Director Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati Foundation since 1993, Chairperson and Founder of the Junior League of Cincinnati’s Nursery School for the Hearing, Speech, & Deaf Center, 1955-1957, President, Board of Directors, United Way of America, 1966-1967, President and Founder, Urban League Guild, 1953-1954. She has served on the boards of: Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, UC College of Nursing, Central Clinic, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cancer Family Care, St. Margaret Hall, Fine Arts Fund, Civic Garden Center, and the YWCA.
Marjorie has been awarded the keys to nine cities and recognized by the royal family of Denmark. She received the ‘Thanks Badge’, the highest honor awarded to an adult by the Girl Scouts. Marjorie was recognized as a ‘Great Living Cincinnatian’ in 1997 by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and a Cincinnati Enquirer ‘Woman of The Year’ in 1994. In the year 2000 she was presented with the Association of Junior Leagues International Mary Harriman Award. She has also received the William Howard Taft Medal, University of Cincinnati’s highest honor.

Lib has been a dedicated volunteer for over 40 years, working for Cincinnati’s Parks, public radio, children and arts organizations. She has received national recognition by the Garden Club of America for her work planting trees along I-71, in Wulsin Triangle and in Alms Park. She has been a board member since the Foundation’s beginning and has served in leadership roles since 1995. Lib has two Carousel figures on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park: Martha the Passenger Pigeon and the Cincinnati Fire Horse.

A group of over one hundred people smiling and throwng their hands in the air, with the Roebling Bridge in the background

Emerging Leaders

Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Emerging Leaders are philanthropic-minded young professionals that help build broad-based partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces.

Emerging Leaders Benefits
Individuals and couples under the age of 45 who make a personal gift of significance to Cincinnati Parks Foundation enjoy:

  • Friends of Parks Annual Fund benefits (commensurate with level of giving)
  • Networking opportunities with community-minded young professionals
  • Access to senior leadership of the regions top companies, organizations and nonprofits
  • Connection opportunities with other Emerging Leaders and the region’s top leaders

Contact Jennifer Hafner-Spieser, Executive Director, at jennifer@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org for more information.

BERO Group Director. He is a transplant to Cincinnati so each park gives him an opportunity to explore a new part of the City. He likes the trails and events at Ault Park, the overlook to Lunkin Airport at Alms Park, and the variety of things to do at Washington Park.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. As an OTR resident, Bryar loves Cincinnati’s downtown parks—going for walks at Smale and Washington Park and playing tennis at Sawyer Point. These wonderful green spaces make Cincinnati’s urban center unique and special.

Hamilton County Public Defender, Guardian ad Litem Attorney. Though a Cincinnati native, Megan is still discovering new parks around the city and the amazing things each has to offer. She’s a big fan of the walking trails of Mt. Airy Forest and the views of Alms and Eden Parks. She’s also grown to love the events the Parks hold throughout the year, including the Hats Off Luncheon at Smale Park, movies at Washington Park, and the Christmas tree lighting and Holiday Show at Krohn Conservatory.

Everything But The House (EBTH), Product Manager. Madeline’s favorite thing about the parks, and the reason she believes that they are such a worthwhile investment, is that parks are accessible to everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from. She especially love all of the Cincinnati Parks that have a view of the riverfront.

DriveTime Care Sales Company, Senior Sales Advisor. David loves Cincinnati Parks because they are public assets made accessible to all residents which can increase an individual’s quality of life.

Senior Brand Manager, Myriad Neuroscience. Sarah loves recharging in our parks.  She enjoys going for hikes with friends or family and their dogs as a way to unwind and get some much needed exercise after work.

Kathryn’s favorite parks are Ault Park and Alms Park. At Ault Park, she loves the pavilion and the beautiful gardens. She looks forward to doing more hiking there once her children are a little older. She enjoys how quiet and secluded Alms Park is, and her children like to play and watch the planes.

FTB Financial Services. Chris’ favorite park is Ault Park. It’s a great escape from day to day life and his kids love to run around and explore the pavilion. 

Messer Construction Co., Rental Division Business Manager. Matt and his family moved to Cincinnati in 2017 and immediately fell in love with Cincinnati Parks. The variety of events put on in our parks allowed them the opportunity to engage in this community and meet some truly wonderful people. One of Matt’s favorite things to do is to walk in Smale Riverfront Park and run with his son and daughter through the water play area.

Transaction Manager, Cushman & Wakefield. Megan’s favorite thing about the Cincinnati Parks is the variety of nature centers, gardens, and hiking/biking trails. Alms Park is her favorite Cincinnati Park as it has beautiful scenic overlooks.

CEO, Adams, Clermont, & Scioto County Cancer Center. Payal loves how peaceful, serene, and comforting the parks are for any individual.

Healthcare Account Executive, LOTH. Andy’s favorite thing about Cincinnati Parks is the wide variety of park offerings in a relatively small area, and a great place to take his family.

OneSight, Fundraising and Events Manager. The Cincinnati Parks are some of Amber’s favorite things to show off to her family and friends that come to visit from other parts of Ohio. Smale Riverfront Park is her absolute favorite park in Cincinnati and she loves running through Ault Park.

Garretson Resolution Group, Data Analyst II. Growing up, Alicia’s parents always made sure she came down to the Krohn Conservatory every year for the Butterfly Show, to support her aunt who was a volunteer. From there, her love for the Cincinnati Parks grew, as she discovered more of the parks through the Emerging Leaders Event Series and going on walks with friends.

Senior Materials Staff Manager, GE Aviation. Emily appreictes the parks accessibility – our local parks are EVERYWHERE!! She believes we are so fortunate to have one of the best city park systems in the country with so much to offer for ALL ages– from summer camps for kids through fitness and learning opportunities for adults.

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Our team is made of dedicated fundraising professionals with a passion for  environmentalism, social justice, and the space where the two converge; our parks.

Jennifer Spieser

Jennifer joined the Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2015. She has over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Jennifer is passionate about Cincinnati and its treasured urban parks – the last true democratic spaces of our time. Her past roles included the head of Development for the Cincinnati Fire Department, raising over $35MM on their behalf. She also became the first female Public Information Officer in her tenure.  Jennifer has volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Give Back Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Fire Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Hamilton County Disabilities Services, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Women’s Fund, and the Cincinnati Ballet Academy Parent’s Leadership Council. 

jennifer@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Bettina Bellucci

Bettina joined Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2017 as Executive Assistant with over 25 years’ experience in office management, non-profit administration, and chief executive support. She loves nature, art, and music and is excited to work for CPF to help keep our parks thriving for all to enjoy. Previously Bettina worked at the Contemporary Arts Center.

bettina@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Jen Devine in a Cincinnati ParkJennifer joined the Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2017 as Development Associate, to help raise critical funds for YOUR parks and greenspaces. Prior to joining the CPF team, she worked in Advertising for nearly 2 decades, but left to pursue what she felt most passionate about – Cincinnati Parks. 

jdevine@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Steve LandersSteve started in 2015 and manages finances and administration.  Previously he worked for the Kroger Company for 25 years, mostly in the Manufacturing Finance group.  Growing up, Steve spent much of his time in parks like Stanbery, California Woods, Ault, and Alms.  Now working to benefit of the Cincinnati Parks he loves is a natural fit!

steve@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Kate GilleKate joined Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2018 and manages the organization’s communications and marketing. She finds creative ways to tell the powerful stories happening in YOUR parks. Previously, Kate has worked for Cincinnati Parks, National Park Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Michigan State University.

kate@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Emily Parker

Emily joined Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2019 as their Events Coordinator and oversees the organization’s donor events, programming, and commemorative tree and bench program.  She enjoys planning and implementing the many details that go into mission-focused events and carries a glue gun wherever she goes.  She loves spending time outdoors with her friends and family.  Previously, Emily worked for the Cincinnati Reds and Parker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.  

emily@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

Andrew Pytlik

Andrew joined Cincinnati Parks Foundation in 2020, managing the organization’s fundraising strategies. His work connects passionate individuals, generous families, and key institutions with our critical mission to impact Cincinnati’s shared greenspaces. Before joining in this work, Andrew held development and community engagement roles at Findlay Market, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Greenpeace USA.

andrew@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org

 

Our Success Over The Years

Cincinnati Parks Foundation has a long legacy of important projects which have helped improve and reshape Cincinnati Parks. Below is a list of just a few of our favorite successful projects to give you a taste of the work we are doing in your Parks. These projects and programs were made possible through community partnerships and many generous donors, to whom we are grateful for.

Accessibility Projects

bettman nature preserve

Three benches and a paved woodland walkway.

CPF raised funds to support the design and development of paved, accessible walkways at Bettman Nature Preserve which is located beside a long-term care facility, the Beechwood Home. (2007)

betty gale garden

A man in a wheelchair with friends enjoying the Betty Gale Garden

CPF stewarded a gift which reopened a long-closed section of Krohn Conservatory, the Betty Gale Garden. The garden was made fully accessible with a new, level concrete walk and adjusted inlets. (2019)

Eden Park Healthy Walks

People walking on a paved walkway through rows of blooming Magnolia trees.CPF raised the funds to install an accessible paved path from Mirror Lake at the Gazebo, through the Hinkle Gardens, and with connectivity to Krohn Conservatory. (2006) 

everybody's treehouse

A treehouse in the forest canopy
 
Everybody’s Treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest is universally accessible and allows everyone, regardless of ability to experience the forest’s canopy. (2006)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden

A man plays the trumpet at a military memorial in Eden Park

CPF fostered a gift to add a memorial garden to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Eden Park. The new garden features an accessible pathway and serves those who suffer with PTSD. (2019)

Capital Projects

Ault Park Gardens Endowment

Sun shining through a rose garden.
 
CPF stewarded a $1M gift for the Ault Park Gardens. This gift permanently endows a seasonal Cincinnati Parks laborer position, enhances the historic rose gardens, and planted various native pollinators. (2019)

Bellevue Hill Trails

UFO-like mid century cement structures with the city skyline in the background
 
CPF stewarded a $60,000 gift which supported trail restoration and improvements throughout Bellevue Hill Park. (2019)

Comisar Overlook

Sun shining on a wooden pergola
 
CPF stewarded a gift for the beautiful Comisar Overlook at Alms Park. The Overlook’s  pergola sits on the hillside, above Columbia Parkway, where the Ohio River can be seen. It is a beautiful spot, a favorite for gatherings and weddings. 

Diggs Fountain at Burnet Woods

A fountain with a statue of a woman with outstretched arms
 
CPF raised the funds for the O’Brien Diggs III Plaza and garden area at Burnet Woods on the corner of corner of Clifton and Ludlow. The fountain features the statue of a woman with arms outstretched and is as iconic as the neighborhood it inhabits. (2002)

Doris Day Dog Park

Two dogs chasing each other at the dog park
 
CPF secured the funding to support the design and development of  the Doris Day Dog Park, one of the first dog parks within Cincinnati Parks. (2010)

French Park Trails

A woodland trail surrounded by lush forest

CPF stewarded a gift to revitalize all of the trails in French Park, including the construction of new bridges and steps, and the reopening of trails once closed due to fallen trees, debris and erosion. (2019)

Mickey Kaplan Garden

A wedding party standing behind a metal gazebo
 
CPF stewarded a gift to build the Mickey Kaplan Garden and Gazebo at the French House in French Park. This garden and gazebo serves as a beautiful setting for weddings and events. (2005)

Terry K. Crilley Family Playground

A child smiling on the Crilley Playground

CPF stewarded a gift to replace a 17-year old playground in Alms Park. The state of the art playground features the beautiful Shadow Play TriRunner, which makes children feel like they’re flying. (2018)

smale Riverfront Park

Blooming flowers with the Roebling Bridge in the background
 
CPF raised $40 million dollars which supported the planning and development of the John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park. This 23-acre park transformed Cincinnati’s once cement-covered riverfront into a lush oasis. (2012)

Trailside Nature Center

A lush garden blooms in front of Trailside Nature Center
 
CPF stewarded gift for the renovation of Trailside Nature Center.  This project later included the investment in a new planetarium projector, replacing the Spitz Model A1 from the 1950’s. (2006/2019)

Environmental Projects

burnet woods memorial groves

Close up of a leaf
 
CPF supported the planting of 75 trees in Burnet Woods in honor of Louise Dieterle Nippert and later through the Gamstetter Grove. (2019)

Invasive Species Removal at Little Duck Creek

A man pushing removed invasive species plants onto a truck
 
CPF  leveraged a gift to match state funding to remove invasive species with Drake Park, Little Duck Creek Park, and Bramble Park. (2019)

Mt. Storm Tree Project

A woman swings a pickax during a tree planting
 
CPF raised the funds to support the planting of over 100 trees in Mt. Storm Park. The landscape design was based off of Adolph Strauch’s original historic design. (2019)

Fall ReLeaf

A person's hand holding up a fall maple leaf
 
For over two decades and with over $350,000, CPF has supported the Cincinnati Parks Fall ReLeaf Program. Through this program, Cincinnati property owners can get a free tree to plant in their yard.

Tree and Bench Program

A bench along a walking path
 
For more than 20 years, CPF has fostered in thousands of dollars in individual gifts as part of the Tree and Bench Program. Hundreds of tree have been planted throughout your Cincinnati Parks as a result.

Programming

be.Well with Children's Hospital

A boy posing with his race medal next to a smiling program coordinator

This partnership with Children’s Hospital provides year-round seasonal programming to get terminally ill children, children with disabilities, and their families active outdoors. (2020)

BLINK Festival

Peple walk through an illuminated A-frame tent at BLINK festival
 
BLINK is one of the largest light, art, and projection mapping events in the nation. In 2017 and 2019, CPF supported the installations “Magic of Cincinnati Parks” and “Cincinnati Parks Urban Campsite”.

CPAC Grants

A woman helping a little girl push off in a canoe
 
CPF is proud to support Cincinnati Parks Advisory Councils with programming grants that support community programming across Cincinnati. (2018/2019/2020)

Cocktails & Crown Jewels

A man holds up two drum sticks while performing

CPF presented three years of the Cocktails & Crown Jewels summer-long music series featuring local and regional jazz musicians in Smale Riverfront Park. (2015-2017)

Explore Nature!

A woman holding a snake and a little girl look at a set of deer antlers at an education event
 
For over 15 years, with more than $500,000, CPF has supported Explore Nature! programs offered at five nature centers and Cincinnati public school throughout the year.  

Hiking Club

A man and woman with hiking poles pose for a photo in a snowy forest.

CPF has hosted free instructor-led hiking tours on the trails in Mt. Airy Forest for 15 years. 

Krohn Conservatory Shows

A large fabric butterfly on the exterior of Krohn Conservatory
 
For a decade, with over half a million dollars, CPF has supported the annual floral shows at the Krohn Conservatory including its acclaimed Butterfly Shows and Holiday Shows. 

Nature Next Door

A group of African American children making crafts at a picnic table

For 15 years, CPF has supported the award-winning Nature Next Door program which visits inner city parks each week over the summer, providing pop up nature education programming.