Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Cathy S. Caldemeyer, President

Cathy is a lifelong gardener who also owned and operated the women’s clothing store, Arte Nouvelle, for twelve years.   She has been an active board member for the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and has been instrumental in the development of Smale Riverfront Park.  Cathy is the daughter of Phyllis and John Smale, for whom Smale Riverfront Park is named. Cathy is married to Rob, and has three children, Lisa, Chris and Madeline.

Donald L. Mellott, Jr., Vice President

Don is 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.

Daniel D. Vogelpohl, Treasurer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Wilhelm, Secretary

Lindsay is the Marketing Director at D.A.G. Construction. Lindsay volunteers as a coach for Special Olympics, mentors students at Winton Hills Academy and enjoys watching the Bengals, reading suspense novels, and travel. Eden Park and Ault Park are among Lindsay’s favorite parks and hold happy memories. Lindsay wants everyone in Cincinnati “to experience the true beauty of Cincinnati Parks and understand the value it brings to our city.” She volunteers with the Greater Cincinnati Society for Marketing Professional Services, the Indian American Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women in Construction, Hamilton County Special Olympics and Adopt a Class. Lindsay is married to Ryan and has sons Jaxon and Luc.

 

 

 

 

 

Harry J. Kangis, Director, At-Large

Harry is the Founder of One Page Solutions, a strategic planning consulting firm. He is also a P & G retiree, previous President of Millstone Coffee, previous Senior Executive of Nutrition Technology Corp and previous VP of Marketing of Kenner Toys. He attended the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.  Harry is a life-long conservationist, having been the Chair of the Ohio Nature Conversancy Board, a 40-year member of the Cincinnati Nature Center, and has almost completed a 10-year quest with his wife to hike in and photograph all 58 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 & Jonathan.

John E. Neyer, Past President is the CEO of Neyer Management, a commercial real estate company. His hobbies include hiking, gardening and reading non-fiction. His favorite park elements are the trails at French Park and the slide at Alms Park. John has served on the boards of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, The New School Montessori, and DePaul Cristo Rey High School.   John is married to Sara and they have two daughters, Hope and Kate.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mary Jo Bazeley 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 25 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.

Mary Lynne Boorn is a Real Estate Development professional with background in commercial real estate and community development. She recently completed her Ph.D. – conducted research on the value of parks in increasing property values using Cincinnati Parks as a case study. Mary Lynne worked at the University of Cincinnati and 3CDC and studied at Princeton University.

Sarah DeDiemar is a Senior Brand Manager at Assurex Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s from Xavier University. Sarah has been a Cincinnati Parks Ambassador, now know as a Cincinnati Parks Emerging Leader for the last five years. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Cincinnati & European-American Chambers of Commerce. Sarah is married to Kyle who owns his own residential landscaping business.

Fay Dupuis is an attorney with 36 years of legal experience, including 12 years as the former City Solicitor of Cincinnati. She is involved with the UC Foundation, volunteers as a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and was recognized by the YWCA as a Career Woman of Achievement. Fay is married to C.T. They have two children, Lauren and John.

Susan Abernethy Frank 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. In addition to her involvement with the Foundation, 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 and Molly.

Thomas F. Hankinson is an attorney at Keating Muething & Klekamp. He is a founding member of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Group. Tom was also a member of C-Change through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He and his wife Holly have two children, Frost and Cecily.

Aric Hassel is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking for the Branch Banking & Trust Company.  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 is Vice President – Institutional Senior Portfolio Manager at Fifth Third Bank. She attended Miami University. Cynthia was past Co-Chair of the Hats Off Luncheon in 2014 and 2015. She is a passionate philanthropist who has dedicated her time to serving on the boards of the American Red Cross, Miami University Foundation, Cincinnati Ballet, 4C for Children, and the United Way. Cynthia’s turtle is on Carol Ann’s Carousel down at Smale Riverfront Park. 

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

Mark Jeffreys recently started his own consulting firm. He formerly worked as Marketing Director, Gillette North America at Procter & Gamble. Mark is also Chairman of the Board for go Vibrant. He attended The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Mark is a proven business leader with 20+ years of diverse experiences across multiple organizations. He has launched and managed brands across multiple cities, leading breakthrough retail and external partnerships with different business models. Mark founded the go Vibrant movement, a non-profit with a mission to make an active, energetic lifestyle irresistible. Mark and his wife Pamela have four children, Kathryn, Victoria, Evelyn and Nicholas.

Steve Jemison is retired from a career as Chief Legal Officer at Procter & Gamble. Steve is the President of the Law and Leadership Institute, and volunteers with Freestore Food Bank, Dress for Success, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law National Council, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the The Visiting Nurse Association. Steve and his wife, Phyllis, have two children, Steffani and Phil.

Dhani M. Jones is Founder & Chairman of Qey Investments, Founder & Chief Rocker of BowTie Cause, Partner with VMG Creative and past linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. Dhani attended the University of Michigan. He is a dynamic leader & philanthropist in our community. Dhani has received accolades for his charity work from former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Change Program and the United Nations’ World Food Program. He is a poet, a painter, fashion designer and also enjoys wood-working, photography and classical music. His partner’s name is Marsha Ashely and they have two children, Elkan and Lennon.

Polk Laffoon IV is a freelance journalist and former spokesman for Knight Ridder newspapers and Cincinnati Post reporter.   Polk is a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum board.  He is married to Pinky and they live in Hyde Park. Polk & Pinky’s Longworth Horse is on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Randy Noah is Vice President of Surety Assured Partners Neace Lukens. He is an Insurance expertise and well connected within the community. Randy studied at Muskingum College and is bilingual. He lives in Downtown Cincinnati. He and his children LOVE playing in the parks and attending various Park events.

R. Warner Off is a Leadership Development Officer for Western & Southern and former partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Corporate Law.  He is an active volunteer with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Yale Club of Cincinnati, C-Change, ArtsWave, Broadway Bound and Music Now Festival.  He is a recipient of the Ohio Rising Star Award (2012, 2013, 2014).  He and his wife, Emma are expecting twins THIS APRIL!

Keke Sansalone 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 & Tony have the Soap Opera/Crosley Radio Horse on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Ann Santen 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. 

Laura Schmidt is Senior Corporate attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Laura is a member of the Indian Hill Village Council, serves on the board of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and is a Cincinnati Art Museum shareholder. Her favorite park is Lytle. Laura enjoys equestrian sports, animal rescue, art and the outdoors. Laura has two children, Jane and Jill.

Ellen Sole is a member of The Women’s Committee of Smale Riverfront Park and volunteers in the 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 Mah Jongg and giving parties. Ellen and Clark’s Horse Trigger is on Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Amber Burke Sprengard works at the Health Carousel. She is former Vice President of RBC Capital Markets. She served previously as Deputy Director for the Republican National Committee. Amber attended Michigan State University. She served on the Foundation’s Marketing & Advocacy Committee for several years, in addition to the Parks Ambassadors Advisory Council. Amber has chosen Cincinnati Parks as her area of focus for volunteering and philanthropy.

Larry Stillpass was a Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty.  Within the community, he serves on the Friends of Findlay Market Board, the Contemporary Arts Center, Miami Purchase Association, and the Children’s Psychiatric Center.  Larry lives with his wife, Ellen, and enjoys tennis, gardening and cooking.

Jane Reed Terrill 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 member of the Women’s Committee of Smale Riverfront Park. 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.

Brian L. Tiffany 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 in East Walnut Hills. Brian has served on the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and DCI Board of Directors.

Andrew VanSickle 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 at the University of Cincinnati.

Lori Wellinghoff is the President & Founder of DIGS: Real Estate/Design/Renovation. Prior to founding DIGS, Lori was a 20+ year veteran in the Marketing & Media industries. Lori is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent. In addition to Lori’s work at DIGS, she is also President of The Hyde Park Square Business Association, Board President of Enjoy the Arts, a member of the Women’s Capital Club and an advisor for a number of downtown redevelopment projects.

EMERITI DIRECTORS

Marjorie Motch (first Board President) For more than sixty years, Marjorie McCullough Motch has been impacting the world around her as a volunteer.  She served as a leader for more than twenty organizations on the local, national and international level.  Marjorie is a passionate advocate for greenspace in our community.  She served as the first president of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board of Directors.

Marjorie has selflessly worked to better our community and the world.  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.  Not to mention the many boards she has served on: 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, their highest honor.  She has also received the William Howard Taft Medal, University of Cincinnati’s highest honor.

Lib Stone 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.