Board of Directors
Donald L. Mellott, Jr., 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, VICE PRESIDENT
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.
THOMAS F. HANKINSON, TREASURER
Tom 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.
FAY DUPUIS, SECRETARY
Fay 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.
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 and Jonathan.
BRIAN L. TIFFANY, DIRECTOR AT-LARGE
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 in East Walnut Hills. Brian has served on the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and DCI Board of Directors.
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.
Jon Bresnen, 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.
Kelly Brown 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 P&G’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 P&G, Kelly immersed herself in corporate and organizational governance, serving on the Boards of Opal Foods (a $250 million business that includes franchisee rights to England’s Best and Land O’ Lake brands), Central Valley Eggs (a $100 million cage-free egg business in California), Cornell University, The Cincinnati Ballet, The Cincinnati Zoo Foundation, the Junior League of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Kelly is a hands-on Director and Advisor. She helped Opal Foods address critical anti-trust and governance issues and develop a compensation program and long-term phantom stock plan that links bonus potential to clear business metrics. While on the Board of Trustees for Cornell University Kelly served on several committees, co-chairing the committee on Alumni Affairs and as vice chair of the committee on student life. As a member of the audit committee, she was involved with reviewing not only financial controls and processes for the University, but also a variety of issues related to Weill Cornell Medical College and hospital.
Locally, Kelly helped Cincinnati Ballet develop a “for profit” mindset with a “nonprofit” mission. She set a clear vision for healthy growth, identifying the need for additional senior business leadership and then leading the Board through a successful national search for an Executive Director. Kelly also led the Board to complete Phase 1 of the work to build a new home for Cincinnati Ballet. Her efforts to protect and grow the endowment have had lasting impact. Today, Cincinnati Ballet has the largest endowment of any comparably sized company in the nation, providing much needed flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of the business.
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.
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.
Jeff Cramerding is currently 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 and is a member of Price Hill Will, Kids Voting of Southwest Ohio, the Multi-Neighborhood Housing Task Force, the United Way Regional Public Policy Council, Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ballot and Issues Committee, the Center for Chemical and Alcohol Treatment and the Price Hill Civic Club.
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.
Lisa Diedrichs 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 green spaces. She is a founding member of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Women’s Committee, and has served as a committee member for the Hats Off Luncheon since 2008. Outside the office, Lisa and her husband and children enjoy going to parks and spending time outside. She also loves to fish for pike, bass, and walleye every year at their summer retreat in Ontario, Canada. Lisa enjoys cooking and reading, and cherishes the time she can spend with friends and family.
Joseph Evelo joined Merrill Lynch in 1975. Realizing affluent families’ needs extendedwell 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 draws on his four decades of experience working with ultra-high net worth individuals, foundations and institutions to develop highly customized investment and financial strategies. 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. Most recently, Barron’s named the Evelo/Singer/Sullivan Group to its first-ever ranking of Private Wealth Advisory Teams. The Group was ranked 3rd in the nation, an honor that spotlights the depth of knowledge, dedication and service level each team member brings to every client family.
Joe earned his B.A. in Economics from Indiana State University – where he serves on the Foundation’s investment committee and was named an Outstanding Alumni by the Scott School of Business. 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.
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.
Dean Gregory is the proud owner of the Montgomery Inn. He served as a Foundation Trustee in the past, and has been the Chair of 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.
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, 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.
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.
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. In law school, Kevin was named to the Dean’s Honors List and Law Review, and he served as an instructor at Cincinnati’s Withrow High School through UC’s Street Law Program.
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.
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.
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!
Michael Prus began his career with Prus Construction while attending St. Xavier HS working in the yard loading “Doodlebug” tool trucks. After high school, he went on to receive his B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati while completing co-op terms for Messer Construction. Upon graduation, he returned to the University of Cincinnati to complete his MBA. Most importantly, this is where he met his eventual bride, Kim.
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 & 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.
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.
Rosemary Schlachter 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.
Sheila Simmons 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!
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.
Kerry King Stetter studied at the University of Kentucky. She is the Vice President of Middle Market Commercial Banking and Relationship Manager at BB &T. She was previously the Asst. Vice President and Small Business Banking Officer at US Bank. Kerry has been a volunteer at the beautful Krohn Conservatory and has worked at Delhi Flower and Garden Centers as buyer/nursery manager.
Deane Taylor 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. Deane 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.
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.
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.
Danyelle Wright 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. Danielle attended Cornell University and 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.
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.