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.


Bryan BerghauerBRYAN BERGHAUER (Hyde Park) The BERO Group, Director. I’m a transplant to Cincinnati so each park gives me an opportunity to explore a new part of the City. I love that each park is unique, and has something different and special to offer. I like the trails and events at Ault Park, the overlook to Lunkin Airport at Alms Park and, of course, the variety of things to do at Washington Park.

Bryar Brandvold

BRYAR BRANDVOLD (Over-the-Rhine) Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. As an OTR resident, I love 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.

Megan BusamMEGAN BUSAM (Oakley) Hamilton County Public Defender, Guardian ad Litem Attorney. Though a Cincinnati native, I am still discovering new parks around the city and the amazing things each has to offer. I’m a big fan of the walking trails of Mt. Airy Forest and the views of Alms and Eden Parks. I’ve 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.

Madeline CaldemeyerMADELINE CALDEMEYER (Over-The-Rhine) Everything But The House (EBTH), Product Manager. My favorite thing about the parks, and the reason I believe that they are such a worthwhile investment, is that parks are accessible to everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from. I especially love all of the Cincinnati parks that have a view of the riverfront.

David Croft

DAVID CROFT (West Price Hill) DriveTime Care Sales Company, Senior Sales Advisor. I love Cincinnati Parks because they are public assets made accessible to all residents which can increase an individual’s quality of life.

Sarah DeDiemar


SARAH DEDIEMAR  (Amberly Village) Senior Brand Manager, Myriad Neuroscience. I love recharging in our parks.  Going for hikes with friends/family and our collective dogs is such a great way to unwind and get some much needed exercise after work/on the weekends.


Kathryn DeNicola

KATHRYN DENICOLA (Mt. Lookout) My two favorite parks are Ault Park and Alms Park. At Ault Park, I love the pavilion and the beautiful gardens. I’m looking forward to doing more hiking there once my children are a little older. I love how quiet and secluded Alms park is, and my children like to play and watch the planes.

Chris DeNicola

CHRIS DENICOLA  (Mt. Lookout) FTB Financial Services. My favorite park is Ault Park. It’s a great

escape from day to day life and our kids love to run around and explore the pavilion. It’s the perfect location for weddings, family events or photos.

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



Megan OssenbeckMEGAN OSSENBECK (Mt. Lookout) Transaction Manager, Cushman & Wakefield. My favorite thing about the Cincinnati Parks is the variety of nature centers, gardens, and hiking/biking trails. Alms Park is my favorite Cincinnati Park as it has beautiful scenic overlooks.

PAYAL PATEL (Newport by the Levee, Kentucky) CEO, Adams, Clermont, & Scioto County Cancer Center. I love how peaceful, serene, and comforting the parks provide any individual.

Andy Poole

ANDY POOLE (Norwood) Healthcare Account Executive, LOTH. My favorite thing about the Cincinnati Parks is the wide variety of park offerings in a relatively small area and they are a great place to take my family.


AMBER SMITH (Mt. Washington) OneSight, Fundraising and Events Manager. The Cincinnati Parks are some of my favorite things to show off to my family and friends that come to visit from other parts of Ohio. Smale Park is my absolute favorite park in Cincinnati and I love running through Ault Park.

ALICIA TAYLOR (Mt. Lookout) Garretson Resolution Group, Data Analyst II. Growing up, my parents always made sure we came down to the Krohn Conservatory every year for the Butterfly Show to support my aunt who was a volunteer. From there, my love for the Cincinnati parks has grown, as I have discovered more of the parks through the Emerging Leaders Event Series and going on walks with friends.

EMILY THOBE (Central Business District) Senior Materials Staff Manager, GE Aviation. Accessibility – our local parks are EVERYWHERE!! We are so fortunate to have one of the largest 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.