Great Parks Foundation Board
Great Parks Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In 2016, the Board adopted Board Functions and Board Member Performance Expectations. Community members who are passionate about parks and interested in serving as a committee or board member are encouraged to contact Alicia Culman at 513-245-7456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Wilz President
Mr. Jim Wilz is president of Sur-Seal Gasket & Packing Inc., a manufacturing company located in Green Township. Jim is a western Hamilton County native who has enjoyed the benefits of Great Parks of Hamilton County for years. Jim’s family, through his father Ed Wilz’s leadership, was instrumental in funding the development of the wetland viewing shelter and creating the Great Parks “Windows Into Wetlands” educational program at the Shaker Trace wetlands in Miami Whitewater Forest.
Charlie Howard Vice President
Mr. Charlie Howard is a marketing, advertising and public relations professional with nearly 40 years of experience with some of Greater Cincinnati's most visible brands. He also has strong experience in the non-profit sector from his six-year tenure at Cincinnati Museum Center as Senior Director of Marketing & Communication where, in addition to marketing, adverting and public relations, he was responsible for membership acquisition and retention and corporate fund-raising and sponsorship development. He also lead the branding and communications initiative for the Museum Center's successful tax levy in 2004.
Scott Keller Treasurer
Mr. Scott Keller is a principal with Truepoint Wealth Counsel in Blue Ash. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a minor in economics, from Montana State University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). In addition to his current board position with the Great Parks Foundation, he also serves on the board of the CFA Society of Cincinnati.
Rahul Gupta Secretary
Mr. Rahul Gupta is a Manager Consultant for Technology Consulting firm Sogeti, part of the Cap Gemini Group. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a native of upstate New York. Rahul has always been a supporter of nature conservation and the environment from his first trip to the Adirondacks. Rahul is very active with Cincinnati's nonprofit community, sitting on multiple boards & helping provide advice and thought leadership on nonprofit management and transformation.
Kay Bornemann Board Member
Ms. Kay Bornemann holds a bachelor’s degree in botany/bacteriology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in physiology from Indiana University. Kay is a long-time resident of Hamilton County, growing up on the Simmonds farm adjacent to Miami Whitewater Forest. She has been involved in civic activities including the Miami Historical Society, Friends of the White Water Shaker Village and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Ann Frederick Board Member
Ms. Ann Frederick is a Hamilton County Farm Bureau Trustee and Public Policy Chairperson, Hamilton County Ohio Horseman Council Program Coordinator, Diamond Oaks Equine Science and Management Program Adviser and an active volunteer for SPCA Cincinnati. Ann is a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, American Quarter Horse Association, Hamilton County Farm Bureau and Hamilton County Ohio Horseman Council. She holds professional licenses as a Register Nurse and Registered Animal Technician in the State of Ohio.
Jon Hoffheimer Board Member
Mr. Jon Hoffheimer is a private attorney who also serves as a trustee of the Philada Home Fund. He is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is also a Fellow of American Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Barbara Ann Strangfeld Board Member
Ms. Barbara Ann Strangfeld is retired from The Ohio State University Extension in Hamilton County as its Master Gardener Program Coordinator. In addition to serving on the Great Parks Foundation Board, she also serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Master Garden Association and is a member of the Chadwick Arboretum and the Greater Cincinnati Rain Garden Alliance.
Jim Williams Board Member
Mr. Jim Williams began his career with Great Parks in the early 1960s as a part-time naturalist, advancing to full-time naturalist in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he took on the role as chief naturalist, a position he held until his retirement from Great Parks in 1995. In 1996, Jim became a Great Parks Volunteer, serving on the Board from 1999 until the present. Jim is a long-time resident of Colerain Township.