Meet the Team!

We welcome partners from many disciplines including education, health care, civic planning, recreation and more. If you are interested in attending a meeting and joining in the Children and Nature movement contact us at [email protected] !



Executive Committee

Doug Horvath, Five Rivers MetroParks

Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton, Miami County Park District

Robert Harrison: Montgomery County Public Health

Katy Lucas, Centerville-Washington Park District

Abbey Rymarczyk, Dayton Children’s Hospital

Elisabeth Elam, Hike It Baby

Mandy Martin, Darke County Parks

June Drieling, Brukner Nature Center

Kristen Lauer, Montgomery Soil and Water District

Meredith L. Florkey, Learning Tree Farm

 Meet Our Partners!

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Aullwood Audubon Center and FarmNicole ConradEducation Manager
Bike Miami ValleyLaura EstandiaExecutive Director
Boonshoft Museum of DiscoveryRobin RamseySenior Coordinator of School and Teacher Services
Brukner Nature CenterJune DrielingDirector of Education
 CAPS/OT ServicesMary GrechOccupational Therapist/Business Owner
Centerville Primary Village South Laura PetersonNaturalist-In-Residence
Centerville-Washington Park DistrictKaty LucasNaturalist
City of Dayton, Department of RecreationBobbi BeyerDept. of Recreation and Youth Services Recreation Facility Specialist
City of Dayton Water DepartmentFelicia D. GrahamEnvironmental Compliance Coordinator
CitywideAndy Bedinghaus
Clark County Park DistrictDonna LewisProgram Coordinator
Community Health Centers of Greater DaytonGregory HopkinsExecutive Director
 Creative World of Childcare Amy AnslingerWellness Coordinator
Darke County Education Service CenterApril HoyingDirector of Curriculum
Darke County ParksKathi McQueenVolunteer Coordinator/Naturalist
Dayton Association For Young ChildrenSusan Hampel
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical ParkJewel HarrisChief of Interpretation, Division of Visitor Experience and Education
Dayton Children’s HospitalAbbey RymarczykCommunity Relations Prevention Coordinator
Dayton Metro LibraryDorri HegyiChildren’s Librarian- Miamisburg
Dayton Regional GreenLamees MubaslatDirector
 Evergreen Children’s Center Jill GordonDirector
Five Rivers MetroParksDoug HorvathEducation Supervisor
Glen Helen Nature PreserveJanene GiuseffiOutdoor Education Center Director
 Goddard Systems Inc.  Kristi KirinchField Trainer
 Help Me Grow Brighter Futures  Desiree’ WilliamsEarly Head Start/Healthy Families America Supervisor
 Hike It BabyElizabeth ElamBranch Ambassador
 Learn to Earn Ashley MarshallDirector: Preschool Promise
Learning Tree FarmMeredith L. FlorkeyCommunity Education Director
The Light FoundationApril BrubakerProgram Coordinator
Miami Conservancy DistrictSarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.DWatershed Partnerships Manager
Miami County Park DistrictSue CopeAdministrative Naturalist
Miami Valley Child Development Centers Inc.Requette LindsayFCP Team
Miami Valley Regional Planning CommissionKjirsten Frank Hoppe Regional Planner
Montgomery County Environmental Services Chris HoffmanEducation Program Specialist
Montgomery Public HealthRobert Harrison
Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District Kristen Lauer Education Specialist
 National Trail Parks and Recreation DistrictPenny DunbarRecreation Specialist
 Preble County Park DistrictBev HollandREADS Coordinator and Preschool Naturalist
 Rivers Institute at the University of DaytonLeslie KingDirector
Smoothie KingLynne Pierce FrenchOwner
 TA-DA LearningNicole and Bryan GayOwners/Directors
Michelle FlemingProfessor
The Glen Early Learning CenterJenny CrainDirector
Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health ServicesKim McGuirkDirector of Clinical Services
Walter Shade Early Childhood CenterTaylor SheafTeacher
West Carrollton Early Childhood CenterGenevieve HarveyIntervention Specialist
Donna Wilson, OCVN
YMCAAnnette MaloneFamily Support Specialist

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