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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

Tish Wilson, Dayton Metro Library

Elisabeth Elam, Hike It Baby

Mandy Martin, Darke County Parks

June Drieling, Brukner Nature Center


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Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm


Nicole Conrad


Education Manager


Bike Miami Valley


Laura Estandia


Executive Director


Boonshoft Museum of Discovery


Robin Ramsey


Senior Coordinator of School and Teacher Services


Brukner Nature Center


June Drieling


Director of Education


 CAPS/OT Services


Mary Grech


Occupational Therapist/Business Owner


Centerville Primary Village South


 Laura Peterson




Centerville-Washington Park District


Katy Lucas




City of Dayton, Department of Recreation


Bobbi Beyer


Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services Recreation Facility Specialist


City of Dayton Water Department


Felicia D. Graham


Environmental Compliance Coordinator




Andy Bedinghaus




Clark County Park District


Donna Lewis


Program Coordinator


Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton


Gregory Hopkins


Executive Director


 Creative World of Childcare


 Amy Anslinger


Wellness Coordinator


Darke County Education Service Center


Angela McMurry


K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist


Darke County Parks


Kathi McQueen


Volunteer Coordinator/Naturalist


Dayton Association For Young Children


Susan Hampel




Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park


Jewel Harris


Chief of Interpretation, Division of Visitor Experience and Education


Dayton Children’s Hospital


Abbey Rymarczyk


Community Relations Prevention Coordinator


Dayton Metro Library


Dorri Hegyi


Children’s Librarian- Miamisburg


Dayton Regional Green


Lamees Mubaslat




 Evergreen Children’s Center


Jill Gordon Director

Five Rivers MetroParks


Doug Horvath


Education Supervisor


Glen Helen Nature Preserve


Janene Giuseffi


Outdoor Education Center Director


 Goddard Systems Inc.


 Kristi Kirinch Field Trainer

 Help Me Grow Brighter Futures


 Desiree’ Williams Early Head Start/Healthy Families America Supervisor

 Hike It Baby


Elizabeth Elam


Branch Ambassador


 Learn to Earn


Ashley Marshall


Director: Preschool Promise


Learning Tree Farm


Meredith L. Florkey


Education and Marketing Director


Miami Conservancy District


Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Ph.D


Watershed Partnerships Manager


Miami County Park District


Sue Cope


Administrative Naturalist


Miami Valley Child Development Centers Inc.


Requette Lindsay


FCP Team


Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission


Kjirsten Frank Hoppe


 Regional Planner



Montgomery County Environmental Services 


 Chris Hoffman Education Program Specialist

Montgomery Public Health


Robert Harrison




Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District


 Kristen Lauer


 Education Specialist


 National Trail Parks and Recreation District Penny Dunbar Recreation Specialist

 Preble County Park District


Bev Holland


READS Coordinator and Preschool Naturalist


 Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton


Leslie King




Smoothie King


Lynne Pierce French




 TA-DA Learning Nicole and Bryan Gay Owners/Directors



Michelle Fleming




The Glen Early Learning Center


Jenny Crain




West Carrollton Early Childhood Center


Genevieve Harvey


Intervention Specialist




Donna Wilson, OCVN







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