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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

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

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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 Naturalist-In-Residence
Centerville-Washington Park District Katy Lucas Naturalist
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
Citywide 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 April Hoying Director of Curriculum
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 Director
 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
The Light Foundation April Brubaker Program Coordinator
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 Director
Smoothie King Lynne Pierce French Owner
 TA-DA Learning Nicole and Bryan Gay Owners/Directors
Michelle Fleming Professor
The Glen Early Learning Center Jenny Crain Director
Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services Kim McGuirk Director of Clinical Services
Walter Shade Early Childhood Center Taylor Sheaf Teacher
West Carrollton Early Childhood Center Genevieve Harvey Intervention Specialist
Donna Wilson, OCVN
YMCA Annette Malone Family Support Specialist

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