Board of Directors OLD2020

DSC_0089Bill Lyon

President

Bill has lived most of his life in Brown and Clermont Counties. He and his family recently moved to the Forest Hills School District. Bill and his wife, Barb, have two sons who recently graduated from Turpin High School where they were active in the marching band. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and in Risk Management from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Master of Science in Financial Services from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Bill is the owner of The Lyon Group, LLC a holistic wealth advisory practice located in the Eastgate area. He is also the creator of The Holistic Balance Sheet and The Financial Navigation System. Over the years, Bill has been engaged in a number of community organizations including the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Mercy Health Foundation Board, The Boy Scouts, his local church and The Clermont County Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.  He was the Raise and Manage Funds team leader for the Forest Hills Foundation before being elected president.

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DSC_0100Julie Bissinger

Vice President

Julie Bissinger was appointed to the Forest Hills Board of Education in January 2005, and was thereafter elected in November 2005. She has served as board vice president and president. Bissinger earned her bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from Grove City college and a law degree from Temple University Law School. Currently a senior assistant city solicitor of labor and employment for the City of Cincinnati, she has also worked as a City of Cincinnati prosecutor, as chief counsel of litigation/labor and employment, and as the personnel director for the Hamilton County Courts. A past president of the Forest Hills Council of PTA/Os, Bissinger has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Boys/Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, and on several United Way boards impacting children. Bissinger and her husband, Mark, have two sons who are graduates of Anderson High School.

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DSC_0109Jenny Gavin

Secretary

Jenny has lived in Anderson most of her life.  She attended Ayer Elementary, Forest Hills Junior School, and Anderson High School.  She earned her Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics from Denison University and went on to work in consulting for Accenture. She has now turned her attention to being a volunteer and mother.  She has served as president and several other positions on Ayer PTA and is currently on the board of the Forest Hills Council.  She has also done extensive volunteer work with Kindervelt and the Junior League of Cincinnati.  Jenny and her husband, Charlie, have two children, Ashley and Drew, who attend Anderson and Nagel.

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DSC_0081Mark Heggem

Treasurer

Mark is a native of Cincinnati, having grown up in Greenhills. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned his B.S. in Finance and Marketing and then attended Xavier University where he earned his M.B.A.  Mark has over 30 years of wealth management, private banking, portfolio management, personal trust and financial planning experience. Recently, Mark has partnered with attorneys to provide their clients with financial counseling services regarding debt consolidation, refinancing of mortgage loans and financial and estate planning.

Mark is active in our community in many capacities.  In addition to his involvement with the FHFE, he also served 4 1/2 years as Treasurer of the Turpin High School Athletic Boosters and currently serves as a Trustee and Usher for the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church.  Mark and his wife, Julie, reside in Anderson Township and have two daughters, Jenna and Krista and a granddaughter, Pamela. Both daughters attended Forest Hills Schools and are graduates of Turpin High School. Besides spending time with his family, Mark enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, traveling, and working out at the YMCA.

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DSC_0097Forest Heis

Past President

Forest is a life long resident of Anderson Township having graduated from Anderson High School, University of Cincinnati and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Nancy, have 4 children (Forest, Barb, Ken and Tim), all graduates of Forest Hills schools, and 12 grandchildren, four of whom attend Forest Hills schools. He served 32 years as a member of the FHSD Board of Education, holding the offices of President & Vice President several times. In March 2012 he co-chaired the successful school levy and was pleased to work with other dedicated volunteers. Forest has previously been a member of the Board of Trustees of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church and Beech Acres, and has coached many community youth soccer, basketball and baseball teams. In 2010 the Anderson Township Chamber of Commerce recognized Forest as the “Citizen of the Year”. Professionally, he is the senior partner of Heis & Wenstrup Co., LPA in downtown Cincinnati engaged in the general practice of law for over 45 years.

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Jay Berliner

Jay Berliner is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Park National Bank. With expertise in Commercial Real Estate, Small Business Lending, and Mergers & Acquisition Financing, Jay has been an advocate and resource for the Anderson business community for more than 15 years. Jay is active with the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and various community organizations. Prior to his career with Park National, Jay attended DePauw University. His family moved to Anderson Township in 1980 and Jay attended Turpin Middle School and Turpin High School.

Jay and his wife Colleen have two sons in the Forest Hills School District.

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DSC_0075Kay Castle-Brinker

Kay has been a resident of Anderson Township for over 30 years and has four sons who attended Wilson and Turpin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at DePauw University and her Master’s at Xavier University in Secondary Education focusing on English composition. Kay worked in the Procter & Gamble Market Research Department for a couple years before starting her own free-lance qualitative moderating company and has just recently retired from the last 15 years of working with Ipsos Understanding UnLtd., a global qualitative research firm based in Cincinnati.

Kay has served as Vice President of Turpin PTA, member of Forest Hills Council, Head of a Forest Hills School Levy, member of Turpin Boosters, After-prom committee, Turpin principal hiring committee, and campaign manager of a school board member. Currently, Kay enjoys being involved and sharing her expertise with not-for-profit organizations like Stepping Stones, Center of Independent Futures in Evanston, Ill., ReSource, Freestore/ Foodbank , Cincinnati public schools, and other local organizations.

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Gina Crowley

Gina grew up in St. Louis, MO and later moved south, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.  She moved to Cincinnati in 1995 and received her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Xavier University. Today Gina is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services (formerly Gradison McDonald) in Kenwood.  She holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and focuses her practice on private clients and small business retirement plans.

Gina has volunteered her time with the Forest Hills Athletic Club for the last 6 years; serving as Director of Cheerleading, cheerleading coach and Board Secretary.  She has served on FHFE committees for both “A Day For Today’s Woman” and the “Soiree for Success”.  She also volunteers for the League for Animal Welfare and fosters dogs for Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue.  Gina and her husband, Jay, have two children, Maggie and Mike, who attend Anderson and Nagel.

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Beth Davis

Beth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Miami University and her Masters Degree in Nutrition Education from the University of Cincinnati. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator in both the public school system setting as well as the corporate world. Her most recent career path is as a professional volunteer and mother:  Beth has served as president of the Wilson PTA, a Vice President of Turpin PTA and a member of the Forest Hills Council of PTA.  Beth is the co-founder of the Forest Hills 5k, FHFE’s biggest community event and fundraiser. Beth is passionate about building strong relationships between the community businesses & organizations and the school district. Beth resides in Anderson Township, with her husband, Mike, and their three children, Drew (Turpin ’11), Meghan (Turpin ’14) and Eli (Turpin ’18),  a student at Turpin. Beth and her family have lived in Anderson for 20 years.

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DSC_0108Stephen Feagins, MD

Steve is Vice President, Medical Affairs for the Mercy Health East Market; he started at Anderson Hospital in November 2009. Previously he was the VPMA for the Springfield region.  He also served as the team physician for Wittenberg University from 2001 to 2009.

In 2012, Steve was voted “physician of the year” at Mercy Anderson. He was a 2014 finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier “healthcare heroes” in community outreach. He writes a weekly Medical Staff Update that is widely read within Mercy Health and which was named a finalist for the American College of Physician communication award.  He was named “volunteer of the year” by the Anderson Township chamber of commerce in 2015. He is medical director of the Mercy Care Clinic and team physician for Anderson and Turpin High Schools. He was twice awarded the Nagel PTA “friend of students” award.

Steve earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the University of Memphis, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He ran track at the University of Tennessee and was a member of the 1983 national championship team. He holds a CAQ in Sports Medicine and certification in Critical Care Air Transport. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of major in 2001. He served as chief of medicine at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, leading humanitarian missions to Bolivia and El Salvador. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Steve and his wife, Dr. Risa Spieldoch, a family physician at Forest Hills Family Medicine, have two sons, Andrew and Michael, both of whom attended Anderson HS.

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Sarah Flora, MD

Sarah grew up in rural Northwestern Ohio and first moved to Cincinnati to attend Xavier University. After earning her Bachelor of Science she moved to Dayton to earn her Medical Degree at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and returned to Cincinnati for residency training in family medicine at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.  She worked as a family doctor in Northern Kentucky with St. Elizabeth Physicians for 6 years before deciding to take time off to spend with her young children.  During her time with St. Elizabeth Physicians she served on several committees including the quality and  population health leadership committees.

Sarah resides in Anderson Township  with her husband, Dan, and their three children, Owen, Elizabeth, and Alison.  All three of their children attend Wilson Elementary.  Sarah has spent much of her time helping at Wilson with various activities including leading a Destination Imagination team as well as helping to lead the Wilson Running Club.  She also is a co-chair of the Forest Hills 5k, and works as a chairperson for an event founded by her husband in 2018, Bands Against Cancer.

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Thomas Krutka

Thomas was born and raised in Anderson Township. Upon graduation from Anderson High School in 2011, he attended the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, where he studied Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship. During his tenure at Ohio State, Thomas held internship roles at Copper Run Capital, Rockbridge Capital, Brandicorp, Integra Realty Resources, Momentive Specialty Chemical and Health Warehouse.

Thomas currently works for Brandicorp, a local Commercial Real Estate Development Company and served as the Head Basketball Coach at Nagel Middle School for the 8th grade Boys Hawks team. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing basketball, running, reading, exploring the city for new restaurants and volunteering. Thomas is passionate about discovering innovative ways to improve the quality of education for future generations.

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Barb Luke

Barb has lived in Anderson Township for over 25 years. She and her husband, Greg, who is a partner in a wealth management firm, Thor, in Anderson are proud to call this area their home. They have raised two sons who both attended Forest Hills schools, participated in athletic programs in the schools, and graduated from Anderson High School.

Barb earned her BA in Social Work from Wright State University and her Masters in Social Work Administration from University of Cincinnati. She worked at Ayer Elementary as a para-professional in Special Education for 10 years and is currently working for the Council on Aging as a Geriatric Care Manager.

Barb was very active as a volunteer with PTA’s and Booster Organizations while her children were in the Forest Hills School system and continues that support as a member of the FHFE board.

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Susan Mackey

Susan is a retired P&G executive who now is a Senior Consultant with Cincinnati Consulting Consortium, based in Anderson Township.  Susan has been a volunteer with the Forest Hills School system for many years and was an active PTA member with Maddux Elementary, Nagel Middle School and Anderson High School while her two children attended Forest Hills Schools.  She was also active with Anderson High School Athletic Boosters, Football Moms, and Dance Team Moms.  She was a co-chair of the successful Forest Hills School Levy campaign in 2006. Susan is a founding member of the Forest Hills Foundation for Education.  She and her husband Jay lived in the school district more than 25 years.

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Kim MauerKim Mauer

Kim, her husband Vince, and their four children live in Anderson. All four children attended Wilson Elementary, Nagel Middle School, and Turpin High School. In addition, their children are all proud alumni of the Turpin Band, where Kim spent 11 years on the Turpin Band Boosters, including 6 years as its President.

Kim is a lawyer and a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC. In addition to her practice representing lenders, she represents parties in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, which have been used in a number of cases to effectively improve development in distressed areas, including Over the Rhine. Kim has also served a number of community organizations including the Cincinnati Development Fund, Mercy Social Ministries Board, Mercy Foundation Board, Mercy Regional Board, Go Red for Women, Fluidity, and currently serves on the board of her church.

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DSC_0106Linda Mehas

Linda is a retired educator with over thirty years experience in public schools. After receiving her bachelor degree in Music Education from Wright State University she moved to Cincinnati and taught in West Clermont School District. She received her Masters Degree in school counseling from Xavier University and worked in the Indian Hill School District as a school counselor. Linda has been a volunteer on various committee’s and activities in the Forest Hills Schools for many years while her children attended Nagel Middle School and Turpin High School. Linda and her husband Drew lived in the school district for more than 25 years.

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Eric Miller

Eric is the President and CEO of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce; he has been helping local businesses in the Anderson area for six plus years.  In addition to sitting on the Forest Hills Foundation for Education Board, he is the Tournament Director of a very successful charity event benefiting the Boomer Esiason Foundation.  Eric has a diverse background in sales and management that has helped develop strategic relationships with key players in the Anderson area as well as throughout Cincinnati.  Eric is a graduate of Turpin High School.

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Mickey Gilligan Mills

Mickey and husband Jim Mills moved to Anderson Township in 1993, just before their oldest child, Samuel, started kindergarten at Maddux Elementary. Son Peter also attended Forest Hills schools, and youngest child Anne graduates from Anderson High School in 2015. During the time that her children have been enrolled in the Forest Hills School District, Mickey has volunteered at Maddux, Nagel and Anderson High in numerous supporting roles including Maddux PTA President ( and various other PTA/PTO officer positions), Football Mom, Tennis Parent Rep, Orchestra Booster, and as chair of many committees. Mickey also served on Forest Hills Council from 2003 to 2105. Before becoming a nearly full-time volunteer, Mickey practiced law for 11 years in Dayton and Cincinnati. She was born and raised in Newark, Ohio, and received her BA from Boston College and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Megan Ossenbeck

Megan, a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Xavier University. Megan attended Ayer Elementary and graduated from Anderson High School. Megan has worked in the healthcare industry for most of her career, specifically in payer contracting and most recent in real estate for Cushman & Wakefield.

Over the past several years, she has volunteered for the Xavier University Mentorship Program and Adopt-A-Class.  More recently, Megan volunteers for the Cincinnati MS Chapter and serves on the Emerging Leadership Council as well as the Professional Leadership Network, an organization impacting youth for the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, she serves as a board member for Building Blocks for Kids, a local non-profit organization.

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DSC_0095Pat Papoi

Pat received a BA in English from the University of Cincinnati and worked as a buyer at McAlpin’s Department Store.  She has lived in the Anderson/Newtown area since 1968 with the exception of three years in the early ’80’s when her family lived in Caracas, Venezuela.  She served on the Forest Hills School Board from 1992 -2000.  She and her husband, David, a Procter & Gamble retiree, have one daughter, Kristin, a graduate of Wilson Elementary, Forest Hills JS, and Turpin HS.

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Leslie Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Leslie Rasmussen and her family moved to the Cincinnati area in 2014 and have resided in Anderson Township since 2016. She was elected to the Forest Hills Board of Education in November 2019 and began her term in January 2020. Leslie earned a doctorate degree in mass communication with a minor in instructional technology and design from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in communication from Texas State University and Texas A&M University-CC, respectively.

Leslie is an award-winning teacher and researcher, and currently works as an Associate Professor of Communication at Xavier University, and serves as the department Internship Coordinator and the Director of the Political Communication minor. Her work has been published in books and journals, and has been featured in New Science Magazine, The Verge, and other media outlets. She has been named Faculty Member of the Year, PRSA Faculty Member of the Year, Graduate Student Teacher of the Year, and won top ‘Great Ideas for Teaching’ awards, and a variety of research awards throughout her career.

Prior to working in higher education, she gained experience in development while working in public relations and event planning for two national nonprofit organizations.

She and her husband, Michael, have two children, Reagan and Evan. Evan is a little young for school, but he can’t wait to join his big sister at her beloved Maddux Elementary.

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DSC_0084Mark Schneider

Mark was born and raised in Cincinnati.  He attended both Indiana University and The University of Cincinnati, studying Economics.  He has worked in the Food and Beverage Industry for 33 years, the last 18 for Heidelberg Distributing, where he is a Certified Specialist of Wine.  Mark also works as a volunteer with The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley and enjoys coaching soccer.  Mark and his wife, Tricia, live in Anderson with their two Forest Hills educated children, Emily and Peter.

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Randy Smith

Founder of the Forest Hills Foundation for Education, Randy is a graduate of Anderson High School. He received his bachelor degrees in marketing, management and industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Randy started at Procter & Gamble in 1979 in brand management and later worked in the marketing department launching new brands. He retired in 2014 as senior manager in the Policy Department.

Randy is president and general manager of Noble Properties of Cincinnati Inc. and is a board member on the Forest Hills Board of Education.  He also is the president-elect of the Ohio School Boards Association. In addition, Randy is a trustee on the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board, serves on the board of governors of the UC Band Alumni Association and is past president and trustee of the Anderson Hills Christian Church. He also serves on the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Eagle Scout Association.  One of his favorite volunteer activities is announcing for the UC Bearcat Marching Band.

In his spare time, Randy is an amateur radio operator, scuba diver, private pilot and motorcycle enthusiast. Randy and his wife, Susan, have two children – Sarah and Steve – both graduates of Turpin High School.

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DSC_0103Alec Tackett, DDS

Alec graduated from Xenia High School in 1983.  He then attended Miami University where he competed on the track and field team and received a BA in Zoology in 1987.  He went on to receive his dental degree from The Ohio State University in 1991.  Upon graduation he accepted an associate position in Springfield, Ohio and then moved to Cincinnati in 1993 to form his own practice. Alec is a member of the ADA, ODA, Cincinnati Dental Society, Delta Sigma Delta, and the Academy of Facial Esthetics.  He and his wife, Pamela, have a daughter, Sarah, and son, Ben, who attend Nagel and Mercer Elementary.  In his free time Alec enjoys working out, attending his children’s sporting events and an occasional round of golf.

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Matt Van Sant

Matt is the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Clermont County. A 1988 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Masters of Community Planning, Matt has over 30 years of public and private sector experience ranging from economic development, land use planning, to capital investment ventures.

His civic service has included a number of boards and committees including the Clermont County Port Authority (Chairman), UC Clermont College Business Advisory Council (Chairman), Clermont & Metro YMCA, Eastern Area United Way Action Council (Chairman), Hamilton County Development Company, Great Oaks Board of Education, REDI Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Greater Cincinnati Foundation Investment Committee, High Schools That Work of Southwest Ohio, and the Workforce Investment Board of Ohio Area 12.

A lifelong resident of Greater Cincinnati, Matt and his wife Pam reside in Anderson Township and have two children, Elizabeth, a Turpin HS graduate and Michael.

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Andy Wolf

Andy is a life-long resident of Anderson Township. He is a graduate of Anderson H.S. and Marietta College. He retired from the classroom in 2011 after 40 years of teaching U.S. History at Anderson H.S.  He continues as the head coach for the Anderson track & field and cross-country teams.  In 2001 Coach Wolf was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.  He has served 6 years on the Anderson Township cable TV board and 14 years on the executive board of the O.A.T.C.C.C.  He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children who are Anderson H.S. graduates.

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Nikki Zellen

Aside from trying to keep up with her 2 kids, dog and husband, Nikki is the Director of Marketing at Beech Acres Parenting Center. She found her passion for marketing at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and launched her brand management career at Gorton’s Seafood in Gloucester. Upon receiving her MBA from Duke University, she went on to Playtex Products and eventually Kao Brands.  Over a ten year tenure at Kao, she worked on all of their hair and skincare brands, while volunteering with the ESCC (now OneSource). It had been a long-term goal to take what she learned from for-profit and make a difference in the nonprofit sector.

Her husband, Dave, and children have lived in Anderson Township for 10 years. Both kids currently attend Mercer Elementary, and she is the energetic manager for their Destination Imagination team.

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Scot Prebles

Superintendent of the Forest Hills School District, Ex Officio to the Board

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dee campaign headshotDee Stone

Executive Director

Dee received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Cincinnati and worked in both New York and San Fransisco as a lawyer for IBM before becoming the publisher of a San Francisco fashion magazine. She eventually returned to Cincinnati to be closer to family.

Dee has been an Anderson resident for over 25 years and has been involved in the FHSD for most of that time. She served as President of Maddux and Anderson PTAs and has been on the Forest Hills Council of PTA/PTOs since 2004. She was co-chair of the successful 2006 FHSD school levy and was the chair of the steering committee that started the Foundation in 2007. She served as VP of the FHFE Board until 2011 when she became the Executive Director. Dee is also an Anderson Township Trustee.

Dee and her husband Anthony have four children: Paisley, Piper, Nick & Mitch, all graduates of Anderson High School.

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