Our Keynote Speaker

Morning Panelists

Clifford Bailey
Chairman, National Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee
Clifford Bailey Chairman, National Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee

Clifford left his engineering role at Procter & Gamble in 1986 to start TechSoft Systems, where he remains

Larry Feist
Professor, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Larry Feist Professor, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Lawrence Feist is a Professor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CSTCC) and for the past 11

Charles Cohen
National Sustainability Education Director, Siemens
Charles Cohen National Sustainability Education Director, Siemens

Charles Cohen is the Sustainability Education Director for Siemens Industry Inc., Building Technologies Divisi

Stephen Tucker
Director of Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce
Stephen Tucker Director of Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Stephen Tucker is the Director of Industry Partnerships with Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnat

Laura Mitchell
Incoming Superintendent, current Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Cincinnati Public Schools
Laura Mitchell Incoming Superintendent, current Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Cincinnati Public Schools

Laura is the incoming Superintendent and currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Offi

Mary G. Adams
Founder and Program Manager, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative
Mary G. Adams Founder and Program Manager, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

Mary G. Adams is an expert IT Professional and Change Expert who has spent most of her 30+ year career with Pr

Owen Raisch
Director of X-LINK and D'Artagnan Enterprises at Xavier University
Owen Raisch Director of X-LINK and D'Artagnan Enterprises at Xavier University

Owen Raisch is the Assistant Director of the Sedler Family Center for Experiential Learning in Business at Xav

Derek Peebles
Director at Economics of Compassion Initiative
Derek Peebles Director at Economics of Compassion Initiative

Derek Peebles is a servant-leader, consultant, and a connector with a strong faith in the links between all th

Peter Block
Peter Block

Peter Block is an international consultant and best selling author of Stewardship: Choosing Service over S

Andy Butler
Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, Sustainability and Innovation, Procter and Gamble
Andy Butler Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, Sustainability and Innovation, Procter and Gamble

Andy leads Procter & Gamble’s Corporate Supplier Diversity program. He has been with P&G for 10 years

Patti Massey
President and CEO, MYCA Group, LLC
Patti Massey President and CEO, MYCA Group, LLC

Patti is an award-winning entrepreneur with a unique ability to envision innovative approaches to sustainabili

Stephanie Smith
Supplier Diversity, Fifth Third Bank
Stephanie Smith Supplier Diversity, Fifth Third Bank

Stephanie joined Fifth Third Bank in 2002 and has held several executive positions. As Fifth Third’s first Dir

James Buchanan
Director, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University
James Buchanan Director, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University

James Buchanan became director of the Brueggeman center in 2003. He studied comparative religions and ethics a

Tanner Yess
Program Director, Ground Mill Creek - Cincinnati
Tanner Yess Program Director, Ground Mill Creek - Cincinnati

Tanner grew up on the move with stops in the Caribbean and Kansas before settling in Kentucky. After earning a

Zachary Holl
Executive Director, ReUse Industries
Zachary Holl Executive Director, ReUse Industries

Zachary Holl is Executive Director of ReUse Industries and Athens MakerSpace in Athens, Ohio. Zach has over 20

David Dreith
Chief Operating Officer, Easter Seals
David Dreith Chief Operating Officer, Easter Seals

David Dreith is chief operating officer. With a mission of empowering people with disabilities and disadvantag

Nicole McGee
Director and co-founder, Upcycle Parts Shop
Nicole McGee Director and co-founder, Upcycle Parts Shop

Nicole McGee is Artistic Director and co-founder of Upcycle Parts Shop, a social enterprise co-founded in 2014

MaryEllen Etienne
Regional Director for SW Ohio, US Green Building Council
MaryEllen Etienne Regional Director for SW Ohio, US Green Building Council

MaryEllen Etienne has been working in field of sustainability for nearly two decades, with an expertise in zer

Megan Folkerth
Program Officer, Interact for Health
Megan Folkerth Program Officer, Interact for Health

Megan Folkerth coordinates Interact for Health’s Active Living and Tobacco-Free Environments work. Before comi

Wade Johnston
Director, Tri-State Trails
Wade Johnston Director, Tri-State Trails

Lunchtime Panelists

Gregory Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Gregory Johnson Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Gregory D. Johnson, MS, PHM, EDEP is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing

Alice Kennedy
Deputy Commissioner for Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes, Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development
Alice Kennedy Deputy Commissioner for Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes, Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development

Throughout her career, Alice Kennedy has held leadership positions in green construction, real estate, project

James Buchanan
Director, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University
James Buchanan Director, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University

James Buchanan became director of the Brueggeman center in 2003. He studied comparative religions and ethics a

Larry Falkin
Director of Office of Environment and Sustainability, City of Cincinnati
Larry Falkin Director of Office of Environment and Sustainability, City of Cincinnati

Larry Falkin is Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES). He has pr

Afternoon Panelists

Robert Bell
Economic Inclusion Coordinator, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Robert Bell Economic Inclusion Coordinator, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Robert served at United Way of Greater Cincinnati in a variety of staff and management positions over a 20 yea

Lisa Graham
Chief Baking Officer, Brewhaus Bakery Company
Lisa Graham Chief Baking Officer, Brewhaus Bakery Company

A lover of all things dog, nature and beer related, Lisa Graham is the Chief Baking Officer of The Brewhaus Ba

John Reinhardt
Owner, Reinhardt Farms
John Reinhardt Owner, Reinhardt Farms

John Reinhardt took over leadership of the family farm in Okeana, Ohio in 1985. The operation consisted of far

Austin Hietpas
Brewer, MadTree Brewing
Austin Hietpas Brewer, MadTree Brewing

Austin comes to MadTree after spending his youth in the frozen tundra that is Wisconsin. Similar to the badger

Jock Pitts
President, People Working Cooperatively
Jock Pitts President, People Working Cooperatively

As President of Greater Cincinnati’s only non-profit organization to provide critical home repair, energy cons

Sr. Barbara Busch
Executive Director, Working in Neighborhoods
Sr. Barbara Busch Executive Director, Working in Neighborhoods

Sister Barbara Busch is the Executive Director of Working in Neighborhoods (WIN), a community-based organizati

Alice Kennedy
Deputy Commissioner for Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes, Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development
Alice Kennedy Deputy Commissioner for Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes, Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development

Throughout her career, Alice Kennedy has held leadership positions in green construction, real estate, project

David Thompson
Director of Development, The Model Group
David Thompson Director of Development, The Model Group

David joined the Model Group in 2005, became a project manager in 2006, a Development Manager in 2008 and Dire

Kevin Wright
Executive Director, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation
Kevin Wright Executive Director, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation

Kevin is a leader in community development, economic and real estate development. He is focused on using his d

Valeria Cummings Swope
Community Liaison, Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati
Valeria Cummings Swope Community Liaison, Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati

Valeria has a broad background in media relations, corporate communications and journalism. She joined the Cin

Michaela Oldfield
Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Michaela Oldfield Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

Michaela is director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. She has a PhD from Michigan State

Ellen Berninger, CHES
Active Living Coordinator/Public Health Educator, Cincinnati Health Department
Ellen Berninger, CHES Active Living Coordinator/Public Health Educator, Cincinnati Health Department

A Cincinnati native, Ellen has lived in California, Texas, South Korea and Key West before landing back in Cin

Joshua Sikich, AICP, LEED AP
Transit System Redesign Project Manager, Central Ohio Transit Authority
Joshua Sikich, AICP, LEED AP Transit System Redesign Project Manager, Central Ohio Transit Authority

Joshua Sikich, AICP, LEED AP is a multimodal planner and project manager with expertise in transit. He current

Markiea Carter
Director of the Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati
Markiea Carter Director of the Department of Economic Inclusion, City of Cincinnati

In January 2017, Markiea Carter began her tenure as the Director of the Department of Economic Inclusion. As D

Gérald R. Checco
Director, Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati
Gérald R. Checco Director, Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati

Gérald Checco is the executive director of the Metropolitan Sewer District. He comes to MSD from Public Servic

Matthew Dutkevicz
Executive Director, Butler County Regional Transit Authority
Matthew Dutkevicz Executive Director, Butler County Regional Transit Authority

Matthew Dutkevicz is the Executive Director of the Butler County Regional Transit Authority. Mr. Dutkevicz ha

Frank Busofsky
Manager of Planning, TANK
Frank Busofsky Manager of Planning, TANK

Frank has served as the Manager of Planning of TANK since November 2015. Originally from Charlottesville, Virg

Oliver Kroner
Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati
Oliver Kroner Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati

Ollie Kroner is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, where he works with city government

John Gardocki
Service Analyst, SORTA/Metro
John Gardocki Service Analyst, SORTA/Metro

John Gardocki is a Service Analyst for Cincinnati Metro. He received his Masters of Community Planning from th

Florence Parker
Public Involvement Specialist, OKI Regional Council of Governments
Florence Parker Public Involvement Specialist, OKI Regional Council of Governments

As OKI’s Public Involvement Specialist, Florence is responsible for identifying the impact of OKI’s vital tran

Scott Hassell
Director of Environmental Sustainability, Fifth Third Bank
Scott Hassell Director of Environmental Sustainability, Fifth Third Bank

Scott Hassell is the director of environmental sustainability at Fifth Third Bank. He leads the Bank’s efforts

Bob Gedert
Senior Recycling Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems
Bob Gedert Senior Recycling Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

Bob Gedert is a Senior Recycling Consultant with Resource Recycling Systems, bringing over 35 years of experie

Holly Christmann
Director, Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services
Holly Christmann Director, Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services

Holly Christmann is Director of Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services which is comprised of the