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Our Trustees

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Officers

Chairman: Cheryl O’Leary Sieve

1st Vice Chair: Bob Murphy

2nd Vice Chair: Jim Williamson

Treasurer: Ann Popp

Secretary: Kim Sims

 


Debbie Benjamin '82

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Member Since: 2015

“I chose to be a member of the Board of Trustees because I want to continue the efforts of those who have helped the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation, students and teachers over the years.  It is imperative that our future teachers and students reap the rewards for generations to come.”


“The best thing about the Foundation is the fact that they afford opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be funded.  Giving back has always been the theme and I want to be a part of such a wonderful organization.”


Benjamin has worked in the financial services industry for 28 years at various companies as a New Business Processor, Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant and Office Manager.  She has been with New York Life since 2005 as the General Office Administrative Assistant.


“Having grown up in Delhi, I graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1982. I now own my own home in Colerain which I share with my boyfriend and cat.”


Her passion is photography and when given the opportunity, she photographs weddings and engagement sessions for family and friends.  She has volunteered with the Foundation for several years taking photos for us. Benjamin serves as the official Foundation event photographer. She has attended the annual Oak Hills alumni golf outing for the last five years and the annual recognition dinner for the last two capturing memories for our guests. She loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Benjamin also serves as the Alumni Foundation social chairman and also organized her 30th year reunion.  



Earl Conklin

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Member Since: 2010

I chose to be a member of this Board of Trustees because I want to assist the teaching staff and students of Oak Hills.

The best thing about the Foundation is the way it provides funds for the staff that public funds do not.

My favorite thing about Oak Hills is the outstanding reputation OH had when my children graduated and how it helped prepare them for college and life.

Biography:

My entire career was in bonding and insurance. I was involved in community athletics when my children were school age.  Most recently I was a volunteer worker in the OHHS courtyard.



Chuck Eckert '75

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Member Since: 2011

I chose to be a member of this Board of Trustees because it is important, as an alumni and community resident, to support the educational opportunities for all Oak Hills students.

The best thing about the Foundation is the financial support it provides to teachers for enrichment projects and activities not supported by tax dollars.  It is rewarding to see what our students are able to accomplish as a result of the support from the Foundation.

Biography: I am currently an Administrator with the Hamilton County Board of Elections.



Sherry Gregor '89

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Member Since: 2012

I chose to be a member of this Board of Trustees because I believe it's important to help fund programs and educational opportunities that would otherwise not be affordable for teachers.

The Foundation gives grants to all schools in the district, so everyone benefits.  It's so fun to see the creativity and enthusiasm that comes from the students when they are given opportunities to learn outside the classroom or with resources not normally found in the classroom.

Both of my parents graduated from Oak Hills, so my children will be third generation Highlanders!  My oldest son, Troy, is at OHHS, and Drew at BMS.  I enjoy serving on the BMS PTA as Corresponding Secretary, PTA Advisory delegate, and OH Boosters liaison.  My favorite thing about Oak Hills is the sense of community and tradition.  I'm very proud to be a Highlander.


 


Mike Hudson '71

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Member Since: 2010

I chose to be a member of the Foundation as a way to give back to the school district for providing me and my extended family a great education and memories.

The best thing about the Foundation is being a member of an organization where everyone is dedicated to improving the quality of public education and the OHLSD.

Background:

Professionally, worked 35 years in supply chain management and logistics.

Some of my involvement in the OHLSD over the years has been:  softball coach with the BBA, involved with the middle and high school band, chaperoned dances, after-prom and Oakette prop dad.

I am a current member of the Boosters and in the past, worked in concessions and a member of the set-up team for the festivals.

I am Past President of the OH Alumni Association.

Current member of the OH Business Advisory Council and served on the District Transportation Review Committee.



Melissa Minella '67

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Member Since: 2014

Minella worked at the Juvenile Court of Cincinnati for 20 years as a Probation Officer and Pre-Sentence Investigator. In 1990, her family was transferred to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and she then became involved with the school district PTA where she served as the Vice President until the end of 2003.

 

Minella also served as a board member and later President on the School District Area Council Educational Committee for nine years. In addition, she served on the boards of the high school baseball and hockey teams. While in Pittsburgh, she also served as the Vice President of the Pittsburgh Penguins Amateur Hockey Organization and the Peters Township Recreational Baseball board.

 

She has served as both a commission member and Secretary of the Peters Township Youth Commission in conjunction with thelocal Police Department. “Upon returning to Cincinnati I hoped to become involved in an interesting and rewarding project,” she shared. “I feel I have found both in the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation. I look forward to meeting and working with the other board members.”



Kevin Moorman '86

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Member Since: 2014

What a privilege to connect with Oak Hills through such a rewarding group.   Not only do I have opportunity to work with bright leaders on this board but also connect with the fantastic Oak Hills staff that we provide the education grants to each year.  True honor to serve!

I have been the owner of insurance and financial services agency for 25 years.  I have helped coordinate many of the class of 1986 reunions.  I am a supporter of the Oak Hills performing arts as well as many other local performing arts organizations.

 



Bob Murphy '75

 

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Member Since: 2010

I chose to be a member of this Board of Trustees because I care about the Oak Hills School District.

The best thing about the Foundation is helping the students with projects that would not normally be funded by the district.

The great thing about Oak Hills is that I am able to stay in touch with many of my friends from high school

Biography:

Currently Area Vice President of Gallagher SKS

I have served  on several Boards including Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.

I was one of the founders of Ohio Valley Voices – a school for hearing  impaired children.

I am an active member at St. John’s Westminster Union Church.



 

Ann Popp '93

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Member Since: 2016

As an Oak Hills graduate and a past PTA President it is important to me that my children and every child in our community have the same experiences and opportunities that I had growing up.  As a member of the Board of Trustees I am excited to be able to help ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that aren't normally available in the classroom.  With the Foundation's support our teachers are able to create new adventures and experiences that our children will remember for a lifetime.

I have two children in Oak Hills schools.  I am a past PTA President of Springmyer Elementary and am currently serving as the 2nd Vice President in charge of fundraising and the Oak Hills After Prom chair.  I also serve on the Bridgetown Middle School PTA and the Oak Hills PTA Advisory Council.  I have been involved with both Boy and Girl Scouting for six years as a leader and Pack Commissioner.  I work for Leverone & Associates, Inc., a CPA firm with strong ties to the west side. I am very pasionate about the future of our Highlanders and look forward to lending my time and talents to the Foundation.


 


 

Brent Rembold '83

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Member Since: 2014

Brent Rembold is currently working as a National Sales Executive for Cincinnati-based Vantiv focused on the gaming industry. Brent has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry having worked for Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Bank and now Vantiv.


Rembold grew up in the Oak Hills School District and graduated in 1983. He and his wife Nancy reside in the District. Their daughter Abby is a junior at Oak Hills, and their son Grant is an eighth grader at Rapid Run Middle School. His grandfather, Gil Yearout, was on the first Oak Hills School Board, and participated in the actual naming of the District.


Rembold graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from Bowling Green State University.


James Schubert '65

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Member Since: 2014

Jim Schubert spent 35 years as a pharmacist, primarily working in the hospital setting, as both staff pharmacist and hospital administrator. He later was responsible for the Student Health Service Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati and worked as a pharmacist in clinics of the Cincinnati Health Department. He is now retired and volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul Charitable Pharmacy.


Besides serving on the Foundation board, Schubert is a member of the Bayley Gift Planning Cabinet and President of the Edinburgh Place Condominium Association. In 2013 he organized a 50th reunion for the Oak Hills 1963 Undefeated Championship Football Team, of which he was a member.

 

"I have fond memories of my years at OHHS, and after becoming involved last year with the team reunion, I would like to further my involvement with the District by doing what I can to continue to make the Foundation a vital community resource," Schubert said. "I look foward to working with other board members and the entire Oak Hills Family."

 


Cheryl Sieve '67

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Member Since: 2002

After graduation from The Ohio State University my career was 20 years in sales and marketing with three major consumer products companies. I finished in Chicago, IL as Director of National Accounts (retailers) Sales and Marketing.


My activities are now all community-based or related. I have served on the board of Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA), Bayley Place Endowment and Delhi Civic Association as the treasurer.  

 

Currently, I am a Delhi Trustee and a past Delhi Fiscal Officer.


Being a member and Chairperson of the Foundation is how I fulfill a personal goal and commitment to give back to the schools which started my life and subsequent career successes. It is this same quality of life experiences and education that I want future Highlanders to receive and appreciate.


I was so honored in 2005 to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.



Kim Sims '81 

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Kim Sims has been a part of the Oak Hills School District for 45 years. She attended Oakdale and J. F. Dulles Elementary Schools going on to Bridgetown Junior High and then graduating from the high school in 1981. She then coached the Bridgettes, Bridgetown’s drill team, while attending U.C.
 
After graduating, she was hired to teach sixth grade at C.O. Harrison Elementary and then moved to Oakdale Elementary. She spent four years teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Bridgetown and then returned to Oakdale teaching third and fifth grade.
  
She has served on a variety of committees throughout her career, but her passion has been, and continues to be, leading children to be lifelong lovers of reading. Kim has two daughters who have also spent their school careers in the Oak Hills School District., Lauren and Carlie. After 30 years of teaching, Kim retired and and we are thrilled to have her join our Foundation board and continue impacting Oak Hills students.

 


 

Joni Vest '81

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Member Since: 2017
After graduation from Oak Hills in 1981, I earned my BS in Biology from Northern Kentucky University. I then worked as a research assistant at UC for 4 years until I found my true passion and went to medical school in 1989 at Wright State University. I received my MD degree in 1993 and completed an Emergency Medicine residency in 1996. I worked initially in an emergency department in Cedar Rapids Iowa for 2 years, and then returned home and worked for 15 years with a group of physicians that staffed the emergency departments of what is now St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas and Florence. I retired in 2014.
I have two children. Sydney graduated in 2016 from OHHS and is a freshman at Ohio University and Sander is currently a sophomore at OHHS (2017).
 
As an Oak Hills graduate, I am excited to become a member of this board and to be involved with an entity providing financial support for academic needs inside and outside of the classroom that are not provided in the school budget. I am encouraged that this Foundation can continue to provide unique opportunities to ensure success of all of the students in this district.

 


 

Larry Welsh

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"I am pleased and honored to serve on the  Board of Trustees in order to have a continuing positive impact on the growth of young people. Oak Hills provided a highly rewarding teaching experience, for which I am ever grateful. Foundation efforts present an exciting opportunity to help students and staff implement  innovative and diverse projects and programs as catalysts for a remarkable future."


“The best qualities of Oak Hills are the constant striving for superior planning, disciplined execution of growth experiences enhancing intellectual achievement, a superior fostering of students’ individual interests through an extensive range of electives and activities, a robust respect for emotional development through a sense of true family, the concerted effort to celebrate success of both students and staff and the diligent involvement of all community stakeholders in the success of the district.”


Graduating from Taylor High School in 1970, Mr. Welsh first attended the University of Cincinnati in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. Music was an equal passion with science, causing him to rethink career goals, ultimately choosing Music Education and attending Miami University to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree. Graduate studies were at Mount St. Joseph University, focusing on Educational Philosophy and Ethics. Teaching experience includes 2 years at Ludlow Independent Schools in Kentucky as Director of Music K-12 and 35 years at Oak Hills Local Schools, serving as Director of Bands at OHHS. Additional responsibilities have been Band Director at Springmyer Elementary and Bridgetown Junior High, Orchestra Director at OHHS, Stage Manager at OHHS and Music Department Chair at OHHS, Oak Hills Community Band Director, Advisor for Oak Hills Classes of 1993/1996/1999, Oak Hills District Curriculum Council, Strategic Planning Committees, Tax Levy Campaign Committees, Vision/Mission Committees,  Redistricting Committee and member of iHARC. Professional associations and credits have included Music Educators National Conference, National Association of Jazz Educators, Ohio Music Education Association, American Bandmaster Association, National School Orchestra Association, National Association of Secondary Schools Principals and Who’s Who in American Education. Very active in other music endeavors, Mr. Welsh has played trumpet professionally since 1969, is a professional composer/arranger, served as Director of the Summer Community Band at the University of Cincinnati and Associate Director of Bands at Mount St. Joseph University. Community service has included Gamble Nippert YMCA as Treasurer and President of the booster group for the Cincinnati Synchrogators Swimming Team, Treasurer for the Taylor High School Band Boosters, Choir Director and Youth Leader for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts of America.

 

Mr. Welsh retired from Oak Hills in 2015. His wife, Vicki, is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University and had a long career as both a public school teacher and early childhood learning school administrator. She presently is an Associate In Mission with the Sisters of Charity and very active with their great work. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is a nurse and proud graduate of Oak Hills, Class of 2001.

 


 

Jim Williamson

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Member Since: 2008

I chose to be a member of this Board of Trustees because I still have an interest in the District and want to help in the Foundation’s work.

The best thing about the Foundation is its ability to fund projects for which tax money is not available.

I worked in the OHLSD for 37 years as teacher, assistant principal and Principal at OHHS as well as at the district office.  This experience in the district gives me insight on the needs of the district and what the Foundation might be able to do to return it to the prominence that it once enjoyed.