Lisa Thal

Board Member

Lisa Thal, Board Member

Lisa Thal is the General Sales Manager at WREW radio which is owned by Hubbard Interactive, which also owns and operates WUBE/WYGY, WKRQ, and She has over 27 years in broadcasting experience in the Cincinnati. She is passionate about helping businesses create conversations with new customers while retaining their current customer base. She specializes in stimulating conversations by marketing companies to over 1.2 million people and 120,000 loyal Facebook followers.  Lisa has served as President of Activities Beyond the Classroom since 2009 and as a board member since 2007. She also serves on the board of Life Center Organ and Tissue Donation and the Patty Brisben Foundation.   Lisa is a University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music graduate. She understands the impact after school activities can have on students and the community.


Bob Bedinghaus


Bob Bedinghaus, Secretary

Bob is currently Director of Business Development with the Cincinnati Bengals and Chairman of the Board for Cincinnati Federal Savings and Loan Association.  Prior to joining the Bengals front office he served as Hamilton County Commissioner, Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections and Clerk for Delhi Township.  In addition to serving on the SAF Board for XX years, Bob has served on many community Boards including the Kenton County Airport Board, Accountability and Credibility Together (ACT), Hamilton County Child and Family First Board, Hamilton County Solid Waste Management, Hamilton County General Health District and Talbert.


Richard E. Friedman


Richard E. Friedman, President

Richard E. Friedman retired from the University of Cincinnati in June, 2013 after 42 years of service. He served for 14 years as the Assistant to the President, and 14 years as a Dean in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and directed the campus-wide McMicken Honors program. As a member of the faculty he offered course work in Philosophy, including ethics, logic, and value theory and developed an electronic on-line learning module.

Friedman’s community service has included a number of leadership roles on many non- profit agency boards and foundations. He has served as the President of the boards of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati. Additionally, he is a current board member and served as the chair of the board of the American Heart Association’s Cincinnati Metro, Great Rivers Affiliate, the Vice Chair of the Hoxworth Blood Center board, and was the board chair of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, the Talbert House Advisory Board, Activities Beyond the Classroom, Tennis for Charity and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  He also chairs the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati and is the Immediate Past President of the Cincinnati Seasongood Faculty Club Board of Governors at the University of Cincinnati.

He was the recipient of the Mayor’s Friendship Medallion presented by the Cincinnati Human Relations Council and he received the Robert V. Goldstein Volunteer of the Year award given by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.


Charley Frank

Board Member

Charley Frank, Board Member

Charley Frank began as the executive director of the Reds Community Fund in 2004. He has directed the fund’s field renovation efforts, developed the youth baseball/softball funding programs and expanded the Reds Rookie Success League throughout the region. He has established annual fundraisers such as the Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, Redlegs Run and the Father’s Day Catch and is currently leading a capital campaign for the expansion of the Community Fund’s “Urban Youth Academy.”  Frank also serves on the board of the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as Cincinnati Public School’s Student Activity Foundation. Previously, Frank spent 11 years with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, serving as vice president of communications. Frank is a Northwestern University and Walnut Hills High School graduate. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Wyoming with their son, Sam, and daughter, Avery.


Brian Leshner

Executive Director

Brian Leshner, Executive Director

Brian is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School as well as Northwestern University. Prior to accepting a position as Executive Director of ABC, Brian served as the Regional Director for the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation. Mr. Leshner currently serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Tennis Club. He has also served as Co-Chairman for the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, and numerous boards in and around the Cincinnati area.


Barry Lucas


Barry Lucas, Treasurer

Barry Lucas served as President & CEO of Superior Jewelry from 1975 thru 2000. Superior Jewelry Company was the #2 domestic distributor of popular price costume Jewelry in the USA, serving the mass merchandising and drug store category, with revenues in excess of $20 million. In 2000, the business was sold to AAI/Foster Grant in an industry rollup and served as President of the Superior Jewelry /Drug Store Division. Lucas retired in 2004. Since that time has been a consultant in sourcing product from the Far East. Lucas is currently serving on numerous business & charity boards. Lucas was raised in Cincinnati and is married to wife Alice. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  The Lucas family currently resides in the Kenwood area.


Neha M. Matta


Neha M. Matta, Attorney


Jay Richey

Board Member

Jay Richey, Board Member

Jay Richey is currently the President of Kemira Water Solutions Inc., a $200 million chemical company, the US subsidiary of Kemira Oyj, a $2.5 billion chemical company based in Helsinki, Finland.  Richey also held positions as Vice President of Styrenics, Lanxess Corporation, a $400 million chemical business and Vice President of Inorganics Chemicals, Bayer Corporation. Richey has served as board member of World Affairs Council, Cincinnati.


Alex Stillpass

Board Member

Alex Stillpass, Board Member

Since joining RSA in 1992, Alex has focused his practice on the relationships and intersections of public and corporate finance. He has experience with many types of clients and transaction structures. Current and recent engagements include corporate, state and local public finance issuers. His experience with finance structures include: New Market Tax Credits, Energy Credits, Environmental Credits, State and Federal Tax Incentives, General Obligation Bonds, Revenue Bonds, Special Assessment Districts, Economic Development, and focused programmatic issuance. Alex especially enjoys complex and multi-dimensional transactions that require collaboration among parties. Alex has fostered relationships between Public and Private issuers that have resulted in successful partnerships that have benefited local communities. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Hills High School Association and advises several private companies. He holds a degree from the Murphy Institute of Political Economy at Tulane University and the FINRA designation as General Securities Representative (Series 7), Investment Banking Representative (Series 79), and Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).



Steven Edwards

Administrative Assistant

Steven Edwards, Administrative Assistant

Steven Edwards is the Administrative Assistant in the Activities Beyond the Classroom main office. He started with ABC in June 2016 and worked in Logistical Operations and International Shipping Compliance prior. He graduated from Georgetown College in 2012 where he studied abroad in Japan and graduated with his degree in Commerce, Language, and Culture with an emphasis in Asian Studies and Japanese Language. Outside of the office he participates in weekly charity events supporting a number of organizations, such as The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Cincinnati Chapter, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cat Adoption Team, and more.


Latricia Jones

Business Manager

Latricia Jones, Business Manager

Latricia Jones has been with Activities Beyond the Classroom since December 2014.  Since the start of her career with ABC, she has operated as the 21st Century Grant Director and currently serves as the Business Manager.  Before her career with ABC began, Latricia served in the Winton Hills Community for 10 years in several capacities: grant funded Program Director, After School Site Coordinator and Community Learning Center Resource Coordinator.  Latricia Jones is a native of Cincinnati and shortly after graduating from Missouri Southern State University, she moved back home and found her passion; collaborating with key stakeholders and partners to support the CPS Community Learning Center Initiative. Latricia’s education and career path have provided her with experience and expertise in true community partnership, after school programming, project management, and community support in youth education. She aspires to promote success and create opportunity for students and families in Cincinnati Public School.


Rachel Locket-Stallings

Grant Director

Rachel Locket-Stallings, Grant Director

Rachel Stallings joined Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2015 as a site coordinator under the Ohio Department of Education 21st Century Grant.  Recently promoted to 21st Century Grant Director, Rachel writes and manages grant funding for several CPS sites. Rachel also directs the ODE funded Community Connectors Grant focusing on mentorship at Douglass Elementary School, and extracurricular programs such as tennis, soccer and martial arts for elementary students.  Prior to her career with ABC, Rachel received her architectural engineering degree from The University of Cincinnati. After working on federal projects for several years, Rachel followed her passion to better the lives of children working as a tutor, parent coordinator, and after school coordinator.  Rachel prides herself on learning from and utilizing her experiences with students, families and the community to provide quality programming to students attending Cincinnati Public Schools.


Ellen van Treeck


Ellen van Treeck, Accountant

Ellen van Treeck starting working as the accountant for Activities Beyond the Classroom in June 2015.  Prior to working at ABC, she worked in various business endeavors, public accounting, private equity groups, event rental industry, as well as several family held companies.  She grew up in Cincinnati, graduating from the University of Cincinnati.



Paul Brownfield


Paul Brownfield, Aiken

Paul Brownfield is entering his third year as Athletic Director at Aiken New Tech High School. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, Paul has served Cincinnati Public Schools since 2013. Paul is both a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). An avid outdoorsman, Paul’s spare time consists of fishing and spending time with family. Personal mantra: It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.


Tom Donnelly

Walnut Hills

Tom Donnelly, Walnut Hills

Tom Donnelly is entering his 9th year as the Athletic Director at Walnut Hills High School and has been with ABC since 2011. Prior to Walnut Hills he was the Athletic Director at Clark Montessori High School for 7 years. In 2014 he was named Southwest Ohio Athletic Director of the Year. He strives to have a program that creates memories and nurtures character, where boys and girls are learning through healthy competition to become the citizens, scholars, and champions of tomorrow.


Stephen Ellison


Stephen Ellison, Woodward

Steve Ellison began his tenure with Activities Beyond the Classroom at Woodward Career Technical High School in the spring of 2013, with over 6 years of professional, collegiate and high school athletic experiences. A graduate and member of The University of Tennessee-Martin football team, with Bachelors in Science, and concentrations in Health and Human Performance and Sport management.  He completed his graduate degree at Xavier University with an M.S. in Sport Administration. Mr. Ellison has served in a variety of professional, collegiate, and high school capacities.  He has spent several years working directly under the Director of ball park operations for the Cincinnati Reds, as well as working closely with the Athletic Director at Walnut Hills high school serving as an intern, and site administrator for all athletic events. Early in his career he worked closely with the recruiting coordinator for the University of Tennessee-Martin football team as well as a brief stint with the assistant athletic director at Wright state University.  He has also worked in the Cincinnati Public school district as a teacher for several years and has coached high school football and basketball at Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy. During his stay at Cincinnati College Preparatory academy he served as the High school health and wellness instructor as well as the Athletics director for both the middle school and high school.


Brian Meyer

Clark Montessori

Brian Meyer, Clark Montessori

Brian is currently in his 1st year as Athletic Director at Clark Montessori Junior & Senior High School, and his 4th year as an Athletic Director with Cincinnati Public Schools.  Prior to his current position, Brian served as the Western Hills Junior & Senior High School Athletic Director for 3 years.  In addition to being an athletic director, Brian has held several volleyball coaching positions around the greater Cincinnati area, for both club and high school teams. In 2010, Brian was named co-coach of the year in the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association-Southwest District. Brian has also held a position as Recreation Supervisor for the Anderson Township Park District for 3 years, where he was responsible for all youth and adult sports within the Park District.

Brian has earned his RAA certification (Registered Athletic Administrator) and is working on getting his CAA certificate (Certified Athletic Administrator).  He is a two time nomine (2014-15 & 2015-16) of the SWOADA (Southwest Ohio Athletic Director’s Association) Horizon Award which is given to an Athletic Director who has shown professionalism, involvement and made a difference in his school during the first 5 years in the profession.  In 2015-16, Brian was nominated for the OIAAA (Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Meritorious Service Award which is given to an Athletic Director who has made special contributions, leadership and service to interscholastic athletics in Ohio at the local, district, and state level. Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies and Health with a Minor in Coaching from Miami University.  Brian and his wife Ashley have been married for 5 years and are expecting twins in July 2016.


Jolinda Miller


Jolinda Miller, Hughes

Jolinda Miller, Athletic Director for the past 12 years at Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a passion for student success and growth. Through Jolinda’s efforts, Hughes High School was awarded an Impact 100 grant of $101,000 this past September. The money raised was used to fill in the unused swimming pool and create an indoor practice facility on the Hughes campus. In 2013 and 2014 she led a group of students, teachers, administrators, and friends to Neply, Haiti to facilitate a basketball camp for a group of 100 orphans, child slaves, and village kids. Jolinda and her husband Britt have been married for 17 years and have 2 children. Their daughter, Jamison, is 7 and their son, Jent, is 1.


Donald Newberry

Taft H.S.

Donald Newberry, Taft H.S.

Donald Newberry was born and raised in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati.  He is a Withrow High School graduate whom later graduated with a undergraduate degree from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and graduate degrees from Tufts University (Medford Mass.) and Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH).  A veteran in the not-for-profit realm for 20 years, Mr. Newberry has worked with youth, managing youth camp and athletic programs.  He has ran health based programs promoting Diabetes awareness and healthy eating.  He has also ran programs in collaboration with the Hamilton County Board of Developmental Development for adults with disabilities.  He sits on numerous boards across the city and has a lifelong commitment to developing youth to achieve their God-given potential.  Since being at the helm at Taft High School Athletic program, Mr. Newberry has seen the development of the collaboration of the West End “Senators” youth programs that boasts annually over 900 youth between the ages of 5-12 in a myriad off youth athletic programs. “The West End of Cincinnati has many caring adults that have a relentless commitment to the healthy development of our kids; and I’m glad to be a part of the process of nurturing tomorrow’s leaders.”


P.J. Pope


P.J. Pope, Shroder

William Pope Jr., better known as P.J. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Wyoming High School, where he graduated in 2002. P.J. attended Bowling Green State University on Football Scholarship in 2002-2005. From 2006-2008 he played in NFL with the Bears, Packers, and Broncos. P.J. went on to earn his Bachelors in Education from Bowling Green in 2009, and then his Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier in 2012.

He was the Football Coach at Wyoming Middle School in 2009 and Shroder High School from 2011-2013. P.J. has also been the building Sub at Shroder in 2011-2012, Afterschool Coordinator at Withrow from 2012-2014, and is currently employed through Activities Beyond the Classroom as the Athletic Director at Shroder (since 2014).

His Personal Mantra is “Pray more, fear less, live better.”


Chuck Richardson, III

Western Hills/ Dater

Chuck Richardson, III, Western Hills/ Dater

Chuck Richardson, III is a native of Dayton, Ohio and graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Strategic Communication and a Masters of Education in Sport Administration from Xavier University. Chuck started with Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2016 as the Athletic Director at Western Hills High School. Prior to coming to Western Hills he was the Assistant Athletic Director at Taft. In addition to his work at Western Hills, he also is involved in community collaborative in his hometown of Dayton and has been instrumental in reviving the African American Homecoming Celebration at The Ohio State University. Chuck is a lover of sports and loves to root for his Ohio State Football Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers Basketball, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Bulls.

Chuck’s goal is to win a CMAC All Sports championship and he is looking forward to working with the community on the west side and his goal is to #BringBackThePride!


Jonas L. Smith

Withrow High School

Jonas L. Smith, Withrow High School

Jonas Smith is the Director of Athletics at Withrow University High School. He started his career in education in 1990 as the head girls basketball coach at Jefferson Township High School. In 1995, he started his teaching career with the Dayton Public Schools at Wilbur Wright Middle School. A year later, he became Director of Athletics for Jefferson Township Local Schools, which he held until 2005. From 2005 to 2016, Jonas worked as the Director of Athletics for the Dayton Public Schools. In 2016, he became Director of Athletics for Bowling Green City Schools, where he worked until 2017.

Jonas is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA) and Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). In addition, he has been a registered OHSAA basketball official since 1995, and has served on the Board of Directors in various roles over the years.
He graduated from Dayton Jefferson Township High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Wilberforce University in 1995. He earned his Elementary School Certification from Central State University in 1998.

Jonas resides in Dayton with his wife LaDonna, a First Grade Teacher with Dayton Public Schools, and two sons, Jaren and Jalen.



Tracy Bishop

Site Coordinator

Tracy Bishop, Site Coordinator

Tracy Bishop graduated from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has been working in youth enrichment and after school programs since 2010, first becoming an After School Site Coordinator in 2012. As Site Coordinator Tracy tries to go beyond helping CPS students academically but also works to build social-emotional competencies and critical thinking skills in her students. She thrives on seeing her students become more resilient, compassionate, and curious about the world around them.


Paola River

Site Coordinator

Paola River, Site Coordinator

Paola started working with Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2015 as a Contracted Tutor under the 21stCCLC grant. This summer, Paola joined ABC as the site coordinator at Roberts Academy. She began working in the education field after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts  in Communications and Public Relations. Shortly after, Paola pursued her masters degree in Educational Studies graduating in 2013 from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. As Site Coordinator, Paola emphasizes on creating an environment where children feel encouraged to take pride of their uniqueness, by surrounding them with positive people and engaging activities that will empower them to become confident individuals.


Kim Ronnebaum

Site Coordinator

Kim Ronnebaum, Site Coordinator

Kim Ronnebaum started with Activities Beyond the Classroom in 2014 as the Assistant Program Coordinator at Riverview East Academy, before being promoted to the Family Literacy Specialist in 2015. She began working for non-profit organizations in 2009, beginning with Sisters of Charity as an STNA and then transitioned from a Program Leader to the Assistant Program Coordinator at Saylor Park Elementary with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati (BGCGC). Kim received an award in July of 2014 for ‘Programmer of the year’ from BGCGC. She is actively involved in her own children’s education and extracurricular activities, as well as dedicating time to her photography.



Darcus Anderson

Resource Coordinator

Darcus Anderson, Resource Coordinator

Darcus Anderson is the Community Resource Coordinator for Roselawn Condon School, she is employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. Darcus previously worked for Talbert House as a Mental Health Provider, where she coordinated resources and facilitated individual, group, and classroom presentations to help increase students social skills. Darcus has a M.Ed in Counseling and a Bachelors in Psychology.


Dana Bierman

Resource Coordinator

Dana Bierman, Resource Coordinator

Dana Bierman is the Community Resource Coordinator for Aiken New Tech High School, employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom.  She coordinates and implements community partnerships and programs by engaging families and residents to support students in learning and life skills.  She also facilitates the alignment of district-wide initiatives and community involvement to strengthen services for students and families. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Dana worked in HR management in the private sector for more than 20 years before entering the field of education.


Sheena Dunn

Resource Coordinator

Sheena Dunn, Resource Coordinator

In August of 2015, Sheena Dunn became the Resource Coordinator for Frederick Douglass Elementary School employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. Sheena was born and raised in Somerset, KY and moved to the Greater Cincinnati area to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. She began her professional career in 2006 working for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio providing In-School Girl Scouting for schools throughout Cincinnati and Indiana. In 2007, she began her time at Frederick Douglass Elementary as a SES Tutoring Coordinator through the YMCA then had a short time as a substitute teacher. In 2006, Sheena began developing her after school expertise as the Imani Family Center After School Coordinator at Frederick Douglass. She lived this position from fall of 2006 to summer 2015. Recently, she finally achieved her dream job as Resource Coordinator at Frederick Douglass this past August. Sheena is the mother of a beautiful and intelligent 4 year old daughter and a cantankerous but loveable 10 year old furry baby named Tony which helps keep life exciting. She graduated from Union Institute and University in October with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership this past fall!


Linda Johnson-Towles

Resource Coordinator

Linda Johnson-Towles, Resource Coordinator

Linda Johnson-Towles is the Resource Coordinator at Silverton Paideia Academy, employed by Activities Beyond the Classroom. She is a licensed educator with a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in Library Science, and a certification in educational supervision. Previously, Ms. Towles served as the eLearning Project Manager for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an education consultant and school improvement coach for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center and taught within Cincinnati Public Schools as a Library Media Specialist. In these positions, she worked on inquiry and problem/project-based learning, instructional technology, formal and informal student assessments, and student engagement. Ms. Johnson-Towles currently coordinates community services for student and family needs, and facilitates initiatives for the sustainability of Silverton’s museum school concept.


Kathy Painter

Resource Coordinator

Kathy Painter, Resource Coordinator

Kathy Painter is a native Cincinnatian; she graduated from Our Lady of Angels High School; attended Hampton Institute; and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Over the span of her career, Kathy has worked with youth in various capacities; she has served as a Juvenile Court Hearing Officer/Liaison; Residential Treatment Counselor; After School Coordinator and is currently the Resource Coordinator at Winton Hills Academy, employed through Activities Beyond the Classroom. She has served on various advisory boards and councils; created and developed an array of curriculum, programs, and training; designed to edify, equip and elevate.

In her spare time; Kathy enjoys reading, nature walks, fine arts, and traveling. Her extensive work in the many facets of Social Justice brings her great joy.