Staff

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Dave Schmitt

Dave is experienced in river conservation, solid waste management, brownfield remediation, and the gamut of federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

Dave earned a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College, an M.S. in Forestry from University of Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A native Cincinnatian, Dave practiced environmental law for 25 years with Cors & Bassett, LLC. and has served on the Boards of several environmental organizations.

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Alan Edwards

Alan has a strong desire to help people in need and put into practice more sustainable environmental practices like permaculture and invasive species control. He served in the US Peace Corps (Senegal, West Africa '09-11) as an Agroforestry Extension Agent where he helped small scale subsistence farmers implement more sustainable agriculture practices through implementing agroforestry techniques. While in graduate school he served as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and also a National Parks Service, Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Fellow.

Alan is a native of Cincinnati, received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Master’s in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati’s School of DAAP.

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Tanner Yess

Tanner was raised by scientists, and grew up paddling, pedaling, and planting trees. Whether on the trail or in the lab, he learned how to hustle in settings that lacked diverse representation. After earning a degree in environmental science and restoration, he worked on a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. His Peace Corps service involved resource management, education and eco-tourism. During graduate school, Tanner helped form Greater Cincinnati’s Tri-State Trails Coalition. He is a National Park Service Mountains to Main Street Ambassador; SHIFT Emerging Leader; and recipient of the 2018 Murie Center Rising Leader Award. As part of Groundwork USA he builds programs that connect communities to nature through recreation, science, and jobs. Yess' passion is creating new pathways for urban youth to access green careers.

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Bennett Kottler

Bennett has a long history of work in environmental protection, air quality planning, engineering, and remediation. He has worked as an environmental site assessor, consultant, instructor/trainer, urban forestry commission member, and professor of science education and environmental studies. He loves all things food and music and also plays guitar and banjo in a local band, The Hot Magnolias.

Bennett earned B.A. in Biology from Boston University, and both a Master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Environmental Toxicology.

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Katie Keller

Katie believes that environmental education can be a powerful tool to engage and empower youth and enhance academic learning. She is thrilled to be part of an organization with environmental and social justice and equity at its core. Katie works on environmental- and garden-based education, the Green Team youth employment program, and helps oversee the Mill Creek Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program. She enjoys the day-to-day work of running a small non-profit, including communications and financial management.

Katie holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin.

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Linda Keller

Linda joins our team with a strong background in community and non-profit work. An optimist and a connector, Linda has worn many hats throughout her career in outreach, education and administrative roles. She served in the US Peace Corps (Ecuador ’89-91) as an agriculture extension volunteer working with small subsistence farmers in a rural Andean village and focused on projects involving soil conservation, erosion control, companion planting, seed selection, and small animal husbandry.

Linda earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Cincinnati.

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Sophie Revis

Sophie is the Green Corps Program Manager. Born and raised in Cincinnati. She is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati in environmental studies with a focus on sociology and international human rights. Sophie discovered her passion for environmental work from her time in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. She enjoys cooking, live music, hiking, and pondering the afterlife and her place in the universe.

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Aristotle Buie

Aristotle has been a part of Groundwork Cincinnati since 2014. He is a graduate of Hughes Zoo Academy and is currently attending the University of Cincinnati for environmental studies. His hobbies include skateboarding, hiking, and photography.

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Owen Hunter-Linville

Owen has been with Groundwork Cincinnati for three years, starting as a Green Team youth leader, and working his way up to a Green Corps member. He is a Cincinnati Zoo Academy graduate and will be attending Cincinnati State for Sustainable Horticulture technology. He was born and raised in Northside and loves cycling and canoeing.

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Iyah Brown

Iyah joined Groundwork Cincinnati as part of the youth Green Team in 2016. She lives in nearby South Cumminsville, where she serves as the community council secretary. Iyah will be commencing an Americorps Vista internship with partner organization Working in Neighborhoods in summer 2018.