The Board of Trustees of Friends of the Ravines meets at 7:00 in room 100 of the Northwood High Building on the 4th Wednesday of every month except during July, November, and December. The Northwood High Building is located at 2231 North High Street.


The Board of Trustees

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Brian Gara is a Wetland Ecologist with a strong interest in studying native Ohio fern species. He graduated with a BA in Art and Biology from Bluffton College (1985), an MS in Botany from Ohio University (1987), and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Environmental Science (1995). Brian is currently employed as an Environmental Specialist with the Ohio EPA. His hobbies include hiking central Ohio parks, playing basketball, and throwing the Frisbee with his daughters, Sarita and Rajeshwari. Brian’s two-part article, “Ferns in the Ravines of Central Ohio,” appeared in the Fall 2004/Winter 2005 and Spring/Summer 2005 issues of Ravinia. His fern photography was the centerpiece of Friends of the Ravines’ display at Riverfest in 2005.


VICE-CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Sherrill Massey has an MFA in drawing and printmaking. Her drawings and prints have been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has served as a trustee on numerous boards including The Italian Village Society, North Market Development Authority, and Godman Guild Association and Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. She is a volunteer photographer and archivist for the OSU Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens. She has been a resident of Columbus since 1974 and lives in Italian Village.

EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Martha Harter Buckalew has been active in Friends of the Ravines since its inception. She served on the original advisory board, has been involved in the Glen Echo restoration since it began, and has contributed articles to Ravinia. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and has held numerous district and state offices in the Ohio Music Teachers Association.

SECRETARY

Maureen Crossmaker has been restoring her ravine home since 1985. After the Glen Echo slope restoration project was completed, she engaged the city's contractor, who agreed to partner on a private initiative, and her home's slope restoration was completed. Maureen has also been improving a small farm, removing invasives, restoring native trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat, and transitioning to organic practices. For the last twenty years she has worked in a public legal agency that serves individuals with disabilities.

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Alice Waldhauer is a geologist and environmental consultant with a keen interest in preserving natural settings within the urban environment.  She graduated with a B.S. in physical sciences from the Ohio State University and has been involved with environmental remediation and water-quality assessment at industrial facilities for more than 20 years.  Her hobbies include hiking and biking in central Ohio parks, gardening, wildflower observation, and birdwatching.  She has lived in Clintonville between Glen Echo and Walhalla Ravines for more than 15 years.  In the past, Ms. Waldhauer has volunteered for other central Ohio organizations including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Soil Conservation Service (now the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District), SWACO Hazardous Household Waste Collection Events, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Carrie Morrow is the Assistant Resource Manager at Metro Parks, working on many projects including project management in habitat restoration, biotic surveying and progressing implementation of GIS data systems into the resource management program.   She received her Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Wildlife Management from the Ohio State University.  While attending college Carrie held internships with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Recreation and Division of Wildlife and the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Resource Management section that helped focus her career to land and wildlife management.  Carrie has also worked for ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, assisting with studies of Ohio's rare and endangered plant species and communities and coordinating invasive plant education throughout the state.  Past Board positions include Vice President of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council.  She lives with her husband and two children in Grove City.

HONORARY MEMBER

Salle Cleveland, former editor of Ravinia and founder of Friends of the Ravines, now resides in Delaware, Ohio. The Board of Trustees is grateful to Salle for her vision and her commitment.

Jack Cooley is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Columbus State Community College, with foreign policy as his academic field. He a member of two City of Columbus Commissions: Development and Transportation. He has been a member of various civic organizations and has lived in Clintonville for 23 years.

GLEN ECHO RESTORATION PROJECT DIRECTOR

Chris O’Leary has served as the project director of the Glen Echo Slope Restoration and Stabilization since 2000. He has coordinated volunteer work crews, donations from the city, purchase of supplies, the Civilian Conservation Corps and volunteer planting crews. Since 2006, Chris has coordinator for annual Earth Day cleanups, invasive plant removal, and native plant replacement in Glen Echo Park. Professionally Chris is a freelance illustrator.