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
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.
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.
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.