Staff

Dave Schmitt - Executive Director

Dave Schmitt joined Groundwork as the Executive Director in June 2017. 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 he is most looking forward to working with the Mill Creek community.


Alan Edwards - Education & Training Director

Education Director Alan Edwards, a native of Cincinnati, received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Masters in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati’s School of DAAP. 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. He served in Peace Corps Senegal, West Africa from 2009-2011 as an Agroforestry Extension agent. In Senegal he helped small scale subsistence farmers implement more sustainable agriculture practices through implementing agroforestry techniques. This time in Senegal helped cement his desire to help people in need and put into practice more sustainable practices like permaculture back home.


Tanner Yess - Deputy Director

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, environmental 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. At the MCA 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.


Katie Keller - Educator & Administrator

Katie holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin. She believes that environmental- and garden-based education can be a powerful tool to engage and empower youth and enhance academic learning, a sense of place, and a connection to the local environment. She enjoys the day-to-day work of running a small non-profit and helps run Groundwork's educational programs as well as the Mill Creek Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.

 


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Sophie Revis - Green Corps & Youth Leader

Sophie was 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 relations. 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 - Green Corps

Aristotle has been a  part of Groundwork Cincinnati since 2014. He 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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Iyan Brown - Green Corps

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. 


Owen Hunter-Linville - Green Corps

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. 


Lacy Robinson - Green Corps

Lacy is the newest Green Corps members. He lives in Winton Terrace and joined the team to learn more about the factory across the street from his neighborhood. His hobbies include spoken word and music. He'll be a teaching artist at Wordplay