Groundwork Cincinnati - Mill Creek Board of Trustees and Affiliations

Dr. Patricia O'Connor (Chair) 

Brewster Rhoads (Vice Chair) 

Kate McInerney (Treasurer)

Kylie Johnson

Bradford Mank 

Allison Mastallerz

Denisha Porter

Katherine Keller (Secretary)

Mike Fremont - River Specialist & Retired Engineer
Stanley Hedeen - Ecologist

Community Advisors
Kathy Schwab
Dr. Robert Siegel
Eric Kearney



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 - Program Director, Fieldwork Manager & Trail Coordinator

Tanner Yess grew up on the move with stops in the Caribbean and Kansas before settling in Kentucky. After earning his undergraduate degree in environmental science from Northern Kentucky University he worked on a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. In 2011, Tanner began his Peace Corps assignment in southern Thailand. His work concentrated on natural resource management, environmental education and eco-tourism. During graduate school, Tanner helped start Greater Cincinnati’s Tri-State Trails Coalition; he is also a board member of Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati which helps gets urban youth into nature. Tanner’s interests include everything outdoors and pizza.