Dorothy Air, Ph.D.

Dr. Air's career experiences have spanned health care, education, business/economic development and community involvement. She is currently Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization at the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for oversight of technology transfer operations for its $280 million research base; establishment of supportive commercialization infrastructure; management of a Pre-seed Investment Fund; facilitation of university-industry collaborations; establishment of partnerships with regional economic development initiatives that promote entrepreneurial outcomes; planning of showcase events for university technologies; and development of regional entrepreneurial education programs and resource network systems. In addition, she is a loaned executive from the University to CincyTechUSA, where she manages a grant program for early stage start-up companies to position them for investment, advises entrepreneurs on business opportunities/strategies and oversees subcontract agreements of the Entrepreneur Signature Program’s Third Frontier Grant. Among her awards are the 2007 Leading Women of Greater Cincinnati In Entrepreneurship and voted one of the 2006 Cincinnati’s Top 10 Women in Technology by Cincinnati Women’s Business.

She is a board member of Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Airport and a board member and vice president of Covington Ladies Home. She also serves on the board of the Hamilton County Business Center, Edison Materials Technology Center. She is a consultant to the Competitive Economy Action Team of the Greater Cincinnati Agenda 360 Initiative.

Dr. Air holds a BS and MS in Speech Pathology from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from University of Cincinnati.

John Mocker

John Mocker is Vice President and partner of LB Industries, Inc., in Covington, where he has been since 1984. LB Industries is a major processor and distributor of tubular products to industry nationwide. He is a past president of the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors.

His current and past community service includes serving on the Kenton County Airport Board Advisory Committee, as president of the board of directors of The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, on the Board of Trustees for the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation, as a member of its Samaritan Committee and member Samaritan Society, a member of the board of directors for The Carnegie Center for Performing Arts. He is a past president of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and on the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation

He is active in the Republican Party of Kentucky, currently serving as secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Boone County Republican Party and was a delegate to 2004 and 2008 Republican National Convention. He is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

Mocker earned the Knowles-Rubenstein Award of Excellence, an industry award by the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors. He was named Jim Bunning Man of the Year and received the NASPD President’s Award.

Mocker is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration.

William Scheben, Jr.

William J. "Bill" Scheben, Jr., is retired chairman of Liberty National Bank of Northern Kentucky. His 30 years in banking include First National Bank of Cincinnati, The Community Bank of Erlanger, Ky., and Liberty National Bank of Northern Kentucky.

He joined our board in 2011, as a continuation of his long service on the board of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky.

Mr. Scheben holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Kentucky.

Lee Scheben

Lee Scheben is currently Senior Vice President of Heritage Bank, which he joined in 1994. He has over 25 years experience in the financial industry and holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Lee is also a graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking.

He has been active in several community organizations. Currently he is on the Executive Board of the St Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation and is a member of the Lottery Board for the State of Kentucky. Lee was previously President of the American Heart Association of Northern Kentucky and is the Past President of the Boone County Library Board. A past youth coach for both soccer and basketball, Lee resides in Union, Ky., with his wife Courtney and daughters, Sydney and Summer.


Frank Bardonaro, Jr.

After two years as the Managing Director for Global Sales for Terex Corporation in Zurich, Frank and his wife, Priscilla, have returned to the USA where he is now President of Business Development and Sales for Maxim Crane. They are both looking forward to working with local organizations to become active citizens in the community--Frank as a Board Member for the Community Foundation and Priscilla an Advocate for the Children's Advocacy Center. 

Frank is also a proud father to his 17 year old daughter who is a cheerleader during her senior year this year. 

Tony Berling

Northern Kentucky native Tony Berling is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has been a Professional Licensed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor with James W. Berling Engineering PLLC for the last 20 years.

Over the last 10 years, Berling has managed the development and sales for the Triple Crown Country Club in Union, Ky., and serves as the developer representative on the Triple Crown HOA Board. He chairs the Architectural Control Committee that oversees all homeowner improvements and modifications.

In addition to his professional affiliations, Berling is a member of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Kentucky Association of Professional Land Surveyors.

Berling resides in Union with his wife, Donna, and two children, Haley and Merik. He enjoys golf, basketball, boating and cheering for his kids' sports and activities.

Ed Buechel

Ed Buechel is an attorney with Raines, Buechel, Conley & Dusing. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He started his career at Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati, where he became a partner in 1984. In 1996, he and another attorney started their own firm and in 2008 joined with two other attorneys to create their current firm. His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel.

Ed joined the board of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky in 2011 as a continuation of his service on the board of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky. He is also a member of the board of St. Charles Care Center and SCNK. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Legislative Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section and an author and frequent speaker on topics involving probate and estate planning.

He holds an AB Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Xavier University and a JD (Order of Coif) from University of Kentucky College of Law.

Bryan Carlisle

Bryan Carlisle has over 30 years experience in the construction industry with a primary focus on crane rental. He now serves as Senior Vice President of Maxim Crane Works, L.P., the largest crane rental company in the U.S., with 32 offices from coast to coast. Mr. Carlisle is also Chairman and Partner of C&B Marine Services based in Covington, Ky. C&B Marine serves the needs of the towing industry on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Paducah with towboats, barges and unloaders.

As an active member of the community, Mr. Carlisle serves as Chairman of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK). He is also vice chair of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky and serves on the board of the Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Carlisle is a resident of Union, Ky. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated from Covington Catholic High School. He is married to Kimberly (Chair of The Advocates for the NKYCAC) and has three sons, Clayton, Blake and Colton, and two daughters, Madison and Annashea.


Matthew Eilers

Sherry Hempfling

Timothy Lally

Jim Reynolds

Kurt Keeney

Kurt Keeney is President and CEO at SSK Company, with 14 mobile home parks located in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. He joined the board of the Community Foundation in 2011 as a continuation of his service on the board of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky.

Linda Schaffer

Linda Schaffer is an attorney with Keating Muething & Klekamp. Her practice is concentrated in the area of real estate law. She is a registered land attorney in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Prior to joining Keating Muething & Klekamp, Ms. Schaffer practiced with a law firm in Northern Kentucky. Her practice areas include real estate, probate, wills, family law, including dissolutions and adoptions, bankruptcy and municipal law.

Ms. Schaffer joined the board of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky in 2011, as a continuation of her service on the board of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky.

She is a recipient of the Pro Bono Award from Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, Inc. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association. She is a member of the Florence Board of Adjustment and of Cardinal Hill Specialty Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a past member of the Florence City Council and the Boone County Planning Commission.

Betsy Scheben

Betsy Scheben joined the board of Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky in 2011, as a continuation of her long time service on the board of Cardinal Hill of Northern Kentucky. She also serves on the Cardinal Hill LTACH Board at St. Elizabeth, Ft. Thomas.

Mrs. Scheben holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in fine arts from University of Kentucky.

Greg Schrand

Greg Schrand is President of GSE, Inc. He has a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, MBA from Xavier University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Greg was previously a member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, including two years as Board President and a present member of the Board at SD1.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys golfing, skiing and traveling with his family.

Marc Watson

Marc is a lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky. He currently resides in Union with his wife, Lori, and their three children. Marc is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a BS in Accounting. Marc has over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry, and has been a licensed CPA in Kentucky since 2002. He began his career in public accounting in 1998 with a focus on not-for-profit, governmental, manufacturing, and insurance industries. He worked for seven years in public accounting in Cincinnati, Ohio for BDK, LLP--one of the top 10 accounting and audit firms in the United States.

Marc currently is the Director of Business Affairs for the University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College which is the largest regional college in Ohio. He oversees its $36M budget and financial processes, as well as human resources functions for the College. Prior to this, he held a position at UC's main campus in the Office of Internal Audit. In this position, Marc managed all of the internal audits that occurred at the University for over 6 years.

Marc has served on several finance committees of not-for-profit charities in the last 10 years. One of Marc's strengths is his knowledge on internal controls of various business and financial processes and understands how to realistically strengthen internal controls from large corporations to small organizations. He is a firm believer of having proper internal control structures in place to avoid misappropriation of assets (financial and/or physical). 

We are pleased to have him as one of our newest board members of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky.

Betsy Weber

Chris Welsh

Chris Welsh is in his 16th season as Reds TV analyst following a 5-year Major League career with the Padres, Expos, Rangers and Reds. Chris went 21-31 with a 4.45 ERA, 8 complete games and 3 shutouts in 122 career appearances, including 75 starts.

He and partner George Grande are working together for the 16th consecutive season. They are the longest-running TV duo in Reds history. He is a graduate of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, where his baseball coach was Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

In addition to his television work, Chris is a partner in Champions Sports Academy, which builds and operates numerous sports training facilities throughout the country. He also teaches pitching in the offseason, is the featured speaker at several national baseball forums and publishes articles on baseball.