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Reverend Thomas Bokenkotter is the founder of the Over the Rhine Soup Kitchens. A highly respected historian, he is the author of several published books on the history of the Catholic Church. Long time Pastor of Assumption Parish, Walnut Hills, he turned the Assumption School Building into the Geiger House, apartments for women and children in crisis. Father Bokenkotter has dedicated his ministry to issues of Social Justice and the many needs of the poor.
Dixie Cherrington is a well-known gourmet cook in Cincinnati. After a career in radio and television, she opened a restaurant in Mount Adams. Her talents as a gourmet cook made Cherrington’s Restaurant a favorite place for her many regular customers. Always concerned for the needs of the poor, Dixie never turned away the needy from her Mount Adams kitchen. She prepared nourishing meals for the children who attend the Emanuel Center on Race Street for six years. Currently she does individual catering and cares for her grandson.
Gary Dagres is a Business Development Leader at GE Aviation. He currently works on strategic transactions that help shape GE Aviation’s business portfolio, including acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and other commercial arrangements. He has experience in leading due diligence efforts, financial valuation, contract negotiation, and business strategy. Gary holds a BA in economics from The Ohio State University, a Masters degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a MBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Sister Mary Aloyse Gerhardsteln, RSM has been a Sister of Mercy of the Cincinnati Congregation for over 50 years. Her ministry has been in education with experience on the elementary and high school levels. After earning an elementary teaching certificate from the Association Montessori Internationale in Bergamo, Italy in 1972, she has worked as a Montessori teacher at Mercy Montessori in Walnut Hills and as a teacher-trainer for Xavier University. Sister spent three years in Johannesburg, South Africa where she helped open the first Elementary Montessori School in 1983. Since then she has returned to South Africa several times to train teachers in this method. A trained musician and published composer, Sister Aloyse teaches school music and Cultural Studies at Mercy Montessori Center and is currently music director at Assumption Parish in Walnut Hills.
Dolores Goldfinger worked at Jewish Family service for 29 years as a geriatric social worker and also worked with resettlement. She arranged housing for newly arriving Russians and Vietnamese emigrants settling in Cincinnati. Since 2005, Dolores has volunteered at the Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen. Her experience includes founding the Ohio Chapter of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation and serving as Chapter Council Chairperson. With her husband, Dolores started the Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Children Hospital and began a support group for families involved there. She is a former board member of Temple Sholom and chairperson for the soup kitchen committee. Dolores received the Citizen award from Housing for Older Americans in 1994 and the Building Bridges Award from Inclusion Network in 1997. Currently Dolores serves Rockdale Temple as chairperson for three projects: the soup kitchen committee, caring community, and the Uganda coffee project.
Rob Lemmons, CFP®, CPA, AIF®, CEPA As Director of Financial Planning, Rob is responsible for every client’s financial planning experience with FMG. His credentials cover 20+ years of financial planning, investment advice and tax reduction strategies to affluent clients located worldwide; Specializes in maximizing wealth for retirement and financial independence; expertise in corporate retirement plans and complex executive incentive compensation programs such as non-qualified employee stock options, incentive stock options, restricted and performance based shares; and expert on employee benefits. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CFP®, and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA); Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of CPAs, Financial Planning Association (FPA); Registered Financial Advisor with National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA); and Accredited Investment Fiduciary AIF® designation through the Center for Fiduciary Studies in association with the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Rob is frequently invited to speak on financial planning and tax advisory topics. He enjoys spending time with his three children, coaching various sports and regularly volunteering at his children’s school.
Michael Mattingly, Esq., A Labor and Employment attorney with Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, Mike returned to Cincinnati after graduating from Notre Dame Law School. Mike is a native Cincinnatian having graduated from St. Xavier High School. He attended St. Louis University, and then was commissioned as an Army Officer, serving five plus years in the 101st Airborne Division. Mike was involved in combat operations in both Iraq (2005-06) and Afghanistan (2007-09) during his time in the Army. He is also a member of the United Way Emerging Leaders Program, the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Professionals, and serves as Chairman of the Red Cross Young Professionals Military Support Committee.
Bill McBride is a career foodservice professional whose life’s work has been about feeding people. He currently holds the position of district sales manager for the Vollrath Company a manufacturer of foodservice equipment based in Sheboygan, WI. His territory includes southwest Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His work with the Over-the- Rhine Kitchen dates back to 1995. Since 1997 he has been the chair of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbi’s Task Force to Feed the Hungry. This is the group that sponsors Sundays at the Over-the Rhine Kitchen. He has two adult sons one of whom is currently working in Sydney, Australia and the other works in Washington, DC. He lives in the Oakley area of Cincinnati with his wife Linda.
Mary Ann McDowell retired in 1990 after a thirty-one year career with Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Most of her career with IRS was in management positions. Mary Ann is currently working part-time at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, a non-profit organization, as Crisis Assistance Program Coordinator. Her passion is fighting for justice, especially in the workforce. She has held numerous leadership roles in organizations that fought for equality for minorities, women and the disadvantaged. Since 1997 she has been an active leader with The AMOS Project, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, interfaith group of religious congregations committed to living out their faith through public action.
Susan A. Morgan is the President of Solutions Unlimited, a virtual agency delivering a full range of marketing services. She is skilled at developing effective strategies to help clients successfully market their products/ services. With a BBA in marketing from the University of Cincinnati, Susan has been in that field since 1981. Her clients have included Cincinnati Bell, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cintas, The Columbus Dispatch and others. Susan enjoys leading her marketing and design teams to deliver great work for clients. In past years Susan served as a literacy tutor for Clermont County Literacy Council and aided in the rescue and adoption of a number of stray animals. She is a member of the Goering Center, Clermont County Chamber, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Milford-Miami Township Chamber.
Rita Nzinga has been a resident of Cincinnati for the past twenty years. Her point of origin is Asheville, North Carolina where she was a child of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM). Rita was a founding member of both the Asheville Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday celebration and Goombay, an African-Caribbean festival. Over the years Rita has advocated on behalf of domestic violence victims and substance abusers. She is president and founder of Sistuh Circle of Cincinnati, a small women’s nonprofit, which in 2007 became a part of the rotation of the Walnut Hills soup kitchen. Rita is a wife, mother and ten-year veteran foster parent with Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS). She was recently appointed to the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program Committee.
Reverend Matthew J. Robben was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on May 19, 2012 and is currently assigned as a scripture teacher and campus minister at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. Fr Robben graduated from the Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount Saint Mary Seminary with a Master’s degree in Divinity and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. Prior to seminary formation, he received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History from the University of Cincinnati. Fr Robben’s return to college was preceded by ten years of restaurant management experience. In August of 2013, Fr Robben received the Timothy Pryor Award for 15 years of dedicated service as co-teen program director for FAMOHIO, an organization dedicated to families with bleeding disorders. Fr Robben’s love for the poor developed while in seminary formation when he had the privilege of volunteering for the Walnut Hill Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.
Terence (TT) Stern-Enzi is a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Currently a freelance writer (film criticism and features for Cincinnati CityBeat and Dayton CityPaper) and an adjunct professor with the University of Cincinnati’s Journalism Department, tt has been an active participant in Cincinnati’s non-profit arts and community service outreach (Happen, Inc., Inktank, private contractor providing after-school writing programs teens and at-risk youth, and various programs and committees for the Archdiocese).
Brother Timothy Sucher, OFM, a Franciscan Brother since 1976, he is currently the Guardian of St. Francis Seraph Friary. He studied Philosophy at Duns Scotus College in Michigan and theology at St. Leonard College and the University of Dayton. Previously Brother Tim served as Coordinator of Outreach Programs for two parishes in Detroit and was the House Manager of St. Vincent Hotel, an overnight emergency shelter for men, women, and children in Dayton, Ohio. Brother Tim is very active in Over the Rhine where he is striving to coordinate the work of the many social agencies serving the area.