About Us

Steering Committee

Steering Committee October 30 was a lively affair!

The Steering Committee  was established in November 2009 under the name of Miller Ecological Park Committee to spearhead projects to develop Miller Park. It is a subcommittee of the Miller Ecological Park Fund.

The Steering Committee is comprised of both Miller family members and Lebanon community members. The Mission of the Miller Ecological Park Committee is to perpetuate a legacy of environmental stewardship by conserving and restoring native ecosystems that benefit residents of the City of Lebanon and surrounding areas through education, passive recreation and demonstration of the ideas and ethics that sustain healthy communities.

How are we Different?

The Miller Ecological Park Committee is a unique partnership between the City of Lebanon, the Community of Lebanon, and the Miller Family Descendants to create a park with forested trails, rain gardens, natural play areas, wildlife viewing, and educational programs where people of all ages can experience what Thoreau called "the tonic of wildness."

2015: Steering Committee of Friends of Miller Park (A Subcommittee of the Miller Ecological Park Fund)

  • Tim Huitger, Chairperson
  • Faith Nicolet, Assistant Chairperson
  • Carol Carraway, Secretary
  • Jane Davis, Representative to Park Board from Parks and Rec
  • Marketa Anderson, OCVN and Environmental Activist
  • Kate Browne,  MEP Facebook
  • Heather Lacey, Ecologist
  • Amy Pond, Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • John Sigler, Hart Road Representative
  • Dave Woehr, OCVN
  • Peggy Logue, OCVN

Advisors:

  • Scott Brunka, City of Lebanon, Advisor
  • Henry Brockman, Warren County Foundation, Advisor
  • Bob Henn, Biologist, Advisor
  • Bill Lindauer
  • Kathy Henry
  • Marsha Ginther
  • Nancy McLaughlin, Master Gardener
  • Family Advisors: Mike Mullett, Nancy Miller Myerholtz, Bonnie and Bill Stalter, Esther Larson

Honorary Past Members of the Steering Committee/Trustees (Always welcome and appreciated!)

  • Ruth Combs
  • Tom Hoeffel
  • Carrie Vaughan

Remembered Past Members Who are Deceased

  • Tom Mullett
  • Katherine Rowland
  • Liz Stegman

Biographies of our members and advisors are below.

We are adding biographies as we receive them.


Marketa Anderson

Marketa at the November 21 MEP meeting where she gave a presentation on the status of the bee crisis in nature today.

"I live in a three acre woods in Clearcreek Township, Warren County, Ohio, with my fiance Zane Nolen and our three adopted poodles, Joy, Sophie, and Trinket. My passion is being a good steward of the earth and being respectful of all living things. I retired from a 36 year career at NCR Corporation and began participating in service learning programs with Five Rivers Metroparks in 2002. I am currently certified as a Metroparks Volunteer and Ohio Volunteer Naturalist. I enjoy gardening for wildlife, nature, travel, traditional rug hooking, dancing, and believe it or not, preparing income tax returns, and last but not least, a good margarita.

"My recent focus is to raise awareness of the need to label genetically modified "GMO" foods and to better regulate both hydraulic fracturing "fracking" and the disposal of toxic fracking waste."


Kate A. Browne

Kate canoeing the Little Miami River

Since a child, I’ve loved nature stories and considered it the responsibility of every citizen of earth to be a good steward of their environment. As a girl I traipsed in the woods behind our house naming the trees and birds and eating wild berries & parsnips. As a girl scout, I hiked and camped -- from the Little Miami’s Camp Butterworth to Chattanooga’s Appalachian

Mountains.  In high school I helped start our Ecology Club’s recycling program and celebrated the 1stEarth Day on April 22, 1970.

As an undergraduate I studied urban environmental biology. As a young adult, I lived in a studio on the banks of the Ohio, heard the Delta Queen’s calliope, as I worked on a PBS documentary about a working Kentucky artist living the Thoreau/Wendell Berry, self-sufficient, rural life farther down river.  I was married on the Mark Twain Riverboat – because we thought “The River the most spiritual place in town.”  I’ve written Cincinnati Planetarium scripts, made baskets in urban parks from wild ivy, and participated in numerous ecology Clean Up Days.

As an urban educator I researched alternative energy, niche biodiversity, and taught Chicago teens the value of living “Green.” And even tho’ living in cities, every year I’d planted a container edible garden and every day gathered my recyclables in a bin. Now that I’ve returned to SW Ohio, I celebrate every birthday with aLittle Miami canoe trip and celebrate the annual Perseid Meteor Shower with a night sky
watch.  Now that I finally have my own house for a home, I’m learning to garden in the ground and utilizing the knowledge of more earth-friendly practices gleaned from the Miller Ecological Park– to be a better steward of my little plot of land.

I’m so grateful to be involved with such a great group of people and helping to create such an important educational public park and revitalizing natural space.


Carol Carraway

arol enjoying her view of Miller Ecological Park

I was born in Massachusetts and lived in the town my Dad was also raised in (Attleboro) until I went off to college.  My memory of childhood is filled with lots of outdoor play and natural settings.  We had a summer cottage on a lake about 5 miles from home.  My Dad was an OB/GYN and needed to be able to get to the hospital within a reasonable time.  I also spent some parts of my summers on Cape Cod and went to summer camp in Vermont for 7-8 years.  In all these places, I always enjoyed nature...flowers, trees, birds etc.  My mother was a strong influence in the bird department. She seemed to know so many by name and their calls.

I attended Elmira College in Elmira, NY, graduating with a teaching degree in elementary education.  This was the career path I always knew I would follow.  In 1967, I moved to Denver, CO and began teaching a split 5th/6th grade class.  That was a challenge for my first year. Over the next 4 years I remained in 4th, 5th or 6th grade and always enjoyed the children.  In 1969, I met my soon to be husband, Rich.  He was fresh out of the Air Force in Wyoming and had taken a job with GE in Denver. We were married in March, 1970. One year later we were transferred by GE to the Cleveland area right when we were about to become parents.  Ten days after Debbie was born we moved to Cleveland.  Doug followed two years late and Susan followed him late in 1975.  Sometimes I think their growing years were a blur. It certainly happened too quickly.
 
In 1980 we were again tranferred to Cincinnati where Rich continued to work for GE for many years. The kids were 9,7 and 4 at that time.  So, for much of their lives they have been in sothern Ohio.  I had not worked since Debbie was born, but in Anderson Township took a preschool teaching job with the YMCA.  Preschool grew into a childcare job, then a Family Life Director's position, and for the last 7 years of my YMCA work I was the Associate Director of the Y.  Those were good years.  My work was just a mile from home and I could be Mom and a Y director at the same time. The children are grown now.  We have grandchildren in CA and GA with our daughters who are working moms, one teaching and a naturalist, and one working for Siemens.  Our son works forThe OSU as videographer for the Fisher Business School.
 
I retired from the Y after 20 years, and 5 years later, as empty nesters, we moved north to Lebanon.  We love Lebanon and have especially loved having  Miller Park property in our backyard.  We did some checking to be fairly sure this property would always remain a park before we moved here.  The park's future may have been a little uncertain for awhile, but I am so happy the development of Miller Ecological Park is underway.
 
My interests vary a bit.  I play English Handbells at my church, an activity I have loved at 4 different churches. I'm a frustrated piano person!  Rich and I both love many types of music and theater. I spend 2-3 mornings a week working out at the Countryside YMCA.   I love to read novels, often best sellers and attend a monthly book group.  I knit and crochet.  Knitting I learned as a child, but crocheting I taught myself as my grandchildren came along.  I wanted to make a blanket for each of them( we have 4) and I have done so as well as many other items.  Rich and I like to get out in the country walking and enjoying the outdoors.  I also spend parts of 2-3 days a week volunteering with children in our schools. My newest interest is in Miller Eco Park.  I have met interesting people and I am so happy to be a part of the committee. I'm working on learning to recognize many prairie flowers!

Heather Lacey

Heather and David Lacey and one of their sons at MEP meeting

My interests in Miller Ecological Park stem from both my professional background and from a desire to ensure that educational opportunities are available for children in the area. My husband David and I have two sons (ages 8 and 12) that attend Lebanon city schools and I would love to see the park become an important environmental educational resource for the school system. I am a certified ecologist and Environmental Scientist with LJB Inc., a local engineering firm. I attended Wright State University where I received a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Biology. In my current role, I manage the environmental sciences group that is focused on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and planning. I am also an active member of the firms sustainability committee that aims to reduce the environmental footprint of daily operations.


Dave Woehr

Dave Woehr

 

My parents were avid outdoorsmen.  They instilled in me an appreciation of nature that has lasted a lifetime.   I retired in 2003 after a 39-year career in engineering.  Upon retirement I moved to Lebanon and discovered the wonderful nearby parks and natural features of Warren County.  Here, a long and dormant interest sprang back to life for me – nature photography.  It became my retirement hobby and main focus.  Quite by chance, nature photography opened many doors for me and helped me establish a connection with my community.  I became am Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, a Friend of the Warren County Park District, a contributor to nature television programming on Lebanon’s cable Ch. 6, a member of the Miller Ecological Park steering committee, and a contributing writer in the Lebanon Local newspaper  with a monthly column featuring parks, nature, naturalists, and associated events and programs.  I may be having more fun than the law allows. 



Bob Henn

Bob Henn at Miller Ecological Park

Robert Henn, is a biologist, naturalist, teacher, and lifelong resident of Ohio.  He graduated from Brookville High School where he was in the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.     Henn graduated from Otterbein University with a bachelor's degree in biology.  He earned graduate degrees in education from Baylor University and Miami University.  Bob is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  A biology teacher for thirty-six years, he is currently Professor (Ret.) of Biology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.   Bob is married and the father of three adult children.  He enjoys hiking, camping, and model railroading.