Board of Directors / Advisory Panel
President - Corey Ann Ringle (2018) has served on FoCH's board since 2010, and as president since 2013. She became familiar with the park as a Girl Scout, and first camped there in 1990. The historic buildings on the property piqued her interest in historic architecture, and informed her career direction: she holds a master’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. Corey currently works at Paskevich and Associates in Cleveland. In 1997, Corey and other members of her Girl Scout troop built the orienteering courses in the park.
Vice President - Beth Sanderson ( 2018) currently serves as the vice president of the Friends of Crowell Hilaka and has been a member of the organization since 2010. She manages the marketing function for FoCH. Beth is a trained habitat steward with the National Wildlife Federation, an instructor for Landscape for Life, and is an Ohio certified volunteer naturalist. She is also trained to teach to teach Passport to Fishing offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resource (ODNR). She is also a member and volunteer of the Ohio Natural Preserves Association. Beth’s favorite thing to do at Crowell Hilaka is hike with friends and take pictures of the natural landscape among the historic structures; she always sees something new or in a different way. The property is her favorite place to connect with nature, and her dream is to someday grow native plants on-site to improve the grounds.
Secretary - Lynn Scholle Richardson ( 2020) is the co-founder of FoCH, along with her husband Rob. She currently serves as the FoCH historian, tracking down stories of the Preserve and sharing them as a speaker (available upon request). Lynn hopes to eventually write a book about the history of the park. A past president of FoCH, Lynn updates the organization’s website and has been the FoCH secretary since 2016. A (mostly) retired RN, she maintains two street gardens in Bedford, Ohio and plays with her grandchildren whenever possible. Richfield Heritage Preserve is her favorite place in the whole world.
Treasurer - Donna Spiegler (2019) currently serves as the treasurer of FoCH, and has been a member of the organization since 2009. She has a master’s degree in non-profit management and works in communications at a large historic house museum. Donna is always delighted when she can spend time at Richfield Heritage Preserve.
Rob Richardson ( 2018) is the founder of FoCH. He is responsible for maintaining FoCH's Code of Regulations and proposing updates when necessary. Rob is a software developer, a musician, a photographer and a rail fan, combining as many of them as possible, whenever possible.whenever possible.
Rachel Oppenheimer, Ph.D. (2019) got to know the park as a Girl Scout. She grew up camping on the property and taught horseback riding lessons at the stables in the early 2000s. Rachel has been involved in FoCH since its first meeting, and serves as FoCH's director of social media. She holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral dissertation was on the subject of prison protest in Northern Ireland and the United States during the late 20th century.
Karen Smik (2019) handles publicity and loves to work on special events for FoCH. She has a son, a daughter, and precious granddaughter. Karen considers herself a "professional" volunteer and is involved with a number of community and school-related organizations. Oddly enough, she really likes to organize activities/functions and do paperwork. To say she's an avid reader is putting it mildly! Karen also enjoys going out to eat with friends (especially with fellow FoCH members) -- sometimes discussing topics of great consequence and sometimes just shooting the breeze. While she has lived in Richfield most of her adult life, she had never stepped foot onto Richfield Heritage Preserve until 2014 when Richfield residents were invited to tour the property. Karen is now a very passionate fan of this beautiful place.
Jenny Austin (2020) has been a member of FoCH since 2010. Active in Scouting, she is known for her innovative and energetic programs. She loves traveling, hiking, camping, attending and organizing large outdoor events. She has strong local community ties, growing up in North Royalton and Brecksville and now living in Hinckley. Jenny facilitated the construction of the Hinckley Metropark Sledding Hill Guide Rope, has volunteered at the Hinckley Buzzard celebration for the past 7 years, and has coordinated the Hinckley Community Garage Sale Day. She is the director of a summer day camp at Redwing Cabin for over 150 scouts each summer. For these and numerous smaller projects, she was nominated for volunteer of the year at Hinckley Elementary school in 2016. She currently works for the U.S.Census Bureau as a field representative. Jenny is a talented graphic designer who runs a web consulting business. She designed the FoCH website.
Barb Starr (2020) Having first set foot on the property in the late 1990’s as a Girl Scout troop leader, Barbara thought she had found heaven on Earth. Barb is a founding member of FoCH, and is ecstatic that the property was saved by the residents of Richfield. Barb retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 37 years, of which 27 years were spent delivering mail to the northeast section of Richfield Township. Barbara is responsible for many tasks related to FoCH membership. She regularly attends RJRD meetings regularly and gladly helps with FoCH events and needs. She’s been married for 43 years, has two children and three grandsons.She likes to spend time hiking on the property and will gladly stop and talk, and answer any questions and, more importantly, listen to any stories hikers and guests at RHP might have about their experiences.