Board of Directors / Advisory Panel
President - Corey Ann Ringle (2021) 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 is a registered architect and currently works at William H. Childs, Jr. & Associates in Chagrin Falls. In 1997, Corey and other members of her Girl Scout troop built the orienteering courses in the park.
Corey was the 2019 winner of the prestigious Mark Ferguson award for classical architecture.
Vice President - Beth Sanderson ( 2021) 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 (2022) 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.
Elizabeth Csontos ( 2022) has lived in Richfield her whole life. Richfield Heritage Preserve has been like a home to her for almost 2 years, where she happily serves on the advisory panel for FoCH as well as FoCH Hike Coordinator. Elizabeth was the project coordinator for the installation of the Wayfinding Signs at the park and also serves on the RJRD Park Operations Committee. Volunteering has always been a passion of hers. When she encountered RHP for the first time, you could not take her away! Nothing brings her greater joy then volunteering for a project to help the park and the people of this park thrive. When she is not at the park you can find her nannying for two children or studying. By 2022, she will achieve an online Bachelors degree of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies and a minor in Nonprofit Management from Colorado Christian University.
Rob Richardson ( 2021) 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, wherever possible.whenever possible.
Karen Smik (2022) 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.
Cynthia McWilliams (2020) has been a member of FoCH and served on the advisory board for many years. She currently sits on the RJRD Governance and Fundraising committees, is a member of the Invasive Plant Management Task Force and a member of the Ohio Horseman’s Council who is also a RHP partner. Her interest in preservation led her to renovate the 1840’s stone cottage where she lives and from which she operates a landscape design and maintenance firm, a dog boarding kennel and a horse boarding and training stable. Her interest in RHP began the minute she drove down the drive during one of the FoCH Open Houses in 2014. “It aligned my fondest memories of decades spent at summer camps (as a camper and riding instructor) with igniting the future possibilities for RHP.”Her contributions to RHP include providing seasonal floral displays, helping to coordinate successful fundraising events such as Derby Day and Winter Wonders. Whenever her schedule allows, she loves to ride the bridle trails at RHP and hike with two and four legged friends.
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.
Ralph Waszak, Jr.