ALEX KUHNS | Executive Director
Alex Kuhns brings years of experience to UpSpring as he was the Education Specialist & Therapist at Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center, a teacher at the Boys & Girls Club, an Instructor at Cincinnati State, a soccer coach at Academy of World Languages, past President of the Cincinnati Public School Board, and a member of the Northside Community Council. Alex has earned his A.A.S. In Early Childhood Ed, a B.S. in Integrated Social Studies Education, and an M.Ed in Mental Health Counseling & Human Development. Currently, in addition to his role at UpSpring, Alex is on the FC Cincinnati Supporters Council and Boys Varsity Soccer Head Coach at Western Hills High School. After over two years as UpSpring’s Program Director, Alex has stepped into the role of Executive Director.
RENEE BERLON | Development Director
A graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.A. in International Studies/Human Rights, Renee has experience working for local, state-wide, and international nonprofit advocacy groups. Most recently, Renee served as the Senior Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for Cooperative for Education, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education in Guatemala. In addition, Renee's professional career has included community organizing with Ohioans to Stop Executions, leading delegations for CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador), and advocating for low-income tenants and homeowners at the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit. In her free time, Renee enjoys serving the local community by volunteering as the President of the Friends of Findlay Market, as a girls fast-pitch softball coach through the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy, and with St. Vincent de Paul of Cincinnati.
LENICE WILLIAMS | Program Director
Lenice received a BA in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. A former employee of Cincinnati Public Schools, she served as an Instructional Assistant at Fairview-Clifton German Language School and as a Senior Support Specialist at James N. Gamble Montessori High School. After leaving the Quality Control Division at Univar, she earned her Child Development Associate from the Council of Professional Recognition. She applied this knowledge to develop and managed her own in-home Child Care Center that worked in conjunction with the Arlitt Center for Education, Research & Sustainability. Lenice sat on Arlitt’s Parent Policy Committee and represented the Community Action Agency’s Parent Policy Council. She currently serves on a committee at Bethel #2: Children’s Ministry, as well as Gamble Montessori's Foundation and PTO.
REBECCA NEISES | Program Coordinator
Rebecca brings years of experience to UpSpring as she was the Program Director for the Campbell County YMCA, an Academic Site Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. She also worked throughout Fort Thomas and Kenton County Schools as a Program Director for the Before School, After School, and Kindergarten programs. Rebecca earned her MSW in Social Work with a certificate in Trauma Informed Care with Children, Adolescents, and Transitional Youth Age. She also received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a minor in Social Justice.
LILY O'BRYAN | Development Associate
Lily is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. She received her minor in NKU’s Honors Program, where she focused her Senior Capstone on empowering youth experiencing homelessness. Prior to taking her role as UpSpring’s Development Associate, she worked as the Office Manager for the UpSpring Summer 360° program in Northern Kentucky and volunteered at the UpSpring After School program. Lily brings years of fundraising experience to her position. She is an avid supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; her entire family has helped raise awareness and facilitate donor engagement efforts with this organization. Lily currently serves as a member of the Emerging Leaders Council, where she is part of the planning and coordinating of an annual JDRF fundraising event. Lily is very passionate about being involved in her community; she loves volunteering her time. As an undergraduate student, she was able to collaborate with fellow classmates to implement a health campaign geared towards the youth in local Boys & Girls Clubs. As a way to also give back to her community, Lily spent time coaching a local club volleyball team. Lily’s most recent experience was as Manager of the BIGGBY® COFFEE in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, where she loved being able to actively engage the community for the past four years.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Courtney Barlow-Schulte, Cincinnati Art Museum
Cory Curry, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Kara Dadosky, Barnes Dennig
Wendy Ungard, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Pete Daugherty, Kiran Analytics
Tammy Cahill, SpiceFire
Jordan Heigel, KPMG
Vagelis Kontopos, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Rebecca Riegelsberger, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Cha Soutar, Select Integrations
Denise Weinstein, Envoi Design