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ALEX KUHNS | Executive Director

Alex Kuhns brings years of social service 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 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.

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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 manage 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.

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REBECCA NEISES | Program Coordinator

Rebecca brings years of experience to UpSpring as she was the Program Director for the Campbell County YMCA, and 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. She also received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a minor in Social Justice.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ryan Higgins, Cincinnati Bell
President

Rebecca Riegelsberger, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Vice President

Kara Wysinski, Barnes Dennig
Treasurer

Jordan Celestin, KPMG
Secretary

Courtney Barlow-Schulte, Working In Neighborhoods

Jonathon Bresnen, Mariner Wealth Advisors

Vagelis Kontopos, The E.W. Scripps Co.

Kelsey Mehaffie, Thompson Hine LLP

Margaret Palmer, Johnson Investment Counsel 

Parker Smith, The Children's Home of Cincinnati

Lena Stringham, Anthem, Inc.

Wendy Ungard, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Denise Weinstein, Envoi Design