Adrian is an artist and art educator who loves Imago dearly. Adrian has been involved with Imago since she was a college student at Mount St. Joseph University. She teaches art to students at Milford High School in Milford OH. Adrian creates artwork in her home studio that speak to environmental issues, using materials that are recycled, repurposed and/or found in nature. She currently serves as the board president of Imago’s council and leads several art-related workshops at Imago. Adrian also works with the Art Team to maintain Imago’s Gallery in the Woods art display space.
Beth is a retired educator. Her first experiences with Imago were classroom field trips. She had a blast and knew that her passion was teaching in and about the outdoors. Since retiring Beth has taught preschool groups at the Cincinnati Nature Center and volunteered as a school educator. She’s delighted to be able to contribute to the wealth of program opportunities available at Imago and be a part of the energy, enthusiasm and vision of the Imago Council
Ellie works as the Youth Education Coordinator at the Civic Garden Center where she teaches inquiry-based lessons through gardening and supports school gardens in the greater Cincinnati region. She is passionate about creating experiences that build a sense of belonging and comfort in the natural world. After living in Berlin, Brooklyn and New Zealand, she returned to her hometown, Cincinnati, and spent three years as part of Imago’s team. Ellie has stayed connected ever since and is happy to continue to support the important work of Imago and its community as a board member.
Jill serves as the Assistant Director of Field Programs for Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Ohio. Here, she partners with other grassroots global conservation organizations striving toward ecological and social change. Jill earned a BA in biology from Washington University and a master’s of environmental sciences from Miami. She is currently working on her Ph.D. focused on how we each connect with special places in nature and how this understanding can contribute to future conservation planning. She credits her love of nature to having the chance to climb trees as a child.
Dennis Kramer-Wine is a professional with over twenty years of experience in
operations, management, hiring and employee engagement, having spent most of his time partnering with people with an entrepreneurial mindset. He specializes in critical analysis of and building systems for organizations from startup to more than 300 employees. He is well respected at every level, having sat on the boards of directors for the American Camp Association, YMCA Camp Ernst, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, the Brewers Association and various advisory boards, and he has given various talks at local and national conferences to showcase ideas and trends such as beverage industry self distribution, employee engagement, retention, the importance of growing leaders through training and the value of a strong and happy culture for greatest success. A big believer in the power of collaborative thinking in the workplace, Dennis regularly develops ways to honor employee successes by celebrating individual contributions.
Owen is a creative spirit who grew up playing in Cincinnati’s creeks and honeysuckle thickets. He is passionate about dismantling mental barriers to nature and may invite you to go swimming in the Ohio River or paddling in the Mill Creek. He loves spending time with his family, cooking for folks, and looking for neat rocks.
Courtney is a traveler, hiker, and lover of pushing others into their risk zone every once in a while. Her personal mission is to find creative ways to connect people to nature, with a focus on getting more children outdoors more often.
Bob Staggenborg has been both an elementary school teacher and a CPA in his professional careers. His passion is connecting people to themselves, to the natural world, and to each other. He and his wife, Beth, are Land Stewards at The Arc of Appalachia in Highland County. Bob has also spent time working with Cincinnati Nature Center leading workshops and summer camps. In 2011 Bob founded Connecting Naturally in order to provide nature connection programing. Connecting Naturally currently offers Bird Language workshops. Bob is excited to return to the Imago Council for a second time. He looks forward to helping Imago connect many more people to nature.