FY2009 Annual Report

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Report to the Community Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association | 2009

Letter From cvnpa

Letter From the superintendent Photo by: Ted Toth

A place to unwind, to feel at peace, to connect with friends and family, to refresh body and spirit, – this is how many people describe Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We know that you, our dedicated members, feel a personal connection to this very special place. Your steadfast support of our park, in a year that has been challenging for many, is inspiring.


The park is also a place for people to give to others, and as we celebrate the successes of 2009, nothing brings more pride than our ability to provide support for volunteers who provide thousands of hours of service – 96,470 hours this year, to be precise! - to the park. The new park Volunteer Center, located in the Village of Boston, provides much needed space for the park’s growing volunteer program, and we are indebted to our wonderful donors who made this possible. We want to extend our thanks to all of those who help keep our national park a vital resource for the citizens of Northeast Ohio, and increasingly, a popular destination for people who visit from around the country. To our members and donors – your belief in the value of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and your willingness to support it is incredible. To the thousands of park volunteers who fill in the gaps in so many ways to protect our park and provide meaningful experiences for park visitors – your work is essential and deeply appreciated. To our National

Cover photo: ©Ed Toerek

Park Service staff, especially Acting Superintendent Paul Stoehr – this park has attracted true professionals who manage, protect, and interpret the park’s superlative resources with energy and dedication. To our Board of Directors – your leadership and service have sustained this organization and our mission through challenging times. To CVNPA’s staff – your expertise and passion show in your work every day. We are indebted to all of you. We offer special thanks this year to John P. Debo, Jr. for his incredible leadership in building this park in his 21 years as superintendent, and now for his dedication to the park shown through his new work on our staff. We also thank outgoing board members Lee Chilcote, Barb Greene and Diana Lueptow for their commitment and sage advice through their six years on our Board of Directors. Cuyahoga Valley National Park thrives due to the contributions of literally a cast of thousands. Thank you!

Pam Carson Chair, Board of Directors

Deb Yandala CEO

This past year has been a productive one for Cuyahoga Valley National Park! A year filled with new initiatives and developments could only happen with great partners… like CVNPA. Under the leadership of Deb Yandala, with her steadfast commitment to support and further the mission of the national park, CVNPA staff, members, and park volunteers assisted in the promotion of this park, one of the top ten mostvisited national parks in the country. CVNPA is seen as one of the premier “friends groups” supporting a national park. Its successful and collaborative relationship with the national park serves as a model for new friends groups across the country.

Act; launching overnight camping at the Stanford House; premiering the PBS Series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by renowned filmmaker Ken Burns and the national park documentary Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, produced by Western Reserve Public Media; adding three more farmsteads leased through the Countryside Initiative; launching the new Audio Tour for the riders on Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; opening the new Volunteer Center; initiating the planning process for a new park Trail Plan; and dedicating the Brandywine Gorge Bridge, the first trail improvement initiative under the TRAILS FOREVER program.

During the past year Cuyahoga Valley National Park could be found in the news media on a regular basis with pieces concerning public program listings, announcements, and celebrations. Some of the highlights begin with the retirement of Congressman Ralph Regula after 38 years in Congress. We thank him for all of his support for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canalway. His efforts helped to launch the authorization of these great assets in Northeast Ohio and through his leadership and tireless support helped to move this unit of the national park system into the spotlight. Some additional “news makers” or “firsts” for the national park include: hosting a visit by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; receiving $7.768 million in federal funds to improve deferred maintenance needs as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment

Your continued support for CVNPA will enable park staff to maintain this high level of service. We look forward to working with you through CVNPA in 2010 and beyond to continue to make Cuyahoga Valley National Park one of the premier national parks in the country! Thank you for your continued support.

Paul J. Stoehr Superintendent



©Ted Toth

Cuyahoga Valley National Park traces its roots to a Cuyahoga Valley Association initiative in the early 1970’s to preserve the extraordinary cultural and natural values of the Cuyahoga Valley from emergent development pressures, culminating with Congressman John F. Seiberling’s successful campaign for Congressional designation of the Valley as a unit of the National Park System in 1974. Today the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association - (CVNPA) - draws its strength from thousands of members, park volunteers, community supporters and advocates who share a deep and abiding love for this beautiful 33,000 acre garden lying along 20 miles of the resurgent Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. We work alongside the national park service to engage the community in meaningful involvement with the park and its programs. Our passion is to help Cuyahoga Valley National Park achieve its full potential for the people of Northeast Ohio and the nation. We cherish our Cuyahoga Valley as a phenomenal civic asset, a treasured landscape, and a special place firmly rooted in who we are and what we care for.

©Tom Jones

©Dennis Hamm

©Ted Toth

Volunteer Center dedication The Volunteer Program of Cuyahoga Valley National Park has for years been one of the most successful and popular means of engaging people with the Park. In 2009 record levels of volunteer involvement were achieved, with over 2,500 volunteers donating over 96,000 hours of service to the Park, an increase of over 20% from 2008, making this one of the largest volunteer programs in the entire National Park System. In late 2008, the management of the volunteer program was transferred from the Park to CVNPA, under newly appointed Director of Volunteer Programs, Bridget Garvin Ambrisco. Previously Executive Director of the Cascade Locks Park Association, Bridget brings a wealth of management experience in volunteerism, and together with Volunteer Program Assistant Shelby Lewis and newly appointed CVNP Volunteer staff Josh Bates, Service-Learning Coordinator, the volunteer program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park is destined to achieve even greater heights, involving more volunteers performing more diverse roles, and increasing corporate employee participation, among many other exciting initiatives. The headline news for 2009 was the dedication on November 9 of the extraordinary new Volunteer Center in the Village of Boston. Consisting of four buildings beautifully rehabilitated for volunteer use by the CVNP Historic Structure Maintenance Crew, these buildings provide new centrally located offices for volunteer program staff, office and meeting space for numerous park volunteer organizations, and critically needed storage space for volunteer equipment and supplies. All of the buildings incorporate a wealth of sustainable features, including water saving devices, green construction materials, and energy efficient

utilities. We are proud to report that this is, undoubtedly, the finest set of volunteer support facilities found in any National Park in the country! Making the Volunteer Center project a reality involved more than a little help from our friends. To augment a limited amount of funds available from the NPS, CVNPA agreed to undertake a capital campaign to raise money for this worthy project. The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation stepped up to make a very generous lead gift, followed by substantial contributions from the Lehner Family Fund, the Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation, the Chilcote Family Foundation, the Bokom Foundation, and additional heartfelt gifts from individual park volunteers, CVNPA members, and descendants of the Savacoal family (historic owners of one of the properties). In all, over $490,000 was raised from philanthropic gifts to support this wonderful program addition to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Congratulations, and thank you, to all involved!

Donors The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation (Lead Gift) Lehner Family Foundation Trust The Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust (Challenge Grant) Bokom Foundation (Susan and George Klein)

The Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation (Lee and Tuni Chilcote) David Daams Charlie and April Walton Janet L. Gremba Walter Strotz


In November 2009, CVNPA kicked off TRAILS FOREVER with the dedication of the Brandywine Gorge Bridge. This bridge now links a trail built nearly two decades ago, and fulfills the goal of eliminating a dangerous “stepping stone” crossing of Brandywine Creek. With the help of NPS staff and over 52 volunteers donating 780 hours of service, the 165 ft. long bridge was built in just one week in October 2009, and represents a great start for TRAILS FOREVER.

Trails forever From the heights of the overlook at the Ledges to the low-lying valley of the Cuyahoga River, it is evident how this park watershed is connected. The extensive system of trails tracing the Cuyahoga Valley has not only allowed millions of people to discover the natural world, spectacular views, and rich cultural history, but has deepened our awareness of human impacts on park landscapes. Our 104 miles of trails provide a sense of pride, humbleness, and genuine excitement among our hiker, cyclist, runner, and equestrian trail user communities.


©Ted Toth

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA) is committed to advancing the cause of trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) because we are aware of the community’s love for these trails, and because we know our trails are in need of more support than the National Park Service (NPS) alone can provide. Working in partnership with the NPS, volunteers, trail advocates, other trail partners, and donors, CVNPA’s TRAILS FOREVER initiative intends to ensure that the 104 mile trail system in CVNP is adequately maintained, enhanced, expanded, and preserved for all time, for all people. TRAILS FOREVER consists of five key elements: Experiences, Volunteer Stewardship, Planning, Trail System Enhancement, and Endowment. By the year 2016, the 100th anniversary of the NPS, the goal of CVNPA and its community partners is to elevate all aspects of trails in CVNP to world-class status.

Medina Horseman’s Council Donates to TRAILS FOREVER ©Ted Toth

The Medina County Chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s Council (Medina OHC) this year donated $17,500 in support of CVNPA’s TRAILS FOREVER program. These funds will be used for future capital improvement projects on equestrian trails within the national park.



A ParkShares Story



As the nation’s 6th most-visited national park, Cuyahoga Valley is clearly both a heavily used and well-loved local and national treasure. We know that park users develop special affection for their favorite locations in the valley, and that these places often have deep personal meanings for them. It can be a quiet spot where they go to commune with wildlife or view a spectacular vista, a setting where the rich history of the valley has survived in preserved artifacts like the Ohio & Erie Canal, or perhaps it is a place with strong personal associations – the site of a marriage proposal, first family Towpath ride, Thanksgiving hike at the Virginia Kendall Ledges, or Polar Express trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. To enable people to connect in a fresh new way with these places, and in essence enable them to personally “adopt” these meaningful locations - while at the same time helping support their national park - CVNPA launched the new and highly innovative ParkShares.org website in June 2009. A 100% “green” initiative, ParkShares utilizes Google Earth technology to enable users to view the national park from a “birdseye” perspective, and then select their own personal favorite park acre to sponsor for a $75 donation. Sponsors can create a personal webpage where their own photos, memories, and observations can be posted, and

shared with friends and family. Acres can be sponsored for personal satisfaction, gifted to others, or used for memorial tributes, and the holder of an acre receives seasonal updates, and topical news about the national park. CVNPA and its technical consultants are proud to have created this original, internet based, and sustainable community engagement and fundraising product, and believe it has the potential to become widely admired, financially productive, and transferable to other park and public lands support organizations with similar missions.


Growing up in Akron, Ohio I was fortunate to be introduced to Buttermilk Falls on occasional Sunday morning picnics spent with family and close family friends in the mid 1960’s, shortly after Boston Mills ski resort opened. We trekked in along the creek carrying our Coleman stove, victuals, and utensils and then savored a “camp” breakfast, while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Falls. It was a particularly remote beautiful place and it made a lasting impression on my impressionable teenage mind. Fast forward through college, medical school, residency, marriage, career, children, moving from Akron to Cleveland to Canton and many days spent hiking, biking, skiing, and often just meandering in the Cuyahoga Valley, before the park was and after the park became, to the present. When my wife, Judy, and I read of the ParkShares program, our genuine hope was that the share containing Buttermilk Falls would be available for us to sponsor. It was, and we did.

– Charles Kraus- Canton, OH

Woodridge Middle School ©Joan Greenburg

Our youth are our best advocates for a brighter, smarter, greener tomorrow. CVNP has a brighter future ahead because of the educational programs that the faculty has developed and the students have implemented at Woodridge Middle School. Sponsoring a ParkShares acre close to their school allows this group of middle school students to visit the Cross Country Trail near Kendall Lake and experience hands-on learning about our local ecosystem. During the 2008-2009 school year several different classes were able to visit the acre, take pictures, and record the types of wildlife, plants, insects, and landforms found there. Enabling deeper and more personal connections with nature is one of the key objectives of ParkShares.

©Charles Kraus


Making a difference


This 2009 Report to the Community celebrates the engagement of individuals within Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Engagement has many facets, and can include philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy, or partnership. It is a rare exception that someone involved in one or more of these dimensions is not also a frequent user of the park. Being out in the valley, removed from the daily toil and pressures of life, seems to stimulate many people’s desire to give something back in support of this beautiful national park, and to engage others of like interests. We are delighted to profile in this report several individuals who are representative of the great numbers of people who do get involved and who do give back. The community of engaged park supporters is growing each year, and we are continually inspired by the energy and devotion of their commitment. Our thanks to these great supporters, and to all who help this worthy cause.

Ways you can help Support Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association • Support your park through CVNPA membership • Donate to support CVNPA sponsored projects • Volunteer and give back with your time and talent • Advocate for CVNP • Sponsor an acre through www.ParkShares.org • Shop at Park Place in Peninsula and Trail Mix • Use the park, help protect the park, and spread the word!

“I have admired the rugged fiords of Norway and the bald peaks of Yosemite. But I gain strength each day at home from the beauty of our own Cuyahoga Valley.” James Snowden Jackson

©Tom Jones

Terry squire

Terry, Amy, and Diane Squire on a caboose train ride they bid on at the Clambake

“It is true that CVNP, as its name implies, is a national park; but it seems different, belonging more to Northeast Ohio than to the entire country. Obviously, our federal taxes go, in part, to support the park, but those are divided among all the parks in the country. Our donations to CVNPA benefit our park alone. Support for CVNPA is almost an investment in our own property value. Our annual donations are about as much as we would spend for a week at a theme park, and we probably would not have as much fun there as we do almost every week in CVNP.” –Terry Squire

He has logged over 30,000 miles riding the Towpath, hiked almost all of the 104 miles of national park trails, volunteered over 100 hours in developing CVNPA’s ParkShares program, and has donated an acre of ParkShares to every classroom at Old Trail School. He is thoroughly invested in this community and he finds inspiration in the Cuyahoga Valley. He is an active board member of CVNPA. Through the years he has enjoyed countless hours in the national park with his wife Diane and daughter Amy. He and Diane act on their convictions; don’t sit next to Terry if you don’t want to be in the limelight at the annual CVNPA Clambake auction fundraiser. If there is more Terry Squire can do in support of CVNP, it may have to involve creating more hours in the day, and more days in the year. Thank you Terry, for your incredible level of commitment to the CVNP and CVNPA!


“We all have a responsibility to try to preserve the important aspects that CVNP provides to our community including a place for recreation, with many opportunities to hike, bike, or experience any of the other numerous programs that are put on in the park. There are other areas as well. The Environmental Education Center allows urban children to experience the outdoors and nature that they might not have been able to do on their own. Through excursions on the scenic railroad, tourists from surrounding areas can have a chance to see the park from a different perspective. The more visitors experience this park, the more they tell other people who may decide to visit also and each visitor is a potential new volunteer and a new member of CVNPA.” –Walt Strotz

Jody and Heather Herzog Over four years ago, Jody and Heather Herzog made a permanent investment in this community by opening, Fleet Feet Sports in Northfield, a specialty running store. Not only do they introduce new runners to the park, lead trail runs, and promote the benefits of having a national park in their back yard, but they love it enough to make it an integral part of their daily lives.


For the past three years Jody and Heather have been the lead sponsors of CVNPA’s Fall Running Series, which takes place during the month of October on a different trail each week in the park. From the beginning they invested in this series because they believe in the positive impact that the park has on this community’s well-being. They have developed friendships, customers, and community partnerships that will last a lifetime. Thank you Jody and Heather for making the park both your avocation and vocation!

Walt Strotz on the Buckeye Trail Jody, Heather, and Lily Herzog hiking the Ledges

“Every year when October comes around we are ecstatic to join together with the park to raise awareness and get as many people familiar with the park as we can. We know that the unfamiliarity of the trails in this park can be overwhelming to new runners. We are always excited to introduce them to some of the most beautiful hidden parts of this park. We know that if they visit once, twice, three times they will continue to come back not only for a challenging run, but an escape from our fast-paced lives. In fact, they will do what we did; they will make it their home.” –Jody and Heather Herzog

Walt Strotz Walt Strotz was once like many commuters who daily pass by or through Cuyahoga Valley National Park without realizing the value of this incredible 33,000 acre natural and cultural treasure. But then, over 10 years ago Walt was asked by a friend to serve as a Towpath Trailblazer volunteer. Walt agreed to come to an orientation session at Happy Days, and from there, as they say, the rest is history. Walt began to volunteer in many capacities, became a CVNPA member, and more recently, became a contributor to the Volunteer Center fundraising effort. Now, with over 1,600 hours behind him, Walt is not only a valued volunteer, but has become one of a growing group of nearly 3,000 people for whom volunteering is also about building a national park community. Thank you Walt, for all of the many dimensions of your support for CVNP!


Highlights & Events Music in the Meadow



As a community organization, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Associate (CVNPA) fully and proudly supports the mission of the park through various cultural arts programs, including Music in the Meadow. Started in the summer of 2006, Music in the Meadow was designed to provide families an opportunity to enjoy eclectic high energy concerts in the outdoor beauty of a national park setting. The 2009 series of free concerts at the park’s Howe Meadow attracted 3,400 attendees, the highest attendance in the four years of the program.

National Public Lands Day

Fall Running Series

For National Public Lands Day on September 26, 2009, 65 volunteers donated over 280 hours of service removing invasive plants, scrap metal, appliances, and litter from several locations throughout the national park.

2009 marked the fourth year of the CVNPA Fall Running Series. This series exposed nearly 300 participants to some of the many miles of available trails and areas of the park that are off the beaten path. This unique running series helps create pride and ownership among runners in their National Park, which now has 120 new CVNPA members!

Trail Mix This year not only marked the third year of Trail Mix’s operation, but saw record-setting foot traffic of over 30,000 visitors. This little store in the valley offers welcome refreshment for hikers, cyclists and runners coming off the Towpath Trail, and serves as a great location for CVNPA to provide information and assistance to park visitors.

Clambake ©CVNPA

©Ted Toth

CVNPA held its annual Clambake for over 300 guests at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center on September 20, 2009. This event, in its 9th year, raised $52,000 in support of environmental education initiatives. The highlight of the beautiful fall evening was our guests’ response to the auctioneer’s request for a show of financial support for the CVEEC scholarship fund, when over 100 hands went up to send 112 kids to camp this year!

Jen Bucheit Recognized Jen Bucheit, Environmental Education Specialist, received the Christy Dixon award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. This award annually honors the top young professional in the field who makes outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio.

New Director of CVEEC Stacey Heffernan was named Director of Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in March. She came to CVNPA with experience in biology and education, most recently at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She has a B.A. in Biology from Smith College, an M.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. in Education from Cleveland State University.


Crain’s Emerald Award

©Ted Toth


Awards & Milestones


New Plant Ecologist, Chris Davis

Secretary of the Interior visits CVNP

Plant biologist Chris Davis has come to CVNP from San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington State. Among his many duties, he will be working with volunteers to continue to combat invasive, exotic plants throughout the park. This year, over 200 volunteers contributed 973 hours helping to control non-native, invasive plants on 21 acres of parkland.

On June 2, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited CVNP to announce measures to promote visitation to the national parks and to highlight projects funded under the President’s economic stimulus program. Secretary Salazar toured the Canal Visitor Center, where he met a classroom of students from Robert H. Jamison school in Cleveland attending the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. After a short excursion on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), Salazar held a well-attended press conference at the CVSR Brecksville Station, where he announced fee-free days in national parks.

40th Year of the River Celebration On June 20th, the park celebrated the Year of the River, the 40th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland. Events included programming at the Boston Store and Park Place, visits with Watershed Steward Volunteers, and a First Annual Plein Air Art Competition, Along the Crooked River. On the annual River Day, May 16, 2009, 102 volunteers put in 395 hours removing 30 bags of rubbish, 20 bags of invasive plants, and 30 tires from locations in the park. 440 pounds of litter was able to be recycled.

©Jerry Jelinek


CVNPA was nominated as one of three finalists for the Crain’s Emerald Award. This award recognizes organizations with sustainable strategic priorities that could increase cash flow using innovative products while reducing their environmental footprint. The nomination was for CVNPA’s new ParkShares.org fundraising initiative program.

Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Documentary


John Debo Sierra Club Award At a September, 2009 ceremony in San Francisco, The Sierra Club honored former CVNP Superintendent John Debo, for his 33 year NPS career commitment to conservation, with its Distinguished Service Award. Local Portage Trail Group Sierra Club member Dan Nelson and wife Lori were on hand as Debo was recognized in particular for his dedicated stewardship of CVNP for 21 years.

This past September, an estimated 145,500 households and 247,200 viewers tuned in to watch Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a documentary produced by Western Reserve PBS. Produced as a companion production to Ken Burns’ series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Generations showcased CVNP’s beautiful 33,000 acres through a variety of methods, including archival video footage, recent interviews, oral histories, and memorabilia provided by local park users.

New Backcountry Campsites in CVNP This summer CVNP began offering five primitive backcountry campsites to park trail users. Located in the meadow behind the Stanford House in Boston Township, the development ©Ted Toth

of the campsites was assisted by hard work from local Eagle Scout Ethan Scheck, who led a group of Boy Scouts in helping design and build the campsites. The long-awaited CVNP campsites were an immediate success, as over 350 campers were hosted over the five month summer season.

Voices of the Valley Audio Tour Launched this year on CVSR, stories of the Cuyahoga Valley can now be heard on the train through the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Through a GPS automated system, passengers can learn about the earliest settlement of the valley, the coming of the Ohio & Erie Canal and Valley Railway, the return of wildlife to the Cuyahoga Valley, and the work leading to the creation of the national park in 1974.

Bike Aboard! CVSR’s Bike Aboard! service allows cyclists to bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train in the other. 2009 was a banner year for Bike Aboard! as 20,656 cyclists took advantage of the opportunity to put their feet up and relax for one leg of their Towpath trip, up 12% from 2008. The transit level fare for Bike Aboard! continued to be a smashingly affordable $2!


CVNPA Staff 2009/2010 Executive Staff

John debo transition 18

John P. Debo, Jr. became Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in April, 1988. When he arrived, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (then Recreation Area), had acquired land, had several Visitor Centers, and trails for hiking. John saw tremendous potential in the Cuyahoga Valley and believed that it could become one of the great units of the national park system. His expertise in planning and park design, coupled with his charismatic personality and ability to forge partnerships, led to the development of one of the most visited national parks in the country. Consider these activities that began or dramatically grew during the 21 years that John was superintendent: the Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association.

After 33 years with the National Park Service, John decided that it was time to retire. He has made Northeast Ohio his home and Cuyahoga Valley National Park his passion, so when the Chief Development Officer position with CVNPA became vacant, he applied for the position. It is a natural progression to now have John leading the effort to invite the community to support the park that he loves. We salute John for his years of dedicated leadership and welcome him as our chief advocate and spokesman for the value of the national park.

Keith Gillespie

Janice Matteucci

Chief Operating Officer

Heather Kelly

Administrative Services Director

Chief Development Officer

Shelby Lewis

Volunteer Program Assistant

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center Staff William Boyd


Jennifer Bucheit

Environmental Education Specialist

Connie Dages

Office Manager

Paula Foster


Stacey Heffernan

CVEEC Director

Michele Holderbaum

Head Custodian

Jessica Opper

Program Specialist-Education

Shannon Phillips


Larkin Rogers

Executive Chef Program SpecialistUrban Outreach

Betty Ann Slota


Administrative Staff Bridget Garvin Ambrisco Dee Brannan Jocelyn Buckey

Computer Technician

Jim Leonello


Lisa Meranti

Development Officer

Theresa Meredith

Director of Volunteer Programs Secretary Community Relations Manager


Development Specialist

In Memory

Sous Chef

Drew Breece

La Donna Sifford


Grants Manager

Chief Executive Officer

John Debo


Mary Foti

Deb Yandala

Guest Services Lisa Battista Sales and Guest Services Director Ellen Murphy

Event Manager

Kim Hall

Catering Assistant

Steve Randolph

Guest Services Assistant

Peggy Taddeo

Event Coordinator

Patricia Clark

Reservations Coordinator

Retail Staff Pamela Chinnici Good Kara Kracker

Director of Retail Operations

Store Operations Manager

Patty Marriott Store Customer Service Manager Chuck Brady

Sales Associate

Mary Hyde

Sales Associate

Carla Menhorn

Sales Associate

Lou Ann Starkey

Sales Associate

David Young

Sales Associate

Jim English joined the staff of CVNPA two years ago as part of the Extraordinary Spaces team. His untimely death in September due to a stroke left a hole in our work and in our hearts. His love of the park and his dedication to seeing that people had great experiences in the park was unmatched and he is deeply missed.


Legacy society

Honor Roll of Donors


It is through the generosity of our donors and the individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations listed on the following pages that Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA) is able to provide the many and varied programs, projects and services that you have seen highlighted in this report. While space limits our ability to list all donors’ names, we are grateful for the support that each of you provide, no matter the size or type of your gift. It is because of your support of CVNPA that Cuyahoga Valley National Park continues to flourish. Giving levels are representative of the donor’s total contributions made between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009, regardless of the purpose or intent of any specific gift. Individual donor contribution levels which include family and donor-advised funds are indicated with an asterisk (*). Company matching gifts are not reflected in individual donor giving amounts; however, donors whose company matched their gifts are indicated by a double asterisk (**). CVNPA has made diligent efforts to ensure accuracy in listing all donors at the $100 and above levels. Donor names are listed in accordance with the preferred publication name provided by the donor. Should you wish to change the way in which your name is listed in future publications, or should you have any other corrections, please contact the CVNPA Development Office at 330.657.2909.

We are grateful to the following individuals that have remembered CVNPA through a bequest or other planned gift:

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center Recognized as one of the top environmental education centers in the country, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center provides innovative education programs that offer over 9,000 children a year the opportunity to discover the wonders and magic of learning in and about the outdoors. ©Joan Greenburg

Stanley and Hope Adelstein Richard and Joan Ainsworth Mary Bevan William and Mary Ellen Carroll Gerard and Ann Findlan Janet and Richard Jankura David Kopkas Mimi Jackson Lewellen Morton and Iris November Ronda Russell Kenneth Sabol Sue Sahli Steven and Connie Wait Carol Sue White Richard and Jane Whitehead Deb Yandala and Sherman Bishop

Lifetime $100,000+ Richard and Joan Ainsworth George and Susan Klein Morton and Iris November

Eagle $5,000+ The Abington Foundation Richard and Joan Ainsworth* Akron Community Foundation Pamela Carson**

Lee and Tuni Chilcote* The Cleveland Foundation The Community Foundation of Lorain County Henry and Mary Doll* Estate of Phyllis E. Walker The GAR Foundation The Glenmede Trust Company Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Sandra Haslinger* Key Bank George and Susan Klein* The Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation Lehner Family Foundation Trust Diana Lueptow Thomas and Lisa Mandel* S. Livingston Mather Charitable Trust Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Stephen and Amanda Ford Morris Nordson Corporation Foundation O’Neill Foundation David Oster PPG Industries Ohio Inc. The Sears-Swetland Family Foundation The Sisler McFawn Foundation The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Terry and Dianne Squire Ruth Swetland Eppig The Tecovas Foundation Andy Tyson** Tripta Wadhwa Western Reserve Trail Running, Inc.

Great Blue Heron Society $2,500 - 4,999 Audio-Technica U.S., Inc Blue Heron Dentistry

Siegfried Buerling Julie Buffenbarger Glenn Campbell Chris and Sara Connor Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad John and Betty Dalton Dominion East Ohio ERM Group Foundation, Inc. Gerald Filler Forest City Enterprises Jeff and Suzanne Hyde Henri Pell Junod, Jr. Robin and Mark Kirk Kathy Leavenworth Milton James Foundation Inc. Charles Mlakar Carla Mongelluzzi Parker Hannifin Foundation Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Ronda Russell Sue Sahli Cheryl Terai** Edwin and Libby Upton Charlie and April Walton The Welty Family Foundation

Locktenders’ Circle $1,000 - 2,499 Akron Garden Club Aleris International, Inc. Amer Insurance Sandra and Mark Auburn The Banks-Baldwin Foundation Doug and Lu Bannerman Fred and Laura Bidwell Mrs. Frances Buchholzer



William and Mary Ellen Carroll Jeri Chaikin and Joel Newman Charles Schwab Foundation Cleveland Hiking Club CMNH Trout Club The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation Doug and Karen Cooper William and Deborah Currin*/** Larry and Barbara Cuy The Cyrus Eaton Foundation David Daams John and Cyndee Debo Art and Shirley Duffy Ernst & Young LLP The Feel-Good Foundation of The Cleveland Foundation John and Mary Kay Flask Anthony and Mary Foti Guy and Catherine Gadomski Brian and Margaret Gothot Shawn and Marianne Grandon Todd and Barbara Greene Sean and Jacquie Grindall Michael and Martha Hardy Clark Harvey and Holly Selvaggi* Ross and Viki Henschen Brooke and Sean Hice John and Mary Holmes George and Katie Hoy Hudson Garden Club Tom and Susan Hutchinson Tom and Glen Jenkins Elizabeth Juliano Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC The Lubrizol Corporation

Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund Janice Matteucci and Parnell Tillotson John and Susan McKenzie Medical Mutual of Ohio Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund Andrew and Kathryn Moock* David and Inez Myers Foundation National City Bank North Akron Savings Bank Kathleen O’Neill and Michael O’Connor** Ohio Arts Council Old Trail School Oldham Kramer OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. John and Ellen Perduyn Michael and Paula Phillips Porter Wright Douglas and Noreen Powers Timothy and Melinda Remington John and Elinor Rodgers Joseph Rustic Nancie Scott Richey and Sandra Smith Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Squire Sanders Dempsey, LLP Charles and Corrine Tennent The Enterprise Corporation The Sedgwick Fund - The Cleveland Fund Marguerite Tremelin Thomas and Diane Tyrrell Steven and Connie Wait Carol Sue White Deb Yandala and Sherman Bishop Sylvia and John Yankey

Trail Mix

$500 - 999

Located just off the Towpath Trail in the village of Boston, Trail Mix is a great place to take a break while in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned and operated by CVNPA, Trail Mix takes pride in offering a variety of refreshments and bakery from local producers, including our own “Canal Boat Bar” and “Boston Mills Brownie”. It is the perfect spot to learn more about CVNP, CVNPA, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. ©CVNPA

Stanley and Hope Adelstein* Anonymous (2) Bruce Bailey Joseph and Michelle Blanda Amy Bowers Arthur Brooks Tanya Cady and Walt Lemonovich Cascade Auto Group John and Bonnie Childs CommonGood Consulting, Inc. Davey Tree Clyde Davis Mary Pat Doorley Robert and Ginny Eckardt Ernest and Bonnie Estep The Fedeli Group The Garden Club of Cleveland Bruce and Erica Greer* Janet Gremba Kevin Grocott Richard Horton Greg Ina Dale and Pamela Inkley Greg and Lori Kall David Klimm Edward and Lynn Metzger Howard Montgomery Dan and Marge Moore N.E. Ohio Orienteering Club Dan Nagy Morton and Iris November Rory and Dedee O’Neil Chip and Laura Preston Spencer Richman and Anne Richmann

Joshua and Megan Schoenherr** Steve and Kathryn Schultz The Shaker Lakes Garden Club Ralph Simpson Walter Strotz Norbert Trocki David and Janet Walkowiak Richard and Jane Whitehead Winter Buckeye Trail Run for Regis

$250 - 499 Alliance Kiwanis Club Anonymous David Axson Jody Bacon Phil and Mindy Bartholomae Bath Volunteers for Service Roy and Juanita Beasley James McCrea Biggar Doug and Barbara Bletcher Ron Braun Ann and David Brennan Linda Buckey K. Burkins Marty and Alison Butler William and Nancy Byrd Larry Chlebina Catherine Ciha and John Despins Ronald and Janis Clark John and Barbara Cochran Stephen and Barbara Coles Gerald and Marti Cowden Brian and Brenda Cummins Vincent Cybulski Mark and Camilla Dalton

Anthony and Darlene DeMarco David Dickenson Terry Dragan Michael Duff and Susan Black Ms. Joyce Fair Sherman Farnham Gerard and Ann Findlan Michael and Diana Gabet Lori Ann and Gergory Glenn Patricia Graves* Thomas Green and Manju Gupta Larry and Michelle Grewe Charles and Candy Grisi Kenneth and Kelly Hall Martha Hall Dennis Hamm Nancy Hatala Stacey Heffernan Tom and Jeannette Hejduk Michelle Henry Richard and Barbara Herberich Thomas Horner David and Kathy House Jerry Hruby Thomas and Mary Ann Jackson Nora Jacobs and George Snider James and Marilyn Jaroszewski Dawn and Alexander Joseph Mitchell Kahan Heather and Ben Kelly Janice Kelly KeyBank National Association Randolph and Robin Kilbride Dennis Kleidon Sarah Knoblauch David Kopkas



Susan Kruder Nicholas Kundmueller Roger and Sue L’Hommedieu Peninsula Garden Club Mimi Jackson Lewellen Philip and Patricia Libassi Phil Madden James and Ros Mather Kathy McClaning Don and Marylou McCoy Earlene McGonegal Ed and Janet McKeon Jennifer McMahon and Toby Oster Lisa Meranti Gary and Christine Mikitin Karen Moyer Mr. James Negrelli and Ms. Ann Jackson Clint and Melissa Olmstead Emily Pagano David and Carol Paley John Papp Tim and Kelly Parkinson Anne Peters Phoenix Coffee Company Kristi Pielstick Charlotte Pliske Progressive Insurance Foundation Roger and Judith Read Helen Reed D.J. Reiser Christopher Rizzo Bruce and Suzanne Rogers Doug and Anna Rohn Arrye Rosser Jim Ruggles Gary Salovon

Schering-Plough Ruth Simonis Robert Sisson Brian and Caron Smith Frank and Christne Sobolewski William Steele Paul and Kristin Stoehr Tim Strope Brian and Mimi Sturgell Maureen Thompson Rick and Rebecca Thomson The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron Chris and Kathleen VanDevere David and Jennie Vasarhelyi Western Reserve Bank Deborah White Chris and Joe Williams Amy Wong Richard Zatta Sr and Ruby Zatta** John Zitzner

$100 - 249 Eric and Georgialee Adams Margaret A. Adams David and Mary Beth Alspaugh Bridget and Alan Ambrisco Mel Annis Anonymous (14) Jim and Sandy Arbour Agnes Armstrong Joseph and Carole Avella Scott Awender Mary Rebecca Babcox Greg Badras** Mark and Cathy Jo Baer

Caroline G. Barney Rebecca Bartholomae Steven Batdorf and Brian Linder Lisa Battista and Paul Stranahan Henry Beazlie Jim and Karen Bennett Heather Berenson Cornelia Bergmann Kenneth and Nancy Berkovitz Mike Biedenbach Christina Bittenbender David and Melinda Blatt Dudley and Kathryn Blossom David Booth Family Michael Borowski Lori Box Ryan and Tina Boyes Martha Boyle John Bracken John Bradshaw Louis and Joan Brasaemle Betsy and Eric Bray Paula Brehm Albert Brion Jo Brookhart David Brown Jim and Eve Brown Todd Brown Bill and Carol Bruml Jennifer Bucheit Jocelyn Buckey Peter and Cindy Buerling Pamela Burda William Burgess Floyd and Constance Burroughs Arthur Busch

ŠDennis Hamm

Extraordinary Spaces Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association offers a variety of meeting spaces in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. These spaces are the perfect setting for a range of events including executive board meetings, corporate retreats and extended overnight workshops. Choose from several Extraordinary Spaces that can accommodate from 10 to 250 people as well as unique overnight facilities.

Michael and Deborah Busta William Busta and Joan Tomkins Kitty Butler Missy Butler Kevin Calori & Family Greg and Dawn Canda Donald and Jean Canestraro Dirk and Diane Cantrell Peter and Susan Caperones Douglas Carlson Jeff Carr Mary Carroll Jim Carsten Todd Cartner David Carver Cavaliers Holdings LLC Joseph and Lisa Cellura Diane M. Chalfant Paul Chalfant Jeffery Chen Ruth Clinefelter Richard Cochran Anthony and Rita Colangelo Gary Cole Lawrence and Beverly Cole Eugene and Joanne Colombo Gerald and Marty Conway Charles and June Cook Wiley Cornell and Richard Marschner Pat Cornett Tegan Corradino Carolyn Cox Laurie and Tom Coyle** Christine Craycroft Carol Crowe Bill Currier

David and Robyn Cutler Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy John and Connie Dages Margit Daley Amy Dalton Carl and Joan Dangel Alice Darr Gainor Davis Jeff and Kathy Day Lanny and Brenda Derreberry Kim DeWester Thomas and Judith DiNardo Connie Djukic Michael and Jennie Dollard Stephen and Sue Donahue Lynne and Bill Dowling Clarence and Connie Drennon Christine Dresser Donae and Robert Eckert Timothy Everett and Miriam Lifsics Gene and Marion Faubel Ethnea Ferguson J Michael Fiala Sara Finan Betsy Finley Shawn Fiore Kirby and Virginia Flanagan Jeffrey and Jeannine Fleming Karen Flowers Ken Focazio Richard Formanek Ken and Karen Frankenbery Rita Frantz Bob and Christine Freitag William Frost Jay and Laura Frye


Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is one of the oldest, longest, and most scenic excursion railways in the country. It is a private sector, volunteer supported, not-for-profit 501 c3 organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. ŠEd Toerek


Todd Fulmer Robert Gadbau Sue Gaetjens Paul Gallmeier and Evalyn Greene Amy Garrett Jean Gent Deborah Rex George Gina Gill Robert and Barbara Ginn Nina Gionti Steven Goetz Paul and Margie Goldberg Pamela and Mark Goldfarb Tracy and Steve Goos David and Patricia Gram Robert and Cynthia Grayson Carolyn Green Judy Green Richard Gridley Katie Grigg William Gruber Martin and Ann Gulbransen Deborah Gustafson Ray and Dale Halliwill Everett Hancock Stephen and Susan Hansler Beverly L. Haws Bilas and Sandra Hazra Gwen C. Heeney Walt and Gwen Heeney Robert Heller Joe and Suzanne Henninger Catherine Henry and Jan Frandsen David Herbster and Meredith Morgan Wayne and Prudence Heritage Mike Hietanen

Brian and Marilou Hitt John and Stella Hnanicek Thomas and Marianne Holland Rob and Erica Holman William and Susan Holman Joan and Dan Holmes Diane and Jonathan Holody Carolyn Holt Michael Horvitz* Ray Hrbac Robert Hudecek Ms. Angela C. Hummel and Mr. Bernard A. Thiel Kathryn Hunter Wendy Hurd and Edward Bartunek Katherine A. Hyde Marilyn and Richard Hyde Jerry Jelinek Albert and Laura Jenkins David Jesse Mike and Nancy Jones Rebecca Jones Bill Jordan and Laurel Winters James Jorgenson Oraline and Eric Jorgenson John and Jill Judge John Jundt David and Frances Kaiser James Kastelic Merrill and Susan Katz John Kauffman and Thomas Wortham Michelle Kautz C. William and Ardith Keck Darwin Kelsey S. Casey Kerr Richard and Mary King

Linda and Leo Kipfstuhl J. T. Kirkwood, Sr. Gary Kirsch and Lisa Uffman-Kirsch Aleksandr S. Klimov Thomas Kloetzly Richard Knapp George and Phyllis Knepper Rich and Linda Kolehmainen William Kolens Dave Koncal Edward and Barbara Koosed Susan Kosich Judith and Charles Kraus Lois and John Kristoff-Kichka Christine Krol and David Sagerser Paul J. Kruder Gregory and Susan Kruszka Leonard Krysinski Thaddeus and Margaret Kurczynski Urte Kurlich Irene Kusmierz Michael and Kuta V. Michael and Karen Lahey Nancy and Barry Lamkin Barbara Langhenry Toni and Den Lecorchick Thomas and Kathleen Leiden Hal and Barbara Leitch James Leonello Michael M. and Ann M. Lew Harvey Litowitz and Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz Everett Logue and Claire Bourguet Keith Loud Joseph and Georgia Loutzenhiser William and Anne Lowery Robert and Martha Lucas

Fred Luckay Robert and Amy Macak Lori Macso Conrad A. Mamajek, Inc. Robert and Ann Mansfield Richard and Dorothy Marsh Kay Martin and Dennis Keating Stephanie Masek** Leslie McCafferty Terry and Nancy McCann Lynn McClure Miles McCredie Jane McDavid William McKinley William McLure Ian and Mary McNeil Thomas and Marilyn Merryweather Della Michalos Joseph and Amy Michalski Myron and Rhonda Midcap Michael Mikolaj Gloria Millner John and Janet Mitchell Patricia Mockbee Diane Moffett Eliot and Michelle Mostow Leonard Muni Marion Murfey Thomas Musarra My Executive Travel Anne Marie Najeway Dan and Lorraine Nelson Ann and John Newby George Newkome and Mary Jane Saunders Alfred and Judy Nicely Roger and Gail Nicholas

Brenda Nichols Larry and Julie Nitzsche Michael and Susie Novak Robert and Pamela Novak Barbara O’Connor John and Carolyn Olive Jessica Opper Richard Ottinger Steve Paddon and Janet Perkins C W Eliot Paine Ralph Palsha Stephanie Pappas Mary Parasilite Lynn Parmentier Jan Parry Tim and Karen Parsons Barbara Paynter Sheila and Nola Pearson Scott Pendergast Terri Perelman-Hall Peter Pesch Steve and Karen Petro Kathleen Pettingill Mary and Donald Phillips Thomas and Theresa Pretlow Elaine Price and Gordon Landefeld Michelle Primm Dana Pulk James and Mary Lou Puperi Mark and Chesla Purtilar Steven and Julia Radwany Sandra Raines Margaret Rakas Rodger Ramsthaler Thomas and Geraldine Rask Brian Ratner



Ellie Reagan James and Nancy Reed Ralph Regula Thomas and Connie Repko Patrick and Nancy Reymann David and Hope Reynolds Suzanne Rickards Valerie Riedthaler Anne Robakowski Edward and Anne Robakowski Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Roberts William and Helene Rogovy Diane Roman Fusco Stacey Rusher Laura Rusick Catherine Rusnak Larry and Wendy Rybka Albrecht Saalfield Dennis Sabol David and Laura Sangree Thomas Sawyer Michelle Schaeffer Kathleen T. Schlemmer Jim and Kathleen Schmidt Lara Schmidt John and Audie Schneider John and Mary Schremp James and Margaret Schroeder Budd L. Schubert John and Barbara Schubert Terry Sciko Oliver Seikel Rose Seliga John and Karen Shallcross Sharon Center Veterinary Hospital Amy Sheldon Betty Shewmon

Steve and Sharon Shriber Noel and Beth Shriver Michael Shuster Bill and Karen Silver Mr. Skolnik Bernard Smith F Eugene Smith Patricia Snyder Peter and Mary Snyder Don and Kathleen Sommer Jerry Spangler Dave Spearing Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Br. James Spooner Jim Sprague Karen Stadler Mary Jane Stanchina Eugene Stepanik Robin Stillman Gerald and Agnes Stitz Christine and Jake Studor Nancy Sugden John Sulak Jane and Michael Swain Dennis and Margaret Taddeo Nelson Talbott E and Fran Tartara Dave Taylor Patrick and Shirley Tchou Bryon Thomas and Rebecca Reimbold Sabrina Tirpak Edward Toth Judith and William Tucholsky Geraldine Urbanski Robert and Marti Vagi John and Verna Vander Kooi Dave VanderWiel

Jeffrey VanWagner Vertes Family Philanthropic Fund of Jewish Comm Fed. of Clev Anne and Craig Vinkovich Damian and Linda Vopat David and Gwen Waight John and Gail Walker Lewis and Charlotte Walker Ralph Waszak Andy and Annette Webb Jon and Jane Weingart Charles and Lucy Weller Robert and Marlene Wells Lewis West Gary Whidden Stephanie White and Dana Cuningham George and Betsey Wick John Wilkinson Jeanne Wilson Peter and Lois Wilson Gene Wimmer Bruce Winges and Bonnie Bolden Bob and Shoshana Wodzisz David and Carol Ann Wolfe Donald Woodcock Jim and Anita Woodward Terrence and Barbara Woodworth Carl and Constance Wysocki Thomas Yablonsky David Young Diana Young Bill and Pat Zeigler Dana Zintek and Lisa Daiber Marianne Zoldak and James Lavelle** Andrew Zurick

Memorial Gifts Gifts to CVNPA were made in memory of the following individuals:

©CVNPA Collection

Park Place in Peninsula Located in the heart of downtown Peninsula, Park Place in Peninsula serves as a gift store and welcome center for Cuyahoga Valley National Park offering refreshments and information for visitors and the community in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. This store offers unique gifts, books, art and apparel that allow you to extend your park experience.

C. R. “Bud” Barnes Harley J. Beall Doris Bobel Harold Bobel John Bobel Howard R. Borgen Monica Brune Bradley Burlingham Mary Rita Doorley John Elko Joe and Martha Findlan Bill J. Frye Mark A. Grebelsky Joseph M. LaFatch Jean Lueptow Jerry Montgomery Robert W. Pollard Donna Lee Schmidt John F. Seiberling Jason Soromon Robert Sovchik Mildred Trocki Jean P. Valentine Phyllis Wendel Ted Zelazny Mary Zingrone Constance G. Zgrabik

Honor Gifts Gifts to CVNPA were made in honor of the following individuals:

Joe Castro Betty and John Dalton John P. Debo, Jr. Lynne Dowling Daniel J. Ferrise Karen S. France Mora E. Gabet Seth and Nora Glauberman Catherine R. Hoy Rick and Marilyn Hyde Glen P. Jenkins Susan and George Klein Diana Lueptow Janice A. Matteucci Drew Merritt Morton and Iris November Kevin Peacock Ralph Regula Bruce W. Rogers Arrye R. Rosser Brian Schultis Donna and Mike Taylor Carol S. White

matching gifts The following companies matched their employees’ gifts to CVNPA: Alliance Capital Management Allstate Giving Campaign Anonymous AT&T Foundation The BFGoodrich Company BP Amoco Foundation, Inc. Eaton Corporation FirstEnergy Foundation


Grainger IBM Corporation Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies JPMorgan Chase Foundation Kaiser Permanente Key Foundation Knight Ridder The Lubrizol Foundation Nordson Corporation Foundation PPG Industries Foundation Progressive Insurance Foundation Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation Sara Lee Foundation Wachovia Foundation Matching Gifts Program

In-kind gifts 30

The following donors provided an item or service to CVNPA: Akron Symphony Orchestra The Akron Tile & Fireplace Co., Inc. All Fired Up Appalachian Outfitters Applebee’s Liz Aragon Murray Arborwear Sandra and Mark Auburn Lynn Walter Baker Ballet Theatre of Ohio Barnes & Nobles - Montrose Bath Country Journal Carolyn Birchenall The Bistro at Hammonds Corners Bob Evans - Fairlawn Boston Mills / Brandywine Ski Resort Bravo Cucina Italiana

Luann Brenner Jim and Eve Brown Cafe Tandoor Camp Hi Canoe Livery, Inc. Caribou Coffee Pamela Carson Cascade Auto Group Century Cycles The Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture Chun Ma Tae Kwon Do Cleveland Browns Cleveland Indians Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland Museum of Natural History The Cleveland Playhouse The Cleveland Restoration Society Jennifer Conn Constantine’s Garden Center Crown Point Ecology Center Custom Canine Larry and Barbara Cuy Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Digital Design Video, Inc. Discount Drug Mart Distinctions The Paul Duda Gallery Earth Day Coalition Eddie’s Creekside Restaurant Bob Faber Fairlawn Breadsmith Richard and Ruthellen Fein Fireplace Shoppe of Northfield The First Tee Akron Fleet Feet Sports Fleurs

Amy Foti Anthony and Mary Foti Gallery of Framing The Gardener of Bath Giuseppe’s Ristorante Golf Galaxy Good Nature Organic Lawn Care The Great Lakes Brewing Company Todd and Barbara Greene Sean and Jacquie Grindall GU Energy Gel Paige Hanely Home Designs Harris Stanton Gallery Gordon and Sue Hartschuh Clark Harvey and Holly Selvaggi Health Journeys Heritage Farms Hill ‘n Dale Club George and Katie Hoy Hudson Garden Club Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant The Inn at Brandywine Falls Jabbour’s Clothing and Tailoring in Stow Ryann Jagger Jerry Jelinek JKS Fitness Rebecca Jones Bill Jordan and Laurel Winters Heather and Ben Kelly Robert Glenn Ketchum George and Susan Klein Kliatt Magazine Susan Kosich Krieger’s Health Foods Market Bob Kulon

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center William and Elaine Lamb Laurice Skin Care and Cosmetics Lazy Bee, Ltd. The Learned Owl Mike and Karen Leffler Lewis Landscaping, Inc. Lewis Massotherapy LifeCenter Plus, Inc. Magical Theatre Company Maguire Photographics Main Street Gourmet Martini Skate and Snow Marty’s Bike Shop Max and Erma’s John and Susan McKenzie Edward and Lynn Metzger Namaste Yoga Studio National Tire and Battery Nature Center at Shaker Lakes New Leaf Home Design Old Trail School The Painted Garden Pearl Izumi Plastic Lumber Company Donald Plusquellic The Precocious Dandelion D.J. Reiser Timothy and Melinda Remington Residence Inn by Marriott revol Richey Industries. Inc. Robert J. - Events and Catering Roseland Lanes Richard and Arlene Rossen Arrye Rosser

Rubber City Radio Group Jim Ruggles Sarah’s Vineyard Second Sole Diane Seskes Shaw JCC of Akron Simply Swank Smithers-Oasis Company Summa Wellness Institute Dennis and Margaret Taddeo The Golf Improvement Center Andy Tyson Uniquely Ohio Vertical Runner Visiting Vet, Inc John S. Vittum, Landscape Architect, Inc. Brian and Susan Vogelsang WAPS-FM 91.3 The Summit Stephen Warner Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar West Side Bakery The Western Reserve Historical Society Western Reserve School of Cooking Catherine Widemire Wild Bird Center Wild Birds Unlimited The Wilds Bill Jordan and Laurel Winters Wolfscape Creed Woodka Photography The Working Woodshop Deb Yandala and Sherman Bishop John Zitzner

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy The Countryside Conservancy is a small think-and-do tank working to establish entrepreneurial and civically responsible approaches to land use, farming, and food systems across Northeast Ohio. The Conservancy had 11 farms operational in 2009 providing opportunities to Park visitors to not only enjoy the beauty of the agricultural landscape but to learn more about sustainable living. ©Laura DeYoung


Financial Statements Expenditures:

Revenue and Support: Unrestricted Environmental Education: Program fees, net of scholarships of $146,299 and $134,062 in 2009 and 2008, respectively


Temporarily Permanently Restricted Restricted

$598,481 $



Community outreach



National Park Service subsidy








– –

422,850 315,653 184,885 87,711 35,000 183,082 11,909

Parkshares Contributions and grants: Volunteer building fund Trails Forever Environmental education programs Community Outreach Park support Special events General operating Investment income Other income Net assets released from restriction Total revenue, support and reclassifications

– – 166,953 87,711 35,000 183,082 11,909

422,850 315,653 11,375 – – – –

6,557 – – – –

















Trails Forever Fund $315,653 Contributed Income $788,101

Program Services: Environmental education programs Community outreach Donations NPS volunteer building Park Support Special events Total program service Support Services: Management and general Fundraising Total support services

Volunteer Building Fund $422,850

NPS Subsidy for CVEEC $110,000

Total expenditures

CHANGES IN NET ASSETS Program Fees & Other $950,706


Temporarily Permanently Restricted Restricted

$864,493 $ 664,179 45,305 186,959 1,760,936 310,328 289,323 499,651

– – 422,700 – – 422,700 – – –



– – – – – –

$864,493 664,179 422,700 45,305 186,959 2,183,636

– – –

210,328 289,323 499,651
















Fundraising & Special Events $476,282

Management & General $210,328

33 CVEEC $864,493 Park Support $468,005

For a copy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association’s full audit report, contact us at 330.657.2909.

Community Outreach $664,179



Daniel Nagy, Vice Chairman

Gayle Thompkins Agahi

Sam Chestnut

Jeffrey Hyde

Director of Public Sector Initiatives Cleveland Clinic

Head of School The Lillian and Betty Ratner School

Managing Director Ideas in Focus

Dick Ainsworth

Larry Cuy

Nora Jacobs

Community Volunteer

Senior Vice President Federal Reserve Bank

Retired Executive Vice President Edward Howard


Sam DeShazior

Greg Kall

Dr. Cynthia Flynn Capers, PhD

Senior Director, Business Development Greater Akron Chamber

Systems Vice President, CIO Summa Health System

Guy Gadomski

Sue Klein

CPA Outsource Accounting Solutions

Community Volunteer

Dr. Sandy K. Auburn

Dean of the College of Nursing The University of Akron

Pam Carson, Chairman EVP, Group Executive KeyBank

Sean Grindall

Jeri E. Chaikin, Vice Chairman

Senior Vice President PNC Investments

Chief Administrative Officer City of Shaker Heights

Mary K. Holmes Principal MKH Consulting

Lisa Mandel Community Volunteer

Chuck Mlakar President/CEO The Millcraft Group

Group Controller - Financial Services CBIZ, Inc

Michael O’Connor External Communications FirstEnergy Service Company

April Walton Community Volunteer

Douglas J. Weber Senior Attorney FirstEnergy Corp.

Rory O’Neil President Quetzal Corp

John Perduyn Retired Senior VP Global Communications Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Michael Shuster Attorney at Law Porter Wright

Terry Squire Retired CEO

CVNPA expresses gratitude to the following Board members who concluded their terms in 2009:

Lee Chilcote, Barb Greene and Diana Lueptow. Chairman’s Circle We are proud to recognize the outstanding service and contributions of CVNPA’s past Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Richard Ainsoworth George Klein Diana Lueptow

©Ed Toerek


administrative office 1403 W. Hines Hill Road Peninsula, OH 44264 330.657.2909 environmental education center 3675 Oak Hill Road Peninsula, OH 44264 800.642.3297 www.cvnpa.org