Meet The Cardinal Team
Our small professional staff are passionate about conservation in Southwest Ohio.
Andy has a long history of conservation work that includes being the Director of Science for the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a founding member of the Valley View Foundation. He has worked with farmers to capitalize on the conservation benefits of the farm bill, is a prescribed fire burn boss as well as a bird and prairie enthusiast. As a trained facilitator and conservation business planner, Andy hopes to win friends and influence partners as he works to protect land at home in SW Ohio.
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Mark has always had an interest in nature and conservation, starting with many outdoor adventures and camping trips growing up in Northern Illinois. In 2019, Mark retired after a 32-year career at Proctor and Gamble. He now enjoys a lot of time outdoors volunteering for Great Parks of Hamilton County and Mill Creek Alliance leading hikes and conducting stream sampling. He joined the Cardinal staff in 2019 to oversee easement monitoring and stewardship of Cardinal’s nature preserves.
Josh has a curious enthusiasm for learning that spans a broad range of topics including conservation work. He got his start as an Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman for the United States Air Force, working on multiple jet engine platforms. At the University of Cincinnati, he pursued a B.S. in geography with a focus in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics. After graduation, he worked as a land steward and used his expertise to develop a conservation drone program. Josh hopes to bring his passion for conservation and technology to Cardinal.
Facilities Manager - Bahr Farm
Nick Hartley grew up in Rhode Island but has lived the last 20 years in the Cincinnati area. He is passionate about wildlife conservation and native gardening, graduating from Cincinnati State with a degree in sustainable horticulture. Nick brings 24 years of project and retail management experience to the position of facilities manager of Bahr Farms. Nick is enthusiastic about sharing this unique urban farm with the community.
Farm Lead - Bahr Farm
Jess has always loved animals and the outdoors from an early age. She graduated from Miami University with an Associate’s in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Bachelor’s in Physics, but she knew her heart was in land conservation and restoration when she started hiking in college. After graduating, she started gaining experience in horticulture and hasn’t looked back since. As the Farm Lead at the Bahr Farm, she is passionate about providing the best care for the cattle and land. Besides hiking year-round, she also enjoys rock climbing and nature photography.
Shannon has many years of service in government and non-profit organizations along with a degree in public administration. She is grateful to be pairing administrative skills with her interest in environmental stewardship to enhance the contribution Cardinal makes to our community