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.
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.
Jack is a biologist with a background in natural areas management, a wide variety of environmental survey work, and outdoor education. He has a B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and completed graduate work in Biology at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked in the private, non-profit, and public sectors of conservation, most recently as a Conservation Biologist at Great Parks of Hamilton County. Jack serves on the Board of Directors for another local land trust -Oxbow, Inc. Jack is a bird expert and a naturalist fascinated by all aspects of our region’s natural history. He hopes to bring this passion to Cardinal’s mission to protect land in southwest Ohio.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Owen is a lifelong student of our local habitats. Before joining this amazing team, Owen had worked for local non-profit organization Groundwork ORV, as Crew Leader for their “Green Corps” young-adult workforce development program. He also spent time working at Cincinnati Parks, with their dedicated Conservation & Land Management team. Through these opportunities Owen has been blessed with a wide variety of work in volunteer engagement, light construction, urban agriculture, youth nature education, trail building, and ecological restoration. Getting to apply the skills he's developed along the way for Cardinal is a "dream come true".
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