Leslie Rich is passionate about building relationships, creativity and community. She cut her teeth in community organizing and development in her work creating Girl Scout troops in public housing sixteen years ago. In 2009 she started Westwood Works with seven friends to bring an Artworks mural to the neighborhood. Before starting Westwood Works, she started the writing and literacy collective InkTank with her brother and two friends to help kids in Cincinnati build their creativity, writing and storytelling skills in a fun environment.
Leslie co-chairs the Westwood Art Show, is a member of the Gamble Nippert YMCA Branch Board along with being involved with general Westwood awesomeness. Leslie and her husband Bill love living in Westwood with their two boys. Her family has deep roots in Westwood as her father was a small business owner for over sixty years. In her free time she enjoys making music, reading, and baking.
Kathy Bach grew up on the West side and fell in love with Westwood when she was a high school student at Mother of Mercy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Xavier University and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University. She has worked for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for 25 years where she has held various leadership positions, including Branch Manager of the Westwood branch from 2007-2017.
Kathy and her husband, Rick have lived in Westwood since 2003. They both volunteered in various local organizations including Westwood Historical Society, WestCURC, Westwood Civic Association, Westwood Woman’s Club, and are founding members of Westwood Works. When not at work or attending meetings, Kathy enjoys going to Reds games, cycling, and yoga. She is so excited by all the development in Westwood and invites you to say hello should you see her walking her dog or enjoying a beverage in the business district.
Amanda Carlisle is a Cincinnati native, dedicated Westwood resident, and graduate of Xavier University with concentrations in Fine Art, German and Psychology. She currently works as a Graduate Program Manager for the University of Cincinnati’s School of Human Services.
After years of curating public art exhibits citywide as a Special Projects Director with ArtWorks, she began to guest curate for local galleries, art centers and restaurants. Amanda’s love of the arts and her large network of local artist contacts led her to create the Westwood Art Show in 2008. Amanda is also a founding member of Westwood Works. She and her husband Kevin opened a gallery and gift shop in Westwood’s historic business district in September of 2017. At Wooden Hill, they carry all things locally made for the home and garden.
John and his wife Sue are life-long residents of Cincinnati and live in the community of Westwood with their two daughters Jane and Anna. They are both active in the Saint James church and the Westwood community. John has a passion for working to improve the quality of life in his community and the city; a passion that began in 1976 at Saint William’s school in Price Hill. John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and works for KZF Design as the Director of MEP Engineering Services. He is also, one of the original co-founders of Westwood Works.
Larry Eiser was born and raised in Oakley, but has lived in Westwood for 34 years. Larry’s wife, Therese, is a life-long Westwood resident and a Mercy graduate. Larry and Therese have three grown children, all of whom live in Westwood. Larry is a University of Dayton graduate. He worked at CG&E/Cinergy/Duke Energy for 31 years, serving as Customer Service Vice President. He is currently a consultant working with J.D. Power and ICMI to help other organizations improve customer service. In addition to being an Executive Committee member for Westwood Works, Larry serves as a Board member for WestCURC and the Westwood Civic Association.
Nikki has always had a passion for problem solving and relationship building. She is proud to serve on the board of Westwood Works planning community events and meeting new people. She is excited about the existing assets in Westwood and the bright future ahead as a result of strong community building efforts.
Nikki and her husband Chris have two boys, Louie and Malcolm, and have lived in Westwood since 2004. She owns her own design consultancy based in Westwood, and is also proud to serve on the board for Celebrate Adoption Cincinnati.
Emily Reynolds moved to Westwood about eleven years ago, after growing up in the Chicago area. Emily was a founding member of Broadhope Art Collective, where she sold her jewelry, and “Westwood is the Best Hood” totes. She loves working on the events which draw the community together, and engaging more of her neighbors in the work of strengthening Westwood.
Jess Thayer has always loved a project. With degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, she started her own business – Contours & Clay. In her studio, she works to combine her passion for pottery and the natural world through ceramic artworks and landscape design. After being an artist in the Westwood Art Show, she became co-chair for the show from 2013-2018. She joined the board of Westwood Works in 2016 and has also been the project coordinator for Westwood Second Saturdays from 2017-2018.
Jess looks forward to continuing using her talents to improve the community through creative event planning, engaging artworks, quirky landscapes, and environmental education. Jess and her husband Josh have enjoyed living in Westwood since 2009 and continue that journey with their two boys, their dog and thousands of bees.
Christie Bryant, VP of Operations and Community Relations at UC Health
Eboni Bonner, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Frank Eversole, EP Investments
Ray Kroner, Kroner Dry Cleaners
Mike LaRosa, LaRosa’s
David Mann, Council member, City of Cincinnati
Rick Pouliot, EP Investments