Board of Directors

Neil M. Smalley, President | 1984 – Present

Neil M. Smalley was born in West Union, Ohio and moved with his family to Van Buren Township (now Kettering) at an early age where he has since resided. He graduated from Fairmont High School and attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Miami University.

He was employed as an Accountant at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he held various supervisory and management positions, serving as the Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer for the Base at the time of his retirement. He was an active member in the Association of Government Accounts and American Society of Military Comptrollers.

On June 7, 1958, he was married to Willa Jean Kantner, a teacher in the Kettering City Schools. Both Neil and Willa Jean are active members of the United Methodist Church of the Cross where he has served as Lay-Leader, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Trustees and usher.

Mr. Smalley has been very involved in the Masonic Fraternity serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Ohio and as Deputy for Ohio and Active Member of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Kettering Parks Foundation since its inception in 1982 and is currently serving as its president. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Masonic Foundation.

Mary Beth Thaman, Secretary | 2002 – Present

Mary Beth Thaman is the Director of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Dept. She’s worked with the City for over 13 years. Before that she worked for the Schaumburg Park District outside Chicago, Illinois and she worked for Dallas Parks and Recreation. She received her bachelors from Bowling Green State University and her master’s from Indiana University.

As Director, she oversees 450 acres of open space, 21 neighborhood and community parks, 22 miles of medians, numerous sports fields, a skate plaza, BMX track and several multi-use buildings, such as the Kettering Recreation Complex, Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center, Fraze Pavilion, Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center, Polen Farm and the soon-to-be-completed The Habitat Environmental Education Center at Southdale Park.

Robert Montavon, Treasurer | 2012 – Present

A financial consultant since 1999, he started his own firm, Resolute Wealth Management LLC, in 2009. He and his wife Christine have lived and raised their family in Kettering since 1996. He is a very active member of the Kettering Community. He is Treasurer of Dorwood Optimist, a former Scoutmaster, active in his parish, and coached several different sports when the kids were younger. His wife Christine is a Kindergarten teacher in Kettering Schools. They both think Kettering is a great place to live, work and play.

Jerry Barnett, Ph.D.Jerry B. Barnett, Ph.D. | 1987 – Present (2015)

Jerry Barnett holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is a retired administrator with the Kettering City School district. Jerry was inducted into the C.A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame in 1993 and was selected as the Grand Marshall of the Kettering Holiday at Home parade in 1995. Jerry was named Kettering Volunteer Citizen of the Year in 1989 and has received awards from the National Recreation and Park Association and Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. He has served on the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Advisory Board for 30 years. Jerry is a member of the Kettering Dor-Wood Optimist club (41 years), was selected Optimist of the Year four times and served as President from 1994-1995. Jerry participated in the National Senior Olympics as a volleyball and softball player six times. Jerry lives in Kettering with his wife Deborah and has two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Frank Spolrich | 1984 – Present

Frank Spolrich currently serves as the Principal of St. Albert the Great school in Kettering. He recently retired from serving 39 years in public education with the last 37 years in the Kettering City Schools. Mr. Spolrich and his wife Nancy have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren who attend the Kettering City Schools. Mr. Spolrich is a graduate of Dayton Chaminade H.S. and has a B.S. and M.Ed. in education from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Debbie Waker | 1995 – Present

Debbie has been a proud member of the Kettering Parks Foundation since July 1995. She was born and raised in the outstanding community of Kettering. After graduating from the University of Dayton, she has been volunteering in several schools, her parish, and especially her city.

Motivated to continually make Kettering a better place to live, Debbie has been an advocate to inform citizens their individual responsibility to keep Kettering beautiful. She knows Kettering is worth it, and will continue to dedicate her time and talent to such a wonderful city.

Charley Schuerholz | 2009 – Present

Charley is the president of Schuerholz Printing, located in Kettering, and celebrating its 35th year in 2009. He is a proud member of the Dor-wood Optimist club, Junior Achievement at Fairmont High School and serves as an Auctioneer for various charity fund raisers.

“As a board member I am proud to serve as a voice for the benefit of our residents and our services,” Charley says. “My hopes are to continue the programs we have in place and to help develop new and exciting opportunities for our Kettering youth and residents of all ages.” Charley was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio.

David HammondDave Hammond, Ph. D. | 2012 – Present

Since moving to Kettering in 1993, he has become active in the Dor-Wood Optimist Club including serving as President.  He is also involved in church and homeowners association activities.  Prior to 1993, David worked as a community development, economic development and leadership specialist with Iowa State University Extension.  His wife, Sue, was a long-time teacher in the Oakwood Community Schools.  The Kettering Parks Foundation is another avenue to support this very fine community.

Mike EckleyMike Eckley | 2014 – Present

Mike Eckley is Vice President of Shook Construction in Dayton, Ohio and has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Cleveland State University. Mike and his wife Mary grew up in Kettering and graduated from Alter High School. After stays in Cleveland, Houston and Austin they returned to Kettering in 1986 with their 5 children who attended St. Albert the Great and Alter High School.

Mike has served on several civic and professional boards and welcomes the opportunity to share his experiences and talents to promote and continue the work of the foundation.

David Bodary   David Bodary  | 2014 – Present

David feels as if he married into the Kettering community and couldn’t be happier with the choice to raise his family in the area. David, a native of Michigan, is married to Susan, a Kettering native, who grew up across the street from Oak Creek Pool and Pondview Park. He is an active member of his Kettering church has served in a variety of roles supporting the Kettering Fairmont choir program and A cappella Festival.

David is Professor of Communication at Sinclair Community College where he has been employed since 1994. He holds degrees in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. He can be found many late nights on the ice at Kettering Rec where he plays hockey in the aptly named Huff –N-Puff hockey league.

   David Dutton| 2017 – Present

Being from the great state of New York, I left for my continuing education to attend Ashland University, Wright State, and U.D.  My major was business administration with an emphasis on real estate. That led me to a 48 year career into property management and ownership. Buying and selling apartments afforded me the opportunity to give back to the community in volunteering my time and service. Some of the fine organizations I have had the opportunity to volunteer for include: The Dor-Wood Optimist Club, Fairmont High School men’s and women’s  soccer parent groups, Crestwood Swim and Tennis Club, Kettering Renegade Soccer Club, Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association, Kettering YMCA Indian Guides, the Dayton Art Institute “OktoberFest”, and the City of Kettering.

I strive to be a positive influence on the people around me. Living and working in Kettering, Ohio opened many doors for me and my family. Thank you very much for allowing me to give back, just a little bit more, to this great community of Kettering. It is truly the best place to call home.