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 O’Dell, Secretary | 2001 – Present
Mary Beth O’Dell is the Director of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Dept. She’s worked with the City since 2001. 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 Habitat Environmental Education Center at Southdale Park.
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.
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 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 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.
Sue Ellen Boesch | 2018 – Present
As a native Daytonian, I have either lived in Kettering or near Kettering my entire life. After graduating from the University of Dayton and the School of the Dayton Art Institute, I began my career as a teacher. I taught in both public and parochial schools in Kettering before going into the real estate business as an agent and a broker.
I strongly believe in getting involved with and helping our community be the best it can be.
I have volunteered as a Docent at the Dayton Art Institute and served on the Participant Advisory Committee for City of Kettering. I am a member of the Kettering Arts Council, a Community Chair for Art on the Commons and also presently serve on the University of Dayton’s Library Advisory Council.
I consider it an honor to be a member of the Kettering Parks Foundation Board.
Linda Hadley | 2018 – Present
A graduate of the University of Albany and the University of Connecticut, I began my professional career in the field of public accounting. While raising my three children, I taught accounting at the University of Dayton for twelve years. Once my children were grown, I left the world of academia, spending the remainder of my career as a tax manager at a regional public accounting firm based in Kettering.
I continue to work part-time, enjoying a semi-retired lifestyle. My interests include international travel, yoga, and spending time with my family. In addition to currently serving on the Planned Giving Council of the Dayton Art Institute, I have served as treasurer of the Miami Valley Child Development Center and the Dayton Chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
As a Kettering resident, I welcome this opportunity to give back to my community by becoming a member of the Kettering Parks Foundation Board.
Jim Leakas | 2020 – Present
Jim grew up in Kettering attending Orchard Park Elementary, Van Buren Junior High School, and graduated from Fairmont West High School. He and his wife Diane, have 2 grown children both who attended Kettering City Schools and graduating from Fairmont High School. Jim retired from the Banking and Finance Industry in 2012 after a 35 plus year career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Wright State University and earned a MBA in Management form Wright State University.
Jim serves on the advisory board for two entrepreneurial companies. Since retiring, he has always focused on giving back to business and community. Kettering has and always will be “home” no matter where travels and family take him.
Jayne Testa | 2020 – Present
Jayne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Dayton. Jayne is also a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and a Fellow in the Health Care Advisory Board (FAB)
Jayne has served as a health care administrator in the Dayton area for over 30 years holding positions in HR, Finance, Physician Administration and Hospital Administration. Most recently Jayne served as the Executive Director for Network Heart and Vascular Services for Kettering Health Network. That position included business growth, supply chain, physician relations, daily operations, strategy and regulatory compliance for all KHN heart and vascular services. Jayne officially ceased working full-time at KHN as of 6/30/20.
Jayne has served in the national leadership roles with the Medical Group Management Association as the President of the OBGYN Assembly. On a local level Jayne has served on the Heart Walk Board of the American Heart Association and as a member of the KMC Foundations Heart to Heart Committee. Previously, Jayne served as the Vice President of the Alter High School Education Commission.
Jayne has also participated in volunteer activities throughout many years in hospital, church and school activities. Jayne and her husband Ron have lived in their Timberlea neighborhood for over 20 years and are committed to the Kettering community.