OFFICERS



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Walt McRee:A media and real estate executive, Walt serves as a developer, project manager and consultant; designs, develops and builds residential communities, homes and spaces; offers strengths in program development, public affairs, media, banking, non-profit organizations, and community. Walt has revived and redeployed historic buildings and is a senior advisor to the Public Banking Institute.

Jeff Johnson:A graduate Industrial designer and architectural photographer, Jeff serves on the Ohio State Emergency Communications Committee, is a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and works as chief engineer for WNKU. Jeff is also a specialist in older building restoration and is the caretaker of two older apartment houses of which he owns.

Jamie Murphy:A professional flight attendant with Eastern, Northwest and Delta airlines for 30 years. Ms. Murphy has taken an active role in the redevelopment of downtown Middletown encouraging many to relocate in the city. Ms. Murphy owns and operates a local business in the city.

Mike Grosser:Zipscene.com founding member. Entertainment industry professional working with Neederlander to bring acts to regional venues and festivals. Volunteer to city of Fort Thomas on concert production. Extensive background in entertainment and theater management. Bass player for G. Miles and the Hit Men. Past experience includes: 11 years at Winegardner and Hammonds Hotel Co. Ten years with Jillian's Entertainment, 6 years at Sterling Hotel Co. and 7 years at Infinity Group bars and Restaurants. 28 years on the board of Nightclub and Bar Magazine.

Kelly Cowan Ph.D:Kelly was a faculty member in the microbiology department of Miami University. She is the recipient of a Celebration of Teaching Award served as national chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the American Society for Microbiology and past chair of ASM's Division W. Dr. Cowan is past president of the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Miami University Middletown; and was the campus Dean from 2005-2009. After stepping down she created the Miami University Middletown Community Building Institute (CBI), an organization that helps create strong neighborhoods and is spearheading the downtown revitalization in Middletown and serves on its board.

Bob Melloh:Retired electrician, licensed in Ohio, from Duke Energy, former Sorg projectionist. Married for 41 years and am the proud father of two daughters and the grandfather of 2 grandsons. Bob is an avid antique car collector with a good understanding of mechanical systems. It is his desire to see the Sorg Opera House returned to her former glory and a new generation to enjoy her programs for many years to come.

Sylvia McIntosh:Sylvia serves as our volunteer coordinator and is a 20 year resident of Middletown, Ohio. She has been involved in downtown events and the renaissance of Middletown for the past 5 years. In addition to serving on the Board for the Sorg, she is the event coordinator for Thunderfest 2016. She is the mother of 3 and has a BFA in Theater from Ohio University.

G. Roger Daniel:Presently engaged in Property Management. Retired as Vice President, Development for Duke Energy Corporation and as Director, Development for Capital Power Corp. (a Canadian independent power company) after a combined 39 years in the areas of finance, corporate development and business development. Born in Middletown and lived for many years in various parts of Warren and Hamilton Counties in Ohio. Married and with wife Bonnie have lived in the City of Middletown for past 18 years. Currently Treasurer and on Board of Downtown Middletown Inc.

Craig Fennel MD:Craig is one of those quiet types who likes to volunteer, especially around demolition projects. His work was so good we invited him to join the board and are glad he accepted. A Middletown resident, he has been managing and maintaining a variety of rental property since 2003. Craig received his MD from University of S. Dakota, 1980. He then completed five year general surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. That was followed by a maintaining a general surgery practice at Middletown, through 2003.

William Grau:William E. Grau is the founder and Managing Member of Historic Urban Development, LLC whose focus is the 'restoration and adaptive reuse of significant historic buildings'. William is also a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT. William has extensive commercial real estate experience that includes the development of multi-family, student, elderly, market rate and affordable housing projects in excess of 400 units as well as the adaptive reuse and historic restoration of existing buildings in excess of 50,000 sf. utilizing local, state and federal incentives including affordable, historic and new market tax credits. William received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa.

Cynda Kash:An ex-officio member, for the time being, Cynda has been involved in preservation work over the last eight years having been on the CHAPS ( Citizens for Historical and Preservation Services) Board. We offered a board service trial and are thrilled with the physical energy and creativity she brings to SORG. Ms. Kash lives in downtown Middletown and is widely known for her support of the downtown's renovation efforts and downtown businesses.

Doug Buchanan:An ex-officio member, for the time being, Doug was a quiet fan of the Sorg until one day, as a volunteer helping move theater seats, he presented an insightful list of area companies that should be partners with the effort. We offered a board service trial and are thrilled with the physical energy and creativity he brings to SORG. Mr. Buchanan lives in Middletown after a long career with AK Steel.