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Thanking Kathy Merchant for Her 18 Years of Service

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recognized the legacy of our retiring president/CEO, Kathryn Merchant, on May 12, 2015 at Music Hall.

CINCINNATI (May 13, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recognized the legacy of our retiring president/CEO, Kathryn Merchant, on May 12, 2015 at Music Hall. 

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Merchant  announced her retirement in June 2014, and Ellen M. Katz will be taking over as CEO/President on May 18, 2015

Many joined us to celebrate Kathy's many accomplishments. We thank the following speakers for sharing their thoughts about Kathy's legacy: 

  • Lee Carter, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center 
  • Judy Clabes, Editor/Publisher of the Northern Kentucky Tribune
  • The Honorable John Cranley, Mayor of the City of Cincinnati
  • Crystal German, Vice President of the Minority Business Accelerator and Economic Inclusion, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Alecia Kintner, CEO of ArtsWave
  • Ross Meyer, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Dr. Myrtis Powell, retired, Miami University
  • Dianne Rosenberg, Governing Board Chair, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Michael Rubinger, President & CEO of LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) 
  • Mary Stagaman, Executive Director of Agenda 360 and Vice President of Regional Initiatives, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Pete Strange, Chairman Emeritus of Messer Construction
  • Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of State University of New York

In recognition of Kathy's legacy of collaborative leadership, we invite you to support the revitalization of Music Hall along with GCF. If you would like to join us, you may give securely online for Music Hall's Save Our Icons Fund or make a check payable to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202., and indicate "Save Our Icons - Music Hall" in the memo line.