Co-Founder, Executive Director
Josh helped start Woven Oak with the vision of creating an umbrella organization for nonprofit work in the Norwood community. He also pastors Vineyard Central, a neighborhood church based in Norwood. Josh grew up on a farm in Illinois, studied youth ministry in college, learned how to ski in France, got his master’s degree near Boston and was drawn to Norwood by his hunger to pursue deeper community and transformative relationships in an urban setting. He and his wife Jill have been married for 14 years and have four kids. Josh loves seeing good things grow in the relational compost of community and is passionate about seeing others lean into that work in their own neighborhoods.
Jill has been in Norwood for a decade as part of the Vineyard Central church community with her husband, Josh, and four kids. In addition to church leadership and family life, she has served in various volunteer roles with Lydia’s House, Moriah Pie, Baby Bear, and the Food Pantry. Jill is trained as a Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith and enjoys connecting with people on their faith journey. She is part of the Woven Oak team to offer administrative support and continue her path of weaving life and faith in her neighborhood.
Stephanie grew up in Anderson Township, and received her BS in Special Education and MEd in Health Education from University of Cincinnati. Stephanie worked as a teacher for 15 years and in full-time pastoral work for 7. Now she is Executive Assistant to Tom Shepherd, the CEO and president of Shepherd Material Science Companies in Norwood. Stephanie is a Norwood resident who has a heart for seeing people connect and form community. She is an extrovert and enjoys developing ways for people to come together for a good cause. Stephanie re-started Baby Bear in 2018 after it transitioned out of Norwood Presbyterian Church. Please reach out anytime for questions or needs via email or the messenger section at https://www.facebook.com/BabyBearNorwood.
Christian & Randi Ziegler
Norwood Connection Program Directors
Christian and Randi both graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors in Psychology. Christian from The College of Wooster and Randi from the University of Cincinnati. They both went on to work at treatment centers for adolescents in Cleveland, Ohio, including helping to open a “half-way” facility for teen felons moving from serving time to working on how to integrate back into society. Christian went on to get his teaching certificate from John Carroll University and his Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. He taught 5 years in Connecticut and has been teaching in the Norwood City School system for the past 18 years. Randi is in her 17th year with Montgomery Community Church Preschool. Christian and Randi have two daughters.
Jessica Binger Bejnar
Norwood Makers Collective Program Co-Director
Jessica Binger Bejnar moved to Norwood in 2017 to participate in the work of Moriah Pie and the Parish Farming School of Eucharistic Discipleship, along with her husband and now 5-year-old daughter. She holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has included cooking and baking, volunteer coordination, and children’s religious education. She is a Birth Doula with training from DONA International. Jessica began co-facilitating the Norwood Makers Collective with Sarah Stanforth in January 2021, and is looking forward to finding ways that Makers Collective can continue to foster creativity and connection in and around Norwood.
Norwood Makers Collective Program Co-Director
Sarah has a BA in English with a minor in international studies from Ohio State University and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Ohio Dominican University. She has taught K-12 English as a second language in Columbus and Cincinnati Ohio for the past 12 years. Sarah currently teaches high school ESL at Middletown High School. She lives in Norwood with her husband David, 2 cats and foster puppy. She has experience working with immigrant and refugee communities in after school tutoring and summer camp settings. Sarah is excited to utilize her love of art to help create a welcoming place for people from all cultures in Norwood. Her favorite art mediums are watercolor, needle felting, photography and crochet. She and Jessica Binger Bejnar started co-leading the Norwood Makers Collective in January 2021.
Thom & Nicole Stout
The Food Pantry Program Directors
Thom and Nicole Stout have come onboard to help transition the Food Pantry into the Woven Oak family, and continue the foundational work laid over the years by Dorothy and Steve Bohner and Zion Church. Thom is employed at Habitat for Humanity as the Critical Home Repair Coordinator for Veterans. Nicole is the Office Coordinator at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. They and their children have claimed Norwood as home since 2013. As they serve those within the 45212 zip code who have little or no access to food, their hope is to connect on a deeper level with many of the residents of this neighborhood.
Woven Oak Board Members