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.
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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.
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Norwood Makers Collective Program Director
Dyah joined Woven Oak in July 2016 by bringing the Norwood Makers Collective program. She brought the experience working with new Americans when she managed the International Services Department at the Cincinnati Red Cross, where she helped to start the World Refugee Day Soccer Tournament and piloted the International Humanitarian Law program. She has experience in historic preservation (Japan & Indonesia), international development (Switzerland), community organizing, and disability inclusion (US). She also runs a visual storytelling business in her spare time. She lives with her husband and two children in Norwood. Check out Dyah’s website dyahmiller.net.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Garden Program Director
Erin has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hope College, a graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, and is a Certified Naturalist. She spent several years working at a watershed protection non-profit in northeastern Illinois, and has been teaching nature education classes in various contexts for six years. In the summer of 2012, a grant from the St. Elizabeth Arts Foundation allowed her to start a children’s gardening program here in West Norwood.
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Financial Office Assistant
Carson Rayhill is a work-study intern from Xavier University where he studies Finance and German with minors in Political Economics and Peace Studies. Carson is originally from Loogootee, Indiana where he graduated with an Academic Honors Diploma and Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency from Loogootee High School in 2018. In 2016 Carson was awarded the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Scholarship from the US Department of State. Through this experience, he attended the Karl-Friedrich-Schinkel Gymnasium in Neuruppin, Germany. After returning from his year abroad and completing high school, Carson enrolled at Xavier University where he has been proud to be a Musketeer ever since. The community service work-study program has allowed him to engage with the community and seek ways to build an inclusive community in Norwood. Carson has been with Woven Oak Initiatives since September 2018 and looks forward to continuing to build community in Norwood as he pursues his undergraduate degree.
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Marketing Office Assistant
Olivia is a Marketing and Theatre Double Major from Xavier University, graduating in Spring of 2022. Originally from Indianapolis, she attended Cathedral High School through the generous, academic-merit Fortune Scholarship, and graduated with Academic Honors. At Xavier, she has been a dedicated member of Woman in Business as well as participating heavily in Xavier Theatre’s productions while maintaining a position on the Dean’s List. She is continuously pursuing a career in the field of Marketing through a series of internships. By volunteering and working for non-profits in the past and present, she is committed to serving the community in creative and meaningful ways. At Woven Oak, Olivia helps lead marketing and digital development, as well as working behind the scenes to support The Food Pantry.
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Laken is a Business Management and Strategic Human Resource Management double major at Xavier University Graduating in Spring 2022. After graduation she wants to work in upper management at a nonprofit, which is how she became interested in Woven Oak in the first place. Along with Woven Oak office work, she also helps out with Baby Bear. Outside of the work place Laken is involved in the Xavier Cheer Team.
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Woven Oak Board Members
Kelsey WelchTeacher, Cincinnati Public Schools
Ron MurphyCommunity Liaison, Norwood Police Department
Jamie MinskyCommunity-Engaged Fellow, Xavier University