Tecumseh Land Trust Board of Trustees
Andy Elder, Board President
Andy is from Springfield and currently serves as an attorney in his family’s practice. He and his siblings preserved their family farm in 2009. Andy and his wife Joan are working on renovating a house in Springfield. He is active in the Springfield community, serving on the Clark County Park District board.
Dave Neuhardt, Secretary
Dave is a corporate attorney. He and his wife Sharen own 600 acres of farmland in Miami Township, much of which is protected under a conservation easement. Dave grew up at the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development in Wooster where his father managed the dairy farm. Dave is a history buff and is active with the Yellow Springs Historical Society.
Jim Timmons, Treasurer
Jim knows first-hand about urban sprawl and disappearing farmland. On April 1, he and his wife moved out of the house they had lived in for almost 30 years. On April 2, a bulldozer knocked it down to make room for a road. Jim strongly believes in the mission of the land trust, but understands, more than most, the practical problems facing farmers today. He speaks with a voice that’s always welcome on the board. He is a full-time farmer and is active on the Clark County Farmland Preservation Workgroup. Jim serves on our Land Preservation and Finance Committees.
Susan Miller, Vice President
Susan and her husband Phil are long time residents of Yellow Springs. She retired in 2010 as the President of the YSI Foundation. Susan is very active in the community as a Trustee of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, as well as TLT. Her years of business experience are a welcome addition to our board. Susan is actively involved in the planning and execution of the annual Harvest Auction.
Catherine Anderson, Trustee
Catherine is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach and owns Xarifa Farm in Miami Township, which is protected entirely by a conservation easement. She serves on the Education Committee and supports Operation Bluebird, an education program for youth that establishes and monitors bluebird trails on protected lands. Her passion is to bridge the gap between farming and conservation interests for greater sustainability, cultural heritage, and preservation.
Fred Berge, Trustee
Fred and his wife Daphne live in South Charleston on a 44-acre preserved farm. Fred farms his family’s land in Madison Township, which has been forever-preserved with an easement obtained through the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Farmland Preservation Office and held by Tecumseh Land Trust. Fred also serves on the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation Board. For TLT, he serves on our Land Preservation Committee.
Jim Clem, Trustee
Jim is a full-time farmer. Although no one in his family had a connection to agriculture, Jim liked the land and machinery. After graduating from the Agricultural Technical Institute in 1979, he began farming. In 2007, Jim’s son, Brian, a graduate of Diesel Mechanics College, joined the family business and Jim added more acres to his operation. Among the properties they farm are Whitehall Farm and the Folger Howell Farm. Because these two farms are protected by TLT conservation easements, he feels comfortable with doing long-term planning. Jim believes that all working farmers would profit by becoming members of the land trust and learning how they could benefit from TLT’s successful farmland preservation program. Jim serves on the Land Preservation Committee.
Ed Davis, Trustee
Ed retired from Sinclair Community College's English Department in 2011. He has been active in land preservation since the effort to save Whitehall Farm in 1999 and even wrote a novel, The Measure of Everything, based on the fight to save the farm. The annual Solstice Poetry Reading, co-sponsored by TLT and Glen Helen, is a project he's been involved with since its inception in 2011.
Chuck Dolph, Trustee
Chuck is a professor of psychology at Cedarville University. He and his wife, Teresa, live on a small farm in Clark County just east of Cedarville. Chuck joined TLT because he believes "farmers are the key to ensuring that the next generation will be able to enjoy the soil, fields, streams, ad natural life that have so enriched my life." He wants his children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy that also. Chuck serves on the Education and Land Preservation Committees.
Adam Frantz, Trustee
Adam didn’t grow up on a farm, but fell in love with farming at a young age after going to work on a dairy farm. From there, Adam found his way in agribusiness and today works for Bayer Crop Science. He, his wife Mia, and their two daughters live on Mia’s family’s farm in Champaign County. Adam serves on the Development Committee.
Bethany Gray, Trustee
Bethany is a Springfield native and an alumna of Wittenberg University. She is an Ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Bluebird Society. Bethany completed the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program through Ohio State in 2016. She helps coordinate Operation Bluebird, a partnership with the Yellow Springs Schools and a private landowner. Bethany has assisted with TLT’s Harvest Auction and serves on our Education Committee. TLT is grateful to have Bethany join our team of conservationists.
Evelyn LaMers, Trustee
Evelyn is an artist and business owner in Yellow Springs. An Antioch alumna, she and her husband Tom settled in Yellow Springs after graduating. She has been involved with TLT since its inception. Evelyn’s talents include photography, painting, pottery, and scrapbooking. She serves on the Auction Committee, Development Committee, and Finance Committee.
Anne Randolph, Trustee
Anne grew up in Urbana and currently lives in Yellow Springs. She is a dedicated conservationist and has also served on the Arc of Appalachia board for a number of years. Anne serves on TLT’s Personal and Education Committees and is the co-chair of the Harvest Auction. She enjoys writing poetry and going on walks with her daughter Jenny.
Charlie Swaney, Trustee
Charlie is a life-long resident of Mad River Township and works as an attorney in Springfield. He grew up playing in Mud Run Creek and hiking in Glen Helen. Charlie and his brother, Jim, donated a conservation easement on their family farm in Mad River Township. Charlie serves on our Land Preservation and Finance Committees.
John Vitaliti, Trustee
John, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, came to Ohio to be close to his children, who were studying at Cedarville University. He is a retired anesthesiologist. He has a masters in Public Health and was responsible for managing the finances at his own practice. John and his wife Connie purchased a farm in Greene County. John serves on our Finance Committee.
After nearly thirty years abroad, nomads Barbara and husband Rick recently returned home to Yellow Springs. Barb retired from the United Nations in 2016, having most recently served in administrative roles in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and Kosovo. One of her post-retirement causes is supporting responsible land stewardship via her service on TLT's Board, and Education and Easement committees. Rick and Barb are renovating their 1910 colonial house and Barb enjoys caring for the diverse palms, succulents and tropical plants growing in their glass greenhouse.