Tecumseh Land Trust Board of Trustees
Andy Elder, Board President
Grew up in Springfield. He is an attorney in his family’s practice. Andy and his siblings preserved their family farm in 2009. Andy and his wife Joan are renovating an older home in Springfield. Andy is active in the Springfield community also serving on the Clark County Park District board.
Dave Neuhardt, Secretary
Dave Neuhardt is a corporate attorney. He and his wife Sharen own 600 acres of farmland in Miami Township, much of which is protected under 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 Timmons 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. Jim 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 Miller 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 the board. Susan is actively involved in the planning and execution of the Annual Harvest Auction.
Catherine Anderson, Trustee
Catherine Anderson 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 Berge and wife Daphne live in South Charleston on a 44 acre preserved farm. Fred farms his family’s land in Madison Township that 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 Soli and Water Conservation Board. For TLT, he serves on our Land Preservation Committee.
Jim Clem, Trustee
Jim Clem is a full-time farmer. Although, no one in his family ever had a connection to agriculture, Jim liked the land and machinery. After graduating from the Agricultural Technical Institute in 1979 Jim began farming against family wishes and most advice. 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 Davis 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 Dolph is a professor of psychology at Cedarville University and lives. 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 Frantz 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 Gray. Bethany is native to Springfield and alumna of Wittenberg University. She spends her time as a freelance naturalist, educator, and writer. Bethany helps coordinate Operation Bluebird a partnership with the Yellow Springs Schools and a private landowner, and has also assisted with the Harvest Auction. She also serves on our Education Committee. Living in Dublin Bethany noticed the constant engulfment of farmland in Franklin, Delaware and Union counties. This served as a wake up call for how vulnerable our green spaces and natural lands are.
Evelyn LaMers, Trustee
Evelyn LaMers is an artists and business owner in Yellow Springs. An Antioch alumni, 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 Randolph, is originally from Urbana, but has lived in Yellow Springs for many years now. She is a dedicated conservationist – enjoys hiking and bird watching. She serves on TLT’s Personal and Education Committees and is the co-chair of the Harvest Auction.
Charlie Swaney, Trustee
Charlie Swaney is a life-long resident of Mad River Township. He grew up playing in Mud Run Creek and hiking in the Glen Helen. He is an attorney in Springfield. Charlie and his brother, Jim, donated a conservation easement on their family farm in Mad River Township. Charlies serves on our Land Preservation and Finance Committees.
John Vitaliti, Trustee
John Vitaliti, 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.