Meet our Board of Directors

They look like a fun group.

 
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Julia Fischer

Founder, Board Chair

Julia has been in the industry of play for...a bunch of years. She helped create and launch multiple award-winning toy lines and was key in winning a $35M grant to create a new media-based intellectual property, with funding from the US Dept of Education for Wildbrain Ent. (now DHX Media). She is currently working at Bad Robot Studios in Los Angeles and is a die-hard fan of ice cream, robots, and kids who end their sentences with “and then”. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, William, without whom she couldn't have done all of this (seriously, you guys), and their weird little scrappy dog, Monkie.

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Brooke Harris

Executive Director

Brooke is an Atlanta, GA native but has always considered Cincinnati her "true" home. She has most recently worked in catering & event management over the last five years with Eli's BBQ, Fireside Pizza and Saundra's Kitchen. She brings with her a love for connecting with people and serving her community.  Brooke lives in Walnut Hills with partner, Elias Leisring, and 4 year old son, Harper.

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Rick Ruskin

Vice Chairman of the Board

Rick spent 20 years in the toy industry, directing marketing campaigns for companies such as Hasbro Inc., Intel Corporation, Hersey Foods Corporation and Zizzle LLC. In addition to leading his own strategic licensing and marketing agency, SLAM dunk LLC. Rick currently leads marketing, product management and business performance for General Motors. 

Rick is thrilled to remain connected to the Toy Business and the Cincinnati community through the Play Library.

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Suzi Hofrichter

Secretary/Strategy

With experience creating successful global & grassroots marketing campaigns for premium entertainment brands and their strategic partners, Suzi has used boundless creative energy and a dedication to detail to deliver meaningful brand experiences through every available medium.

Highly resourceful and analytically driven, Suzi has a track record of providing innovative solutions that include a mixture of cause marketing, influencer engagement, web development, and multi-media production (digital, broadcast, VR). 

And, she loves to make people laugh.

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Samantha Koeppe

Treasurer

Samantha is a Manager in the national Global Forensics practice, at BDO, focusing on fraud investigations, and anti-bribery/corruption. She was selected as one of twenty-five across the Nation to serve on the Early Career Council (ECC) at BDO. She is also the local Champion of the BDO Women’s Initiative and the BDO Green Initiative. She founded and facilitates Cincinnati’s Women’s CFO Roundtable.

Samantha is a passionate advocate of the community, actively creating opportunities for local groups to volunteer and give back, while in tandem networking and growing professionally.

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Amanda Kranias

Marketing, Grants

Amanda Kranias is a graduate of Miami University and Golden Gate University. She specializes in Operations and Marketing, helping new businesses find their stride. Her current efforts include developing startup awareness around undiscovered talent in Appalachian regions. She is a mother of two beautiful children and a couple of fur babies.

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Maxwell Berg

Legal

Max--as he is affectionately known--moved to Cincinnati, OH in 2014 from Albuquerque, New Mexico by way of Denver, CO. He is a tech lawyer at Ulmer & Berne, working to build and protect the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cincinnati. You can find him on his bicycle, or in the kitchen, as he's an avid cyclist and loves to cook. If you want to challenge him outside the court room, his favorite games are Cranium and Scrabble. He's hard to beat.

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Chris Reiff

Museum Curator

Let's cut to the chase here and just get this out in the open: Yes, Chris has a real-life remote-controlled R2-unit. And yes, to answer your next question, Chris IS the coolest person we know.

Chris is the founder and curator of The Cincinnati Toy Museum, right in the middle of Play Library.

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Levi Bethune

Problem-solver, Trouble-maker

Levi is a creative director and entrepreneur with proficiency in identity discovery and storytelling for brands. He has told stories for Google, Facebook, Intel, Disney, Adobe, eBay, and hundreds of startups and non-profits.

You can find him volunteering at Play Library with his wife Heather and four volunteers--er, I mean, kids--on the first Sunday of every month.