Generally speaking, we're a group made up of artists, designers, environmental folks, business professionals, and a whole lot of community/volunteer assistance. If you're invested enough to seek out this page, who knows, you may be one of us as well.
Jonathan Sears // Executive Director
Jonathan co-founded PAR-Projects with the goal of showing how the arts can positively affect the dynamics of a community. Since 2010 he's taken the lead in all of PAR's collaborations and has been crafting his sometimes zany ideas into creative realities throughout Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. He's an artist. He's a thinker. He's a maker. He also wants you to know the photo to the left was taken by Northside's own Chris Glass
-- one of the few folks he trusts with a camera.
Aside from PAR-Projects, Jonathan serves on the Northside Education Committee where he's directly involved with an initiative aimed at providing Northside's grade-school teachers with additional resources to assist in their day-to-day activities. He proudly holds a seat on PAR-Projects' board as well.
Current Favorite Quote:
"If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough." ~ Wes Jackson
Favorite Live Band:
Gabrielle Roach // Gallery & Events Fellow
Gabi was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she attended Indiana State University. Here, she served as the Indiana Statesman marketing and advertising manager, became a Chi Omega alum, and graduated with her BFA in Painting in 2014.
She went on to attend Miami University, pursuing her MFA in painting and printmaking. While at Miami, Gabi worked in Hiestand Galleries under the Direction of Ann Taulbee; she also taught undergraduate courses for two years. Aside from working with PAR-Projects, she currently teaches art at In Return. In her free time, Gabi continues to build her studio practice.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Herb Robinson // Board President
Retired from manufacturing management and quality assurance at Procter & Gamble (2012), Herb focusses on community service to make a difference in his neighborhood, Cincinnati, and beyond. Herb currently works with The Ohio State University Minority Engineering Program, PAR-Projects, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, Avondale Running Club and New 2 You Thrift Store in Corryville.
Current Favorite Quote:
"Those who think it cannot be done should get out of the way of those doing it'" ~ Chinese Proverb
Favorite Recording Artist:
will.i. am (of the Black Eyed Peas)
Elizabeth Davis // Board Vice President
Elizabeth is a Cincinnati native, who moved to Nashville for seven years and later returned. She fell in love with the arts and the creative process, while away, and has continued perusing this passion since. With a BA in Art History and an MBA Elizabeth is part creative and part strategist.
Alisha Budkie // Board Secretary
While graduating from Industrial Design at DAAP, Alisha co-founded Crafty Supermarket. She continued to support Cincinnati's creative community by opening Smartfish Supply in OTR, and organizing Second Sunday on Main for two years. She's now using community and creativity to make mental and emotional well-being more approachable and accessible, through her work with Indigo Hippo. Alisha proudly serves on our board of directors, as well as our education committee.
Current Favorite Quote:
"Let go of perfect, find something better!"
Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr // Board Treasurer
Jens Rosenkrantz was once a financial wizard. He later dabble in the restaurant business -- opening both La Poste Eatery (Clifton) and Django Western Taco (Northiside). Now, since selling those two establishments, he spends his time perusing his first love -- photography.
Jennifer Purdum // Board Member
Jennifer Purdum is a Cincinnati artist who works at Miami University, Hamilton, where she teaches foundations classes -- including drawing, color theory and printmaking. She has also taught printmaking in the Czech Republic at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and co-created Miami University's Community Arts Major -- a unique multidisciplinary major that combines courses in creative arts with courses in Art History, Communications, English, Film Studies and Commerce.
Jennifer proudly holds an MFA from American University, Washington DC and Corciano Italy, as well as a BFA from University of Cincinnati. And since earning those degrees, she's been a winner of the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence in Art Grant and has been published in the Drawing Essentials Textbook by Deborah Rockman.
As we continue to build out our educational offerings, we're proud to have Jennifer on board as a leader of our Education Committee.
Other Fun Things:
Ollie Kroner // Board Member
Ollie likes projects - fixing up old houses, building websites, starting soccer leagues... His favorite thing is to help other people launch their ideas. In his free time, he works as an Environmental Scientist, and is President of the Northside Community Council.
Current Favorite Quote:
"Community is not just where you live, it's how you live with other people." ~ Tommy Rueff
When people say "they should" when "we should" is so much more effective.
Ron Reblando // Board Member
Ron Reblando received his MBA from Yale University with a concentration in Finance and in-depth studies in Operations & Production Management and International Business. He was recruited from Yale by Procter & Gamble Finance and was previously Director of Strategic Operations at Convergys, a leader in business process outsourcing and call center solutions.
In addition to his work with PAR-Projects, Ron serves on the boards of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA and Greater Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance. Ron is also well known throughout Cincinnati via Angst Coffee House -- a mainstay coffeehouse which served the artists and eclectics of Cincinnati in the late 90s.
Jeffrey Sears // Board Member
Committing his services remotely -- via Morgan Franklin in Washington DC -- Jeffrey volunteers his expertise related to financial planning and bookkeeping. As PAR-Projects continues to grow, Jeffrey plays a key roll in pre-audit services as he did while he was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young.
When not in a business mindset, you can find Jeff training for half-marathons and generally enjoying life through travel and the occasional concert.
Other Teammates // Details Coming Soon
Please excuse our dust as we continue to update this page. Further details on our newest committee members -- as well as a few of our building project leaders -- will be launching soon.
(and we're still growing)
If you're interested in joining our team, we're all ears. Just let us know how you'd like to contribute. As we continue to create projects, there's always room for new ideas. And quite frankly, we welcome anyone who's willing to take time out of their day to volunteer.
More specific board information is also available upon request.