Jessica Faris is a Business Controls Analyst at Fifth Third Bank. From 2010-2016, she practiced family law at Faris & Faris, LLC in Batavia and served as a Guardian ad Litem in the Clermont County Juvenile Court.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky. She has served on the CASA for Clermont Kids board since February, 2014.
Tracey Rowe is the Vice President of Programs for Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, Inc. (CELC) and has over 28 years of experience in early childhood education. Tracey oversees the operation of 7 childcare programs in Hamilton County that have all received a 5-Star Rating from Step Up to Quality. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati and has been a resident of Clermont County for 20 years. Tracey has served on the board of CASA for Clermont Kids since February of 2014.
Magda Dawson is a CPA with Dawson and Company, Certified Public Accountants. She has a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. Dawson and Company works with small to mid-size business and individuals on tax preparation, planning and compliance. The firm also does audit for non-profit organizations.
Magda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves on the CASA for Clermont Kids board as treasurer.
Greg Carson has served on the CASA for Clermont Kids Board of Trustees since 2009. He is employee of Clermont Senior Services, Inc. where he serves as the Chief Financial Officer. He also serves as an Elected Official for Williamsburg Township as the Fiscal Officer, where he was raised and has lived his entire life. He is a 1991 graduate of Williamsburg High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in accounting. He is married and has 2 young boys. He serves on the OKI Regional Council of Governments Board and Clermont County Board of Development Disabilities. He is a member of the Williamsburg Rotary and Williamsburg United Methodist Church where he has served on various committees over the years.
Judy Eschmann is the Director of Clermont County Job and Family Services. She has 29 years of experience working in the DJFS system which includes Child Support Enforcement, Children’s Protective Services, Public Assistance and Workforce Development. She served on the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board from 2009 through 2013. She is currently a member of the Regional United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board.
Linda H. Pautke For 21-years Linda served with recognition in the travel industry, recently retiring from AAA Allied Group. She is proud of her industry leadership and award winning career. She is the mother of three daughters, and is active in the lives of her 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. Linda is a 15-year resident of Clermont County. She resides in Pierce Township with her husband Bob, a Pierce Township Trustee.
Over a lifetime Linda has honored the belief that children are entitled to a safe, loving and permanent home, and is excited to join the CASA team to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children.
Kathleen McPhillips Rodenberg, serving as emeritus on the CASA for Clermont Kids Board, began her tenure as Judge of Domestic Relations Court on January 2, 2011. In addition to the private practice of law in Batavia and Cincinnati, Judge Rodenberg has served as a Magistrate in both Clermont County Domestic Relations Court and Clermont County Municipal Court.
Judge Rodenberg is a past president of the Clermont County Bar Association. She has served on a number of boards including Clermont Counseling Center, MRDD, Senior Services, and CASA for Clermont Kids. Judge Rodenberg received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1979 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law in 1982. She resides in Pierce Township with her husband, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. They have two adult sons, Nick and Brad.
Dr. Greg Sojka, teaches at UC Clermont College where he served as Dean from 2010-2015. He and his wife, Dr. Jane Sojka (A marketing professor at UC) met at Indiana University where he earned a Ph.D. in American Literature. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and chair of the Governance Committee of the Clermont County Boys & Girls Club as well as on the board of the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra. He lives in Union Township where enjoys gardening and other outdoor activities.
Cathy Sahlfeld retired from American Airline after nearly 30 years of service in their Cincinnati, Ohio office. Her roles with American included Corporate Instructor, Human Resources Generalist, Probationary Supervisor, and International Sales. Most recently Cathy was employed by Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services at Ohio Means Jobs of Clermont County as a Business Services Manager. She assisted local companies with their human resources needs to promote hiring and business development in the region. Cathy has now fully embraced retirement and spends her time serving on the Clermont Chamber Foundation’s Work Readiness Initiative, assisting local schools secure professionals to speak to students about careers, acting as a mentor to a student in New Richmond, and leading field trips for pre-school and elementary students at Sunrock Farm.
Cathy is married with two adult sons who live in Seattle, WA and Pataskala, OH and two granddaughters who share her love of the great outdoors. She enjoys using her retiree travel benefits to visit family and friends and to travel abroad.
Sam DeBonis is Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender with Park National Bank. He is very active in building our Clermont County community. In addition to serving on the Board for CASA for Clermont Kids, he also serves on Clermont Senior Services’ Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, on the St. Thomas More Parish Pastoral Council, in the Clermont County Township Association and Clermont Chamber of Commerce & Small Business Development Center, and in the Blue Ash Business Association.
Shannon F. Eckner received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her J.D. in 2003 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, she served as a Student Articles Editor and Member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Shannon is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio. She has exclusively practiced family and matrimonial law since she was admitted to practice law in 2003.
Shannon attended the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in 2006 and was named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of family law by Cincinnati Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011–2016.
Collaboratively trained, Shannon is a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, the Ohio State Bar Association Family Law Committee and the Cincinnati Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee.
Mary (Gray) Eisnaugle, currently on the CASA Emeritus board, has been with Lykins Energy Solutions for 25 ½ years. Mary started the company in 1991 working in their convenience store division, shortly after she was promoted to a District Supervisor and then to Director of Operations and a few years later promoted to Director of Branded Fuels , and now Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Lykins Energy Solutions. Mary has played a large role in the name change from Lykins Oil to Lykins Energy Solutions.
Mary was on the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) board for the over 5 years. CASA gives abused children an advocate to speak on the child’s behalf in the court system.
Along with being on the board, Mary has been heading up the Lykins charity golf outing event with all proceeds going to CASA. Over the last 17 years Lykins has earned well over $590,000 for CASA.
Mary served on the Goshen local school board for 9 years bringing the school district from academic emergency to an excellent rated school. Mary also played a large role in getting a new high school and renovations for the Goshen School District. Mary headed up the campaign and marketing plan that got Goshen citizens to vote in favor of the new project.
Mary is a graduate of the Lead Clermont Class of 2013.
Mary is the co-founder and President of “Stopping the Abuse before It Ever Starts,” which is a nonprofit program. The ‘Stopping the Abuse’ team goes into Clermont County high schools and teaches young adults coping skills to avoid unintentional child abuse. The program teaches students about neglect, Shaken Baby Syndrome and drug abuse with a strong emphasis on heroin abuse. In 2014 the “Stopping the Abuse Before it Ever Starts” program won a Salute to Leaders Award from the Clermont County Chamber. The Stopping the Abuse team gets into all Clermont County High School and reaches over 1800 young adults before they have children of their own.
Mary is also a member of the Cincinnati East Side Rotary. Recently Mary was nominated by the Cincinnati East Side Rotary for the Jefferson Award for her work with CASA and the “Stopping the Abuse Before it Ever Starts” program.
Mary has also served on the Goshen CIC board (Community Improvement Corporation), Goshen local schools finance committee, Goshen Local schools PTO committee, and works with Clermont County Junior Achievement. Mary is also a member of the Clermont County Chamber’s Women’s Initiative Network committee.
Mary also received the humanitarian of the year award in 2015 from the Milford- Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Mary is also a certified Spin/Core instructor; teaching fitness classes weekly at Miami Athletic Club in Milford.
Mary is married to Thom Eisnaugle and has two children Mariah and Garrett and two step children Ireland and Jacob.