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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TONY MAAS, PRESIDENT

TONY MAAS
PRESIDENT

Tony Maas is President and CEO of JTM Food Group, a family owned and operated business spanning four generations. JTM is a food manufacturer of foodservice, school, military, and restaurant and retail food products serving markets both domestically and internationally. It is rooted in its founding principles of dedication, faith, hard work and family which continue to embody the JTM spirit and commitment to excellence. JTM is proud to acknowledge God in the workplace and tithes company profits to various ministries.

As the founding member of Ruah Woods, Tony believes there is nothing more important today than the establishment of family values and respecting the sanctity of life. To that end Tony is involved in several ministries such as: Heartbeat International, Right to Life of Cincinnati, Underground Zone Ministry, Bloc Ministry, Catholic Schools and the Order of Malta. Passionately interested in pro-life work Tony and wife, Barb contribute their time, talent and treasure to these and many other worthwhile causes. Tony’s Catholic faith and values is the foundation for his personal and professional life. Recognizing the need for strong priests Tony and Barb support the priestly formation of those attending Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati as well as the Dominican Friars.

Tony and his wife Barb are native Cincinnatians and parishioners of Our Lady of Visitation Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of five children and have 2 grandchildren.


JOSEPH A. BRINCK, VICE PRESIDENT

JOSEPH A. BRINCK
VICE PRESIDENT

Joe Brinck is CEO of Stelter and Brinck, LTD, a manufacturer of industrial process heat equipment, including air pollution control equipment and process air heaters. He is also President of Superior Thermal, Ltd. a manufacturer’s representative agency selling industrial gas burners and controls in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. “My businesses belong to Jesus and we state so in our corporate minutes and our mission and vision statements. We use our businesses to evangelize our employees, customers and suppliers. We use the profits to support pro-life organizations.”

Joe travels the country working among the leaders in the pro-life movement. He is President of the Sanctity of Life Foundation which is a conduit foundation that identifies and works with the most effective pro-life organizations. In an effort to end legalized abortion, they maintain a bird’s eye view of the pro-life movement and aid ministries to become more effective and promote cooperation among pro-life groups. As one of the founders of Ruah Woods he sees the teaching of the Theology of the Body as key to ushering in the Culture of Life.

Joe and his wife Cindy are members of St. James Church, White Oak. Joe has served as a lector for the past 30 years and he is a frequent speaker on the subject of Catholic apologetics, living in the power of the Holy Spirit and other spiritual topics.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. A native of Cincinnati, Joe and Cindy are the proud parents of five children and have five grandchildren.


THOMAS GRUBER, TREASURER

THOMAS GRUBER
TREASURER

Thomas Gruber is president of CareStar, Inc., a Cincinnati-based company providing long term care management services for chronically disabled individuals. He is proud of CareStar, a company with nearly 500 employees that he co-founded in 1988. CareStar operates its business with Biblically based principles that every employee adheres to. These principles include “servant leadership,” which is the model given us by Jesus, and The Second Great Commandment, love each other as you love yourself.

Tom serves on committees and boards of several other non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area including Life Issues Institute. Tom, and his wife, Nancy are passionately interested in pro-life work, volunteering their time to counsel engaged couples where they employ the principles of Theology of the Body in their work.

Tom and Nancy are parishioners at St. John the Baptist Parish, Harrison, OH, where Tom serves as an extraordinary minister, lector, RCIA catechist and Parish Council member. Tom is a graduate of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. A native of Cincinnati, Tom and Nancy live in Harrison and are the blessed parents of six children and one grandchild.


GEORGE MOLINSKY

GEORGE MOLINSKY

George Molinsky is a partner in the Business and Finance Department of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He received his undergraduate degree in accounta ncy from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994. Mr. Molinsky focuses his practice primarily on corporate matters, advising entities ranging from start-ups to the largest clients on various matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital and other corporate and financing activities. He is a member of the Ruah Woods board of directors, the Advisory Board of C.I.S.E. (Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund), and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Molinsky is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital law. Mr. Molinsky is listed among Ohio Super Lawyers and has been recognized annually on the CincyBusiness magazine Leading Lawyer list since 2005. He received the 2000 Downtown Community Service Award from the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Council and completed the Leadership Cincinnati program (Class XXV). Mr. Molinsky is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association and a former practicing certified public accountant in Ohio.

George and his wife Katie live in Mt. Lookout and are parishioners of Christ the King Parish. They have five children.


TOM RUTHMAN

TOM RUTHMAN

Tom Ruthman is president of Ruthman Companies. In 1955, wanting to carry out his father’s tradition of quality and reliability, Alois’ son Thomas R. Ruthman joined the company. His driven dedication to creating a worldwide presence has brought Ruthman Companies to Europe in the 1980’s and Asia in the 1990’s. He has expanded the Ruthman product line from the original centrifugal coolant pumps to include valves, positive displacement pumps, tube cutters and shimmy dies, centrifical pumps of all sizes and other specialized equipment. Tom also owns and manages 6000 acres of farm land in Northwestern Ohio.

Tom and his wife Audrey are fervently devoted to their Catholic faith and support many organizations including their parish, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Elder High School, The Athenaeum of Ohio and Good Samaritan Hospital. Aud rey has contributed to Ruah Woods through her decorating gift in renovating the Chapel on campus.

Tom and Audrey live in West Chester and are parishioners of St. Gertrude Parish. They have three children and are the grandparents of six.


DEBBIE STARESINIC

Debbie is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of University of Cincinnati with a BS in Education. She is a devout Catholic, wife, mother of four and grandmother of one. After an early career in Pharmaceutical Sales, Debbie became a homemaker in order to raise her family. During this time she developed a keen interest in pro-life work. She formally began her pro-life service in 2005 as a client advocate at Pregnancy Center East in Hyde Park where she later served on both the advisory board and the board of trustees, assisting and leading in major fund raising endeavors as well as coordinating city-wide chastity education opportunities. Through her pro-life work and consecration to the Blessed Mother, Debbie developed a passion for spreading the message of Theology of the Body. She began her course work for Certification at the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia in 2011. Meanwhile she has maintained a schedule of volunteer work at Old St. Mary’s in Over the Rhine. Debbie and her husband, Dan, and children reside in Mason and are parishioners at St. Gertrude in Madeira.

AMBASSADORS

Ruah Woods Ambassadors stand ready to pray for the ministry and introduce others to our wok in order to assist us materially and spiritually. God is good. We are reminded of this daily through the gifts of many.

William & Anne Burleigh
James & Barbara Momper
Declan & Rosemarie O’Sullivan
Thomas & Audrey Ruthman
Thomas and Ginny Sedler
Dr. John & Susan Tew
Dr. Brad and Monica Wenstrup

CLERGY ADVISORY BOARD

The role of a Clergy Advisory Board member consists of four main activities. Through this involvement, they grow to become a vital part of our mission.

Prayer.Clergy Advisory Board members pray regularly that Ruah Woods may fulfill its mission and vision.
Perspective.From time to time, Clergy Advisory Board members are asked to provide their perspective on how to fulfill the mission and vision of Ruah Woods.
Promotion of Theology of the BodyGiven the magnificent gift of John Paul II’s teaching, Clergy Advisory Board members are asked to promote the Theology of the Body so that all members of the Church might be exposed to its liberating and life-changing message.
Program SupportWhen possible and appropriate, Clergy Advisory Board members assist Ruah Woods in fulfilling its mission and vision through the active support of its education and communication programs.

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr  •  Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer  •  Rev. Frank Amberger  •  Rev. Christopher Armstrong  •  Rev. Jeffrey Bacon  •  Rev. Jason E. Bedel  •  Rev. Eric Bowman  •  Rev. Anthony Brausch  •  Rev. Mark Burger  •  Rev. Michael Davis  •  Rev. William Dorrmann  •  Rev. Geoffrey Drew  •  Rev. David Endres  •  Rev. Earl Fernandes  •  Rev. Daniel Hess  •  Rev. Jeffrey Kemper  •  Rev. Joseph Kindel  •  Rev. Greg Konerman  •  Rev. Shawn Landenwitch  •  Rev. Matthew Lee  •  Rev. Donald McCarthy  •  Rev. Robert Muhlenkamp  •  Rev. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh  •  Rev. Adam Puntel  •  Rev. Timothy Ralston  •  Rev. James Reuter  •  Rev. Ryan T. Ruiz  •  Rev. Peter St. George  •  Rev. Jan Schmidt  •  Rev. Kyle Schnippel  •  Rev. Donald E. Siciliano   •  Rev. Barry Stechschulte   •  Rev. Anthony Tozzi  •  Rev. Andrew Umberg  •  Rev. Jamie Weber

STAFF


Leslie Kuhlman - Executive Director

LESLIE KUHLMAN
Executive Director

lesliekuhlman@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Leslie Kuhlman is a native Cincinnatian, married to Mark Kuhlman for 30 years and they have two daughters. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, she has a Master’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations. Leslie spent her early career as Vice President of Human Resources for Intrieve Corporation, Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati and Program Coordinator for the College of Business helping to establish the University of Cincinnati’s suburban satellite Executive MBA program in Blue Ash, Ohio. In 2004, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit she was afforded the opportunity to study at the very first Theology of the Body Immersion course presented by Christopher West. She has since continued studying with the TOB Institute in pursuit of her Certification on the subject. Today Leslie is the Executive Director of Ruah Woods, a “first of its kind” Theology of the Body education center located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LYNN HAMMERSMITH
OFFICE SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Lynn and her husband, Dick, have been active with Ruah Woods since its inception in 2009 and have taken and assisted in a variety of the classes offered. They celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in 2012 with their six children and seven grandchildren. Lynn is a graduate of Thomas More College in northern Kentucky with degrees in English and Sociology and teacher certification. Lynn has taught all grade levels from kindergarten to adult education including 15 years homeschooling four of her 6 children. Prior to coming to Ruah Woods Lynn served as Administrative Assistant at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.


EMILY MACKE - THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CURRICULUM DIRECTOR

EMILY MACKE
Curriculum Design Specialist

emilymacke@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Emily Macke’s journey to share the writings, witness and insights of St. John Paul II began when she saw the late Holy Father at his last World Youth Day in 2002. She began studying his work at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she received her undergraduate degree in theology and communication arts. In 2010, Emily received her Master’s in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. In the past several years Emily has enjoyed sharing the good news of the Catholic faith, chastity, Theology of the Body and authentic femininity through writing, media appearances, and speaking engagements, which she has done on three continents. She has also taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (of the West)/Athenaeum. She is currently creating the first of its kind Theology of the Body curriculum for high school students as a part of Ruah Woods’ Curriculum Team.

KATHI SACHA
ACCOUNTANT

Kathi Sacha, CPA, received her BS in Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has worked in Public accounting since 1976 specializing in tax work, small business accounting and not for profit tax and accounting. Kathi has worked with Ruah Woods since its inception and is now serving on staff in a part time capacity. She and her husband Doug have been married 31 years and have four children and one grandson.


ANDREW J. SODERGREN, M.T.S., PSY.D. - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

ANDREW J. SODERGREN, M.T.S., PSY.D.
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

513-407-8878

Click here for Dr. Andrew Sodergren’s credentials and background.


DONNA SPRENGARD - ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER

DONNA SPRENGARD
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER

donnasprengard@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Donna Sprengard is a native Cincinnatian, married to Joe Sprengard for 35 years. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Donna has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and was an Office Manager for over 23 years at Wagner Repro & Supply. Along with raising her children and employment, she has been a volunteer to the church and community through Cursillo, Stephen Ministry, Emmaus Ministry, Rite of Initiation for Children, Children’s Church, Pregnancy Center West counselor, Rachael’s Vineyard retreat facilitator, Board member for Teen Life Coalition and Disciples of Jesus and Mary Servant Leader. She is currently a student in the School of Faith and member of the Collaborator’s of our Joy in preparation for the Spiritual Mentor program with the Apostles of the Interior Life.


KEITH WARNKE - TOB Youth Program Director

KEITH WARNKE
TOB Youth Program Director

keithwarnke@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Keith Warnke hails originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Xavier University and graduated with a Business Administration degree in entrepreneurial studies. While at Xavier he was an active member of Life After Sunday, attended the March for Life, and coordinated visits to administer the Blessed Sacrament to a local nursing home. After returning to Omaha to work for US Bank, Keith felt a pull to spread John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. He moved to Cincinnati to serve as the Director of Outreach for Pregnancy Center West presenting the In Control Chastity Program to junior high and high school students. Keith has been involved in helping to host Kenosis and TOB retreats for Ruah Woods for years and is now in charge of these programs. Well respected for his witness, well loved – Keith has a natural talent for spreading the messages of love and life through sharing Theology of the Body with the youth. Oh, and he is funny.


Christie Fleming - TOB Youth Programming Coordinator

Christie Fleming
TOB Youth Programming Coordinator

CFleming@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Christie’s work in teaching theology of the body to the youth of Greater Cincinnati is the realization of a lifetime goal. Even in her young life, she is whole-heartedly dedicated to Pope John Paul 2's teaching guiding all of us to know how to live out our Christian call. Her path here has taken her around the world and back. Christie has a degree in early childhood education from Franciscan University and had spent almost a year in Nairobi, Kenya ministering in schools and orphanages. At Franciscan, she served as Facilitator and Director for Franciscan LEAD retreat program for teens. She has also served in the capacity of Youth and Young Adult Minister at Communion of Saints parish in Cleveland and Campus Minister at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School. She has a masters certificate in Theology Studies of Marriage & Family focusing on Theology of the Body from the JP2 Institute in Melbourne Australia. Christie is now bringing Theology of the Body alive for young men and women in the Kenosis and Youth Retreat programs through Ruah Woods.


Molly Power – Curriculum Design Specialist

Molly Power
Curriculum Design Specialist

MPower@ruahwoods.org
513-407-8672

Molly comes from a small farming town in central Illinois, where she grew up caring for the land. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from the University of Illinois, she went on to teach both grade school and high school. It was in the classroom that Molly discovered that teaching requires more fully understanding the nature and desire of the human person, leading Molly to pursue her Masters in Theological Studies at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. After graduating, she taught Theology of the Body to high school students for several years in both Virginia and Illinois, and Molly is now the primary curriculum designer for Theology of the Body for grades K-8 at Ruah Woods. Her work revolves around three main questions: (1) what does it mean to be human? (2) how is place meaningful for our lives? (3) what does it mean to be a child?


Joan Kingsland – Curriculum Design Specialist

Joan Kingsland

Joan Kingsland has been a consecrated member of the Regnum Christi Movement since 1993. She earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in moral theology at the John Paul II Institute in Rome, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She taught theology at Mater Ecclesiae College in Rhode Island from 2006-2015, where women discerning the consecrated life in the Regnum Christi Movement earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies. Joan is currently an adjunct at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and leading our teacher training with the K-12 curriculum.

“Theology of the Body has helped me to understand that my identity lies in my dignity as a daughter of God. Sure, I ‘knew’ this before taking the classes, but the knowledge I had before coming to Ruah Woods wasn’t changing my life. Ruah Woods through its staff and curriculum have set my heart on fire for our Catholic faith.”
– Seton High School Student