Imago is governed by a Board of Trustees that we also call our Council.
Jill works at Miami University’s Project Dragonfly as the Assistant Director of Earth Expeditions, an international Graduate program combining community-based conservation and inquiry-based learning for the benefit of human and ecological communities. She earned a Master’s in Environmental Sciences concentrating in conservation biology. Jill also worked for an active travel company where she had the opportunity to celebrate nature with families leading trips exploring coastal Maine and the Grand Canyon.
Jill’s interests lie in conservation -- showcasing the simple interconnectedness of people and our natural surroundings as a way to re-connect us to our environment. Jill accredits her love of the natural world to getting a chance to climb trees as a child. Imago is the perfect place to welcome us all into the conversation and celebration of our natural world.
Adrian Vance Hawk is a visual artist and art educator from southern Ohio. She has been involved with Imago since 2006 and has been on Imago’s Board since 2008. Adrian teaches elementary art in New Richmond, Ohio. Adrian graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with degrees in Art Education and Fine Arts and has a Masters of Art in Art Education from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Adrian’s artwork utilizes the themes of environmental awareness, social justice, and positive change through the use of natural materials (twigs, seeds, dirt), found objects, and old books. Adrian believes Imago is a unique and necessary place in the world and she is dedicated to serving Imago’s Mission and the growing Imago community.
Bob Staggenborg has been both an elementary school teacher and a CPA in his professional careers. His passion is connecting people to themselves, to the natural world, and to each other. He and his wife, Beth, are Land Stewards at The Arc of Appalachia in Highland County. Bob has also spent time working with Cincinnati Nature Center leading workshops and summer camps. In 2011 Bob founded Connecting Naturally in order to provide nature connection programing. Connecting Naturally currently offers Bird Language workshops. Bob is excited to return to the Imago Council for a second time. He looks forward to helping Imago connect many more people to nature.
Emma is a Cincinnati-raised chef, writer and frequent enjoyer of wooded areas. She studied community organizing and creative writing at Marquette University in Milwaukee and first came to Imago as an intern after graduating. Emma is currently the Executive Sous Chef at the Sleepy Bee Cafe where she attempts innovative and humanistic approaches to management and works to provide people delicious food and baked goods made with local, sustainable and kind ingredients. She believes fully in the work Imago does and the mission that drives it and is excited to play a role in the community's future.
I am a graphic designer by trade, and work in the eLearning industry; creating online training for a whole smorgasbord of different companies. In my free time I enjoy riding by bike, reading comics, hiking, and working on different freelance design projects.
Lynn professional background is in event management both private and non-profit. She first was introduced to Imago in 2011 at an event where she helped clear out trails and has enjoyed helping out at other various Imago functions ever since. Within the past few years, Lynn’s interests in nature, science, and the environment have increasingly grown, immersing herself in home gardening and composting, and living sustainably. She believes in Imago’s mission and is honored to be a part of it. As a council member, she is excited to surround herself around people who value those same interests.
Katie Robertshaw, a retired special education teacher worked in education for 25 years both in regular education and special education While in these capacities, she did many outdoor activities with her students one of which was outdoor education in a camp setting. She interrupted her career only long enough to raise her 3 children. In addition to education’s 3 R’s she has a second set namely Recycling, Reusing, and Repairing which have been her 3 R’s throughout her adult life. So Imago’s missions very much coincide with her own.
Devin grew up with Imago when at a young age his parents co-founded the organization. As an ecologist and attorney he has over 14 years of experience working in the environmental field, where he is a program manager restoring streams and wetlands for one of the largest conservation non-profits in the world. He credits his love for nature to running wild in the very woods that are now protected by Imago.
I am a retired educator. My first experiences with Imago were classroom field trips. We had a blast and I knew that my passion was teaching in and about the outdoors. Since retiring I have taught preschool groups at the Cincinnati Nature Center, volunteered as a school educator and served on the Board and Education Committee of the CNC. I’m delighted to be able to contribute to the wealth of program opportunities available at Imago and be a part of the energy, enthusiasm and vision of the Imago Council.
Diane has loved nature and the outdoors for as long as she can remember. She has many happy childhood memories of camping with her family and her Scout troop and of exploring the woods and creek near her home. She still likes to walk at the park or hike through the woods with her family. As an adult, she has tried to encourage her children’s love of nature by taking them to parks and zoos and by volunteering with Scouts. She first learned of Imago when her children participated in an Imago school program during elementary school. She was a board member for Cincinnati Earth Institute from 2005 to 2010 when CEI merged with Imago. She has been a council member at Imago since 2007.
Committee: Program and Site
Amy Tuttle, MA Transformative Arts, lives in the Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village. Tuttle is a community artist; she sees art-making as a great tool for spiritual search, community-building, storytelling, and transformation. She has taught workshops on the spiritual wealth of art-making at Grailville, Rohs Street, Imago, etc. Tuttle is also engaged in the field of arts-based placemaking, which uses the arts to create well-made places that foster positive-identity & beauty. She has led trainings, workshops, art classes, and art installations around the world: from India to Haiti. Tuttle loves Imago, the land, the vision, the people and is so happy to be joining the Council!