Board of Directors
Gary Lee, Chair
Retired Captain, Cincinnati Police
Don Larrick, Vice Chair
Retired Principal, Three Rivers Elementary School
“As a former Elementary School Principal, I have seen how Character effects our relationships with others and our own success. Nine years ago we adopted the Character Council’s “Words of the Month” after an In-Service Program presented by Mary Russell.
We chose the nine words that we feel most impact our young students. As we have practiced these words (Kindness, Cooperation, Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Enthusiasm, Patience, Responsibility and Determination) the climate of our school has changed. There is a sense of Cooperation, Caring, Friendliness, a TEAM spirit and discipline referrals have decreased dramatically.
We believe that “Character Matters” and that “Character Begins with Me”.”
Matt Goetz, Treasurer
Senior Manager, Bressler & Company, PSC
“I was inspired to join the board of the Character Council after seeing the impact of the character qualities on my life at work and at home. The Character Council is a great means for bringing out the best in all of us through improving our character each and every day. By practicing good character it energizes me to serve the community. The Character Council is truly a resource to learn how each and every one of us can have an impact on character.”
Andre Gendreau, Secretary
Director of Pupil Personnel, Hamilton City Schools
“As a school leader, character education and building a culture of character impact many things in the organization. I heard a smart person say, “character education is not just adding something to your plate, it is the plate impacting everything else.” That person impressed me enough to implement many of the 49 character qualities in the school but also to apply and have our school designated with the Promising Practices from Character.org. Being a part of the Character Council for the last 4 years has been such a rewarding experience. In a world where we need to be more accountable than ever before to each other, character matters! “
Dolores J. Lindsay, Past Chair
Founder & CEO, The Healthcare Connection
Mary Andres Russell
Professional Development Manager, Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
“A friend introduced me to the Character Council in 2001, just shortly after its founding. I was instantly attracted to the 49 (at that time) character qualities. The focus on character over the past 19 years has been life-changing – so simple, never easy, and surprisingly powerful through its combination of ethics, excellence, and caring. Now more than ever we need this focus on high character to illuminate our lives.”
Vice President of Marketing, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
Teacher, Heritage Hill Elementary
“A friend introduced me to the Character Council last year. As a 3rd grade teacher at Heritage Hill Elementary in the Princeton City School District, Character Education has always been a priority in my curriculum. Instilling the importance of respecting and valuing each other, regardless of differences, is critical to the emotional development of every child. What I enjoy most about our organization is seeing the continuation and growth of what I teach in the classroom, to other parts of our community.”
Program Director, Upspring
“I was first introduced to Character Council last year when they had an event at Interact for Health. I learned so much about the organization and the great work that they do around building character in our communities. I am a huge community advocate serving on many nonprofit boards in the region. I’ve joined the Character Council Board of Directors so that I can assist in building more connections and partnerships in the communities where I have ties.”