Team Profiles

Kyle Burns

Kyle Burns, Sales & Marketing Co-op

Kyle Burns joined the Goering Center in December of 2017 as a Sales & Marketing Co-op. His roles include producing marketing materials to assist the Operations Team and publishing new content on the Goering Center's website. Kyle is currently working towards a degree in both marketing and finance at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. 

Phone: 513-556-5648

Carol Butler

Carol Butler, President

Carol Butler is President of the Goering Center. She is a former Fortune 500 executive with 30 years’ experience successfully leading profitable, global businesses within the manufacturing and distribution industries. Since 2013 she operated a consulting firm, working with leaders to optimize business results through the development of people, culture and leadership. She also understands the needs of private and family businesses, having been raised in a family business which is now in its third generation of operation – Butler’s Orchard in Maryland. Carol is involved in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky communities, serving on the Board of Directors for Life Learning Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Phone: 513-556-7414

Cathy Decker

Cathy Decker, Event Manager

Cathy Decker joined the Goering Center team in 2018 as Event Manager. Cathy’s role is to manage Goering Center programs, institutes, and special events to benefit family and private businesses. She develops budgets, manages logistics, and coordinates impactful experiences for members. In her prior career experience Cathy served at Crowne Plaza Hotel as Catering Sales Manager. She benefited the organization by developing and ensuring the growth of sales for over a decade. Cathy enjoys outdoor activities with her family and is a Cincinnati native.

Phone: 513-556-7405

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell, Student Intern

Colin joined the Goering Center in August 2017 as a Student Intern. He supports the administrative team by updating marketing collateral for new members and by maintaining the Center's database. Colin is currently in his fourth year at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business, working towards a degree in both Finance and Information Systems.

Phone: 513-556-7185

Jacob Fortner

Jacob Fortner, Marketing Coordinator

Jacob’s role at the Goering Center is marketing coordinator. He develops marketing communications to inform and engage the business community using the Center's website, eNewsletter and social media. Jacob is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and gained co-op experience from HORAN Associates and SHP Leading Design. He lives in Madison Place with close friends.

Phone: 513-556-5667

Mary Beth Hammond

Mary Beth Hammond, Assistant Director

Mary Beth “MB” joined the Goering Center Team in 2000 and has been employed at UC since 1994. As assistant director, MB coordinates all Goering Center events, edits the eNewsletters, manages the website and database, and acts as a liaison to the Center’s board members, various committees and numerous volunteers. MB loves to golf, snorkel and garden.  MB's favorite part of her job is interacting with the Center's members and being part of a great team that helps fulfill the Center's mission.

Phone: 513-556-7185

Alexandra Hart, Student Intern

Alexandra Hart joined the Goering Center in August 2017 as a Sales & Marketing Co-op. Her roles included producing marketing materials to assist the Operations Team and publishing new content on the Goering Center's website. She is now a student intern at the center, assisting with administrative work and supporting the team. Alexandra is currently in her third year at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in both Marketing and International Business at the Lindner College of Business and minoring in Spanish. She is from Cincinnati, so she has really been a UC Bearcat her entire life.

Phone: 513-556-7185

Steve Hater

Steve Hater, Membership Director

Steve Hater, a seasoned executive, began his second act at the Goering Center as a volunteer in 2008. He joined the management team as Membership Director in 2009. Steve’s responsibilities include membership growth and coordination of the Center’s member roundtables. Steve’s prior experiences are invaluable to his Goering Center role. He worked for 34 years at his family’s manufacturing business, Hater Industries. Steve says he has found his passion at the Goering Center: “Working with family businesses is as rewarding and fulfilling as life gets.”

Phone: 513-556-7896


 Sue Heilmayer

Susan Heilmayer, Accountant

Sue joined the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Economics Center in 2012 as the Business Manager, and later that year, expanded her role to include Goering Center. Sue's responsibilities include all accounting functions, as well as strategic long and short range forecasting and budgeting. Sue received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1990 from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Phone: 513-556-2952

Lisa Jonas

Lisa Jonas, Operations & Program Director

Lisa Jonas is Operations and Program Director at the Center. She is a senior marketing and communications leader with extensive experience in executive and employee communications, organizational change management, public and media relations, as well as digital and traditional marketing. She is a Cincinnati native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English.

Phone: 513-556-7403

Steve McLemore

Steve McLemore, Engagement Director

Steve McLemore is the Engagement Director. Throughout his career  Steve has demonstrated a talent for quickly grasping the big picture, developing concrete plans for success, and perhaps most important to his role, building organizational momentum. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President for Pomeroy where he led a 320-plus Field Services and Operations team. He has a proven track record in strategy development, operations, and revenue generation, working in a wide variety of enterprises including Computer Associates, Xerox Global Services and Martin Marietta (formerly GE Aerospace).

Phone: 513-556-7409


David Miller, New Member Engagement Director

David joined the Goering Center in February 2018 as the New Member Engagement Director after spending over 30 years in various leadership roles in the local media space under both public and private business ownership structures. Most recently, he was a Managing Partner and COO with CBD Media & Kith Media serving small, private business enterprises in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. David’s passion is education-based enterprises and working with small businesses/individuals to improve business outcomes. David and his wife, Kathy have three young adult children.  

Phone: 513-556-5648

Patty West

Patty West, Executive Administrative Assistant

Patty, formerly of KeyBank Trust Department, has a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and Communication from Purdue University. She is also certified in Corporate Law and has extensive training and experience in Trust Administration. A mother of three adult children, Patty is a long-time Cincinnatian, currently residing in Anderson Township. Patty is integral to the successful operation of the Goering Center, providing front-line support to the Center’s three directors and the president, helping the Center maintain high levels of service.

Phone: 513-556-7408