Meet the Goering Center Team

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Carol Butler



Carol Butler is President of the Goering Center for Family and Private Business. 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 and Northern Kentucky communities, serving on the Board of Directors for Life Learning Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

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Jacob Fortner

Marketing Coordinator


Jacob joined the Goering Center team in 2016. He develops Goering Center marketing communications to inform and engage members and the business community using the Goering Center's website, newsletter and social media. He also develops print and digital versions of marketing collateral, making sure it is compelling, easy to understand and consistently represents the brand. Jacob is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.

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Mary Beth Hammond

Assistant Director


Mary Beth, a.k.a. MB, joined the Goering Center team in 2000 and has been employed at the University of Cincinnati since 1994. As assistant director, MB helps to coordinate Goering Center events, manage their database and act as a liaison to Goering Center board members, committees and 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.

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Susan Heilmayer



Sue joined the University of Cincinnati Economics Center in 2012 as the Business Manager, and later that year, expanded her role to include the 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.

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Lisa Jonas

Program Director


Lisa Jonas is Program Director at the Goering 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.

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Steve McLemore

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).

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Nicole Menkhaus

Marketing Director


Nicole stepped on the scene at the Goering Center as a Core Member in 2018. The following year, she became Marketing Volunteer and then officially joined the staff as Marketing Director in 2020. She is responsible for the Goering Center’s marketing strategy, brand management, marketing materials, social media/Emarketing, advertising, publishing, public relations, market research, website management, Professional Services Registry strategy and marketing budget, to name a few areas. Her 20-year business-to-business marketing career spans the globe, and covers a broad variety of manufacturing industries, from automotive and plastics to electrical cable and supply chain technologies. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Warwick and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.

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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 and Northern Kentucky region. David’s passion is education-based enterprises and working with small businesses and individuals to improve business outcomes. David and his wife, Kathy, have three young adult children and reside in Cincinnati.  

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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 directors and the president, helping the Center maintain high levels of service.