Meet Our Team

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Carol Butler



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.

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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.

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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, newsletter 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.

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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 Goering Center events, manages the 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.

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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.”

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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

Operations and 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.

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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).

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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/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.  

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