Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Executive Director
Ryan Mooney-Bullock has spent the last 20 years working in science and environmental education and environmental policy. A seasoned program manager, educator and communicator, Ryan is most energized when she is helping people make connections between their passions and what is going on in the natural and human worlds around them. While studying Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago and researching at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, she focused on environmental policy, economics and urban sustainability. At Antioch University New England she deepened her understanding of natural systems and how to educate about them, and earned a MS in Environmental Science. She developed and managed the Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center during its formative years. She has a lifelong commitment to environmental sustainability and Cincinnati’s green hillsides, waterways and vibrant community.
Savannah Sullivan, Senior Director of Programs
Savannah brings more than a decade of experience to launch Green Umbrella's climate action work. Most recently she was a Climate and Community Resilience Analyst for the City of Cincinnati, where she led climate, equity and community engagement efforts. Savannah worked with Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute, Rural Action, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, US EPA and City of Oberlin to lead sustainability programs in urban-to-rural and local-to-international settings. She is a proud alum of Public Allies Cincinnati, AmeriCorps VISTA-Ohio and Turner Farm's Apprenticeship. She received her Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University's O'Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. Savannah grew up in Clermont County and is excited to work with communities across Greater Cincinnati. Formerly the Climate Action Director, she was promoted to Senior Director of Programs in 2023.
Charlie Gonzalez, Member Relations & Events Manager
Charlie Gonzalez is an activist and community organizer with over 20 years of transformative leadership experience in facilitating, educating and empowering individuals to become more engaged in their community. Charlie holds an MIT degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s in Urban Sustainability & Resilience from Xavier University and a business certificate in Sustainable Agriculture Management from Cincinnati State. He moved to Cincinnati in 2014 after four years as the founder and director of an innovative mobile community evolution project in NYC on a converted school bus. He is passionate about building relationships, creative placemaking and effective collaborations that cultivate regenerative cities and food systems.
Anna Parnigoni, Grants Manager
Anna Parnigoni is a communications and project management specialist with over a decade of experience across commercial and nonprofit sectors. Originally from Cincinnati, she holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in Media Communications and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior to returning to Cincinnati, Anna worked as a content and event producer, writer, and strategic project manager for initiatives in Los Angeles, New York, Columbus, and Seattle. Anna is passionate about community-driven storytelling and is inspired by projects that create positive change for people and the environment.
Kelly Morton, Communications Coordinator
Kelly Morton is a marketing and social media specialist with over a decade of experience in event planning, communications, and creative writing. She’s a fervent supporter of green initiatives and especially loves farmers’ markets, local businesses, and dog parks. A Cincinnati native for over 30 years, she is passionate about helping the Queen City thrive. She studied Spanish and Theatre at Miami University and spends her free time performing improvisational theatre, writing plays, and stalking
Viviana Saldarriaga, Visual Communications Associate
Viviana Saldarriaga was born and raised in Lima, Peru. After surviving hardships, her mother made the difficult decision to move to the U.S. when Viviana was 7 years old. Through the years, she visited Lima often. As she grew older, she became more dissatisfied with the lack of resources to make her birth country green. Her life experiences inspired Viviana to pursue a creative career and wants to tell stories that inspire communities to make a difference. Viviana holds an Associates degree in Web and Media Design and is currently working on her BA in Visual Communication Design. Viviana is passionate about creative design and using her near decade of design experience to help Green Umbrella make Cincinnati a greener community.
Krystal Gallagher, Operations & CRM Associate
Krystal has been a leader in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, with many of those years at Gorman Heritage Farm directing the education department. A Cincinnati native with a degree in environmental studies, she is passionate about being influential in Cincinnati's sustainable and resilient future. She has fun bicycling on the city's fantastic trail network, as well as enjoying delicious and nutritious local food, together with her husband, two children, and their dog, Molly.
Tyeisha Cole, Climate Action Coordinator
Tyeisha Cole grew up as a frontline community member in the Cincinnati neighborhoods of Bond Hill and Millvale. Growing up in historically marginalized communities inspired her to complete an AmeriCorps VISTA with the local nonprofit, Working In Neighborhoods, to combat food access and walkability issues. Her experiences led her to earn a Master of Science in Environmental Policy with a concentration on Fish & Wildlife Management from the American Public University, and a Bachelor in Arts in Urban & Regional Planning and Environmental Principles & Practices from Miami University. Tyeisha has a conducted independent qualitative environmental policy research in East Africa and several U.S cities. Most recently, she completed a NOAA-funded feasibility study for the University of Connecticut to pilot an oyster shell recycling program.
Maddie Chera, Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Maddie Chera convenes partners across the Greater Cincinnati region to collaborate and advocate for healthier and more sustainable communities. Maddie leads the Food Policy Council's initiatives and leverages data, communications, and funding in order to direct and monitor the program's collective impact toward the vision of a food secure community. She brings over a decade of domestic and international experience as an educator, researcher, and nonprofit team member to her work, along with a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on food, the environment, and culture. Maddie served as the Food Policy Council's Food Systems Analyst prior to taking on the role of Director in 2022.
Amanda Lukas, Community Connections Coordinator, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Amanda brings over five years of experience in food systems and sustainability, including most recently as the Outdoor Market + Sustainability Manager at Findlay Market, the Warehouse Manager at the Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub, and the Market Manager at Madeira Farmers Market. She studied both Humanities and Biology at the University of Louisville. Amanda is deeply passionate about creating a sustainable, equitable regional food system that both mitigates and can adapt to climate change. She has proven success in engaging stakeholders like farmers, food businesses, and nonprofit organizations and in conveying complex information into digestible material.
Chris Smyth, Director, Common Orchard Project
Chris is a regenerative designer, facilitator, and comedic improvisor. After studying Permaculture Design with experts across North America he now teaches with the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. Core to that teaching craft is a practice; as the cofounder of the Southern Ohio Chestnut Company and the Director of the Common Orchard Project, Chris creates containers for mutual medicine between human and plant communities. Transforming agriculture may be the focus, yet his core roots itself in soul and community, because without each other, why grow a forest?
Marie Hopkins, Compost Coordinator, Common Orchard Project
Marie is an active advocate in Cincinnati's growing composting communities and one of the original co-founders of Queen City Commons, a compost collection service focused on deepening relationships between our communities farms and soils. Marie is excited to continue building composting infrastructure networks between our organization and partners, and is looking forward to creating more resilient soils and neighborhoods across the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Jack Kirr, AmeriCorps Vista, Common Orchard Project
Jack is currently in his last semester at the University of Cincinnati and is expected to receive a Bachelor of Urban Planning with a certificate in Permaculture Design this spring. His work has taken him across the river to NKY where he interned with the Catalytic Development Fund, and across many rivers to NYC where he interned with the city’s public housing authority. He is passionate about connecting with communities and empowering their members to be active participants in shaping their social and urban fabric.
Cynthia Walters, Green Schoolyards Coordinator
Cynthia is set on transforming the educational system through experiential learning, outdoor education, and by establishing policies focused on improving the health and wellness of school children. After two decades as a public school teacher and fifteen years managing school-garden programs on a local and national level, Cynthia has joined the Green Umbrella staff as the Green Schoolyards Coordinator. Over the years, Cynthia has cultivated relationships with community partners and provided professional development to produce a collaborative model in connecting children to nature. Cynthia continues to work with organizations and institutions to create experiential-based curriculum and guide policies to ensure the longevity of initiatives emphasizing the whole child. Cynthia aims to incorporate student voices in the process of transforming schoolyards where young people are empowered to be the stewards of social and environmental justice within their communities.
David Reeves, Event Intern
David Reeves is a current student at Xavier University studying in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public program with minors in Economics and Gender Diversity Studies. Through his studies at Xavier he has advocated at the city, county, state, and federal levels for greater access to public transportation, greater career education opportunities in primary education, and gun safety measures. Prior to joining Green Umbrella, he worked on Congressman Greg Landsman's congressional campaign, non-profit in southeastern Ohio, Building Bridges to Careers, and on special projects surrounding public transportation in Marietta, Ohio. After graduation, David plans to continue to advocate for issues important to his community and beyond.
Green Umbrella's mailing address is:
PO Box 14270, Cincinnati OH 45250
Green Umbrella’s office is located in the Uptown Innovation District at the Digital Futures Building:
3080 Exploration Ave, Suite 640, Cincinnati OH 45206