Dedicated ERH board members provide the leadership our retirement communities and senior services need to be innovators in senior living.
Vice Chair, Leadership
As Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park, Bruce Freeman brings an element of pastoral ministry to the Episcopal Retirement Homes board.
After nearly a decade with ERH, serving on the board for more than half of that time, Freeman isn’t afraid to keep the board on track with the “obvious questions” about the goals and purpose of our service and ministry. In fact, as rector of a local church he is able to supply a firsthand account of our ministry within the Greater Cincinnati community.
“I truly believe in the mission of ERH,” he says, “and have witnessed the excellence of this organization in following its mission. [As part of the board,] I can actually make a difference in the lives of seniors in my community, while having fun with talented staff and board members.”
Freeman truly has a heart for the older adults of Greater Cincinnati. One of his greatest joys in service has been hearing their stories—stories from strangers, from members of his congregation who have benefited from our senior services and from residents of Episcopal Retirement Homes communities who have the comfort of a permanent home through ERH because they will never be asked leave for financial reasons.
Vice Chair, Development
As a life-long Episcopalian, Kit Duval has been working with the Episcopal Church for as long as she can remember. As an experienced manager and development specialist—Duval work as director of development at Talbert House and as executive director for The Friends of the School for Creative and Performing Arts—sShe joined the ERH board in 2003 to meet our need for fund development consultation.
It was a service she was “happy to do.” Since then, however, she claims that “the department and its skillful staff have flown by my expertise [in fundraising, marketing and public relations]. Nonetheless, I am happy to continue helping where needed.”
Especially when it gives her the opportunity to see how her service has helped to enrich and enhance the lives of residents at our retirement communities.
“It is a joy to be a part of an organization that puts the quality of life for seniors at the top of its goals,” says Duvall.
Outside of ERH, she finds enjoyment in sports—an outing to a baseball or football game can find you a fast friend in Duvall. She also volunteers her skills with other ministries in the Greater Cincinnati community, chairing the annual fundraising event for Stepping Stones, a nonprofit which helps improve the lives of adults and children with disabilities.
Member of the Board, Former Board Chair
Trish Martindell began serving the ERH community as a way to give back to the organization that took “such wonderful care” of her father.
She joined the ERH board after serving as Chair of the Family Council at Deupree in 2001, when her father was a resident at Deupree Health Center, eventually sitting as board chair from 2010 through 2011. As a key leader in ERH leadership Martindell has brought her strategic thinking, a skill refined during 26 years as a Procter & Gamble executive, to bear in the world of senior living.
In giving back to the ERH community, Martindell has found that her own life has been enriched by the people and experiences.
“ERH has created a culture throughout the organization that attracts the highest quality of people,” she says. And serving on the board has provided “the challenges of learning the complexities of the business – something I miss about Procter & Gamble.”
Martindell has also put her skills into service for other projects in the Greater Cincinnati community, serving as a volunteer for 21 years on the Multiple Sclerosis board and 13 years on the Beechwood Home board.