Who We Are
CHRISTINE NEITZKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Christine Neitzke is an award-winning entrepreneur, marketer, and executive. An Ohio native and Miami University business graduate, Christine has put her skills in media relations, strategic planning, marketing, design, and events management to work in both the public and private sectors. Christine later tapped into her creative side by opening her own interior design practice, which maintained a thriving clientele of more than 30 private customers.
Like most, Christine and her husband Jim never thought their family would be affected by pediatric cancer. Unfortunately, in 2010, their 10-year-old son Matt was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Fortunately, Christine, Jim, Matt and Sam, who was 12 at the time, had the support of family, friends, and the community; many other inpatients/families were not as fortunate. Motivated by the lack of support some of Matt’s fellow pediatric cancer patients had in their lives, Christine, together with her best friend, created The Dragonfly Foundation. Today, Matt Neitzke is cancer-free and The Dragonfly Foundation has grown to support thousands and thousands.
Christine, a leading influencer in Cincinnati, OH, has been honored with multiple awards, including the Jefferson Award, Lead Magazine’s C-Suite Award, Venue Magazine’s Women of Influence and Civic Leadership Awards, and the Maureen Donnelly Courage Award.
Outside of her work at The Dragonfly Foundation, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and their basset and bloodhound. She and her husband also relish every opportunity they have to visit their two boys at Miami University in Oxford, OH (Christine's alma mater).
AWARDS RECEIVED BY DRAGONFLY
Under Christine’s guidance, The Dragonfly Foundation has been recognized by Lead Magazine as recipient of the Emerging Business Award (2018), a finalist for the 2016 Business Awards in the Non-Profit Category by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Northern Kentucky Regional Chamber’s Emerging 30 (2015) Duke Energy Children’s Museum as a Difference Maker Award nominee in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014-2015.
Director of Events and Sponsorships
Director of Communications and Marketing
Finance Manager (Part-time)
Director of Programs & Patient Relations
Vice President of Development
Silvia Dulsat Planas
Manager of Programs and Patient Relations, Chicago
Vice President of Finance and Business Operations
Board of Trustees
Robert Brown, Chair
Partner, Bricker Graydon
Brad Cates, Vice Chair
CEO, 37th Parallel Advisors
Chief Executive Officer, Junk King Cincinnati & Dayton
Vice President, Marketing, Prolink
Regional President, ProMark
Jennifer Chung, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The Christ Hospital Health Network
Investor & Philanthropist
Partner & General Manager, American WeatherTECHS, LLC
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Vice President, Horan
Commercial Sales Manager, Altafiber
Sr. Vice President, Investments, Raymond James
Melissa McCarey, SPHR
Vice President, Global Human Resources, Meridian Bioscience
Inventory Control & Dealer Trade, Kings Toyota
Business Development for Pella Windows and Doors
Bread of Life Ministries
Senior Vice President, PNC Private Bank
Mat Whited, Partner, Treasurer
Partner, Clark Schaefer Hackett
CEO, Marsh Brand Partners
Founder & CEO, Encore Technologies
Senior Director of Operations, Perioperative Services, Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD.
Vice President / General Manager, Lamar
Owner/Operator, Tony's Steaks & Seafood
Entrepreneur/Consultant at L.W. Speer& Associates LLC & Markley Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Corporate Innovation at Miami University, Oxford, OH
Founder and CEO at Lead Tribune Media Group
Chief Technology Officer, Microland
Managing Partner and Chairman, Dinsmore
Realtor, Sibcy Cline
Marty & Amanda Brennaman
Hall of Fame Broadcasting Legend, Voice of the Cincinnati Reds on Radio & Dragonfly Spokesman
Jack Brendamour, Co-Chair
Corey Cover, Co-Chair
External Relations Committee
The Dragonfly Foundation has created a committee of speakers and marketers to provide advocacy support.
Brad Cates, Chair
Jen Chung, MD
Annual Reports, IRS Forms, and Audited Financials
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