Westwood Works’ board guides our efforts to create a brighter, more inclusive community. Learn more about the team making it happen in Westwood.
Originally from Central Ohio, Stephanie and her husband, David, moved to Westwood in 2006 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. They immediately fell in love with the neighborhood because of its walkability, architecture, and proximity to downtown. Sixteen years and two children later, they have happily put down long-term roots in Westwood. As Managing Director, Stephanie brings years of experience in Development and Event Planning to the organization. Previously, she served on the Westwood Works Board as Vice President, sat on the Governance Committee, and was a Project Manager for several Westwood Works events.
A long-time supporter of Westwood Works, and the first Executive Director, Kevin Tolan, is the Sponsorships and Event Manager for Second Saturdays and the Westwood Art Show. In this role, he spreads the word of Westwood’s growth to larger businesses and institutions and builds important partnerships that support our events throughout the year.
Our events are crucial for the Westwood community because they bring attention to our amazing neighborhood and its businesses, fund our programs, and attract future businesses and investment.
Kevin plans and manages one-of-a-kind events for your family to enjoy using his connections and experience working with organizations like the Covington Business Council/Urban Partnership, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership in New York City.
John and his wife Sue are life-long residents of Cincinnati and live in the community of Westwood with their two daughters Jane and Anna. They are both active in the Saint James church and the Westwood community. John has a passion for improving the quality of life in his community and the city, a passion that began in 1976 at Saint William’s school in Price Hill. John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and works for KZF Design as the Project Manager in the Government Division. He is also one of the original co-founders of Westwood Works.
Emily Reynolds (she/her) is the board chair of Westwood Works. A 15-year resident of Westwood, Emily has been actively engaged in community building for 10 years. She loves Westwood for its passionate residents, walkability and vibrant energy, as well as its plethora of trees and green spaces. Her role with Works allows her to share her enthusiasm for bringing old and new neighbors together to create a better neighborhood for everyone.
Emily is a senior graphic designer for Marketvision Research, where her work is fueled by the same creativity and optimism that fuel her dedication to our community. Speaking of creativity and optimism, Emily is also a plant lover, a gardener, and a maker of beautiful things. She shares her Westwood home with her husband, son, two big dogs, and many, many plants. Her recipe for successful relationships within her family and community, is to always be making plans together.
Autumn is a new face in Westwood! She and her husband Zach bought their first home here just three short years ago, moving from Downtown Cincinnati with their three animals. She fell in love with the neighborhood after going to her first Westwood Works meeting. She knew that she wanted to get involved with an organization that had such a positive role in the community; a community where she wanted to plant her family’s roots.
Autumn has her own boutique branding side business and also serves as the Senior Experience Designer at an agency based in Minneapolis. She is excited to use her design and marketing talents to amplify the work that Westwood Works is doing in the community.
Marie Jones, AKA “Mama J”, has been a member of the Westwood community for almost 50 years. She and her husband Richard (Mr. Pickleball) have been married for 51 years, raising five intelligent, caring, creative, and responsible human beings in Westwood. As a member of the first class to graduate from McAuley H.S. (now Mercy/McAuley), she has always been a member of a ‘trendsetting’ crowd and Westwood Works is a continuation of that mind-set.
Mama J graduated from Mt. St. Joseph with a degree in art education and followed that thread of creativity through decades of teaching on the junior high level, first at White Oak Jr. High then at St. Catharine School. Even before retiring from a formal position, Mama J volunteered with Tukandu, a cycling club which pairs vision impaired/blind members with sighted captains. She has been taught what it is to trust in others who share similar interests and passions. Volunteering for more than a decade with Habitat for Humanity has taught her to work constructively (pun intended) with teams of people with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Caring for our community has led to stints on the Town Hall gardening team, chairing the Adopt-a-Pot program through the Westwood Civic Association, and serving disadvantaged neighbors through her parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Mama J has always believed in Westwood, its people, and its potential, and she is delighted to see so many positive changes in the neighborhood she loves. She has been blessed and privileged to play a small part in its growth and encourages others to join in the visions we all share!
If you enjoyed the music at any Westwood Works event, you probably have Rachel Mousie to thank. Whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes, she has been instrumental in making our events sound great. She brings her passion for social justice to the forefront of all her contributions to Westwood Works, making sure that everyone in the neighborhood can see themselves represented on stage at our community events.
Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a focus on public advocacy from Ohio University, and a master’s of social work from the University of Cincinnati. She works as a mental and behavioral health therapist at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, working with kids and families to provide individual, family, and community-based mental health services. She has also volunteered with Fernside Center for Grieving Children, Cincinnati Urban Promise, and is part of Equity 4 Everyone, a group working to incorporate anti-racism into direct mental health practice.
Rachel loves the fact that as Westwood grows and develops, the entire community is invited to be a part of it. She has lived in Westwood the last ten years and spent much of her childhood around the neighborhood. She shares her great grandmother’s house with her dog, Karl Barx, and two cats, Statler and Waldorf.
Brian Isaac Phillips has been leading the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company as Producing Artistic Director since 2003. During his tenure, Mr. Phillips has guided the organization to artistic and financial success, including the opening of The Otto M. Budig Theater, a $17.5MM world-class facility at the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR, as well as the completion of Shakespeare’s 38 play canon, making Cincinnati Shakespeare Company one of the first five theatres in the United States to accomplish this milestone.
Mr. Phillips, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, is a graduate of Morehead State University and has been a resident of Cincinnati for over two decades. In that time he has collaborated with virtually every arts organization in the region. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society.
In 2020, Mr. Phillips was awarded the international Shakespeare Theatre Association’s prestigious Sidney Berger Award for excellence in artistic direction and was also twice named as one of Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Business Leaders. Mr. Phillips was nominated in 2019 and 2016 for the SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award for outstanding artistic contribution to our region. Mr. Phillips was recognized by both Mayor John Cranley and Mayor Mark Mallory for service at CSC and to the city of Cincinnati. He was also selected for the 2014 Class of Forty Under Forty and a has been nominated for the Ohio Governors’ Arts Awards. In 2016, Mr. Phillips graduated from Cincinnati USA Chamber’s 39th Class of Leadership Cincinnati and is now happy to serve on one of the steering committees. Also in 2016, Mr. Phillips was selected as a finalist for the Business Courier’s 2016 C-Suite Awards for Chief Executive Officer. Brian is also honored to currently serve on the board for Westwood Works.
Most recent CSC directing credits include All the Way, The Merry Wives of Windsor, August: Osage County, 1984, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Co-Director), The Elephant Man, Antony and Cleopatra, Death of a Salesman, Cyrano de Bergerac, One Man, Two Guvnors, Waiting for Godot, The Birds, and The Great Gatsby.
Brian is the lucky husband of one of the most amazing actors in town and the proud father of Holden and Annabel.
Rachel and her husband, Joe, moved to Cincinnati in 2015. They lived in Over-The-Rhine for five years and, after exploring various neighborhoods in Cincinnati, decided to make Westwood their home in 2020. They were drawn to Westwood by the incredible sense of community and the residents who are striving to make their neighborhood better. The passion for Westwood’s continued growth is contagious, and Rachel looks forward to playing a role in the community’s continued success.
Rachel is an attorney and serves as a Guardian ad Litem representing children’s best interest in Court. She is the Membership Chair on the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and also serves on the Social Media/Marketing Subcommittee.