Board of Directors
Kim Nuxhall - Volunteer CEO
Kim spent 32 years as a physical education teacher at Central Elementary in Fairfield before turning his focus to the Joe Nuxhall Hope Project, which serves to continue the legacy projects of his late father, Joe Nuxhall. Kim's primary responsibilities include the oversight of the Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund, the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund, the Reds Rookie Success League and the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League and spends countless hours volunteering his time teaching character education to children in the community. Because of Kim, his father's legacy will live on for years to come.
Doug Coates - Treasurer
Doug has experience in sales, account management, bookkeeping, grant writing and fundraising with several Cincinnati non-profits and currently serves as treasurer for JNMLF. Growing up around baseball, Doug has had the pleasure of coaching little league, softball and girls fast-pitch softball for over twenty years and was fortunate to be an assistant varsity coach and head JV coach for two high schools. He also recently authored a children's book, "Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, the Joe Nuxhall Way.” His experience with non-profits and the game of baseball has been an integral part of the success of our organization. He resides in Hamilton with his girlfriend, Karen.
Damon represents the Great Miami Valley YMCA association, our collaborative partner for providing youth Miracle League opportunities for the community. In our first two years working with Great Miami Valley YMCA, the youth Miracle League program saw over 500 volunteers assist over 250 participant players at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields, numbers that continue to grow with each season of the youth leagues. A former special education instructor, Damon has a tremendous passion for encouraging youth to continue to grow and develop – physically, mentally, and emotionally. His desire to connect our players with volunteers has been vital to enabling our players to achieve success, both on and off the field of play.
Bonnie Nuxhall - Secretary
Bonnie is a retired elementary school counselor and teacher from the Fairfield City School district and serves as the board secretary and volunteer coordinator for concessions at JNMLF. In the past, she has served on the mental health board in Butler County, YMCA board and the Hamilton City School District Character Advisory Planning board. Character Education and positive parenting strategies have been the focus of many activities she supports. Together with her husband, Kim, she actively supervises the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund, Character Education Fund, Miracle League Fields and in coordination with the Cincinnati Reds – the Reds Rookie Character/Baseball Camp. Her commitment to the youth in our community makes Bonnie an important asset to our board. She resides in Fairfield with her husband, Kim.
Steve became involved with the special needs community in 1994. He started coaching with the Therapeutic Recreation for the Disabled adult softball program and never looked back. He has served on their board of trustees since 1997. Steve believes in giving back to the community and so he also serves as a baseball coach to both of his sons and as Scoutmaster of Troop 967. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees for the Fairfield Community Foundation and chairs the Finance Commission at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Steve has worked at Cincinnati Insurance Company for the past 18 years and resides in Fairfield with his wife Ellen and their three children.
With over thirteen years of experience as a marketing executive specializing in non-profit organizations, Kristy is extremely passionate about helping others and supporting programs that serve the community. She currently serves as the chair of the human resources committee and assists with special events and marketing. She is dedicated to working with special needs, as she also serves on the board at Therapeutic Recreation for the Disabled. Kristy’s efforts help ensure that The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League legacy is continued for many years to come. She resides in Fairfield Township with her husband and son.
Carol has more than two decades of experience in facility management, health and wellness programming and special event planning. She is the Facility Operations Manager for the City of Sharonville Parks and Recreation Department where she sits as the Chair for the City of Sharonville Employee Wellness Committee and coordinates health and wellness activities at the Sharonville Community Center. She is a Board of Trustee for Parachute Butler County Casa where they provide trained community volunteers to children who are in the Juvenile Court system due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Carol is very involved in the community where she works and lives. She not only is a child advocate, but she enjoys providing opportunities to enhance the lives of others through recreation activities. She began volunteering for the Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields in 2013 and looks forward to continuing the legacy of the Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields, where dreams do come true. Carol resides in Fairfield Township with her husband Jody.
Larry Tischler - Vice Chairman
With a long and illustrious career in both sales and sports, Larry provides a high level of expertise for The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. Serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Larry devotes his retirement to raising in-kind and monetary funding for the fields, and is heavily involved in the organization’s strategic planning. He is devoted to serving the special needs community, as he also serves as the Chairman of the Butler County Special Olympics Advisory Board. He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Fairfield.
Known as the conductor of the Bown Train, Cliff has been a driving force in the construction of The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. A former classmate of Kim Nuxhall, Cliff offered his services to begin the building of the facility and kick-started a whirlwind of community support. His selflessness is a true reflection of the Bown family name, as five generations of Bowns have supported our project over the years. Cliff spends his days managing multiple construction projects, such as the recently built Cincinnati Urban League facility, and also is heavily involved with his church. He resides in Fairfield with his wife.
Dale is a retired partner of the law firm of Lierman & Cornwell, having spent 35 years practicing law; before that he spent six years as a Revenue Agent with IRS in Cincinnati. Prior to serving on the JNMLF Board, Dale served as the Board President of Miami Valley Industries from 1988-2001, providing employment opportunities to residents with disabilities. He currently serves on the finance committee, human resources committee and the strategic planning committee and is committed to the furthering of the legacy of Joe Nuxhall. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Hamilton.
Ron is the Director of Key Accounts Central Region for Coca-Cola Refreshments and is responsible for making Coca-Cola the official soft drink of The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. He has a passion for serving the community, as he volunteers his time to various organizations, including the Reds Community Fund. In his role on the board, he is a true representative of the Coca-Cola mission, which is to inspire moments of happiness and make a difference. He resides in Mt. Healthy with his wife, Jackie.
Gregg is the current chair of the marketing committee for The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. He is past president of Brewer Jones and Feldman, Inc., and past president and creative director of Influence, Inc., both Cincinnati-based advertising agencies. He has helped create award-winning advertising campaigns for numerous local and national businesses and has served on the boards of Butler County United Way, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and is the recent past vice chair of the Fairfield Community Foundation. Gregg is the creator of a number of communications efforts around Fairfield including the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields logo and the name/logo for the Fairfield Community Arts Center. He contends that his greatest creative accomplishments, in concert with his wife Linda, are his children, Jennifer and Ryan.
Tyler Bradshaw is an educator, announcer, and in-demand public speaker. Tyler currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Admission at Miami University, coordinating nationwide recruitment efforts for Ohio's original Public Ivy. Tyler has spoken to thousands of college-bound students across the country since joining the Miami staff in 2011. Additionally, Tyler’s voice is well-recognized in local athletic communities as a dynamic announcer and broadcaster. Tyler has served as the Voice of the Hamilton Joes (a summer college team named after Joe Nuxhall) since the club's inception in 2009. Additionally, he announces games for the Miami University RedHawks, the Hamilton Big Blue, and the Miami University Hamilton Harriers, while also hosting programs for TV Hamilton. Tyler often serves as a master of ceremonies for Miracle League events throughout our community to help further the mission of the organization and our players. Tyler is a passionate advocate for mental health issues as well. After losing his Father, Scott, as a victim of suicide in 2013, Tyler started SeeyaBub.com. Seeya Bub is a blog that discusses the difficulty Tyler faced losing his Dad, covering topics related to grief, mental illness, and suicide prevention. Tyler earned both a Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Bachelor's degree in American studies from Miami University, and is a 2005 graduate of Fairfield High School.
Hee Kyung 'Heek' Hake
Heek has been a Fairfield resident for almost 40 years. She's been in the service field for 30 years. She spends her time volunteering in her community, gardening and working on various creative projects. One of her most special projects is making the Nuxy Angel ornament which benefits the JNMLF. She also enjoys hosting schools that come to play baseball. A highlight of her week is getting to watch her daughter play in the Miracle League. Heek resides in Fairfield with her husband, Larry, and two daughters.