Established in 1983, The Kettering Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 that serves the residents of Kettering, Ohio, in partnership with the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Our goals include:
  1. To solicit and accept donations, gifts, bequests, and legacies from individuals, organizations and corporations that further the overall purposes of the Foundation.
  2. To contribute to the quality of the urban setting in Kettering by pro-viding financial assistance in the acquisition, improvement, preservation, conservation and rehabilitation of public open space, facilities, gardens, parks and other natural resources.
  3. To contribute to the quality of life in Kettering by providing financial assistance for the implementation and/or development of cultural, recreational, and educational enrichment programs, activities and facilities that benefit the health and individual leisure needs of persons living in the Kettering community.
  4. To inform and educate Kettering citizens about the importance of quality community leisure and cultural opportunities and open space in Kettering.

Kettering Park Foundation History

The Kettering Parks Foundation founded in 1983, has a long legacy of private philanthropy to support the Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in the City of Kettering. The Foundation is a 501 © (3) non-profit corporation devoted to the raising of private funds for programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for all residents of Kettering. For over three decades, the Park Foundation has met its mission of raising private funds to provide financial support for the parks recreation and arts, spaces, places and programs.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Kettering Parks Foundation denounces racism in all of its forms. Beyond merely acknowledging the history and existence of racism in the United States, we continue to focus on strengthening equity through the Foundation’s policies and focus on projects and programs that foster fairness and justice for all of our residents. We affirm a commitment toward diversity, equity and inclusion.

Fun and games are plentiful with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at the annual Kettering Community Block Party
Community events take place year round in parks and facilities across Kettering, including at Polen Farm (pictured)

Board of Directors

Neil M. Smalley, President | 1984 – Present
Neil M. Smalley graduated from Fairmont High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Miami University. Until his retirement, he served as Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was an active member in the Association of Government Accounts and American Society of Military Comptrollers. Smalley has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kettering Parks Foundation since its inception. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Masonic Foundation.

Quinn Kline, Secretary | 2024 – Present
Quinn Kline serves as Managing Partner for Q&A Strategies Inc.  Prior to founding Q&A, Quinn worked in government, non-profits, and in leadership roles throughout the health insurance and service delivery sectors. Quinn served on Capitol Hill as a staffer for Senator Mike DeWine, Congressman Dave Hobson, worked in the White House and served as staff  during the 2004 Presidential Campaign. In her 20 years in corporate leadership roles, Quinn has managed business development opportunities, strategic growth, and investor relations for companies with annual revenues ranging from $2 million to $16 billion.

A native of Dayton, Quinn went out East to pursue an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and spent nearly a decade working in Washington, DC.  In 2012, Quinn and her husband Russ relocated back to the Miami Valley, had two amazing kids and have found passion for giving back to their incredible community.

When Quinn is not working, she can be seen (and heard) at her children’s sporting events or hanging out at her Kettering home with her husband, Russ and their dogs. 

Jerry B. Barnett, Ph.D. | 1987 – Present
Jerry Barnett holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is a retired administrator with the Kettering City School district and was inducted into the C.A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame in 1993 and was selected as the Grand Marshall of the Kettering Holiday at Home parade in 1995. Barnett was named Kettering Volunteer Citizen of the Year in 1989 and has received awards from the National Recreation and Park Association and Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. Barnett is a member of the Kettering Dor-Wood Optimist club and participated in the National Senior Olympics as a volleyball and softball player. Barnett lives in Kettering with his wife and has two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Frank Spolrich | 1984 – Present

Frank Spolrich is a graduate of Dayton Chaminade High School and has a B.S. and M.Ed. in education from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He recently retired from serving 39 years in public education with the last 37 years in the Kettering City Schools, and served as the Principal of St. Albert the Great School in Kettering.

Mike Eckley | 2014 – Present

Mike Eckley is Vice President of Shook Construction in Dayton, Ohio and has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Cleveland State University. Mike and his wife Mary grew up in Kettering and graduated from Alter High School. Eckley has served on several civic and professional boards.

David Bodary  | 2014 – Present

David Bodary is Professor of Communication at Sinclair Community College and holds degrees in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. He has served in a variety of roles supporting the Kettering Fairmont choir program and A cappella Festival.

David Dutton | 2017 – Present

David Dutton received his degrees from Ashland University, Wright State, and University of Dayton, with studies in business administration. He retired from a career in property management and ownership and volunteers for The Dor-Wood Optimist Club, Fairmont High School men’s and women’s  soccer parent groups, Crestwood Swim and Tennis Club, Kettering Renegade Soccer Club, Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association, Kettering YMCA Indian Guides, the Dayton Art Institute “OktoberFest,” and the City of Kettering.

Linda Hadley | 2018 – Present

Linda Hadley is a graduate of the University of Albany and the University of Connecticut. Her career included teaching accounting at the University of Dayton, and currently as a tax manager at a regional public accounting firm. Hadley serves on the Planned Giving Council of the Dayton Art Institute, the Miami Valley Child Development Center and the Dayton Chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jayne Testa | 2020 – Present

Jayne Testa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and a Fellow in the Health Care Advisory Board (FAB). Testa has served as a health care administrator in the Dayton area for over 30 years holding positions in HR, Finance, Physician Administration and Hospital Administration.  Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for Network Heart and Vascular Services for Kettering Health Network. She has also served in the Medical Group Management Association as the President of the OBGYN Assembly, the Heart Walk Board of the American Heart Association and the KMC Foundations Heart to Heart Committee.