Robert Schrage, Chief Executive Officer
Robert Schrage is a resident of Dayton Kentucky and served as Assistant Director for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD), where he worked for 27 years. He retired in 2011. Since then, he served as Director of Administration for Transitions, Inc. and Executive Director of the Rabbit Hash Historic Society. In addition he was a professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at Northern Kentucky University. Schrage is very active in local history circles and has served on many Board and volunteer positions related to preservation of local history.
He currently is President of the Cincinnatus Association and active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. In 2013 he won the Luke Dober Award for his lobbying efforts on behalf of Substance Abuse Treatment in the region. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Cincinnati.
Schrage is also an author with eight published books. His book Eyewitness to History: A Personal Journal recently won honorable mentions from the New York, Florida, and Amsterdam Book Festivals. Other works include Carl Kiger: The Man Beyond the Murder and The Ohio River from Cincinnati to Louisville.
Craig Kowalski, Vice President, Consulting Services
Craig Kowalski joined ESCC as a volunteer consultant in 2009, became Director of Operations and Programs in 2010, and is now Vice President, Consulting Services. As a community volunteer, Craig has served on the Springfield Township Land Use Vision Committee, Miami University Environmental Sciences Graduate Curriculum Review Board, Agenda 360 Transportation Committee, and as Program Chair of the American Planning Association, Ohio Chapter, Cincinnati Section.
Prior to joining the ESCC management team in 2010, Craig was Principal, Owner, and Project Manager of ENTRAN, a planning and engineering infrastructure consulting firm practicing in six states. He is a certified urban planner with over 33 years in project management, transportation and environmental planning and civil engineering consulting and business development.
Craig earned a B.S. degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP).
Katrina Bowling-Bergman, Office Manager
Katrina M. Bowling-Bergman worked for the University of Cincinnati Libraries for 11 years, lastly as the Public and Technical Services Supervisor for the Chemistry-Biology Library. She also taught English Composition as an adjunct faculty member and assisted library and teaching faculty with their online and print publications. Currently, she is very active in her volunteer work at Symmes Elementary School and has assisted with the development of the school’s nature trail and gardens. She also enjoys her work as a Girl Scout Leader.
Katrina holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English Literature and Political Science with honors from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Kentucky.
Connie Hinitz, Volunteer Services Manager
Connie joined ESCC in 2011 as a volunteer consultant and was appointed Volunteer Coordinator in 2013. Connie’s volunteer activities include Hamilton County Government Reform Commission, Amberley Village Ad Hoc Finance Committee and Long Range Planning Committee, Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen, and Northern Hills Synagogue Facilities Vice President.
Connie is a philanthropic sector management specialist with more than 30 years experience creating and implementing comprehensive nonprofit initiatives. She is currently the part-time Director of Philanthropic Initiatives with Leadership Scholars, Inc. Prior to that, she was Administrator of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, where she served for nearly 13 years. Connie also does grant writing and financial resource development as an independent contractor.
Connie earned two M.A. degrees in Community Planning and Geography from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota.
Jerry Lewis, Senior Project Advisor
Jerry joined ESCC in 2000 as a volunteer consultant and has played various roles during his many years of service with the organization. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2006, including one term as Board Chair. Jerry also served as Interim Executive Director of ESCC in 2009. He re-joined the ESCC staff in 2012 in his current capacity. Jerry’s other volunteerism includes working with Building Blocks for Kids, LifeSpan and The Wellness Community.
Jerry brings strategic planning, line/staff management and finance experience to his role. He served in various management roles at P&G in Engineering, Construction, Plant Management and Finance. He retired from P&G as Finance Manager, Tissue and Towel Category, with 33 years of service.
Jerry earned his BSME, MSIE and MBA degrees from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.