Our Staff

Our Staff

Beth Griffith-Niemann, MA

Program Director
(859) 431-2075 x237       BNiemann@ChildrenInc.org

Beth is a passionate individual committed to the betterment of Greater Cincinnati and enjoys identifying needs within the community and working to rally volunteers and resources to drive the missions of the non-profits in Greater Cincinnati.  She loves the overarching theme of collaboration within the non-profit community and feels honored to get to help facilitate additional connections.

Beth started her career in the non-profit world as the first employee of Faces without Places (now UpSpring) and knows just how powerful the work of volunteers and service-learning projects can be. Through her work, she was able to engage hundreds of students through Homeless Awareness Month and classroom and school-wide service learning projects where students were introduced to the issues surrounding childhood homelessness and challenged to do something about it.

With degrees in Sociology specializing in inequality and race, Beth is excited to help students connect their course curriculum with the many needs in the community.  She believes that each and every person has the ability to create positive change in their community.

Personally, she loves boating and biking with her husband and son and exploring all that the community has to offer.

Steve Oldfield, MA

Associate Director, NKY
Executive Producer of the Service Learning Network
(859) 431-2075 x230       SOldfield@childreninc.org

Steve Oldfield has developed award-winning service learning projects as a teacher and mentor of high school, college and graduate students.  At Villa Madonna Academy, he created a documentary film program where students directed their own short films. As a graduate student in NKU’s Master’s of Public History Program, Steve received a Jefferson Award for his work on Museums Without Walls. He also taught in the University of Cincinnati’s Electronic Media dept. and he is now incorporating service learning into a Public Speaking class at Thomas More College.

Steve is a graduate of the Covington Latin School and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  He worked for two decades as a syndicated reporter, producer and anchor at television stations across the country.  He won a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award for a weekly kids segment he produced with a 10-year-old reporter. Steve is also an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker who directed Lines of Sight about painter Jim Hall.  He hosted and co-directed Covington at 200: Points of view, which has aired more than 50 times on KET and TBNK.

Steve has also helped to create walking tour ”apps” for historic communities and Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail. He received a ConnectKentucky Small Business Technology Award and an Education Award from the Kentucky Historical Society.

Catherine O’Shea, MA

Associate Director, Cincinnati
(859)431-2075 x246 COShea@childreninc.org

Catherine thrives on being engaged in her community and believes that community connections are the basis for positive, sustainable change in our region. Seeing the impact of service-learning projects on her Dater High School students inspired her to seek out broader service learning work in Greater Cincinnati—ultimately bringing her to her current role with Children, Inc.

Catherine began her career in community-focused non-profit work in Houston, TX. There, she was the High School Program Manager for PAIR, a nonprofit that works to empower refugee students as they transition to everyday life in the United States both inside the classroom and as members of their communities. Back in Cincinnati, she continued her focus on community work as a Resource Coordinator with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. In this role, she oversaw the Community Learning Center at Dater High school, building partnerships to support student achievement and promote a cohesive network of student, parent, and staff.

Catherine graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in Comparative Literature. She received her B.A in English and International Studies from Thomas More College.

Whether at home in Cincinnati or traveling, Catherine loves to be a part of the local scene: trying new restaurants, participating in city events, and otherwise soaking up the culture.