About Us

For more than four decades, the Center has been focused on the #WorkThatMatters. In the beginning, that meant bringing award-winning financial and economic education to teachers and students across Greater Cincinnati. Our reach has since expanded to classrooms in 46 states. The Center also now delivers world-class research to drive better decision-making by clients in the public and private sectors.

The Center began as a teacher training initiative of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in 1976. In 1977, the Center was incorporated and established a permanent existence as part of the University of Cincinnati.

While the Center has maintained its teacher training as a core service, we’ve added student programs and competitions, an award-winning online financial program called $martPath, partnerships for the financial education of the larger community, and a research team to serve businesses and governmental partners in our region.


Every year, the Center’s research team consults with more than 30 business clients on their economic data and analysis needs. Their work includes everything from market analyses to feasibility studies, economic impact projects, and workforce development initiatives. Through this work, the Center and its partners contribute to the health and vitality of our region’s economy.

The Alpaugh Family Economics Center is a part of the Council for Economic Education’s national network.

The Center is also a member of the Association of University Business and Economic Research.


Equipping every child and every community leader with the tools to make effective economic and financial decisions.

The Economics Center creates informed outcomes through the implementation of economic and financial literacy programs for K-12 students and teachers and through the unbiased analyses of our economic research staff.

The Center has won several national awards for its programs and its online financial education platform, $martPath.

Faculty & Staff

Ian Bryant
Research Associate
Brad Evans
Director of Research
Grace Grissett
Student Research Associate
Erin Harris
Director, Student Enterprise (StEP)
Megan Heare
Senior Research Associate
Julie Heath, PhD
Executive Director Emerita
Sue Heilmayer
Academic Director, Accountant
Erna Jennings
Administrative and Program Assistant
David Mahon, PhD
Executive Director
Melissa Navarra
Student Research Associate
Kathy Palmer
Marketing and Communications Director
Emily Schalk
Professional Development Director
Katie Smith
StEP Store Facilitator

board of trustees

David Mahon
Executive Director
Diane Altmix
Ben Willingham
Vice Chair
Matt Barney
Messer Construction
Al Riddick
Game Time Budgeting, LLC
Peter A. Alpaugh
Cincinnati Equitable
Christopher S. Habel
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Ed Hudson
The Kroger Company
Matt Iacobucci
U.S. Bank
Susan Zaunbrecher
Fifth Third Bank
Nathan J. Bachrach
Allworth Financial
Doug Bolton
Cincinnati Cares
Brian Brockhoff
Heartland Bank
Kate Brownstein
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
J.B. Buse, Jr.
Loth, Inc.
Norah Clark
Community Volunteer
Mark Cinquina
PNC Real Estate Banking
Michael J. Conaton
Alfonso Cornejo
Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA President and AC & Consulting Associates
Michael G. Dailey
Dinsmore & Shohl
John J. Frank, Jr.
Cushman & Wakefield
Danya Karram
Brilliant Advice
Shawn F. Kelley
Northwestern Mutual
Lisa Kuethe
Huntington Bank
Dr. Susan Lang
Margaret Lawson
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Todd Levy
TSL Advisors
Sam Luken
Sean V. McGrory
Clark Schaefer Hackett
Brad Meeks
Madison Wealth Management
John Michelman
Michelman, Inc.
Wayne “Box” Miller
St. Xavier High School
Laura Mitchell
Beech Acres
Robert Neu, Jr.
Claymore Capital Partners
David Okun
Al. Neyer
Jim Ortman
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Dr. Mari Phillips
Princeton CIty Schools
Barry Porter
Former Mayor of Wyoming, Ohio
Al Riddick
Game Time Budgeting, LLC
Andrew Sathe
MCF Advisors
Harry Snyder
Great Oaks Career Campuses
Tim Stautberg
Community Volunteer
William Thomas
Mortar Co-Founder and Board Member
Cindy Tsai
Western & Southern Life Insurance
Woodrow H. Uible
Bartlett Wealth Management
Nick Vehr
Vehr Communications
Ben Willingham
Charles Young
d.e. Foxx & Associates

Emerging Leaders Board

Andrea Akin
LOTH, Inc.
Kate Brownstein
Truepoint Wealth Counsel, LLC
Megan Ebenschweiger
Leah Foxx
1919 Investment Counsel
Kristin Goins
Leah Hammer
North Side Bank
Nick Hoyng
Marissa Huffman
Taft Law
Kristen Kallschmidt
Fifth Third Bank
Kailyn Neat
Bartlett Wealth Management
Amber Newman
North Side Bank
Social Chair
David Okun
Al. Neyer
Chris Quigley
Chris Reisiger
Clark Schaefer Hackett
Dana Smith
Allworth Financial
Brian Torbeck
Madison Wealth Advisors
Wes Westberry
Strategic Initiatives Chair
Max Williams
Frost Brown Todd