About Us

The CVPS is an activity of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park which is a private, non-profit, friend-of-the-park organization devoted to educating the public about and supporting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).  The CVNP is located in the Cuyahoga Valley between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. It is administered by the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.  The CVPS promotes the CVNP through the photographic arts, primarily by providing educational opportunities through workshops and presentations.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (f.k.a. Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association)

Phone: 330-657-2909
Fax: 330-657-2328  (Conservancy Office)
CVPS: info@cvps.org

Mailing Address:

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
1403 W. Hines Hill Road
Peninsula, OH  44264

CVPS Steering Committee Members:


Bruce Winges, president

Brude Winges Bruce is the current president of the Photo Society.
He joined the Photo Society in 1991, the year it was founded. He has served as editor of the Cuyahoga Valley
National Park calendar since 1998. He has helped lead photo tours of Canaan Valley, West Virginia,
an area he knows well.

Bruce is a retired journalist. He worked at the Akron Beacon Journal for 37 years, the last 12 years
as editor and vice president. He is a native of Louisville, Ky.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Banks

Betsy enjoys sharing the connection she feels to nature through photography and coordinates CVPS’s educational events and workshops. She works at
Case Western Reserve University facilitating community-based service and learning programs. Before CWRU, Betsy worked in conservation land 
Yellowstone National Parks. She has been a member of the Conservancy since 2005.

Randy Dunn

Randy started his photographic journey while in his teens with his father’s partially working 35mm rangefinder camera that he found in a closet. 
He quickly gravitated towards nature photography during summer vacations to upstate New York and visits to the Cleveland Metro Parks and Holden Arboretum. 
At the end of 2019 Randy retired from a career in the construction industry and moved back to his hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  Randy initially joined the CVPS in
2001, moved out of state for a number of years and rejoined in 2020.  In 2023 Randy joined the CVPS Steering Committee and is also a member of NANPA (North
American Nature Photography Association) and on the NANPA Foundation Board of Directors.
Ann Gulbransen

Ann grew up in Lexington Massachusetts and came to Ohio in 1976 to go to graduate school.
Ann retired in 2014 after 35 years working at the MetroHealth System. She had many jobs but spent the last 10 years or so in IT. Ann got her first
camera in high school, a twin lens reflex which she still owns. She learned her darkroom skills helping her mother print family christmas cards.
Ann wears many hats for CVPS including webmaster, admin of the FaceBook group, A/V equipment manager and techinical support
for the annual contest When not working for CVPS, Ann is the Historian/Registrar for the Ohio Mayflower Society and
volunteers for several other lineage societies. Her other passions are birding and gardening.
Jeneen Hobby Reiser

Jeneen has been a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society since 2006, where she honed her photographic skills.

She exhibits her work and has won awards at juried fine arts festivals across the state of Ohio, in solo and group shows, in galleries, and online.

She is at home both in nature and on city streets. Jeneen retired from teaching political science at Cleveland State University after 21 years.

 She loves the life she shares with her husband and three pit bull rescues.

Walter Keith

Walt Keith is a retired executive and former business owner in a family manufacturing business.  He has been involved with photography for a long time and started doing B&W darkroom
 work back in high school.  His first involvement with CVPS was when he attended the Galen Rowell Workshop, whenever that was.  He enjoys photographing all aspects of nature,
but is most often found in and around waterfalls.
Diane Patrick

Diane Patrick has been a member of CVPS and the Steering Committee for more than 20 years. In 2000 Diane was instrumental in the development
 of an application to automate our annual photo contest entry submissions and results, and supported photo contest activities for many years. Her photographic
 interests in recent years have shifted from nature and landscape to center primarily on travel photography. Diane retired in 2020 from Avaya after 22 years
in their professional services organization.

Bill Rich

Bill Rich



Bill Rich is a former President of the Photo Society and a long-time member of its Steering Committee. 
He has been a member of the Photo Society for over a quarter century. In his non-photographic life, he is an
emeritus professor of law at the University of Akron and chairman of the Summit County Board of Elections.


Email Contacts:
    Contest@cvps.org or cvpscontest@gmail.com

    CVPSPhotos@gmail.com - email for zoom meeting invitations and member show submissions
    CVPSPhotowalk@gmail.com - email for submitting images for critique


Map of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (pdf)
Google Map of key locations in the Park

CVPS Membership

Membership Benefits

Membership Fee

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