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.
 Steve Ash

Steve Ash is a professor and Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Programs at the College of Business at the University of Akron, Before coming to Akron,
he taught at a number of other universities around the US. Steve has lived overseas for 8 years (4 years in Asia, 2 years in Europe, and 2 years in South America),
speaks Spanish, and has led study abroad programs to various locations in Europe.  Prior to pursuing education, Steve has worked as a hod tender, a long distanc
truck driver, a ranch hand, a research diver, and on a squid ship in the Pacific. He also worked for IBM for several years as a human factors engineer.


Steve has been a member of CVPS since 2009 and currently chairs the programming committee. He posts regularly on the CVPS Facebook page
and his images have been published in the annual Cuyahoga Valley calendar.
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.

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 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.
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.
Mary Ann Kucera

Mary Ann L. Kucera is happily retired. A former technical and marketing manager, she is delighted to have shed the corporate life. She can be found off-trail,
covered in mud, shooting macro, at the computer, enjoying her bird-on-a-stick photos, catching the action at horse shows, or possibly doing a little winter landscape
photography and loving the cold weather. With the exception of 2019, she has managed the Annual Photo Contest since 2015, and is looking forward to handing the
reins over to a well-organized person who wants to support their photography friends. She has served on the CVPS Steering Committee since 2015.

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

How to Join