The first Great Parks Board of Park Commissioners meeting of 2023 welcomed two new board members, Melissa Wegman (front left) and Douglas Abrams (back right).

By Peter Osborne                                                                                 

Douglas Abrams and Melissa Wegman have been appointed to the Great Parks Board of Park Commissioners, both serving three-year terms that began this month.

Abrams, from Harrison, recently retired from the Evendale Police Department and has extensive law enforcement experience in drug related investigations.  He is an avid outdoors person and enjoys hiking, fishing and golfing at Great Parks.

Wegman, from East Price Hill, currently serves as vice president of The Wegman Company. A strong believer in giving back to the community, she has been active in community engagement for 35 years, particularly in East Price Hill, Queensgate, the West End, and throughout Cincinnati. She has been an active member with various local business and economic associations.

“I am so excited and honored to embark on this next adventure with an amazing and diverse team dedicated to the enhancement of Great Parks!” Wegman said. “John Muir said, ‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.’ I’m looking forward to helping others find their wild while I explore finding mine!”

Abrams and Wegman fill the positions being vacated by Stacey DeGraffenreid and Joseph Seta. Ms. DeGraffenreid is stepping down after being elected as a judge to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Mr. Seta completed his fourth term on the Board.

Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler is responsible for appointing Commissioners to the Great Parks of Hamilton County Board of Park Commissioners.

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