Hospice of Cincinnati


Vicky Ott, MA, LPCC-S, Executive Director

Vicky has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Vicky first became involved at Fernside as a volunteer in 1988 and has been on staff for the last 23 years. As the Executive Director the past 10 years, she has led the organization through remarkable growth and change. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Fernside as well as new program development and special projects. She is the primary liaison and works closely with our colleagues at Hospice of Cincinnati and TriHealth.

Christi Kettman, Outreach Coordinator

Christi has a B.A. in Psychology from Thomas More College. She is a certified Trauma & Loss School Specialist. She joined Fernside’s staff in 2000 after volunteering for 2 years. Christi coordinates our School Program as well as our Downtown group night. Christi oversees the production of our newsletter and contributes to all of our other publications.

Mark Koenig, MEd, Program Coordinator

Mark has a B.S. from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Education in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University. Mark worked for Southwest Local Schools since 1990, most recently as their Elementary School Counselor. He coordinated the Intervention Assistance Team, led the Conflict and Resolution Education Committee and organized the Crisis Intervention Team. He recently joined Fernside’s staff in 2017 after volunteering for the past 17 years. Mark coordinates our Monday Blue Ash and West Side group nights as well as our Camp Program.

Sally Ries, Volunteer Coordinator

Sally has a B.A. from Xavier University. She joined the Fernside staff in 2010 after having volunteered for 3 years. Sally coordinates our Volunteer Program as well as two of our group nights, Sibling Loss and Liberty Township. As an alumnus of the program, Sally feels a special connection to Fernside. Sally also represents Fernside on Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s End of Life Care Committee.

Liz Spanel, MSW, Program Coordinator

Liz holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Dayton and a MSW from The Ohio State University. She joined Fernside’s staff in March 2014. Liz coordinates our Community Outreach & Education Program and our Crisis Response Program in addition to coordinating East Side and Tuesday Blue Ash group nights.