Meet the Team

Bob Kehres

Bob Kehres is general manager and founder of Ohio Prairie Nursery (OPN) and is responsible for overseeing all facets of operation. Mr. Kehres has more than 18 years experience in native prairie, meadow and woodland edge ecosystem creation.

 Mr. Kehres has presented to and trained soil and water conservation district employees at the state level, engineers, landscape architects, landscape designers, park employees at local, county, state and federal levels, landscape contractors and land owners on the use of native materials for a myriad of uses including: stormwater applications, habitat creation, and reduced maintenance applications.  He is also a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager.

Dave Riddell

Dave Riddell is the Operations Manager for Ohio Prairie Nursery. Mr. Riddell has more than 15 years experience providing technical assistance and managing crews in the fields of invasive vegetation control and ecosystem restoration. Mr. Riddell provides technical consulting to clients and helps with research and harvesting methodologies and implementation. He joined Ohio Prairie Nursery in 2013 and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation.

Barb Holtz

Barb Holtz joined the OPN team in 2016 after retiring from Cleveland Metroparks where she worked as a naturalist. She provides outreach and education on the importance of native plants and how to successfully grow natives from seed. She also brings her expertise to the blog and provides content for us on a regular basis.

Captain Lieutenant Jack Sparrow

Recently promoted to Chief of Security, Jack has excelled in his role as Prairie Dog for the last two years. Jack's duties include: protecting the office and property, barking at all delivery personnel (especially the UPS driver), putting slime balls and treats in employees laps, keeping the floor clean of scraps, escorting employees on the property and to their vehicles, napping, growling, laying in the sunshine, and most importantly, being lovable!  He's tenacious, attentive and the best at giving soft puppy kisses. Jack is orginally from New Philadelphia and resides with his family in Hiram.