About us





At Operation Give Back, our mission is to strive for educational equity and provide community outreach to students and families in need, inspiring all to realize their full potential and GIVE BACK to society.

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Lee and Wendy Operation Give Back



OGB was started in 2002 in the basement of Lee and Wendy Langston. The Langstons lived in Montgomery and their children attended Sycamore Schools. A number of their children’s friends who needed homework help would take the bus to the Langston’s residence where Wendy and other volunteers would provide tutoring. Over the years, the numbers steadily grew: OGB offered support to high school students, then intermediate and junior high students before we finally included elementary students.

The expansion of OGB into multiple programs came as a result of the Langstons’ observations during these first few months. When they noticed a lack of after-school snacks and food for certain students, they created the Food Pantry initiative. Later, when they identified a lack of resources for many students returning to school, they created the Back 2 School giveaway. Lastly, the Holiday Store was born from the needs of families struggling to provide holiday gifts let alone essential items, and it now proudly serves our community during the most wonderful time of the year.

Sheila Lichtenberg

Executive Director

Leanne Berke

Program Director


Board of Directors

The Operation Give Back Board of Director’s strive to ensure that every student has the opportunity to mature into their best selves educationally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and professionally.

Diane Adamec

Former Sycamore School Board

Marilyn Clark

CommuniSkills, VP

Jason Jones

General Electric Credit Union

Chad Reardon

Procter & Gamble

Joan Fox

Eagle Inspiration
Training & Development

Jamie Charlton

Saxon Financial, President

Robin Lightner

Dean, UC Blue Ash

Beverly Tharp

Procter & Gamble, Retired

Randy Lothrop

Sycamore High School, Retired

Beth Hill

Symmes Elementary School Counselor

Frank Forsthoefel

Superintendent Sycamore Community Schools, Retired

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