Employee Spotlight Series: Denise Keyes

In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the 62 employees of Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Every year, we celebrate as a region the tremendous impact of our programs and services - an investment of nearly $1.3 billion into southeast Ohio since our inception in 1968 - but it’s our employees who work hard every day to breathe life into our mission and pour out into the eight-county region we serve.

Follow along as we feature three different employees every month!


Denise Keyes

Denise is the Fiscal Director for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been a part of our team since October 1994.


  • What led you to your current position at Buckeye Hills?

Denise: I started as a receptionist in 1994 in the PASSPORT building. I have a degree in accounting and was able to transition from Receptionist to Clinical Assistant to Fiscal Manager to Fiscal Director.

  • How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?

D: Our agency provides resources and programs to communities and residents to enhance the region and quality of life.

  • What do you find most rewarding about your position?

D: Knowing that our work makes a real difference in our communities. Our staff is dedicated to improving quality of life for our residents.

  • Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?

D: There is a huge unmet need for various basic things like infrastructure, transportation, access to health care and food security. Buckeye Hills is in a good position to help create solutions.

  • What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?

D: That we are here to help people as much as we can.

  • If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?

D: I love the fact that we helped get the Mobile Mammography Unit funded and that we manage the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

  • What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?

D: I’m excited about new programs and initiatives. Our leadership is constantly looking for ways to move our region forward while we continue the great work we’ve always done.