Sandra Albro, director of community partnerships at Holden Forests & Gardens in Cleveland, OH, is project manager for “Vacant to Vibrant”, a low-cost, low-maintenance urban greening project designed to manage stormwater and help revitalize communities in Gary, IN; Cleveland, OH; and Buffalo, NY. Ms. Albro also serves as co-chair for the Cleveland Tree Coalition, a group of businesses, organizations, and branches of local government that is working together to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan.


Roxanne Anderson is a Brownfield Coordinator at the Ohio EPA in the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization. She coordinates with state and federal agencies, stakeholder organizations, and local governments to leverage brownfield incentives with Ohio EPA’s TBA and Grant Funded Technical Assistance incentives. She organizes training and workshops, as well as performs outreach and marketing of various Ohio EPA and other state brownfield revitalization incentives to local community officials, developers, and other interested parties. Roxanne has additional experience in ecological research with the USDA-ARS, and as a Watershed Coordinator.

Karla Auker is a Brownfields Project Officer/Project Manager for U.S. EPA Region V in Westlake Ohio. Karla’s primary focus is helping USEPA Brownfields assessment, clean up, and revolving loan fund grantees successfully use their grants to facilitate sustainable brownfields redevelopment. In addition to her Brownfields work, Karla also works closely with Ohio EPA and the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority on the issue of beneficial reuse of sediments dredged from the rivers and harbors in the Lake Erie watershed. Karla also leverages her knowledge of Great Lakes sediment issues and Cleveland location to assist USEPA’s Great Lakes National Program with Great Lakes Legacy Act sediment remediation projects along the Cuyahoga River. Karla’s been with U.S.EPA for 26 years; 17 years in her current position and 9 years as an On-Scene Coordinator in Superfund’s Emergency Response Branch. Prior to joining U.S. EPA, Karla worked for Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization. Karla is a Certified Professional Geologist, has a B.S in Geology, and an M.S. in Environmental Geology from the University of Akron.


Parker Berry, II, CIC is the Executive Vice President and Partner of SeibertKeck Insurance Partners Agency. Our agency has 13 locations with over 150 employees in Ohio and Florida, and was ranked in the top 100 agencies in the country in 2018. We have been handling insurance needs for businesses and families since 1910. Parker has been with the agency since January 2000, focusing on commercial and professional liability insurance. He has recently been approved, by Central Insurance, to develop an exclusive insurance program for the land bank industry. Parker and his family reside in Copley, OH.


Patrick Bravo is the Executive Director of the Summit County Land Bank, located in Akron, Ohio, and has served in that role since 2014. Active in the community, Patrick is also a member and past-president of the Akron Public Schools Board of Education, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Child Guidance and Family Solutions, a member of the Salvation Army advisory board and a member of the Ohio Land Bank Association Board of Directors. Patrick has previously served on the Board of Trustees for ReWorks (formerly, the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority) and the Summit/Medina Business Alliance, as well as numerous other committees and activities within the community.  He is a member of the Torchbearers Alumni Association, a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Community Leadership Institute, and a graduate of Class 32 of Leadership Akron. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, a Master’s in Public Administration & Urban Studies and law degree from the University of Akron, and has completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in Public Administration & Urban Affairs from the University of Akron.


Dan B. Brown is President and Founder of Partners, an Environmental, Safety, Engineering & Surveying Firm. He is a Certified Professional and leader in Ohio Brownfields who has worked with the US EPA Brownfield Program, since its inception, directing brownfield projects, including the issuance of No Further Action letters and the receipt of Covenants-Not-To-Sue. He supported the original rule writing for Ohio's Voluntary Action Program (VAP).  He also conducts regulatory negotiations regarding Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA Superfund), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), etc.


Stephen D. Burcham is a graduate of THE Ohio State University with a Degree in Accounting and is a certified public accountant. He was first elected to office as the Lawrence County Treasurer in 2004 where he continues to serve it’s 65,000 residents. Stephen sits on the Lawrence County Land Bank board as its chairman.


Shawn Carvin is a native of Warren, Ohio and has worked at Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership as the Land Bank Program Director since the program's infancy. The Land Bank works diligently to return derelict, vacant properties back to productive use and increasing the quality of life in Trumbull County. Through his work he has helped develop the Trumbull County Land Bank into a high-impact and efficient revitalization entity. Shawn believes that community engagement is the most powerful way to build strong, lasting communities. He has developed and implemented land bank programming that is accountable to neighborhoods and accessible to residents.


Jason Chamlee joined The Model Group in 2015 and leads the company’s market rate development projects in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. While at the Model Group, he has developed nearly $200M of urban, mixed-use projects in communities such as Pendleton, Walnut Hills and the Findlay Market area of Over-the-Rhine. Jason specializes in complex financing structures that utilize programs such as New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits and Tax Increment Financing. Jason lives with his family in the neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge, where he is the President of the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation. Jason holds a BA in History from Miami University and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.

Susan Considine joined the Montgomery County Land Bank early in 2015 as Program Manager for the DIY Renovation and Commercial Redevelopment programs. Susan has been responsible for repositioning over 60 blighted properties through these programs. She comes to the Land Bank with more than 30 years in the real estate management industry. In her previous positions Susan managed a wide variety of property types from single and multifamily housing to high-rise and suburban office buildings. She was also Vice President of Business Development for Turner Property Services Group directing the company’s efforts to secure new business. Prior to her work with Turner Susan held various positions during a 19 year tenure with Miller-Valentine Group. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Wright State University and the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, IREM. She has served as President of the local IREM chapter several times, and has served IREM at the national level as Education Committee Chair and Regional Vice President.


Susie Crabill is a Program Manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank. She manages the Neighborhood Initiative (NIP), Foreclosure Acquisition and the Land Banking programs. Under Susie’s direction and her team’s efforts Montgomery County Land Bank has demolished over 1,100 blighted properties. The sites of these demolitions are often given new life as urban forests through Susie’s reforestation program, Twigs to Trees. Susie is a graduate of Wright State University’s Urban Affairs program and also has a degree from The Ohio State University in horticulture. Her previous experience includes serving as township zoning inspector and as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals in townships where she has lived.  She is licensed as a real estate salesperson with experience in residential and agricultural sales transactions and is also a certified arborist.


Edward Cunningham is the Deputy Director of the Department of Buildings & Inspections with the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, He has worked and trained in the housing field for over 42 years; and for the last 32 years worked for the City in Property Maintenance Code Enforcement and Inspection  (seven years with the City in the Department of Community Development as Code Enforcement Division Manager.)  He is a past president of the Southwestern Ohio Building Officials Association, and is a Certified Building Official, Residential Building Official, and Building Inspector, in the State of Ohio. Ed has made presentations on Code Enforcement for the International Code Council; The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in Minneapolis, as well as The International City/County Management Association international conference in Montreal Canada.

Bradford Davy’s work is to spread the Fund for Our Economic Future’s Growth & Opportunity framework across the region. As the Director of Regional Engagement, he connects with key stakeholders, from neighborhood-based leaders to regional civic actors in the state of Ohio and beyond, to adapt and align economic development strategies to meet community needs and drive a persistent focus on systemic racial inclusion. Previously representing a local manufacturing firm on the international stage, Bradford continues to travel in his free time and finds joy in experiencing the richness of other cultures. He’s an avid lover of cities and a committed urbanist. On the weekends, you can find him watching English soccer or enjoying a night out.

Elizabeth Ellis is an Urban Designer with the Toledo Design Center. She is currently serving as a LISC AmeriCorps, which allows her to connect to both neighborhood residents and organizations also engaging residents across Toledo. She holds a M. Arch and M.U.D. from Kent State University, and has been able to expand her Urban Design academic experience into her profession at the TDC. Through the Toledo Design Center Elizabeth has completed the neighborhood Master Plans of Junction, and UpTown. She has also worked on smaller scale project concepts like a Planter Plan for Summit Street, and the Junction SafeGrowth project of putting together a neighborhood asset map for community members to see within the neighborhood. Elizabeth says the most rewarding part of her job is “being able to work with so many different community partners within Toledo and to begin to see a real difference within Toledo’s urban fabric.” Elizabeth has gotten to know some of the community members personally which has only served to strengthen the TDC’s relationships with the neighborhoods they serve.


Katie Fallon is the Director of Housing Policy at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, where she conducts research on OHFA’s programming and broader affordable housing subjects. Prior to her OHFA, Katie worked on building sustainable housing and transportation systems at the Rockefeller Foundation and at a number of NGOs in the global south. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and completed her Ph.D in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Debora Flora, as executive director of Mahoning County Land Bank since July 2012, has guided the development of programs that contributed to neighborhood stabilization, business expansion, new construction projects and greener, cleaner corridors. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the new Ohio Land Bank Association.


Frank Ford is Senior Policy Advisor for the Thriving Communities Program of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.  He also serves as the Chair of the Greater Cleveland Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council (VAPAC).  He is a licensed attorney who has worked in the field of community development for 40 years.  Mr. Ford was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1981 and in the State of Colorado in 1994.    His work with communities has included housing development, commercial retail development, organizational development, human capital development and applied research.  Mr. Ford graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Gus Frangos graduated with honors from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1982. He worked at the law firm of Ulmer and Berne after law school, then went on to serve as a Cleveland City Councilman and later as a Municipal Court Magistrate-Judge.  He now also serves as President and General Counsel of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation.


Dave Gamstetter, former natural resource manager for the city of Cincinnati, joined the Davey Resource Group team in spring 2019. After 30 years in the public works sector, Gamstetter will be focusing on building partnerships to provide services for installing, maintaining, and inspecting green infrastructures and systems throughout the tri-state region.


Chris Garland is an urban community and economic development professional with over 15 years of experience in both Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.  Chris has a strong history in both cities of utilizing research-based methods, leveraging strong partnerships, and implementing creative solutions to deliver positive neighborhood and city-wide impact.  Chris currently serves as the NCST Community Development Manager for Ohio and Michigan which brings him in close contact with the diverse group of CDCs, governments and land banks, and mission-based for profit housing developers throughout both states.  Prior to joining NCST, Chris served as Assistant Director of the Cleveland City Planning Commission and previously the Commissioner of Neighborhood Development for the City of Cleveland.  Chris has also had direct CDC experience as Executive Director of the Tremont West Development Corporation (Cleveland) and Jefferson East, Inc. (Detroit). Chris holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Wayne State University and resides in Cleveland with his wife and four children and is an active resident in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.


Alison Goebel is Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) and has been with GOPC since 2010.  Goebel is responsible for charting GOPC's strategic direction, directing the research, advocacy, and outreach teams, and securing resources for this work. She is the author of a number of research reports and policy briefs related to the revitalization of weak-market, legacy cities, transportation funding, and local governance structures in Ohio.  Goebel is a graduate and board member of Leadership Ohio and was elected by her class for the 2014 "Leader Among Leaders" award.  She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received her B.A. from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).


Robert A. Goering has served as the Hamilton County Treasurer since 1991. He also serves as President of the Hamilton County Investment Advisory Committee, President of the County Board of Revision, President of the County Budget Commission and President of the Hamilton County Land Bank. Rob is an Eagle Scout, and practicing Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Chase College of Law. He earned his BS at Denison University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Law Degree from Chase College of Law. He is an avid Squash player and is the President of the Cincinnati Squash Racquets Assoc. His very first job in High School was opening mail in the Hamilton County Treasurers Office.


Jeff Gottke is the president of the Knox County Land Bank. After teaching high school history and government in Mount Vernon for 12 years, Jeff went to work for the Area Development Foundation, the local economic development entity which runs the Land Bank. He made the jump from teaching because he believes in the power of Land Banks as community development organizations and is excited to make a difference in Knox County. Jeff has a Masters Degree from Ashland University and previously served on Mount Vernon City Council. He currently serves on serval boards serving Knox and adjoining counties, including the Boy Scouts of America Muskingum Valley Council, Knox County Historical Society and Main Street Mount Vernon.


Isabela Gould joined the Neighborhood Design Center in Columbus as Executive Director in 2015, drawn by the center’s core mission of “design as a right, not a privilege”. She brings twenty years of diverse professional and academic experience, having taught at the Ohio State University with a focus on empowering communities through design and a strong interest in a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to practice and teaching. A native of Romania, she received her Architect Diploma from the “Ion Mincu Institute of Architecture” in Bucharest, Romania, and a Master of Science in Architecture from the College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.


Dave Greenspan is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. Representative Greenspan has a wealth of experience in local government, serving in different capacities across the country. He served on the inaugural City Council for the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia and helped establish its Fire and Police Departments, develop its first Fund Balance Reserve Policy, and expand the city’s parks program. Most recently, Representative Greenspan served two terms on the Cuyahoga County Council, first elected to the inaugural County Council in 2010. Dave graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. In addition to his dedication to public service, Representative Greenspan has held a variety of roles in the public sector, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Currently, Representative Greenspan is a small business owner and Chief Executive Officer of Green Elk Consulting Services, a consulting company that focuses on emerging/start-up ventures and turn-around business entities.

Nigel Griswold, an innovator in the field of spatial econometrics, studies the effects of distance and proximity on economic activity. Nigel’s urban policy work began in 2004, when he examined the relationship between blight abatement and housing values in Flint, Michigan, at the behest of Congressman Dan Kildee, who was then treasurer of Genesee County. Nigel’s subsequent research culminated in the decision of U.S. Treasury to allow Hardest Hit Fund money to be spent on demolition of blight. As cofounder at Dynamo Metrics, Nigel now focuses on building decision support tools for local government and furthering the use of spatial time series metrics in urban and regional social science research.


Taylor Gruenwald is a member of The Port’s commercial development team – she supports the organization’s neighborhood revitalization initiative in all facets of community-enriching real estate development and redevelopment projects, with a special focus on business districts located in focus neighborhoods throughout Cincinnati.  Taylor also supports the work of the Hamilton County Landbank, managing historic stabilization projects throughout the City to prepare properties for their ultimate disposition and/or redevelopment.  She joined The Port in 2016 after graduating from The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture with a City and Regional Planning degree. Taylor is active in The Village of St. Bernard’s Community Improvement Corporation, has served as a mentor in the ULI Al. Neyer UC Competition, and recently graduated from the Turner School of Construction Management.

Bart Hamilton is a life long resident of Richland County. He has been with the Richland Treasurer's office for 27 years, 13 years as County Treasurer. Bart started the Richland County Land Bank in November 2013 and serves as its Chair.


Amy Hamrick, daughter of a demolition contractor, spent 25 years as a graphic artist, whose job was outsourced to India. She was forced to make a mid-life career change and went to college and obtained an Associate in Applied Business and Paralegal Studies. After working for the City of Mansfield administering the Moving Ohio Forward program, in March 2014, Amy was hired to set up and manage the Richland County Land Bank. In September 2018, she was proud to be elected to the Board of Directors for the Ohio Land Bank Association. The unique combination of understanding of the demolition process as well as being a paralegal has been a benefit to her in the day to day operation of the Land Bank.


Melissa Johnson is an economic development and urban real estate specialist with a 21-year track record of public-sector leadership in improving land assets for redevelopment and the attraction of private investment. She is responsible for defining and executing The Port’s Industrial Revitalization Strategy, a key component of its board-driven Strategic Vision 2022. Under this strategy, The Port is working to acquire and facilitate the redevelopment of 500-acres of urban industrial property that will attract advanced manufacturing operations and create jobs. With a focus on brownfield redevelopment and environmental stewardship of strategic real estate, Melissa works with manufacturing companies and regional economic development partners to ready sites for development including assemblage, demolition, remediation, and site certification.


Nathanael Jonhenry’s practice focuses on legislative counseling, government relations, election law, campaign finance, ethics law, and public and infrastructure finance.

Nathanael has been involved in several major policy issues in the Ohio General Assembly, including economic development, energy, healthcare, environment, tax reform, local government and finance. Nathanael’s government advocacy and legislative counseling includes preparing and drafting legislation, providing analyses of pending legislation, and preparing testimony and policy position papers, as well as monitoring legislative committee hearings and sessions. In addition, Nathanael assists corporate clients in all aspects of campaign finance and election law. He routinely provides regulatory advice to several Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, chemical, retail and aviation industries. Nathanael’s campaign finance and election law counseling includes establishing political action committees, preparing and filing campaign finance reports, and providing specific advice on contributions, expenditures and reporting requirements in various states and for the Federal Election Commission. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs in 2009, Nathanael worked as a legislative aide in the Ohio House for then Representative Tom Patton, where he performed legislative research and policy analysis on economic, education and healthcare issues. In facilitating communication with the news media, he prepared press releases and newsletters. Nathanael also briefly worked in Washington DC for Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and has also been a campaign manager for candidates on the state and local levels. Nathanael is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Lobbying Association.


Kim Kimlin is the Chief Operating Officer for the Cuyahoga Land Bank having previously served as Director of Community Stabilization. She brings twenty-six years of community development experience having previously served as a Program Director for The Trust for Public Land, as Executive Director of Neighborhood Capital Corporation, and as Vice President of Finance for Neighborhood Progress, Inc. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in urban planning from Slippery Rock University.


Jacqui Knettel is Executive Assistant to both the Cuyahoga Land Bank's President and its Chief Operating Officer. Jacqui was instrumental in the creation of many of the systems currently in place at the Cuyahoga Land Bank including office management, Property Profile System, records management system and the tax foreclosure management and tracking systems. Jacqui expertly administers the Cuyahoga Land Bank's HR affairs and Employee Manual for this growing staff. Jacqui schedules and manages the quarterly Board meetings of the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board.


David Mann is the President of the Lucas County Land Bank where he manages a talented staff of 10, an annual budget of $7 million, and property acquisition and disposition of over 1500 parcels of land annually.  He is also an accomplished attorney.  Like you, he hates long and boring bios.



Matt Martin has been the Executive Director of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership since its launch in 2010 and has directed the organizations management of the Trumbull County Land Bank since 2013. Prior to joining TNP, he was a Land Re-utilization Manager for Stockyard Redevelopment Organization, a Cleveland CDC. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Cleveland State and an Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State's Levin College of Urban Affairs. 


Steve McQuillin, founder of Vermillion Institute, is a preservation consultant based in Hayesville, Ohio with more than 40 years of experience in the field of historic preservation. A graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University's Preservation Program, Mr. McQuillin first began working for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and has worked on his own as a consultant for more than 34 years. Among his projects are the rehabilitation of Cleveland's Terminal Tower and adjacent Higbee Building plus numerous projects throughout Cleveland's Warehouse District, years of service as preservation consultant to GE Lighting at Nela Park in East Cleveland, plus work for numerous communities in northern Ohio.


Patty Mills Originally from Camden, New York, Patty graduated from Keuka College in 1999 with a dual major in Accounting and Business Management.  Patty has been practicing in public accounting since 2002, and was the key player in establishing the Client Accounting Services (CAS) Department at Bowers & Company, CPAs, PLLC.  As a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Patty conducts training classes on QuickBooks from introductory to advanced courses. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Patty also serves as Treasurer of Hits for Hope, Inc.

 Marge Misak is the president of Equitable Development Solutions LLC, focusing on technical assistance to start-up and existing Community Land Trusts. Clients include the Central Ohio Community Land Trust (Columbus and Franklin County, OH) and the Oberlin (OH) Community Land Trust. Misak was the founding director of the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust in Cleveland in 2001, which is now part of CHN Housing Partners. She has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of non-profit organizational management and CLT development. Misak is a former board member of the National Community Land Trust Network (now the Grounded Solutions Network) and the CLT Academy Board, a research and technical assistance subsidiary of the CLT Network.


Josh Murnen is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Lucas County Land Bank.  Josh coordinates many of the day-to-day operations of the Land Bank, including the marketing and disposition of residential and commercial properties.  An accomplished attorney, he is involved locally with the Toledo Bar Association, the Advisory Board of the Toledo Design Center, and the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County Steering Committee. He lives with his wife Shelley and their sons Oliver and Owen in Toledo’s Old Orchard neighborhood.


Megan Meyer joined the Port in 2015 as Real Estate Counsel. She is experienced in all aspects of real estate and business transaction law, with a special focus on property tax foreclosure policy. At the Port, Megan’s responsibilities include drafting contracts and agreements to support Port projects and advising on policies around land bank programming, acquisitions, property management, and dispositions. Megan most recently served as associate at Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson Co., L.P.A. in Cincinnati. She was an active member of the firm’s real estate group that represents owners, lenders, investors, developers, and entrepreneurs in all phases of ownership and development. Megan earned her Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame Law School. She graduated with honors from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s in Public Policy and Classics.


Sarah Norman, a graduate of Goucher College (Baltimore) and CWRU Law School, is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and her home state of Indiana.  After nearly a decade as a solo practitioner focused on historic preservation, she went into “recovery” for her litigating habits and spent time nurturing 4 children into their college years.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank hired Sarah in 2013 as its first “Document Support Specialist”—a job that has grown with the times to encompass both document management and public records compliance.  Sarah lives in an empty nest in Hudson, OH with her husband, Forrest, a lonely border collie, and an indifferent cat.


Jay O’Bryant joined The CJR Group in June 2019 with more than five years of government affairs experience. Jay began his career in Washington, D.C. with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) representing the interstate natural gas pipeline industry. Following his work in D.C., Jay returned to Ohio in a consulting role for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He most recently worked for IGS Energy in Dublin, Ohio as their in-house lobbyist. ​

Jay is a native of Perrysburg, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in political science and later received a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs.


Jerry Paffendorf is an American mutt from the forested farmlands of New Jersey who's lived around the country in Portland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Detroit, where he moved in 2009 and started building what's evolved into LOVELAND Technologies. Jerry dropped out of high school, got turned on by Ray Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" while in art school, and earned a Master of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He and the team at Loveland Technologies work with governments, developers, neighborhood groups, and passionate individuals to gather and present information about property in clear, actionable ways.


Ronald Pavlovich, CPA, Director of Finance and Treasurer of the Corporation has been with the Cuyahoga Land Bank since June, 2017. Mr. Pavlovich has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Akron and attained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1991. Mr. Pavlovich had been in the for profit public accounting and private business arena for over 25 years, serving in such functions as CFO, Director of Outsourced CFO Services, and Sr. Manager of Accounting and Auditing Services. He has worked for such companies in the past as Cohen & Company, CBIZ and B-Dry System, Inc. Mr. Pavlovich was also a partner in a commercial and residential property reconstruction and restoration business for 7 years. He also served as Treasurer on the Board of South Street Ministries in Akron, OH for 5 years. Mr. Pavlovich, his wife and his four children live in Copley, Ohio.


Hope Paxson is Vice President of Programs and Housing for the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC)-The Franklin County Land Bank. Hope is responsible for the oversite of COCIC’s property portfolio and administers programs addressing blighted, tax delinquent properties. She has been instrumental in creating programs to support housing stabilization efforts in Franklin County and currently administers a Neighborhood Initiative Program provided by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Hope is currently contributing to the creation of the Central Ohio Community Land Trust; a subsidiary of COCIC.


Jessica Powell joined the Port in 2017 to manage the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (“Landbank”) and its work in neighborhood revitalization. Managed by the Port since 2012, the Landbank is an important tool addressing vacant and abandoned properties. In this role, Jessica works closely with the neighborhood revitalization team and community development corporations so that she can effectively support and lead holistic, program-driven initiatives that restore properties to productive use. She also coordinates the Landbank's work with the City of Cincinnati, other Hamilton County jurisdictions, and community stakeholders to affect management and stewardship of Landbank-owned properties. Jessica brings to the position more than 15 years of legal experience in the areas of housing and neighborhood improvement. She served as a Chief Counsel at the City of Cincinnati’s Law Department, where she focused on improving neighborhood quality of life through affirmative litigation and other strategic advocacy. Before that, she served as Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, LLC. Jessica’s experience includes advocacy related to affordable housing and local and statewide legislative advocacy related to neighborhood blight. Jessica earned her juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and serves on the Hamilton County Foreclosure Policy Group, Vacant Properties Task Force, LISC Local Advisory Committee, City of Cincinnati’s Community Development Advisory Board, FC Community Coalition Board, and Greater Ohio Policy Center Board.


Kerry Reeds, RLA is the director urban design and planning at the Neighborhood Design Center, where he was vice president of the board from 2013 to 2016. For 22 years he worked as a Landscape Architect at MKSK (formerly Myers Schmalenberger), the last 17 as a firm Principal. At MKSK, he led large-scale community-level park and development planning projects which included the Coffman Park Master Plan and subsequent phases of design and construction for the expansion of Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio, as well as planning and design for Promenade Park, and adjacent Promedica Headquarters in downtown Toledo. A native of Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.


Dustin Reilich is the Vice President of Market Development at Renovate America. He has significant financial services operating experience in Municipal and Private Sector financial risk management, insurance, warranty and lending industries. He is currently working on Financing The Home Energy Revolution with Renovate America's HERO Program.  Our HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) program provides turnkey PACE program management designed for municipalities. The program includes a full set of program deliverables that incorporate best practices utilized by other municipalities. This ensures your program builds on the experience of other programs, while at the same time allowing your municipality to modify the program to meet your unique requirements. The HERO program incorporates energy efficiency products (heating systems, cooling systems, lighting, windows, insulation, etc.) as well as renewable energy products (solar PV, solar thermal, etc.).


Robert Ritchey is the executive director of the Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corporation. He received his B.A.in Geography from Youngstown State University in December of 2015 and also received a certificate in GIS.  His 2014 internship with the Columbiana County Development Department led to permanent employment in January of 2015, working on grants on the municipal and county level.  Robert was named executive director of the Columbiana County Land Bank in October of 2017, and now oversees the day-to-day operations of the land bank.  He also works with the Lisbon Historical Society in keeping with his passion for historic preservation and assists the East Liverpool Community Improvement Corporation in acquiring properties for economic development, and creating new opportunities for greenspace and gardening in our target area communities.


Dennis Roberts is an attorney and real estate agent.  As the Director of Programs & Property Management, Roberts heads the real estate development division at the nationally recognized Cuyahoga Land Bank. In that role, Roberts & team have facilitated the renovation and disposition of over 1,500 single family homes throughout Cuyahoga County generating over 14 million in sales over the last 10 years.  In addition, under Roberts’ leadership, the Land Bank has built/sold several homes for the combined value of almost $1.5 million in the greater Cleveland area. Not only is Roberts working to add new housing products to expanding real estate markets, he is also is keenly focused on helping more challenged neighborhoods prosper as well. Through the Land Bank’s committed leadership, the strategic infusion of capital to stimulate development and result-oriented partnerships, the Land Bank is poised to accelerate the real estate related transformation of many of Cuyahoga County’s under resourced communities. Simply put, Roberts uses his unique blend of creative expertise, knowledge of the local real estate market and his thorough understanding of the acquisition, renovation and sale process, to help municipal government, non-profit organizations and citizens solve vexing real estate challenges.


Jim Rokakis is Vice President of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Director of its Thriving Communities Program. He is involved in a number of activities, including the establishment of 54 County Land Banks throughout Ohio and working to raise funds for Ohio communities to deal with distressed properties. Rokakis has raised almost $450 million for the demolition of nearly 30,000 blighted structures in Ohio. Rokakis helped to write HB 294, which streamlined the foreclosure process for abandoned properties. Additionally, Rokakis was the driving force behind a bill that allowed for the creation of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Cuyahoga Land Bank.


Kineta Sanford began at Yellow Springs Home, Inc. in 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. After a year of capacity building, Yellow Springs Home, Inc. was able to hire her as the Outreach and Fundraising Manager. During her time as a VISTA, Kineta worked on fundraising, grant writing, affirmative marketing, and community relationship building. As the Outreach and Fundraising Manager, Kineta is expanding the affirmative fair housing marketing program and build relationships with foundations and other organizations. Kineta currently serves on Village Council and on the Housing Advisory Board in Yellow Springs. Before working in housing, she was a high school English teacher.


Douglas Sawyer is Assistant General Counsel for the Cuyahoga Land Bank. Doug graduated with dual degrees from Cleveland State University by simultaneously earning a Masters of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs and a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


Carrie Scarff is Chief of Planning and Projects at Five Rivers MetroParks, overseeing all planning, capital development, and special projects for the agency. After receiving her degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State, she practiced privately in Columbus and San Diego for ten years. She started with MetroParks in 1997, managing the development of RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. Carrie led the effort to complete key components of the regional bikeway system, MetroParks’ outdoor recreation initiative, and the Dayton Riverfront Master Plan. She is a 2018 recipient of the OC/ASLA Landscape Architecture Award.


Scott Schell is the Administrator of the Erie County Land Bank. Scott joined the Erie County Land Bank shortly after its establishment in November of 2011, and has been the organization’s sole employee to date. Before this role Scott worked in City & County government in both Colorado and Ohio and in retail advertising in the New York, Tri-State market. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in Psychology. In his spare time he enjoys golf, grilling & smoking on his Weber Kettle grills, and having his heart torn out annually by his beloved New York Mets.


Steve Sharpe is Of Counsel for the National Consumer Law Center half-time focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as a Senior Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC. Steve started his career in 2005 at Indiana Legal Services with a Skadden fellowship focused on representing borrowers with predatory loans.  Steve is a contributing author of the National Consumer Law Center’s Mortgage Servicing and Loan Modifications, Home Foreclosures, and Truth in Lending legal treatises.  He is a cohort member of the Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute and a Consumer Fellow with the American Bar Associates Consumer Financial Services Committee. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.


Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in many areas of technology, higher education, and workforce training and development. He serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Two Cultures Journal, the Vice Chairperson of the National Science Foundation Center for UAS Industry Advisory Board, and as a Board Member for the Aviation Trail, a non-profit corporation in partnership with the National Park Service to promote Aviation Heritage in the Dayton region. Named to both Dayton’s top 40 Under 40 in 2014 and top 100 Defense and Aerospace Professionals by the Dayton Business Journal in 2014, 2017, and 2018 Shepherd is an active member of his community and broader aerospace industry.


Tiffany Sokol, HDFP is the Housing Director for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) where she has served in various capacities for the past 7 years. At YNDC, Tiffany leads a team in the development and implementation of all of the organization's housing programming. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. She is an NCHEC-Certified Housing Counselor and National Development Council Housing Development Finance Professional. In addition to revitalization, Tiffany enjoys long walks in Mill Creek Park with her dog Fiona, kayaking, mentoring neighborhood youth, and making renovations to her historic residence in Youngstown.


Anne Delano Steinert has spent three decades as an educator, preservationist, and historian using buildings to connect the past and present as a path to a better future. She believes that buildings can bring communities together through story-telling and placemaking, and works to help communities uncover and celebrate stories embedded in physical space. Steinert is an urban historian and historic preservationist. She holds a Masters degree in historic preservation from Columbia University and a Masters in urban American history from the University of Cincinnati, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. She is the board chair of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine Museum and she recently curated the award winning exhibition, Finding Kenyon Barr: Photographs of Cincinnati's Lost Lower West End. Steinert currently teaches local history courses at the University of Cincinnati and The History of Housing in America at Xavier University.


Robin Darden Thomas is the Land Bank Program Director at Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Program. She served as Interim County Treasurer and as Chief Deputy Treasurer of Cuyahoga County, where she was responsible for the collection of nearly $2 billion of taxes annually and the investment of Cuyahoga County’s $500 million portfolio. She negotiated the first tax lien sale/purchase agreement in Cuyahoga County and was instrumental in establishing a funding mechanism for the county land bank. Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s office, her public service experience included the coordination of property assessments and real estate taxation for the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s office. Robin joined Jim Rokakis at Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute in August 2011 following her retirement from government service.


Dan Tjoelker has 29 years of experience at the Ohio EPA and provides brownfield assistance in the Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) section since 2002. He has worked on numerous redevelopment projects in the former Clean Ohio Fund and the Voluntary Action Program. Dan provides technical assistance to local governments, consultants, and developers regarding brownfield assessment and cleanup. He oversees the divisions US EPA brownfield grant and coordination of the Targeted Brownfield Assistance (TBA) program. He is involved in guidance, policy, and training development and issue resolution when multiple Ohio EPA programs are involved. He holds degrees in Geology (B.S.) from Calvin College and Hydrogeology (M.S.) from Wright State University.


Peter Truog   After working in management consulting, Peter moved to Northeast Ohio to work in community and economic development, and later launched The Opportunity Exchange. He has contributed to the US Impact Investing Alliance's OZ Impact Reporting Framework, co-authored a paper on green energy in Opportunity Zones, and written for the Brookings institution.


Curtiss Williams is currently serving as President/CEO of COCIC, The Land Reutilization Corporation of Franklin County (The Franklin County Land Bank). For the past five years Curtiss served as COCIC’s Vice President. Curtiss is a highly respected economic development/development practitioner with over thirty years of experience. His professional work history in the private, public and quasi-public sectors has given him insights into the many issues facing communities and development organizations as they consider their planning, development and economic development agendas. He has served on the Board of Directors of national, statewide, regional and local organizations. He has a BA from Ohio State University and has completed the curriculum for a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from OSU. He has received his certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council.


Kristen Zeiber is a Project Manager at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, where she contributes to neighborhood planning, research & mapping efforts across Northeast Ohio. She holds degrees in architecture & urban design.

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Western Reserve Land Conservancy works to transform some of the areas hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis by revitalizing and restoring safe, green, vibrant communities. These efforts include our work to support county land banks. Learn more by visiting our website.