Meet the Board

Tim Bibler

Tim Bibler

As chair of the streetscape committee, it has been exciting for Tim to play a role in using the Third Street corridor study and developing it into a workable master plan for Third Street.  The process included seeking out and coordinating input from public meetings, the German Village Commission and the Society’s Board of Trustees. He believes that community input is a vital component of any important decision affecting the neighborhood.  This input and the resulting enthusiasm has helped create a strong Third Street plan and laid the groundwork for the next critical step: securing city funding, grants and donations.

Tim has lived in German Village since 1998 and loves being able to walk to so many places. In addition to his work with the streetscape committee, he is an active member of the civic relations committee and has been an enthusiastic Haus und Garten Tour volunteer for 13 years.

Tim has an MBA specializing in organizational effectiveness, leadership and management of resources and has worked as a labor relations consultant for more than 23 years.

He is very excited to use these work experiences and leadership skills, along with the other trustees, to preserve and advance the historic character of German Village.

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Dennis Brandon

Dennis has been a member of German Village Society since 1990 and served as development committee chair since 2012 — in addition to participating in the streetscape committee and as a Haus und Garten Tour volunteer.

As a trustee, he brings to the table a graduate degree from Ohio State University in city and regional planning, 30 years’ experience locally and globally in planning and designing communities, campuses and facilities, and frequent work with senior leadership and boards. Dennis was appointed and then elected as a member of the Clintonville Area Commission. He has an appreciation for the qualities that make for sustainable communities, both physically and socially. The above gives him insights and life experiences that he credits with making him patient, inclusive and diplomatic.


Bill Case 

Bill is a retired attorney who practiced law with the Thompson Hine law firm in Columbus for more than 30 years. A native of Hudson, Ohio (also a historic community), he attended Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Akron, receiving his bachelor’s degree from the latter institution. After receiving his law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law, he practiced in Akron before moving to Upper Arlington in 1977. During his career, Bill litigated employment discrimination suits and defended electric utilities on liability claims. Bill still keeps his hand in the law, serving as a volunteer mediator with the United States District Court as well as an arbitrator on fee disputes that come before the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations.

Bill moved to German Village in 1997 intending to  merely ”camp out” for a year or two, but the neighborhood’s pull was too strong to resist!  Prior to joining the society’s board, Bill and his wife Lisa (a  German Village Commission member) were active with the  Historic Preservation committee, House und Garten Tour, Huntington Garden fundraising, GV farm and SPOT efforts.

During his time in Columbus, Bill served terms as chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association litigation section, a trustee of OPERAColumbus and a member of the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church. He also headed up his law firm’s pro bono activities in Columbus for several years. Bill enjoys competitive golf, basketball, biking and traveling. He and Lisa try to take UK golf trips every summer. They also have fun watching their Corgi dog, Angus, frolic at the new dog park at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Bill has a daughter, Hadley, who is married and living in Miami Beach, employed as Miami editor for 944 Magazine.  Bill looks forward to working with all of the people and organizations that make German Village such a special place.


Nick Cavalaris 

Nick was raised in Columbus and has been a resident of German Village for more than 10 years.  Nick is a Director at Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter.  He’s a former treasurer of the Society, chairman of the finance committee and a member of the executive committee.  He is committed to devoting the time and energy needed to foster community spirit and draw on the generosity of our neighbors to help perpetuate the many benefits German Village provides to its residents and visitors. 


Sarah Irvin Clark 

pic_sarahirvinclarkSarah owns Irvin Public Relations — a PR agency that focuses on event publicity with a touch of corporate, arts and association clients in the mix. In her capacity as the media director for several beloved Central Ohio events, including Red, White & BOOM!, the Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon and Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, she has developed the media campaigns that have powered the success of each of these events. Additionally, Sarah is the publicist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice for Feld Entertainment in five markets throughout Ohio.

In addition to serving on the German Village Society Board of Trustees, Sarah and her husband, Kelly Clark, chaired the 2008 German Village Haus und Garten Tour. She also tutors at Stewart Elementary School and is a founding board member of See Kids Dream, a service learning program that empowers elementary school children across Columbus to be empowered citizens, and a past board member of Dine Originals Columbus.


Darci Congrove 

pic_darci_congroveDarci has lived in German Village since 1993, working her way up from renting half of a double with on-street parking to a small house with a parking space — and, finally, a larger house with a garage.  She and her husband, John Pribble, currently reside at 756 Jaeger Street with their dog, Cookie.  Darci loves to garden, cook and entertain, and is known for making all of the food at her Haus und Garten pre-tour dinners.

Darci and John opened the German Village Guest House, an upscale bed and breakfast, in 2005. The Guest House operates in two properties, 748 Jaeger Street and 177 Whittier Street, and was awarded the Fred & Howard Ambassadorship Award by the German Village Society in 2008 in recognition of the positive national press that the business has garnered for the German Village historic district.

In 2010, Darci became the managing director of GBQ Partners, Columbus’ largest local public accounting firm of approximately 120 associates.  She is a CPA and has worked as a tax professional for 17 years, advising middle-market businesses and their owners on tax and financial matters.

Darci sits on the board of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and is a long-standing member of the advisory board of the Conway Center for Family Business, an educational organization.  Darci is a charter member of the United Way of Central Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Council and has been a United Way Young Leadership Group member for more than 10 years.  She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Columbus, was recognized on the Business First 40 Under 40 list in 2002 and was named as one of 12 “Women You Should Know” in 2010 by WELD (Women for Economic Leadership & Development).


Bill Curlis

Since moving to the Village in 1990, Bill has served as a volunteer, committee member and trustee and has enjoyed a tremendous sense of reward from selling Haus und Garten Tour tickets, recruiting volunteers, hosting pre-tour dinners and mulching trees in Schiller Park. His leadership roles have included president of the board and chairman of Oktoberfest and the civic relations committee, and he’s managed to avoid being a Huntington Garden Deadheader (and hopes to keep it that way). He believes the society is responsible for creating a community spirit, maintaining property values and lobbying for our fair share of city resources. German Village’s partnership with the Columbus Police, the Recreation and Parks Department, the German Village business community, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital will shape the future of our neighborhood, and Bill would like to continue to foster those relationships by serving on the board.


Brittany Gibson

Brittany Gibson is a writer and German Village resident eager to help improve and advocate for the neighborhood. Before joining the board, Brittany co-chaired the 2012 and 2013 Monster Bash Halloween parties, Brittanya society fundraising event she continues to be involved with. She also volunteered for several years as a weekend greeter in the Visitor’s Center, welcoming travelers and neighbors alike and sharing her favorite places to visit (which include Pistachia Vera, Old Mohawk, Helen Winnemore Craft and Club 185, to name just a couple). When she’s not out and about with her husband, Joey, in the village, she’s often spotted walking the brick sidewalks with her bright-white lab mix, Nilla. Please stop and say hello!

Brittany works at Victoria’s Secret as a senior copywriter in the marketing department, writing everything from campaign messages, store signage and emails to product names. It’s a fast-moving world she loves being challenged by. Before that, Brittany’s first job after graduating from Ohio University was as a reporter at Columbus Alive (for which she still writes wine reviews). The brick buildings and streets of OU’s Athens campus was definitely part of German Village’s initial allure for Brittany, and she still supports the student newspaper there as past president and board member of The Post Alumni Society.


Chris Hune 

Chris is the major accounts manager at Team Fishel, a national network installation and utility construction specialists.  Team Fishel provides physical network connectivity for major corporations as well as small independent organizations.  Team Fishel also provides long-haul connectivity for major telecommunication and utility carriers by installing literally millions of miles of fiber optics and copper to connect communities around the United States.

She’s been a member of the German Village community since 1993 and active in a variety of committees, including historic preservation, parks and public spaces, German Village Garten Club, German Village “Share the Flavor” cookbook committee and most recently as chair of the 2011 German Village Haus und Garten Tour. Chris also serves on the Women’s Board of the Franklin Park Conservatory and previously on the Women’s Board of the Columbus Museum of Art and is a past trustee of the Junior League of Columbus and Leaderspark.

She has a BA from Otterbein College (now University) in business and organizational communication.

 Joe Kurzer

Joe Kurzer, a resident of German Village for the last 15 years, is passionate not only about the neighborhood but safeguarding the long-term viability of the village as a destination for all that live and visit Columbus.

Joe has served on volunteer committees for Haus und Garten Tour, Frank Fetch Park and poured beer for hundreds of thirsty Oktoberfest attendees over the years.

Having gone through a total house renovation on Sycamore Street when first moving to the village, Joe has worked closely with the Preservation Committee. Now, with his second home on Third Street, Joe and his boyfriend, Stephen Dierna, look forward to being on tour for this year’s 2014 Haus und Garten Tour.

Joe is a Dayton native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design/Architecture/Art & Planning. Prior to moving to Columbus, Joe lived in Los Angeles and 10 years in Hong Kong, where he was director of creative services for STAR TV, the Asia-based sister network to FOX.

Joe is employed by L Brands and leads the associate engagement and incentives team for Victoria’s Secret Stores. Prior to his role with VS, he was executive producer for Mills James and worked with numerous non-profit organizations on the staging of their annual fundraising events. Joe co-leads L Brands’ GLBT diversity outreach group, Evolve, coordinates VS field participants from across the U.S. for Pelotonia, is an annual Pelotonia rider who accomplished 180 miles last year, and serves on the Donor Council for the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Jeanne Likins 

pic_jeanne_likinsJeanne was born in Atlanta, Georgia, raised in Massachusetts, attended high school in Nashville and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College cum laude.  After this, she was a Rotary International Fellow, spending a year at the University of Western Australia and serving as an ambassador of good will to the Australian people.

When she returned to the States, she went to Washington, D.C., where she obtained her MA and PhD from The George Washington University and The American University, respectfully.  She has lived in German Village longer than anywhere else and truly considers this home.

She moved to Columbus in 1984.  She was enthralled with German Village from her first look, and she decided that Columbus could be a fine place to live if German Village would be her address.  She has been happy to live here ever since.

Jeanne’s first career was in higher education student affairs, and she served her national professional organization, the American College Personnel Association, in numerous positions, including as its vice president.  She has authored dozens of articles and a book in her original career.

She currently works in a variety of settings, including as a dispute resolution mediator, and she operates a medical education and consulting company with her husband.  She also manages financial affairs and human resources in their medical practice.

A life-long volunteer and community organizer, Jeanne serves in many roles.  In German Village, she became involved as soon as she settled in.  She served the German Village Foundation as a trustee and as its president; she was one of two organizers of First National Symposium of Historic Communities and has chaired numerous committees of the German Village Society, including parks and public spaces, the enhancement committee, the new business model task force and, currently, the membership committee.

In 2004, she was honored to join the ranks of villagers who have been honored with the Frank Fetch Award for service to the GVS. In 2005, she was elected as a trustee of the German Village Society, and in 2010 began service as its secretary. Jeanne is enriched by her friendships and collaborations in German Village.  She believes deeply in the mission of the GVS, values her responsibility as a steward of its heritage, gladly gives her time “for the good of the neighborhood” and seeks to serve, with her fellow GVS members, as a “caretaker of a legacy.”


Jeff McNealey 

Based on Jeff’s experience volunteering for German Village for more than 30 years, the Board must include persons with a history and experience in German Village and greater Columbus matters. This is particularly true since the recent constitutional reduction of board members from 17 to 12, eliminating the appointed representatives of law, architecture, accounting and “greater than 10-year” residencies. Narrowing the board to a smaller number puts more demands on individual board members to actively represent the society in the greater community. Persons with experience and connections to accomplish results for German Village are needed for balance. As for issues going forward, he sees the following challenges: strengthening the neighborhood’s ties to the downtown community; building a stronger, community-based volunteer network as was the case with Oktoberfest; assuring fiscal integrity and transparency; developing historic neighborhood collaborations on “aging in place”; developing alternative educational opportunities for young families; and fostering a good, collegial time by all as we celebrate the stewardship of our legacy. Jeff has the qualifications to move the village toward these goals in a well-coordinated, fiscally sound, transparent manner.


Susan Sutherland

Susan Sutherland

As an active Realtor on The “4ForU” Team with Street Sotheby’s International Realty, Susan meets and welcomes perspective German Village residents every day. Her focus has been to share the benefits of living in German Village and participating in the German Village Society. With extensive knowledge about German Village, neighboring communities and urban living in Columbus, Susan believes she has much to offer the German Village Society and its Board of Trustees.

She has lived in German Village since the late 1980s and has volunteered for events such as hosting a stop on the Haus und Garten Tour, in addition to numerous pre-tour dinners. Serving on the membership committee and as a neighborhood representative, Susan is actively engaged in reaching out to potential German Village Society members. She also enjoys being an alternate volunteer at the Visitor’s Center, welcoming visitors from around the world.

Susan’s depth of years of experience in retail buying for Federated Dept. Stores, Madison’s of Columbus, The Longaberger Company and Tween Brands as well as in sales & corporate marketing at Dominion Homes has provided essential business strategies. Her past retail and current real estate professions provide the skills needed to handle numerous tasks while succeeding in getting the job done. Susan is committed to fulfilling the responsibilities of a member of the German Village Board of Trustees.

She resides on Mohawk Street and share her home with an apricot Standard Poodle named Barton. With any given moment of free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining.


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