An Ohio native, Delilah Lopez moved to Columbus in 2003 from Toledo. She has a 17-year career with various health and human service and environmental organizations focusing on promoting their initiatives, commitment to diversity and inclusion, public policy agendas, increasing community and volunteer engagement and driving revenue generating efforts. Delilah has raised nearly $60 million through diverse fundraising efforts, influenced marketing and communication brand standards for a leading global brand, has published two research reports focused on challenges and opportunities facing Central Ohio children and is, arguably, most comfortable when public speaking. Not only has she been listed in several editions of Who’s Who Latino Columbus, Delilah was on the cover of and featured as a “Game Changer” in the 6th Edition.
When not working or volunteering in the community, Delilah loves to travel, watch sports, spend time with her cat, Charlie, and spends the warmer months on the fresh water quarry at her home in Northwest Columbus swimming and kayaking.
Dustin grew up in the beautiful hills of Hocking County. After his college years in North Carolina he embarked on a career as a retail buyer, first in furniture and home goods then in fashion apparel and accessories. Next, Dustin answered a call to service by joining AmeriCorps, developing after-school programs for at-risk urban youth, providing outreach and education on a variety of anti-poverty initiatives and finally mentoring and developing new AmeriCorps members. This led him to spend ten years at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks where he developed and directed one of the largest state-based national service programs in the nation. Nationally recognized as a leader in volunteerism and service, he served on several state and national boards and committees and gained valuable public policy and advocacy experience. Also a successful fundraiser and effective communicator, Dustin went on to lead Community Kitchen, Inc., updating and expanding meal programs directly serving hungry community members and incorporating new opportunities for education and advancement of its guests. Dustin is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and the American Express Leadership Academy with experience in strategic planning and communication. Most recently he directed The Pearl Market through a period of transition and growth. Dustin and his spouse Jason enjoy gardening, travelling and just having fun with their three small boys, rescue cat and dogs.
Andrew is a passionate advocate for Columbus and its history. His father's family comes from German immigrants who settled in Hilliard in the early 1800s where they were founding members of St. James Lutheran Church. His mother's great-grandfather was Clarence Richards, an architect and founder of Richards, McCarty, and Bulford, and the third president of Columbus' AIA Chapter.
Andrew graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in City & Regional Planning. He has worked in the private sector in architecture, development, and urban planning, and participated in planning processes with the City of Columbus, MORPC, COTA, Neighborhood Design Center, Franklinton Development Association/FUEL, and many other community organizations.
Active in the community, Andrew has helped start a number of non-profits and community efforts including Forge Columbus, Independents' Day Festival, Kiva Columbus, and WAV: We Amplify Voices, where he currently serves as the board chair.
A lifelong musician and professional music producer, Andrew still works with bands and musicians in the studio, and he shares a home with his fiancee and their two cats.
By nature, Sal is a researcher, a learner, and a practitioner. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio. However, he has been fortunate enough to have had extended stays (2 or more months) in multiple cities across the US. While these experiences help shape his lens, perhaps none are more important than his time in undergrad.
While in undergrad, Sal held internships that, directly and indirectly, put him in contact with disenfranchised communities. It was through these experiences that led Sal to conduct his senior research on the lack of response by the American Catholic Church during the civil rights movement and high school graduation rates in dense metropolitan areas.
Professionally, Sal has previously done Social Media Marketing in the nonprofit space. He has been successful in creating and implementing both paid and organic growth and engagement strategies. Outside of social media marketing, Sal is actively plugged into the esports marketing community, and he consults on small business projects. Socially, Sal is a co-founder of a grassroots organization that creates a safe space for millennial people of color in a religious setting.
Darci has lived in German Village since 1993 and has been actively involved with the German Village Society for the last fifteen years. She and her husband, John Pribble, got involved with the German Village Business Community group when they opened their bed & breakfast, the German Village Guest House, in 2005. The German Village Guest House is home to the event that Darci and John created. TEA 43206 raises money for the Fund for Historic Preservation, also established by Darci and John, which provides funding for historic preservation programs and projects. Since established, the Fund for Historic Preservation has launched The Brickline, an interpretive trail of historic story-telling signs, as well as an historic house plaque program.
As a previous GVS board member, Darci found the work to be deeply satisfying and has returned for another term. She is committed to bringing whatever skills and knowledge she can provide to assist the GVS and the neighborhood in continuing the course to thrive for the next 60 years. This would be in addition to her previous service including: serving on the Haus und Garten committee since 2010, hosting 14 PreTour dinners, and service on various other GVS committees and events. During Darci’s pervious term on German Village Society’s Board, she served as Treasurer, Vice President and President.
Darci is primarily interested in bringing her skills and experience in the area of member, stakeholder and community engagement to the GVS this time around. She believes her knowledge of the organization’s history and operations, along with her relationships with a variety of members and stakeholders, can be useful as the GVS charts its path forward at this time in its history.
Bill has lived in German Village since 1990 and has been embedded in the neighborhood since. He has served the German Village Society in various capacities including Haus und Garten Tour and PreTour, Oktoberfest, Civic Relations, Historic Preservation Committee, Organizational Development Committee, Board of Trustees President and Secretary (where he is once again serving). Bill is also a regular weekend volunteer in the Meeting Haus Visitor’s Center.
Greg Gamier co-chaired the German Village Business Community for two years and continues to lead Art Crawl and Village Lights with his husband and business partner, Jeff Lowe. They own Village Pet Supply. In addition to GVBC, Greg has helped organize the Pet Parade for the past 12 years and volunteered for the Haus und Garten Tour for years. He has also been involved with the Village Singers for over 10 years either as a singer or working behind the scenes. Greg views his primary role on the Board to serve as facilitator between residents and business owners in the historic district, both of whom contribute so much to the fabric and desirability of the neighborhood.
Michael Horning and his husband Scott Rambo returned to German Village in August 2015. Since returning to German Village Michael has served on the Board of Friends of Schiller Park, co-hosted Kindered Spirits a fundraiser for the Friends of Schiller Park, has had his gardens on tour for the German Village Garten Club Tour by Candlelight, co-hosted several Monster Bash stops and volunteered on other committees. Michael works at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as a Real Estate Client Manager. Michael looks forward to engaging with his fellow German Village residents and continuing to support our Mission as Caretakers of a Legacy.
Chris Hune returned to the Board in 2019 diving in to serve as Vice President, chair Development committee and the 2020 Haus und Garten Committee. Chris is no stranger to the Haus und Garten Tour, having chaired the event in the past and served on the committee for several years. She was also the co-chair of 1st annual Monster Bash and has since served as a stop for the event throughout the years. Other committees Chris has lent her time and talents to include Civic Relations and Historic Preservation. Chris can be found supporting most German Village Society and German Village partner organization events as a guest or volunteer. She is also very active in the central Ohio community volunteering and serving on other nonprofit boards.
Nelson joined the Board in October 2018, after serving as Chair of the Civic Relations Committee since 2011. Civic Relations is responsible for dealing with government agencies, and Nelson and staff worked on the plan for extensive capital improvements to S. Third St, running from Livingston to Reinhard. Civic Relations also planned the use of over $1 million in funds allocated by the City from its Urban Infrastructure Renewal Fund, which were used to fix brick streets. While the Third St. project did not get funded by the City of Columbus, Nelson hopes it will come back to life some day and he can use his planning experience to move it forward.
Nelson is a lawyer and practices at the Strip Hoppers firm, located across the street from the Meeting Haus. He has lived in the Village since 2007, after raising 3 kids in Bexley. He and his wife Carole, a Curator at the Columbus Museum of Art, and a large red Goldendoodle named Oliver live near Schiller Park and enjoy walks there and in all the Metro Parks. Nelson tries to play golf, although badly and the family enjoys skiing in Colorado, where their children and grandchildren live. Carole serves on the Arts Committee of the German Village Society, and their home on E Whittier has been on the tour two times.
Nelson will try to bring his problem solving skills and experience from other volunteer boards (Columbus Bar Association, where he was President in 2007-08, and the Jewish Community Center where he chairs the Aquatics Committee) to look at local issues.
Marie Logothetis has called German Village home since 1998 when she relocated to Columbus from Toronto. Among the things she most cherishes about living here are the neighborhood’s deep commitment to historic preservation and its ongoing evolution as a thriving urban community.
Marie and her husband, Dan Kline, were the Chairs of the 2014 and 2015 Haus und Garten Tours. They have also had their former home on Tour in 2011 and have hosted numerous PreTour dinners. She currently serves on the 2018 and 2019 German Village Haus und Garten Host Committee as well as the Brick Sidewalk Improvement and Visitor Center Task Forces.
A geophysicist, Marie is the vice president of operations for K. Petroleum Inc. in Gahanna. In that capacity she oversees the operations of the company’s oil and gas holdings in Appalachia as well as shaping the company’s future through her involvement in ongoing acquisitions, exploration and development.
She is proud to serve on the Board of Trustees and play her part in the continued and future development and success of this very special community.
Kurt Miller grew up in a small town in northwestern Ohio and moved to Cincinnati in 2007 to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati. While attending UC, Kurt completed numerous co-ops and was able to live and work in cities with deep architectural, historic preservationist, and social institutional roots such as Savannah, New York City, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Columbus. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and then again in 2014 with a Masters of Architecture. He moved Columbus in April 2014 and has been working as a licensed architect with the architectural firm, Meyers + Associates Architecture.
Kurt joined the German Village Society September 2014 and has been participating primarily in the Long Range Planning committee while also being plugged into the Historic Preservation committee. He has volunteered with the Haus and Garden Tour, the Brick Sidewalk Replacement Program, and various LRP events. He is interested the intersection of architecture and the nuances of place and character with the evolution of development and community enhancement, that ultimately build upon existing traditions, relationships, and experiences.
Kurt is also involved with the American Institute of Architects and acts as a designer, builder, and volunteer for the Independents' Day Arts and Music Festival. In his free time, Kurt enjoys sketching, photography, bicycling, and exploring the beguiling nooks and crannies of both cities and nature alike.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Tim moved with with his family to German Village in 1978 and never left.
Tim received a degree in journalism and a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University while working at his family's business. In the early 90's he took over as president and worked there until 2017 when his family sold the company and he took an unexpectedly early retirement. Tim is married to Giancarlo Miranda and they have a dog, Bruno. Tim is also a docent at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.
Because Tim has lived in the neighborhood for most of his life, his involvement with the German Village Society has ranged from a previous five-year stint on the Board of Trustees to involvement in many events and committees. Tim has chaired the Haus und Garten Tour, Pre-Tour, Village Valuables and was previously on the Organizational Development Committee among others. You can find Tim Monday mornings volunteering in the Visitors' Center at the Meeting Haus.
Jim Penikas first came to Columbus as an OSU student in 2005 and has lived in German Village for more than 7 years. He began volunteering at the Haus und Garten tour, Meeting Haus Tailgate series events and a Sidewalk Repair, Bricks 102 Workshop. This led to him joining the Long Range Planning Committee and Monster Bash Planning Committee. Jim currently serves on the Organizational Development Committee, the Vision Task Force and as co-chair for German Village’s annual Monster Bash along with his wife, Sarah.
Jim is a process engineer in the chemical industry where he works on continuous improvement efforts. He takes that same approach with his community involvement, always looking for ways to increase the charm of German Village to both residents and visitors for many years to come.
After growing up in Columbus, Eric lived in various parts of the country but came back to make a home for his family in Columbus; specifically in German Village. He and his wife, Megan, wasted no time getting involved in Haus und Garten Tour and PreTour. Immediately upon joining the German Village Society Board of Trustees, Eric signed on as Chair of both the Civic Relations and Membership committees. He is passionate about upholding the many decades of historic preservation our neighborhood boasts and wants to ensure it continues to flourish for many more decades.
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