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Shiloh Todorov is a Nebraska native and moved to Columbus in 2008. She is a 15-year veteran of television and web journalism and spent three years as marketing manager for The Wellington School in Columbus.
During her journalism career, she was an on-air reporter and anchor in Omaha, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. While in the nation’s capital, she served as White House producer for CONUS television and covered the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. After CONUS, she worked as a story producer for Bloomberg Television, the 24-hour, international financial news network.
After Washington, Shiloh returned to Omaha, where she served as managing editor for KETV.com, the digital arm of Omaha’s ABC affiliate. There, she won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award and was involved — along with a group of young Omaha professionals — in the creation of a unique, user-driven events site for the Omaha area.
Shiloh is passionate about localism, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and livable urban communities. She is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for South Side Learning & Development Center and a Leadership Columbus Class of 2014 member. Shiloh and her husband, Dimiter, love travel, especially when they can combine it with motorcycling and scuba diving. They have two dachshunds, Louis and Dimo.
Sarah Marsom is an emerging preservation professional, new to Ohio. Following her December, 2013, graduation from Eastern Michigan University with a M.S. in Historic Preservation, she commenced working as German Village Society’s Historic Preservation Advocate.
As German Village’s Historic Preservation Advocate, she is the lead on preservation, commission matters, and group tours – all ways German Village Society educates and advocates about and for the neighborhood. Marsom began her career in cultural resources while pursuing a B.S. at Northern Arizona University in Parks and Recreation Management and interning at historic sites, such as Riordan Mansion State Historic Park(Arizona) and Old Salem Museum and Gardens(North Carolina).
While pursuing her Master’s Degree, she had the opportunity to intern at the Henry Ford Estate, help create a cultural landscape report for the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, and work for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Sarah Marsom is enthusiastic about moving to Ohio and becoming involved in the preservation, museum, and non-profit communities.
Originally from Cincinnati, Mark Weiss graduated from The Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business with a degree in Marketing. He spent three years in New York City where he worked on the network and agency side of broadcast media.
While working as a digital project manager for the NBC News initiative Education Nation, he was directly responsible for leading the social media efforts for a series of live television events hosted by the New York Public Library. His broadcast background includes production credits with msnbc’s Morning Joe and Destination America.
In addition, Mark also has a solid foundation in event production and planning through his experience with NBC Affiliate Marketing, the Wall Street non-profit Girls Inc., and sporting events such as the U.S. Open and Major League Baseball’s All-Star FanFest.
He currently serves as a Board Member for the Columbus chapter of the American Advertising Federation, including the Membership Committee and Programs Committee.
McKenzie comes to us from Edmonds, Washington. She brings internship and professional experience in government and foundations grant writing, corporate partnerships, individual giving, policy and advocacy work. After winning two State Championships in high school volleyball, she attended both Kenyon College and Capital University graduating from Capital University in May 2016 with a degree in Political Science and concentration in Pre-Law. While in college, she worked for New Growth Group, a grant writing firm in Cleveland, and also served the King County Prosecutor’s Office in the Domestic Violence Unit. After spending time in Washington, D.C., supporting both the Foundations and Corporate Partnerships teams for the National Parks Conservation Association, she decided to settle down in Columbus, specifically German Village. McKenzie is passionate about the German Village experience and joined our team in May 2016. Stop by any time to talk with her about skiing, surfing, hiking, Seattle, or German Village!
I’ve spent all of my 22 years right here in Columbus, and experiencing the growth of our city has played a major role in directing me towards a bachelor’s degree in City & Regional Planning. August will mark the beginning of my fourth year at The Ohio State University. Along with a City & Regional Planning degree, I am also pursuing a separate one in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS).
Working for the German Village Society this summer is something I am greatly looking forward to. This area is one of the most exciting in all of Columbus, and I personally enjoy it often. I regularly play blues at the Hey Hey Bar & Grill, visit the Book Loft any chance I get, and of course have tried (and failed) the Thurmantor Challenge. But I’ll be back to conquer that someday.
German Village is a great neighborhood to incorporate both sides of my education into the projects I help with. The historic buildings and homes were constructed in a way that is largely sustainable and the preservation of those features is important to me. I have a background in construction and sustainable building materials, and I’m excited to apply this as well as learn more during my time here. Another related passion of mine is including green space in urban settings. Planting the appropriate plants, gardens, or trees practically anywhere possible has many environmental benefits, but also makes the area even more visually appealing.
I anticipate the next few months being wonderful, working and learning right here in one of my favorite parts of my favorite city.
John and his wife Robin moved to German Village in 2001 from Northwest Columbus and have never looked back. They are active volunteers for the Haus und Garten Tour every year and have co-hosted PreTour dinners and love driving the golf carts on Tour day. Other volunteer activities include the Art Crawl, Village Lights and Monster Bash.
John is a CPA and has over 35 years of experience in both public accounting as well as private industry and is currently a principal at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett, a large regional public accounting firm. John’s professional experience brings added financial expertise to the Board. He is proud to call German Village home and being a part of helping to keep the Society vibrant, which will benefit the community, its residents and members as well as to the many visitors.
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.
Kelly Clark’s background is in restaurant management and account management and is used to putting other people first and working through unique and, at times, difficult situations. He brings an extreme amount of love, adoration and admiration of German Village to the board.
In addition to serving on the German Village Society Board of Trustees, Kelly and his wife, Sarah Irvin Clark, chaired the 2008 German Village Haus und Garten Tour. Clark is also involved in Frank Fetch Park, Friends of Schiller Park, and the Haus und Garten tour every year. He also can be seen bowling every Sunday night.
The 2015 Frank Fetch Award winner returns to the board in the one-year, non-voting seat.
Darci served on the Society’s board for six years as a member of the finance and historic preservation committees, and volunteered for everything from welcoming guests at the Visitors Center to hosting member receptions, as well as 10 Haus und Garten pre-tour dinners.
In 2010, she became president of the German Village Society board. The following year, in order to pump up the Village treasury, Darci created Tea 43206, a garden party gala benefit held at the German Village Guesthouse, owned by Darci and her husband, John Pribble.
Darci is managing director of GBQ Partners.
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.
Heidi Drake has lived in the Village more than 20 years, and volunteered for GVS as a Stewart School tutor, Visitors Center ambassador, Go Green, and Membership Committees as well as volunteering for Haus and Garten tours Heid Drakeeach year. She and her husband Larry had their garden on the 2006 Tour. She helps in the office at the Meeting Haus twice a week with anything that needs to be filed, mailed or organized.
Heidi is a member of the German Village Garten Club and volunteers regularly for Village Connections. She also volunteers outside the Village as a member of the Harmony Project and for her church.
Before retiring the first time, Heidi worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a vice president. She retired a second time after working as the Volunteer Director at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Both jobs helped Heidi understand the challenges that nonprofit organizations face, and she looks forward to helping to implement the strategic plan.
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.
Brittany Gibson is a writer and German Village resident who loves helping to improve and advocate for the neighborhood. She first joined the board in 2013 and has since served as the Monster Bash and Haus Und Garten Tour event liason to the board, the 2015 and 2016 HGT program editor and the Long-Range Planning Committee liaison to the board. Before that, Brittany co-chaired the 2012 and 2013 Monster Bash Halloween parties. She also volunteers as a weekend greeter in the Visitor’s Center, welcoming travelers and neighbors alike and sharing her favorite places to visit (which include Frank Fetch Park, Kittie’s Cakes, Helen Winnemore Craft and Club 185, to name just a few). When she’s not out and about with her husband, Joe, 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 Lane Bryant as a senior copywriter in the marketing department, writing everything from store signage to social media. Before that, Brittany worked in a similar role at Victoria’s Secret and as a reporter for Columbus Alive. She graduated from Ohio University in 2007, and the brick buildings and streets of OU’s Athens campus was definitely part of German Village’s initial allure for Brittany. She still supports the student newspaper there as past president and board member of The Post Alumni Society.
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 look was on Tour for the 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 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.”
Marie Logothetis has called German Village home since 1998 when she relocated to Columbus from Toronto, Canada. Its unique charm as a neighborhood leading historic preservation example that is also simultaneously evolving as a thriving urban community are the things that she most cherishes about German Village.
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 PreTour dinners. She has also been involved as a volunteer for Haus und Garten and Art Crawl.
A trained 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 heavy 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.
From serving on the Communications Task Force to Long-Range Planning Commitee to hosting Monster Bash stops, Josh has thrown himself in all things German Village. An Engagement Manager for SumTotal Systems by profession, Miller carries this skill set over to his community involvement, constantly looking for ways to improve events and projects for the community. Josh also serves as a Board Member of the Columbus Film Council as well as a Coordinating Committee for the Columbus Arts Festival.
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 serving on the ODC Commitee - Oranizational Development Committee.
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.
Susan will be moving to her new home on Beck street in the near future with her Standard Apricot Poodle Barton. With any given moment of free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining.
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