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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robin and her partner Mary Wilson have been members of the German Village Society for the past three years. They enjoy both the walkability and historic nature of German Village. They share their home with an English Retriever named Bentley and 2 cats, Sam (laid back domestic) and Luna (crazy Siamese). Robin is the owner and senior partner of the law firm Williams & Strohm, LLC, and has been practicing community association law since 2004. Ms. Strohm graduated from Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). Robin enjoys college football, animals of all types, walks with Bentley and Mary, gardening, and when time allows, traveling.
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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