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.
Nancy Kotting holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and has been active in both rural and urban preservation initiatives for over 22 years. Formerly a resident of Detroit and Leland, Michigan, Ms. Kotting has interfaced with non-‐profits, local preservation groups, statewide organizations, SHPO’s and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a founding board member and preservation counsel for a National Register listed farmstead in Northern Michigan for over a decade. This past year, she advocated effectively in blocking proposed legislation that threatened Historic Districts throughout her home state. Ms. Kotting has personally restored several residential properties in Michigan and Florida and has supervised the successful relocation and adaptive reuse of several barns. A lifelong equestrian and dog lover, Ms. Kotting spends her off hours training and competing in the art of Dressage and attempting to train her wily Jack Russell ‘Kali’.
Chelsey Craig is a proud Columbus native with a passion for fostering community growth and involvement. She is a graduate of the Ohio University with dual degrees in Environmental Geography and Communication Studies. At Ohio University Chelsey played lacrosse and she continues her love of the sport by serving as the head coach for the Westerville Middle School Lacrosse team. She enjoys traveling, live music and painting. An animal lover, Chelsey has a dog, Riley, and two cats, Alonzo and Bernadette.
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.
Terri Dalenta joined the GVS board in January 2018. She moved to the Village after joining Grange Insurance in May 2016 as executive vice president, chief financial officer. In this role, Terri leads Grange’s financial management, strategy and enterprise risk management, as well as maintains the company’s financial strength.
An insurance industry veteran, Terri has more than 30 years in the P&C and Life insurance business. She most recently served as SVP of Property Product Management for Allstate Insurance, where she was responsible for the company’s $9 billion property portfolio. Prior to Allstate, Terri served as EVP and Chief Risk Officer for Aviva North America and then served in the company’s London headquarters as Risk Framework Director. She was also Chief Risk Officer and Corporate Chief Actuary for Safeco Insurance and held senior positions with Deloitte Consulting, LLP and Travelers Insurance.
Terri currently serves on the board of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, a mutual insurance company that insures all nuclear power plants in the United States, Belgium, and Spain for property risk. Terri has previously served on non-profit boards that serve victims of domestic violence and inner city youth.
Terri is a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas where she obtained degrees in applied mathematics and public speaking. Terri is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst.
Terri lives in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio with her significant other David, their son Arthur, their dog Molly, and three cats – Jack, Ruby and Merlin. They love to ride bikes, go for walks, and bake.
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.
Joanne Kesten is an art historian, researcher, educator and fine art appraiser. She earned a BA in Art History from McGill University in Montreal, an MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MA in Art History from Hunter College and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) from New York University. Joanne has taught and lectured at several institutions, including NYU, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Georgetown University, The Cooper Union, Parsons, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Almost immediately upon moving to Columbus, she started teaching at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Her writing has been published in The Portraits Speak: Chuck Close in Conversation with 27 of His Subjects, and Joan Miro: Two Early Works. Her professional affiliations include the Appraisers Association of America, where she has been on the Steering Committee and National Conference Committee for four years, the American Alliance of Museums, College Art Association and ArtTable.
Joanne’s passion for her community has translated into decades of experience working on non-profit boards, most recently as an elected Trustee and Vice President of the Manhasset Public Library in Manhasset, NY. She served as Vice President and sat on the Executive Committee of the Arlington Arts Center (VA), as well as chaired both their Programs Committee and Exhibitions Committees. Joanne was appointed as a voting panel member of the Alexandria Commission on the Arts (VA) Visual Arts Resource Grants Review Panel. While living in Washington DC, she worked as the Director of Special Projects for the American Film Institute. She is well-versed in non-profit governance and has drafted mission statements and long range goal plans for several of these organizations.
An advocate of public education, Joanne was an Appointed Member of the Manhasset Unified Schools Shared Decision Teams for both the middle and high school and an active member of the Community Education Committee (CEC) and the Glendale Unified School District (CA) School Site Council.
Her strong passion for art and architecture has translated into a love of historic preservation, one of the things that drew Joanne and her husband Jim Weinberg to German Village.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A native of the Buckeye State, Joshua Zimmerman was born and raised in Bellevue, OH while he’s called Columbus home for the past 11 years. In 2005, Joshua graduated from Miami University of Oxford, OH with a BA in Marketing and Communications. Joshua moved to Washington D.C. to intern and work full time for Edelman Public Relations. For the next three years, he would work as the Marketing and IT Manager for RW Setterlin Building Company until an indelible entrepreneurial spirit, honed by an accomplished family-owned business, would surface. It was at this time Joshua earned his real estate license from Columbus State Community College and quickly began a successful career change with Coldwell Banker King Thompson. It didn’t take long for his desire to be self-employed to skyrocket. In 2010, Joshua became the owner/operator of what is now the largest-growing Jimmy John’s franchise group in Columbus. His tremendous work ethic and passion for providing upstanding customer service spilled over into his personal life as well. A big supporter of the LGBT community, Joshua coaches for the CLGSA and participates in various other like programs. His dedication to his residential community is best highlighted by his involvement with the annual Haus und Garten Tour and his dedication to the completion of Third Street renovation. Nestled comfortably between good neighbors and the familiar businesses which are frequently patronized, Joshua and his partner Justin, along with their dogs Izzy and Vixen, enjoy life in the village to the fullest.
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