Ian Andrews – Executive Director
Hometown: Howland Township, Ohio (adjacent to Warren)
Why I Love Lakewood: I’ve never experienced a community where people are so passionate and engaged as they are here. When we put out a call to help a neighbor or support a project, this community responds with enthusiasm. I love our historic housing and commercial building stock and that this community proudly supports small, family-owned businesses.
Hobbies: Being outside with my two young children, wife and dog; hiking, biking, golfing, camping and experiencing new places.
Fun Fact: I was named an official Kentucky Colonel as a result of volunteering for a conference in 2006, led by a key staff member of the governor of Kentucky.
Allison Urbanek – Housing & Internal Operations Director
Hometown: North Olmsted, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: I love Lakewood for two reasons- the walkability. I can walk to everything I need! It is amazing. I also love the sense of community, it always amazes me how many folks step up and offer to help, It makes me very proud to call myself a Lakewoodite!
Hobbies: My three dogs, walking, painting, wine tasting and hanging out with my husband & friends.
Fun Fact: I once had a salad named after me, Allison’s Beet Salad. Sadly that restaurant has closed but it was amazing being a local celebrity for a few years and getting to eat delicious beets on a regular basis.
Matt Bixenstine – Marketing & Development Manager
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: Among the numerous reasons, I like to point out that Lakewood has the highest walkability score of any city in Ohio.
Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking, playing soccer, being an OHIO University Bobcat, cheering for Cleveland sports teams and walking my basset hound, Huckleberry, through Madison Park.
Fun Fact: My family owns a bicycle shop in Akron called Blimp City Bike & Hike.
Devon Chodzin – Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: The amount of pride folks hold here is inspiring. I’m thrilled to see that, amidst great change, Lakewoodites are engaging in challenging conversations about equitable progress.
Hobbies: Urbanism, soothsaying, listening to Solange.
Fun Fact: My nickname in high school was BigUgly.
Matt Clark – Housing Outreach & Tool Box Coordinator
Hometown: Parma, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: The sense of community is great, people are really committed to helping each other.
Hobbies: Fishing, Woodworking, Metalworking.
Fun Fact: I have a thing for gas station hot dogs and Funyuns.
Mark McNamara – Community Engager
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: It is always a work in progress. Lakewood has managed to evolve from the homogeneous community of my childhood to one that is rich in color, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and religion. It is a foodie paradise, and a walk around big small town. Lakewood is a safe place to raise and educate your children and a great place to age and complain to the neighbors about their children. What more could you want.
Hobbies: Brisket Taste Master, Alchemy, mind bending, thought provocation.
Fun Fact: I can catch a thrown baseball behind my back and I am an avid stilt walker.
Alex Schreck – Staff Program Assistant
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Why I Love Lakewood: I moved to Lakewood in 2017 and quickly became enamored by the city’s vibrancy and strong sense of community. My favorite local community event is Light Up Lakewood, and I’m really looking forward to being involved with LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program.
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, photography and exploring Northeast Ohio’s wonderful assortment of parks.
Fun Fact: I am fluent in Japanese.
President – Jarrell McAlister, Progressive Insurance
Vice President & Development Chair – Michael Bentley, Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James
Treasurer & Finance Chair – Will Costello, Laskey & Costello
Secretary – Julie Warren, Erie Design
Governance Chair – Patty Ryan, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Housing Chair – Jim “JP” Ptacek, Larsen Architects
Marketing Chair – Tim Dewald, Dix & Eaton
Design Chair – Rob Donaldson, Moody Nolan
Past President – Brittany O’Connor, Citizens Bank
Dr. Michael Barnes – Lakewood City School District
Chris Bergin – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lucien Realty
Mary Bond – Volunteer, educator
Bill Craighead– Cleveland Home Title
Michael Daso – AXA Advisors
Michael Dolatowski – Lion and Blue
Cindy Friedmann – Dependable Painting Company
Alix Kaufmann – First Federal Lakewood
Dani Krasnicki – Aladdin’s Eatery
Joe Lanter – Lanter Legal, LLC
Carl Orban – Volunteer, retired
Laura Sangree – American Greetings
Amanda Santa – The Siegfried Group
Eric Stephens – Lakewood New Life Church
Ben Tomins – Deloitte & Touche
Thomas Bullock – At-Large Councilperson, City of Lakewood
Meghan F. George – Mayor, City of Lakewood
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