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.
Matt Bixenstine – Marketing & Development Manager
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: Among the myriad 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.
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 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.
Laura Mottor – Staff Program Assistant
Hometown: Tomball, Texas
Why I Love Lakewood: The sense of community is amazing. There’s always so much to do, so many great places to eat and spend time with friends, and it’s close to anywhere else in the greater Cleveland area you might want to visit.
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, biking and kayaking, CrossFit, drawing and painting, crafting, and restoring/maintaining my newly-purchased home in Lakewood.
Fun Fact: When I was a Junior in High School, a piece of my artwork auctioned for $16,000 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Auction.
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.
Vince Williams – Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Why I Love Lakewood: Lakewood is unique. It’s inviting. It is a place where you can feel at home during your first visit. That’s a rarity that doesn’t exist in a lot of communities. One of the reasons I’m thankful to work here.
Hobbies: Biking, hiking through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, kayaking, staring at my Siberian husky, Echo and loving all things Cleveland.
Fun Fact: I am part of a three-person team that puts on The Cleveland Animals Bar Crawl, an annual event that has raised over $100,000 for the Cleveland Animal Protective League in its first 5 years.
President – Brittany O’Connor, Citizens Bank
Vice President – Jarrell McAlister, Progressive Insurance
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair – Will Costello, Laskey & Costello
Secretary – Kerri Rodgers, Sherwin-Williams
Development Chair – Michael Bentley, Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James
Governance Chair – Patty Ryan, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Community Forum Chair – Cindy Einhouse, Beck Center for the Arts
Housing Chair – Jim “JP” Ptacek, Larsen Architects
Marketing Chair – Bryan Evans, jCreative
Design Chair – Rob Donaldson, Moody Nolan
Past President – Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Dana Anderson – Beehive Studio
Dr. Michael Barnes – Lakewood City School District
Mary Bond – Volunteer, educator
Steven Clark – Clark Wealth Management
Bill Craighead– Cleveland Home Title
Michael Daso– AXA Advisors
Michael Dolatowski – Lion and Blue
Cindy Friedmann – Dependable Painting Company
Dr. Jim Hekman – Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
Alix Kaufmann – First Federal Lakewood
Joe Lanter – Lanter Legal, LLC
Carl Orban – Volunteer, retired
Laura Sangree – American Greetings
Ben Tomins – Deloitte & Touche
Julie Warren – Erie Design
Thomas Bullock – At-Large Councilperson, City of Lakewood
Mike Summers – Mayor, City of Lakewood
Bryce Sylvester – Director of Planning and Development, City of Lakewood
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