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 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.



Devon ChodzinDevon Chodzin – Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio






Matt Clark – Lakewood Tool Box Coordinator

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio






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.  



Executive Committee

President – Brittany O’Connor, Citizens Bank
Vice President – Jarrell McAlister, Progressive Insurance
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair – Will Costello, Laskey & Costello
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
Bill Craighead– Cleveland Home Title
Michael Daso – AXA Advisors
Tim Dewald – Dix & Eaton
Michael Dolatowski – Lion and Blue
Cindy Friedmann – Dependable Painting Company
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


Non-Voting Members

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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