Tell Us a Bit About Yourself, Including Your History in Westerville?
I was first introduced to Westerville in 2001 when I started with the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department. I moved into the community in 2009 and became more involved with different organizations. I joined the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club in 2013, where I’m currently the club secretary. I recently became the vice-chair for Leadership Westerville after serving on their board for the past five years. Through these organizations, I have been involved with a variety of service projects throughout the community. I recently obtained my MBA through the University of Dayton and enjoy lifelong learning. A friend from Rotary told me that they believed I was the Kevin Bacon of Westerville because of the six degrees (or less) of separation and how my name somehow comes up in various circles.
If Someone Asks You "Why Westerville?", What Do You Say?
Westerville is connected through its over 45 miles of leisure paths allowing people to get out and see all parts of the city. It's a welcoming and friendly community that brings people together at events throughout the entire year, and the Uptown is alive with a variety of shops and restaurants.
What Are You Most Proud of or Excited for for Uptown Westerville Inc.?
As a new board member, the Saturday Farmers Market has become one of the best markets in a short amount of time. Looking forward to the events that are held throughout the year and provide a variety of activities, such as Fourth Friday and Uptown Untapped.
When You Think of Uptown Westerville, What Comes to Mind?
The history of Uptown is quite unique from how our community was part of two amendments (18th and 21st) to the bustling of the sidewalks as more people discover all that it has to offer. Once you park, you can safely stroll through Uptown, where you will always see a friendly face.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Uptown?
The history of prohibition through Uptown and how Westerville was considered the “war machine of prohibition”. The book, Westerville: The War Machine on Prohibition, is very informative and educational to learn everything that has happened in the past and now being able to look at some of the landmarks and their place in our community.