Board of Trustees
Michael J. Beazley
City of Oregon
Michael J. Beazley joined the City of Oregon as Administrator in March of 2010. He has served in leadership positions in local government, politics, and public policy for over 40 years. Mike most recently served as the Lucas County Administrator after serving in a variety of positions with the City of Toledo.
He is active with a number of community organizations with a focus on housing and urban policy, health care, education, and services for the developmentally disabled. He was the founding President of the Lucas County Land Bank and currently serves on the Board. He is the Board Chair of Sunshine Vocational Services, and is member of the board for the Imagination Station Science Museum in Toledo. He serves on the board of NFP Benefit Alliance, the largest non profit health care TPA in the region. He is currently active with Greater Ohio through his involvement with its Revitalizing Ohio Task Force that focuses on identifying practical legislative solutions to combat blight and urban decay. Mike is a member of the Advisory Board for the Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses including Political Leadership, Local Government Law, and State and Local Government. Through the University's Urban Affairs Center he has led several study teams with a focus on disparities in funding practices for local government services in Ohio. Mike also serves as a Director of the Better Buildings of Northwest Ohio Energy Special Improvement District.
He and his wife Julie have four adult children and nine grandchildren at last count.
Ian Beniston, Treasurer
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
Ian Beniston is the Executive Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) and reports to YNDC’s Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ian spent five years as YNDC’s Deputy Director. Ian is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. He is also responsible for the day to day operations of the organization. His duties include management of program staff, development of innovative programming, resource development, budgeting and finance, marketing and communication strategies, development of strong partnerships and relationships among diverse stakeholders, and organizational development.
Ian brings nine years of urban planning and neighborhood development experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Previously, Ian served as Director of Policy for the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative. As Director of Policy, he served as a consultant to YNDC’s Board of Directors where he played an integral role in the creation and development of the organization. Ian also spent several years working for the nationally recognized urban planning consulting firm, ACP Visioning+Planning now known as planning NEXT. He began his career as an intern in the City of Youngstown’s Planning Department during the early stages of the award winning Youngstown 2010 planning process.
Paula Boggs Muething
City of Cincinnati
Paula Boggs Muething serves as the City Solicitor of the City of Cincinnati. Previously, she served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Community Revitalization at the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to assist in redevelopment initiatives, including operating the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (“Land Bank”) on behalf of the Land Bank Board. The Hamilton County Treasurer incorporated the Land Bank in 2011 as a tool to assist the County in addressing the problems associated with the increasing number of vacant and abandoned properties.
Paula earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 2003, where she was a Human Rights Fellow and a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review. She studied Community Land Reform Initiatives at the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. She serves on the boards of Talbert House and Legal Aid, as well as organizations and task forces directly contributing to regional quality of life.
State and Local Government Relations
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Shawn J. Bunt manages JPMorgan Chase state and local government relations
activities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
Shawn has over 20 years of public policy and government relations experience in
the financial services industry. Shawn is responsible for managing and lobbying key
legislative initiatives, directing employee contact with elected officials and assisting
with business development efforts. Shawn directs the fundraising, political and civic
engagement efforts in the region.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co (Bank One in 2003), Shawn directed the
government relations and political action committee activities for the Ohio Bankers
League in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. Formerly, Shawn served as
Legislative Liaison for Ohio Governor Bob Taft, coordinating the passage of key
legislative initiatives in the Ohio General Assembly. Shawn also served as a key
policy advisor on tax and financial services legislation in the Ohio legislature for the
Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and as a legislative aide to a member
of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Shawn earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992 and a master of
public administration (MPA) degree in 1993 from Ohio University. He serves as a
member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Steering
Committee, the Ohio Bankers League Government Affairs Committee and the Ohio
University Public Affairs Advisory Committee. In 2010, Ohio University recognized
Shawn for his achievements in public service with the Outstanding State
Government Alumni Award.
Jeffrey A. Gatica
Vice President and Community Development Strategies Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Jeffrey A. Gatica is Vice President and Community Development Program Manager at Fifth Third Bank. His primary responsibilities are developing and executing comprehensive strategic responses to critical community development issues facing targeted communities within the Bank’s 12-state footprint as well as managing the tactical responsibilities for execution on such improvement plans and initiatives in support of the Bank’s CRA and broader community development efforts. In addition, Gatica spearheads strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the Bank’s Community and Economic Development program systems and performance objectives while positioning the Bank as a preferred financial partner.
Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank in 2011, Gatica held a position of Senior Advisor at the Federal Reserve of Bank of Cleveland’s Community Development Department where he was based at the Cincinnati Branch. In this role, he conducted strategic outreach, spearheaded collaborative initiatives and conducted qualitative research supporting community and economic development activities and promoting fair and equal access to credit and capital for underserved individuals and communities. Gatica also held various positions with the City of Cincinnati, including manager of the Neighborhood Business Development Division within the Department of Economic Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University, and received his Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Gatica is strongly committed to supporting efforts that lead to financially healthy people and build sustainable communities and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Homeownership Center of Greater Dayton’s Advisory Board, Board member of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) in Cincinnati, member of the Betts-Longworth Historic District Group, member of Greater Ohio’s Revitalization Steering Committee and was recently re-appointed by the Board of Commissioners to the Hamilton County Community Development Advisory Committee.
Christopher Jones, Ex Officio
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Christopher Jones provides firm clients with a seasoned perspective on government relations, environmental and regulatory issues, as well as a unique understanding of both state and federal environmental law enforcement agencies. Chris has nearly 20 years of environmental experience -- six years as director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, four years as chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section and five years as an environmental attorney in the private sector prior to joining Calfee in 2005.
Chris’ accomplishments include being the only two-term elected president of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), a national organization of all of the directors of state environmental agencies. He also has been a member of the board of directors for the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), chairman of the Lake Erie Commission, governor-appointed member of the Great Lakes Commission, member of Ohio’s Security Task Force, and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter. Chris is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations and has been recognized as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA.
Peg Moertl, Board President
Operations Manager & Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking
A Cincinnati native, Peg has worked for over 35 years in community development to revitalize urban neighborhoods and expand financial stability for low and moderate income families. A senior vice president with PNC Bank, Peg is responsible for Community Development Banking operations across its 19 state footprint, helping to ensure innovative loans, investments, retail and small business products, financial education, grants and service leadership that meet the needs of low-moderate income neighbors and communities. Peg was previously the director of the City of Cincinnati Department of Community Development and Planning.
Peg is a recognized civic leader with service on many boards and committees, currently including Greater Ohio Policy Center’s Ohio Revitalization Steering Committee, LISC Local Advisory Board Executive Committee, Cincinnati Development Fund, Catalytic Funding Corporation of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati Equity Funds, Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)’s Real Estate and Development Committee, Urban Land Institute Cincinnati District Advisory Council, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and Strategies to End Homelessness.
Among other achievements, Peg was a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, Cincinnati Leading Woman, Cincinnati Human Relations Champion Connecting Cultures and Communities, a Community Action Agency Community Bridge Builder, Center of Holocaust & Humanity Education Decade of Diversity award winner, and a Fannie Mae Fellow and graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard’s JFK School.
Angela Mingo, Board Vice President
Director of Community Relations
Nationwide Children's Hospital
As the Director of Community Relations for Nationwide Children's Hospital, Angela Mingo is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships with external organizations. Angela directs the community engagement efforts of the hospital and works closely with neighborhood and civic organizations. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the hospital's Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families initiative, a five-prong approach to neighborhood revitalization efforts on the city’s Southside. Angela formerly served as community affairs director with Columbus City Council, where she worked with community leaders and local elected officials to support the clean indoor air ordinance and citywide affordable housing initiatives.
Angela currently serves on the United Way of Central Ohio Home Impact Council. She is a mayoral appointed commissioner with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and serves on the commission’s executive board. She is a member of the Columbus office of Minority Health Advisory Committee, a graduate of the Leadership Columbus 2012 Class, and participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring program.
Chief Executive Officer
Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Lisa Patt-McDaniel became the CEO for the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio in November 2016. Prior to this she worked for the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and served as Director of Development at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). Prior to joining OCCH, Ms. Patt-McDaniel spent over 20 years at the Ohio Department of Development working in the areas of community, economic and workforce development, ending her career there as the Director of the Department and a member of the Governor's Cabinet. Ms. Patt-McDaniel is a Certified Economic Development Professional (EDP) through the National Development Council.
She sits on the board of Heritage Ohio, Ohio Conference of Community Development, and the ODOT Access 2040 Steering Committee. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Miami University and a Masters of Public Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Policy at The Ohio State University.
Gene Pierce, Board Secretary
President and CEO
A thirty year veteran of public relations and advertising communications, Pierce’s work has been recognized for excellence by the American Marketing Assn. (New York City Chapter), the Columbus Advertising Federation and the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
In addition to his business endeavors, Pierce is active in urban education issues. A graduate of Columbus Mifflin High School, he serves on the Board of Trustees of I Know I Can, an innovative college access program for Columbus City Schools graduates. From 1993-97 Pierce was Secretary of the Literacy Initiative of Central Ohio, a public-private partnership to promote adult literacy.
His college training includes a 1976 Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College (cum laude) in Modern European History, with a Senior Honors Thesis (magna cum laude) in international relations and extensive coursework on post-World War II Europe and U.S. Cold War foreign policy.
Pierce also earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School (night program - 1985) and is a member of the Ohio Bar.
City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development
Jason recently became the Director of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Akron. Previously, Jason was the Director of the Akron Metropolitan Study where he developed the Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Akron area. Charged with overseeing the expenditure of all federal transportation funds in the region, he coordinated transportation improvements with federal, state, and local officials. Jason worked closely with the area's mayors and other elected officials to foster regional cooperation and to further needed planning reforms. In addition, Jason managed the agency's budget and staff.
Prior to this role, Jason served as the Transportation Planning Administrator and administered all regional transportation planning activities, providing coordination between AMATS, local governments, ODOT, FHWA, and FTA. Overseeing the development of the 2030 Regional Transportation Plan for the Akron area, he managed and supervised all planning staff and was responsible for managing the agency in the Director's absence.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron and his Masters in Geography/Transportation Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jason is currently serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, a 12-county collaborative effort to create a framework for transforming Northeast Ohio into a quality, connected place.
President and CEO
Allen Economic Development Group
Jeff Sprague is the President and CEO of the Allen Economic Development Group. Before moving to the Allen Economic Development Group, Jeff was the Director of Workforce Development at Rhodes State College from 1997 to 2008. Jeff also briefly worked at the Ohio Department of Development as a Regional Workforce Coordinator. Jeff is currently on the board of Marimor Industries, the Port Authority of Allen County, St. Rita's Medical Center, Allen County Workforce Policy Board, Downtown Lima, Inc., and the Ohio Energy & Advance Manufacturing Center.
Managing Director of Policy
County Commissioners Association of Ohio
Ms. Subler coordinates CCAO’s legislative program. Her legislative advocacy and member services work focuses primarily on matters of personnel and labor relations, employee benefits, environment, and general local government issues. Ms. Subler is a native of Darke County, Ohio, a Miami University graduate, and a former president of the Ohio Lobbying Association.
Vice President of Public Finance
Port of Greater Cincinnati
As Vice President of Public Finance for the Port Authority, Susan Thomas works with businesses, developers, non-profits, and public entities to promote economic development in the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Thomas was a Vice President in the Global Capital Markets Group at Morgan Stanley in New York. Thomas previously served as an assistant to Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls where she focused on transportation, regional cooperation, business retention, and homeownership financing. She also served on the Plan Cincinnati Steering Committee, Cincinnati’s master plan which was formally adopted in 2012. Thomas holds a BA with honors in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in Finance. Susan also serves as Treasurer for the Urban Land Institute Cincinnati.