John Michels, President, Finance Chair
Lifelong Ohio residents, my wife Kristin and I moved to the Village in 2009 and were immediately impressed with the welcoming sense of community. We were invited to join the Minerva Park Community Association's Green Team and were happy to provide financial support and start-up materials for the community garden. As a member of the MP Community Association, I’ve served as a garage sale volunteer, a street rep for Ponderosa Drive, and an applicant reviewer for the Nancy Fischer Scholarship.
I hold bachelors and masters degrees in business administration and public policy management from The Ohio State University and have 10 years’ experience with the Auditor of State of Ohio. I’ve conducted various audits of state, county, and local government agencies and was appointed to serve as Internal Auditor under former Auditor of State Mary Taylor, CPA, where I also worked as a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Government Auditing Professional. I’m currently employed as Senior Third-Party Risk Analyst for Huntington National Bank, where I help to minimize risks associated with work performed by outside vendors.
I am a member of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association and the National Rifle Association, and my family attends the Vineyard Church of Columbus. - Jan 2014 •
Michael Braun, Streets Chair
When my husband and I were looking for a new home, we immediately started looking in Minerva Park. While a student at Ohio State, I had a boss who lived in the Village. I would occasionally help with yard work and found the Village enchanting. The winding streets, unique houses on wooded lots, and a very friendly and peaceful setting were appealing. We found our new home on Alder Vista quickly and settled in to find wonderful neighbors and a genuine sense of community ready to greet us.
I grew up in northwestern Ohio, and my husband grew up in Nebraska, but we both moved to Central Ohio 20 years ago. We’ve lived in Dublin, Columbus, and Worthington, but our favorite is Minerva Park. We’ve enjoyed living here so much that recently we convinced my husband’s parents to move here from Omaha Nebraska, into a wonderful house on Minerva Lake Road.
Professionally, I’ve had fantastic experiences with local companies. I started with Big Bear when I was 18 and stayed there for 12 years. I then moved to Abercrombie & Fitch, followed by Victoria’s Secret, and now Micro Center as a store designer. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Interior Space Design, with a secondary focus on Architecture. I’ve managed teams, projects, and budgets - large and small. When I’m not working at work, I’m working at home. I enjoy all types of home repair and improvement projects, inside and out. To us, the investment of living here is more than just the initial purchase of our house.
I believe in a compassionate, considerate, cooperative approach to all aspects of life. If we work together, we will thrive, because at the core, our goals for the Village are all the same … safety, security, maintenance, peace, privacy, to name a few. We have some big projects ahead of us. This is a time of monumental change for the Village of Minerva Park, and I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to represent its citizens. - Dec 2015 •
Russell Dobbins, Community Chair
Scott Hansan, Safety Chair
Cari (my amazing wife!) and I found our house around midnight one Saturday. By the following afternoon, we had toured the house with our agent and decided that we would like to call Minerva Park home. The fascinating history and unique atmosphere of the Village will keep us here for years to come. I love all that Central Ohio has to offer, and Minerva Park is one of the things that make the region great!
I grew up in the Short North, attending Columbus Public Schools. I was in the first graduating class of AIMS (Arts Impact Middle School) and attended both high school and the Vocational Music program at Fort Hayes MEC. I earned my BA in Music (jazz guitar) from Capital University in Bexley. Currently, I am in the Quality group at Shaklee Corporation. Cari and I have lived all over Central Ohio with our 2 daughters but are happy to be settled in Minerva Park. - May 2016 •
Jennifer Pauken, Legislation Chair
When my wife and I were looking for a house, our realtor showed us a magazine article about various neighborhoods in and around Columbus. I, like many people, was not familiar with Minerva Park, even though I had lived in Columbus for a number of years. Intrigued by Minerva Park’s history, we asked to see some homes here and ended up moving to an older Cape Cod style home on Woodley Road in 2005. While I immediately loved the trees, the winding streets, and the variations in home styles, it was Minerva Park’s history that really attracted me to the neighborhood.
Although my family is originally from the Toledo area, I grew up in the southern part of the state, along the Ohio River. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in education and planned to become an English teacher. After several years of substitute teaching, I ended up working for a credit card company and, later, as an editor for an educational publishing company. After a number of years in publishing, I began to think about what I wanted to do next. Taking a chance on a mid-life career change, I enrolled in nursing school. This proved to be a good move for me, and I am now working as a nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, cooking, and entertaining. As a neighborhood, Minerva Park has provided so many opportunities to get involved, make friends, and work toward building the kind of community I want to live in. It is my hope that I can be a part of keeping the spirit of these traditions alive. - Oct 2013 •
email Having lived in many places – Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, California – I came to Ohio in 1999 to attend Case Western Reserve University and moved to Columbus in 2006. My wife and I first lived in a condo just across St.Rt. 161 and would come into the Village for the annual garage sale. We always liked the look, feel, and community we saw here. When we started our family, we knew we needed a better place to raise our kids and focused our house hunting in Minerva Park. We love our home, our neighbors, the playground, the pool, and - well - just about everything about Minerva Park. - Jan 2015 •