Ed Detwiler - Council President, Streets Committee Chair
For 26+ years, I have been a resident of Minerva Park and a member of the Minerva Park Community Association. My wife, Jean McCall, and I enjoy the serenity, friendliness, and security of the Village. I am committed to ensuring that Minerva Park remains fiscally sound and responsive to its citizens’ needs within the financial constraints of the Village budget.
Minerva Park continues to have diminished financial support from federal, state, and county governments; diminished property tax revenue; and diminished income tax revenue, while at the same time facing increased costs for basic services. We need a Village Council that can work harmoniously to perform thorough problem analyses, debate potential solutions, implement decisions, and clearly communicate the entire process to interested Village residents.
I was the resident-at-large on the Minerva Lake Golf Course evaluation committee, hold a masters in business administration, and am a retired Bank One Senior Vice President of Computer Operations and Technology Management, overseeing 300+ information technology professionals with a $92 million annual budget and a $42 million capital expenditure rate. I was privileged to have an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and am a Viet-Nam Veteran, volunteering for two tours of duty. I also am a former Ohio private investigator, licensed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security. - Jan 2014 •
John Michels - Finance Committee 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 •
Pam Park-Curry - Legislation Committee Chair
I have lived in Minerva Park for more than 30 years total. My family moved here when I was 8 years old, and I grew up building forts along the stream, sledding on the golf course, ice skating on the lake, and swimming at the new Minerva Park Swim Club! I received a great education in the Westerville Public School system, attending both old and new schools. Old schools included Minerva Park Elementary School at 5212 Cleveland Avenue, and new schools included Hawthorne Elementary School and Westerville High School (now South). Minerva Park was then and is now a wonderful place to be a kid.
Many years later after marriage, children, and multiple degrees from Ohio State, I found myself searching the pages of a real estate multiple listing guide for a house. My husband Timothy Curry (a sociology professor at Ohio State) and I knew we wanted to move to a house on a beautiful street, with a big kitchen, a screened-in porch, and room to entertain, so why not see what Minerva Park might offer. And there for sale was the home of my best girlfriend, Mary Ann D'Agostino! That was in 1983, and the house was 2559 Lakewood Drive.
There is not enough room here to convey the good fortune we have had in living next door to the Laudon/McArthur family and watching our daughter, Christine, grow up with their daughters ... or how grand it is to work in the yard that was made beautiful under the guidance of Mary Yost. My brother and sister both grew up in the Village and live in Columbus, but it is this house in Minerva Park that has become the preferred location for holidays and celebrations because it just feels right.
To paraphrase Woody Hayes, you can never “pay back” ... you can only “pay forward.” I doubt I will ever be able to totally repay my debt to Minerva Park, but I am trying. I served on the Pool Board for 3 years with 1 year as membership chair. I was active in the Community Association for many years before being appointed to council in 1991. I have served on all council committees and most recently have chaired the Legislative Committee where the main responsibility is writing and presenting ordinances and resolutions. I am currently president of council and would serve as Mayor if the Mayor is unable to complete her term. I have a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State and am the Director of Undergraduate Career Services in the Fisher College of Business. Tim and I have three grown children and enjoy camping, gardening, and entertaining with good food, good wine, and good friends. - updated May 2008 •
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 actually 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 •
Todd Walter - Safety Committee Chair
I grew up on a small farm in the lake country of northeastern Indiana, and after high school graduation, I followed in my older brother's footsteps and enrolled at Tri-State University (Angola IN) to study Electrical Engineering, graduating with a BSEE in 1980. I was hired by AEP as an electrical engineer in Tiffin OH.
In October 1998, after various assignments and promotions in the distribution engineering and meter services fields, AEP gave me an opportunity to supervise its Meter Services Department, located just around the corner from Minerva Park on Westerville Road. As a result, I lived in an apartment in Columbus for several months, while my wife, Sharon, and our four children stayed up north in Tiffin. During several trips to the Columbus area that fall, we happened upon a home in Minerva Park and, by the end of the year, we had closed on the “Carfagna House.” Since then, my career has taken me back to the engineering field, and I am presently a Senior Electrical Engineer in AEP's Distribution Asset Strategy organization. I am a licensed Professional Engineer and am a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).
As the years go by, children grow up and move away. Our married daughter, Amanda, attends The Ohio State University, and our son, Shane, is a freshman at Bowling Green State University. Still at home is our son, Nick, currently attending Westerville South High School, where he plays football and swims competitively. Daughter Emily attends Heritage Middle School and keeps active with softball, soccer, and volleyball. Sharon works for Chase Manhattan Bank in Westerville and has, until just recently, volunteered at Hawthorne Elementary School for several years.
Over the years I've been active in various volunteer organizations, such as Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Ohio, Junior Achievement, Sons of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Izaak Walton League. Sharon and I presently are on the MPCA Pool Committee.
We enjoy our neighborhood, with all of the homes that have character, the winding streets, the lakes, the golf course, and the large trees. Driving through the Village at night reminds Sharon of driving in a state park. Although it's not in the country, it has the look and feel of the country. - Oct 2006 •
Dave Way - Community Committee Chair
I first moved to Columbus several years ago. My parents were the reason I first lived in North Columbus, but it’s the sense of community that has kept me here all these years. I can vividly remember my childhood and all the wonderful times I had playing in the snow during those frosty winters and running in the sprinklers throughout the scorching summers. These are the memories that I want for my son, Max. I became a homeowner of Minerva Park in August 1994, and this community has been very good to my entire family and me. Moreover, it is the warmth and hospitality of the residents on Minerva Lake Road that I want Max to be able to tell his children about when he becomes a father.
As a graduate of Brookhaven High School in North Columbus, I know how important it is to get a good high school education. I look forward to sending my son to the Westerville City Schools so he can receive a proper education. If all goes well, we hope to have a future Buckeye in our midst, but I would not mind if he followed in my footsteps and became a Bowling Green State University Falcon.
In 1988, I earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both business management and business education. This education helped me secure a position with Globe Marketing Services as a District Sales Manager. In 1992, I accepted a position with the L’Oreal Consumer Products Division and became a Key Account Manager. It was also in that year that I moved into the Village.
Now that I am celebrating my 20th year in Minerva Park, I cannot help thinking of all the amazing changes that I have undergone. Since moving into the Village, I have become the owner of my own business, Corporate Cutting Dies LLC, and I have been blessed with an amazing son. I want to continue to live and thrive here in Minerva Park. This community is a part of who I am and what I have become. I can only hope to give back half as much as I have received. - updated Sep 2015 •