pam park-curry, finance 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. •
jennifer pauken, service 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 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.
charles legg, streets chair
Carol and I moved to Minerva Park in June 2003 after 26 years in Gahanna, being attracted to the Village because of the natural beauty of the ravine. I had driven through the Village many times in the late 1980s and thought what a wonderful place it would be to live. Carol and I celebrated 40 years of marriage in July 2011, and have two grown children, Matthew and Catherine. Catherine lives in the Village with her husband, Rocky, and two children.
I have always been an enthusiastic student, graduating from high school with a major in electronics and then attending The Ohio State University majoring in photography and cinema. Ultimately I graduated from Franklin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. I am a Certified Electronics Technician and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. I received my private pilot certificate in the mid-1980s and flew for several years. Other interests of mine are reading and writing, technology, critical thinking, and futurism.
While attending Ohio State, I worked at WOSU Radio and then spent more than 10 years at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) performing a broad range of duties from planetarium lectures to designing and building electronics for the museum’s exhibits. In April 1980, I became a professional firefighter for the City of Columbus and in 1990 was promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant. I also owned and operated a part-time electronics and consulting business until 1995, when I was assigned the administrative duties of developing and managing the Fire Department’s fledgling computer network. I continued in that position until 2010 when I retired. I was honored during my fire career to receive two Battalion Chief Commendations and a Certificate of Honor and Recognition from Charles Mentel, President of Columbus City Council.
Having an interest in local government and politics and serving in elected positions within clubs and organizations during the past 50 years, it was natural to become involved in the Village. I have been a member of the MPCA since moving into the Village, have participated in many of their events, and have attended various council meetings and delivered citizen comments at many of them. I was a founding member of the Green Team and spearheaded the formation of the ravine committee, of which I am now chairperson. In January 2010, I was appointed a member of the Planning & Zoning commission, and in 2011 ran in the General Election. I appreciate Council for appointing me to the seat vacated by Matt Danzuso, and I look forward to serving the residents of Minerva Park during the next two years. - January 2012 •
roberto segovia, legislative chair
I have lived in or been around Minerva Park since my parents moved here over 40 years ago in the early 1960s. I grew up in Minerva Park and was educated primarily in the Westerville Public School system and attended The Ohio State University, graduating with degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems. I enjoy the unique atmosphere that has made Minerva Park an attractive community over the years and want to see it maintained. One way to help accomplish that is through continued open communication between government officials and citizens to facilitate fiscal responsibility. I am an advocate of citizens having as free of access to information as possible before decisions are made to enable maximum participation and input for consideration. - January 2010 •
todd walter, safety 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. - October 2006 •
dave way, community 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 17th 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. - January 2012 •