The Stake Holders

Written by Administrator. Posted in News

Weston Vision Inc. is comprised of far west side leaders representing a broad array of business, community and government interests, all committed to building consensus and collaborating on the redevelopment of this area. Inclusion is key so a united front is presented when advocating for resources and support needed to bring about real and sustainable change. This list will grow and evolve as new stakeholders are identified.

Dewey Stokes is a lifetime West Side Columbus resident. Mr. Stokes has been deeply involved in the revitalization of the West Broad corridor. Mt. Stokes has been director of elections Franklin County, Franklin County board of commissioner, Police officer and President of National Fraternal Order of Police (300,000 members)

Tim Guyton was born and raised on the Westside of Columbus and still reside on the Westside. Tim has over 30 years in Catalog/Retail Distribution with Sears, Hills, Big Lots, and SubmitOrder.com.

Mr. Guyton focus is to see the Westside of Columbus improved through in-fill of vacant buildings, new builds for vacant properties, and an improved look to the West Broad corridor to include Phillipi Road and Georgesville Road through the use of a collaborative Zoning Overlay produced mutually by the City of Columbus and Franklin County Building and Planning Departments.

Mr. Guyton has been a Franklin Township Trustee for over 18 years, am in the middle of my 5th term, serving as Chairman for the majority of my time in office. Franklin Township has an annual budget of $8 million dollars, has 60 full-time employees that serve over 12,000 residents that reside in over 2800 single-family homes. Franklin Township has two Fire Stations: one at 4100 Sullivant Avenue and the other at 2193 Frank Road that employs a staff of forty people.. We also have an eleven-person Police Department, supported by the Franklin County Sheriff's office and have a Mutual Aid agreement with Columbus Police Department. Franklin Township has a four-member Road Department that handles all road and road right-of-way issues on Township Roads.

Stephen Torsell has been Executive Director of Homes on the Hill, CDC since 1997. HOTH is a Community Development Corporation that provides housing development, housing counseling, economic development, and safety programming to the west and southwest areas of Columbus and Franklin County. Mr. Torsell has worked in affordable housing since 1990. He has additional experience in media communications and marketing having worked in public broadcasting and cable television. Mr. Torsell is also President of the Board of the Ohio CDC Association and is chair of the South West School District Community Advisory Group.

HOTH serves a broad constituency and works with key groups such as the City of Columbus, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Ohio Department of Development, the US Department of HUD, and the National Council of La Raza. HOTH is a member of WABA and the HBA. HOTH received additional support from United Way of Central Ohio, the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus, Huntington Bank, Key Bank, the Women's fund, and World Federal Financial Bank.

HOTH has received numerous recognition including the Ohio CDC of the year in 2006, Better Business Bureau nonprofit Integrity Award winner in 2007, and the Ohio Association of Non Profit Organizations program excellence award, and the United Way Diversity award winner in 2007.

Kathy Streblo, a licensed Social Worker, has a BSW from Capital University and has been Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio since September of 2001. Kathy has 20+years of experience in the human services field, 15 of which was as an area manager with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. Her work experience has been exclusively with serving people with disabilities. The Mission of UCP of Central Ohio is to provide an environment where people with disabilities and aging conditions receive individualized programs and support services.

Kathy is President of the "Westland Area Group" - Originally known as the Industrial Mile Business Association; this group is now called the Westland Area Group. The group is comprised of business owners and leaders located in the vicinity of Industrial Mile and Georgesville Road. Most recently the group has been meeting monthly since the fall 2009 to discuss growing concerns for improving the area. The group's purpose is to develop community action strategies to resolve problems in the area related to crime, safety and improving our business community. The informal group consists of representatives from: Local law enforcement, Nationwide Children's Close to Home, Dematteo productions, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio, Creative Child Care, Key Bank, Columbus Center for Human Services, Homes on the Hill, property owner Joe Ettayem, WABA (Westland Area Business Association members) and other interested individuals with an interest/investment in the area.

Judy Andrews is President of the Hilltop Business Association which serves our members and other businesses on the Hilltop with advocacy, assistance, and networking.

Mrs. Andrews is President/CEO of STE Credit Union located on W. Broad Street. We serve four Ohio departments' employees and family members. STE Credit Union also serves a few small companies as well as the Greater Hilltop Area.

Chris Haydocy is President Haydocy Automotive. Haydocy Automotive operated continuously on the West Broad Corridor since 1955. Mr. Haydocy is founding member Hocking Energy Institute of Logan Ohio. He is a Former Board member Clean Fuels Ohio. He was appointed to the Ohio Board of Motor Vehicles by Governor Strickland in 2008. Mr. Haydocy was awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" from Clean Fuels Ohio 2006. He was named 2009 Innovative Dealer (one if ten in the country) by Automotive News for his efforts in developing the Hocking Energy Institute. Haydocy Automotive earned the designation of being Ohio's first GM Alternative Fuel Auto Dealership

Druelton Bagley, known as Dru is a resident of the West side community of Columbus. She is a four term member of the Greater Hilltop Area Commission (GHAC) and she chairs the GHAC Human Services & Education Committee. Dru is also the Co-Chair of the Westside Community Health Advisory Committee. She has collaborated on many community projects and continues to create partnerships with organizations interested in the health and well being of the residents. On May 18, 2009, Dru received from Columbus City Council a Resolution of Expression for her services to the Community. She also received the Community Service Award from the Columbus Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

Page Thoroson is CEO of Benchmark Biodiesel located at 620 Phillipi. Benchmark Biodiesel is a privately owned renewable fuel distribution center. Benchmark Biodiesel provides much of biodiesel to the State of Ohio snow plow trucks. Mrs. Thoroson led the effort to obtain EB5 status for the Broad and Phillipi corridor.

Dr. Jerrold L. Hutton is the Dean of Hocking College's Energy Institute. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of this growing division of the college in Logan, Ohio, which includes two Associate degree programs: Advanced Energy & Fuel Cells and Vehicular Hybrids & Fuel Cells.

Jerrold has established the Hocking College Energy Institute to address not only these training challenges but to study their impact on the global economy. This Institute will carry with it innovative learning delivery styles to incorporate 3D Simulation and Gaming Technologies. Along these same lines, the physical structure will be of a design to include alternative energy technologies within the facility, "A Working Classroom and Laboratory".

Jerrold has had a long and rewarding relationship with the college beginning in 1978 when he began as the Department Director and Instructor in the Automotive Service Management department. He was then promoted to Executive Director of the Vehicular Fuels Institute and later as Director of the college's International Energy Center, where he worked until 1989. In October 2003, Jerry rejoined the Hocking College team in his current role as Dean of the Hocking College Energy Institute.

His employment history includes such companies as Tern-Fuels, Inc. as Vice President of Engineering and Operations; IMPCO Technologies, Inc. where he worked his way from Regional Sales Manager to Marketing/Sales Manager for Quantum Technologies handling their Mexican and South American Davison; and Alternative Fuels Technologies, LLC where he worked as Operations Manager. Jerrold also did personal consulting for the industry through his business, Hutton Consulting and Associates. He has presented articles with such distinguished organizations as Society of Automotive Engineers, American Gas Association, International Natural Gas Vehicle Group, the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, and Green Energy Ohio.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber University in Ogden, Utah, majoring in Automotive Engineering and Technology a Master of Education degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, majoring in College Technical Education, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University. He also served as a Munitions Maintenance Specialist in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975.

Linda Pitts is the Circulation Librarian at the Westland Area Library of Southwest Public Libraries. Mrs. Pitts has worked and lived in the area since March of 1998.Mrs. Pitts worked in the Chillicothe City Schools, at the Kent State University Stark Campus, and in private sector jobs in various parts of the state. She is currently a resident of the West side of Columbus, a member of the Westland Area Business Association, and a member of the Westland Area Commission and a member of the Ohio Library Association.