Meet the Task Force

Ari Gitlitz (North Eastmoor Resident)
Ari is a lifelong resident of the eastside area. Although Ari grew up in Bexley and graduated from Bexley High School he had many lifelong ties to the area before he moved to North Eastmoor. As a youth, Ari’s soccer team practiced at the Virginia Lee park and his grandfather has lived in Central Eastmoor for over two decades.In 2013 Ari and his wife, Kara, moved to North Eastmoor to buy their first home together and to begin their family. As the years have progressed and their family has become more intertwined into the fabric of their street and neighborhood, they have really cherished calling North Eastmoor home.

Carolyn Thurman (Berwick Resident)
Carolyn Thurman is a lifelong resident of Central Ohio and moved to the Berwick area in 2016, where she lives with her Husband and daughter. She holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

Carolyn is experienced in community and economic development, having worked with areas as varied as Appalachian Ohio and inner-city Cleveland. Currently, she works in the City’s Finance and Management Department providing oversight for the city’s administration of federal grants. She also serves her community by sitting on the board of the Young Ohio Preservationists, a group that promotes historic preservation as a positive agent for change in Ohio’s historic communities. In the past, Carolyn has also served on the Transit Columbus board and the Columbus School for Girls Alumnae board.

David Martin (Central Eastmoor Resident)
David moved to Columbus in 2005 from the San Francisco Bay Area to take over management of the special events and technical services for Value City Arena at The Ohio State University.  Once he settled in Central Eastmoor in 2006 he knew that he had a new Home and hasn’t considered moving back to California since.  He lives in Central Eastmoor with his beautiful wife Mandy and his two amazing children, Penny (3 1/2 yrs) & Jude (1 yr).  David continues to work as a free lancer in the public facility management field, assiting in the execution of special events of all sizes.  From the Rolling Stones at Ohio Stadium to Ice Hockey at The Schott.

David has been a leader in the assembling of the petition for the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission, organizing the task force members and facilitating communications between the member civic association leaderships.  His vision for the commission is one of a cohesive community sharing ideas, resources, and support.  While the James Road superhighway may have divided our community many years ago, he believes this is our opportunity to reconnect and make ourselves whole again.  Only through community wide dialog can we achieve a shared vision for the future we hope to create.  David hopes to ensure the commission remains a voice for all of us and with community engagement we can achieve that goal.

Etienne (Troy) Manning (Berwick Resident & Small Business Rep)
Etienne Manning is the owner of Manning Preferred Inspections, a BBB A+ rated home inspection and electrical business since 2014. He and his wife, Jamie Manning, Esq, owner of Manning Law Company, Christian Divorce Attorneys, are the proud parents of three children. Etienne and his wife are proud to call Berwick home.

Etienne, a 2015 graduate of the Southside Neighborhood Leadership Academy sponsored by the United Way of Central Ohio, is active in the Men of Courage, men’s development and outreach group since 2016. Always looking for ways to improve himself and his environment, Etienne completed Next Level, emotional intelligence and leadership trainings in 2015 and 2016. Etienne is committed to using his time and talent to his enhance the lives of others and leave a legacy for future generations as evidenced by his work with a number of young people through church leadership roles.

James Russell (Berwick Resident)
James is a Trustee of Berwick, he was born and raised in the Detroit area, and moved to Columbus in 2004, after living in Boston and Brooklyn. He has lived in Southeast Columbus since moving to the city, and has lived in the Berwick neighborhood since 2012, along with his wife, and their dogs and cats.

James attended MIT and holds a B.A. in History. He works at The Ohio State University as a computer programmer for OH-TECH, an organization which serves as the IT arm of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. He develops and maintains a wide variety of software for organizations that support higher education in Ohio, including OhioLINK and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. He is also an avid amateur flutist.

Joseph Potter (North Eastmoor Resident)
Joseph has been a North Eastmoor resident since 2014. He has been married to his wife, Dulce, for 24 years and has two children, who are now grown. He was born in Richmond, Indiana and graduated from Richmond Senior High School. In 1992, he joined the United States Marine Corps until 2005. During the Marine Corps, he worked as a Supply/Fiscal Supervisor and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. After the Marine Corps, he worked for the Navy Reserve Intelligence as a Budget Assistant from 2005-2014 in San Diego, CA. Currently, he works for DFAS as an Accountant in Columbus, OH, which began in 2014. He also worked for H&R Block, part-time, as a Tax Preparer from 2008-2014. He has volunteered as a Tax Preparer for Vita and for the Veteran’s Day Parade for a couple of years. He has obtained his Master of Science Degree in Corporate and International Finance from National University.

Justin Shaw (Social Benefit Organization Rep)
Justin Shaw serves as the Manager of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) at the Jewish Federation of Columbus. In this role, Justin supports the mission of the JCRC to educate and advocate on issues of vital importance to the Central Ohio Jewish community based on consensus and expanded commitment to living Jewish values of social justice.

Justin has a strong sense of civic pride and public service, serving on a variety of community boards and commissions. Currently, Justin is a board member for the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and an Area Commissioner for the Fifth By Northwest Area Commission. Prior to his position at the Federation he served in a few different roles for Franklin County (Ohio), most recently serving as a Policy Analyst for Franklin County’s Department of Job and Family Services. He also served as an Aide to a Franklin County Commissioner.

Justin is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University where he holds both a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Mark Kraus (Mayfair Peacekeepers Resident)
Mark is a lifelong area resident, having lived in Berwick as a child while attending Christ the King Elementary (now All Saint’s Academy). After graduating from St. Charles Preparatory College, he attended Ohio University in Athens. He and his wife Susan have lived in their current home in Mayfair since 1985 and raised their two daughters who are graduates of St. Catharine and Bishop Hartley. During their enrollment there, Mark served on the St. Catharine School Advisory Board.

Mark is a licensed Realtor of 27 years with Coldwell Banker King Thompson, representing residential buyers and sellers throughout Central Ohio. He has been very involved at the Columbus Realtors Association over the years, having served as Chairman and Assistant Chairman of several committees, as well as President of the Bexley, Eastmoor, Berwick Real Estate Association.

Mat Fetters (East Hampton Resident)
Matthew has been an East Hampton resident since 2010 when his wife, Leah, & he bought their 1st house to start a family. He has been an active blockwatch participant. They have worked hard to hold their street together but want to be part of the Berwick Eastmoor Commission to help with communication to the City of Columbus, our issues and their neighborhood concerns.

Mat & his wife have two children under the age of 5. Mat was born in Canal Winchester & went to Bishop Hartley High School C/0 91’, where he was active in the Drama Dept. and Soccer Team & used to work at The Top on evenings and weekends. Mat studied Product & Industrial Design in Pasadena, California and in London, England. He currently works as an Engineer in Lighting Efficiency for businesses large and small to improve their energy efficiency and reduce operational costs. Mat enjoys Genealogy, Technology, Gardening, Cooking and beer and winemaking. Mat & Leah have family ties to the East side in Old Town East and Bexley as well as Eastmoor.

Patrick “Paddy” Page (High School Student & Central Eastmoor Resident)
Patrick was nominated to the task force by Bishop Hartley High School. In 2016 Patrick was awarded The St. Thomas Aquinas scholarship named for the patron saint of scholars and Bishop Hartley’s largest scholarship. It is awarded to outstanding students who exemplify Hartley’s Six Pillars which are Faith, Preparation, Community, Service, Spirit, and Leadership.

As a sophomore at Bishop Hartley High School, Patrick is in all honors classes and a member of the football and baseball teams. He is a House Captain in the Bishop Hartley House System for Wherle House and a Student Ambassador. Patrick has also been chosen to be a member of the Freshman 15, a hand selected group of BHHS students. Their mission is to work together for four years to serve the community while representing the values of Bishop Hartley High School. Patrick has also participated as a member of the model United Nations, Eucharist Minister and has exceed his required volunteer service hours both freshman and sophomore years.

He has watched his parents as they served The German Village Society and later in Bexley as they were chairs of the Bexley Celebrations Association along with other civic organizations. Their example has taught him the importance of being involved and giving back to the community. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a liaison between the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission and the City of Columbus on behalf of future generations.

Rhett Plank (Central Eastmoor Resident & Task Force Agent)
Rhett is a 38 year resident of Central Eastmoor, and life long east side resident. He is married with 4 daughters, all whom he raised in the Eastmoor Community. Rhett graduated from St. Charles Preparatory & Capital Law School. He is and has been a practicing attorney in Central Ohio since 1982. He has been active in the Eastmoor Civic Association multiple times over the past 20 years, including as a past President. In his spare time, he also teaches Real Estate Law to aspiring agents at Columbus State Community College.

Rhett has been involved in the effort to establish the Berwick Eastmoor Commission from the beginning, he believes it is a valuable opportunity to strengthen our neighborhood now and for future generations to come.

Sarah Marsom (Central Eastmoor Resident)
Sarah Marsom is a historic preservation consultant working to bring a greater awareness to the past in a way that benefits the future of a community. She works in tandem with local Columbus firm Designing Local, on local and national historic designations, cultural art plans, and historic tax credits. Marsom previously worked for the German Village Society, Michigan Department of Transportation, and Old Salem Museum and Gardens in North Carolina.

Sarah is the Chair of the Young Ohio Preservationists, a Heritage Ohio board member and Co-Leader of the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists. In 2016, she founded the Tiny Jane Project, which inspires people to learn about the history of preservation and planning through hand sewn Jane Jacobs dolls; the Tiny Jane Project is an international success and has developed a scholarship program for emerging professionals. Sarah Marsom holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University.

Sheri Wein Barlay (Large Landholder/Rental Management Rep)
Sheri has lived on the East side of Columbus for over 45 years. During her childhood she attended Courtright Elementary, Johnson Park Jr High and Bishop Hartley with a brief departure to Orchard Park New York. Sheri holds a BA in Political Science from Baldwin Wallace College. She is a proud single mother of four children, an architect, an army soldier, an aspiring game designer and aspiring fashion creator. After 15 years in the telecom industry she redirected her passions to real estate rental management. The portfolio she currently supports includes single family homes and multi tenant units in and around the Eastmoor/Berwick area.

She has spent the past 18 summers at her “summer home”.. AKA the Eastmoor Pool. Her volunteer roles have included Girl Scouts, Alpha Leadership Team, and Coordinator of St Catherine Fun Fest Art Show. Her love of the history & aspirations for the future of our neighborhood are what has motivated her to join the Area Commission Task Force. She believes that we have the opportunity to create a diverse and creative gateway between Whitehall and Bexley.

Suzanne Wheeler (South Eastmoor Resident)
Suzanne was born and raised in Marion, Ohio and relocated to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University. She was active at the student newspaper, The Lantern, as an undergrad working as student editor and an advertising clerk. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and chose to make a career in Advertising and Marketing. With more than 15 years in the profession, Suzanne held advertising executive positions with The Ohio State University and Suburban News Publications, and served as Marketing and Communications Manager for The Palace Cultural Arts Association in Marion.

With the birth of her son in 2013, Suzanne accepted a part time position at the Columbus Metropolitan Library to raise her son and spend time with her family. Currently, she has worked for 3 years at the Driving Park Branch of CML dedicated to serving that Near Eastside community. Suzanne has lived in South Eastmoor for 10 years with her husband. She serves as room parent at her son’s preschool in Bexley, and her family spends free time in the summer swimming at Eastmoor Pool. Suzanne is active in her Civic Association and is dedicated to keeping South Eastmoor a desirable neighborhood for working families.