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Warren Gard

Term 2016-2018

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Warren Gard has an extensive history of serving the Grove City community in various positions. He is a 20-year member and past president of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, a 10-year member and past president of the Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau and has served on the city’s planning commission.

A business owner, Gard is president of Merymar Enterprises. He is current member of the Rotary Club of Grove City and the National Federation of Independent Business. He believes that support for the local business base is vital and encourages providing incentives to new to new businesses that locate to Grove City and provide good wages to potential employees in the community.

Rebecca Sommer | Design Committee Co Chair

Term 2015 – 2017

Rebecca Sommer, GCTC Inc. Board of Trustees 2005-2007 and 2009-2011. She has been involved with the business of the Town Center since the early 1990’s when she was an employee of the Tree House Gallery and would attend meetings of the Town Center Merchants, a committee of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce. When she became the owner of Sommer House Gallery in 1994, her TCM involvement grew through taking turns with other merchants in holding the office of chairperson of the TCM Committee, and in promoting the endeavors of the committee. When it was decided to disband the TCM Committee and reorganize efforts as the Grove City Town Center, Sommer House Gallery invested financially in 2004 to become one of the fifteen GCTC Founding Members. With that commitment to strengthen and grow the Town Center, her support of the GCTC has continued by being on the Board of Trustees, serving terms as president in 2006, secretary in 2007, and being on collaborates committees. As the GCTC collaborates with additional community organizations, Rebecca looks forward to working on ways to involve the Grove City Arts Council with the future excitement and development of the Grove City Town Center.

Dave Crosby | President


Term 2017-2019

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Dave Crosby is a retired middle school teacher from South-Western City Schools. He received a B.S. in Natural Resources (Environmental Education) and a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1981 from The Ohio State University. In 1991 he received a Masters in Science Education from The Ohio State University. In 2001, David and his wife Diane, purchased 14 acres just south of Grove City where they began planting three acres of wine grapes. As an avid home winemaker, David began searching for a location to open Grove City’s only winery upon his retirement from teaching. The winery, named Plum Run Winery (after the stream that starts on their farm), was opened in July 2012 in the Grove City Town Center. David is the winemaker at Plum Run Winery where he produces, bottles and labels all of his hand crafted wines. David loves to talk about grapes, winemaking and as his wife says…everything else.

 

Allen Jones

Term 2017-2019

Allen Jones has lived in Grove City since 2001, but has always been connected to the Grove City community.  Allen and his wife Jill are lifetime members of the First Baptist Church of Grove City, Jill is a graduate of Grove City High School, and their three children currently attend South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

 

Allen is an attorney that recently left a large law firm after 16 years to launch his own firm in Grove City.  He holds a BA in History from Wheaton College (IL) where he played baseball and football.  Allen obtained his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School, and will obtain his Master of Business Administration in May 2017 from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  Allen serves on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Women’s Refuge and has served as Moderator for the First Baptist Church of Grove City since 2008.  Allen is also active in the Transportation Lawyers Association where he serves on the Executive Committee, Membership Committee, and as Chair of the Technology & Social Media Committee.

 

When Allen is not working or attending “kidtivities,” you can find him on the golf course or his bicycle.  As a member of the Board of Trustees of Grove City Town Center, Inc., Allen hopes to become more involved in the growth and development of our community.

Dennise Hunt | Vice President Marketing and Operations Committee Chair

Term  2015-2017

Dennise Hunt is an Ohio native and has resided in Grove City since 1992. A graduate of Otterbein College (now University), where she served as editor of the college newspaper, and Capital University Law School’s paralegal program. She presently is Vice President of the Grove City Arts Council, active in her church’s choir and serving a three year term on the board of Town Center, Inc.

Her background also includes 20 years of serving as Marketing Manager and Director of Marketing in healthcare finance. She has also been involved with local and national historical societies over the years. Additionally, Denise is a sketch artist, photographer and occasional oil painter. Her photography won Best of Show at the 2010 Arts in the Alley photography exhibit.

Rosemary Barkes

Term 2017-2019

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Rosemary moved to Grove City in 1975 where she raised her two children.  After she and husband, John, became empty nesters, she found her calling:  being a volunteer.

Presently she is a member of The Women’s Civic Club of Grove City, the Florence Grossman Cancer Ray, the Grove City Writers Group, the National League of American PEN Women, Columbus  Association for the Performing Arts and the Town Center.  She is a board member of:  Keep Grove City Beautiful, the Life Care Alliance Service Board and Friends of the Library.

In between meetings and family life, Rosemary writes.  She had published a book called The Dementia Dance, a road map to caring for loved ones with dementia.

She holds B.S. and B.A. degrees from The Ohio State University and a Masters from the University of Dayton.

She is proud to be a part of Grove City as it moves forward into a bright future.

Melba Hompertz | Treasurer

Term 2016-2018

Melba Hompertz retired as a Financial Planner after 25 years in the financial industry. She graduated from Layala University in Chicago. Since arriving in Ohio in January of 2009 she has been involved in the Stewardship Committee of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, a historian for the Women’s Civic Club of Grove City and Board Member of the Friends of the Library.

Bev Babbert | Secretary & Design Committee Co Chair

Term 2015-2017

Beverly Babbert has lived in Grove City since 1963 and completed all her schooling in the South-Western City Schools, graduating from Grove City High School. Bev holds a BS in Education as well as an MA in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. For thirty-one years she was an employee of the South-Western City Schools as a teacher and Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist.

In 1976, Bev married Barry Babbert and together they raised two daughters, Jessica and Blair, until Barry’s death in 1999. For twelve years they were also co-owners of Toast of the Town custom catering based in Grove City. Currently, Bev is an independent jeweler with Premier Designs, Inc. Bev is a member of the First Baptist Church of Grove City where she serves in the Music and Women’s Ministries. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority for educators.

Since her retirement from the school system in 2009, Bev has stayed busy traveling and participating in short-term mission work all over the world. You can also find her volunteering around Grove City for the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, usually at the Grove City Museum and Century Village. As a volunteer for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, she can often be found in one of the theaters in downtown Columbus. Bev sits on the Franklin County Republican Central Committee and holds an office with the Grove City Area Republican Club. Bev also is a part of Grove City Tomorrow and sings in the Mendelssohn Liedertafel, a German singing society that performs in concert, sings for special events and has toured in Europe.

Much of her time is spent with her five grandchildren playing, cooking and attending sporting events. Now, as a member of the Town Center Board, Bev hopes to give back in more and different ways to the community she loves and lend her perspective in discussions and planning.

Lori Johnson

Term 2016-2018

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Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Lori came to Grove City 24 years ago when she married her husband, Charlie.   It’s the only home she has had since and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lori’s passion is her family, loving the time she can spend with her first grandson, and looking forward to grandbaby number two due in a couple of months.   She also loves cooking and bringing families back to the table which is why she chose to become a Pampered Chef consultant over 8 years ago.  In her spare time, Lori enjoys reading, singing in her church choir and of course, is always ready to welcome people to her home.

Lori loves the small town atmosphere of Grove City and the Town Center area and looks forward to contributing to success of our Town Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Furr | Executive Director

 

A lifelong Grove City resident and avid volunteer, Andrew became the Executive Director in 2012 after serving as Vice President of the organization in 2011. His experience and understanding of the development process lends a vital role to attract new business and support existing business in the Town Center. His organizational skills have brought new events to the Town Center as well as build upon existing events. 

andy@grovecitytowncenter.org