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  • A lifelong resident of Knox County, Heather Brayshaw grew up in Danville. She has always enjoyed the small town feel our community offers, and knew it would be the ideal place to raise her family. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ashland University and is currently the human resources and marketing assistant vice president for First-Knox National Bank. She joined the Main Street Mount Vernon board in 2014 and serves as president. In addition, she is a member of LifePoint Church, Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Women United, and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce including the Leadership Knox class of 2006. Heather is married and has two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.
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  • Sara Butz is the director of Performance Improvement at Knox Community Hospital and moved into Mount Vernon in the fall of 2015. The hospital’s tag line; “In the community, for the community.” fits in with Main Street Mount Vernon’s vision in both supporting economic growth and maintaining a positive community in our downtown.
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  • In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground where I spent most of my days. Just kidding! A native of Mount Vernon, Lisa Lloyd has always loved the community and generosity of the people of Knox County. Lisa is the Program Manager at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County where she oversees their competitive grant and scholarship programs. In addition to being the Treasurer for Main Street Mount Vernon since 2015, Lisa also serves as a as member of the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Knox County, the Knox Works Advisory Committee, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Knox Class of 2018, and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.
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  • Vicki Coleman has lived in Mount Vernon for 40 years with her husband and four children. Nine years ago, they opened the Coleman Gallery to show their family's art including: her husband and 2 sons’ glass work, another son’s wood creations, daughter’s, photography and Vicki’s own mixed media work. The Galerie Suite opened six years ago above the Gallery. It includes two bedrooms, bathroom , sitting room, and a small kitchen. It is a delight to meet people from all over the world.
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  • Carol Grubaugh is the Executive Director of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Institute for Organization Management. Carol has a passion for her Chamber work and serves on several advisory committees and boards; is a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; and enjoys volunteer work in the community.
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  • Nick Burson is a Mount Vernon native. A graduate of the Knox County Career Center and a 2008 graduate of DeVry University with a major in Finance, Nick serves as a Financial Advisor for Lincoln Douglas Investments where he helps Mount Vernon residents achieve their financial goals. As a financial advisor, Mount Vernon resident and father, Nick understands the importance of a thriving local economy and a strong community. In addition to serving as a board member for Main Street Mount Vernon, Nick is also a member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters club. Nick resides in Mt. Vernon with his wife and two young daughters.
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  • Although a native of Mount Vernon and a Kenyon alumna, Alyssa Gomez Lawrence lived in multiple locations before ultimately returning to her delightful hometown to start a family and join Kenyon College's new Office for Community Partnerships with the goal of fostering collaboration between Kenyon and the Knox County community for purposeful and positive engagement. Alyssa's work focuses on the curricular with community-engaged learning courses and research, course work designed to address specific community needs and/or access community knowledge while providing opportunities for reflection on real-world, hands-on experiences.
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  • Zachary DiMarco is an associate attorney in the Mount Vernon office of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. Zac attended The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources in 2011. After college, Zac moved back to Knox County because of its strong community, which he enjoyed growing up near Centerburg. DiMarco focuses his practice in real estate, estate planning and administration, corporate/business, and is a licensed title insurance agent. DiMarco is a member of the Knox County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited and the Pope & Young Club. Zac serves on the Knox County Memorial Building board, the Foundation for Knox Community Hospital voting board, and was a member of the Leadership Knox Class of 2016.
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  • Lori Amstutz, born in Orville Ohio, best known for The JM Smucker Co. Moved to Mount Vernon in 1995 and worked at Kenyon College for 15 years. Also working at Williams Flower Shop. Prior to that she worked in several flower shops since she was 16 years old and still in high school. Needless to say, she has been working in the floral industry for quite some time. In 2010, the opportunity to buy Williams Flower Shop came available, and she has enjoyed being a small business owner ever since. She is proud to call Mount Vernon her home now and she loves being a part of Main Street in such a beautiful historic town.
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  • Justin D. Bauer, is an Ohio native born in the small community of West Unity, OH. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University holding an Associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In May of 2017 Justin became Marketing Director for The Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Woodward Opera House.In Justin’s free time she enjoys spending time with her four children and pretending to be a master chef in her kitchen. Justin’s moto in the kitchen is Homemade Is Best.
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  • Jeff has lived in Mount Vernon for most of his life and considers it his hometown. After being away a few years for college, deployments in the military, and work, he was excited to return to teach at his alma mater, Mount Vernon High School. After 12 years at MVHS, he left teaching to become the Vice President of the Area Development Foundation. This non-profit organization’s mission is to develop Knox County’s economy by attracting and maintaining good paying jobs, strengthening the workforce and creating a livable community. He believes that Mount Vernon provides a tremendous quality of life to its residents through its close-knit relationships, first-class amenities, and great schools. He is proud and excited to represent the ADF on the board and to support its mission of keeping Mount Vernon one of Ohio’s best hometowns. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jen Odenweller is director of The Ariel Foundation, prior to her work at The Foundation, Odenweller worked for the Office for Community Partnerships at Kenyon College. She also worked for 15 years as executive director of United Way of Knox County. A native of Knox County, she holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Mount Vernon.
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    Anthony McNeal

    Anthony McNeal, although a new-comer to Mount Vernon, has worked at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce since 2018. His experiences and the knowledge and connections he gained from working at the Chamber has give Anthony the drive and desire to help support the building of a thriving place that others would want to live. Upon graduating from Logan High School and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from The University of Rio Grand and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Anthony worked for several small businesses before accepting the position with the Chamber of Commerce. Named Downtown Manager in February of 2020, Anthony looks to bring new and exciting initiatives to the downtown Mount Vernon experience. A graduate of the 2020 Leadership Knox Class, Anthony sits on several committees and is looking to build on the idea of the shop local ideology..
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hbrayshawA lifelong resident of Knox County, Heather Brayshaw grew up in Danville.  She has always enjoyed the small town feel our community offers, and knew it would be the ideal place to raise her family.  Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ashland University and is currently the human resources and marketing assistant vice president for First-Knox National Bank.   She joined the Main Street Mount Vernon board in 2014 and serves as president.  In addition, she is a member of LifePoint Church, Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Women United, and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce including the Leadership Knox class of 2006.  Heather is married and has two daughters.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends. [email protected]

 

ButzSara Butz is the director of Performance Improvement at Knox Community Hospital and moved into Mount Vernon in the fall of 2015.  The hospital’s tag line; “In the community, for the community.” fits in with Main Street Mount Vernon’s vision in both supporting economic growth and maintaining a positive community in our downtown. [email protected]

 

llloydIn west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground where I spent most of my days. Just kidding!  A native of Mount Vernon, Lisa Lloyd has always loved the community and generosity of the people of Knox County. Lisa is the Program Manager at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County where she oversees their competitive grant and scholarship programs. In addition to being the Treasurer for Main Street Mount Vernon since 2015, Lisa also serves as a as member of the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Knox County, the Knox Works Advisory Committee, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Knox Class of 2018, and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon. [email protected]
colemanVicki Coleman has lived in Mount Vernon for 40 years with her husband and four children.  Nine years ago, they opened the Coleman Gallery to show their family's art including:  her husband and 2 sons’ glass work, another son’s wood creations, daughter’s, photography and Vicki’s own mixed media work.  The Galerie Suite opened six years ago above the Gallery. It includes two bedrooms, bathroom , sitting room, and a small kitchen. It is a delight to meet people from all over the world.  [email protected]

cgrubaugh1Carol Grubaugh is the Executive Director of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.  She is a graduate of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Institute for Organization Management.  Carol has a passion for her Chamber work and serves on several advisory committees and boards; is a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; and enjoys volunteer work in the community. [email protected]


NickNick Burson is a Mount Vernon native. A graduate of the Knox County Career Center and a 2008 graduate of DeVry University with a major in Finance, Nick serves as a Financial Advisor for Lincoln Douglas Investments where he helps Mount Vernon residents achieve their financial goals.  As a financial advisor, Mount Vernon resident and father, Nick understands the importance of a thriving local economy and a strong community.  In addition to serving as a board member for Main Street Mount Vernon, Nick is also a member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters club.  Nick resides in Mt. Vernon with his wife and two young daughters. [email protected]

 
 

zdimarcoZachary DiMarco is an associate attorney in the Mount Vernon office of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. Zac attended The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources in 2011. After college, Zac moved back to Knox County because of its strong community, which he enjoyed growing up near Centerburg.  DiMarco focuses his practice in real estate, estate planning and administration, corporate/business, and is a licensed title insurance agent. DiMarco is a member of the Knox County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited and the Pope & Young Club. Zac serves on the Knox County Memorial Building board, the Foundation for Knox Community Hospital voting board, and was a member of the Leadership Knox Class of 2016. [email protected]

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Justin D. Bauer, is an Ohio native born in the small community of West Unity, OH. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University holding an Associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In May of 2017 Justin became Marketing Director for The Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Woodward Opera House.

In Justin’s free time she enjoys spending time with her four children and pretending to be a master chef in her kitchen. Justin’s moto in the kitchen is Homemade Is Best. [email protected]

 

 

 

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Jen Odenweller is director of The Ariel Foundation, prior to her work at The Foundation, Odenweller worked for the Office for Community Partnerships at Kenyon College. She also worked for 15 years as executive director of United Way of Knox County. A native of Knox County, she holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and resides in Mount Vernon. [email protected]

 

 

Profile Website AnthonyAnthony McNeal, although a new-comer to Mount Vernon, has worked at Anthony McNeal, although a new-comer to Mount Vernon, has worked at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce since 2018. His experiences and the knowledge and connections he gained from working at the Chamber has give Anthony the drive and desire to help support the building of a thriving place that others would want to live. Upon graduating from Logan High School and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from The University of Rio Grand and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Anthony worked for several small businesses before accepting the position with the Chamber of Commerce. Named Downtown Manager in February of 2020, Anthony looks to bring new and exciting initiatives to the downtown Mount Vernon experience. A graduate of the 2020 Leadership Knox Class, Anthony sits on several committees and is looking to build on the idea of the shop local ideology. [email protected]

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