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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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  • Josh moved from New Hampshire to Ohio 13 years ago, and loves calling Mount Vernon home. Growing up in New England, he is a fan of all New England Sports teams. Before you grab the torches and pitchforks though, you should know he loves OHIO State Football. When Josh isn’t busy helping all of Knox County find affordable and adequate insurance coverage, you can find him singing with his church choir, spending time with his wife and three boys, or giving the greenskeeper plenty to work on at the local golf course.
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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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  • Jill Ballenger graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1990 and Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1994, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration. She has worked in retail management, higher education, fundraising and sales. She and her husband, John, recently purchased Happy Bean Coffee Shop on Main Street, where she enjoys working with her staff to manage the details of shop. Her husband is currently a Professor of English at MVNU . They are thrilled to be able to raise their two children, Zach (17) and Alliya (13), in this wonderful community.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeffry Harris heads the Area Development Foundation, a private not-profit organization guiding the development efforts of Knox County and its political subdivisions, including Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Gambier and Centerburg. In addition, Harris maintains a referral-based law practice counseling government, not-profit and corporate clients on understanding and accessing economic development mechanisms under Ohio law. Harris earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees from the Ohio State University, and his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University.
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  • Sara Mankins moved back to Mount Vernon in 2012. She is a financial advisor at Edward Jones. She values the community of Mount Vernon and Knox County and is proud to be on the Main Street Mount Vernon board, as well as the board of United Way of Knox County. Prior to moving to Mount Vernon, she worked in forensic accounting, conducting financial investigations around the globe in public accounting practice and for the federal government. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in creative writing, from the University of Montana with Bachelor's degrees in business and French, from the Monterey Institute of Middlebury College with a MBA in International Management, and from The George Washington University with a Master's in Accountancy. She is married to Brian Ball and has two daughters and a retriever.
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  • Vicki Maple serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development, Community Affairs, Extended Campuses and The Gateway at Central Ohio Technical College. She also directs the Workforce Development Innovation Centers, acting as a liaison between the institution and business/industry to offer effective, innovative solutions to specific business and industry challenges. Vicki also manages the Lifelong Learning Institute, providing educational opportunities for mature learners of Central Ohio. Vicki is a graduate of Ashland University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Communication and Radio/Television Performance, Production and Programming, and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Ashland University. In her personal time, Vicki enjoys traveling, coordinating family game nights, mentoring young people, performing with and managing vocal ensembles Soul Legacy and PureHeart, and spending time with her husband and their Shih Tzu puppies, Twinkles, Harley, & Pebbles in their new home in Nashport.
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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.
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  • Jan Reynolds was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green StateUniversity Jan joined the family business, Connell’s Furniture, until taking time off to raise a family. She is married to Ken Reynolds. While raising their three children Jan volunteered in the schools, church, and community, usually involved with children and youth.Jan served as Director of The Ariel Foundation at its beginning in 2010 until early 2018. She is inspired daily by the collaboration with the community to fulfill The Ariel Foundation’s mission. Currently Jan serves on the Foundation Park Conservancy, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Board, and Main Street Mount Vernon’s board along with others.
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  • Emily (Weaver) Rogers grew up in St. Louisville and Howard, Ohio and has always called Knox County her home. After graduating from East Knox High School in 2007, she decided to stay close home and study journalism at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 2011 and later earned an MBA in Organizational Management in 2017. Emily is currently the Coordinator of Communications and Public Relations at MVNU and enjoys volunteering with Main Street Mount Vernon on behalf of the university. She also volunteers with New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center where she assists with social media, marketing, and communications. Emily and her husband Jordan live in Mount Vernon with their cats, Dexter and Bastas.
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  • Carrie Hyman, although born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The experiences of growing up in this tight-knit community have given Carrie the drive and desire to help support the building of a thriving place that others would want to live. Upon graduating from Mount Vernon High School and getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University, she enjoys giving back to her community through work with community organizations. Carrie serves on the board of MTVarts and coordinates the youth and other programs along with performing in several shows. Carrie is a member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters Club, Knox County Landmarks Foundation board member, and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Knox Class of 2016. Carrie loves games night with friends and watching movies.
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Get to Know Us

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]

 

jkirbyJosh moved from New Hampshire to Ohio 13 years ago, and loves calling Mount Vernon home.  Growing up in New England, he is a fan of all New England Sports teams.  Before you grab the torches and pitchforks though, you should know he loves OHIO State Football.

When Josh isn’t busy helping all of Knox County find affordable and adequate insurance coverage, you can find him singing with his church choir, spending time with his wife and three boys, or giving the greenskeeper plenty to work on at the local golf course. jk[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]
jballengerJill Ballenger graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1990 and Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1994, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration. She has worked in retail management, higher education, fundraising and sales.  She and her husband, John, recently purchased Happy Bean Coffee Shop on Main Street, where she enjoys working with her staff to manage the details of shop.  Her husband is currently a Professor of English at MVNU . They are thrilled to be able to raise their two children, Zach (17) and Alliya (13), in this wonderful community. [email protected]
jbauer

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]

nburson

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. [email protected]

sbutzSara 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]

vcolemanVicki 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]

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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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]

jharrisJeffry Harris heads the Area Development Foundation, a private not-profit organization guiding the development efforts of Knox County and its political subdivisions, including Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Gambier and Centerburg. In addition, Harris maintains a referral-based law practice counseling government, not-profit and corporate clients on understanding and accessing economic development mechanisms under Ohio law.  Harris earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees from the Ohio State University, and his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. [email protected]

smankinsSara Mankins moved back to Mount Vernon in 2012. She is a financial advisor at Edward Jones. She values the community of Mount Vernon and Knox County and is proud to be on the Main Street Mount Vernon board, as well as the board of United Way of Knox County.  Prior to moving to Mount Vernon, she worked in forensic accounting, conducting financial investigations around the globe in public accounting practice and for the federal government.  She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in creative writing, from the University of Montana with Bachelor's degrees in business and French, from the Monterey Institute of Middlebury College with a MBA in International Management, and from The George Washington University with a Master's in Accountancy. She is married to Brian Ball and has two daughters and a retriever. [email protected]

vmapleVicki Maple serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development, Community Affairs, Extended Campuses and The Gateway at Central Ohio Technical College. She also directs the Workforce Development Innovation Centers, acting as a liaison between the institution and business/industry to offer effective, innovative solutions to specific business and industry challenges. Vicki also manages the Lifelong Learning Institute, providing educational opportunities for mature learners of Central Ohio.  Vicki is a graduate of Ashland University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Communication and Radio/Television Performance, Production and Programming, and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Ashland University. In her personal time, Vicki enjoys traveling, coordinating family game nights, mentoring young people, performing with and managing vocal ensembles Soul Legacy and PureHeart, and spending time with her husband and their Shih Tzu puppies, Twinkles, Harley, & Pebbles in their new home in Nashport. [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]

Bio Headshot JRJan Reynolds was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green State
University Jan joined the family business, Connell’s Furniture, until taking time off to raise a family. She is
married to Ken Reynolds. While raising their three children Jan volunteered in the schools, church, and
community, usually involved with children and youth.
Jan served as Director of The Ariel Foundation at its beginning in 2010 until early 2018. She is inspired
daily by the collaboration with the community to fulfill The Ariel Foundation’s mission. Currently, Jan
serves on the Foundation Park Conservancy, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County
Board, and Main Street Mount Vernon’s board along with others. [email protected]

erogersEmily (Weaver) Rogers grew up in St. Louisville and Howard, Ohio and has always called Knox County her home. After graduating from East Knox High School in 2007, she decided to stay close home and study journalism at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 2011 and later earned an MBA in Organizational Management in 2017.  Emily is currently the Coordinator of Communications and Public Relations at MVNU and enjoys volunteering with Main Street Mount Vernon on behalf of the university. She also volunteers with New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center where she assists with social media, marketing, and communications. Emily and her husband Jordan live in Mount Vernon with their cats, Dexter and Bastas. [email protected]

chymanCarrie Hyman, although born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  The experiences of growing up in this tight-knit community have given Carrie the drive and desire to help support the building of a thriving place that others would want to live.  Upon graduating from Mount Vernon High School and getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University, she enjoys giving back to her community through work with community organizations.  Carrie serves on the board of MTVarts and coordinates the youth and other programs along with performing in several shows.  Carrie is a member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters Club, Knox County Landmarks Foundation board member, and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Knox Class of 2016.  Carrie loves games night with friends and watching movies.  [email protected]

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