Meet the Trustee Candidates (and vote for them)

To vote for Trustees of the Northwest Civic Association, you must be a member in good standing. See our membership page to learn more. New members are reviewed for location and must be approved by the Board.

See profiles of candidates below.

2021 NWCA Trustee Election Instructions and Ballot

Please mail ballots so that they are received NO LATER THAN June 1, 2021

  1. The election is being conducted by mail.
  2. You may vote for as many people as you wish. Trustees are elected if they receive 50% +1 of votes cast. Only members may vote.
  3. Ballots and accompanying materials will be emailed to members and posted on the website (
  4. If you cannot print out a ballot, you may vote by writing down your selected candidates. Whether on the ballot or written out, please do the following;
    1. Place your ballot in a blank, unmarked envelope and seal it.
    2. Place this envelope in a second envelope and address to: NWCA Election, P.O. Box 20134, Columbus, OH 43220.
    3. Include your return address on the outer envelope. This will be used to confirm your eligibility to vote.
    4. Stamp and mail.
  5. On June 1st or 2nd (depending on schedules) two trustees not on the ballot will confirm your eligibility to vote and separate the inner sealed envelope which will go to a second pair of trustees who will count the votes.
  6. Results will be announced at the June 2, 2021 Meeting.

2021 NWCA Ballot
Vote for as many as you wish. Only members may vote. Return no later than June 1, 2021. See above.

□ Steve Donnell

□ Marilyn Goodman

□ John Guroy  

□ Kori Mulligan  

□ Sam Simoes  

□ Stacey Swanson  

□ Roy Wentzel  

2021 Candidates for Trustees of the Northwest Civic Association (NWCA) for terms ending June 30, 2023

Steve Donnell

Steve Donnell grew up in North Central PA and has been living in Columbus since 1977. He and his wife of 40+ years have two children and one grandchild. Steve is retired but keeps busy with part time work. He has worked as a licensed OHSAA football official for almost 30 years up until 2014 and is currently an assistant football coach at Centennial High School. Steve is president of the Rittenhouse Square Condo Association and has assisted NWCA with presentations to the City.

Marilyn Goodman

Marilyn was President of the Northwest Civic Association from 2009-2010, and rejoined the NWCA Board in 2017.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  In her first career, she was a psychotherapist and CEO of four nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations.  In her second career as a Paralegal, she worked at Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Disability Rights Ohio, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and JPMorgan Chase.  Now retired, in addition to volunteering for NWCA, she is a Tour Guide at the Ohio Supreme Court, and is on the Steering Committee of Conestoga, the fundraising group for the Ohio History Connection.  Marilyn lives in Riverside Green.

John Guroy

John is a lifetime resident of northwest Columbus.  He is a graduate of Centennial High School and has an Associate Degree in Science that included course work in Fire Sciences.  As a member of Columbus Firefighters Local 67, he has participated in contract negotiations and the Mutual Aid Response Committee.  John owns Guroy Lawn Care, a lawn care and landscape business serving both commercial and residential properties.

Kori Mulligan

Kori is a graduate of Capital University Law School and has worked with homeowner and condo associations as a paralegal and attorney. She has been a member of NWCA’s Zoning Committee for about a year and has begun working on communications. She feels it is important to volunteer her time to help her community thrive. She wants to reach more people in the area to keep them informed about what is going on in the Northwest corridor and to have a say in development happening in the area.

Samuel Simoes

Pastor Simoes has a Doctor of Ministry in community and neighborhood transformation and serves as lead pastor of Northwest Church of the Nazarene on Olentangy River Road. He has been on the board and advised multiple community groups in Missouri, West Virginia, and Massachusetts and worked with not-for-profit organizations dealing with impoverished communities. He has been a community representative for Ridgeview Middle School since 2019. His passion is to find different ways to bring unity to neighborhoods and has seen great things happen when community leaders are intent on improving the well-being of their neighbors.

Stacey Swanson

Stacey has been the Treasurer for the Misty Meadows Civic Association since 2013 and administers their Facebook page. She wants to have more insight into our community and to maintain a safe and beautiful neighborhood that residents want to call home. She would also like to see more community effort toward events, volunteering, and fund-raising. She is a REFIT dance instructor and has an associate degree in early childhood development.

Roy Wentzel

Since returning to Columbus, Roy has worked/volunteered for numerous charities including Habitat for Humanity, The Hunger Alliance, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, The Northwest Counseling Center/Syntero, The Clintonville Resource Center, Our Lady of Guadalupe and is a board member of Avanza Together.  Roy was recently appointed to The Community Advisory Committee of MORPC.  With a great desire to make an impact on our local community, Roy has truly enjoyed getting involved with the NWCA, and has had great success with the The Friends of The Historic Sheep Farm.  Roy was the 2018 recipient of the NWCA Mildred Henderson Award for volunteerism. 

May 5th NWCA Meeting

NWCA’s next meeting is Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link is posted below.. Our speaker will be Erin Beck regarding the Community Choice Electric Aggregation program. We will hear the following zonings/variances:

5400 Harvest St. (BZA21-020) – Variances needed to construct an addition to an existing dwelling and a second attached garage.

980 Old Henderson Rd. (Z20-037 and CV20-044) – Rezone the site from C-2 to AR-3 for the construction of a multi-family residential development.


Topic: NWCA May Meeting
Time: May 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Join Your Neighbors at the Historic Sheep Farm Park for Earth Day!

Have you seen the new Columbus park on West Case Rd.? A lot of your neighbors have walked their dogs, flown kites and even cross-country skied there. On April 22nd we will meet in the Sheep Farm Park at 6:00 P.M. to celebrate Earth Day!

You can tour the 57+ acres, explore the mown paths and enjoy spring breezes! Or, you can help to remove some pesky invasive volunteer Callery pear seedlings. We will have trash bags to help clean up any trash we find. If you think you might want to do some clean-up or dig up unwanted plants, bring some gardening/work gloves. Bring tools if you have them.

This is great opportunity to get out in the fresh air, talk to other people and enjoy nature. We want everyone to be safe, however, so please wear your masks and maintain appropriate distance.

See you on Thursday!

Whether you are able to come or not, take our one question survey about how you can be involved with the Sheep Farm Park in future.

Council to Host Residential Districting, Mapping, and Processes Town Hall

Councilmember Emannuel V. Remy
Council President Shannon G. Hardin
CRDC Commission Chair Malik Moore
Columbus City Council Legal Analyst Niyah Walters, Esq.
Deputy City Attorney Lara Baker-Morrish, Esq.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:30pm

Click this link to join our town hall on Facebook Live


Council will host a Columbus Residential Districting Commission (CRDC) town hall on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5:30pm. Residents will learn the historical importance of the CRDC, the mapping process and how the residency requirement will enhance neighborhood advocacy and amplify community voices inside City Hall. 

All residents are invited to attend and actively participate. Send questions to by noon on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. There are also limited opportunities to ask questions during the event through Facebook Live.

The town hall will also be posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event.

April 7th NWCA Meeting

The next NWCA meeting will be on Wednesday April 7th at 7:00 PM via Zoom (hopefully without interruption). The Zoom link is below. Agenda

Our guest will be Lisa Wurm, from the League of Women Voters of Ohio. She will tell us about how voting districts will be drawn using the Census and new processes that Ohioans approved in 2015 and 2018.

If you are interested in the Sheep Farm Park, please complete this brief survey so we know how you might want to be involved.

Cheryl Grossman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NWCA April Meeting
Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Public Hearing on Urban Forestry Master Plan

WHO: President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4pm

WHERE: Live on Facebook or
Access code: 157 661 7568


Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee will conduct a hearing to review the Recreation and Parks Department’s Urban Forestry Master Plan, a strategic and long-term investment in Columbus’s urban tree canopy.

“A healthy tree canopy improves air quality, prevents erosion and storm runoff, reduces the urban heat island effect, lowers utility bills for residents, helps mitigate the impacts of climate change, and simply makes our city a healthier and more beautiful place to live,” said Pro Tem Brown. “It is a critical investment for the future of our city to ensure a healthy canopy in every neighborhood, especially those that need additional tree coverage the most.”

The plan can be viewed at and public comments can be submitted via this site through March 26, 2021.

Any resident wishing to appear via WebEx to provide testimony during the virtual hearing should email James Carmean at by noon on the day of the hearing to request a WebEx speaker link. Each speaker will be limited to remarks lasting no longer than three minutes.

The hearing will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

It’s Not Too Late to Become a NWCA Trustee!

Trustees are elected by members and are volunteers who serve two-year terms. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, complete the application and return to NWCA, P.O. Box 20134, Columbus, OH 43220 or email to Please return no later than April 23rd.

It’s a great way to know what is happening in the community and it can be fun!

Don’t forget you need to be a paid-up member to run or to vote on trustees. Member Application

Upcoming SWACO Webinars

SWACO’s monthly webinar series: From Waste to Resources, is geared towards helping answer your waste related questions. 

Yard Waste Organics Shrubs Recycling Yard Waste & Eco-Friendly Tips to Make Your Yard Greener With Spring right around the corner, many of us are looking forward to getting outdoors landscaping and cleaning up our yard. Yard waste is a valuable resource that can add nutrients back into the soil as mulch and composting material. Most Franklin County communities provide curbside collection of yard waste to their residents making it easy and convenient to divert the material from the local landfill, thereby returning the nutrients to the earth. Join SWACO and Conservation Specialist from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to learn more about best practices for yard waste disposal, yard waste drop off locations and sustainable tips for maintaining your yard all year round. Register here to join us on March 24 at 12 pm  March 17 at 12 noon or 6 pm – Recycling Right is Easy and Convenient   
Recycle Right badge While it’s important for you to recycle, it’s also important to Recycle Right. By taking just a few minutes to recycle the right way, you help reduce pollution, contribute to cleaner water, conserve limited natural resources, support our economy and reduce central Ohio’s reliance on landfills. SWACO is here to help you recycle right, answer common recycling questions and provide the necessary tools and resources you need to make recycling right convenient for your household. Sign up for a recycling webinar. Choose one of the following times: Register here to join us on March 17 at Noon Register here to join us on March 17 at 6 pm Can’t make either of these sessions? No worries.  SWACO will be offering recycling webinars once a month throughout the year.  These FREE webinars will cover best practices for recycling and provide the opportunity to ask your recycling questions.