Sheep Farm Events

Join us if you are available on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to noon.

We will have Pam from the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks to show us what weeds we should target to keep the Sheep Farm as clean and usable as possible while we wait for a plan for the property. She will bring tools and gloves, but I encourage you to bring your own gloves and to be prepared with long sleeves and pants and, given the recent rain, boots.

As an inducement for rolling out so early on a Saturday, NWCA is providing coffee and donuts (really good ones from a local donut shop). So we know how many tools and donuts will be needed, please email if you plan to come.

Please come even if you can’t stay long. We want to show Recreation and Parks that this park is important to us. Thanks!
Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation to See a Presentation about the Farmhouse

Soon to be surrounded by a new city park, the fate of the c1880s sheep farmhouse – one of the oldest remaining structures in northwest Columbus – is unknown. Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation via Zoom, Friday, June 18 at noon for a free presentation by Miranda Nicasio, a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art & Design, who measured and evaluated this building as an assignment. We hope that Miranda’s work will help guide decision-makers and the design team toward a productive new use. 

Register to get the Zoom link

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. 

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


The City of Columbus is interested in our community’s opinion on their draft Climate Action Plan. They want to understand the potential positive and negative consequences of these actions on our neighborhood.

These are intended to be small groups of about 10 people to encourage a robust discussion. If you are interested in participating in such a discussion, email

I will be facilitating one or more of these sometime in January depending on response. You would not be committed until there are dates and times.

Please also pass this invitation on to anyone in the Northwest area who might be interested. These conversations will be happening in other neighborhoods as well.

Cheryl Grossman, President NWCA

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 24 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
13 locations in and around Columbus

SWACO is a proud supporter of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of unwanted prescription drugs in ways that keep our environment safe while also educating the community about the potential for prescription drug abuse. We partner with local law enforcement, communities and private partners across Franklin County to host these important events.

Please note that only pills will be accepted at all of these locations unless otherwise noted. For more information on ways to safely dispose of prescription pills or for tips on how to talk to your kids about prescription drug misuse, visit

Have You Completed the 2020 Census?

A lot of people in Franklin County and Ohio have yet to complete the 2020 Census. The Census is important because for the next decade, higher responding states and communities will get their fair share of:

  • Congressional representation,
  • Medicaid and CHIP money to fund hospitals and doctors,
  • Funding for transit and infrastructure,
  • Money for education from pre-school to college to adult,
  • Emergency food assistance,
  • Grants for firefighters, and
  • Pollution clean-up, and other federal money.

The good news is that Ohio has counted 92.4% of it’s citizens; the bad news is that may still leave a million people uncounted. Take the Census if you haven’t and encourage others to complete it as well.

You can find out more at the Franklin County Census site and the US Census site.