Board of Trustees

Nick Cipiti, President

Nick Cipiti has been on the NWCA Board since 2016 and has been a Columbus area resident for more than 25 years. He has a BBA from Kent State and an MBA from John Carroll. Nick has served on the boards of the Central Ohio Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis, Clintonville Rotary, and the Clintonville Area Commission, where he served as Secretary and Vice Chair. Nick has two sons who served in the US Marine Corps and a daughter who recently passed the CPA exam.  He can be contacted at or 614-506-5411.

Ruth Royal

Ruth Royal, Vice President, Social/Membership Committee Co-Chair 

Ruth Royal has been an NWCA Trustee for more than ten years. She has lived in Columbus her entire life and has lived in the northwest community for over 30 years.  She works in State Auditor Faber’s office as Administrative Receptionist.  She has one son who was a former Mr. Ohio.

Amanda Gibbs

Amanda Gibbs- Secretary, Zoning Committee, Student Trustee Chair

Originally from Medina, Ohio, Amanda has lived in Columbus since 2002 and moved to northwest Columbus in 2008. She was elected to the Northwest Civic Association in 2018. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She currently works in the Ohio State College of Medicine Grants Management Office where she helps researchers apply for grants. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling the world with her husband, attending Broadway Across America shows and Ohio State football games, or relaxing at home with her two cats.


John Guroy – Treasurer, Code Enforcement Committee Chair

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.


Marilyn Goodman – Graphics & Zoning Committee Chair, Airport Chair  

Marilyn was the President of Northwest Civic Association in 2009-2010 and chaired NWCA’s  Candidate Night from 2008-2010.  She lives in the Riverside Green neighborhood.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  She became a psychotherapist and served as Executive Director or CEO of four nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations.  Seeking a new career in the law, Marilyn received her Paralegal Certificate from Capital University Law School in 2007.  She worked as a Paralegal at Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Ohio Legal Rights Service, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and JPMorgan Chase before retiring in July 2017.

Dennis Damon 

Dennis Damon – Social/Membership Committee Co-Chair

Dennis has lived in northwest Columbus 23 years.  He has a degree in Business Education from the University of Findlay and worked at Ohio State University 18 years.  He was a high school teacher and softball coach of middle and high school players for 9 years and a youth softball and baseball coach for 22 seasons.  He was on the Board of the Columbus Ski Club and has served as a Block Watch Captain in the Riverside Green neighborhood.

John Fortkamp 

John Fortkamp – Streets & Safety Committee Chair

John has a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University.  He was the National Sales Manager for SDI, a division of Borden, Inc.  He was the President and Chairman of Charity Newsies, an organization that ensures that no child shall be kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing.

.Cheryl Grossman

Cheryl Grossman- Parks, Recreation & Bikeways Co-Chair, Website

Cheryl R.S. Grossman is an activist who has worked on campaigns for petition drives and candidates. She does social media and other communication tasks for several local groups. And was an early member of the NWCA sheep farm committee. Her work life has included stints in a veterinary hospital, retail, stocking in a grocery store, writing for a youth development project, evaluating and writing grants, and library public and technical services. She received a BA from the Ohio State University and an MLS from Kent State University.

Roy Wentzel

Roy Wentzel- Sheep Farm, Parks & Recreation Co-Chair

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.

Steve Donnell

Steve Donnell- Streets and Safety, Blockwatch 

Steve Donnell grew up in North Central PA and has been living in Columbus since 1977. He and his wife of 41 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.

Evan Teeters

Evan Teeters- Student Trustee 2019-20

Evan is a lifelong resident of Columbus. He is a senior at Centennial High School and plays on the Baseball Team as well as the Chess Team. Evan plans to continue his education at either the University of Michigan or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying mechanical engineering. He also works at the Donato’s at Carriage Place.

Tyler Moorefield (2)

Tyler Morefield- Student Trustee 2019-20

Tyler is a senior at Centennial High School and is involved in many activities including soccer, martial arts, and tennis. He belongs to a Bible study group and teaches at a Recreation Center. Tyler has participated in Mock Trial and intends to go to Capital Law School to study Criminal Law. He is also currently employed.