Meet the dedicated group of people who make Columbus Landmarks a success. These are the folks that give their time and energy to help preserve Columbus Ohio's architectural history.
Peter Krajnak – President &
Endangered Properties Fund Chair
Rogers Krajnak Architects
Peter is Design Principal at Rogers Krajnak Architects and has overseen approximately 500 commissions for worship, education, community, health care and residential clients.
Peter has a passion for historic buildings and a portfolio filled with numerous preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse projects. In addition to his role as Board President, he serves as the Endangered Properties Fund Committee Chair. Peter is most proud of the James R. Recchie Design Award his team received for the Broad Street UMC stone replacement project and the Lifeline of Ohio Expansion and Donor Memorial project. He and his wife Ann, live in a 105-year-old home in Bexley, where they raised their three sons and four beagles. His favorite landmark is the Southern Theatre.
Ann Hancock Gradisek –
Past President, Ex Officio
Bath & Body Works
Ann is a senior attorney in Bath & Body Works, Inc.’s legal real estate department, handling legal leasing matters across the company’s national portfolio of stores.
Ann is the Chair of the Nominating Committee and member of the Personnel Committee. Prior to joining BBW, Ann worked at Washington Prime Group, Inc. handling similar matters, albeit from the landlord’s side, and previously practiced law with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, litigating business and family matters and counseling clients on cost-effective and practical business solutions. Before beginning her legal career, Ann had the pleasure of working for a talent agency in Beverly Hills, California, assisting in the management and legal representation of high-profile actors, comedians and musicians. Ann is enthusiastic about our community, the preservation of the city’s historical works and the arts.
Jaclyn Reith – Secretary
WOSU Public Media
Jaclyn works in Development at WOSU Public Media, and particularly enjoys connecting with Central Ohio arts partners and local businesses who have a passion for supporting local nonprofits.
Jaclyn has served on the Columbus Landmarks board since 2017. She is our the Board Secretary, a member of the Marketing Committee, and also serves on the Personnel Committee. While attending graduate school in London, England, Jaclyn developed a love for architecture and an interest in the preservation of unique historic spaces. She currently lives in a 125 year old German Village home, where she collects antique books and artifacts that might be haunted. Her favorite landmark is the Southern Theatre.
Jessica Schueren – Treasurer
Jessica works for Kaufman Development as Director of Development focusing on mixed-use developments.
Prior to joining Kaufman Development, she worked for seven years in the student housing and multi-family development department for Edwards Companies. Jessica is Board Treasurer and a member of the Endangered Property Fund Committee. Jessica firmly believes that both quality new buildings and preservation of historic buildings can and should co-exist, and feels lucky to be a small part of both in Columbus. In addition to her work with Columbus Landmarks, she has volunteered and partnered with various nonprofit organizations throughout Columbus to give back through service. She is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Schumacher Place Civic Association.
Benjamin Gradisek – Finance Chair
Ben is a consultant with RealFoundations, working with commercial real estate clients to help implement and customize property management software.
Ben has been on the Columbus Landmarks board since 2018, and has been the chair of the Finance Committee since 2021. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with a BSBA focused in Accounting. Prior to joining RealFoundations, Ben worked for Washington Prime Group (fka Glimcher Realty Trust) and MRI Software, working in commercial real estate on both the landlord side and the software provider side. Ben has also owned and managed residential rentals in the Columbus area. He currently lives in Merion Village in a 1900 build house with his wife and former Columbus Landmarks President Ann Hancock Gradisek, their son Briscoe, and their two cats Lenny and Herbie.
Cole Moffatt – Advocacy Chair
Cole is the owner and operator of Steelton Glass, an architectural glass studio specializing in stained glass design and restoration.
Having served on Columbus Landmark’s Advocacy Committee since 2020, Cole has helped in the selection process of local historic properties for the annual Most Endangered Sites list, he’s advocated for preservation through community outreach, and participated in the Window Warriors program with Jim Turner. Cole resides in a historic pink house on the Southside with his wife, Lauren, and their two children, Henry and Frances. If they’re not bopping around the neighborhood, they’re out enjoying Columbus’ great Metro Parks and libraries.
Toni Bell – Education Chair
Phoenix Consulting, Co.
Toni is the President & CEO of Phoenix Consulting Co, a learning and development firm that helps organizations advance human development strategies and cultivate emerging and rising leaders through the design and facilitation of development sessions.
Since 2001, Toni and her dynamic team of practitioners have worked with small companies, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. Some of the more recognizable names include Rolls Royce, ad Gulfstream, in addition to multiple nationally recognized not-for-profit organizations including United Way and ADAMH Board of Franklin County. Phoenix helps leaders make marked improvements in their effectiveness through intensive workshops like Managing Change, Negotiation, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Bias Identification, Strategic Planning, and Board Development. To help the lessons thrive beyond the classroom, they ongoing coaching using industry-best tools including: Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and DiSC. They provide process improvement support by teaching Lean and Six Sigma, conducting Kaizen Events, and supporting Green Belt and Black Belt projects. Toni and her team use their skills for work and for serving the community.
Michael Hancock –
Michael is the Head of Partner Success for the Central US at Klarna where she manages a team of cross-functional individuals who manage retail payment relationships for some of America’s most beloved brands.
Michael is a native Ohioan and resides in the Livingston Park neighborhood on the near east side. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Michael is a member of Women for Ohio State and is the co-host of the Casual Comics Podcast. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, art, and spending time with her cats Gordon Lightfoot and Wilson Phillips. Her favorite landmark is LeVeque Tower, where her mom used to work on the 13th floor!
Jason Hottle – Membership Chair
Modern Ohio Realty
Jason is the owner of Modern Ohio Realty and shares his love of residential real estate and keen insight into the city's unique neighborhoods with buyers and sellers in Central Ohio.
Jason is a passionate devotee of modern architecture and an entrepreneur who believes in continuously finding better, more modern, ways to buy and sell real estate. He has lived in several homes and condos in Columbus' urban neighborhoods and cares deeply about being an integral part of the communities in which he resides. As a business undergrad, he worked at architectural and design-build firms. He then earned an MBA and spent 22 years in Financial Services in roles including mortgage origination, servicing, risk, finance, and regulatory affairs. He started investing in rental properties in 2005, and made real estate a full-time career in 2015. Jason’s favorite landmark is The Christopher Inn, a lost landmark and reminder that we must protect our mid 20th century buildings.
Alison Circle – Partnership Chair
Alison served as the Chief Customer Experience Officer for Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Over the course of her eight-year tenure, she oversaw all library staff and branches, Marketing, Collection Services, IT, Security, Volunteers, Training and Development.
Alison led the staff through tremendous changes in library work and launched Customer First, a customer experience philosophy, which has become an industry standard. She led all design for CML’s 12-library building program. Three of those libraries won the James B. Recchie Design Award: Driving Park, Northside, Main Library. In 2017 she was selected by the Customer Experience Professional Association (CXPA) for the Global Impact Award and she earned a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) certification, the industry designation. She was elected to the CXPA board in 2018, which is a worldwide association. In 2021 she stepped away from the library; in 2022 she has earned the Master Gardener certification from Ohio State. Alison has an extensive background in art and design, having received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, two Wisconsin State Arts grants, and inclusion in a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Alison’s favorite landmark is Main Library, of course!
Minerva AJ –
Preservation Services Chair
Minerva AJ is a bilingual design-sensitive architectural designer. To her, architecture should not only respond to aesthetic interests, but should also balance with culture, humanism and economics.
Minerva AJ's interests include designing structures and spaces that not only benefit everyday users, but also the entire neighborhood and environment in which they are situated. She holds a B.A. in International Business and a MArch in Architectural Design & Practice. She is actively pursuing Architect Registration Examination (A.R.E.) and NCARB IDP requirements. One of her favorite landmarks is the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
Stephen Metz – Home Preservation Loan Fund Chair
Stephen is the President of SMBH Engineering and has been with SMBH since 1998. He progressed through the organization from project engineer, project manager, to principal.
Stephen has over 25 years’ experience designing and managing a diverse portfolio of structural systems, is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited, and professionally licensed in 16 states. The knowledge and broad-based experience Stephen gained over his tenure have made him the visionary behind SMBH’s strategic plan and business development efforts. Under his leadership, the firm has enjoyed significant growth and remains at the forefront of structural engineering. Stephen is the author of several articles and has presented at numerous industry events.
Charles Rowan – Board Member
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Charles is the Deputy Chief Counsel with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He became involved with Columbus Landmarks because he has lived in historic homes and neighborhoods all of his life.
Charles also developed a desire to advocate for historic preservation of places and communities with historical and cultural significance. He previously served several years on the Columbus Historic Resources Commission and as co-chair of his parish capital campaign, which completed repairs to a 100+ year old church in the King-Lincoln community. He presently serves on his parish`s finance council and enjoys spending time with his wife Jacqueline and their daughters Morgan and Ryenne, as well as biking, hiking, golf, concerts and shows, historic district tours, and travel.
Clyde Henry – Board Member
Architect; Denmark on High
Clyde is a founding partner of TRIAD Architects, National Engineering, Yankee Brothers, Henry-Price, and Director of Copenhagen Trust. He specializes in historic structures and serves on our Membership Committee.
Clyde sees Columbus Landmarks as a critical organization in creating livable communities that connect our city's past with its future. He serves on the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board, is chair of the Historic Resource Commission for the City of Columbus, and serves on the Ohio Writers' Guild board. He served on the Advantage Ohio Regulatory Reform Initiative and numerous other state and local organizations. He has published extensively, including contributions to the Society of Architectural Historians – Achipedia, Facilities Design & Management, Design Cost Data, School Planning and Management, American School & University, Engineering News Record, and The School Administrator. He received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award and AIA/OSBA Design for Excellence Award. He has lectured on preservation issues for the National Trust, the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the American Institute of Architects.
David Gentilini – Board Member
Capital University Schumacher Gallery
David is the Director of The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University. He has served as the museum registrar, preparator curator, fundraiser, event coordinator, and artist and community liaison.
Receiving his BFA from Capital, David also received a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from The Union Institute and University. He has spent the last 20 years building relationships between the community and arts organizations. David has served as Gallery Director for MadLan Gallery, consultant for the Gateway Film Center Gallery, and served on the Board for the Franklinton Arts District. He has also assisted in the curation 800+ exhibits and displays around Central Ohio. David is a practicing artist who shows regularly throughout the state. He is represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery in the Short North Arts District. David’s favorite landmark is the Leveque Tower.
Erin Durbin – Board Member
Erin manages strategic projects for Hexion Inc, a global specialty chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Columbus. Since 2018, Erin has served on the Finance Committee and Development Committee.
Erin has been enamored with old houses for as long as she can remember and spent years restoring an 1888 Foursquare in Franklin Park. Joining Columbus Landmarks was a logical extension of Erin’s passion for preserving older buildings and neighborhoods. Erin has travelled extensively, both for business and pleasure. When not travelling, Erin enjoys crossword puzzles, gardening and a good Manhattan.
Janica Pierce Tucker –
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
As managing partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Janica represents clients in all aspects of employment and labor law.
Janica advises employers regarding legal planning and policy analysis and formulation. Janica represents employers in defense against a broad range of employment claims. She also represents higher education institutions and primary and secondary schools. As a litigator, she is active in other aspects of civil trial, appellate litigation and commercial litigation. Janica's excited about bringing her expertise in employment and board experience to the Columbus Landmarks board. She believes in the work that Columbus Landmarks does and continues to do to preserve some of our most beautiful assets in our community.
Jim Sweeney – Board Member
Sweeney & Associates
Jim, a lifelong Columbus resident, became Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association Community Development Corporation in 2002, one year before the completion of the Franklinton floodwall.
Jim led the effort to revitalize Franklinton through the creation of 150+ affordable housing units, various community building activities including founding the Franklinton Arts District, and neighborhood advocacy on all levels. Jim moved Franklinton to the center of the discussion about central-Ohio development. He built consensus around the revitalization of East Franklinton as an arts destination, an initiative which gained support of city hall. He currently operates as Sweeney & Associates, a neighborhood revitalization/creative community consultancy. Services include revitalization planning, creative placemaking, and “making” a makerspace.
Joseph McCabe – Board Member
Joseph is VP of Development with Woda Cooper Companies, Inc., one the largest affordable housing developers. He has been interested in preservation since pursuing his Bachelor of Professional Studies and MArch at the State University of New York.
Following nearly a decade of design experience as Senior Project Manager for KA, Inc. Architecture, he transitioned into real estate development. Joseph has completed over a 12+ adaptive reuse and tax-credit financed restorations of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He was appointed in 2017 as a Commissioner on the City of Columbus – Historic Review Commission. It is the duty of the Commission to maintain the Columbus Register of Historic Properties and promote the conservation of the city's historic sites and structures, including review of appropriateness of proposed renovations, remodeling, demolition and new construction in Historic Districts. Joseph is a member of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a trustee of the Ohio Housing Council and served as Vice President of the Organ Historical Society.
Maggie Colvin – Board Member
Victoria's Secret & Company
Maggie is a Human Resources and Recruiting professional at Victoria’s Secret & Company with a strong background in talent management and associate relations.
Maggie's professional expertise lies in coaching, building strong business partnerships, process improvement, problem resolution. She drives business results through strategic collaboration and successful execution.
Michael Barbee – Board Member
Michael Douglas – Board Member
Michael is a Financial Analyst at Kaufman Development, where he blends his love for urban development, the City of Columbus, and history with his financial insight to bring a unique perspective to Columbus Landmarks.
Michael has served in various leadership roles within ULI’s Columbus Chapter, including the Chair for the Young Leaders Group. Michael is excited to expand his involvement within the local Columbus real estate scene. He supports both the preservation of historic buildings and complementary new development, centered on the belief that the buildings we live and work in play an important role in our city’s identity, culture and wellbeing of those who interact with them. Outside of work, Michael can be found walking with his wife and their dog, Doug, riding his bike on the city’s trail network, or enjoying a beer at any of Columbus’ many local breweries. Michael has a Bachelor of Business Administration with specializations in Finance, Real Estate and Urban Analysis from The Ohio State University.
Randy Black – Board Member
Historic Preservation Consultant
As a Preservation Consultant, Randy provides preservation property analysis, research, and recommendations to applicants, developers, zoning attorneys, architects.
During his career Randy was Chief Preservation Officer to the City and Manager of HPO staff, served on five historic review commissions, and was preservation advisor to internal/external customers Section 106 reviewer for all City Housing Division Projects City of Columbus. He served as staff manager to the historic commissions per annual assignment and wrote Historic Review Specifications for City Housing Division Rehabilitation Technicians. Randy lives on the family farm where he grew up. The farm was purchased by his father following his return from serving in the Screaming Eagles in Europe during WWII–from the night jump on D-Day to the winter in Bastogne.