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Springtime brings transitions for several area organizations and individuals


Thursday, May 1, 2014, Megan Meister Moves On Party, Los Dos Fronteras, 3292 Fulton Road: (L-R) Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Executive Director Jeff Ramsey, Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone, Megan Meister, Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins, and Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli.  Friends of Megan Meister gathered to wish her well as she takes on a new job doing community engagement for Neighborhood Family Practice. Meister has served as the managing director of the Stockyard Clark Fulton Brooklyn Center Community Development Office since its’ opening in July of 2010.

 (Plain Press, June 2014)Springtime is proving to be a time of transition for many of those who work to provide services to residents of Cleveland’s Westside neighborhoods.

Cleveland Mediation

After over three decades with the Cleveland Mediation Center, long time Executive Director Dan Joyce will be retiring at the end of June.  During his tenure at Cleveland Mediation Center (CMC), Joyce has successfully shepherded CMC through a number of major shifts in programming and funding. “We have fulfilled CMC’s mandate in large part because of Dan’s many skills and his dogged determination that the organization make a demonstrable difference in the lives of the people of Cleveland, “ said Patrick Coy, Vice President of CMC’s Board of Directors..

The Cleveland Mediation Board of Directors has appointed a new executive director, Kathleen Jackson. She comes to CMC from Senior Citizen Resources in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Jackson has a Masters of Arts Degree from Kent State University (KSU) in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Nonprofit Management, Conflict Management, and EcoVillage Development. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Conflict Management from KSU.

Joyce will stay with Cleveland Mediation and work with the new director for a month to aid in the transition.

Stockyard, Clark-Fulton Brooklyn Centre

Megan Meister, who has served as managing director of the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office since its inception in July of 2010, and prior to that worked as an community organizer in the Stockyard neighborhood, will be taking a new job at Neighborhood Family Practice. Meister will be working on creating opportunities for community outreach, collaboration and community programing for Neighborhood Family Practice. Neighborhood Family Practice has clinics in the Stockyard, Detroit Shoreway, Tremont and Bellaire Puritas neighborhoods.

Meister’s decision to move on has spurred some additional changes. Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) Executive Director Jeff Ramsey will assume responsibilities for the day-to-day management of the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre (SCFBC) neighborhood office while continuing to serve as the executive director of DSCDO. Ramsey says he plans to move into the Lin Omni Center office of SCFBC on Fulton Avenue and work out of there.

Ramsey hopes he can use his experience in real estate development to help to create additional investment in the neighborhood as MetroHealth plans to invest a half billion in remaking its campus on W. 25th and the new $50 million Max Hayes High School comes online at W. 65th and Walworth.

Detroit Shoreway

As part of this transition, Ramsey has hired Jenny Spencer as managing director of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood office. Spencer worked for DSCDO for four years managing the Detroit Avenue Streetscape project, coordinating the grand opening of the Capitol Theater and launched the Gordon Square Special Improvement District. Spencer and her husband are residents of Franklin Boulevard and are active in several neighborhood block clubs and neighborhood improvement projects. Spencer’s most recently worked for Team NEO doing business recruitment.

Ohio City

Eric Wobser, who has served as Executive Director of Ohio City Inc, as well as serving on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education, will be going to Sandusky to start a new position as Sandusky’s City Manager.


Near West Side resident Piet van Lier will be leaving Policy Matters Ohio after seven years as communications director and education researcher. Van Lier joins the Cleveland Transformation Alliance where he will work on school quality monitoring and communications. The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is charged with monitoring the Transformation Plan of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Cleveland Police Department

As reported in the May issue of the Plain Press, Keith Sulzer has stepped down as commander of the Second Police District. He has started a new job as a captain in the Division of Community Policing. The new commander of the Second District is Thomas Stacho.

Community residents had an opportunity to offer their best wishes to Captain Keith Sulzer at an evening gathering at the Tremont Tap House on Scranton and Starkweather on May 6th.  The event featured free food and a cash bar. A percentage of the proceeds from the drinks purchased were donated to the Second District Police Community Relations Committee’s Christmas Party for neighborhood children.

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