Proposed Board Members for 2021
I first fell in love with Wellington and its residents in 1998 when I became Office Manger for P.T. Services Rehabilitation. I have always loved to help people and joined the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department in 2005 as an EMT, Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Department Secretary. In 2007, I was hired as an EMT at South Lorain County Ambulance District and have advanced my career to a Full Time Paramedic and Administrative Supervisor in 2012. I have found my dream job!
My husband, John and I are blessed to live in Wellington with our 2 dogs (Dot and Daisy). I am also the Proud Mom to my son, Jordan and Daughter, Lexie. John and I also own and operate a local business….Kiley’s Tree and Bucket Truck Services, LLC.
I enjoy volunteering with different organizations including LINC (Treasurer), Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Bell Ringer, Well-Help (food box packer and maker of Award Winning Chili at Chili Cookoffs), Flower Pot planter for Main Street Wellington and feel I was put on this great Earth to help people no matter what the job is.
I am excited to become a Board Member for Main Street Wellington! I love to brain-storm ideas, assist with public events to promote our beautiful Village and its downtown businesses and will accomplish any task that needs to be completed. I bring dedication, hard work and organization to the Main Street Wellington Board!
I am the owner/operator of 1st Choice Storage located just east of the Wellington Village limits on Rt. 18. I acquired the storage facility in 2017 and started to attend the B2B meetings promoted by Main Street Wellington to meet local business owners and learn more about the community. These meetings helped me get connected and meet many local business owners who genuinely care about and support the local community. I wanted to get more involved in supporting and growing local businesses and am looking forward to joining the board in 2021.
Prior to owning 1st Choice Storage, I worked for many years selling software to manufacturers throughout the Midwest and helping them to improve their businesses through technology. I have been involved with the Boy Scouts as an assistant scout master and am very active member of my church, Hartland Community Church. Married to my beautiful wife Julie for 38 years and have two grown children and one grandchild who is the light of our lives. When not working I enjoy just about any outdoor activity including kayaking, skiing, backpacking and fishing.
Board Member Biographies
I am a lifelong resident of Wellington and have always enjoyed living in a small, relatively safe and friendly town which has much to offer. I think that Main Street Wellington has helped us become more aware of the advantages of living here. I am very pleased to have been asked to become a board member of this organization. I look forward to working with these young board members who are interested in promoting Wellington as a great place to live or just visit.
“I graduated from Oberlin High School in 1992. I have lived in Wellington for over 20 years and married to my wife Sherry for 19 years. We have 3 children ages 24, 21, and 18. We have five grandchildren. We also have a dog named Jack. Sherry is the Vocal director at Wellington. We enjoy travelling, spending time together, and music among other things. I am a co-owner of Scent Depot. I want nothing more than to see Wellington be a go to destination for the surrounding area and beyond. I want Wellington to be where everyone wants to be: both residents and businesses. I am currently President of the Wellington Choral Boosters, but am rather new to community enrichment and planning but I am looking forward to being an integral part of Wellington’s future.”
My family and I moved to Wellington in 1978. We raised four children here and also two of our grandchildren were raised in Wellington. Each year I appreciate more and more what Wellington has offered me and my family. I have served the community through Wellington Wome’s League (serving one year as President), member of Town and Country, volunteer Paramedic since 1985, Registered Nurse (worked at Wellington Community Hospital and now at St. Vincent Charity ED) and as a Realtor with King Realty since moving to Wellington.
I am a current volunteer with Main Street Wellington and with The Spirit of 76 Museum. I started the Friends of the Spirit of 76 Museum and now serve on the Museum Board. In my spare time I greatly enjoy golfing, playing PickleBall, bowling and, of course, spending time with family, especially my 9 grandchildren.
Mark has served on Village Council and on the Main Street Board since January of 2017. He has been instrumental in making improvements to the football field, creating the cremation garden for Greenfield cemetery and utilizing his skills in engineering, carpentry, and technical sound to make Wellington better.
My name is Elyse Coker. I am a single mother of one precious child. I am a full time REALTOR and serve Wellington, Ohio (and beyond) I am a 2008 graduate of Wellington High School and Lorain County JVS. I am also a graduate of Lorain County Community College. I own 215 N Main Street, the former Parsons Dairy. Most know it from Facebook, “215 Main”. It is my current project. I look forward to working with Main Street and it is an honor to sit on the board. I look forward to doing my part to bring more business into our community. When Ron Drake, of Flip this Town came to Wellington, he urged me to get involved, especially being a building owner- so I did.
Reese has served on the Main Street Wellington board since late 2015. He previously held the position of Secretary and is now the Treasurer. He works with the Community Development Department with Lorain County as an Economic Development Specialist. He has helped secure funding for the county and worked to re-develop areas to be more viable to businesses.
“My family has always lived in Wellington. I’ve been working at my family’s business, King Realty for 9 years, and as a realtor for 7 years. I love being a realtor because it allows me to build relationships with people and help them achieve their goals. Being a part of a small business in town shows me how much Main Street Wellington does for local businesses and the community. I have volunteered for Main Street events over the years but am really excited to have the opportunity to contribute more of my time to promoting Wellington. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, kayaking, practicing yoga, and taking my dog, Mr. Tubbs for hikes.”
Rich retired (October 2020) from managing the Trent Insurance Group/Nationwide office in Wellington. Originally from Syosset, New York he relocated to Ohio in 1977, and Kipton in 1980, to be near his wife's family.
When not working, Rich enjoys hiking for weeks at a time. He is also an avid sports, especially football fan. He has enjoyed being involved with Main Street Wellington since January of 2017.
Hello, I’m Anthony Savage. I grew up in the Fireland’s school district but moved to Wellington in 2015 after marrying my beautiful wife, Ariana. I work at the Trent Insurance Group here in town, am a youth pastor, church trustee and council member at Kipton Community Church. I also co-coordinate The Game Changers, a non-profit group that provides positive Christian-based support and activities for older teens and young adults.
I’d like to help bridge the gap between our community members and the history of the village by working hard to achieve a positive balance where we can help revitalize the town and make it relevant to the modern era in which we live. My goal is to preserve the charm and character of Wellington's history while aiding in events and projects that bring new life to our area. I enjoy all that our fine village has to offer and want to help see to its sustainable future.
David and I married in New York and moved to Wellington in 1975 where I became a stay at home mom. to Christina and Caroline. I m an active member of First Congregational Church, THRIVE! and Wellington Literary Club and have worked 12 hours a week for The Salvation Army for over 20 years.
As an admirer of Pat (Lindley) and Bill (Brumfield) and Larry and Eleanor (Broome), how could I not want to be a part of MSW!"
Jenny Arntz, Executive Director
I grew up in Wellington and worked with my family at Farm and Home Hardware for many years. After attending graduate school at Kent State University, I left to work in higher education around the country including: Reno, Nevada- Lock Haven, Pennsylvania - Ann Arbor and East Lansing, Michigan.
It was in Michigan that I met my husband Andy, and also became a mom to Daisy. We returned to Wellington in May of 2015 to be closer to my parents: Jim and Jean.
I was happy to get the opportunity to become the Executive Director of Main Street Wellington shortly after moving home.
The job blends a lot of what I love to do: event planning, mentoring/helping businesses, creative advertising, and social media etc. Plus, it's for my hometown which I dearly love.
The photo is in July, 2019 when we won America's Main Street of the Year award. Pictured with my cousin Scott Jerousek, Owner of Farm and Home Hardware, and my dad, Jim Jerousek Owner of Farm and Home Properties. Probably one of my proudest moments.