Kay Bennett, Secretary (term ends May 2025)
Kay has lived in Old Orchard for 40+ years where she and her husband, Jim, raised their two daughters. Kay began her professional life as a Registered Nurse working as a public health nurse with the Lucas County Health Department, then as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia for two and a half years. Following her service with Peace Corps, Kay earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from University of Toledo.
Kay directed her passion for helping others by volunteering in the social services/disability advocacy arena, serving on several non-profit boards over the years. She served as President of United Health Services (a six-agency umbrella agency that served people with disabilities) and was instrumental in the creation and production of the original Northwest Ohio Rib-Off. For nine years Kay worked as Program Director/Clinical Nurse Practitioner for the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Treatment Center, The Toledo Hospital.
Kay was Executive Director for The Arc of Lucas County which provided self-advocacy and living skills programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for 10 years. During this period she was appointed to the Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disabilities, serving on this Commission for seven years. She was a co-founder of the Glass City Beer Fest in 2007, a fundraiser in collaboration with the NW Ohio Hemophilia Foundation.
In recent years Kay served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. She later joined the CASA staff in the role of CASA Volunteer Coach.
Kay currently is a member of the Epworth/Hawkins STEMM Academy Partnership Leadership Team, which develops and oversees volunteer-provided literacy and tutoring programs at Hawkins STEMM Academy (Toledo Public Schools)
And, last but not least, Kay is a proud member of the Old Orchard Neighborhoods Association/Board of Directors since its inception, is recording secretary and a member of the OONA Garden Tour Committee.
Kevin Casper (term ends May 2023)
Born and raised in Toledo, Kevin has spent a large portion of his life living in Old Orchard. Kevin, attended Gesu, St. Francis de Sales and The University of Toledo graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing. After graduating he went to work for St. Francis as the Alumni and Development Director, then at the University of Toledo as Development Director and on to Assistant Dean at the College of Engineering. Kevin spent a short year and a half as the Alumni Director for UT before joining Seneca Medical (now Concordance Healthcare Solutions) as a sales rep. He has been with Concordance for 21 years and now is the Great Lakes Region Sales Director.
A member of the OONA Board of Director since its inception, Kevin also serves on the St. Francis de Sales Hall of Fame committee and The University of Toledo College of Business Department of Information, Operations, and Technology Management Advisory Committee.
Kevin spent 20 years living in the 2600 block of Drummond before moving to Point Place after marrying Lynn Szaroleta. Lynn and Kevin moved back to Old Orchard with their two children in 2006. Empty nesters since 2014 they enjoy traveling to see their kids. They are avid gardeners who love working in their yard. The annual UT homecoming parade, Toledo Glass City Marathon and many other events and sounds from campus bring them great joy. Blessed to live near such a beautiful university they walk the campus daily.
Dick Cromwell, President (term ends May 2023)
Dick has served as our President since the inception of OONA (Old Orchard Neighborhoods Association) in the spring of 2016. Dick and wife Kathy raised their two children on Pemberton (1990-2003) and now reside on Cheltenham (2003-present). Dick and Kathy enjoy spending family time with the 5 grandkids and cookouts and dinners with their friends (pre Covid days !!!!). For some reason Dick enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball. Dick has spent his career in education serving St Francis de Sales as teacher, coach, and administrator for 28 years and is presently enjoying his time as Athletic Director of Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and Academy.
Craig Jablonski, Treasurer (term ends May 2025)
Craig became an Old Orchard neighbor in 2014 when he purchased his dream home on Barrington. He quickly became involved with the Old Orchard Neighborhoods Association where he currently serves as Board Treasurer and a founding member of the Garden Tour committee. Craig’s love for landscape gardening was showcased on the 2018 Old Orchard Garden Tour.
Craig is an advocate for preservation and service to others, having served as a board member of the Mansion View Board (Old West End), The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northwest Ohio, and The Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Ohio. He currently works as Vice President of Operations at Signature Bank. In his spare time, Craig enjoys cooking, spending time with his canine babies, and biking the neighborhood and area parks and trails.
Lynn Jensen (term ends May 2024)
Lynn is a native Toledoan and has lived in Old Orchard for nearly 30 years. She received a degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Findlay. After working in Toledo for more than 20 years as a litigation paralegal defending medical malpractice cases, Lynn spent the next 12 years working at Marathon Petroleum Corporation as a Corporate Governance Administrator and as a Project Analyst for mergers and acquisitions. She also worked a short time as an Energy Management Specialist purchasing electricity for refineries and terminals located in Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota before retiring in 2020. Lynn has served on the Boards of Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Paralegal Association of Northern Ohio.
Lynn is now enjoying retired life and long walks with her dog, Riley, and embracing the journey of teaching herself watercolor painting.
Brent Lohmann (term ends May 2025)
Brent was born and raised in west Toledo attending The University of Toledo and obtaining a degree in Marketing and minor in Design. A resident of Old Orchard since 1998, Brent purchase a one-owner home in great need of improvement and spent the next seven years (and significant savings) renovating the property. Brent’s career begin by holding various positions in the advertising world and he eventually became Vice President of a local ad agency. He launched is own design and marketing studio, B Creative, in 1995 which currently serves many local, regional and national companies from their studio in the Warehouse District.
Brent has previously served on the board of the UpTown Association, where he assisted the organization with branding, marketing, and event planning. He also is a member of the Toledo Warehouse District Association’s Architectural Review Committee which reviews proposed property improvements. Brent has been a member of OONA since the organization began and is chair of the Beautification committee and Garden Tour committee.
Brent's passions have always revolved around architecture, landscape design and urban planning. During the summer, he can be found in his yard aimlessly digging holes and relocating garden plants in an unachievable quest for garden perfection.
Billy Mann (term ends May 2024)
A native Toledoan, Billy began volunteering with his current employer the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo in 1995. Billy received his Bachelors Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude, with Degrees in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising. While in Chicago, he worked for The March of Dimes, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago, and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Billy moved back to Toledo in the winter of 2009 to work for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo where he is currently employed as Director of Development & Communications. He is also a third generation member of the Downtown Toledo Kiwanis Club, and Club past President. Billy has also served on the board of the Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla and currently serves as board President for Equality Toledo and on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northwest Ohio.
An avid gardener, traveler, host and fan of the outdoors, you can usually catch him in his garden on Densmore.
Matthew Reny (term ends May 2024)
Born and raised in the Glass City, Matt has spent nearly all of his life in the Old Orchard neighborhood. Following his local education through Old Orchard Elementary, DeVeaux Middle School and Start High School (TPS PROUD!), he went on to continue his education at the Ohio State University in Columbus as an Evans Scholar.
As both a proud Start Spartan and Ohio State Buckeye, Matt returned to Toledo with a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communications, aiming to use his love for creativity to better the place he will forever call his home.
Matt previously worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo while he now sits as the Director of Marketing and Communications at WGTE Public Media. He also serves on the board of Diabetes Youth Services.
He and his wife Manisa can often be found out walking their dogs, Saki and Sage, who will undoubtedly give you a loud bark or two, "hello".
Mark Valdes-Dapena (term ends May 2025)
Mark has lived in Indian Hills in the same lovely 1927 home for over 40 years. He and his wife Mary Lynn moved to Toledo in 1978 shortly after they were married. Their house on Brookdale provided shelter and warmth for all three of their now adult children. Today, during holidays and other special times it welcomes members of their extended family, which includes 6 grandkids.
Mark works for an international software development company that provides software to the waste and recycling industries. Mark is an avid do-it-yourselfer, spending a great deal of time and effort maintaining and upgrading his charming brick home. He is also classic car enthusiast and you may have seen him riding around West Toledo in his 1964 Triumph TR4