Women in Real Estate Dinner

September 9th, 2019   |       6 pm       |   The Ohio State University Faculty Club 

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Women's Dinner Sponsors

Invited Guests: 

Jessica Schueren

Jessica Schueren                                                                         

Kaufman Development, Project Manager                                                                                                                                                  

Jessica works as a development Project Manager with Kaufman Development where she manages the real estate development process for mixed-use projects throughout Columbus.  Prior to joining Kaufman, Jessica worked for 7 years in the student housing and multi-family development department for Edwards Companies.  Jessica is a graduate of Miami University (BS) and Penn State University (MPA).

Jessica has served as a Columbus Landmarks trustee since 2017 and currently chairs the Preservation Services Committee.  She firmly believes that both quality new buildings and preservation of historic buildings can and should co-exist.

Originally from Cleveland, Jessica now considers Columbus home.  She is passionate about giving back to her community in any way she can.  In addition to her work with Columbus Landmarks, she has served as a Volunteer Lead for Besa for the last several years, partnering with various non-profit 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.

 

Mary Ludgin

Mary Ludgin

Heitman, Head of Global Investment Research

Mary Ludgin is Heitman’s Head of Global Investment Research. She is a partner of the firm and holds a seat on its investment, valuation and global management committees. Prior to joining Heitman, Mary was an urban planner and she worked in retail site location. She holds an AB from Vassar College and an MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Among her professional affiliations, Mary has just concluded her term as a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and she chairs the Institute’s Chicago District Council. She served as Chairman of the Board of the Pension Real Estate Association, President of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, and President of the Real Estate Research Institute. Mary is a fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate Research and a member of LAI, the honorary real estate society.

She sits on the boards of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation.

 

Allison Srail

Allison Srail

Crawford Hoying, Executive Vice President of Finance

Allison Srail serves as Executive Vice President of Finance at Crawford Hoying, responsible for directing, coordinating and controlling all financial aspects of developments and assets from acquisition through stabilization. She spearheads the financial department and oversees internal underwriting for prospective projects, financing, project management and monitoring of project financials upon completion. Allison has been with the development company since 2015, previously serving as Director of Finance and Associate Director of Development, and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute and other real estate professional organizations. She holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University and was a Certified Commercial Real Estate Appraiser with Cushman and Wakefield prior to joining the Crawford Hoying team.

 

Leslie Hobbs

Leslie Hobbs

Colliers, Vice President and Director of Operations

As the Vice President and Director of Operations, Leslie is the Integrator at Colliers | Columbus, meaning she partners with the CEO to test viability of vision and executes upon his ideas. She also works closely with the leadership team and each department to create focus and traction for the long and short term goals of each entity – including driving the business planning function of each organization. Working with every leader throughout the organization, Leslie drives accountability and is responsible for setting priorities in the company’s overall strategy.

As a change agent, Leslie is always on the look out for problems before they become problems. She is responsible for implementing projects and driving improvement throughout Colliers | Columbus and its affiliated companies.

Prior to joining Colliers International, Leslie was the Marketing Manager at Prudential Locations, Hawaii’s largest locally-owned residential real estate firm. At Prudential, some of her responsibilities included serving the marketing needs of 250 brokers, revamping the high-end, luxury brand of Fine Homes International and managing a direct mail program that sent out 60,000 pieces annually.

Before joining the real estate industry, Leslie worked in internal communications and marketing for the corporate office of Things Remembered, a specialty retailer with more than 700 stores.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Leslie is currently on the development and marketing committee at Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, a life-changing, non-profit, prevention program for girls in the 3rd-8th grade that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. She has previously sat on the Board as the Secretary and on the Executive Committee.

She also volunteers at St. Joan of Arc Church in Powell, Ohio, where she substitute teaches elementary school religion classes.

 

Jill Tangeman

Jill Tangeman

Vorys Columbus, Partner

Jill is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the finance, energy and real estate group. She focuses her practice in commercial real estate with an emphasis on zoning, land use regulation and developer representation.

Her notable experience includes:

  • Assisting in the annexation, zoning and entitlement of several large mixed-use developments, including several master associations and golf course resort communities
  • Assisting in the negotiation and preparation of documentation for real estate purchase and sales contracts and commercial leases, as well as the preparation and organization of condominium, homeowners and master associations

Jill is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in business, commercial and industrial real property law.

Jill has presented seminars on planned unit developments, land use, subdivision of land, variances and conditional uses.

Jill received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and her B.A. from Denison University cum laude where she received the Presidential Medal, the highest honor for exemplary leadership and community service.

Before joining Vorys, Jill worked at the law firms of Plank & Brahm (2005-2006), Lucas, Prendergast, Albright, Gibson & Newman (1998-2004), and Ricketts & Onda Co., L.P.A.

 

Alison Lies

Alison Lies

Gazit Horizons, Chief Investment Officer

Alison Lies joined Gazit Horizons at its inception in 2017 and currently serves as its Chief Investment Officer. Previously, she was VP of acquisitions with Equity One (now part of NYSE: REG), Gazit Globe’s prior U.S. subsidiary, and SVP of Investments and Asset Management for an ultra-high net worth family office.  She brings asset management, development and transactional expertise in numerous markets throughout the U.S. and has overseen more than $3.5 billion of transactions and financings throughout her career. Alison received her BA in Mathematics from Northwestern University, and holds the CCIM designation. She is also a NAIOP gavel member and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

 

Amy Klaben

Amy Klaben

Move to PROSPER, Project Facilitator

Amy Klaben, is the Project Facilitator for Move to PROSPER and has had a lifelong commitment and passion for advocating for women, families and improving the community in which she lives. In 2016, Amy became the principal of her independent consulting firm, Strategic Opportunities and began working with others to create Move to PROSPER. From 2000 to 2015, Amy served as President/CEO of Homeport, also known as Columbus Housing Partnership, Inc. She helped establish the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a local coalition of nonprofit organizations, and has actively participated with Housing Partnership Network, NeighborWorks America, and Enterprise Community Partners, national organizations pursuing policy changes and funding for affordable housing. Prior to her work at Homeport, Ms. Klaben was a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP.

Amy attended The Ohio State University, Capital University and received her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a 2016 recipient of YWCA Women of Achievement.

 

Amanda Hoffsis

Amanda Hoffsis

Campus Partners, President

Amanda Hoffsis is the President of Campus Partners, leading their community development work throughout the University District neighborhoods, including the development and management of multiple mixed-use projects adjacent to campus.  In addition, Amanda is the Assistant Vice President of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate for The Ohio State University.  Amanda’s university responsibilities include day-to-day management of all real estate services, including all university related property sales, acquisitions, leases and entitlements.  Amanda also oversees the general operations of the Planning, Architecture and Real Estate department. Amanda is a wife and a mother of three.

 

Marjorie Tsang

Marjorie Tsang

USAA Real Estate Company, Board Member  

Marjorie Tsang is a board member of the USAA Real Estate Company. She served as a Visiting Scholar with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on issues relating to financing climate-resilient real assets projects worldwide, an initiative on behalf of the UN Secretary-General.  Marjorie co-authored The Paris Climate Agreement: How Real Asset Owners Can Position Themselves for the New World of Climate-Smart Investment Opportunities; PREA Quarterly, 2016 Winter edition. She is an instructor for the REAP-NY program. In 2018, Marjorie received the CURE Founder's Award for Excellence in Diversity in Commercial Real Estate. In 2013, she was recognized as the Woman of the Year by WX: New York Women Executives in Real Estate. 

Marjorie served as a senior investment officer at the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest public pension fund in the United States.  From 1999-2011, she was the Assistant Comptroller for Real Estate Investments with investment and asset management responsibilities for the Fund’s $9 billion Real Estate portfolio.  From September 2011 through August 2012, she served as the Interim Chief Investment Officer. She also covered strategic initiatives including the Real Assets portfolio, asset allocation and launching the pension fund’s Environmental Social Governance program.  Marjorie joined the Office of the New York State Comptroller in October 1993 as Assistant Counsel for Real Estate Investments and later assumed legal responsibility for the Fund in all asset classes.  She received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Columbia Law School.

 

Gina Ormond

Gina Ormond

Nationwide Realty Investors, Legal Team 

Gina Ormond and her team provide legal support to Nationwide Realty Investors on a wide range of real estate matters including land assemblage, development and construction, public-private partnerships, financing, leasing, property management and sales. In her role, Ormond drives creative solutions to complex legal issues, at all times seeking to minimize risk while remaining bottom-line focused.

Ormond began her career at Nationwide in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame, a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She also serves on the boards for COTA and United Schools Network.

 

Debby Rollins

Debby Rollins

Steiner + Associates, Director, Human Resources

Debby Rollins first joined Steiner + Associates in 2000, holding executive assistant roles to the President and Executive Vice President of Real Estate, and later quiring new responsibilities as Office Manager before ultimately overseeing the Company’s HR as the Director of Human Resources.

Working closely with the executive leadership and property management staff, she currently focuses on strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing, federal and state law compliance, employee benefits, compensation and payroll, and training and development while also continuing to develop her extensive industry knowledge. 

Ms. Rollins is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and a member of ULI’s women’s leadership committee.  She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) with a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. In her free time, Debby enjoys spending time with her husband and her horses, Nick and Buck. 

 

Laura Wedekind

Laura Wedekind

Steiner + Associates, President/COO

As President of Steiner + Associates, Laura Wedekind is responsible for oversight of all areas of the company. Working closely with CEO Yaromir Steiner and the company’s leadership team, Laura manages key partnerships and guides the strategic direction of the company on a day-to-day basis and brings over 25 years of industry expertise.

She has been instrumental in securing several hundred-million dollar loans for Steiner’s biggest projects and played a vital role in the oversight and subsequent disposition of Steiner’s entertainment businesses, including the innovative Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey and the visionary Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky in 2007.

A natural communicator and bridge-builder, Laura’s dedication to mentoring aspiring talent as well as participation in leadership roles within multiple civic and charitable organizations has led her to garner multiple awards including a 2019 Most Admired C-Suite Executive by Business First and 2015 WELD “Women You Should Know” amongst others.  She currently serves as a mentor with Urban Land Institute (ULI), member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is Board Member and Treasurer of Healthy New Albany, and is a Board Member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has worked to raise nearly $100,000 for the organization over the past five years.

 

Sandra Sell

Sandra N. Sell

Steiner + Associates, Director of Accounting

Sandy brings more than 20 years of experience in a variety of accounting positions, with a comprehensive background across numerous industries as well as within a Fortune 100 company.  She has extensive experience with accounting for development, real estate operations, lender reporting and is responsible for audit and tax compliance. During her career she has worked for Nationwide Realty Investors, Red Capital Group and the Pizzuti Companies and was responsible for reporting on and overseeing over $1 billion in project development.

As Director of Accounting at Steiner + Associates, Sandy has successfully overseen the accounting for development and all aspects of Liberty Center, Liberty Residential, Easton Gateway and the current expansion of Easton Town Center.  In addition, she is responsible for the annual audits and tax filing for projects managed by Steiner + Associates.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sandy earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting & Finance from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She currently resides in Worthington, Ohio.

 

Jackie Caine

Jackie Caine

Crowe LLP, Senior Manager

Jackie Caine is a Senior Manager in the Construction & Real Estate Vertical for Crowe LLP.   Jackie is responsible for tax planning and advising for construction and real estate firms ranging from $150M - $6B in assets located throughout the United States. Jackie is a developing leader member of NAIOP and a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI). Crowe is a top public accounting, consulting, and technology firm that combines deep industry and specialized expertise with innovation.

 

Carli Lanfersiek

Carli Lanfersiek

Nationwide Realty Investors, Director of Marketing

Carli Lanfersiek is the Director of Marketing at Nationwide Realty Investors. She is responsible for strategic planning, brand development, communications and media relations for Nationwide Realty Investors’ $2 billion portfolio of real estate assets across the country including the Arena District, Grandview Yard, Jerome Village, and Northstar in Central Ohio, and Rivulon in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been with Nationwide since 2011.

Lanfersiek has also directed marketing efforts at Steiner & Associates, developer of Easton Town Center, and COSI, Columbus’ Center of Science & Industry. She currently serves on the board of the Gladden Community House in Franklinton, and is on the executive committee of Destination Grandview, the City’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Lanfersiek has a bachelor’s degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

 

Maia Cooper

Maia Cooper

Woda Cooper, Vice President and Associate General Counsel

Maia Cooper serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Woda.  Mrs. Cooper received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in French from Chapman University, magna cum laude. She attained a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.  While in law school, Mrs. Cooper served as a legal intern for the Honorable Judge Brian F. Holeman on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. Mrs. Cooper served as a legal fellow on the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her final year of law school, Mrs. Cooper completed a year in corporate law serving as a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel for Pepco Holdings, LLC., an Exelon company. Mrs. Cooper graduated law school with the distinguished honor of the Presidential Volunteer Service award for completing over five hundred hours of pro bono legal work.

 

Renee Csuhran

Renee Csuhran

Huntington, Executive Managing Director for CRE & CDLI

Renee Csuhran has been in the banking industry for 25+ years. She currently leads Commercial Real Estate and the Community Development Lending and Investment businesses for The Huntington National Bank. Renee serves on the board for Cleveland Development Advisors (affiliate of Greater Cleveland Partnership); Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and Make-A-Wish of Northeast Ohio. Renee is an Executive Committee member for the Real Estate Center for The Ohio State University. Renee served as the 2018 Cleveland Co-Chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Renee received her BS in Business Administration and Finance from Bowling Green State University and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Renee also attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania RMA Advanced Risk program. Renee is married with four children and resides in Brecksville, Ohio.

 

Jennifer Clifford

Jennifer Clifford

White Oak Partners, SVP, Corporate Planning & Human Resources

Jennifer leads the efforts in preparing the company for future growth, aligning strategy, talent and processes; provides leadership in the areas of corporate and strategic planning, organizational development, and is highly involved in corporate risk management. She has responsibility for the oversight of the Human Resources department which focuses on building an empowered workforce focused on strategic thinking, collaboration, and teamwork that will deliver exceptional results to stakeholders and partners alike.

She is a former Human Resources Manager within the financial services and technology industries with experience as a strategic member of corporate leadership teams. She led Human Resources with an integral role in the growth of Zolfo Cooper, a Financial Restructuring firm based in New York City; built and managed the Human Resources Department at Astute Solutions, a software company in Columbus, Ohio. Former Recruitment and Training experience within the Investment Banking Division at CIBC World Markets, and the Research and Ratings Divisions at Standard and Poor’s.

EDUCATION B.B.A. in Marketing from LIM College; SHRM SCP, and SPHR certifications

 

Madeline Wick

Madeline Wick

Almanac Realty, Vice President for Investments

Madeline Wick is the Vice President for Investments at Almanac Realty and is responsible for securities and sector analysis, valuation, and transaction execution. She currently sits on the board of Merritt Properties. Prior to joining Almanac, she was an Analyst in the Industrials Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Capital.

 

Rachel Kleit

Rachel Kleit

OSU College of Engineering, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Dr. Rachel Kleit is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Engineering. Previously, she served as Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School. Before coming to Ohio State, she was an associate professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with Highest Honors, cum laude, from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kleit’s research interests include housing mobility and location choice, affordable housing policy, housing as a poverty alleviation strategy, equity impacts of economic development, urban and regional disparity.  She teaches courses on affordable housing policy, metropolitan policy, social equity, and advanced planning theory. Kleit is an occasional guest on WOSU’s On the Record, engaging in discussions around economic inequality in Columbus and the city's recent Smart City Challenge win.

Kleit is the recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications, and the 1999 Best Student Paper Award in Housing and Community Development from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She is also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship to support research on the New Holly HOPE VI site in Seattle.

 

Holly Heer

Holly Heer

Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Partner

Holly Heer represents developers, syndicators and financial institutions in partnership syndication and related transactions. Her deep experience ranges from entity formation and negotiation to lending, asset management and workouts, with a particular emphasis on transactions involving the low-income housing tax credit, historic tax credit and new markets tax credit.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for real estate law, Holly advises on tax credit syndication involving tax structuring for credit-oriented transactions, as well as technical tax issues related to credit syndication and compliance. She negotiates financing and tax structures, partnership agreements and exit strategies for syndicated investment vehicles.

In addition, Holly counsels clients on various subsidy and tax credit programs. She advises on HUD programs such as RAD, replacement housing factor funds, Section 202, 231, 221(d)(4) and 223(a)(7) loans, and mark to market financing.

Holly is known for her ability to understand and analyze complex tax and underwriting issues and to apply new or changing areas of the law to the deal at hand. She thrives in balancing and resolving the complicated challenges inherent in transactions that support critical community development, and feels personal satisfaction in serving clients that help the community at large and people in need.

Holly solves the often difficult task of fitting together the pieces of deal structure puzzles, helping clients by spotting and mitigating potential problems and risk. A valued negotiator, Holly listens to her clients’ objectives and positions them to realize mutually beneficial resolutions.

She is a frequent speaker on topics involving affordable housing and community development issues, including low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits and new markets tax credits.

 

Joanne Goldhand

Joanne Goldhand

Ice Miller, Partner

Joanne Goldhand is a partner in the Real Estate group. She has practiced transactional real estate law since 1988 on behalf of lenders and borrowers, developers and tenants, government and nonprofits. Having worked in-house and for the federal government and representing both sides of myriad types of real estate deals, Ms. Goldhand has a unique ability to weigh all parties' needs and reach a mutually beneficial solution. Her nine years at a retail developer give her a special insight into leasing. She has been a preferred real estate counsel to DSW and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams since returning to the firm. Ms. Goldhand's deep experience with retail includes analysis of its changing landscape; she has presented several times on the challenging issues of e-commerce on leasing. Retail is less of her practice today as she is pivoting into power plant transactions. She was the primary real estate counsel in five power plant deals (three solar, one wind and one natural gas).

 

Sara Constance Meyers

Sara Constance Meyers

Knoll, Sales Representative

An interior designer by training, she earned her degree from Columbus College of Art & Design. She began her career in Ohio in 2009, as a residential design professional. She continued her design journey in Atlanta, GA as a sales representative at Switch Modern, a prominent high-end furniture dealer. In 2015, Sara joined Knoll as the Regional Sales Administrator. She has built strong relationships and assisted in important pursuits including Lincoln Financial Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Ernst & Young and Equifax. In 2018, she was promoted to an Account Manager for the Atlanta Region and has now been promoted to the Knoll Sales Representative for Columbus, Ohio. Sara is a result oriented professional with an exceptional ability to successfully manage accounts, people and projects. She is very effective in developing new business, cultivating established existing accounts, and marketing to the A+D community. Her unwavering commitment to her clients and her creativity, organization and optimism set an inspirational standard. In her spare time, Sara enjoys painting, yoga, baking and spending time with her family. She is excited to announce her continued career at Knoll.

 

Melanie Mayo

Melanie Mayo

White Oak Partners, SVP & Chief Underwriting Officer

LEADS the underwriting process of investment property acquisitions which satisfy the company’s investment strategy criteria, leader of the Investment Committee, directs the market research and economic modeling functions, and partners with investors and the acquisition, asset management, and due diligence teams.

FORMER manager of real estate equities, asset management and development at Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) with extensive experience in asset management and development of multifamily, commercial and mixed use properties; created and led the asset management and financial modeling departments at The Pizzuti Companies; and began her career in financial analysis roles within the Banc One Corporation.

EDUCATION B.A. in Business & Finance from Miami University of Ohio.

 

Melanie Vodnick

Melanie Vodnick

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Director or Real Estate

I’ve worked in corporate real estate for decades providing support to companies with diverse portfolios, including retail, office, warehouse/distribution and manufacturing.  I ensure the business has the property needed to innovate, manufacture and distribute its products. I have a degree in International Business from Minnesota State University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Minnesota.  I am currently pursuing a Master of Corporate Real Estate. I serve on the Board of OH/KY CoreNet, leading the program committee.  I am on the Scotts Women’s Network steering committee, leading the learning & development pillar.  I am certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

 

Cathryn Skedal Headshot

Cathryn Skedel

Black River Equity, Real Estate Investor

Cathryn began her career as a leader and secondary school principal in marquee destination school districts in the Metro Detroit area, and led organizations with 150 daily direct reports through complex change in a financially challenging environment. An expert in organizational development, she has directed the training and development of tens of thousands of students and hundreds of staff members, with schools she has led recognized on state and national levels.

Cathryn’s exceptional coaching skills enable her to effectively orchestrate teams to optimize performance. She combines over two decades of public sector and charitable leadership prior to her work with Black River.

Cathryn is proudest of her work ethic, customer service orientation, and her ability to forge solid partnerships in pursuit of complex goals. She graduated with a BME and MM from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and with an Ed.S. and Ph.D. in leadership from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is a devoted athlete having run several marathons including Boston and NY, is a classically trained tubist and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

 

Kristen Klingbeil-Weis

Kristen Klingbeil-Weis

Klingbeil Capital Management, CEO & President

Kristen Klingbeil-Weis, Chief Executive Officer and President of Klingbeil Capital Management (KCM), has worked for her family’s business since 1990. Klingbeil Capital Management began as a multifamily development company in 1959 in Columbus, Ohio and has grown into a national real estate investment company with institutional investor partners acquiring over $2.8 billion of multifamily assets since 1995. Ms. Klingbeil-Weis has worked in all facets of the business including operations and property management, acquisitions and dispositions, asset management, strategic planning and investor relations. Before joining KCM in 1990, Ms. Klingbeil-Weis worked in the real estate investment banking division of Salomon Brothers in NYC. She is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and a Director and member of the executive committee of the National Multi-Housing Council. She has served as a trustee of Crane School and is involved in campus planning at Cate School. Ms. Klingbeil-Weis has a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

 

Jen Ricci

Jennifer Ricci

Woda Cooper, Vice President

Jennifer has 15 years of experience in the affordable housing industry and is responsible for managing closings, including construction loans, permanent loans, equity investments and other financing needs for Woda Cooper.  She has worked with numerous industry non-profits and community action agencies.  Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from Ohio University and a paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School.  Most recently she is involved in the formation of the Ohio Women’s Affordable Housing Network.

 

Kerri Ward

Kerri Ward

Steiner + Associates, Sr. Director of Brand Communications and Community- Easton

With 20+ years of experience, Kerri leads brand, communications, marketing and community relations for Easton. She is an expert in developing unified and effective brand, digital, marketing, communications, customer experience and community relations strategies. Kerri also serves on the board of multiple nonprofits in Columbus.

 

Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer C. Peterson

Steiner + Associates, Chief Executive- Easton

Jen joined Steiner + Associates in 2015 and oversees the entire Easton property in the Chief Executive role. She is responsible for creating an environment that enhances the customer experience, drives tenant sales and positions Easton for continued growth. She works to create an emotional connection between Easton and its guests, delivering compelling, engaging and memorable experiences. As well, in her role, she leads the Easton Community Foundation work, which gives back to the community through charitable gifts, partnerships, event support and volunteerism. The Foundation has put over $7M into local non profits since its inception.

Prior to joining Steiner + Associates, she led a prolific career in branding, marketing and merchandising. She most recently worked as a consultant with the company she started, JCP Brand Consulting, and prior to that as Vice President, Product & Marketing for Jewell, a fashion handbag & accessories start-up in the direct sales arena.

Jen has held numerous roles within the branding & fashion retail industry, including 16 years with L Brands. Her first role there was with Lane Bryant, a plus-size women’s apparel retailer, which she re-positioned to be a fashion brand. During her time with Victoria’s Secret, she was an integral part of the team responsible for launching the PINK brand, now delivering over $1 billion in sales. As Vice president, Brand and General Manager for C.O. Bigelow Shops, she delivered turnaround results, including 11 quarters of double-digit growth.

A University of Michigan graduate, Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has always been very active in her community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Center for Healthy Families, as well Leadership Columbus, where she was part of the Graduating Class of 2016. She is also a member of the Gun Violence Prevention & Safety Taskforce at First Community Church. She held previous Board of Director positions with Dress for Success Columbus (2010-2016) and the CATCO Theatre Company (2008-2016), where she was Board President during the 2012-2013 seasons, as well with The Junior League of Columbus and Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, OH).

Jen resides in Upper Arlington with husband, Chris, and three children: Isabelle “Issy” (18), Amelia “Millie” (16) and Harrison “Harry” (14).