CONNIE SMITH TALCOTT
Ms. Talcott has more than thirty-five (35) years of experience in business administration, management and operations. She worked as Chief of Staff for a nationally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was responsible for overseeing and directing all event planning involving international dignitaries and senior U.S. government officials, including Cabinet Members and Presidents. She has managed major fundraising events requiring specialized development, logistical planning, staffing, budgeting and support operations. She also served as Chief of Staff to the President of an international non-profit organization that develops and promotes educational curriculums for post-graduate degrees at universities and that
monitors and enforces professional and ethical standards and issues certifications for mental health counselors worldwide.
She was born and raised in Newton Falls, Ohio and has one son. Ms. Talcott owns and is rehabilitating a historic home in Newton Falls. She currently lives in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband.
Judie Zimomra is a native of Newton Falls, Ohio. Her family originally moved to her hometown and built their home in Newton Township when her grandparents relocated from the coal mines of southeast Ohio for local steel mill jobs in 1928.
Zimomra is a proud graduate of Newton Falls High School, Class of 1975. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University, her master’s degree in Public Administration from the Ohio State University and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Capital University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
After a very successful career in public service, 22 years in Ohio (working for the City of Worthington, Hamilton County and Cleveland) and 20 years in Florida (as City Manager of Sanibel Island) she accepted an offer to join the staff of the Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs as a member of the Adjunct Faculty. Since 2021 she has also served as a member of the Board of the Friends of Mahoning River. Zimomra currently serves as a Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Zimomra has been recognized as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Ohio State University John Glen School of Public Administration, and named as one of, "100 Buckeyes You Should Know", of Ohio State University.
She was previously selected as the commencement speaker for her alma mater Newton Falls (Ohio) High School. She is a past member of the Kent State Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Judie Zimomra’s first job in public service was as a summer Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) worker assigned to the City of Newton Falls, Ohio.
Mr. Fuller is a registered architect with a specialty in historic preservation and architecture. He has been designated as a Qualified Architect in Architecture and Historic Architecture by the State of Ohio Preservation Office. His passion for historic preservation is further demonstrated by his past roles as Chair of the Design Committee for Main Street Kent and Board Member of the Kent Historical Society and his memberships with the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Heritage Ohio. Doug has been instrumental in the redevelopment and preservation of downtown Kent, particularly the Historic Franklin Hotel and Acorn Alley Projects.
Mr. Fuller earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1973 from Kent State University. During more than 40 years of practice in Kent, Ohio, he has completed work in the areas of historic preservation and adaptive transformation of educational and municipal facilities and offices as well as work with industrial site development and planning projects.
Steven L. Simpson
Mr. Simpson has more than forty (40) years of experience in all aspects of specialty equipment and manufacturing building installation, maintenance and construction, including the negotiation of related contracts and overseeing and facilitating the resulting construction projects.
After becoming an Ohio State certified Millwright, Mr. Simpson rose to the position of Building and Equipment Maintenance Manager with two large local manufacturing companies. In that management capacity, Mr. Simpson was responsible for all manufacturing equipment and plant facilities and grounds. He routinely negotiated numerous contracts with equipment vendors and with building contractors and other tradesmen. Mr. Simpson was also responsible for ensuring all contractors timely and accurately performed to all the precise terms and satisfied all conditions of their contracts.
Mr. Simpson is well experienced with the important requirements of OSHA and the EPA and has worked very closely with both agencies. He has been involved numerous times in audits with both agencies, all with successful conclusions.
Mr. Simpson is committed to contributing as an important member of a Leadership Team that collectively possesses all the necessary skills, experience, energy and maturity required to successfully renovate and preserve the Newton Falls Community Center.
Mr. Simpson was born in Warren and has been a resident of Newton Falls for the past forty-five (45) years. He currently lives with his wife in a historic home on Ravenna Road.
EVERARD SMITH, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith is an active and passionate preservationist and has participated in numerous local and historical activities in the Wilmington, North Carolina area. Among many other accomplishments and activities, in 1999, Dr. Smith served on the steering committee of the Wartime Wilmington Commemoration, which honored the “Greatest Generation” with 170 special events. He is a former member of the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission, served on the Preservation Action Committee of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, and is past Chair of the city-appointed Advisory Board of the Community Arts Center, now known as the Hannah Block Historic U.S.O. In addition, he was twice president of the Community Arts Center Accord, Inc, a client preservation group. Nationally, Dr. Smith has contributed to the preservation of other U.S.O. buildings through his immense research.
Dr. Smith received degrees from Yale University and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, specializing in military history. A native of Washington, D.C., he has been a resident of North Carolina for forty-six (46) years and has lived in Wilmington since 1991. Dr. Smith is recently retired and is the current owner of the 165-year-old Larkins House in Wilmington’s downtown Historic District.