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Removing Blight, Preserving Value

The Land Bank was created in 2011 by the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners in response to the housing crisis and the growing number of foreclosures, tax delinquencies and vacant properties in Montgomery County.

The organization is led by a board of directors.Ohio law establishing land banks requires that there be two county commissioners, the county treasurer and representatives from the largest city and a township with a population of greater than 10,000 on the board. The board must also have representation from someone with private sector or nonprofit experience in rehabilitation or real estate acquisition. The city and township members are appointed by the county commissioners and treasurer who are members. The Board has appointed two local real estate experts to bring its membership to seven.

Land Bank Board of Directors

Russell M. Joseph, Montgomery County Treasurer

Montgomery County Treasurer

Russ was appointed Montgomery County Treasurer in 2019. As Treasurer, Russ serves on the County's Investment Advisory Board, the Budget Commission and the Data Processing Board.

Russ is a lifelong resident of the Dayton Region where he graduated from Carroll High School and the University of Dayton. Russ and his wife Katie serve on the Associate Board for the Dayton Art Institute and are past Associate Board members of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Russ is the former Board President for the House of Bread, and former Trustee of the Oregon Historic District Society, where his family resides. 

Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County Commissioner

Chair, Land Bank Board Member

Carolyn Rice served as Montgomery County Treasurer from February 2007 until December 2018. She serves on the County’s Investment Advisory Board, the Budget Commission and the Data Processing Board. Carolyn serves on the Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services board as well as that board’s Finance Committee.

A Dayton native, Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University. The long-time Centerville, Ohio, resident is married with two adult children.

Doug Harnish, Founder and CEO, Market Metric$, LLC

Vice Chair, Land Bank Board Member

Douglas E. Harnish, MBA, has gained extensive experience in all major facets of real estate over the course of his 35-year career in the industry. This includes commercial and industrial real estate appraisal, commercial real estate lending and resolution of problem real estate loans. Doug also has significant development experience gained through the completion of projects involving properties abandoned or forfeited by real estate developers. He formed Market Metric$ LLC in 2008 and focuses on economic analysis, economic development, market study and market-based land use needs of state and local government.

Doug earned a bachelor of science in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.

Sheila Crane, Realtor and Community Development Specialist

Land Bank Board Member

Sheila Crane, a realtor and community development specialist with HER Realtors, has served in the real estate industry for more than 22 years. She specializes in working with non-profit organizations and municipalities in community stabilization efforts. Sheila serves on the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR) Board of Directors and the 2016 OAR Executive Committee. Sheila is a past president (2010) of the Women’s Council of Realtors Dayton chapter.

Her certifications include construction management, NeighborWorks America Homebuyer Train-the-Trainer, Certified Sales Professional and FHA 203k consultant with a GREEN designation. She is also a senior housing specialist. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/media studies and is working toward a doctorate in urban ministry and community development from the United Theological Seminary.

Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner

Land Bank Board Member

Commissioner Judy Dodge ws born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in November 2006, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. She considers herself to be a voice for vulnerable populations in our community. Judy began her public service in 1985 on the State and Local Government Commission in the Lt. Governor's Office. She was elected to the County Recorder seat in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. She has been named a YWCA Woman of Influence and a Miami Valley Top Ten Women from the Dayton Daily News.

Judy currently resides in Vandalia, Ohio, and has two adult children and three grandchildren.

Todd Kinskey, AICP Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Dayton

Land Bank Board Member

Todd Kinskey is a certified professional planner who joined the City of Dayton in May 2018 as its Director of Planning & Community Development (P&CD). Todd oversees the daily operations of the P&CD Department (60+ employees) and its four Divisions: Land Use Administration, Community Development, Housing Inspections, and the Dayton Mediation Center. He is responsible for budget preparation and oversight, contract negotiations, City Manager special projects, and general oversight and coordination of all activities of the department. Prior to this new appointment, he was employed by Hamilton County, Ohio for over 23 years serving as Planning Director for almost 10 years. He has 25+ years of experience as a professional planner with emphasis in long range planning, community development, site plan review, land use planning and zoning analysis. 

Todd holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Art Architecture and Planning. He has experience serving on numerous boards and commissions including serving as President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in 2015/16. 

Sharon Lowry, Washington Township Trustee

Land Bank Board Member

Sharon Lowry, who began her first term as Washington Township Trustee in 2018, is currently serving as the board's President. She has experience as an educator, administrator, small business owner, and community volunteer. Sharon is chairperson of the Centerville Women's Civic Club Scholarship Committee and a member of the board for Sophie's Companions for Veterans. A former assistant superindentend of Great Oaks JVS, Sharon also has served on boards for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. For two years, she co-chaired the Nike Dayton Open at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace. A past member of Optimist International and Rotary International, Sharon holds a Master of Education degree from Wright State University. 

Land Bank Staff

Mike Grauwelman, Executive Director

Phone: (937) 531-7035

Mike Grauwelman serves as the first executive director of Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. In this position, he is responsible for building and carrying out the organization’s mission. Mike was previously the president of Mound Development Corporation, where he led the community’s effort to redevelop a US Department of Energy nuclear weapons production superfund site as a privately owned, economically viable technology and business park.

Throughout his career, Mike has served on various boards for organizations focused on real estate, development and finance. He currently chairs the Dayton Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati.

Susan Considine, CPM Program Manager

Phone: (937) 531-6926

Susan Considine is the program manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank’s DIY Renovation (formerly Deed in Escrow) and Commercial Redevelopment programs. She joined the Land Bank early in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate management industry. In her previous positions, Susan managed a wide variety of property types, from single-family and multifamily housing to high-rise and suburban office buildings.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Wright State University and the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. She has served as president of the local IREM chapter several times, regional vice president and Education Committee chair for IREM at the national level. 

Susie Crabill, Program Manager

Phone: (937) 531-7034

Susie Crabill is a Program Manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank. She manages the Neighborhood Initiative (NIP), Foreclosure Acquisition and the Land Banking programs. Under Susie’s direction and her team’s efforts Montgomery County Land Bank has demolished over 1,100 blighted properties. The sites of these demolitions are often given new life as urban forests through Susie’s reforestation program, Twigs to Trees. Susie is a graduate of Wright State University’s Urban Affairs program and also has a degree from The Ohio State University in horticulture. Her previous experience includes serving as township zoning inspector and as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals in townships where she has lived.  She is licensed as a real estate salesperson with experience in residential and agricultural sales transactions and is also a certified arborist.

Karen Kenwell, Program Manager

Phone: (937) 531-7030

Fax: (937) 531-7031

Karen Kenwell is the controller for the Montgomery County Land Bank, responsible for all financial services along with program management for the Community Rehab Loan and Planning Grant programs. Prior to joining the Land Bank, Karen held the position of administrative manager at Mound Development Corporation, working for the corporation from 1997 through 2015. She began her career as a staff accountant at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Michigan, and also held positions with Glas-Craft, Inc., in Indianapolis, Indiana, and several divisions of IT Analytical Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A native of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Karen graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She resides in the northern Cincinnati area with her son, Ryan.

Susan Pratt, Program Assistant

Phone: (937) 531-7053 
Fax: (937) 531-6922

Elaine Baldwin, Accounting Associate

Phone: (937) 531-6927 
Fax: (937) 531-6922

Anita Schmaltz, Program Assistant

Phone: (937) 531-7052 
Fax: (937) 531-6922

Louise Olson, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (937) 531-6921 
Fax: (937) 531-6922