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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

Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County Treasurer

Chair, Land Bank Board of Directors

Carolyn Rice has served as Montgomery County Treasurer since her appointment in February 2007. 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 is a realtor and community development specialist with HER Realtors who 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 was 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 Ten Top Women from the Dayton Daily News.

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

Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner

Land Bank Board Member

Debbie attended the University of Dayton Law School and upon graduation joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as director of Real Estate. She has also served as deputy auditor. Debbie was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004 and is currently in her third term. She co-chairs, with Judge Walter Rice, the county’s Reentry Policy Board. She also serves on the Dayton Development Coalition’s Regional Leaders Forum and the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board.

Debbie has been recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Dayton Area YWCA, and the “Champion for Children” honoree from Voices for Ohio’s Children. She was named one of the Dayton Business Journal’s “Top 12 Most Influential People of 2012” and Regional Leader of the Year in 2014.

Debbie and her husband, Dennis, have two sons.

Scott Paulson, Washington Township Trustee

Land Bank Board Member

Cleveland native Scott Paulson attended the University of Dayton and stayed to make Dayton his home. While at UD, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Masters of Business Administration. Scott began his career at Advanced Engineering Solutions, Inc., where he is now partner and serves as vice president of sales.

Scott is a Washington Township trustee, serving Washington Township and Centerville residents. He also is on the Associate Board of the Dayton Art Institute carries out fundraising activities with the Leukemia Lymphoma.

Scott lives in Washington Township with his family.

Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton

Land Bank Board Member

Nan Whaley was first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, and to the office of mayor in 2013. In this position, she organizes and leads advocacy efforts for workforce development, manufacturing, business growth and high-quality education in Dayton. She currently serves on Greater Ohio's Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, in addition to the Land Bank Board of Directors.

An Indiana native, Nan attended the University of Dayton, earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She completed a Master’s of Public Administration at Wright State University, where she has served as an adjunct professor.

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

Sue 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, Sue managed a wide variety of property types, from single-family and multifamily housing to high-rise and suburban office buildings.

Sue 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 of the Neighborhood Initiative, Foreclosure Acquisition (formerly Tax Foreclosure Sponsorship) and the Land Banking programs. Susie is a recent graduate of Wright State University’s Urban Affairs program and also has a degree from The Ohio State University in horticulture. Prior work experience includes City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, where she managed the landscape care at multiple city-owned facilities. Additionally, she was a small business founder and owner, managing commercial and residential landscapes for customers in the greater Dayton area. She has served as the township zoning inspector for Jackson Township in Champaign County, and a member of Beavercreek Township Board of Zoning Appeals. 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