Montgomery County Land Bank Board & Staff

Removing Blight, Preserving Value

The Montgomery County Land Bank is led by a seven-member board of directors. The Ohio law establishing land banks requires board composition to include two county commissioners, the county treasurer and representatives from the largest city and a township with a population of more than 10,000. Representation from individuals with private sector or nonprofit experience in rehabilitation or real estate acquisition is also required. The city and township members are appointed by the member county commissioners and treasurer. To fulfill this requirement, the Board has appointed two local real estate experts.

Land Bank Board of Directors

Carolyn Rice

Montgomery County Commissioner | Chair, Land Bank Board Member

Carolyn Rice was elected County Commissioner in 2018, having served as Montgomery County Treasurer from February 2007 until December 2018. She now serves on the County’s Investment Advisory Board, the Budget Commission and the Data Processing Board. Carolyn is a member of 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.

Sheila Crane

Realtor and Community Development Specialist | Vice Chair, Land Bank Board Member

Sheila Crane, a Realtor and Community Development Specialist, has served in the real estate industry for more than 30 years. She specializes in working with non-profit organizations and municipalities in community-stabilization efforts. Licensed since 1993, Sheila serves on the Ohio REALTORS (OR) Board of Directors and recently chaired the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum for Ohio REALTORS and has served on the OR Executive Committee. Sheila is a past-president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS  Dayton network. 

Her certifications and designations include Construction Management; GREEN designation, At Home With Diversity, Certified International Property Specialist, and Dayton Regional Ambassador.  Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Media Studies and postgraduate studies in Urban Ministry & Community Development within United Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program. 

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, 2012, 2016 and 2020. She considers herself a voice for vulnerable populations in our community. Judy began her public service in 1985 on the State and Local Government Commission in the Ohio 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.

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John McManus

Montgomery County Treasurer | Land Bank Board Member

John McManus was elected Montgomery County Treasurer in November of 2020, and assumed office in September of 2021. Prior to his role as Treasurer, John served as Chief Deputy to Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Mike Foley, where he was responsible for the management and oversight of multiple departments involved in the administration of justice. In 2015, while still a law student at the University of Dayton, John was elected to a seat on the Dayton Board of Education. He served on the Board from 2016 to 2020 and held a number of positions including Board Vice President and Finance Chairman. Prior to moving from Memphis to Dayton to pursue higher education, John worked in state and federal government in a number of capacities. After graduating college, John served as a White House Staff Assistant in the administration of President George W. Bush. In the following years, John served as a Regulatory and Publications Specialist to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, and then as Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. John is honored to serve the residents of Montgomery County as Treasurer, and is passionate about safe, stable, and thriving neighborhoods. John holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Memphis. He resides in Centerville.

Sharon Lowry

Washington Township Trustee | Land Bank Board Member

Sharon Lowry, who began her first term as Washington Township Trustee in 2018. 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 superintendent 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.

Todd Kinskey

City of Dayton Director of Planning & Community Development (AICP) | 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. Todd oversees the department’s daily operations and 60+ employees in 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. He was previously employed by Hamilton County, Ohio, for more than 23 years, serving as Planning Director for nearly 10 years. His 25+ years of experience as a professional planner has focused on long-range planning, community development, site plan review, land use planning and zoning analysis.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Art Architecture and Planning. He formerly served as President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association, among other board positions.

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Brian Sharp

Director of Market Development for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty | Land Bank Board Member

Brian Sharp, a Realtor, is the Director of Market Development for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty. Brian holds the following certifications:  Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Pricing Strategy Analyst (PSA), and C2EX. Brian attended Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, and Hondros College.  Brian is involved in serving the community with the following organizations: Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dayton Playhouse Inc, and the Miami Valley Presbytery where he serves on the Board of Directors.  Brian also serves as an Ohio Realtors Director. He’s on the Dayton Realtors Finance and Grievance Committee as well as an Ombudsman.  Brian is committed to community revitalization and loves serving our residents.

Land Bank Staff

Mike Grauwelman

Executive Director

Phone: (937) 531-7035
mikeg@mclandbank.com

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 U.S. 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.

Angela Starr

Controller

Phone: (937) 531-7030
Fax: (937) 531-7031
astarr@mclandbank.com

Angela Starr 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. She began her non-profit career in 2013 at Northern Virginia Technology Council as a Senior Accountant and was there until 2020. Prior to joining the Land Bank, Angie held the position as a Senior Real Estate Accountant at Sundance Property Management. She began her career as a Staff Accountant at Carpet N’ Drapes, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida in 1999.

A Dayton native, Angela graduated from Strayer University with a Master of Science degree in Accounting.

Paul Bradley

Operations Manager

Phone: (937) 531-6926
pbradley@mclandbank.com

Paul Bradley joined the Land Bank in 2022 after spending the last decade working in Federal and Local government in the Dayton Region, most notably with the office of Senator Sherrod Brown and as Montgomery County Treasurer. As the Operations Manager for the Land Bank, Paul oversees multiple programs and assists the Executive Director with day-to-day affairs.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Dayton and has served on many local boards, including the Dayton Human Relations Council, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, and the City of Dayton Plan Board.

Susie Crabill

Acquisition Manager

Phone: (937) 531-7034
scrabill@mclandbank.com

Susie Crabill has been with the Montgomery County Land Bank since 2015 where she started as the Program Manager for the Demo Programs.  These programs have resulted in the demolition of more than 1,400 structures.  The sites where these demolitions occurred are often given new life as urban forests through Susie’s reforestation programs, Twigs to Trees and Tree Equity Reforestation Program.

Most recently Susie became the Acquisition Manager for the various Land Bank programs. Multiple acquisition methods are utilized to best serve the Land Bank in timely acquisition of distressed properties.

Her previous professional experience includes serving as township zoning inspector and member of the zoning board in the communities where she has lived.

Susie is a graduate of Wright State University’s Urban Affairs program and the Ohio State University.

Julie Harris

Demolition Program Manager

937-531-6921
jharris@mclandbank.com

Julie serves as the Demolition Program Manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank.  She is responsible for the management and operations of the Land Bank’s Demolition program, Tax Foreclosure Acquisition Program (TFAP), Tree Equity Reforestation Program (TERP), and oversight of the maintenance for Land Bank managed properties.

Julie has over 25 years of experience working to address financial wellness and affordable housing through credit counseling, housing counseling, and emergency home repair programs.  She has worked throughout Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio.  She came to the Land Bank after serving as the Executive Director of the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University.

Emmy Fabich

Housing Development Program Manager

937-531-7053
efabich@mclandbank.com

Emmy is the Program Manager for the Land Bank’s residential housing programs: Do-It-Yourself Renovation, Thriving Neighborhoods Initiative, federal & state funded rehabs and new builds. She brings 12 years of project coordination experience from non-profits and local public agencies before joining the Land Bank in 2022. 

Previous experience includes vital work on the Memorial Day tornadoes recovery effort with the Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group – a collaborative community partnership focused on residential rebuild/repair projects by engaging disaster relief volunteers, data analysis, and public outreach. Prior to that, she was managing regional cycling advocacy initiatives with multiple municipalities and spent her initial years in Dayton conducting public programs for Five Rivers MetroParks. 

She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) program, 2016 cohort, through the City of Dayton. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Hiram College.

Heather Wendel

Program Manager

Phone: (937) 425-0342
hwendel@mclandbank.com

Heather Wendel serves as the Montgomery County Land Bank’s Program Manager for Environmental Services and Commercial Redevelopment. In this role, she provides technical support and helps navigate the assessment and cleanup process of contaminated sites. She also assists communities in repositioning distressed commercial properties into productive use.

Heather joined the Land Bank in 2023 after working in the environmental consulting field for three decades. She also has work experience as a township zoning inspector and volunteer experience serving on local government and non-profit organization boards.

Heather earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Toledo.

Crystal Thomas

Program Assistant

Phone: (937) 531-7052
cthomas@mclandbank.com

Crystal Thomas is the Program Assistant for the Montgomery County Land Bank. She brings over 25 years of professional experience in various fields prior to joining the Land Bank. These experiences also include community engagement through various local and regional activities while serving as President and Vice President of her neighborhood association. She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) program, 2015 Class, through the City of Dayton. Crystal is a Wright State University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Elaine Baldwin

Staff Accountant/Public Records Custodian

Phone: (937) 531-6927
Fax: (937) 531-7031
ebaldwin@mclandbank.com

Elaine Baldwin is the Staff Accountant for the Montgomery County Land Bank and works closely with the Controller. Elaine is also the Public Records Custodian. Any public record requests should go through Elaine. Prior to joining the Land Bank, Elaine was an accountant for MeadWestvaco and General Electric where she handled fixed assets, payroll, inventory and Woodlands accounting. She began her career briefly at Reynolds & Reynolds in customer service and accounting in that company’s Healthcare and Automotive divisions.

A Dayton native, Elaine is a Wright State University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Elaine is a licensed real estate agent.

Louise Olson

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (937) 531-6921
Fax: (937) 531-6922
lolson@mclandbank.com

Louise Olson is the Land Bank’s Administrative Assistant. She joined the Land Bank in 2016 with over 25 years’ experience in real estate and administrative services. Louise’s experience includes positions in mortgage origination and servicing, realtor and realtor assistant, real estate contract administrator and office manager. Louise is a graduate of Allan Hancock College with a degree in real estate.

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