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 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 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, 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.

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.

Karen Kenwell

Controller

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

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 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.

Paul Bradley

Operations Manager

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

Paul Bradley serves as the Operations Manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank. In this position, he is responsible for the Land Bank’s DIY Renovation and Commercial Redevelopment programs. Paul 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.

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

Program Manager

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

Susie Crabill is a Program Manager for the Montgomery County Land Bank. She manages the Neighborhood Initiative (NIP), Tax Foreclosure Acquisition and the Land Banking programs. Under Susie’s direction and her team’s efforts, the Montgomery County Land Bank has demolished more than 1,200 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 holds a degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University. Her previous experience includes serving as township zoning inspector and member of the zoning board in the townships where she has lived. A certified arborist, Susie is also licensed as a real estate salesperson with experience in residential and agricultural sales transactions.

Sue Pratt

Program Assistant

937-531-7053
spratt@mclandbank.com

Sue Pratt joined the Land Bank in 2016 as a Program Assistant. She has a background in affordable housing, program management and residential energy management as well as building preservation and restoration.

Emmy Fabich

Program Assistant

937-531-7053
efabich@mclandbank.com

Emmy is the Program Assistant for the Montgomery County Land Bank’s DIY Renovation Program. She brings 12 years of experience working at non-profits and local public agencies before joining the Land Bank in 2022. Her previous experience includes the Memorial Day tornado recovery effort with the Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group – a collaborative community partnership, focused on residential rebuild/repair projects. Prior to that, she was managing regional cycling initiatives and programs, and spent her initial years in Dayton working 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’s degree in environmental studies from Hiram College.

Elaine Baldwin

Staff Accountant (Payables and Receivables)

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. 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 recently became a licensed real estate agent.

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.

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 as a mortgage origination and servicing professional, 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.

As a precaution taken to prevent the spread of covid, we have closed our office, but we will continue to conduct business.

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