In September 2012, the appointing authorities of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the Cuyahoga Land Bank, appointed two new Board members and filled one vacancy. The new Board members are North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy, Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers and long-time Community Development specialist, Bobbi Reichtell.
The appointing Board members were County Executive Edward FitzGerald, County Councilmember Dan Brady and County Treasurer Richard Sensenbrenner. All three appointing members unanimously selected the new Board members.
Mayor Kevin Kennedy brings a long list of experience to the Cuyahoga Land Bank both as an outer-ring suburban mayor as well as an accomplished businessman. Receiving his B.S. Business in Marketing and Management degree from Ashland University, Mayor Kennedy is the President and Owner of Computer Management International.
Mayor Brad Sellers, a former first round draft pick in 1986 for the Chicago Bulls, also brings a wealth of community development knowledge. He was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Warrensville Heights where, under his direction, Warrensville Heights helped create over 3,000 jobs and over $500 million dollars in construction projects. His additional passion is education; “Strong Schools = Strong Communities.” Mayor Sellers attended the Ohio State University and spent 15 years as a professional athlete in his first post-collegiate career. He played along-side great players as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Bobbi Reichtell has worked in the Community Development field at the ground level for over 35 years. Having worked for such organizations as University Settlement, Broadway Area Housing Coalition and Slavic Village Development Corporation, she has been intimately involved in neighborhood redevelopment from the standpoint of housing rehabilitation, safety, job creation and commercial development. She has become a power house for neighborhood stabilization and “Reimagining Cleveland.” She most recently worked with Neighborhood Progress, Inc. managing strategic redevelopment throughout the City of Cleveland. She has also worked tenaciously to build capacity in the non-profit community and has developed numerous partnerships throughout the County both involving land repurposing and re-investment.
Two of the new Board members replace outgoing Mayors Georgine Welo, Mayor of South Euclid and Cyril Kleem, Mayor of Berea. Cuyahoga Land Bank Board Chairman Anthony Brancatelli praised both Welo and Kleem for their committed and strong leadership of the CCLRC.
“Mayors Welo and Kleem were there from the beginning,” said Chairman Brancatelli. “They contributed and helped guide the work of this incredible new organization which has now become a model throughout the entire country. We appreciate their service.” Brancatelli also praised the selections of the new Board members. “Ms. Reichtell and Mayors Kennedy and Sellers also bring an incredible wealth of knowledge to the Cuyahoga Land Bank. They represent both continuity as well as vision when it comes to the ongoing work of the Land Bank,” he said.