Executive Leadership

ELAINE GIMMELExecutive Director
Elaine became EDEN’s third-ever Executive Director in 2018. She has been employed at EDEN for 23 years. In her most recent role as COO, Elaine oversaw the Housing Programs, Property Management, Inspections, Facilities and Maintenance, Administration, and Fund Development and Communications Departments. Elaine holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, with a concentration in Community Development, and a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University. She is also a Licensed Social Worker, and has worked in the area of Social Services for over 25 years. In selecting Elaine for the position of Executive Director, EDEN’s Board recognized that Elaine brings great knowledge and skill to the position, as well as tremendous empathy for EDEN’s clients, and an unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission. Elaine is also highly adept at cohesive collaboration, and is an active leader in numerous community partnerships.
SHARON PARKSChief Financial Officer
Sharon joined EDEN in 2019 after serving for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for a Cleveland Community Development Organization. As the Chief Financial Officer, Sharon oversees the finance, human resources, IT and administrative service areas of the organization. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University with an Accounting/Finance concentration, and a Master of Educational Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Sharon is a certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in public, private and non-profit accounting. She also is experienced in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development and reporting.
MICHAEL DOUDChief Operations Officer
Michael joined EDEN in 2018, after serving in various capacities at The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County for nearly twenty years—most recently as Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs. Michael has a long history with EDEN and its clients, and as its COO, oversees the programming and property management components of the agency. Michael holds a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, with a concentration in Mental Health and Community Development. Michael is a licensed social worker, and has experience in behavioral health, housing, community development, strategic planning, budgeting, program development, and compliance.


Richard Carr | Director of Real Estate Development and Construction
Judi Engel | Director of Fund Development and Communications
Linda Erb | Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Griffin | Director of Housing Programs
Gerri Kornblut | General Counsel
Laurel Martinson-Office Manager | Executive Assistant
Emma Petrie Barcelona | Director of Compliance
Ijaz Qureshi | Director of Asset Management and Facilities
Jacquie Skrzypiec | Marketing & Communications Officer
Christie Tatman-Stroh | Director of Property Management


Mark Baynes | Accounting Manager
Susan Stevens | Accounting Manager
Lynn Walsh | Senior Accounting Manager


Anne Dennstedt | Manager of Short Term Rental Assistance
Kim DiCillo | Manager of Housing Programs
Mike McKay | Manager of HQS Inspections
Nina Parker | Manager of Eviction Prevention
Khaz Rhael | Manager of Housing Support Specialists


Letric Newton | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing
Mike Rudolph | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing


Roger Shaw | Assistant Manager of Facilities and Maintenance


John Mark  Tichar | President
Jonathan (Jon) Petrus | Vice President
Douglas Shelby | Secretary
Beth Adams | Treasurer
Maurice  Agee
Ed Chatmon
Mark Dodds
Hal Gunder
Matthew Large
Joshua Levin
Susan Licciardi
Amanda Miller
Dennis G. Morton
Kenneth G. Silliman
Michele Sommerfelt
Timothy Williams
Kanika Williams

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