Executive Leadership

ELAINE GIMMEL
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.
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CHRISTOPHER WEST
CHRISTOPHER WESTChief Financial Officer
Chris joined EDEN as its Director of Finance in 2015, after serving in Finance and Fund Development roles in various Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2016, and oversees the agency’s Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Administrative departments. Chris is a CPA, and holds a business degree from the University of Akron. He has over twenty years of experience in senior-level nonprofit management.
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MICHAEL DOUD
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.
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ADMINISTRATION

Jacqueline Witkiewicz | Controller
Ijaz Qureshi | Director of Property Management
Jennifer Griffin | Director of Housing Programs
Richard Carr | Director of Project Development
Judi Engel | Director of Fund Development and Communications
Linda Erb | Director of Human Resources
Emma Petrie Barcelona | Director of Compliance
Laurel Martinson-Office Manager | Executive Assistant
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FINANCE

Lynn Walsh |Manager of Accounting, Operations
Susan Stevens |Manager of Accounting
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HOUSING PROGRAMS

Kim DiCillo | Manager of Housing Programs
Mike McKay | Manager of HQS Inspections
Anne Dennstedt | Manager of Short Term Rental Assistance
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Mike Rudolph | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing
Letric Newton | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing
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FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE

Frank Koncz | Manager of Facilities and Maintenance
Roger Shaw | Assistant Manager of Facilities and Maintenance

EDEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dennis G. Morton | President
Joshua Levin | Vice President
Partrick Carney | Treasurer
Douglas Shelby | Secretary
Therese Sweeney-Drake
Michele Sommerfelt
Mark Dodds
John Mark Tichar
Susan Licciardi
Matthew Large
Kenneth G. Silliman
Amanda Miller
Francine Bell
Timothy Williams
John Price
Adam Schleyhahn
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PROPERTY MANAGERS

BUCKEYE SQUARE
Roberto Gonzalez-Property Manager

EDGEWOOD PARK
Mellaney Edwards-Property Manager

EMERALD COMMONS
Melynda DeWitt-Property Manager

THE COMMONS AT WEST VILLAGE
Julie Demor-Property Manager

GREENBRIDGE COMMONS
GREENBRIDGE COMMONS 2
Tabatha Walton-Property Manager

INDEPENDENCE PLACE
Ebony Young-Property Manager

THE LIBERTY
Gerald Simpson-Property Manager

NORTHRIDGE COMMONS 
Sarah Jones-Property Manager

SOUTH POINTE COMMONS
Nicole Wilson-Property Manager

THE WINTON ON LORAIN
Sarah Jones-Property Manager

INEZ KILLINGSWORTH POINTE
Ebony Young-Property Manager

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