Board & Staff

Better Kenmore Community Development Corporation (CDC) was founded in 2016 as Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance to improve the quality of life in our community through cultural, artistic, recreational and business revitalization

Better Kenmore CDC’s revitalization plan was inspired by Main Street America’s Four-Point Approach to revitalization.

Better Kenmore CDC is located in the heart of the Kenmore Boulevard Historic District at 1028 Kenmore Blvd. You can reach us via email at or by phone at 330-714-9621

2024 Board


John Zoilo

Nonprofit fundraising consultant, Akron Civic Theater


Tom Fuller

Former Executive Director, Alpha Phi Alpha Homes


Derrick Hall


Assistant Vice President, Integra Connect


Wendy Zarara

Manager, Kenmore  Branch  Library

Laura Smiley

Sales Director & On-Air Host, The Summit (91.3 FM Akron/Canton, 90.7 FM Youngstown, 90.1 FM Athens)

Seth Vaill

CFO, Just a Dream Entertainment

Kenmore Resident & Property Owner

Jim Ballard

Recording Artist and Producer.

Owner of Skylyne Studio in Kenmore and Kenmore resident.

Patricia Shipe

President, Akron Education Association, Kenmore High graduate

Liz Yokum

Kenmore resident, Co-Founder/Brand Manager of Rock Candy Holds, LLC

Better Kenmore CDC Staff

Josh Gippin

Executive Director, Better Kenmore CDC

Kenmore Property Owner


Elisha West

Community Liaison, Better Kenmore CDC

Eleni Manousogiannakis

Grants Manager, Better Kenmore CDC

Former Kenmore Resident

Jenna Watkins

Year-Long AmeriCorps VISTA, Better Kenmore CDC

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