Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.


Bob Brown
Interim Executive Director

Robert (Bob) Brown, former Director of the city of Cleveland’s Planning Department with over 38 years of experience in city planning, also has been active in FutureHeights for many years, having served on the Planning and Development Committee, the Housing Committee, and as a previous Board chairperson. Bob also served as an interim Executive Director for the MidTown CDC in Cleveland, and we are thankful that Bob has volunteered his expertise during this important time of transition.

Brenda Bailey
Interim Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Brenda moved to Cleveland Heights in 2020 and quickly adopted the catchphrase “I can walk there from my house!” She loves the accessibility and diversity of this city and embraces its shop local philosophy. Brenda comes to FutureHeights with a background in higher education and publishing and a commitment to civic engagement. A lifelong volunteer herself, she looks forward to supporting the FutureHeights volunteer base to elevate programming and the Heights community. If you would like to explore volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Sarah Wolf
Community-Building Programs Manager

Sarah is a Cleveland Heights resident who moved back to the area in 2019 after nearly two decades in Boston, Massachusetts.  With +24 years of experience in small business management in her back pocket, Sarah is an LSW (licensed social worker) with a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and a BA in English from Kent State. Prior to being involved with FutureHeights in this current capacity, she was a Community Practice for Social Change intern from 2019-2020, served as the Summer VISTA in 2020, facilitated the Spring 2021 Neighborhood  Mini-Grant process, and served as an active member of the Community & Civic Engagement Committee (CCEC).

Kasia Bufford
Heights Music Hop Manager

Kasia is a Cleveland Heights native and resident who possesses a strong passion for music, urban planning, and community development. Currently serving as the Heights Music Hop Manager at FutureHeights, she skillfully combines her background in Youth Development and Non-profit Administration with her love for music to create inclusive spaces that empower young talents and foster connections among diverse communities. Beyond her community work, Kasia is also an accomplished musician, driven by her belief in the unifying and transformative power of music. Dedicated to cultivating vibrant and harmonious environments where every voice is celebrated, she strives to leave a lasting impact on the community she holds dear.

Heights  Observer Team

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim moved to Cleveland Heights in 2009 after two decades of living and working in New York City. A former marketing and sales promotion professional, she became involved with the Heights Observer as a volunteer editor. Kim graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is also an Ohio State University  Extension Master Gardener volunteer.



Bob Rosenbaum
Advertising and Market Development

Bob, a lifetime Cleveland Heights resident, is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than 30 years of background in publishing and media management. He is principal of The MarketFarm, a consultancy that focuses on strategic communication and the use of content in community and nonprofit marketing. He is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, volunteers as an editor and writer, and manages advertising sales. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) from Northwestern University.


Meg Ostrowski
eNews Associate

No stranger to citizen journalism, Meg brings her years of civic engagement and experience with regional Observer projects to the Heights. Meg is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, an independent writer, editor, activist, and thirty-year resident of the Cleveland area. As our eNews Associate, Meg assembles and distributes our weekly digital edition of the Heights Observer, keeping residents and businesses informed between monthly print issues.



Temma Collins
Graphic Designer

Temma holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Colorado State University. She has been a Cleveland Heights resident for 25 years, and a proud parent of three children who have attended the Cleveland Heights-University Heights city schools.




Diane Roberto
Graphic Designer

Diane is a designer and visual consultant with a comprehensive background in both print design and project management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. Her favorite projects are those which promote community, diversity and well-being. Currently, Diane is on the board of a local nonprofit soccer club, working to secure scholarships for players and serving as its treasurer. Originally from Willoughby, she has been a Cleveland Heights resident for the past 18 years, where she lives with her husband and three children.


Board of Directors

Rhonda Davis Lovejoy, Co-President
Lead Consultant, Cooper Denson, LLC                            

Chris Jacobs, Co-President
Partner, Renner Otto           

Laura Junglas, Interim Treasurer                             
Principal, The Nonprofit Org Doctor LLC     

Harriet Applegate
Executive Secretary, North Shore AFL-CIO

Katherine Brown
General Counsel, Nova Title Agency, Inc.

Darren Cross
Small business owner, The Cleveland Brew Shop

Matt Gierke
Executive Director, FX Products – Head of Developed Currencies, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group

Melody Joy Hart

Amanda Hill

Kimberlee Jones
Director of Philanthropy at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Matthew Katz
CEO, Cornerstone Design and Renovation, LLC

Ash O’Connor
Founder, Made Cleveland

Alicia Sloan
Professor; Small business owner – Nova Dance Studio

Matthew Wymer
WXZ Development, Inc.

Call for Applicants!

Apply to Join the FutureHeights Board of Directors

Are you filled with ideas and energy for improving your community? Can you give time and talent to make the Heights an even better place to live?

FutureHeights seeks candidates for its board of directors to fill seats as current members’ terms expire. New board members will serve a three-year term. Applicants should be members of Cleveland Heights or University Heights communities. Applicants should have a vested interest in the organization and the communities it serves and have the time and talent to donate to the success of the organization and its programming. Applications are due by March 1, 2024, and can be found at the link below.

About FutureHeights

FutureHeights is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to facilitate an equitable, prosperous, and vibrant future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights. We work toward this mission through a variety of program areas, including:

· We Care About Housing  Our FutureHomes program (est. 2019) has overseen the purchase, rehab, and sale of over 20 houses in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods with the aim of promoting fair housing practices and increased owner-occupancy rates. We are currently rehabbing our 21st and 22nd homes. The 20 homes completed have resulted in a net gain of almost $3.5 million in home values.

· We Care About Community-Building and Strengths-Based Leadership   We run the Neighborhood Leadership Workshop, the twice-annual Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program (both est. 2015), and the Crowdsourced Conversations Forum Series (est. 2022), all of which serve to empower residents to engage with and improve this community.

· We Care About Economic Development   We organize and staff events that promote Heights businesses such as the Heights Music Hop and Best of the Heights, and assist the City with community engagement on city development projects.

· We Care About Community Voice   We publish and distribute the Heights Observer (est. 2008), a free community newspaper for both Cleveland Heights and University Heights, now celebrating 15 years of service to the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities. The Heights Observer represents citizen journalism: a place where all stakeholders can share news and opinions about their community.

Board Service Overview

The board is made up of members of the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities. Board members come from all walks of life, represent all neighborhoods, and bring their various skills, talents, and interests with them to assist the organization.

Board members participate actively by guiding the organization and its programming, providing staff and event support, friend-raising and fundraising, serving on committees, and more. Serving a large and diverse area, the organization’s board and new members should reflect and represent the diversity of that service area. Consideration will be given to ensure that the experiences, backgrounds, neighborhoods, or skills of new members add to the diversity of the organization at-large.

Board service is a great way to meet new neighbors, to support projects in your own backyard, and to give time and talent back to the communities we love calling home.

Help us elevate the Heights!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

2024 Board of Directors Application