NDS Board

Jeff Mills


Jeff Mills has been a member of the NDS Board for over 10 years. He has served as the Board Secretary for several terms. He is currently the Community Development Director for US Bank.


Rod Mishler


Rod Mishler joined NDS Board of Directors in December 2007. He is a certified public accountant. He serves as NDS Board Treasurer.

Renee Booher

Vice Chair

Renee rejoined NDS Board of Directors in 2009. She previously served on the board from 2002-2005 as the board treasurer. Renee works for Huntington Bank.


Joann Townend


Elected as the NDS Board of Directors chairperson in 2001, JoAnn Townend has served with the NDS board since the early 1990’s; her previous position was treasurer, and chair of finance and audit. JoAnn is a lifetime resident of Portage County and has dedicated 30 years of service to Portage County. She is currently the director of internal services for Portage County.

Heidi Kovach


Heidi Kovach joined NDS Board of Directors in May 2008. She is a resident of Ravenna and works for Ravenna Schools. She enjoys working with children and dedicates a lot of her time volunteering for various school related activities. She attended Ravenna High School and Kent State University. She was recently elected as NDS Board Secretary.

Shirley Capparell


Shirley has an extensive background in real estate. She is a certified real estate broker and an Ohio certified appraiser. Shirley is a founding member of the State of Ohio Appraisal Division. Shirley attended Kent State University with a concentration of real estate courses. Shirley has 18 years with property management corporations, acting as both an owner and manager. Shirley has served on NDS’s Board since 2011.

William Elder


Bill Elder is an active NDS trustee for the past 13 years. Bill was elected in December 2003 as an NDS board member and elected treasurer in 2006. He was elected vice chair in 2009. Bill is employed at Huntington Bank and resides in Kent.

Melissa McFadden


Melissa joined the board in 2017. She is the administrative coordinator to the Mayor of Barberton. Melissa is an important voice on the board and represents the interests of the Barberton community. Her background in administration and her willingness to work for her community are an asset to the mission of NDS.

Dave Petrone


Dave Petrone joined the board in January 2018. He recently retired from State Farm, where he worked as an insurance agent. Dave also serves with the Ravenna Rotary, is a board member of the Portage County Insurance Association, and serves as a past president of the Coleman Foundation. Dave currently lives in Ravenna and graduated from Kent State University.

Community Development

Commercial Development


Housing Development

Housing Development

Housing Development