The Well CDC exists to encourage worth, value, and dignity in the communities of Akron. As Akron’s first place-based community development corporation devoted to the Middlebury neighborhood, we seek to create a shared prosperity for current residents through housing, economic development, and placemaking initiatives. The Well CDC’s holistic approach to community development is designed to promote neighborhood resiliency and revitalization through family stability and wealth-building strategies. This includes healthy rentals that lead to responsible home ownership, restoration of property values, opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and increased civic engagement.
Rustbelt cities like Akron were once bustling pockets that thrived with people, resources, and identity. We want to see Middlebury grow in a way that encourages the community to take pride in the neighborhood and become a gathering place for the entire city.
Flourishing individuals is directly tied to the ability to decide for oneself. Our desire is to create opportunities for all people in Akron to achieve their dreams by leading healthy and liberated lives.
Zac has long considered Akron to be the epicenter of the universe. Growing up in the Westside of Akron, he traded over to the Eastside in 2012. That is where his wife, Beth, and he bought a home for less than $5,000 and rehabbed it into a home for their three sons, Parker (8), Beckett (5), and Greyson (2). As if rehabbing homes wasn’t hard enough, Zac founded The Well CDC in 2016 and decided to repurpose a hundred-year-old church building. When he isn’t coming up with awesome ideas, he loves investing in his local church as a pastor and coaching his sons’ soccer teams.
Curtis Minter, Jr.
Curtis, nicknamed Lil’ Curt by those who know and love him, was born and raised in the great City of Akron. In 2014, Curtis left us for Denver, CO, but could not stay away for long. He found his way back to Akron in serving the residents of Middlebury at The Well. After a decade in the nonprofit sector, he’s got the skillset to accomplish any task –like adaptively reusing 100-year old churches or building out shared-use kitchens! Curtis serves our local community in a variety of ways including President of the Akron Urban League Young Professionals.
Fund Development Director
Kelly grew up on the southside of Akron not far from where her grandparents lived when they were children. While she has spent a significant amount of time traveling throughout the United States and abroad, she found her home right back where she started. She lives with her partner, Steve, and their two cats, Chestnut and Peanut, on Akron’s northside where they enjoy being outside, eating local food, and conversing about late-stage capitalism, regenerative systems, and yoga philosophy.
Reuben moved to Akron in order to study Construction Engineering Technology. After quickly growing to love the people and place of Akron, he and his wife Heidi moved into the Middlebury neighborhood in 2013. Reuben is part of the Housing Team at The Well CDC and is grateful for the opportunity to use his education and skills to benefit his neighbors. Outside of work, Reuben enjoys spending time around a campfire, hiking, playing basketball, and building with Legos.
Eric was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio but has called Akron home since 2010. After falling in love with this city and graduating with a degree in Education from UA in 2014, he decided to put it to good use and work as a barista for two years before coming on staff at The Well. He and his wife, Lindsay, have lived in Middlebury since 2016 with their two dogs Geno (3) and Sidney (1) who function as their children until they have kids one day. Eric has a passion for running, coffee culture, people, and is confused about his sports teams because of the location of his birthplace Youngstown.
Kelly grew up in Northeast Ohio but was drawn back to her family roots in Akron, where multiple generations of her family lived and still lives. Kelly first came to the Well as an AmeriCorps VISTA which led to her current role, where she uses her administrative skills and mild obsession with finances and all things organization to help maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. She loves deep conversations and enjoys supporting the dreamers and visionaries from behind the scenes. She cares deeply about addressing systemic change for the flourishing of all people and loves that she can be a part of that mission at The Well CDC.
Nick was raised in the Firestone Park neighborhood of Akron. Nick attended Ohio University in Athens, OH where he earned a degree in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Nick moved to Columbus, OH where he lived for the next seven years. He settled into a job at a custom sign company as a project manager. When the company relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and Nick followed. Five years later, Nick and his wife Tara decided to move back to his hometown to be close to relatives and raise their daughter. Nick and his wife opened Twist Candy Co. in 2016 and have operated it for the last 3 years that can be found at local community events, and Acorn Alley in Kent, Ohio.
Housing Volunteer Coordinator
Rob is a true Akronite and a Middlebury resident. He grew up exactly 148 ft From The Well CDC. Now he is invested in serving the Middlebury community and volunteering at a youth ministry in the Kenmore neighborhood. Rob is the Lawncare manager/Housing for The Well CDC! And is willing to talk Cleveland sports at any given moment!
Before serving with The Well CDC, Chris worked diligently to start and maintain a thriving property management and housing restoration business. He worked with commercial and residential clients as well as various churches/non-profits. After six years in the construction industry, Chris became a great addition to our staff full-time. His pursuit of giving back has been evident through the use of his talents and resources. Over the past few years, Chris has had the opportunity to do remodeling projects in multiple states, work on disaster relief teams, and even do building projects overseas. Starting with a background in ministry and business, Chris has allowed his passion in the field of construction and serving others to connect and grow our Housing team.
Community Engagement Coord.
Jen is a friendly force here at The Well CDC. She’s smiley, friendly, has a heart for others and Akron. It became her home six years ago when she came to the University of Akron. She graduated with a degree in Education and stayed in because of her love for the city, the people, and of course Zippy. Jen has a heart for children, teachers, schools, and people. Jen is a servant leader, an encourager, and loyal friend. In her free time you can find her sipping coffee, playing sports or board games, eating ice cream or cuddled up watching Friends.
Ken Evans is a second-year VISTA focusing primarily on the Community Tool Library and Home Maintenance Classes. He spent his first VISTA year at East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation trying to improve food security in the East Akron Neighborhood. Originally from a rural community Ken now calls Akron home and is dedicated to making it the best city in Ohio. He is most excited to help to give people the tools they need (literally and figuratively) to improve their homes and better their community. Outside of The Well CDC Ken enjoys being politically active, nature/conservation, retro gaming, comics, and amateur archaeology.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Randell J. Freeman
Angela D. Harper
David H. Maynard
Our hope is proximity generates collaboration amongst support services available at The Well CDC. Ultimately, strengthening the Middlebury community. In addition, we wanted to create a low-cost entry point for startup community-based organizations.
Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.), strives to empower and advocate for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) by giving access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information, health, and social services. The Well is proud to host ASIA, Inc.’s Senior Activity Day and Hapi Fresh Farmers Market.
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Healing Hearts mission is to help hurting people journey through the healing process with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.