Board + Staff
Zac KohlExecutive Director
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 and rehabbed a home for their three sons. 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.
Jen MeadeFund Development Director
Jen is a Middlebury resident and has called Akron home for the last 11 years. She graduated from The University of Akron with a BA in Education and stayed in Akron because of her love for the city and its people. She started on the team 5+ years ago running our Akron Hope program as a part time employee, grew to be the manager, and was promoted in November 2022 to be our Fund Development Director. She has 9+ years of experience working in the non-profit sector and loves the work she gets to do everyday.
Dave MaynardSenior Finance Director
Dave has been part of the Well CDC since its inception back in 2016, working alongside Zac and his team as financial advisor and a board member. After a successful career working in various senior executive leadership roles in Building Materials and Industrial markets, Dave felt a calling to join The Well CDC in a full-time capacity to lead the finance area. He is passionate about helping people, teams and organizations reach their full potential. Dave has been married to his wife, Linda, for 34 years. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with their young adult daughter, Hannah, exploring the outdoors, exercising, and serving with Linda in the young adult ministry at The Chapel Akron.
Joe VasselAcquisition/Rehab Manager
Reuben AuckHousing Manager
Reuben Auck is a Middlebury resident and a member of the Restoring Housing team for The Well CDC. He received his degree in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Akron in 2012. Prior to joining The Well CDC staff, he worked for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity as a Construction Site Supervisor and served as a Board Member for The Well CDC. He joined staff in 2017 and has been involved in the purchase and renovation of 70+ units in Middlebury.
Joyce FoxProperty Manager
Joyce is a property manager who helps develop families to mature tenancy and home ownership. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication and is a lifelong learner having participated in numerous trainings and received recognition in entrepreneurship, culture of poverty, mindset, and classroom leadership. The 25 years of experience within education and housing has taught her to approach property management with a social work mindset to restore value and dignity to the families we serve. When she is not working with families, find her coaching health-minded individuals, line dancing, and creating art through photography.
Bronson LuksaConstruction Crew
Bronson LuksaConstruction Crew
AJ FinkConstruction Crew
AJ FinkConstruction Crew
Anna MuntinMarketing Coordinator
After graduating from The Univeristy of Akron in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Anna decided to combine her love of coffee with her desire to invest in her community at The Well CDC as a Compass barista. Five months later, she came on full-time as the part-time Finance Coordinator and part-time Lead Barista. Now she assists in managing The Well’s social media, communications, and special usage, but you can still find her most mornings down in the cafe practicing her latte art.
Erica BanksAkron Food Works Coordinator
Kyle KoernerSocial Enterprise Manager
Kyle has lived in Akron for almost fifteen years, after growing up in Green. He began his career in food service at 16 and fell in love with the industry. Now, with over a decade of experience in corporate restaurant leadership, Kyle is excited to be able to support and invest in food entrepreneurs through Akron Food Works.
Outside of work, you can find him in his kitchen or garden with his dogs.
Marta RoueihebWorkforce Manager
Alexandra ThomasCommunity Engagement Manager
Born and raised in Akron Ohio, Alex is an experienced nonprofit professional with 20+ years of serving families and youth. She takes pride in being passionate about those who are underserved and under-represented, and leaving others feeling empowered, resilient, and hopeful for their future. In her not so spare time, Alex enjoys being active in her church, The House of the Lord, as the Director of Youth Ministry, serving on non-profit boards, mentoring, spending time with my family, and completing her Master of Divinity degree. She’s proud to bring her knowledge and heart to join the work of “people first and people last” as the Community Engagement Manager.
Meaghan DiazFinance Manager
Meaghan is a life-long resident of Goodyear Heights and a current member of The Well’s finance team. Before joining the staff full-time in early 2023, she was an accountant at local CPA firm Sikich, where she worked closely with The Well as one of their accountants. Meaghan left Sikich in early 2022 to start her own business, Diaz Bookkeeping, which allowed her to focus on the parts of accounting that she loves the most – working directly with small businesses to organize and maintain their financial information. Joining The Well’s staff has allowed Meaghan to continue with the line of work she loves and support an organization she’s worked with in various capacities over the years.
In her spare time, Gwen is a professional cook specializing in southern cooking. She is a proud mother of two sons who she brags about constantly. Gwen states her favorite thing about working at The Well CDC is the people who she works with side by side.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tracy Carter (Chairperson)
System Director, Government Relations, Summa Health
David Griffing (Vice Chairperson
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Energy Harbor
Market President, Portage Community Bank
Past President & COO, Valley Savings Bank
Engineering Supervisor, Swagelok Company
Global Risk Management, Goodyear Tire and
Residential Manager, Focus2focus Independent Living
Vice President, Community Development Consultant of Northern Ohio, PNC Community Development Banking
Pastor, Citizens Akron Church
Attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle, and Burroughs
Certified Financial Planner, Impel Wealth Management
Executive Director, Development Fund of the Western Reserve & Western Reserve Community Fund
Principal at Mason CLC, Akron Public Schools
Round River Consulting