Karen has been a resident of Gahanna for over 40 years. She served 11 terms; elected five times as President and 6 times as Vice President. In 2012, she was appointed to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and has served on its Executive Board and as Board Secretary. Karen is a founding member of the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and received its Ambassador of the Year Award in 2016. A 1967 graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, Karen spent her career teaching music for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Karen is married to Dick. Her term ends December 2019.
Brian has lived in Gahanna since 2000. He is currently the President of Council and served the same role in 2012 and 2014. He is a member of Gahanna’s Community Improvement Corporation, works at JP Morgan Chase and is active with several community organizations. Brian is ASQ Certified and has a Six Sigma Black Belt. He is married to Tracey, has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. His term expires December 2021.
Jamie Leeseberg, Council Vice President,Ward 4 Email Jamie
Jamie moved to Gahanna in 2007. He is Council Vice President and a member of Gahanna’s Community Improvement Corporation. He was a Board Member of the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2016 and past Chair of the Service and Safety Committee. Jamie is a licensed professional engineer and surveyor in the State of Ohio and has over 20 years of experience in land development. He enjoys volunteering at High Point Elementary and coaching various sports. He is married to Angi and has two children. His term ends December 2021.
Nancy has lived in Gahanna for 39 years. She served over 10 years on council including president, vice president, council representative to MORPC and chairman of various council committees. Nancy works as a substitute teacher and is currently Vice President of the Gahanna Historical Society, a member of the Oakhaven Garden Club and attends New Life Church. She is married to Jim and has three children and eight grandchildren. Her term ends December 2019.
Brian has served on City Council since 2015. Previous to that he served as a member of the Gahanna Governance Commission. Brian currently serves as the Council’s representative to the Gahanna-Jefferson School Board and as a member of the Gahanna Branding Project Advisory Committee. In his professional life, Brian works for Franklin County. He is also a member of the Gahanna YMCA and has two daughters. His term ends in December 2019.
Stephen moved to Gahanna in 1998. He has served on City Council since 2012 and has served as President in 2013 and 2016. Before serving on Council, Stephen was a member of City of Gahanna’s Civil Service Commission from 2008 through 2011. Outside his role for the City of Gahanna, Stephen is the director of the Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering, providing water and sewer services in unincorporated areas of Franklin County. He is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Columbus and a Certified Tourism Ambassador through Experience Columbus. Stephen is married to Melissa and has two children. His term ends December 2021.
Michael moved to Gahanna in 2007. He serves as chair of the Finance Committee. Outside of his role on City Council, Michael is employed in public finance at Baird. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Market Technician designations and is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He is married to Kate and has two children. His term ends December 2021.