CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S BIOS
Karen Angelou, Member At Large
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Councilmember Angelou has been a resident of Gahanna for more than 40 years. She served 11 terms; elected five times as president and six times as vice president of Gahanna City Council. In 2012, she was appointed to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and has served on its Executive Board and as Board Secretary. Angelou 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, Ms. Angelou spent her career teaching music for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Councilmember Angelou is married to Mifflin Township Trustee, Dick Angelou. Her term ends December 2023.
Kaylee Padova, Ward 3
Councilmember Padova moved to Gahanna in 2009. After graduating from Capital University with a marketing degree in 2010 she received a certificate in public and nonprofit leadership from The Ohio State University in 2020. Outside of chambers, she serves her community as the Food Pantry Manager at Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN). Councilmember Padova is married to Dominic and they have one daughter, Geneva.
Trenton Weaver, Ward 4
Councilmember Weaver was born and raised in Gahanna. On council, he serves as liaison to the Community Improvement Corporation and was appointed to the MORPC Regional Policy Roundtable. Outside of his role on council, he serves as an attorney in the Franklin County Auditor’s Office. Passionate about the arts, he also serves on the board of the Gahanna Area Arts Council. A GLHS graduate, Councilmember Weaver earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University. He is the proud husband of Aileen. Councilmember Weaver’s term ends in December 2025.
Nancy McGregor, Council Vice President, Member At Large
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Councilmember McGregor has lived in Gahanna for 39 years. She has served over ten years on council in various roles including president, vice president, council representative to MORPC, and chairman of various council committees. McGregor 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 2023.
Merisa Bowers, Member At Large
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Councilmember Bowers is a proud daughter of Ohio, raised in Canton and educated in Cincinnati and Cleveland before moving to Gahanna in 2012. Graduating law school at the height of the recession, Councilmember Bowers practices in family law where she strives for holistic and thoughtful outcomes for her clients. Councilmember Bowers has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers, a Best Attorney Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, and she has served on various bar association committees.
Throughout her life, Councilmember Bowers has been engaged in civic issues. Prior to her election to City Council, she served on various boards including the Gahanna Land Use Plan Steering Committee, Gahanna Economic Development Community Engagement Committee, Gahanna Area Commission, Community Engagement Interview Panel for Gahanna Chief of Police, and the Columbus Community Relations Commission.
As a mom, attorney, and small business owner, Councilmember Bowers values relationships with constituents, sustainable development, and a healthy environment for future generations.
Councilmember Bowers’ term ends December 2023.
Stephen Renner, Ward 1
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Councilmember Renner moved to Gahanna in 1998. He has served on council since 2012 and served as president in 2013 and 2016. Before serving on council, Renner was a member of City of Gahanna’s Civil Service Commission from 2008 through 2011. Outside his role for the City of Gahanna, he is the director of the Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering, providing water and sewer services in unincorporated areas of Franklin County. Councilmember Renner is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Columbus and a Certified Tourism Ambassador through Experience Columbus. Renner is married to Melissa and has two children. His term ends December 2025.
Michael Schnetzer, Ward 2
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Councilmember Schnetzer moved to Gahanna in 2007. He is currently serving as the finance chair on council. Outside of his role on Gahanna City Council, Schnetzer 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. Councilmember Schnetzer is married to Kate and has two children. His term ends December 2025.
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