The Kettering Development Corporation is directed by a volunteer board of leaders in the Kettering community. They bring decades of expertise in business, real estate, government, community development, finance and project administration.
Carol is an experienced Real Estate and Facilities Management professional with an extensive background and an outstanding track record in Strategic Facilities Planning and Development, Construction Management, Building Operations and Facilities Services. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Asset Management, Project Management, Building Operations and Services Management, Programming, Planning and Design. She has managed major development projects for the Reynolds and Reynolds company and Lexis Nexis of Dayton.
Bruce Duke has served on Kettering City Council for 23 years, currently serving a third term as Vice Mayor. Bruce received his PH.D and Masters degree from the Ohio State University and well as a Bachelors degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey. He served as the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Dayton from 1974 until he retired in 2001. His previous professional experience included Director of Career Services at Albion College in Michigan, School Counselor in Hilliard, Ohio and he taught in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. His numerous public service involvement is diverse. He serves on the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Policy Committee. He has served on the National League of Cities First Tier Suburbs Council for three years. He participated in the Inventing Flight Celebration Board of Trustees and he created the Kettering Leadership Academy, which was implemented in the fall of 2003.
Kathy is a partner and facilitator with Innovative InterChange, Inc. She has more than thirty years of experience in coaching individuals and organizations to their highest potential. For five years, Kathy served as president of National City Bank in the Dayton area, leading the bank to hold the largest market share in corporate loans and the third-largest share in retail deposits in the region. She also led and continues to lead community activities and development efforts, creating and implementing new projects and programs to enhance the Dayton community. Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Wittenberg University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Tony Klepacz is a City of Kettering Council member for the 3rd district. He has been a resident of Kettering for almost 30 years. He is retired from NCR where he served as Assistant Vice President in Customer Services. After retirement he worked as an independent consultant on process improvement and economic development for the City of Riverside. He has served on the Board of Community Relations in Kettering as well as the Charter Review Committee and Property Maintenance Task Force. Tony is an Honorary Commander for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, a Board Member of Dorwood Optimist and serves on the Social Justice Commission for St. Charles Borromeo Church. He received his degree from Capital University.
Greg Nelson is an avid Kettering supporter, donating his time and expertise to both the Kettering Development Corporation and the Kettering Education Foundation. Professionally, Greg owns and manages several companies including Colonnades Mgt. Group, a health care consulting firm; IRC, a mobile imagine company; AMS, a mobile nuclear imaging company; Lighthouse Risk Mgt, an insurance company; Action Sports Complex, for baseball, soccer and training; and a commercial and residential real estate division. Greg received his B.S. in Marketing from Jacksonville University. Aside from his service to the Kettering Development Corporation and the Kettering Education Foundation, Greg also gives his time to the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association and the Centurion Foundation, as well as to the Missions Council at Christ Church.
Don Patterson was elected Mayor of Kettering in 2006 and continues to serve his Mayoral term. He is a partner in the commercial real estate firm of (NAI) Patterson Maas Blank Zavakos. Don is a graduate of the University of Dayton. While Don volunteers for many local organizations and has membership in the Kettering Rotary Club, is a member of the Dayton Area Mayors and Managers, sits on the board of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Executive Committee of the MVRPC, he is also very active in statewide and national organizations. He belongs to the Ohio Municipal League and US Conference of Mayors.
Tribute to Don Vermillion
The Kettering community, and in fact the entire region, recently lost one an influential leader and a dear friend.
Don Vermillion was a Kettering resident and undoubtedly one of our city’s greatest cheerleaders. He volunteered for nearly 20 years to lead the Kettering Development Corporation. He quietly worked behind the scenes and without fanfare to bring new life to nearly every corner of Kettering.
- the reinvention of Hills & Dales Shopping Plaza in to Governor’s Place
- the transformation of the vacant Van Buren Shopping Center
- the rejuvenation of the Wilmington Pike corridor
- the complete rebirth of Town & Country Shopping Center
These are all projects that happened because Don dreamed that they were possible and insisted they were essential to the continued vibrancy of our community.
After working in local government for 30 years, including the roles of Miamisburg City Manager and Montgomery County Administrator, Don joined the University of Dayton as a professor in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and Political Science. There he led regional initiatives to invest in urban neighborhoods, improve education and was instrumental in bringing the Kroc Center to Dayton. As a member of UD’s faculty, Don was committed to inspiring the next generation of community leaders. And as a dedicated advocate for Kettering, he worked to bring many of the brightest leaders in local government to come work for the city.
Don loved Kettering and he leaves a legacy in both the places and the people he inspired. He will be dearly missed.