Licking County Governmental Preservation Society Board of Trustees
NICHOLAS ADAMS, Treasurer
Nick currently works as a Financial Services Representative for the Tony Adams State Farm Agency, where he specializes in lifestyle management and retirement services. Born in Newark and returning here to work after receiving his Bachelor in Accounting from the University of Dayton in 2009, and then earning his Master in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in 2012, Nick already has a long list of community involvement. He is the originator/founder of the Licking County Jail Break 5KRun/Walk and is looking forward to helping the Historic Jail continue to be the gem that this County deserves.
Luke Baus is Owner of Project Architecture and a partner in Project Construction Company. His companies have served the architectural and construction needs of local companies for over 20 years. He is Past Chairman of the Licking County Chamber Board and has also chaired the Buckeye Valley BIA Board as well as the Hebron Zoning Board. He is a lifelong Licking County resident and excited about the promise of Licking County and wants to help foster the future success of downtown.
JONATHON BOYER, Vice President
Jonathon Boyer is a part-owner of Shamrock Printing in Newark Ohio. Jonathon also works as a freelance graphic designer. In his personal time, Jonathon has been an active member of various music projects. While in the music scene, he helped found the Banded Together Organization, which hosts the Banded Together Music Festival to raise money and awareness for various causes. Jonathon is a lifelong Newark resident and hopes that serving the LCGPS will make a positive impact in Licking County.
Chet Geiger is the retired former Director and present Fiscal Officer of the Homer Public Library, former member and chair of the Licking County Planning Commission and former President of the Licking County Government Preservation Society (LCGPS). He believes that the LCGPS is a wonderful opportunity to restore and maintain Licking County’s heritage and he is excited to be a part of that effort.
Jazz Glastra is the Senior Operations Director for the Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub, a nonprofit organization that hosts farmers markets and other community events at the Canal Market Plaza, located adjacent to the Licking County Historic Jail. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Sociology and is committed to community development and historic preservation in Licking County.
PAM JONES, Secretary
Pam Jones is the Deputy Clerk to the Licking County Commissioners Office and has dedicated hundreds of hours to revive the historic Licking County Jail and establish the LCGPS. She was the first individual to receive the LCGPS volunteer of the year award in 2015 and her enthusiasm and efforts to protect and preserve the historic jail continues. She enjoys contributing her time, expertise and experience to help achieve the short and long term goals of the LCGPS.
Sophia McGuire is the Records Manager and Archivist for the Licking County Government, where she works to preserve and provide access to historically valuable county records. She has worked with historic records and archives since 2010, earning her MLIS in the process. Sophia is excited to bring her experience to LCGPS to promote the significance of the historic jail.
DOUG PRICER, President
Doug Pricer is owner of WCLT Radio Inc. He joined the family business on a full time basis upon his graduation from Ohio State University in 1978. He has served on the board of a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations. As a lifelong resident of Licking County he has fond memories of Newark and the downtown area and hopes to contribute to its revitalization.
Lisa Rhodes is honored to be a LCGPS trustee and believes that the renovation of Newark’s historic jail is an important component to further enhance revitalization and tourism to the downtown area. She hopes to offer her love of history and community in the effort to preserve this beautiful landmark.
Nelson Smith currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Energy Cooperative. He is the former Publisher of The Utica Herald, The Heath News, Newark Air Force Base On Target and The Pataskala Post. He is also one of the original owners of Chapel Hill Golf Course in Knox County. Nelson is actually a former resident of the Licking County Jail, having lived his teenage years in the jail’s top floor apartment with his sister Kathy and mother, Nora Smith. His mother was hired by Sheriff McElroy as Matron and Head Cook for the jail.
Nate Strum serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director for GROW Licking County, the county’s lead economic development organization. Over the course of his career, he has aided in the redevelopment of historic sites including the Carrie Furnace National Historic Site and the development of the Brew House, a 100,000+ sqft facility that now houses tax-credit financed housing as well as artist incubator space – both in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Nate is thrilled to bring his experience to LCGPS in hopes of preserving this historic gem in Downtown Newark, Ohio.
Zane Wachtel is a retired architect. He is the former partner in Wachtel/McAnally Architects, Inc. and he has considerable knowledge of jail and justice center construction. It has long been his desire to find a viable use for the historic jail.
Jim Young is the owner/vintner of Sand Hollow Winery in Southeast Licking County. He is also the President/Publisher of Plus Publications, Inc. that published 50 Plus and Ourtown Weekly Newspaper in Licking County. Jim has always been actively involved in many community civic activities. He hopes his business and life experiences will help in the development of the LCGPS. Jim derives great satisfaction in serving grassroots organizations like the LCGPS that will make an important difference in Licking County.