Board of Directors


anna marie durtschi, necic, board, mansfield, north end

Anna Marie Durtschi, President (North End Resident) 

Anna is a part of NECIC for several reasons. The good work they do to help local citizens with improving their quality of life through housing, employment, teaching individuals how to garden to improve the nutrition of its residents. Valuing our elderly population by providing support and recreation opportunities. Valuing our residents by providing small grants for community projects and events. "The list goes on but also because I am a resident of the North End and directly benefit from the positive actions provided by this wonderful organization. "


Term 2020-2023

Friends of North Lake Park 283 W. 3rd St. Mansfield, OH 44903

Cell: 419-564-1124 




Paul Kemerling, Vice President

Paul is one of the founders and original Board members of NECIC; he returns to the board after a five year hiatus. In 2011 Paul and his wife opened Relax, It's Just Coffee, a neighborhood coffee bar located in downtown Mansfield. Paul brings nearly 25 years worth of non-profit experience to the NECIC Board room.

Term 2021-2023

Relax! It’s Just Coffee 105 N. Main St. Mansfield, OH 44902

419-522-1521 – Work



Phil Mazzocco, Secretary

Phil is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio State Mansfield.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2006 from Ohio State Columbus.  His research focuses on race-related beliefs and opinions.  

Phil joined the Board of NECIC because he believes strongly in their asset-based approach to positive community growth.  "NECIC is an organization with lofty goals that has a track record of producing results.  As a Board member, I can play my small role in supporting NECIC's excellent team." 
Cell: 419-610-4756


 Term 2020-2023



Julianna Akuchie, Treasure 

Julianna is native to Mansfield and currently works at the Mansfield YMCA as the finance director.
Term 2020-2023
Phone: 419-522-3511 WORK



Sam Weiler, Attorney, Ernst & Young LLP

Sam is a tax attorney/consultant within the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP as well as an adjunct accounting professor at the North Central State College Urban Center.  Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Sam was an attorney at Inscore, Rinehardt, Whitney & Enderle Co., L.P.A. in Mansfield, Ohio.  While attending college, Sam also worked as a staff accountant/portfolio manager at Banc One Community Development Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. 


Term 2019-2022

614-232-7105 – Work




deanna west-torrence, executive director, board, necic, mansfield, ohio, north end

Braxton Charles Daniels III (North End Resident) 

 Braxton was born and raised on the North End of Mansfield. Majority of his family still remains on the North End of Mansfield. He has worked with with the following community driven companies: Richland Source, Graziani Multimedia, Field Market, Relax It’s Just Coffee, OSU Mansfield and NECIC. Braxton has his displayed artwork throughout the community of Mansfield, and currently has photography displayed throughout the NECIC building.

Term 2020-2023


Phone: (419) 989-7047



Valerie F. Webb Harper

Valerie is a born and raised resident of Mansfield, Ohio.  She is an administrative professional at UMADAOP Community Outreach Center, located at 215 N. Trimble Road, here in Mansfield, Ohio. Previously, she had worked as an  Ombudsman for Area Agency On Aging , Jobs Etc. for the State of Florida as a case manager for the Adult Food Stamp Program, the State of Colorado reviewing and typing Appeals, and  the State of Ohio as a specialist in Employment and Training as well as Unemployment.

Serving on the NECIC Board broadens her creative thinking when it comes to helping others.


Term 2020-2023

Receptionist/Community Health Worker Mansfield UMADAOP North End Resident 215 Trimble Rd. Mansfield, OH 44906

419-525-3525 – Work



Loretta Norris (North End Resident) 

Loretta Norris is a Mansfield native who worked at HR Choices for a number of years. She previously served on the NECIC board as the Executive Secretary and has rejoined the board for another term. Loretta enjoys serving on the board and working with Deanna because they are a sincere group who wants to uplift the community. She appreciates the forward thinking and the ability to voice your opinions and have them heard.


Term 2020-2023




aaron williams, board, necic, north end, mansfield

Aaron Williams, Jr.

Following in his father's footsteps, Aaron is pastor of Maddox Memorial Church of God in Christ. Aaron is originally from New Jersey and moved to Mansfield in 1979. His mother is a Mansfield native. 

Aaron enjoys working with NECIC and positively affecting the lives of the North End people. A father and husband, he hopes to help make the North End a safer and more prosperous place for families. "Kids that grow up here should feel like they have the same opportunities as anyone else," he said.

Term 2020-2023

Cell: 419-571-2703




jodie perry, necic, board, north end, mansfield

Jodie A. Perry

Jodie A. Perry, IOM, CCEO-AP has served as President of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce in Mansfield, Ohio since July, 2014.  In that role she is responsible for overseeing the operations of the 1,000 member organization which works to promote the business and economic vitality of the Richland County area.  


Jodie is excited to be apart of the NECIC Board, "I value the great work they are already doing and hope to be a link to the broader business community."

55 N. Mulberry St. Mansfield, OH 44902

Work: 419-522-3211

Term 2020-2023



Chris Hiner

Hiner joined the NECIC board because he wants to see the North End and it’s residents thrive. "There is immense potential in the north end of Mansfield. There are great things happening every day that I wasn’t aware of and wanted to be enlightened." He also felt that he could provide value to the organization with experience in housing, something NECIC has a core mission to improve housing opportunity in the North End. 

Term 2020-2023

President of Park National Bank


Phone: (419) 524-3370



Ken Dudley

Ken is the Marketing Manager at The Gorman-Rupp Company. He was raised in Mansfield and brings 25 years of marketing and management experience to the board. In addition to his professional background, Ken is involved in the Richland Preservation Action Group as well as The Mansfield Memory Project community photo archiving effort.

Term 2020-2023


Phone:(419) 775-6212



Cynthia Delaney

She has lived in Mansfield for over 14 years. Lived on the South side when she initially moved here then later the family purchased a home on the North End where she currently reside.


Term: 2020-2023



Amanda Stanfield (North End Resident)

Amanda has lived in the North End of Mansfield since 2000, along with her husband Matthew and their seven children. They first became involved with NECIC through Neighborhood Watch and received small grants to get a small community garden started on their street, which was active for five years.  The Stanfield's are the owners of GrowFourth Urban Farm, Mansfield's first homestead urban farm, in conjunction with the FFAR project through NECIC and OSU-M.  Amanda is a Certified Kindergarten Paraprofessional at the Richland School of Academic Arts, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Sustainable Farming from the University of Massachusetts.  She considers it an honor to serve Mansfield's North End as an NECIC board member.  

Term 2020-2023


Phone: (419) 512-3771