Interesting People

Tak Sato

Tak Sato Photo

Meet Tak Sato, a North Olmsted resident working tirelessly to enrich the lives of Northeast Ohio’s senior citizens through technology education and instruction.

Charlie Sexstella

Charlie Sexstella

There are a number of spectacular teachers and faculty working within the North Olmsted School System. One such individual is Charlie Sexstella, a diligent and driven educator who is always working towards making North Olmsted High School a great learning environment for his students.

Stephy Abbruzzese

Stephy with her son Dominic and husband Jack  |  Photo Credit: Quinn Morgan of Deaf Sound Production

Stephy with her son Dominic and husband Jack | Photo Credit: Quinn Morgan of Deaf Sound Production

Meet Stephy Abbruzzese, one of North Olmsted’s most compassionate and outgoing residents!

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas

Dale sitting on the right, joined by members the McBean and Frost families. Both families were influential North Olmsted community members in the early 1800s.

North Olmsted has long been a community tied to deep historical roots, and few people are more familiar with this history than Dale Thomas.

Henry Foraker

Henry Foreaker

Meet Henry, a member of the NOHS Class of 2016 and creator of the Northeast Ohio Cosplay group. Henry is a lifelong resident of North Olmsted and has attended North Olmsted City Schools his whole life. After graduation, Henry plans to attend Cleveland State University in the Fall to study Music Education. Born a creative soul, Henry has been performing his whole life and has already participated in over 50 musicals with community theatres and school productions. He most recently participated in All Shook Up at the high school where he helped develop choreography while also performing. This year, Henry also participated in Les Miserables at MAD Factory in Oberlin, which has been his favorite stage performance to date. He participated in marching band, concert band, orchestra and choir at NOHS all four years. Henry has been a constant presence and outgoing friend to all students in the music department at NOHS. In the future, Henry hopes to utilize his education and passion and return to NOHS as a band, orchestra, and/or choir teacher.

Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith

I, Spencer Smith, am a SITES student currently volunteering at North Olmsted City Hall. North Olmsted High School’s SITES Program, Social Involvement Through Education and Service, is celebrating its 25th class since its inception by Robert Pierce and Christine Kilbane. The program counts as an English and Social Studies class, meshing the two curriculums, in a three period class. Two days each week the students go out to the community and volunteer during school at local schools, hospitals, and nonprofits.

James Aspery

Jame Aspery

Meet James Aspery, the City of North Olmsted’s new Planner. James is a two-time graduate of Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a Master of Public Administration. During his time at the Levin College, James was able to connect with many others who share his passion for cities and development through numerous internships and extracurricular activities. “It became immediately clear that studying in an ‘urban college’ encompassed far more than just Cleveland-centric issues. Many of my friends and colleagues were impacting community growth in many unique communities across Northeast Ohio, which broadened my horizons as to what planning can be,” said Aspery.

Hannah Mathews

Hannah Mathews

Meet Hannah Mathews, North Olmsted resident and owner of Cleveland Sewing Company. Hannah moved to a home in the Butternut Ridge historic district three years ago with her husband Tommy, son Jonah and dog Luna. Just when they were about to give up on their home search, a listing on Butternut Ridge opened up and they fell in love with the house. It is a continuous project for the family, but they’ve never felt so at home. Their home was built in 1922 and from what they’ve been told, the 2 acre property used to be a nursery. They’ve found water lines, an old well pump, old varieties of plans, slate roof tiles, black raspberries and countless other treasures.  What drew them to North Olmsted is how versatile it is. “I love the pride in North Olmsted and I feel like I fit here!” As an artist, she would love to see an artist community grow here. “When artists gather, amazing things happen”.

Jim Morse and Dan Hocevar

Morse and Hocevar

Meet Jim Morse and Dan Hocevar, owners of the Charles Alden Seltzer House which was designated a historical landmark in 2013. Their purchase of the property rescued  this historical gem from the potential threat of commercial development and they have been painstakingly restoring it ever since. For those not familiar with Charles Seltzer, he was a notable figure in both North Olmsted and the nation. He was a council member and two-term mayor during the Great Depression.  He was a widely published author of western stories and novels that several later became feature films in the early days of Hollywood. At his home, Mayor Seltzer held mayor’s court, developed his plans to create a municipal bus line and made decisions with a broad impact on North Olmsted.