Our Board

Heritage Avon Lake Executive Board 2017

GVogulGerry Vogel, President

Gerry Vogel is Assistant Director of Avon Lake Public Library, author of Images of America: Avon Lake and keenly interested in what happens when passionate people connect. Besides your stories, concerns, documents and photographs, Gerry enjoys unpopular music, cats, naps and outer space and has lived in Avon Lake since 2006.

sherrySherry Spenzer, Vice President

Sherry Spenzer is a native Avon Lake resident and “Shoregal”. She has combined a love of writing and a passion for local history in her new book, Socialites and Scofflaws – Avon Lake’s Past. A graduate of Avon Lake High School, Spenzer has a B.A. from Ohio State University, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa.

SGerhanSandi Gerhan, Treasurer

Sandi Gerhan is an “almost” life-long resident of Avon Lake, having moved to Avon Lake at age 5.  Sandi has been working on her own family geneology and wants to ensure Avon Lakers know the history of our “little town”.  Sandi is active in many community musical organizations, including 2 choruses, Mighty Goliath Productions as well as church choir and worship band.  Semi-retired after 25 years with the American Red Cross Blood Services, Sandi is working part-time at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center clinical laboratory and spends spare time volunteering and working out at the Y.

lynn-miller-head-shotLynn Miller, Secretary

Lynn moved to Avon Lake in 1992, and feels blessed to live in a town with its welcoming spirit and great sense of community. Lynn has spent years as an active member of Avon Lake PTAs, the Women’s Club, and The Avon Lake United Church of Christ, and she works for the Rocky River Public Library. Lynn’s hobbies include gardening, baking for the Lorain County fair, skiing, and supporting the Shoremen, Buckeyes, Cavs, Tribe, and Browns (even though she was raised a Steeler fan.) She looks forward to helping HAL preserve Avon Lake history, and to spending more time at the beautiful Folger Home.


Tom Patton, Trustee

Thomas Patton has been a resident of Avon Lake for over 40 years, and is interested in preserving and cataloging the history of Avon Lake and specifically the Lake Shore Electric Railway. Tom and his wife Tomie enjoy participating in civil, cultural and community activities that benefit Avon Lake and Northern Ohio.


TTomanekTony Tomanek, Trustee
Tony Tomanek is a native of Avon Lake, and has lived in Avon Lake for 66 years. His family is deeply woven in Avon Lake’s rich history. Tony has enjoyed local history for many years and is serving his first term on the HAL Board. Tony is also a volunteer for The Northern Ohio USO. He enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and going on long rides. Tony spent 30 plus years in training and development and is currently president of Tony J. Tomanek Training & Development.

KCZuberK.C. Zuber, Trustee

Karl (K.C.) Zuber has lived in Avon Lake since 1968. For more than 30 years KC has been involved with the City of Avon Lake. While serving on Avon Lake City Council he founded Save the Woods, which created the Kopf Family Reservation. He also sponsored the first legislation to lease the Thomas Folger Home to the Avon Lake Landmark Preservation Society in 2002. KC has served as Mayor of the City of Avon Lake for 4 years and on city council for 10 years. He has been a board member of several non-profits in Avon Lake and Lorain County.

Thank you to outgoing 2016 board members:

  • Patti Zilka
  • Melissa Clifford
  • Kris Burns

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