Council Members



Updated Jan 19, 2019

Tony Benedetti, Community Committee Chair

   Council member since Jan 2018. Photo and bio not yet provided. •


Joe Curl, Communications Committee Chair

   Bio not yet provided. •





Lori Santilli-Howard, Finance Committee Chair

   I have been a resident of Minerva Park for all but 3 years of my life. My parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle all built homes here on Wildwood in the 1950s. I grew up in what many of my childhood friends still say was the best neighborhood to live in with the best memories to cherish. My husband Jeff and I moved into our home in 1989, right next door to my parents. We have raised two wonderful children (Luke and Gigi) that have kept us busy, in a good way!

Jeff and I have always believed in giving back, such as sharing our time and talents. I served on the school board for our children’s K-8 school, and both my husband and I served on the parent advisory board at St. Francis DeSales High School. During our 8-year term at Desales, we helped navigate the “Road to 2020” mission that has been very successful for the school. I currently manage a busy dental practice where I have been for more than 36 years. I have experience working alongside the owner of the practice to oversee growth and transition from 2 to 6 doctors in a multi-specialty environment to an all general dentist team. I am the project manager overseeing a major renovation of our office while keeping the practice on task with our day-to-day activities. I enjoy a challenging work environment where I continue to learn, and my job has afforded that to me in so many ways.

I was happy to join our council, hoping to make a difference in our special community. I believe that Minerva Park has always been a unique community that has so much to offer to the families that have been lucky to call this place their home. - Oct 2018 •


Tiffany Hughes, Streets Committee Chair

   I first want to start with saying thank you for everyone that voted for me, putting their trust in me to keep this village moving forward!

I have been around the village my entire life. My grandparents built their home on Jordan rd. in 1970. I come from an extremely close family considering I grew up within 1 mile from my grandparents and spent almost every day at their house. After my grandparents passed away my husband and I decided to keep this home in the family and continue to keep our 2 kids Taylor and Tanner in Westerville Schools. We took a long time remodeling the house the way we wanted it before we moved in.

I own and operate my own business as well as I am a real estate agent with Superior Homes Realty. I love working with people and making a difference. I am looking forward to making a difference in the village for years to come. - Jan 2018 •


Diane Schrimpf, Legislation Committee Chair

   I started my first term as a Minerva Park Councilperson at Large in January 2018. Ohio natives, both my spouse John and I were born and raised in the greater Cleveland area, he from Euclid and me from Parma. All of my 5 siblings also live in Ohio. Business opportunity brought us to Columbus in 1983. We came across Minerva Park by accident while house hunting in 1986. The mature trees and eclectic layout of the streets and variety of styles of houses really resonated with us. And here we remain 30+ years later.

My business career took an eclectic path as well, working for a number of smaller for-profit businesses in the areas of operations, including client services, product implementations, and infrastructure project management. I enjoyed the challenges of working for entrepreneurial CEOs, even though a few ended up in bankruptcy – lots of lessons learned and skills acquired. The opportunities to participate in every aspect of the business from strategic planning to sales and marketing to infrastructure and human resources were so valuable. During the years, I became particularly expert at implementing new business and new software solutions, and this experience allowed me to obtain the certification Project Management Professional in 2007.

Retirement at the end of 2016 meant I could look for additional opportunities to give back to the community. In addition to council membership, I have been a volunteer guardian for seniors since 2002 through the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. My other passion is for nature, and along with gardening and landscaping our home, I continue to volunteer at Ohio nature preserves. - Jan 2018 •


Matthew Star, Safety Committee Chair

    Matthew is filling the vacant council seat through 2019. He is excited to be with the council and eager to serve the community. Full-time he is a paralegal with Parks and Meade, LLC, which practices in a variety of fields, including providing legal services for villages and cities. - Jan 2019 •