Team


Ian Beniston, AICP, HDFP, Executive Director

Ian Beniston is the Executive Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and reports to YNDC’s Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ian spent five years as YNDC’s Deputy Director. Ian is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. He is also responsible for the day to day operations of the organization. Read more...

Tiffany Sokol, Housing Director

Tiffany Sokol is the Housing Director for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. She leads a team of professional staff in the development and implementation of housing programming, pursuit and administration of grant funding, financial management, and management of organizational communications and marketing. Read more...

Jack Daugherty, AICP, HDFP, Neighborhood Stabilization Director

Jack Daugherty is the Neighborhood Stabilization Director for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. He leads a team of professional staff in the implementation and planning of neighborhood stabilization programming, pursuit of grant funding and other new funding sources, and the development of strategic initiatives. Read more...

Liz Ifill, Office Manager

Liz Ifill is the Office Manager for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. She is responsible for running the office in an efficient and effective manner, handling necessary administrative, organizational, communication, and other functions for this fast paced and growing community development organization. Read more...

Kayshia Washington, Community Engagement Fellow

Kayshia Washington is the Community Engagement Fellow for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. She works with staff, partners, neighborhood leaders, and community volunteers to involve residents in YNDC’s work; activate community space; advance neighborhood safety; and keep residents and partners informed about YNDC’s programs, services, and activities across the city. Read more...

Jennifer Evans, Housing Program Manager

Jenn Evans is the Housing Program Manager for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Jenn collaborates with a team of professional staff to implement YNDC's Emergency Repair and Roof Replacement programs and assists with the administration of YNDC's Strategic Acquisition and Rehabilitation program. Read more...

Shawnice Morris, Housing Program Assistant

Shawnice Morris is a Housing Program Assistant for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Shawnice collaborates with a team of professional staff to implement YNDC's Roof Replacement and Rental programs. Read more...

Sara Palowitz, Housing Program Assistant

Sara Palowitz is a Housing Program Assistant for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Sara collaborates with a team of professional staff to implement YNDC's Emergency Repair program. Read more...

Alex Viglio, Housing Counselor

Alex Viglio is the Housing Counselor for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Alex implements financial empowerment programming, including outreach, intake, scheduling, file management, counseling of clients, and reporting. Read more...

Susan Payton, Glenwood Fresh Market Manager

Susan Payton is the Glenwood Fresh Market Manager for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Susan manages operations of the Glenwood Fresh Market and is responsible for the facility operation and program service goals: including inspiring healthy eating, increasing access to fresh food, and managing a clean, organized and functional environment. Read more...

Sara Tkac, Digital Media Manager

Sara Tkac is the Digital Media Manager for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Sara manages the completion of photographic documentation, social media posts, website updates, and publication layout and design. Read more...

Matthew Shelby, Housing Project Inspector

Matthew Shelby is the Housing Project Inspector for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Matt screens properties for necessary repairs, writes up project specifications, inspects completed repairs, and communicates deficiencies. Read more...

Mike Long, TreeCorps Project Manager

Mike Long is the TreeCorps Project Manager for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Mike is responsible for managing Mahoning Valley TreeCorps, a large-scale urban tree canopy restoration, management, and workforce training program in the cities of Youngstown and Warren, Ohio that involves multiple staff, organizational partners, and volunteers. Read more...

Roy Merrill, Forestry Team Member

Roy Merrill is a Forestry Team Member for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Roy works with a team to implement tree planting, tree maintenance, property maintenance, and related neighborhood improvement projects to improve the quality of life in Youngstown’s neighborhoods.  Read more...

Jeff Kramer, Construction Team Member

Jeff Kramer is a Construction Team Member for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Jeff works with a team to complete housing rehabilitation projects to improve the quality of life in strategic Youngstown neighborhoods. Read more...

Mike Ondo, Construction Team Member

Mike Ondo is a Construction Team Member for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Mike works with a team to complete housing rehabilitation projects to improve the quality of life in strategic Youngstown neighborhoods. Read more...

Joshua Potkay, Construction Team Member

Joshua Potkay is a Construction Team Member for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Joshua works with a team to complete housing rehabilitation projects to improve the quality of life in strategic Youngstown neighborhoods. Read more...

Adam Wagner, Grass Cutting and Clean Up Team Member

Adam Wagner is a Grass Cutting and Clean Up Team Member for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Adam collaborates with a team of professional and labor staff in the implementation of large scale grass cutting and clean up of vacant homes, boarding of vacant housing, vacant lot management, basic construction, and other field and maintenance projects to improve the quality of life in strategic Youngstown neighborhoods. Read more...

Patricia Tate, Neighborhood Steward

Patricia Tate is a Neighborhood Steward for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Patricia collaborates with the YNDC team to mobilize residents and stakeholders to take collective action to improve citywide housing quality and neighborhood conditions and help to develop neighborhood leaders. Read more...

Anika Jacobs-Green, Glenwood Fresh Market Associate

Anika Jacobs-Green is a Glenwood Fresh Market Associate for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Anika assists in the operation of the Glenwood Fresh Market and creates a welcoming environment to achieve program service goals including: increasing access to fresh food, inspiring healthy eating, and maintaining a clean, organized and functional environment. Read more...

Henrietta Lewis, Glenwood Fresh Market Associate

Henrietta Lewis is a Glenwood Fresh Market Associate for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Henrietta assists in the operation of the Glenwood Fresh Market and creates a welcoming environment to achieve program service goals including: increasing access to fresh food, inspiring healthy eating, and maintaining a clean, organized and functional environment. Read more...

Vi Aguirre, 7th Ward Neighborhood Improvement Assistant

Vi Aguirre is the 7th Ward Neighborhood Improvement Assistant for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Vi works with neighborhood groups to complete improvement projects, organize neighbors around property maintenance issues affecting their neighborhoods, conduct routine neighborhood property condition and resident surveys, and serve as a resource to property owners. Read more...

Jacob Stanko, Neighborhood Stabilization Intern

Jacob Stanko is the Neighborhood Stabilization Intern for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Through the Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship Program at YSU and the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Jacob performs tasks aligned with Summer Fellowship activity areas. Read more...