About Us - Board
Craig Dillon, AIA, Craig Dillon Architects, WHF Board President
After graduating from The Ohio State University, Dillon joined an architectural firm in Toledo, Ohio, but shortly thereafter returned to Springfield, where he worked for another firm before establishing his own in 1995. During that time he resided in an apartment in the Westcott House, learning its architectural intricacies by combing every inch -- even the attic, he says. Despite the inconvenience of limited heating and plumbing facilities, Dillon enjoyed the ambience of the house and the "spirit" of Frank Lloyd Wright that seemed to permeate it. With more than nineteen years' experience in the architectural field, he now wants to share the house with the public as a venue for special events as well as a museum. Dillon also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Tecumseh Council, and his church.
Glenn Collier, Attorney at Law, Martin Browne Hull & Harper, WHF Board Vice President
Glenn Collier is working to establish and maintain the Westcott House as a first-class attraction here in Springfield, one that is good for the community and, indeed, for all who visit. A partner in the local law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull and Harper, he is eager for the public to view the house as "a truly great restoration and preservation effort that is self-sufficient." With degrees from Ohio Wesleyan and Cornell Universities, Collier serves on the boards of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield Foundation, Wittenberg University, and the Community Improvement Corporation.
Rob Kitchen, CPA, Clark, Schaeffer & Hackett, WHF Board Treasurer
Rob is a 2001 graduate of Bluffton College with his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration and a 2002 graduate from Wright State University with a Masters of Accountancy. He has worked extensively with all types of local government and nonprofit organizations. His experience includes accounting, auditing, agreed upon procedures and tax services. For the past seven years he has worked with Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing to maintain compliance with applicable laws for a number of affordable housing projects.
Chris Schutte, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, WHF Board Secretary
Chris Schutte is Director of Marketing & Special Events at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. A Springfield native, Chris returned to the area following a ten-year stint as Managing Partner of Match on Hilton Head Island (SC). Schutte brings to the Westcott House Foundation board nearly twenty years of experience in the fields of marketing, branding, retail development and project management. He currently serves as Director of Marketing & Special Events at the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and President of the Board of Directors for Eyes Wide Open Worldwide. Schutte is a graduate of Miami University with a B.S. in Management & Communications. He is a Frank Lloyd Wright devotee and an avid collector of Arts & Crafts furniture. Schutte considers the Westcott House to be among the finest Wright sites in the country and is pleased to play a small part in its continued growth and long-term sustainability.
Debbie Hill, Bryce Hill, Inc.
Debbie Hill is currently the Secretary of the Westcott House Foundation Board. Her background in concrete and construction materials together with a long-time interest in Frank Lloyd Wright, gives a unique perspective on the Westcott House board. Owner of Bryce Hill, Inc., an area business dealing in stone, concrete, and other building materials that was founded by her late father in 1934, Hill is eager to preserve the house because she believes that it "enhances and promotes interest in Springfield." With a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University, she is a member of the boards of the Springfield Museum of Art, Urbana University, and the Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
Mark Chepp, Artist
Chepp retired as Director Emeritus from the Springfield Museum of Art in December of 2006, after having served as the Museum's Director since 1991. Between 1974 and 1991, Chepp served as Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Museum. His academic background includes an M.A. degree in art history, and an M.S. degree in studio art, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. degree in studio art from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has curated and written catalogs for numerous exhibitions of contemporary and historic art, regularly serves as a juror for state and regional exhibitions and is a grants reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council. He is also an accreditation Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums. Since January of 2007, Chepp has pursued a full-time career as a studio artist, an activity which he was able to enjoy only sporadically during the course of his 33-year museum career.
Richard Flickinger, Political Scientist
Dick has been a docent at the Westcott House since 2006 where he has enjoyed leading tours and participating in a variety of other activities. He sees the restoration of the Westcott House as an important accomplishment for the community. He has pursued his interest in Frank Lloyd Wright’s work by visiting a number of other Wright-designed buildings. Dick taught political science at Wittenberg University for more than thirty years serving also as department chair and interim provost. He continues to do research on the relationship between the media and public opinion. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Miami University and Ph.D. at Syracuse University.
Michael Major, Artist/Sculptor, Major Fine Arts
A professional bronze sculptor, Mike Major brings considerable experience to his position. His many sculptures include one of pioneer George Rogers Clark that now stands on Springfield's downtown esplanade. Major graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree; he also earned a master of fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute. He pioneered the visual arts program that brings practicing Ohio artists to the state's school children. Major is a member of the Springfield Museum of Art Board of Directors and president of Main Street Urbana. He received the 2000 Ohioan citation for service to the State of Ohio in the arts.
Jennifer K. Nordstrom, Attorney at Law, Freund, Freeze & Arnold
Jennifer has prevailed in trial courts and appellate courts throughout Ohio; Kentucky and Indiana. She focuses her practice on pharmacy liability; personal injury; commercial litigation; insurance coverage; and bad faith. She is regional counsel for insurance coverage and bad faith for several insurance company clients. Jennifer has been recognized by her peers with an AV rating and also as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer. She is regularly invited to speak at seminars regarding diversity; civility; and first party claims. Besides volunteering for the Westcott House Jennifer focuses her energy both on her young children and children's charities including ProKids and Cystic Fibrosis. She served as the chairperson for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Kids Korner and was the Co-Chair for the Hearts for Hope Fundraising Gala.
Tess South Spencer
Tess South Spencer is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She spent fifteen years in corporate America working for Procter & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Company. She spent eight of those years living in Chicago where she developed a deep appreciation for great architecture and historic preservation. Tess serves as the Chair of the Development Committee and works toward ensuring the Westcott House is a must-see destination and a leader in innovative programming. She currently works for a local law firm in accounting and property management. She is an avid antiques collector and lives in a home she restored in the Historic Ridgewood neighborhood.