2016-2017 Members of Lorain City Council

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Joel Arredondo
Council President
(H) 440-246-6141

Joel Arredondo is currently serving his fifth term as the President of Lorain City Council. He was born and raised in South Lorain. Joel is a Graduate of Admiral King High Class of '65. He earned his BA degree with a double major in History and Spanish, along with a minor in Business Administration from Kent State University in 1972. Joel was in Restaurant Management for 15 years and has been in auto sales for the past 27 years, where he is employed at Sunnyside Toyota in North Olmsted.
Joel and his wife Joyce Ferlic-Arredondo recently celebrated their 30th glorious wedding anniversary and are the proud parents of Mia, who is employed at NASA in Brookpark and Andy, who is completing his Master’s degree in Anatomy Physiology at the University of Central Florida.
Joel is President of the St. Frances Cabrini Church Finance Committee and serves on the Mexican Mutual Society and the Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP). He is also a board member of the Greater Lorain County Community Foundation and a member in good standing of the Lorain County Urban League, the Lorain Growth Association and the Lorain County Democratic Party Executive Committee. He is a past Vice-President of the Community Foundation Hispanic Fund and past Board member of the St. Joseph Community Center. Joel appreciates the confidence and trust he has earned from the voting public to allow him to Listen, Learn, and Lead.
Council At-Large
(H) 440-258-4302
Mary Springowski was recently elected as Lorain City Council At-Large where she was gratified to receivce the top votes in both the Democratic Primary and the General Election.

She was born in Cleveland to Jerry and Evelyn Donovan who had recently emigrated from Canada (her mother is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and her father is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland).  She is the eldest of 6 children.  Mary graduated in 1984 from Firelands High school.  In 1984, she was an Irish Princess in the Lorain International Festival and 1st runner up in the first Lorain County Rose of Tralee. 
She has attended Ohio State University, Cleveland State University and Lorain County Community College.  She received her certification in paralegal studies from LCCC.  Prior to being employed at Ford Motor Company, she was employed by the Lorain County Clerk of Courts as a Deputy Clerk in Juvenile before moving over to Child Support.   She also worked for Gilbane Building Company during their construction of Concourse C at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  She was project site secretary working on project bid submission and approval as well as dealing with the Federal government regulations and restrictions governing airport construction. She went to work in 1991 at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio and worked there for 23 years before transferring to the Cleveland Engine Plant in Brookpark, Ohio and has been a team leader for 9 years.  She was also an Employee Resource Coordinator at OHAP and was elected as a UAW Constitutional Convention Delegate and alternate committee representative.  She also participated in local negotiations in the former Unit 2 at OHAP.  She is an active member of UAW Local 1250, a former member of UAW Local 2000.  She is an active member of the Lorain County UAW CAP.  At Local 1250 she is on the CAP committee and the local Civil Rights Committee where she serves as their recording secretary.   Mary is also the current board chairperson of the Lorain Medina County Community Based Corrections Facility (CBCF) and is the recording secretary of the Lorain Women’s Democratic Club and a member in good standing of the Lorain City Democratic Party Executive Committee as well as the Lorain Democratic Party Sustaining Club.  She is a member of the Amherst Eagles, Mexican Mutual Society, American Croatian Club and Knights of Columbus.  She and her family attend Nativity BVM church in Lorain. 
Mary is married to Thomas Springowski and is the exceptionally proud mother of 4; Kathleen (married to Brendan), Mary-Christina (married to Shane), Meaghan and Paul.  She is mom to her beloved cat, Smokey and grammy to her granddogs, Jack and Capri. 
Mary is passionate about the city of Lorain and the rebirth of our home and city.  She is available to ALL of the residents of Lorain and truly enjoys speaking to them and hearing what they have to say.  Mary believes in transparency of government and in representing the people, not the party.  She also believes that the people need to have a voice in the government of the city and was assigned to the following committees:  Building and Lands, Federal Programs and Police/Fire and Legislation.  She is also a proud graduate of the first class of the Lorain Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy.
 Council At-Large


Mitchell Fallis was elected to serve as a member of Lorain City Council as an at-Large Representive for the 2016/17 term. Mitchell also served as the Council At-Large Representatvie from 2008 - 2011 and served as a dedicated member of the Lorain School Board for some time.  
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee and Vice- Chairman of the Finance & Claims Committee and Streets and Utilities Committee and is active in many community organizations and a proud member of the Lorain Lions Club.

Joseph F.  Koziura
Councilman At-Large

Joseph Koziura is currently serving his second term as Councilman At-Large. He was originally elected to serve the citizens of the City of Lorain as a Council At-Large representative in 2014.  He has also served as the Mayor of the City of Lorain from 1996 through 1999, City of Lorain Auditor and the State of Ohio Representative during his lengthy tenure.   
Joseph is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain, a former steelworker and honorable vetern.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Lorain City Council Finance and Claims Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Federal Programs Committee and a member of the Parks and Recreation committee.




Brian Gates
First Ward Councilman

Brian Gates was raised in Lorain and has spent the majority of his life living here. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1996 after receiving a world class education through the Lorain City School system. He attended Albion College and the Ohio State University.  Brian is currently serving his second term as the representative for Lorain's 1st Ward. Having grown up on Lorain's eastside, he is tremendously proud to be representing the area. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Building & Lands Committee and also serves as a member of the Streets & Utilities Committee.  
Brian has always had a passion for public service.  He is an Eagle Scout and previously served as the Chairman of "Youth as Resources," a group which provides grants to youth–led service projects.  He is a proud member of and an ordained Deacon in Heritage Presbyterian Church.  In addition, Brian also spent two years working for various campaigns and causes around the country and plans to use the knowledge and experiences gained to move the City of Lorain in a positive direction.

Dennis Flores

Second Ward Councilman


Dennis Flores was born in St Joseph’s Hospital on March 4th, 1954 and raised in Lorain, Ohio. He attended Lorain St Joseph grade school. Dennis was in the first, four-year class graduating from Lorain Catholic in 1973 and was appointed to the first Mayor’s Youth Council by former Mayor Joseph J. Zahorec.  
Dennis also attended Phillip’s Jr. College and in 1991 and received an associate’s degree in computer applications. In addition to being the “Heart of the City’s” Second Ward Councilman, he is also currently serving as Alliance Officer Secretary for Lorain County Community Alliance and also serves on the Catholic Charities Lorain Advisory Board. As a member of the Downtown Lorain Consortium his duties are to assist and work with community development on the revitalizing of Downtown Lorain. Dennis is currently the Parks & Recreation Chairman and serves as a member of the Finance & Claims Committee.
Dennis is known by his residents as the “People's Council Person.” Dennis’ first love is his community; he loves volunteering for different events such as Lorain Pride Day, the Downtown Lorain Christmas Decorating Council and many others.  It is not uncommon to notice Dennis taking pictures around town and posting them on social Media such as Facebook.


Pamela Carter
Third Ward Councilwoman
Pamela M. Carter was born in Ashtabula, Ohio coming to Lorain in 1982 as a Middle School student. She is a proud 1988 graduate of Admiral King High School. She graduated from Bryant & Stratton’s Business College in Cleveland, Ohio in 1993. She is a recent graduate (Class of 2014) of Leadership Lorain County and a member of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Association. She is a member of the Church on the North Coast (CNC) at the Lorain campus. Pam is currently employed by Oberlin City Board of Education as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Curriculum, as well as the Transportation and Facilities/Grounds Department for the Oberlin Schools.


Pamela is a proud mother of three boys James III, Houston and Javon and a grandparent. She is the wife to James O. Carter Jr., who is an employee of the City of the Lorain and a proud Veteran of the US Armed Forces. Pamela is honored to serve as the 3rd Ward Councilwoman and is committed to supporting education, creating safety and security in the 3rd Ward and making the 3rd Ward a destination where residents are comfortable to live and raise families. Pamela’s desire is to enhance the neighborhood of the 3rd Ward to its full potential. Pamela is committed to being a voice for the 3rd Ward and serving her constituents.

Greg Argenti
Fourth Ward Councilman



Greg Argenti has been serving the residents of the 4th Ward since 2014.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the City of Lorain's Police/Fire and Legislative Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Building & Lands Committee. His parents are Bill and Enis Argenti and he is the proud father of Dominic and Santino Argenti. He is a graduate of Lorain Catholic H.S., attended L.C.C.C. and am a 1976 graduate of The University of Dayton.  He remained in Dayton for several years, working as a residential treatment counselor for The Montgomery County Juvenile Court System.  

His professional accreditations include Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician, former Secretary and State Delegate of The Automotive Service Association (ASA), and participant in the Inter-Industry Conference on Collision Repair ( I-CAR). His community involvement has included Lorain Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Council 637, Lorain Elks Lodge 1301, Lorain Youth Baseball, and  L.C.J.V.S. Auto-tech Advisory Committee among others.
Fifth Ward Councilwoman
JoAnne Moon was elected by the residents of the Fifth Ward  in 2015 as the 5th Ward Council person for the City of Lorain.  She currently serves as a member of Lorain City Council's Federal Programs Committeee and Building & Lands Committee.  JoAnne is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain and active in many community organizations.
Sixth Ward Councilman
Angel Arroyo Jr. was elected to serve the residents of the Sixth Ward as their council representative for the 2016-2017 term.   He is very active in the community and a well-known community activist state wide.   Angel currently serves on the Parks & Recreation Committee and the Building & Lands Committee.  He was appointed by President Arredondo to serve as the Chaplain for Lorain City Council meetings.
Angel is active in community organizations and an activist against violence throughout the region.  He promotes South Lorain and the elminiation of blight in his neigbhorhoods. 

Joe Faga
Seventh Ward Councilman
Joe Faga was elected to serve his second term as the Seventh Ward Council Representative for the City of Lorain.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Streets & Utilities COmmittee, and a member of the Federal Programs, Finance and Claims and Streets Committtees.   Joe is employed by FirstEnergy and is devoted to promoting growth and stability to the City of Lorain.
Joshua Thornsberry
Eighth Ward Councilman
Joshua Thornsberry is currently serving his second term as 8th Ward City Councilman and is serving as Vice Chairman of the Parks & Recration and Police/Fire and Legislative Committees. He was born and raised in Lorain and graduated from Southview High School in 1999. While in high school he was a three-year varsity soccer letterman and President of the prestigious Model United Nations.
In 2004, Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 G.P.A from Cleveland State University, where he majored in History and Political Science with an Education Licensure. He later earned his Master’s in Education and Curriculum from Bowling Green State University in 2011. 
In 2006, Josh married his high school sweetheart and Admiral King Graduate Jeni Owens. In 2008 they welcomed their only child, Hunter Thornsberry into the world. Hunter is currently attending Kindergarten and plays Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer – all of which Joshua coaches. Besides just coaching Hunter’s teams, Joshua is very active on the AYSA Board of Directors where he serves as In-House Soccer Coaching Director. 
Josh is committed to providing the residents of the 8th Ward a voice in local government. He looks forward to working with the other council members and the current administration for the betterment of the city. Joshua wishes to explore both the lake and riverfront development opportunities while being a good steward of the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars as well. Joshua Thornsberry’s top priority is protecting the integrity and property values of the 8th Ward with well thought out and planned development that will further enhance the eighth ward and surrounding areas.

Nancy Greer
Clerk of Council
(W) 440-204-2050
Fax 440-204-2521
Nancy Greer was appointed as the Clerk of Lorain City Council in July of 1995 and is currently serving her eleventh term. She is a graduate of Lorain High School and Lorain County Community College and achieved the official designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk from Kent State University in 2001.  Nancy is an active member of the Ohio Clerk's and International Institute of Municipal Clerk's Association and has served on many civic committee and task force committees.