The Bicentennial 2020 Committee

​John C. Havens is the owner of Color Haven Paint & Supply, which was opened for business in 2005. He resides in Jackson Township, where he has been an elected trustee since 2000. He is very involved in his church and various community projects. Besides being chairman of the Sandusky County 2020 Bicentennial Committee, he is also the chairman of several other boards including the Hayes Presidential Developmental Committee, OSS Solid Waste Policy Committee, Sandusky County Community Christmas, and Toys for Tots: Sandusky and Seneca Counties. He also serves as a township representative on the Sandusky County Land Bank, and as vice-chair of the Sandusky County Board of DD.


John Havens

David Thornbury, works for the Sandusky County CVB as a graphic designer / marketing specialist. David is a Fremont Native, has an Associates of Science from Terra State College, Studied Economics at the University of Toledo and webdesign and visual communications at McComb Community College. David serves on the Exchange Club of Fremont's Board,  the Leadership Sandusky County Board and is a member of the Fremont Exchange Club.


David Thornbury

Jerri Miller is a lifelong resident of Sandusky County.  She currently serves as the Sandusky County Auditor.  She is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration Majoring in Accounting.  She received her CPA in 1989.  Jerri currently serves as a board member of the Sandusky County Community Foundation and the Impact Credit Union.  She is a member of Grace Community Church.  Jerri is married to Chuck and they have 2 daughters, Caley and Samantha.    


Jerri Miller

Kristina Smith is the marketing/communications manager for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and a member of several community organizations and committees in Fremont and Port Clinton. She also is the author of “Lost Sandusky,” a historical book about bygone attractions, businesses and points of interest in the city of Sandusky, Ohio. Kristina has a lifelong interest in history, nature and wildlife.


Kristina Smith

Amanda (Mandy) Burris moved to Fremont in 2005 and currently resides in Stemtown (Green Springs) with her husband and two dogs. She has a passion for history, art and design. She is a professional framer and design consultant at Color Haven Paint & Supply, and also works at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she helps with tech and design. She is also the writer/photographer for the Sandusky County Blog. Not only does she serve as a board member on the Sandusky County Bicentennial 2020 Committee, but she also serves on the Sandusky County Community Christmas board, and volunteers at the Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon.

Board Member

Mandy Burris

Peggy currently serves on the boards of Downtown Fremont, Inc., Sandusky County Positive People and the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.  She is also involved with Rotary Club of Fremont, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Sandusky County EDC Practitioners, the Sandusky County Bicentennial Committee, the Sandusky River Strategic Access Committee and various other organizations. 

Board Member

Peggy Courtney

Brenda Havens is the Sales and Promotions Specialist for the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau.   She is a member of the Soroptomist Club, Promedica Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and active at Grace Community Church, in Fremont.   She is the wife of John Havens, and they own and operate Color Haven Paint and Supply, LLC.   Together they are the parents of two adult children, Steven and Amy, and enjoy spending time with the three grandsons. 

Board Member

Brenda Havens

Larry Michaels is a Lutheran pastor, and for many years taught English at the University of Toledo.  He has also published many local history books about northwest Ohio.  He lives in Fremont with his wife Suzi who is a retired psychologist.

Board Member

Larry Michaels

Sandusky County Commissioner Scott Miller serves on the bicentennial board and is a graduate of Fremont Ross High School and Terra Community College. Scott has over 20 years of experience as a Design Business Owner, Brand Communications And Creative Manager. He is a member of Sacred Heart Church, Sandusky County Township Association, Sandusky County Farm Bureau, Hayes Presidential Library and Museum, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Zoo and resides in Fremont with his loving wife Tamara and is the father of three daughters.

Board Member

Scott Miller

Kay Worked in the health industry for 22+ years where I worked in many different professional positions: Long term-care floor supervisor, surgical nurse, medical office nurse, Director for medical office buildings and hospital owned practices of seven (7) different local physicians, Hospital Director of Physician Relations - responsible for physician/specialty practice recruitment & their staffing, and Hospital Foundation Development Director that lead a $6.7M capital campaign that built Memorial Hospital's Herbert/Perna Health & Wellness Facility. In 1996 I left the healthcare arena and took on the role of the Chief Executive Officer/President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County. In 2003 Kay stepped into the role of the Executive Director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation. In 2017, Kay was elected as a Sandusky County Commissioner and serves in that position currently.

Board Member

Kay Reiter

Justin Smith is a lifelong resident of Sandusky County. Justin is an Deputy Clerk for the Sandusky County Clerk of Court's Office.  Justin's love for history encouraged him to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Social Studies Education from Heidelberg University. Justin has been very involved in the community since his youth. Justin currently serves as a member of Fremont City Council and as Chairman of the Sandusky County Republican Party. Prior to his Election to Fremont City Council Justin served on the Sandusky County Board of Elections, the Fremont Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Fremont Board of Zoning Appeals.  Justin is an active member of St John's Lutheran Church in Fremont.

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Justin Smith

Wilson Forney is the Recruiting Specialist for Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo.He is a minister and attends Genoa Christian Church. For the past 19 years, Wilson has worked for non-profit organizations; he is also a 1996 graduate of Leadership Sandusky County. Wilson and his wife, Melissa, have three sons In his spare time, Wilson enjoys photography and fishing.

Board Member

Wilson Forney