Homeport names real estate VP
Leah Evans has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Real Estate Development for Homeport.
“Leah has played a key leadership role in the real estate development area leading Neighborhood Strategies, business development and home ownership,” Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke said in announcing the promotion on Sept. 5.
Evans was Vice President for Neighborhood Strategies.
Evans holds a Master’s of Arts degree in City & Regional Planning from Ohio State. She joined Homeport in 2013 after having worked for the City of Gahanna and the Ohio Development Services Agency.
American Addition Park named For Community Advocate
Residents of American Addition, community activists and leaders gathered on Sept. 22 to help name the city of Columbus park in American Addition after the historic community’s longtime advocate and historian, Marie Moreland.
Ms. Moreland grew up in American Addition and was instrumental in bringing attention to the 120-year-old, long-neglected community on the northeast side of Columbus. Her advocacy resulted in support from the city of Columbus for infrastructure and funds to lower the cost of new homes being built by Homeport.
Ms. Moreland passed away in December 2017. Attending the park’s renaming was Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin as well as members of Homeport’s staff. The park is located at the intersection of East 12th Avenue and Sampson Avenue.
‘Congressional Recognition’ For Homeport Homebuyer
Homeport homebuyer Joyce Mayne has received “Congressional Recognition” for her accomplishment of becoming a first time homeowner — just in time for her 75th birthday.
U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty made a personal visit in September to Mrs. Mayne’s home in Northeast Columbus to congratulate her. Rep. Beatty also wrote a letter of congratulations to Mrs. Mayne for fulfilling the dream she and her late husband Larry shared about owning the home they had leased from Homeport since 2009.
“Best wishes to Mrs. Mayne for many more happy days to share with family and friends in her newly purchased home,” the Congresswoman wrote.
And She’s Off . . . To medical school
Pheasant Run resident Taylor Williams-Hamilton participated in September in a “white coat” ceremony recognizing her enrollment at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
“We got our white coats and recited the Hippocratic Oath, our pledge to be competent, law-abiding, patient-centered physicians,” Taylor said.
A Pickerington North High School graduate, Taylor was a beneficiary of Homeport’s partnership with Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands.
In 2017, she graduated magna cum laude from the historically black, all-women’s liberal arts Spelman College in Atlanta.
Taylor is the first Homeport participant in Helping Hands to be accepted to medical school. She is also the first college graduate from her extended family.