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victor kidd
mayor

Term ends: November 2019
6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
513.229.8500

council@masonoh.org
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Mayor Victor Kidd returned to Council in 2011 after a little more than a 2-year absence. He was first elected in 2001 and was reelected in 2005. He served until early 2009 when he resigned to take a temporary position in Hawaii.

Mayor Kidd was educated at Trevecca University in Religion/Philosophy and the University of Cincinnati in Judaic Studies. He opened Kidd Coffee in downtown Mason in 1999 and the franchise has now grown to five locations. He is a church volunteer and is involved in various charities.

Victor has three grown children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include running, writing, and photography.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to serve the citizens of Mason,” said Victor.

council committees:
Economic Development – Chair
Equipment Committee
Finance Committee
Utilities Committee
Golf Course Committee
Arts/Entertainment Committee


barbara berry-spaeth
vice mayor

Term ends: November 2019
6000 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, 45040
513.229.8500

council@masonoh.org
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Vice Mayor Barbara Berry-Spaeth was re-elected in November 2015 to her second term on Council. She graduated from Mason High School in 1978 and went to Eastern Kentucky University for a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has been a caseworker at the Boys Group Home for the Christian Appalachian Project and a counselor at the YWCA Domestic Violence Center. During her 20 years for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, she served in a variety of positions that included field coordinator for the Foster Care Review Board, victim’s advocate, and caseworker and special needs adoption specialist. Her work has put her in contact with volunteers, judges, attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, accountants, educators, blue collar workers, and others.

Barbara retired as a social worker in 2005 to spend more time with her then first-grade daughter, which led her to become a room mother, PTO committee member, PTO board member, and Brownie Girl Scout troop leader. She serves as a Trustee for the Mary Ann Klingling Trust, a charitable testamentary trust established to financially assist private entities who provide services to troubled or at-risk juveniles living in Warren County, Ohio. Barbara currently works for the Mason City Schools Child Nutrition Department.

Barbara’s family includes her husband, John, who is also a Mason graduate. They have four children, Rebecca, Dan, Brittany, and Tori; a son-in-law Chris; daughter-in-law Amber; son-in-law Parmdeep; and four grandchildren. Barbara enjoys gardening and yard work, traveling to new and different places, and crafts. She is interested in making a T-shirt quilt someday.

“I appreciate the confidence given to me by the citizens of Mason,” she said. “I am honored and will work hard and do my best for all citizens. I will listen to you and ask that all citizens contact me with your concerns and questions.”

council committees:
Economic Development Committee
Equipment Committee
Public Works Committee – Chair
Safety Committee – Chair
Downtown Committee

board representation:
Planning Commission
Veterans Board


Council Member Ashley Chanceashley chance
council member

Term ends: November 2021
135 Mason Road, Mason, 45040
513.229.8500

council@masonoh.org
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Council member Ashley Chance was elected to Council in November 2017. Council member Chance was previously appointed to Council in September 2015.

Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University. Professionally, Ashley’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him to spearhead the successful startup of three companies. He currently is a partner at two Mason based companies – Chance Development and Eco Development Group.

Ashley is the Co-founder of A New Chance Foundation. A New Chance Foundation has been helping children who have disabilities live more independently by providing them with much-needed mobility equipment, minor home modifications, and therapies that are not covered by insurance.

Ashley, a 35 year resident of Mason, is married to Beth. They have three children; Samantha age 6, Austin age 4 and Avery age 1. Ashley attends Crossroads church and is involved with the Dragon Fly Foundation. His hobbies include golf, outdoor activities, sports and community.

“I am very excited to be serving Mason- a community my family and I love. Mason has experienced dramatic change over 35 years that has improved our quality of life. I look forward to building on that foundation to create an even better future” said Ashley Chance.

council committees:
Economic Development Committee
Finance Committee
Downtown Committee – Chair
Community Center Committee
Golf Course Committee – Chair

board representation:
Park Board
Veterans Board


Council member kathy grossmannkathy grossmann
council member

Term ends: November 2019
4533 Morris Court, 45040
513.229.8500

council@masonoh.org
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Kathy Grossmann is serving her first term in public office.

Kathy works as the construction manager for her family’s real estate company in Cincinnati. She handles site coordination, contracting and design work for renovations in a building on the historic registry in the Central Business District.

Kathy also has work experience as a classroom teacher for Sycamore Community Schools. She left teaching in 2001 to spend more time at home with a growing family. She and her husband, Tom, have six children. While life has taken Kathy in a direction other than teaching, she still has a big heart for education and enjoys being involved with her kids and supporting our schools as a parent volunteer.

Kathy has been a resident of the Mason and Deerfield area for over twenty years. A native of Indiana, she first came to this area as a teenager to perform at Kings Island. That first of many shows at KI opened doors to almost three decades of professional musical opportunities locally, nationally and abroad.

Kathy worked as an entertainer for the US Department of Defense, traveling with the DOD to military bases in Europe and Asia to entertain troops stationed overseas. She has worked extensively freelancing for local production companies, recording studios and in music ministry, including serving in the music program at Grace Chapel in Mason since 2000.

While on Council, Kathy plans to focus on economic development, improvements to our downtown area, infrastructure and parks. She will also prioritize fostering good relationships with residents, colleagues, city staff, local businesses, our schools, and neighboring political jurisdictions.

Kathy wants the Mason community to know how grateful she is for this opportunity to serve the city in which she has chosen to work, play and raise a family.

council committees:
Employee Relations Committee
Public Works Committee
Downtown Committee
Court Liaison Committee
Community Center Committee – Chair
Arts/Entertainment Committee – Chair


Council Member Diana Nelsondiana k. nelson, cpa
council member

Term ends: November 2021
6000 Mason-Montgomery rd, 45040
513.229.8500

council@masonoh.org
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Council member Diana K. Nelson was elected to Council in November 2017. Council member Nelson was previously appointed to Mason City Council in January 2015.

Diana is a CPA with a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has also completed a Comparative Tax Policy and Administration program from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She began an accounting practice in Texas in 1998. In 1999 she moved to Mason and continues her practice on a part-time basis. Currently, she serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Selection.com, a national background check company, a position she has held for 9 years.

Diana is a strong advocate for taxpayer rights and has traveled globally to learn and fight for a fair and just tax system. She was appointed by the Treasury of the United States to serve on a Federal Advisory Board as the only taxpayer advocate panel member to represent Ohio. She identifies taxpayer issues on a systemic level and works with the IRS to implement change.

Diana Nelson also serves as a board member of the Ohio Municipal League (OML). The OML represents Mason and other cities before the Ohio General Assembly and state elected offices. They are the liaison between the state and municipalities.

Ms. Nelson serves on the Middletown Airport Finance Committee and is also the treasurer for the non-profit charity Blue Skies for the Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation; a nonprofit charity that provides an exciting combination of activities meant to enrich the lives of our active-duty and veteran men and women injured in combat deployments abroad. Diana is a former Sunday school teacher at Heritage Presbyterian Church

Diana is a widow with three children Victoria Nelson, Alexa Nelson and Bella Nelson. Victoria is in the pre-med program at Xavier University. Alexa is studying communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Bella is in 9th grade at Mason Middle School.

My parents instilled in me the importance of faith, family and community from a very early age. Their words still ring in my ears. It is no accident that I have chosen Mason as the place where I want to raise my family. And when someone finds a place this special, they can’t help but to be inspired by a strong desire to give back to the community and to do what is right by family, friends, and neighbors. Mason is my home and it will always have my heart.

council committees:
Employee Relations Committee
Finance Committee – Chair
Safety Committee
Golf Course Committee
Arts/Entertainment Committee

Warren County Municipal League – Director
Veterans Board


mike gilb
council member

Term ends: November 2021
6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
513.229.8510

council@masonoh.org
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Mike returns to Mason City Council having served previously from February 2009 – November 2011.  Mike also served three terms (six years from 2001-2007) at the Statehouse in Columbus.  And Mike served as a Mediator and Visiting Magistrate in Mason Municipal Court and as a Judge in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in law enforcement from the University of Cincinnati, and in 1985 earned a Law Degree from Ohio Northern University.  He has been practicing law for more than 30 years now and is currently with the Batsche Law Firm in downtown Mason.

Mike and his wife, Michelle, have been married 36 years, they have three (3) grown children and three (3) grandchildren.

Mike says, “I look forward to doing all I can to keep Mason moving forward.”

council committees:
Employee Relations Committee – Chair
Safety Committee
Utilities Committee
Court Liaison Committee – Chair
Community Center Committee

board representation:
OKI
Warren County Municipal League


t.j. honerlaw
council member

Term ends: November 2021
6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
513.229.8510

council@masonoh.org
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T.J. Honerlaw is serving his first term in public office. Prior to becoming elected T.J. served on Mason’s Planning Commission. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Warren County GOP Central Committee and Faith Engagement County Chairman for Treasurer Josh Mandel.

T.J. is a life-long resident of Mason.  T.J. graduated from William Mason High School and then attended the University of Cincinnati and Miami University.  The son and grandson of three self-employed business owners T.J. is the owner of Honerlaw Construction and Remodeling LLC and Honerlaw Lawn Care Services.

T.J. enjoys spending time with his two teenage sons, Jacob and Luke camping and biking.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

council committees:
Equipment Committee – Chair
Public Works Committee
Utilities Committee – Chair
Court Liaison Committee

board representation:
Planning Commission