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kathy grossmann
mayor

Term ends: November 2023
4533 Morris Court, 45040
513.229.8500

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

Kathy has been a resident of the Mason and Deerfield area since 1995.  A native of Indiana, Kathy first came to this region as a high-schooler to perform in live shows at Kings Island.  That opened opportunities for Kathy locally, nationally and abroad, including a tour with the US Department of Defense to entertain military troops stationed in Europe and Asia.

Kathy graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1995 with a degree in education and then became a Fifth grade teacher for Sycamore Community Schools.

In 2001, Kathy decided to leave teaching to spend more time at home with a growing family and, eventually, a business.  She and her husband, Tom, have six children all of whom attended Mason schools.  Since Kathy began her work on Mason City Council in 2015, her family has continued to grow with the additions of a son-in-law and two grandchildren.  While life has taken Kathy in a different direction from the classroom, she still has a big heart for education and supports our schools through her work at the city.

Kathy and Tom are small business owners.  Kathy runs their real estate development projects handling property management and development including design work and project management.  She recently completed a 26-unit condominium project in downtown Cincinnati.

Over the years Kathy has also continued to work for local entertainment companies and community theater and has served extensively in music ministry.  She and Tom support many local charities and groups that promote the religious, health, cultural and social well-being of our community.

Kathy is dedicated to promoting Mason and helping it be one of the best places to learn, work, play, and raise a family for people and companies from all over the world.

“This is an exciting time to serve as the Mayor of Mason.

Our city continues to be the economic engine of Warren County and competes on the regional, national and global stages of business attraction, growth and retention.  Our economic development success enhances our ability to focus on our most important resources: our children and families.

With healthy finances, thousands of jobs, exceptional schools, great parks and excellent city services, Mason is an inclusive, family friendly community for people of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities.

I am honored to lead Council as we work with city staff and our local partners to preserve, grow and advance Mason by protecting what we treasure, discovering our potential, and finding pathways to move Mason forward.”  Kathy Grossmann, December 1, 2019.

council committees:
economic development committee – chair
policy & legislation – chair
finance committee
events committee – chair
wellness committee

board representation:
planning commission


mike gilb
vice mayor

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:
economic development committee
policy & legislation committee
finance committee – chair
public services committee
safety committee

board representation:
OKI


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:
employee relations committee
public services committee – chair

board representation:
park board


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 since 2010.

Diana is a strong advocate for taxpayer rights and has traveled globally to learn and fight for a fair and just tax system. In 2016, she was appointed by the Treasury of the United States to serve a 3-year term 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 served 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. She currently serves on the Tax Committee.

As a lifelong patron of the arts, Diana co-founded the Mason Arts Council which was created in 2019 to assist in the development of a robust visual and performance culture for Mason. She believes it stimulates community-building, improves the civic image of our community, promotes diversity, attracts tourism, inspires business and investment, creates jobs, and increases tax revenue. She currently serves on the Board of the privately funded non-profit organization as the Treasurer.

Ms. Nelson 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. She also served on the Middletown Airport Finance Committee from 2011-2018.

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 criminal justice at Miami of Ohio. Bella attends Mason High 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 – chair
events committee
downtown committee

board representation:

Warren County Municipal League – Director
Veterans Board


josh styrcula
council member

Term ends: November 2023
6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
513.229.8510

council@masonoh.org
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Council member Joshua Styrcula was elected to Council in November to his first term in public office. Josh is a Partner Advisor at AdvicePeriod. He focuses on improving clients’ lives by providing strategic, innovative, and holistic advice. For over a decade, Josh has combined technology and sincere passion to deliver an unmatched client experience.

Josh served in the Ohio Army National guard for nine years. He was deployed overseas twice and provided relief during Hurricane Katrina. While serving, he graduated from Wright State University where he majored in financial services. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Certified Investment Management Analyst℠. In 2012 Josh co-founded Young Professionals at Austin Landing, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing young professionals. He was recognized as one of Dayton’s Top 40 under 40 in 2013.

Josh was a volunteer recreational basketball coach for three years from 2011-2013. He continues to volunteer his time as an upward basketball coach for his youngest two sons. He also started a program at his oldest son’s middle school to help dads get more involved with their kids. Recently, Josh has been involved in Mason Early Childhood Center’s Hero Dad program.

Josh is married to Holly and they have three sons; Devon age 21, Camden age 8, and Brycen age 6. Josh enjoys spending time with his family in various activities. They enjoy almost anything outdoors, hiking, running, and on the rare occasion playing golf.

“I appreciate the support of the Mason community.  I look forward to working cohesively with my fellow Council members to build upon the foundation of success in creating a culture of wellness in the community” said Council member Styrcula.

council committees:
safety committee
events committee
downtown committee

board representation:
veterans board


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:
economic development committee
downtown committee – chair
wellness committee – chair

board representation:
planning commission
veterans board


tony bradburn
council member

Term ends: November 2023
6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
513.229.8510

council@masonoh.org
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Council member Tony Bradburn is serving his third term on Mason City Council. He was first elected to Council in November 2003, was re-elected in 2007 and returned in 2019. He previously served on Springdale City Council for 12 years before moving to Mason in 1998.

Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Tony retired from the Ford Motor Company-Sharonville after 33 years as a Senior Safety Engineer. He served as former firefighter and paramedic with the Springdale Fire Department and Community Medic Rescue and a bailiff of the Warren County Common Pleas Court.  Tony has also served as past President of the Warren County Municipal League.

Tony’s family includes his brother and sister. Tony’s hobbies include travel, music, and aviation. One of Tony’s most memorable moments is having the opportunity to fly a MiG-29 outside of Moscow, Russia.

“I appreciate the voter’s confidence to elect me to a third term and look forward to continue to make Mason a great place to live” said Council member Tony Bradburn.

council committees:
employee relations committee
policy & legislation committee
finance committee
public services committee
safety committee – chair
wellness committee

board representation:
warren county municipal league