DTCF Partnership Elects 5 New Board Members


Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership elects five new board members replacing five original members who founded the organization


Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — The Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership is pleased to announce Justin Gamble (Justin Gamble Photography), Nicholas Peters (TRIAD Advertising & Marketing), Jamie Sipps (HiHO Brewing Company), Heather Topoly (Restorative Massage & Wellness Center), and Michele Hruska (Leo’s Italian Social) as new members of our board of directors as of May 1, 2024. 

“I was a lifelong Clevelander, commuting to DTCF over the last 15 years.” Nicholas Peters explains.  “Watching the magic happen here after the reopening of Front Street pushed us to move the whole family and join the community. We love it here, and I'm so excited to be part of the collaboration that is helping to make DTCF thrive!”

Jamie Sipps adds, "I decided to join the Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership Board to further lend a hand in helping to keep our downtown beautiful through clean up initiatives, support our community and small businesses, and lend a hand in the fun community events including, but not limited to, the Nightmare on Front Street event in the fall that focuses on Halloween costumes, local artists, and local beer!" 

As a small business owner downtown, Justin Gamble expresses his excitement to join the board. “I’m looking forward to contributing to making Cuyahoga Falls an even more vibrant city for the local community, visitors and small businesses.”

These five board members replace original board members who have termed out per the organization's bylaws. Ali Hovan (HiHO Brewing Company), Rick Krochka (TRIAD Advertising & Marketing), Janna Amole (Historic & Design Review Board), Keith Saffles (Crooked River Holdings), and Terri Brunsdon (Brunsdon Law Firm) served on the board since 2018 and were integral to starting DTCFP and growing us to where we are today. We are eternally grateful for their time, talent, dedication, and passion for our downtown community! 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝗣𝗼𝗻𝘁 (Morty's Munchies Dog Bakery-Cuyahoga Falls) term as ended a while she focuses on her second location opening in Strongsville. Nicole was instrumental in the success of many downtown events and initiatives during her two years serving on the board.

New leadership is also in effect for DTCFP with Heather Morrow (resident and chair of events + fundraising committee) as President, Andrew Harant (Cuyahoga Falls Library) as Vice President, Courtney Chlebina (Commonwealth Properties), and Melissa Lingel (Sheraton Suites) as Secretary. This group, along with executive director Kaylee Piper and past President Russ DuPlain (Summit DD), make up the Executive Committee which oversees financial and big picture operational decisions. 

Russ Duplain reflects on his time as board President. “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve as President of the DTCFP board.  We have achieved some noteworthy milestones over the past year, including the launch of DORA, and I look forward to continuing to be involved in activities downtown and with the Partnership to see it grow and flourish.”

The Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership is a community-based 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting historic Downtown Cuyahoga Falls and its riverfront as a vibrant destination for residents, visitors, and businesses



For Immediate Release: May 8, 2024

Contact: Kaylee Piper| Executive Director | 330-267-9788