City of North Ridgeville
Council Member Profiles
Jason Jacobs
JASON JACOBS: President/Council At-Large. His term will expire 12/31/2025. Jason is a lifelong resident of North Ridgeville and this is where he began and continues his career in healthcare. After marrying his wife, Veronica, they decided to remain here to raise their family, which has grown to four sons and one daughter. Jason earned a BBA degree in Management from Kent State University through LCCC’s University Partnership, and an MBA degree in Healthcare Administration from Cleveland State University. He also studied to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is currently the Director of Ancillary Services at O’Neill Healthcare which is headquartered in North Ridgeville. Jason has been a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, a member of the North Ridgeville Senior Center Advisory Board, a member of the North Ridgeville Tax Abatement Review Board, and a member of the North Ridgeville Planning Commission. 
Email: [email protected]  Phone: (440) 452-5851

GEORGIA AWIG:  Elected Council At-Large member. Her term will expire December 31, 2025. She has been married to Donald for 49 years, and they have two married children and 12 grandchildren. Georgia graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse for 50 years, working in teaching and administrative positions for many of those years. She has had a very successful Mary Kay business for the past 25 years  and was the 2022 recipient of North Ridgeville Business of the Year. Previously a member of the Board of  Directors for their cluster and homeowners association, Georgia is presently on the Board of Directors for the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce and Community Care and is a member of the Visitor’s Bureau & Heart & Sole. She serves on the Lorain County Fair Housing Board, a member of the Streets, Sidewalks & Bridges Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, Board of Drainage & Flood Control, and Board of Trustees to govern the use of the Multi-Purpose Room. 
Email: [email protected]  Phone: (440) 724-7246

Martin DeVries
MARTIN E. DEVRIES:  At -Large Council member.  His term will expire December 31, 2025.  Martin is a longtime resident of North Ridgeville and is married to his wife, Stephanie, and they have three daughters. He is currently a Regional Manager at First Federal Lakewood and has over twenty-three years of banking experience working with small business owners. He graduated from North Ridgeville High School in 1990 and attended Heidelberg University. In 2012, he was inducted into the North Ridgeville Alumni Hall of Fame. Martin is a member of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce and former First Vice Chair and was recently awarded the Bright Star Award for Chamber member of the Year. He served on the Board of Zoning and Appeals for the City of North Ridgeville for four years and the North Ridgeville Charter Review Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and serves as a member on the Administrative Committee and Safety Committee. He is on the Board of Directors for the following  organizations: West Side Business Network, West Side Synergy, and Northern Ohio Easter Seals. He is proud to serve the community he calls home.  
Email: [email protected]  Phone:  (440) 387-3895
Holly Swenk
HOLLY A. SWENK:  Elected Ward 1 Council member. Her term will expire December 31, 2023.  Holly was appointed to Chair of the Safety Committee, member of Buildings & Lands Committee, Streets, Sidewalks & Bridges Committee, and Council Alternate Liaison to Planning Commission. Holly is married to Christopher and they have four children and two grandsons. Holly and Christopher are very involved in the St. Peter's Church Cub Scout Pack 153 where Christopher serves as the Cub Master.  Holly is a North Ridgeville High School graduate of the class of 1997 and works as a Mortgage Loan Processor for a company located in North Ridgeville.
Email:  [email protected]   Phone:  (440) 310-4129
ERIC SHAFFER: Eric Shaffer is the elected Council member for Ward 2. He has been a resident of Ohio his entire life and has been living in North Ridgeville since 2010. Eric is a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Persian Gulf. He possesses a Master's degree in Chemistry from Cleveland State University, a BA in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA in Finance and Economics. Eric is a licensed Patent Attorney who practices in the Cleveland area. With his diverse experience and educational background, he is dedicated to making North Ridgeville and Ward 2 an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. Eric takes great pride in being an American and is an active member of Grace Church. Additionally, he is a member of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA).
Email: [email protected] Phone: (216) 339-6354
BRUCE F. ABENS: Elected Ward 3 Council member. His term will expire December 31, 2027.  Mr. Abens was recently appointed Chair of the Administrative Committee, Council Liaison to the Planning Commission, Building & Lands Committee member, Tax Abatement Review Board member,  Finance Committee member and Safety Committee member; and, appointed President/Pro-Tem for a third term.  Mr. Abens previously served as member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and Council Liaison for the Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Abens is a former BSA leader of 35 years. He retired from the modular construction industry from a locally based company, Sommer’s Mobile Leasing, Inc. He is a former Vice President of the Braemore Homeowners Association.  Mr. Abens was previously employed by the City of Cleveland Human Resource and Economic Development Department administering a federal jobs program. He has been married for 50 years and has 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 6 grandchildren.  
Email: [email protected]  Phone: (440) 316-7091
Clifford Winkel
CLIFFORD WINKEL: Elected Ward 4 Council member.  His term will expire December 31, 2023. Mr. Winkel was appointed to the Administrative Committee, Chair of Building & Lands Committee, member of the Utilities Committee and Council Liaison to the Board of Zoning & Building Appeals. Mr. Winkel has lived in North Ridgeville Ward 4 for 19 years.  He is married to Kathy and has three children.  He is currently the owner/operator of Wink Electric Inc., a North Ridgeville based company.  He holds various electrical and fire alarm licenses with the State of Ohio.  For the last 18 years, he has volunteered his time coaching the youth of our community. 
Email:  [email protected]  Phone: (440) 253-9474
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