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Underground Railroad Center Implementation Team

Purpose & Duties

(A) Will serve as the primary advisory body to the City Council during the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation phases of the Underground Railroad Center.

(B) In conjunction with City staff, the Oberlin Underground Railroad Implementation Team will be the conduit for communication between the architectural firm of Moody-Nolan, Oberlin City Council, the future financial supporters of the Underground Railroad Center, other stakeholders, and the citizenry of Oberlin.

(C) Will have completed its appointed tasks when construction contracts are awarded, fundraising is complete, and recommendations regarding future Underground Railroad Center operations have been finalized for the Underground Railroad Center project.

Meeting Times

Meetings of the Underground Railroad Center Implementation Team (URCIT) are held on the second Wednesday of each month.  Please note the change of day as of the April 2012 meeting.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place in Conference Room #1 of Oberlin City Hall.

Please refer to the City of Oberlin Calendar of Events for official dates.

Current Members

Member Title End of Term
George Abram Chair Unlimited Terms
Leo Evans Member Unlimited Terms
Becky Lower Member Unlimited Terms
Tony Mealy Member Unlimited Terms
Barbara Mehwald Member Unlimited Terms
Jessie Reeder Member Unlimited Terms
Kenneth Sloane Member Unlimited Terms
Donna L. VanRaaphorst Member Unlimited Terms
Vacant Member Unlimited Terms
Sharon Pearson Council Liaison  
Wanda Davis Staff Support  
Diane Ramos Secretary  

Contact Us

2014 Agendas and Minutes
2013 Agendas and Minutes
2012 Agendas and Minutes
2011 Agendas and Minutes
2010 Agendas and Minutes

Important Documents
2014 Council Retreat Packet
2013 Heritage Ohio Report
NOACA Application
Public Service Institute (PSI) Recommendations re: Underground Railroad Center
2010 URCIT Annual Report
2011 URCIT Annual Report
January 2012 Underground Railroad Center Newsletter


For more on the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center project, click HERE.

Contact Information

Scott Broadwell
Council President
Phone: (440) 935-8547
Contact Council President

Sharon Fairchild-Soucy
Vice President
Phone: (440) 775-4031
Contact Council Vice President

Bryan Burgess
Phone: (440) 707-6026
Contact Council Member

Elizabeth J. Meadows
Phone: (440) 775-7025
Contact Council Member

Sharon Pearson
Phone: (440) 452-6607
Contact Council Member

Kristin Peterson
Phone: (440) 775-4652
Contact Council Member

Ron Rimbert
Phone: (440) 775-2343
Contact Council Member

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