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President of Council

John M. Coyne III

Biography: A resident of Medina County for most of his life, John is married to his wife Jennifer and they have three children, two daughters and one son. John is an attorney at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress where he practices in the area of transactional real estate.

Education: Buckeye High School, 1986 University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Finance, 1990 Cleveland State, Cleveland/Marshall College of Law - Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration, 1994

Other Experience: John has been a member of Medina City Council since 1998.

Appointments: Chair of the Finance Committee, Rail Commission, Medina City Economic Development Committee, Chairman of the Strategic Plan AdvisoryCommittee, Health, Safety & Sanitation Committee, Emerging Technologies Committee, Business Development Committee, member on the Community Investment Corporation Board, member of the JEDD Board.

Contact Information: 1165 Ty Drive Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone: 330-723-9998 Office: 330-849-6677 Cell: 330-730-1763 Email: jcoyne@medinaoh.org or jcoyne@ralaw.com


Ward 1 Council Representative


Laura Parnell-Cavey

Biography: Laura has been a resident of Medina for 17 years.  She is the owner of Cool Beans Cafe on Medina Square.  She has two adult children, Alexandra and Callum and is married to Ben who has three children.

Education:  Attended the University of Michigan.

Other Experience: Appointments: Member of the Finance Committee, Public Properties Committee, Cable ACCESS, CRA Housing, Fireman's Dependents Board, and is the Chair of the Water & Utilities Committee.

Contact Information: 210 W. Homestead St. Medina, OH 44246 Phone: 330-321-3663, Email: lparnell@medinaoh.org


Ward 2 Council Representative

Dennie R. Simpson

Biography: Dennie has been a Medina resident for 46 years. He has been employed as a paramedic with Medina Life Support Team for 33 years and a Basic fire fighter for the Medina City Fire Department for 5 years. He is married to Phebe and has three children, Nathan, Zachary, and Nicholas and two step children in James and Aubrey.

Education: Medina High School, 1971 Akron University Allied Health Cuyahoga Community College Paramedic Program

Other Experience: Public Safety 33 years as a paramedic and 5 years as a firefighter Served on several committees Medina General Hospital Affiliate member AHA

Appointments: Member of the Finance , Public Properties, Chairman of Streets & Sidewalks, Water and Utilities, Firemen's Dependents Board, and Cemetery Committees

Contact Information: 951 Shorewood Dr. Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone:330-725-3302 Email: dsimpson@medinaoh.org


Ward 3 Council Representative

Mark Kolesar

Biography: Mark has been a Medina City resident for over 30 years! He is married to his beautiful wife Megan and has a family of rescued animals. Mark spent nearly 10 years of his life working in real estate finance, originating both residential and commercial loans. He is employed as a sales representative with Conviber in Medina. He is an inductee of the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame (1988 Medina Track and Field) and was a team member of the 1991 Medina County All-Star Football Team. Mark grew up as an Army Brat, living across the United States and Germany. He is the son and grandson of veterans from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He is currently a Deacon at First Christian Church in Wadsworth, Ohio and is involved with their youth group.

Education: Studied at the University of Akron (Business and General Studies) Medina Senior High School - 1991

Experience: Mark has served as the Ward 3 Councilman since 2004 and is a previous trustee for the Rocky River Watershed Council.

Appointments: Medina County Planning Commission Chairman, Water and Utilities Committee, Finance Committee, Health, Safety and Sanitation Committee, Health, Safety, and Sanitation Committee Chairman, Board of Building Code of Appeals, EMS Advisory Board, Joint Ambulance District, Pro QA Steering Committee

Past Appointments: Medina County Floodplain Committee Rocky River Upper West Branch Balanced Growth Plan Streets and Sidewalks Committee CRA Housing Council Charter Review Committee, Shade Tree Commission, Storm Water Advisory Committee

Contact Information: 999 Kenner Dr. Medina, Ohio 44256  Phone: 330-725-6993 Email: mkolesar@medinaoh.org


Ward 4 Council Representative

 Jim Shields

Biography: Jim is a life long resident of the City of Medina. He has served as the Ward 4 Councilman since 2001.

Education: Miami University, B.A. in Political Science; University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Profession: Medina City Schools - Director of Human Resources/Legal Counsel

Appointments: Finance Committee, Chair of Public Properties, Special Legislation, President Pro-Tem, Audit Committee, Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, Alternate for Medina County Planning Commission

Contact Information: 327 Cardinal Drive Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone: 330-722-8402 Email: jshields@medinaoh.org


Council at Large


Paul Rose

Biography: Paul has been a resident of Medina City since 1987. He and his wife, Joelle, have been married for over 40 years. They have 3 grown children. Paul’s professional career has taken him through Republic Steel, LTV Steel, and Andersen Consulting. Currently, he is a Service Delivery Manager for IBM.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, John Carroll University 1976 MBA, Cleveland State 1984

Other Experience: Member of the Storm Water Utility Commission, Member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Appointments: Finance Committee, Health, Safety and Sanitation Committee, Streets and Sidewalks Committee, Planning Commission, Emerging Technologies Committee (Chair), Special Legislation Committee, and Community Development Corp.

Contact Information: 345 Lakeview Dr. Medina, OH 44256 Phone: 330-723-3459 Email: prose@medinaoh.org

Council At-Large
Bill Lamb
Biography: Bill Lamb served as Medina’s Mayor from 1982 to 1990. He was the youngest mayor in Ohio, and is widely recognized for creating the foundations of contemporary Medina. His administration created the legislation that protects the historic district, bought the airport and saved the rail line that serves Medina’s industry. Prior to his election as Mayor, Bill taught at Ella Canavan Elementary School, worked as a newspaper reporter, ice hockey commissioner, social service aid and construction labor. After leaving the Mayor’s office he taught at a Catholic school in Cleveland, and Jewish and World Studies school in Akron. Bill is married to Elaine Lamb, a prominent Ohio artist and owner of Mud Mothers Pottery. Elaine and Bill have three adult children (Bill’s step children) and four grandchildren. Bill’s election as At-Large Councilman makes him only the second former Mayor elected to Council.
Education: Bill graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. While a student at LMU he served as President of his class, co-wrote the student government constitution, was President of the Student National Education Association, President of his fraternity and Editor of the student newspaper.
Appointments: Bill’s serves on the Finance Committee, Streets and Sidewalks Committee, and CRA Housing Council.  He is the Chairman of the Special Legislation Committee.
Other Experience: Bill is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the President of the CommunityDesign Committee Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association.
Contact Information: Home Phone: 330-725-6075 Cell: 330-421-5829 Email:  blamb@medinaoh.org