Alicia Ward will convene her first full meeting as president of the Northland Community Council on Tuesday, March 6.
Ward, who had been vice president since 2014, succeeds Emmanuel V. Remy, who stepped down from the presidency after being appointed to a vacancy on Columbus City Council.
Ward was elected president at the NCC's Feb. 6 session.
"I very much enjoyed being vice president and all the things that I did," Ward said. "Emmanuel had some pretty big shoes to fill. He's a tough act to follow, but I'm glad to be there and I'm hoping to do some great things."
Ward said she has some long-term and more immediate goals for her tenure as president.
The long-term project is an ambitious one.
"I'm working on trying to get a community center in the Northland area," Ward said.
She said she also hopes to focus more attention on businesses in the Northland area and to celebrate the growing diversity in the neighborhood.
Taking Ward's place as vice president is Roger Davidson, who had served several terms as secretary. Davidson, who is president of the Albany Park Homeowners Association, had planned to step away from a leadership post with the community council, but changed his mind.
"I was asked, and so the more I thought about it, I thought if no one else does it, I would go ahead," he said. "It will be a good learning experience, and I would like to do everything I can to support Alicia."
Felix Quachey was re-elected treasurer. Strawberry Farms council representative Alice Foeller is the new secretary.
The NCC's March 6 meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd.
Ward said she plans to continue running the meetings in the same format as her predecessor.
"It's a tried-and-true method, and I'm pretty much going to follow it," she said.
Davidson said he doesn't as yet have specific objectives in mind.
"At this point, I haven't really latched onto anything other than trying to continue the legacy that both Emmanuel and Alicia have started," he said. "I'm kind of in that review mode to see what I think would be best."