This is the first in a series of columns sharing about the work of the German Village Society's Board of Trustees.

This is the first in a series of columns sharing about the work of the German Village Society's Board of Trustees.

Brittany Gibson provides leadership in three primary roles: as the board's liaison to Haus and Garden Tour and also to Monster Bash, which she co-chaired in 2012 and 2013.

In addition, Brittany is a copyeditor extraordinaire who edits many of the Society's written materials without personal bylines. As an example, she is the one responsible for compiling and proofing the 36-page 2016 Haus and Garten Tour program, which is chock full of information and countless details, all of which MUST be correct.

Her journalism degree and professional experience at Columbus Alive, Victoria's Secret and Lane Bryant have sharpened her skills that benefit the society so much.

Lucky for us.

Brittany serves as a regular docent in our Visitor Center on weekends, and has for a number of years.

She loves being an ambassador and advocate for German Village.

Her husband, Joe, enjoys volunteering for the Society as well. They bought their first house a few years ago and are quite committed to German Village.

Dennis Brandon has a graduate degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University.

He has worked for NBBJ for many years nationally and globally. He has been designing communities, campuses and facilities and has considerable experience working with senior leadership and boards.

Dennis has been a Society member since 1990 and has been on the Streetscape Committee, and a Haus und Garten Tour volunteer.

Since 2012, Dennis has served as our Development Committee chairman. This was while the trustees were pursing our strategic planning process and considering ways to finance the results.

Presently, Dennis said he is very excited to get underway implementing the Society's recently adopted Development Plan.

Stay tuned for news from his committee.

Heidi Drake has lived in German Village for more than 20 years. She has worked as a Visitors Center ambassador, a Haus and Garten Tour volunteer, on the Membership and Go Green Committees, as well as being a Stewart School Tutor.

Most recently, Heidi has served for several years as a volunteer in the Meeting Haus two mornings each week doing whatever needs to be done with filing and organizing to relieve staff of these tasks.

Heidi joined the Society's board two years ago and became our vice president soon after.

Her expertise in human resources was needed to develop things such as position descriptions, a staff manual, evaluation forms and processes and more.

This last year, Heidi served as chairwoman of our Organizational Development Committee, the group that considers potential board members and supports the recruitment and development of Society leaders.

Before she retired, Heidi was volunteer director at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

German Village Society officials are pleased to benefit from her experiences.

German Village Society Board of Directors President Jeanne M. Likins submitted the Village Notebook column.