A heavy shakeup at the German Village Society has led to the departure of two key employees at the Meeting Haus.
Nancy Kotting, historic-preservation advocate, and Chelsey Craig, manager of business- and events-relations manager, no longer had jobs after the meeting of the board of trustees Aug. 1. Jena Wilson, development and marketing coordinator, also left in late June, creating a huge void in leadership and experience.
Delilah Lopez, executive director of the society, said Kotting, Craig and Wilson all resigned their positions.
None immediately could be reached for comment.
The German Village Society, in its regular email address to members, sent out this dispatch in regard to the Kotting and Craig: “The board authorized an exploration by an HR (human resources) professional upon hearing concerning reports regarding the German Village Society staff. Interviews were conducted with the staff, some board members and other stakeholders to gain insights into the reports and bring light to any issues. The HR professional recently provided an oral report of his findings to the board in an executive session. A plan was subsequently developed to address the concerns and ensure that GVS will operate at a high standard in support of our mission of being Caretakers of a Legacy. All actions you see being taken are consistent with the recommendations from the HR professional.”
Lopez would not disclose the findings of the human-resource professional, saying only that it was to “flush out rumor and what was fact.”
Lopez and Leah Santalucia, who was hired this summer for administration support, are the only employees left to handle the duties at the Meeting Haus.
Lopez said she has called on board members and volunteers to help out in the interim.
She said she hopes to have the positions replaced as soon as possible and by the end of the year at the latest.
Bill Curlis, a former member of the society’s board, said he is troubled by the turnover at the society’s leadership level and on the board of trustees.
“It concerns me that they’re spiraling out of control,” said Curlis, who was a critic of Kotting and the board in their protracted fight against Columbia Gas of Ohio and its gas-meter relocation plan.