EDEN will be closed Monday, May 29th, so that our staff can enjoy Memorial Day. We will open for business on Tuesday, May 30th.

• If you experience a housing emergency and need immediate assistance, please contact your case manager or housing provider.
• EDEN’s answering service will take messages for EDEN-owned properties only.
• If you have paperwork to drop off, please leave it in our dropbox at 7812 Madison Ave, Cleveland. Be sure to include your name and your Specialist’s or Property Manager’s name.

Memorial is a day to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to also support the family members of those we have lost.
To the men and women who gave their lives protecting our freedom: We are forever in your debt. We thank you.

EDEN, Inc.

EDEN Staff

EDEN currently employes more than 170 people dedicated to our mission of to provide housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness. All of us at EDEN strive to be an active champion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) throughout our organization and the communities we serve.

Executive Leadership

Elaine Gimmel

Executive Director

Elaine became EDEN's third-ever Executive Director in 2018. She has been employed at EDEN for 25 years. Elaine directly oversees the Compliance, Real Estate and Construction, Legal, and Fund Development and Communications Departments as well as supervises the COO and CFO positions. Elaine holds a master's degree in Social Administration from CWRU's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, with a concentration in Community Development, and a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University. She is also a Licensed Social Worker, and has worked in the area of Social Services for over 25 years. In selecting Elaine for the position of Executive Director, EDEN's Board recognized that Elaine brings great knowledge and skill to the position, as well as tremendous empathy for EDEN's clients, and an unwavering commitment to the organization's mission. Elaine is also highly adept at cohesive collaboration, and is an active leader in numerous community partnerships.


Sharon Parks

Chief Financial Officer

Sharon joined EDEN in 2019 after serving for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for a Cleveland Community Development Organization. As the Chief Financial Officer, Sharon oversees the finance, human resources, IT and administrative service areas of the organization. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University with an Accounting/Finance concentration, and a Master of Educational Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University. Sharon is a certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in public, private and non-profit accounting. She also is experienced in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development and reporting. .

Sharon Parks

Chief Operating Officer

Emma was named EDEN’s Chief Operating Officer in June 2021 after serving as Director of Compliance since 2014.  Emma manages Housing Programs, Property Management, Inspections, and Assets & Facilities. Prior to joining EDEN, Emma was Deputy Director of NEOSCC and Development Director for the City of Lakewood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland (Maryland’s Public Honors College) in Economics, Public Policy, History and Political Science. She earned a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies, Economic Development from Cleveland State University’s Levin School of Urban Affairs.  Emma has extensive knowledge of federal funds, affordable housing, program and non-profit management, and compliance, has served on several nonprofit boards, and is an active civic volunteer in her community.    


Mark Baynes | Director of Finance
Richard Carr | Director of Real Estate Development and Construction
Judi Engel | Director of Fund Development and Communications
Linda Erb | Director of Human Resources
Jessie Beck | Director of Rental Assistance
Gerri Kornblut | General Counsel
Laurel Martinson | Executive Assistant
Melanie Minyard | Office Manager
Khaz Ra'el | Director of Housing Quality and Stabilization
Jacquie Skrzypiec | Marketing & Community Relations Officer
Rachella Tillman | Director of Property Management and Maintenance



Sharon Parks | Chief Financial Officer
Mark Baynes | Director of Finance
Rachel Miskimins | Accounting Manager - Grants
Susan Stevens | Accounting Manager
Lynn Walsh | Senior Accounting Manager



Kasana Craddock | Manager of HQS Inspections
Kim DiCillo | Manager of Permanent Housing
Elis Diaz| Manager of Short-Term Rental Assistance and Retention
Nina Parker | Manager of Special Housing Location & Outreach
Katie Westbrook | Manager of Housing Support



Rachella Tillman | Director of Property Management and Maintenance
Julie Demor | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing
Letric Guy Newton | Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing
Carol Fortson-Williams | Permanent Supportive Housing- Regional Property Manager
Angelique Luzader | Supervisor of Scattered Site Property Managers
Mike Rudolph | Associate Director of Property Management



Jerome Banks | Manager of Maintenance - Permanent Supportive Housing
Roger Shaw | Manager of Maintenance - Scattered Sites
Kurt Thompson | Manager of Maintenance - Permanent Supportive Housing



John Mark Tichar | President
Jonathan (Jon) Petrus | Vice President
Michele Sommerfelt | Secretary
Beth Adams | Treasurer

Andre Campbell
Dawn Ellis
Andreena Jackson, PhD
Matthew King, CCIM
Matthew Large
Susan Licciardi
Nicholas McCauslin, JD
Christopher Mertes
Amanda Miller
Kenneth Silliman
Jessica Stoner
Phillip Studmire
Timothy Williams







EDEN's mission is to provide housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness.

7812 Madison Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102
Phone: 216-961-9690
Client Info Line: 216-634-0202
Property Owner Hotline: 216-503-6369
TDD/TTY: 800-545-1833, ext. 873
Fax: 216-651-4066

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Emerald Development and Economic Network, Inc. (EDEN)




EDEN is committed to being an active champion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) throughout our organization and the communities we serve.