DECEMBER 1, 2014

Kathy Werkmeister, Housing and Community Services Director and MORPC mainstay for 22 years, is leaving MORPC in December.

Kathy was responsible for overseeing the agency’s housing and community development programs including housing rehabilitation, neighborhood stabilization, homeownership education and foreclosure prevention counseling. She operated a US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Hazard Control Grant Program and numerous local, state and federal HUD programs including Community Housing Improvement Programs and Neighborhood Stabilization Programs in many Central Ohio communities. Throughout her tenure Kathy’s commitment to assisting both local governments and residents in reaching their goals produced significant results for communities across the Central Ohio region.

Through Kathy’s leadership in 2014 alone, MORPC served nearly 500 households with housing counseling services including homebuyer and foreclosure services and rehabbed 93 houses across Central Ohio. From 2010 to 2012, MORPC acquired, demolished and/or rehabbed nearly 100 homes in Central Ohio.

“It’s been a great 22 years working here at MORPC, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with many dedicated MORPC staff, community and state leaders,” said Kathy. “Working together, we have been able to improve the lives of so many Central Ohio residents. I look forward to continuing my work in community development.”

"Kathy's legacy in Central Ohio is one with great impact on many lives, improved neighborhoods, and renewed stability for families in crisis," said William Murdock, Executive Director for MORPC. "The MORPC team will miss her leadership and devotion to community services."

Kathy also led the agency’s energy and weatherization programs prior to 2007. She served as secretary and staff to the Joint Columbus and Franklin County Housing Advisory Board, which reviews projects for multifamily housing development and makes recommendations to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Kathy is a graduate of Miami University with a BA in Public Administration and a minor in Environmental Science.