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The City Council is made up of 7 residents who are elected to establish the laws and oversee the budget of the city. Each council member chairs a committee that is aligned with a government function.

Councilperson:   Susan D. Pardee     Pamela Cameron     Phillip Ertel     John P. Rach     Steven Sims      

Michele Weiss     Mark N. Wiseman

Susan D. Pardee

Susan D. Pardee

Vice Mayor and Councilwoman

2343 Charney Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 316-0483
Finance Committee

Susan D. Pardee is currently the Supervisor of Federal Programs and Grants for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in northeast Ohio. She has obtained and/or managed over $104 million in funding in eighteen years as part of the administrative team of this inner ring urban school district of over 5,000 students. Development work has included project development and management, monitoring, budgeting and reporting on an annual average of 100 federal, state and private foundation grants and trusts.

After receiving her MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU, Pardee directed strategic initiatives for Cleveland nonprofit Working for Empowerment through Community Organizing (WECO). She brokered expansion and new business loans, published a quarterly business publication and supervised a task force of 30 small business owners in three Cleveland wards. She was recognized as the Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District.

Pardee is the Vice Mayor of the City of University Heights, Ohio. She has been an elected member of University Heights City Council since 2010. She was the founding President of the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) and the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF).

Pamela Cameron

Pamela Cameron

Councilwoman

2171 Jackson Boulevard
University Heights, OH, 44118
(216) 315-9152

Civic Information Committee
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Phillip Ertel

Phillip Ertel

Councilman

2296 Miramar Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 321-1085
Recreation Committee
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John P. Rach

John P. Rach

Councilman

2603 Fenwick Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 559-0611
Safety Committee

John Rach is a councilman with the City of University Heights.  He is a Registered Architect and is employed by LDA architects as the Operations and Business Development Manager.  Before joining the council, John served on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals for three years.  He has served on many UH committees including: City Rebranding, New Zoning Code, NOACA Pedestrian & Bike Friendly Lanes, and the New Master Plan.  Additional professional affiliations that John has participated in include the Society for Marketing Professional Services – Northeast Ohio Chapter (former President and former Treasurer), and the American Institute of Architects.  John attended Kent State University where he earned a Master of Architecture & Environmental Design and a Master of Business Administration.  Outside of work, John enjoys marathon running (with a goal of completing one marathon in every US State), traveling, photography, and spending time on Lake Erie.

Steven Sims

Steven Sims

Councilman

2508 Dysart Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 554-5922
Service and Utilities Committee
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Michele Weiss

Michele Weiss

Councilwoman

14485 Summerfield Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 509-3568
Governmental Affairs Committee

Michele Weiss is currently the CFO of the largest Jewish day school in the state of Ohio, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland.  Furthermore, she is a Councilwoman for the city of University Heights.  In addition, Michele teaches in the Boler School of Business MBA program at John Carroll University as an adjunct professor.  Finally, she is a founding member of a non-profit organization, AMATZ Initiative, which provides professional development to engage principals of schools. 

She was appointed as a commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism and recently finished her term.   She is a presidential nominee for the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Lastly, she is a current board member of YACHAD which is an organization that services developmentally challenged youths and adults.

In 2018, Weiss was honored as University Heights Public Official of the Year.

Mark N. Wiseman

Mark N. Wiseman

Councilman

4365 Baintree Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 291-1513
Building Committee

Mark and his wife Serena have been University Heights residents since 1988. Mark has an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He has been honored to serve as your councilman since he was appointed to the position by the rest of City Council in 2013. He was elected in November of 2013 and re-elected for another four-year term in 2017. 

During his legal career, he has served as a trial attorney; as the inaugural Director of the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program; as an assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section; as a representative to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.; as the creator and Director of the NHS Consumer Law Center and most recently as a Staff Attorney for the Cleveland Municipal Court. 

While on council, Mark has served as chair of the Finance Committee and since early 2014 as Chair of the Building Committee.

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