Meet the Cleveland Heights Historical Society Trustees
Kenneth Goldberg, President
Kenneth Goldberg, President is an art historian and professional librarian long involved with local architecture and history. Besides his contributions to this organization, he is on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission and was on the Cleveland Heights Citizens Advisory and Improvement Awards Committees. Ken has been long active in Western Reserve Architectural Historians and AIA Cleveland’s Historic Resources Committee. He is a writer, preservation (including architectural color) consultant, lecturer/instructor, and architectural tour guide. Ken has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History and an MLS degree. He is originally from Rochester, NY and has resided in Cleveland since 1973 and is a resident of Cleveland Heights since 1977.
Charles Owen, Founder and Trustee
Charles Owen has been a resident of Cleveland Heights since 1963 and served as founder and President of the Cleveland Heights Heritage Center/Cleveland Heights Historical Society. Charles graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. His professional background is in traditional neighborhood and business district planning, community development and historic preservation. As a local historian, he played a supporting role in the successful nomination of M.M. Brown’s Mayfield Heights Historic District of Cleveland Heights to the National Register of Historic Places. Charles and his wife, Dumont, live in the Mayfield Heights Historic District and Coventry Village and are restoring their 1913 Craftsman-influenced home that was built by the Cleveland Trust Company.
Mike Madorsky, Treasurer
Mike Madorsky, Treasurer has been a resident of Cleveland Heights for the past 37 years, after growing up in nearby Shaker Heights. He has been involved professionally in landscape design and construction for more than 35 years and, more recently, has been involved in window restoration. Mike owns and resides in the Grant Deming House, which is a Cleveland Heights historical Landmark.
Peter Zicari, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Zicari has lived in Cleveland Heights since 1990. Now retired, he spent most of his career as a newspaper reporter and copy editor, with a side interest in computer programming. Peter worked first as a reporter in Oneonta, NY and then as an editor in Syracuse before coming to work for the Plain Dealer. He retired from its website, cleveland.com, in 2018. Peter grew up in the Susquehanna Valley village of Bainbridge and earned a Bachelor’s from Hamilton College in Anthropology and English, and a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.
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Four generations of Bill Hopkins’ family have lived and worked in Cleveland Heights – his grandfather having built many homes in the Heights and his father having owned and operated two stores there. Bill’s wife, Conchy, and he raised two children in three homes in the Heights which they either renovated or restored. Bill has a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and is a retired landscape architect/preservationist and has taught part-time in Cleveland schools. He has had experience in researching and planning restoration and adaptive landscapes in New England, Washington, D.C., and Ohio.
Korbi Roberts grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Coventry Elementary, Roxboro Junior, and Heights High School. She has a Bachelor of science degree in Biology from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her teaching experiences include a semester at Chengdu University in China, substitute teacher for Norfolk City Schools in honors biology, and teacher assistant for SECEP’s autistic Children’s program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She enjoys researching, writing and promoting our fascinating local history.
John Wheeler has been a Cleveland Heights resident for over 45 years. He and his wife are both retired teachers and are owners of the Curtis-Preyer House, where they raised their two sons. He has a keen sense of history and antiquities, and has served as Historian for University Circle United Methodist Church (the “Holy Oil Can”).