City Council Member Bios
With a master’s degree from the Ohio State University, Lori Ann taught middle school social studies before beginning a career in public service. Volunteering has been a constant throughout Lori Ann’s entire adult life. Five years ago, she began chairing a committee of Bexley leaders who created The Main Event, a program that happens five times throughout the summer and features a free movie and fun activities on Capital University’s front lawn. As member of the St. Vincent Family Center Board since 2009, Lori Ann is the immediate past Chair of the Board and serves on both the Executive/Finance and the Development Committees. In 2013, she was asked to join the Board of Columbus’s Jewish Family Services. Lori Ann is a member of the Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club, a sustaining member of the Columbus Junior League, and an active member of TWIG II. Elected to office in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Lori Ann has served as Chair of Council’s Recreation and Parks Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. She is currently serving as Bexley City Council President. Lori Ann and her husband, Jonathan, chose Bexley for their home when they married 23 years ago. They have three children - Adelaide, Annabelle, and Julius.
Matt Klingler currently serves on Bexley City Council as the Recreation and Parks Chairman and the liaison to St. Charles Preparatory School and the Bexley Activities Club.
Matt grew up in the North end of Columbus, and attended St. Charles Preparatory School, and graduated from Ohio State University. He and his wife Jessika have two children, Cole and Taylor. He is a Project Manager for Farber Corporation, and a Board Trustee for Union Local 189 JATC. Additionally, he is an active member in the St. Catharine Parish, and his hobbies include coaching his kids, playing and watching sports, and adventuring with his family.
Matt’s focuses on City Council include working hard to help facilitate collaboration and cooperation while striving to reach Council goals. He wants to focus on expanding programs and facilities for our seniors and youth, and make our streets safer for walkers, joggers, and bikers.
Monique was elected to Bexley City Council in 2017, with over 20 years of litigation experience in the public, private and academic sectors. She previously served as the Chair of the Safety and Health Committee and currently chairs the Judiciary and Strategic Committee, overseeing quasi-judicial functions. Her passions include her children, volleyball, the Golden State Warriors, and volunteering as a Wish Grantor for the Ohio Make A Wish Foundation.
She received her B.A. in psychology and political science from Stanford University and her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law.
She created the Bexley Youth Service Week which mobilizes and celebrates children, families and residents who want to improve the world through community service supporting food pantries, pet adoption/rescue, senior citizen support, homelessness, and first responders. She also organized a series of awareness and education trainings for Bexley residents addressing important community issues, including human trafficking and safety awareness. She is a member of the Bexley Women’s Club and the Bexley Citizens Police Academy and Alumni Association and has previously taught at Capital University, Ohio Dominican University and the University of Dayton College of Law. She has lived in Bexley since 2000 and her children attend Bexley’s outstanding schools.
Troy was elected in 2015 and has been a resident of Bexley for over twenty years. He currently serves as Chair of the Service and Environment Committee and is past Chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee (2015-2017). In addition to serving on council, he works as a science instructor at The Ohio State University and Capital University. He has authored several science textbooks and instructional materials. His Bexley memoir “Exile in Goyville” is available in bookstores. Troy is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in political science and plant biology.
Troy’s focus on council is the improvement and development of all areas of Bexley. He is committed to cultivating open communication among all neighborhoods and promoting a sense of community and representation for all residents.
Outside of council and teaching, Troy works to further science education in youth. He serves as a volunteer mentor and judge for the Big Walnut Science Fair and the Central District Science Fair each year. His wife Patti grew up in Bexley and his children both attend Bexley City Schools. His daughter, Emily, is a talented ceramics artist and a graduate of Bexley High School. His son Leo is a member of the Bexley baseball and golf teams.
Jen brings a commitment to community connectivity to her service on City Council. With a degree in Art History and Administration from The Ohio State University, she began her career creating programs for the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. She then held the position of Program Director for the Columbus Council on World Affairs, creating and implementing educational programs for children, adults and seniors across the city of Columbus. Jen currently directs HarmonyKIDS, the youth arm of Columbus’ Harmony Project. Working with elementary, middle and high school children across central Ohio, she facilitates the building of bridges between communities through service opportunities and music and arts programming.
Jen serves as the Chair of the Safety and Health Committee, working with the Chief of Police, the Police Department and the Mayor to ensure the continued safety of and excellent service to our residents.
Jen and her husband Ken live in North Bexley with their three children Nikolas, Jakob and Lucy. The Robinson family has called Bexley home since 2008.
Jess’s term on Bexley City Council started in 2020, and she serves as the Chair of the Zoning and Development Committee. Jess is the liaison to Bexley Zoning and Planning Committee, Architectural Review Board, and the Bexley Education Foundation. She and her family have been residents of Bexley the past 11 years.
Jess supports community development, resources for all, and open communication with all residents of Bexley. Her passion for the residents of Bexley and community has led her to take on many leadership roles in Bexley. Her most recent was chairing BRAVO 2019, Bexley Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser. She has had the opportunity to work with numerous community organizations and serve in various leadership capacities within them.
Councilwoman Saad received her B.A. in Telecommunications and Political Science from Indiana University. She has 15 years of experience in private, public, start-up, and owner and operator business. Her passions are tennis, running, the Columbus Blue Jackets, coaching youth sports, and waterskiing. She and her husband, Adam, have three children, Hayden, Layla, and Hudson who all attend Bexley schools, and an energetic goldendoodle named Lucky.
Throughout his tenure, Richard has fostered a sense of openness, diversity of thought and increased transparency during Council meetings that encouraged increased resident participation in meetings; championed leveraging the City’s road and alley fund for infrastructure improvements in streets, alleys, water and sewer lines financed with grants and zero interest State Loan programs; encouraged Main Street, Cassady Ave and Livingston Avenue improvements & business development; encouraged collaborative efforts with neighboring municipalities and neighborhoods; supported the City Arboretum designation and program growth; developed several alternative revenue streams for the City; and consistently advocated setting aside additional resources into the Budget Stability (Rainy Day) and Capital Improvement Funds.
Richard is the founder and owner of The (Bexley) BEAT shuttle service. His prior professional experience was Controller with Mason Supply Co (1990-2002), and a CPA with Norman, Jones, Enlow CPA Firm (1984-1989). Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1984, and Masters in Business Administration from Capital University in 1991.
Richard, and his wife Debbie, are active members of Bexley United Methodist Church, and have lived in South Bexley since 1988. Son, Adam (Bexley HS 2008, Miami University 2012, Yale Divinity School 2016) and daughter Abigail (Bexley HS 2013, High Point University 2017) both remain Bexley residents and work in the Columbus metro area.