Katie Ong-Landini: Profile of another Neighbor Who Is Making a Difference

Katie Ong-LandiniWhen Katie and her husband, Michael Landini relocated from Washington, D.C. to the Cleveland area, they found a lovely house on a hill in Lomond. They moved to Shaker because of its reputation as a great community and its access to rapid transit, which Katie used to commute to her job in downtown Cleveland. After growing up in Hudson, Ohio and graduating from Amherst College with a degree in history, Katie spent six years in Washington, D.C. where she worked for the National Alliance of Business and The US Conference of Mayors. In 1994, Katie accepted a job in government affairs for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, where she worked until her son was born the following year.

While working on infrastructure projects in Cleveland, Katie became interested in and involved with issues related to the sustainability of the environment and serving others. These interests translated into her activities as a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker. As a church member, Katie runs youth ministry, worked with the City to start a church community garden, works with other volunteers to host homeless families for “Family Promise” three times each year, and volunteers for many church activities. Recently, Katie was one of the organizers for the Beating of the Bounds ceremony at Christ Episcopal Church, in which the members of the church, joined by our vice mayor, Rob Zimmerman, blessed the Van Aken-Warrensville redevelopment area, offering prayers for the construction workers, the businesses, the neighborhood residents, the City and the developers as they reconfigure this district.

In 2010 while attending a convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Katie heard the Bishop propose that a camp and retreat center be established where families and young people could learn about growing and preparing food, as well as about protecting the environment for future generations. Katie offered to help. She is now employed as the project director of the Camp and Retreat Ministry for the Diocese which includes 48 northern counties and 86 Episcopal parishes in Ohio. Katie is currently traveling to every parish in the Diocese to raise money for the camp. The Diocese expects to break ground for the camp in Wakeman Township, Huron County in late 2015 or early 2016. The camp will offer experiential learning opportunities on the farm and in the kitchen. In addition to nature study, it will have recreational activities such as swimming in the five acre lake on the property. The Diocese will open the camp to members of the community at large since part of the church’s mission is to serve people outside the church community.

For more information about the camp, please contact Katie at [email protected]