Shelley Lopez, Executive Director 2012-2017
Shelley Lopez has been a part of the Springfield Community for 30 years. Her role as Executive Director began in July of 2012. She and her husband Mike have raised two children here. Shelley has engaged the city on many levels. With a BA from Cedarville University and a MS from Wright State University in Counseling, Shelley has most recently founded CitiLookout, a non-profit counseling center in the heart of Springfield, that offers counseling services regardless of ability to pay. Prior to opening CitiLookout, she was employed at Project Woman as supervisor of the clinical staff. For 12 years prior to working in Springfield, Shelley owned and directed The Dayton Institute for Family Therapy in Centerville, Ohio. Shelley and her husband, Mike are members of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Ernest C. Brown, Pastor, where they serve God by serving community. The Lopez home is the former Bookwalter Mansion located on South Fountain Avenue. Together, Mike and Shelley are restoring the home to its former beauty. The home stands as a metaphor for the work that Shelley hopes to see accomplished in the city through her work at The Nehemiah Foundation--rebuilding lives that thrive, streets of hope and families that are full of life and strength.