City Councilor Biographies
Get to know your City Council Members
Jonathan Smith was first elected in November of 2015 to serve the citizens of Perrysburg, taking office in January of 2016. Mr. Smith currently chairs the Public Utilities Committee and is a member of the Service Committee as well as the Recreation Committee.
Mr. Smith graduated from Maumee High School in 2003 and in 2008 earned his degree from Bowling Green State University in Business Finance, minoring in applied statistics.
Mr. Smith is currently the COO for Smith Bonds & Surety and partner of SL & Associates. Prior to being elected to council, he served as chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals. He has resided in Perrysburg since 2007. Mr. Smith is a member of Rotary, the Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce, and St. Rose Parish.
Mr. Smith is married to his wife, Amanda. Together they have 3 children, Lucy, Liam, and Abe.
Deborah Born was elected to Perrysburg City Council in 2017. Ms. Born has been a resident of the City of Perrysburg since 1975 and is a 1980 graduate of Perrysburg High School. She attended Bowling Green State University from which she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1984.
Ms. Born is the Chairwoman of the Recreation Committee. Ms. Born sits on the Safety Committee and Finance and Economic Development Committee and served on the Service Committee. She was also appointed by City Council to Chair the Firefighters Dependent Fund
Ms. Born is an Art Dealer and small business person. She served on the City's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and participated in the Perrysburg Fire Division Strategic Plans for 2016-2019 and 2020-2023. She currently serves on the Bowling Green State University Leadership Arts Council, the Leadership Council of BGSU, and the Toledo Zoo's organizing committees for two major donor fundraisers. Ms. Born is involved with The Cocoon and sits on the Development Committee, as well as being involved with Safe Communities of Wood County. She attends First United Methodist Church in Perrysburg.
Cory Kuhlman was elected in November of 2019 and was sworn in to Council in early 2020. Mr. Kuhlman chairs the Personnel Committee and sits on the Service and Planning and Zoning Committees.
Mr. Kuhlman graduated from Eastwood High School in 2005. He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education in Math and Science. He then attended the University Of Toledo College Of Law and graduated in 2014. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in the fall of 2014. He has been a resident of Perrysburg since 2015.
Mr. Kuhlman has helped establish and coordinate events for the #EagleFamily fund, which creates a discretionary fund for administrative staff to identify and help students in need to help pay for lunch charges, school supplies, clothing items, etc. He also volunteers as a judge for the University of Toledo’s Labor Law Moot Court Team and is involved in various fitness events in Northwest Ohio.
Mr. Kuhlman is the proud father of a new yellow jacket, Austin, age five. In his spare time, he enjoys anything that lets him spend quality time with his family, which includes but is not limited to golfing, running, weightlifting, and outdoor activities.
Jan Materni was elected in November of 2019 and was sworn in at the first council meeting of 2020. Ms. Materni chairs the Service Committee and sits on the Utilities and Recreation Committees.
She is originally from Port Clinton and came to the area to attend college at Bowling Green State University. Ms. Materni graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree, majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Ms. Materni is also an Ohio Certified Public Manager.
Ms. Materni has lived in Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township for the last 24 years. She retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 30 years where she worked in various positions. While living in Port Clinton, Ms. Materni volunteered with Port Clinton EMS as an Advanced EMT-A. After graduation from BGSU, she volunteered with the Wood County Sheriff Department as an Auxiliary Deputy. She became a Certified Peace Officer at Owens College after being sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff Department.
Ms. Materni has a son, Jonathan, who is a 2010 graduate of Perrysburg High School. He is currently a Petty Officer in the Navy. In her spare time, Ms. Materni enjoys running and bicycling and has completed five half-marathons. She completed her first sprint duathlon this year. She has completed three GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventures) rides with her sister. Two goals she has are to bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. on the Great Allegheny Passage-Cumberland Trail and hike The Allegheny Trail.
Jim Matuszak was born in Perrysburg in 1964. He is a graduate of the Maumee City school system (1983). He later attended the University of Toledo, obtaining a bachelor's degree in accounting (1988) and a Master's degree in taxation (1992). Jim is a practicing certified public accountant and worked with Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen in Toledo prior to forming Matuszak & Koder, Ltd. in Perrysburg.
Jim has been a member of Perrysburg City Council since January 1, 2014.
Jim and his wife Mary have lived in Perrysburg for over 30 years. All four of their children attended Perrysburg City Schools. Their oldest son Chris has two children and lives in Long Beach, CA. Their son Jimmy and his wife Ariel currently reside in Renton, WA. Their daughters Kimberly and her husband Steve, and Katie and her husband Phil all currently live in the Columbus area.
Tim McCarthy has been a member of City Council since 1988 and served as Perrysburg’s Mayor in 2005. Since 1988 he has served as the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee. He is also currently a member of the Appointment Review Committee, the Finance and Economic Development Committee and the Personnel Committee.
Mr. McCarthy is a past member of several committees: Finance & Economic Development, Service-Safety, Recreation, and a past member of the Historic Landmarks Commission. He led City Council’s review and adoption of the Planning Commission’s recommended update of the Zoning Code. He also led the development and adoption of the City’s innovative Urban Village Overlay Zoning Ordinance, restrictive Sexually-Oriented Business Ordinance, and Rigorous Property Maintenance Ordinance.
Mr. McCarthy is a partner in the Toledo Law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
Barry VanHoozen was elected to City Council in November 2013 to represent the citizens of Perrysburg. Mr. VanHoozen currently serves as chairman of the Safety Committee and is a member of the Public Utilities and Planning and Zoning committees.
Barry VanHoozen is a 1981 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and has been a Perrysburg resident since 1991. Barry is married to Hallie and has two adult children, Nathan and Miranda.
Mr. VanHoozen served on the Perrysburg School Board from 2002 until 2013, when he joined City Council. Mr. VanHoozen is active in the community with memberships in several organizations including the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.
Barry VanHoozen is a self-employed, small business owner representing State Farm in Perrysburg, since 1990.