Nina Parini Assumes the Role of Old Worthington Partnership Executive Director
Sometimes the perfect job comes along—even when you're not looking for it. That's what happened to Nina Parini, the new executive director of the Old Worthington Partnership. She was working at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law when a colleague told her about the position and suggested that she would be a perfect fit. As a Worthington resident, the mother of three boys in Worthington public schools, and a big proponent of walkable communities, Parini agreed. Now she's officially on board and moving full speed ahead with a host of end-of-year activities and plans for the upcoming year. Parini and her husband, Greg, moved to Columbus from Washington, DC in 2005. They spent five years living in Grandview Heights and then hand-picked Worthington as the community where they would raise their family. "We wanted a walkable neighborhood," she said. "We live in Kilbourne Village and can walk to the pool, the school and library, and the wonderful shops and restaurants in Old Worthington." It was a way to sustain the urban lifestyle she and her husband had grown accustomed to while living on Capitol Hill.
Parini is originally from Eaton, Ohio, and she attended Miami University. Her husband is a sergeant with the Columbus Division of Police. They have three boys, ages 8, 6 and 3 (almost), so there's never a dull moment in their household. Their school-age boys attend Evening Street Elementary School, where Parini is a frequent classroom volunteer. She also serves on the board of the Worthington Educational Foundation, an organization that raises grant funds for the staff and school district.
At the Moritz College of Law, Parini was responsible for the leadership program, which is one of the only leadership programs in the country that is fully integrated into the college. While she enjoyed working with the students in the leadership program, the executive director position was just too good to pass up.
Engaging the Community
With the end of the calendar year quickly approaching, Parini is focused on helping to facilitate the holiday events as well as meeting the merchants and building owners. "We're proud that we have 100 percent occupancy in the Old Worthington area from SR 161 south," she said. "Now it's about moving north of 161 and trying to see what we can do to revitalize some of that area."
In the new year, Parini plans to engage the community more. "We want the community to know who we are as an organization," she said. "We want to get their input and involvement, and capitalize on some of the energy going on down here. We talk about a sense of place and quality of living. It's about engaging with the community and making them feel invested in the vibrancy and success of the Old Worthington area."
Please join the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington as we welcome Parini to her new position as executive director of the Old Worthington Partnership. We look forward to working with her to market and promote all that Old Worthington has to offer. Together we hope to make 2016 the best year ever.
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