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During her six months as interim she plans to emphasis COVID-19 vaccinations for Ward residents, better internet access and access to job training and home renovation programs.
She is a graduate of Jane Adams High School. She completed three years of college Dyke College downtown but left to get a job TRW Valve Division where she worked for nearly 32 years before a medical issue force her to retire.
Councilwoman Gardner started the Concerned Citizens Community Council in the late 2000s working as an advocate for the community, especially the seniors, for housing, transportation and more and as she puts it to “put the neighbor back in front of hood.” She is executive director of the non-profit organization.
She spent some time as a code enforcer with Harvard Community Center and Mt. Pleasant Now and where she worked closely with Cleveland Housing Court to help homeowners and renters get the help they needed. She also was the board treasurer for Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) for many years and worked with the founder the late Inez Killingsworth.
She has two sons, numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is a long-time resident of Ward 4 and has lived in the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood since the 1970s.