About Us

NCS Staff and Board Members



Charles W. Drubel, Executive Director 

cwdrubel@barbertonncs.org ~ 330.298.5242

Karen Hardesty, Office Manager 

khardesty@barbertonncs.org ~ 330.269.5107

Greg Matheny, Chairman
Joe Parsons, Vice Chairman
Mike Fedevich, Treasurer
Phil Canfora, Secretary
Ellen Betts, Member
Fred Maurer, Member
Patricia Zarle, Member

Our History


Neighborhood Conservation Services of Barberton has proudly served Barberton and surrounding communities of Summit County since 1979.  During this time we have dedicated ourselves to helping as many clients as possible while keeping our administrative costs low.  

Working initially in targeted neighborhoods, we originally offered low interest loans to homeowners to repair and improve their homes.  in 1996, NCS expanded its service city-wide to assist residents with emergency loans for code violation and serious repairs.  By mid-1998, NCS and the Barberton Community Foundation created a joint agreement to increase our loan programs to include a broader income population.

To date, NCS has leveraged and invested over $18,000,000.00 into Barberton's neighborhoods.  Through past programs such as our FirstTime Homebuyer Program, down payment assistance, and new construction projects we have helped create 140 new homeowners in the county.  Our Paint Your Heart Out program has painted 179 homes for senior citizens and disabled families and provided volunteers to complete the projects.  Our past success is based upon our unique partnership of businesses and city officials as well as residents working together to implement revitalization strategies.  This success has prompted us to expand our services to not only the residents of Barberton but also the residents of Summit County.

Our Mission


NCS utilizes a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to produce neighborhood revitalization by stabilizing the housing stock, increasing property values and creating neighborhoods of choice for the benefit of current and future residents with its main focus on low to moderate income households.

NCS Statement of Purpose

Help people so they can help themselves and eventually give back to their community