A Mansfield Native, with a dash of Texan Independence and Hoosier Hospitality.
Jason grew up in Mansfield, on Arthur Ave., and watched the hardship his parents went through when the Mansfield economy shifted in the 1980s. His mother was an LPN at Mansfield General Hospital and was laid off along with 86 co-workers on her birthday in 1984. Almost one year later, his dad’s employer, National Seating Co. announced it would close its doors that and move their operations to outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Both of his parents went without full-time work for more than a year until his dad was able to get a position as an operator with United Telephone.
His family’s home on Arthur was close to St. Peter’s, and when they moved to the neighborhood in the late 70s it was still a decent neighborhood with owner-occupied homes. Paul Young, known as the “Mayor of Arthur Ave.” lived next door. Jason attended Kindergarten at Woodland Elementary, then he followed in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather and attended St. Peter’s School graduating in 1995.
Growing up, Jason was lucky to have some great role models to keep him out of trouble. His grandfather, a WWII Army veteran and a Jim Cunningham, another Arthur Ave.
At the end of his senior year, Jason ran and was selected as Mayor for the YMCA’s 1995 Civic Day. He spent the day shadowing former Mansfield Mayor Lydia Reed and overseeing the Civic Day City Council Meeting.
Growing up, Jason would listen to long-time broadcaster Gene White and “You’re On The Air” on WMAN before bed. After high school, Jason attended Ashland University before transferring and completing his B.S. of Communications at
After college, Jason spent 12 years working in broadcast television, working for stations in Toledo, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Indianapolis. Most of his career focused on emerging digital platforms. He covered stories from the Lonz Winery Collapse, Hurricane Rita, Vice President Dick Cheney’s Hunting Accident, NCAA Final Four, and Super Bowl XLIV. In Texas and Indiana, his websites earned numerous awards including two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Website.
In 2013, he left television and started his own business Crundwell Digital Marketing, which focused on building websites and digital marketing plans for small and medium companies. That business continued to grow, building a client base across Central Indiana and clients across the United States. Then in 2015, one of those bucket list job opportunities came open. St. Peter’s longtime development director was retiring and was in need of a successor. It was the perfect reason to “come home” to Mansfield.
Since returning home to Mansfield, he has been active in the community. He was a member of the Leadership Unlimited Class of 2017 (the Best Class Ever), serves on the Richland Source membership advisory board, treasurer for the Knights of Columbus Mansfield Council 687 and in his administrative role at St. Peter’s serves as an ex-officio member of the school’s financial and education advisory boards and the Msgr. Dunn Foundation for Education Board of Trustees.
As a fourth-generation Mansfielder, Jason knows that Mansfield and Richland County is a great place to raise a family. His great-grandparents immigrated to Mansfield over 100 years ago, living on Harker Ave. His great-grandfather Nicholas Anton Schemine, Sr. was a driver for J.A. Rigby, owner of the Rigby Cigar Company, his grandfather Nick, Jr. worked in the Mansfield Tire print shop his entire life, retiring just before the company went bankrupt. Both his parents were active as volunteers at the Renaissance Theater through most of the 1980s. Jason can remember playing hide-and-seek with his sister in the seats growing up and then graduated into buttering hundreds of tubs of popcorn, eventually working as an usher and working on stage crew for events like Miss Ohio and other
It was at almost love at first sight in the fall of 1995 when Jason met his future wife Sandy at Ashland University, during the Cleveland Indians playoff run. Through better and worse, they have been married for 16 years and have three children: David, 9; Katie 5, and Alex, 4.
David and Katie are now the fourth-generation of Schemine descendants to attend St. Peter’s School and Alexander, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder attends Richland Newhope’s early education program.
A Love for Mansfield
A fan of history, Jason spent a good amount of time growing up in the library’s Sherman Heritage Room, studying old maps, newspapers and history books. He had a good understanding of our community’s history, the rise of the manufacturing and industrial complex and its eventual downfall. He hopes that knowledge will help him preserve our community’s distinct history while embracing the future of what Mansfield can become. Living in other parts of the United States has made him realize that Mansfield and North Central Ohio has so many treasures to offer — many that lifetime residents don’t know or forget they have in their backyard.