Meet the Cleveland Documenters Team

We’re excited to begin Cleveland Documenters in partnership with Chicago-based civic journalism lab City Bureau and with support from the Cleveland Foundation and the Visible Voice Charitable Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Cleveland Documenters recruits, trains and pays Greater Clevelanders to document official committee meetings of the Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland governments and contribute to a communal pool of public knowledge. Read more about it here.

Lawrence Caswell, field coordinator

Lawrence has been following Documenters since its launch in Chicago and brings a wealth of knowledge about not only how Documenters works, but also about Cleveland, journalism and technology. He has experience podcasting, doing voiceovers, DJing and even comic book writing. Join one of our online Cleveland Documenters gatherings to hear his #CLEDocumenters Spotify playlist. 

Rachel Dissell, accountability journalist

Rachel brings her skill doing accountability reporting to Cleveland Documenters. She will: be part of the team that edits Cleveland Documenters documents; support special projects with Cleveland Documenters; and act as mentor for emerging reporters. 

Gwen Garth, artist and community builder

Gwen has long practiced the act of following her vote as a member of a public arts board as well as a precinct committee woman. With Cleveland Documenters, she will work with Lawrence to facilitate a regular gathering space for Cleveland Documenters to connect and support each other. 

Mary Ellen Huesken, document copyeditor

Mary Ellen will be the last member of our team to review Cleveland Documenters’ notes for clarity and accuracy before documents are published to She is a former copy editor at The Plain Dealer. 

Lila Mills, Neighborhood Connections

Lila is the communications manager with Neighborhood Connections, the home of Cleveland Documenters. Lila is focused on the overall goals of Cleveland Documenters, and will be focusing on partnerships with local people and organizations, handling Documenters payments once documents are published, and working as part of the editing team. 

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