WARREN - Sunshine of Warren-Trumbull Area Inc. named three new board members to replace two whose terms expired, and plans to add two more.
The terms of board members Mel Milliron and Kathy Zapka expired this year, and they have officially left the board. Dr. John Robertson, Lou Lepro and Karen Radovic are new board members.
Gary Shaffer and Gary Mayers remain on the board.
Anthony Iannucci Jr., executive director of Sunshine, identified the new board members on Friday and said the board is expecting to add two additional members.
New board members are being added at a time of increased scrutiny on the nonprofit organization as questions have been raised about delinquent property taxes on some of its nonprofit properties, as well as delinquent property taxes on some properties connected with its for-profit corporation, Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment.
Last week, Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment developed a repayment plan with the Trumbull County Treasurer's Office to pay the back taxes.
Iannucci says Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment has been challenging the amount of property taxes the treasurer's office says it owes on the properties.
The repayment plan on the back taxes on the original Sunshine properties has not been yet been developed because the organization is still working with its primary lender, Huntington Bank, in renegotiating its loans.
Sunshine officials are expecting the combination of the refinanced loans, which will allow it to put more money towards the tax debt, and the sale of some of its properties will help it pay the delinquent taxes.
It plans to meet with the treasurer's office later this month to review its progress on a repayment plan.
Lepro, named to the board in July at its most recent board meeting, said his goal is to look at all of the information available about Sunshine and its operations.
"I want to be able to alleviate of the fears of tenants and to bring public confidence back to the organization," Lepro said.
Lepro is a vice president of the resident advisory committee of Warren City Council. He also has served on the Historic Perkins Neighborhood Association.