Winter 2012-2013 Follow the Leader Newsletter

Executive Director’s Report

Dear Alumni, Trustees, Leaders, Stakeholders and Loyal Friends:

As many of you know, our Leadership Columbus Signature program begins its yearly curriculum with History Day, as we are firm believers in the mantra “you cannot know where you are going, until you know where you have been”.

The City’s many Bicentennial celebrations this year provided a perfect opportunity for Leadership Columbus to look backwards at our own 39-year history, as well as gaze into the future as to what is possible, what is our  vision and how we can stretch ourselves to reach goals that are integral to nurturing leadership at all levels in our great community.

Under the enthusiastic and determined  leadership of our board chair Bill Kiefaber and our board of trustees, we dedicated several months this year to a strategic planning process that has yielded exciting prospects for growth, along with realistic steps to support that growth and a navigable road that will solidify our position as THE region’s premier leadership program – while working collaboratively with all who share our ideals for a community where one of its richest resources is the quality of its leaders.

In concert with those goals, our re-energized mission statement speaks volumes:

“Leadership  Columbus’ mission is to develop connect and inspire diverse leaders who serve as catalysts in building a strong and vibrant community”.

But, it is the action behind the words that will be the transformative key – our signature program and the programs we plan to add will address the evolving needs of our community so that the curriculum and the experience we offer is relevant to Columbus.

We extend a huge thank you to our board for the extra hours, intellectual brain power and creative thinking that shared with us throughout this process.  We also thank the 43 preeminent trustees and leaders in Columbus whom we interviewed to garner their perspectives on our mission and  guidance for growth and development of our new programs.

We are so fortunate that Columbus is so a healthy community, when, even in spite of a recession and challenges a long the way, we continue to grow, thrive,  and succeed.

Many of you have called and wondered if you are a “member in good standing’.  We have decided to make this much easier for all of you – and start anew with dues and memberships beginning in January through December of each year.  We have a Membership Committee with board members who will be calling on some of you to get involved in reaching out to your fellow classmates and recruiting members.

The membership packages will be outlined in detail for all of you in January.  But, in comparing ourselves to other cities, the Membership Mania is tremendous – and we can do better!   Member dues help us expand and refine the programs that alumni remember as being the “key” that turned the lock to their community engagement and investment.  We hope you will think of us that way and know that you are paying it forward with your membership dues to Leadership Columbus.

We promise to keep you informed of all the exciting potential there is for YOUR involvement in getting involved in our strategic plan as the our new committees convene in January and determine their individual objectives and goals.

Wishing you all the very best in the New Year!
Laurie Marsh

Update on the Class of 2013

The 56 members of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2013 are reaching the halfway point of their 10-month journey.  Thus far the self-described “most memorable” class has demonstrated that they are cohesive, committed, energetic and at times, prone to practical jokes.

They have also shown that they are a caring group.  During the December 6 program day on human services, the Class presented a gift of $1,850 to the day’s host facility, Elim Manor. Elim Manor is a new residential complex for low-income seniors developed by Homeport.  The contribution, which the class collected of their own accord, was made to help defray expenses for a holiday meal and gifts to the new residents.

Click here to see the Class of 2013 roster.


Class of 2006 Champions Raise Funds for Soup Kitchen’s Holiday Lunch

Kudos to Michael Snyder and his fellow Class of 2006 alums for raising $4,500 for the Holy Family Church Soup Kitchen. This is the 6th year that Michael has led a campaign to raise funds to support the Franklinton soup kitchen’s annual holiday lunch for homeless, poor and disadvantaged persons.

Michael is a partner at the Columbus office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Michael partnered with friend and fellow Class of 2006 alum client Richard Kruse, owner of Gryphon Asset Management, to raise the funds. They called upon the collective compassion and generosity of their co-workers, clients and members of the Leadership Columbus class of 2006. Significant contributions were received from members of Shumaker’s Columbus office as well as Columbia Gas of Ohio.

More than 350 people received a hot meal at the holiday lunch held on December 17. To learn more about the soup kitchen, visit their website at


CMC Forum – Jan 23, 2013- Human Trafficking in Ohio

The sobering issue of human trafficking in Ohio will be the topic of the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s January 23 lunch forum.  Speakers include State Attorney General Mike DeWine, Judge Paul Herbert; and Michelle Hannan, Director of Professional and Community Service with the Salvation Army Central Ohio.  Click here for more information and to register.

This forum was made possible through a collaboration of the Columbus Dispatch and a members of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2012 who produced a group project report on human trafficking. These members include Courtnee Carrigan, Denny Finch, John Gannon, Brett Kim, Eleanor Palmer, Joyce Ray and Angela Stewart.  Click here to watch their video on human trafficking as well as other group projects from the Class of 2012.

Save the Date – April 4, 2013 – Best Party, Ever!

We are excited to announce our 5th annual (technically 4 1/2) Best Party, Ever! at the new ShadowBox Live Theatre on Thursday, April 4, 2013.   Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event to celebrate our alumni and their accomplishments!

Professional Updates

A special congratulations to Paul Astleford (FOCUS ’00) who is stepping down as CEO of Experience Columbus at the end of 2012, retiring after a 43-year career in the hospitality industry.

People on the Move

  • Andrea Applegate (’05) has joined Per Scholas as managing director.
  • Ann Bischoff (’11) co-founded and directs Royal Family Kids Club of Dublin, a year-round club and mentoring program for Franklin County foster children.
  • Kelly Budros (’10) has been named Executive Director of the Harmony Project.
  • Steven Fields (’12), Director of Community Engagement with Huntington Bank and Vice President of the Huntington Foundation, received a Spotlight mention in Business First.
  • Lucy Godman (’09) has been promoted to Vice President of Development of CAPA.
  • Lisa Jolley (’02) has joined Kiwanis Club of Columbus as President.
  • Ryan Lippe (’00) has been named Account Executive of Frazier Heiby.
  • Tima Sanyal (FOCUS ’03) has joined Prudential Metrix.

Alumni Awards

  • Joyce Edelman (’90), partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial laywer society composed of less than one-half of one percent of all American lawyers.
  • Brett Kim (’12), Systems Director for Outpatient Heart and Vascular Services at OhioHealth, received a Health Care Heroes Award for his involvement in the creation and development of the recent expansion in the Westerville Medical Campus of OhioHealth.
  • Elaine Roberts (FOCUS ’01), CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, was named 2012 Director of the Year, Small Airports category, by Airport Revenue News.
  • Phyllis Teater (’04), Chief Information Officer at Wexner Medical Center, received a Health Care Heroes Award for work in the “Big Bang” project — the center’s switch to electronic medical records.

Board Appointments

  • Stephanie Cannon (’09) of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Theresa Saelim (’11) of PNC Financial Services Group have joined the board of Communities in Schools of Central Ohio.
  • Jessica Davis (’12), an associate with Roetzel & Andress LPA, has joined the board for the Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Ronak ‘Rhoe’ Fields (’09), Manager of government affairs for Limited Brands, has joined the board of the Columbus Metropolitan Club.
  • Tobi Furman (FOCUS ’04), Vice President of Marketing for United Way of Central Ohio, has joined Jewish Family Services as resource development director.
  • Robin Grant (’09), an attorney with Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, has joined the boards of Leadership Columbus and Flying Horse Farms.
  • Amie Preston (’04) of Limited Brands has joined the board of Flying Horse Farms.
  • Dianne Radigan (’02 and member, LC Board), Director of Community Relations for Cardinal Health, was elected as board secretary of Access HealthColumbus.
  • Chad Readler (’01), a partner with Jones Day, has been named a public member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.