Members of the commission

Co-Chairs

Barrett-GeorgeGeorge S. Barrett, Cardinal Health

George S. Barrett is chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a company ranked No. 21 on the Fortune 500. It is dedicated to improving the cost-effectiveness of health care.

Barrett serves on the boards of a number of community organizations, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Columbus Partnership. Read more.

Marbley-AlgenonJudge Algenon L. Marbley, United States District Court

Algenon L. Marbley is a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

Judge Marbley is a trustee at The Ohio State University, where he also is on the board of directors of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and serves an adjunct professor of trial advocacy. He also is chairman of the board that oversees the Kipp Journey Academy charter school. Read more.

Ransier-KathyKathleen H. Ransier, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

Kathleen H. Ransier is a partner in the Columbus office of the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. She practices in the corporate group.

Ransier serves on the board of directors of The Ohio State University Alumni Association and Huntington Bancshares Inc., among other community and professional groups. Read more.

Members 

Lolita Augenstein, Columbus Council of PTAs

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Lolita Augenstein, president of the Columbus Council of PTAs, is a lifetime resident of Central Ohio and a proud graduate of Columbus City Schools.

Augenstein has served on a range of committees for Columbus City Schools including Millage and Preschool Expansion. She is also a member of the I Know I Can Alumni Council and a mother of two. Read more

Lois Carson, Columbus Schools Employee Association

Carson-LoisLois A. Carson is president of Local 150 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which represents nonteaching employees.

Carson has worked as a Columbus City Schools secretary for 26 years and is a district graduate. She is also active in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the NAACP. She has three children.

Robert Chilton, Impact Community Action

Tanny Crane, The Crane Group

Crane-TannyTanny Crane is President and C.E.O. of Crane Group, a privately held company comprised of six operating businesses as well as an investment company.

Crane is a member of the Columbus Partnership; a board member of I Know I Can and The Ohio State University Foundation; and heads the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way. She also is past board chairwoman of Action for Children. Read more

Alex Fischer, The Columbus Partnership

Fischer-AlexAlex Fischer is the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic organization of top business leaders that works to improve the economic and cultural base of central Ohio.

The Partnership helps lead the Columbus 2020 economic development effort. Previously, Fischer was senior vice president for business and economic development for Battelle. Read more

E. Gordon Gee, The Ohio State University

Gee-e-gordonE. Gordon Gee is president of The Ohio State University, a world-class public research institution with more than 65,000 students and 48,000 faculty and staff.

Gee, who has led four other universities, was named one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States by Time magazine in 2009. He is chairman of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Higher Education Attainment and is secretary on the board of directors of JobsOhio. Read more

Rev. Otha Gilyard, Shiloh Baptist Church

David T. Harrison, Columbus State Community College

Harrison-DavidDavid T. Harrison, president of Columbus State Community College, leads a school with more than 30,000 students.

Since joining Columbus State in 2010, Harrison has focused on access and college readiness, student success and attainment, and workforce innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University. Read more

Stephanie Hightower, Columbus Urban League

Hightower-StephanieStephanie Hightower is the president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League, which delivers 19 programs and services focused on early childhood, education, workforce development and other areas.

Hightower is a former president of the Columbus Board of Education. Professionally, she previously was vice president of institutional advancement for Columbus College of Art & Design. Read more

Mary Jo Hudson, Bailey Cavalieri

Hudson-Mary-JoMary Jo Hudson, an attorney with Bailey Cavalieri LLC, is a former director of the Ohio Department of Insurance and former Columbus City Councilwoman.

She serves on the boards of the United Way of Central Ohio and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She previously served as a national director for the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Read more

Janet E. Jackson, United Way of Central Ohio

Photographed for the United Way of Central OhioJanet E. Jackson is president and CEO of the United Way of Central Ohio, one of the largest United Way organizations in the country.

Prior to coming to United Way, Janet was Columbus City Attorney and a judge on the Franklin County Municipal Court. She also is vice chairwoman of both the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Board and Learn4Life. She is working on education issues facing the near east side as co-chair of the PACT education sub-committee. Read more

Chad Jester, Nationwide Insurance

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Chad Jester is vice president of corporate citizenship for Nationwide Insurance. In thatrole, he oversees the company’s philanthropic, volunteer, workplace giving, education and stewardship initiatives.

He serves on the boards of KidsOhio.org and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. Jester also is chairman of Learn4Life Columbus and Learning Circle Education Services. Read more

Rhonda Johnson, Columbus Education Association

Johnson-RhondaRhonda Johnson is president of the Columbus Education Association, which represents teachers and other types of Columbus City Schools employees.

Before joining the CEA staff, Johnson a business teacher at the Northwest Career Center in the Banking Technology Program. Read more

Mary Lou Langenhop, Children’s Hunger Alliance

Langenhop-Mary-LouMary Lou Langenhop is president and CEO of Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide nonprofit. Among other services, the agency feeds children nutritious meals through afterschool programs and increases access to food through schools and summer feeding locations.

Langenhop serves on the Early Care and Learning Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Close the Gap Advisory Board, the United Way Public Policy Committee and other groups. Read more

Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Losinski-PatrickPatrick Losinski is CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, a 21-branch system serving 820,000 residents in central Ohio.

He received the 2012 Champion of Children Award from the United Way of Central Ohio. In addition, Columbus CEO magazine named him a 2012 “Superstar.”

Elizabeth Martinez, Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Martinez-ElizabethElizabeth Martinez is the vice president of programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, which operated programs that served about 4,000 children last year.

She previously was vice president of school-based and Hispanic mentoring for the agency. She is an interpreter for South-Western City Schools. Read more

Jordan Miller, Fifth Third Bank

Miller-JordanJordan Miller is President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, which has more than $5 billion in deposits.

He is a board member of the United Way of Central Ohio, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the James Cancer Hospital and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Read more

Abdinur Mohamud, Ohio Department of Education

Mohamud-AbdinurAbdinur Mohamud of the Ohio Department of Education is an educational consultant and Title III state coordinator with the Lau Resource Center for English as a Second Language, Bilingual and Multicultural Education.

Mohamud served as minister of education, culture and higher education to the former Transitional Federal Government of Somalia. He holds a doctoral degree in education administration from Ohio University.

Carol Perkins, Columbus Board of Education

Carol Perkins, president of the Columbus Board of Education, is director of mobility services for the Central Ohio Transit Authority.

Perkins and her husband are the parents of two Columbus City Schools’ graduates. She has served on the boards or committees of groups such as COWIC and the Columbus Urban League. She was a 2012 recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Read more

Nancy Michong Pyon, Korean American Society of Central Ohio

Pyon-NancyNancy Pyon, a principal and board member of the Korean American School of Central Ohio, is vice president of vice president of Bogard Insurance & Financial Services Inc.

She also served as vice president for the Korean American Society of Central Ohio and is involved with the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, National Association of Asian American Professionals, and Young Asian American Professionals Network. She attended Columbus City Schools.

Chip Spinning, Franklin County Children Services

Spinning-chipChip Spinning is executive director of Franklin County Children Services, which helps nearly 28,000 children and their families each year through prevention, protection, placement and permanency programs.

Spinning joined the Franklin County agency in October 2011. He previously spent 11 years as director of the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services. Read more

Priscilla Tyson, Columbus City Council

Tyson-PriscillaPriscilla R. Tyson has been a member of the Columbus City Council since 2007.

She is chairwoman of the Health & Human Services, Workforce Development and Finance committees. Among other accomplishments, she founded City Year Columbus, which teaches young people about leadership and civic engagement, in 2004. Read more