A lifelong Columbia resident, Wayne is a strong believer in giving back to the community. A founding member of the Columbia Community Foundation he was elected Foundation President in January 2013. He has served on Southwest General Heathcenter Corporate Committee since 2009 and was recently appointed to the board of the Southwest Community Health System as trustee representative for Columbia Township. Wayne spent 28 years with Kokosing Construction and Kokosing Materials before his retirement in 2012. Wayne and his wife Debbie also operate a tree farm in Columbia.
John D. Brocklehurst
John brings an analytical mind to the role of Vice President of the Foundation as he is responsible for the financial analytical function for new development opportunities for Forest City Enterprises Residential Group. He has worked for Forest City for 34 years. John and his wife, Rae also formerly operated a horse farm in Columbia.
Douglas K. Spielberger
Doug joined the board in 2012 and was elected as treasurer in January of 2013. A father of three Doug has served as assistant coach for t-ball and coach pitch teams in Columbia. He is the General Manager of Kokosing Materials for the company’s northern plants.
Patricia J. Rolko
A native of North Olmsted, Patty felt the draw of Columbia shortly after she became co-owner of Erie Coast Customs and Collision in North Eaton. Patty organized Columbia Safety which brought more Sheriff's patrols to the area. She is also very active in the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Gurnick has lived in Olmsted Township for thirty years. She and her husband, Ray own and run Seaway Bolt & Specials Corporation which has been in business since 1957, in Columbia Station. Chris spent the early part of her working life in the wholesale interior design industry. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit realm in Olmsted Community Center, and most recently at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. There, she worked in a variety of areas; donor relations, grant writing, and as an annual fund officer. They have two grown children.
Pam and her family moved to Columbia in 2006, shortly after starting their own construction company. Pam serves as President of the Friends of the Columbia Library and on the board of Directors of Columbia Hot Stove Baseball. She chairs the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and feels that a community is only as strong as its volunteers.
Donald E. Hagen
A former superintendent of the Columbia School System, Don is very involved in education. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees on the Southwest Community Health System. Doncurrently serves as chair of the Foundation’s Policy Committee.
Dennis was born and raised in Columbia and is a familiar face everywhere in the community. A retired school teacher, Dennis operates Ross Equipment in Columbia, maintains hay fields all around town, and recently became an apprentice auctioneer! A former member of the Township’s Board of Zoning Appeals, Dennis serves as chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
A CPA by day, Rita and her husband also own and operate the Red Wagon Strawberry Farm in Columbia. She has also served on the Board of the Columbia Schools Endowment. Rita co-chairs the Foundation’s Technology Committee.
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