Angie Lewis, Board Chair, has been an active board member since September 2014, serving as Treasurer from 2014-2017. Angie is a CPA and Managing Director in the Crowe Horwath LLP National Office where her responsibilities include providing guidance on matters related to accounting, auditing, and compliance in the government, higher education, and not-for-profit sectors.
Angie serves as a volunteer with DSACO’s programs and fundraising events and has previously served as Chair of the Finance Committee. Understanding the benefits DSACO brings to both individuals and the community, Angie hopes to further DSACO’s mission and increase acceptance, inclusion, and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome. Angie resides in Upper Arlington with her husband Marc and their five children.
Angela Lewis, Chair
Crowe Horwath LLP
Mike Messina attended National Louis University and graduated from the P.A.C.E. program in 2007. As a part of the P.A.C.E. program, Mike learned independent living skills, employment preparation and social development. He has worked at Kroger for the past 8 years and loves living in Grandview. When he isn’t working, he has fun playing sports, watching WWE and hanging out with friends. Mike is looking forward to supporting the Down syndrome community in his role as a DSACO board member.
Mike Messina, Co-Chair
The Kroger Co.
Marc Reitter joins the Governing Board after serving on DSACO’s Finance Committee for the past two years. Marc is Vice President – Regulatory and Finance for AEP Ohio, which serves approximately 1.5 million customers in Ohio. He is responsible for providing organizational leadership for AEP Ohio’s financial and regulatory strategic plans, including financial investments. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Molly, have one son and reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Marc Reitter, Treasurer
Trent Huff is a Senior Project Manager at The Ohio State University. He has been a DSACO Board member since August 2012 and currently holds the title of Board Secretary. He became involved because he wanted to get more engaged in the Central Ohio community and offer his skills and expertise to a nonprofit organization. His brother, Bill Brandewie, has Down syndrome and is Trent’s inspiration for connecting specifically with DSACO. In his time with the organization, Trent has been very impressed with DSACO’s commitment to the families it supports, the awareness it promotes in the community, and the wide range of resources it provides to the large region it serves. As such, Trent enjoys attending the annual Columbus Buddy Walk and Dancing With Our Stars Gala, as well as other various DSACO-sponsored events.
In his spare time, Trent enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his family. He resides in Powell, Ohio, with his wife (Lori), daughter (Rachel), son (Tyler) and dog (Calli).
Trent Huff, Secretary
The Ohio State University
Derek Graham, past board Chair, has been actively involved in DSACO since 2009 and has been a board member since 2011. Derek is an attorney with the law firm of Onda LaBuhn Rankin & Boggs CO., LPA where he practices in the areas of estate planning, general business and developmental disability law. Derek frequently lectures and teaches for the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College on elder law and guardianship related topics.
Derek and his wife, Katie have three daughters, Megan, Ruby & Leah. As parents of a child with Down syndrome, Derek and Katie know first-hand the importance of DSACO’s mission and programming. Derek’s family resides in Dublin and when not chasing or chauffeuring his children, Derek enjoys golf, sporting events and being outdoors.
Derek Graham, Past Chair
Onda LaBuhn Rankin & Boggs Co., LPA
Jamey has been on the DSACO Board since September 2014 and is part of the leadership committee responsible for the DSACO’s Run for Down Syndrome 5K. He hopes to help DSACO and families in any way he can, but mostly wants to roll up his sleeves and help get things done. Jamey and his wife live in Dublin with their two children and is very involved in volunteering within the community. He is incredibly excited to be part of such a great organization and enjoys getting to know all the families DSACO serves.
Bill Green currently serves as head of male mentoring programs at the Academy of Urban Scholars in Columbus, Ohio. He recently left his position as Vice President of Operations for the Columbus Division of the Kroger Company to pursue his desire to be more hands on in serving the community. In 2010, Bill founded the 12 Pillars Ministry, based on Christian manhood principles to help boys transition into manhood. His heart for the community led him to serve as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of America, in Kentucky, Georgia, and Ohio. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America starting BSA Troop 155 and serving as its first scoutmaster from 2009 to 2012.
Bill is a graduate of Howard University where he obtained a degree in Business Management and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has been married to his wife Kristy for 23 years and currently reside in Columbus, Ohio. They have three children, Taylor, currently a senior at Tennessee State University, William IV who also attends Tennessee State, and Ethan who is currently a senior at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Academy of Urban Scholars
Lauren Hilsheimer became involved in DSACO in July 2014 after attending the Dancing with Our Stars Gala and learning more about the wonderful organization from her friend Kari Jones, DSACO President & CEO. Lauren loves working with the DSACO staff and fellow board members who are truly passionate about what they do and strive to ensure people with Down syndrome have the resources and support they need to achieve their fullest potential.
Lauren is an attorney at BakerHostetler, a local law firm with a national presence. Lauren enjoys serving as a member of DSACO’s Governance and Dancing with Our Stars Gala Committees. In her free time, Lauren spends time with her family and friends, roadbikes and trains for Pelotonia, and travels. Lauren resides in Columbus with her fiancee, John.
Kevin McCarty became involved with DSACO in 2009, shortly after his son, Mack, was born. Kevin is a state certified real estate appraiser and licensed real estate agent. He recently began his own company, KTM Appraisal Services, LLC.
Kevin and his wife, Lisa, live in Grove City with their two young children Anna, age 6, and Mack, age 8. They also have three grown children, Chelsea, Connor, and Tyler. Understanding the great value of DSACO, Kevin hopes to bring a parent perspective to the board and continue to educate, advocate, and bring awareness to the Central Ohio community.
KTM Appraisal Services, LLC
Michelle Khourie graduated from Upper Arlington High School. She has attended classes in American Sign Language at the Deaf Services Center, UAHS and OSU. Michelle works at ARC and SUNAPPLE studios, where she teaches children to create with clay. Michelle enjoys Special Olympics, ASL groups, Jazzercise, Reading Club and outings with her family and friends.
ARC and SUNAPPLE
Jen Koma is Director of Development and Marketing for the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She oversees the fundraising and marketing operations for the council’s $4.7-million operating budget in its 18-county territory, serving more than 18,000 families. Jen has been with the Boy Scouts for 10-years serving in various roles related to fundraising, marketing, volunteer management, youth recruitment and business operations. Prior to joining Scouting, Jen worked as a television news reporter and weather anchor for WHOI, an ABC affiliate in Peoria, IL. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Jen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Bradley University in Peoria and has earned her professional fundraising certification. Jen is married to Jason Koma who works for Mount Carmel Health System. They live in Dublin.
Jen Koma, CFRE
Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Stephanie Santoro, board member, became involved in DSACO in January 2016 due to her interest in improving medical care of individuals with Down syndrome. She has been an active board member since January, 2016. Stephanie is a pediatrician, clinical geneticist and assistant professor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Stephanie enjoys working on creating a medical committee for the organizaiton. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with family. Stephanie resides in Powell with her husband, Matt, and children, Madison and Charlie.
Stephanie Santoro, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital