City Year Columbus Board of Directors
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Heather Svetek is senior vice president and regional credit officer (RCO) for Central Ohio’s Commercial Banking Group at The Huntington National Bank. As RCO of Central Ohio, Heather is responsible for approving commercial credit requests and maintaining the credit quality of one of the largest regional commercial loan portfolios in Huntington Bank. Heather was also heavily involved with the start-up of the Franchise Banking Specialty Vertical, including the development of the Franchise Restaurant Credit Policy. Before joining Huntington in 2011, Heather was employed at PNC Bank for thirteen years where she held a variety of roles within retail and commercial banking.
Heather was previously a board member of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Downtown Columbus and served in volunteer and committee capacities for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in management/finance and MBA from Capital University. Heather resides in Pickerington with her husband and two children.
Derek graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a degree in economics and a passion for education, which led to him serving with City Year Columbus at Mifflin High School during the 2014-2015 school year. He spent two years in public school administration with Columbus Collegiate Academy and KIPP Columbus prior to joining Deloitte Consulting as a human capital analyst. There, he primarily serves state government clients and their employees as they undergo significant organizational changes. His time with City Year taught him personal and professional skills, showed him the difference a single individual can make and provided an invaluable network of support throughout and after service. He hopes to pay that forward through ongoing service on the City Year Columbus Board and Alumni Board.
Teri worked at American Electric Power (AEP) for 33 years and retired in September of 2018. While there, she held a variety of positions in the areas of load research, business planning, energy efficiency, customer billing and credit policy as well as in the transmission business unit as the transmission field services performance management manager.
Teri graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and majors in statistics and psychology. She also received a master's degree in applied statistics from The Ohio State University and an executive MBA from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In addition to the City Year Columbus Board of Directors, she is on the Board of Directors of CATCO (a local theater company), is a member of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Association and is a volunteer with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She is also a member of the American Statistical Association, Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals and Leadership Columbus Class of 2008. Teri lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Mark.
As the vice president of marketing services at Alliance Data, Steve has accountability for the management, delivery and measurement of all marketing activities and oversight of the customer analytics and business risk functions for the marketing organization.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics and mathematics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, an MBA in organizational leadership from The University of Findlay and has continued his commitment to learning with certificates in executive leadership from The Ohio State University, leading during strategic growth from Harvard Business School and market research from the University of Georgia. Beyond his commitment to City Year Columbus and his membership in the Red Jacket Society, Steve is the executive sponsor for Alliance Data’s first ever LGBTQ business resource group (PrideAlliance) and the executive advisor to the Marketing Associate Engagement Committee (which strives to continually improve associate engagement and enablement at Alliance Data). An upstate NY native—Steve, his wife (Angela) and his two boys (Wesley and Willem) live in Gahanna and love, love, love central Ohio. His other passions include reading, walking/hiking, fantasy football and the Buffalo Bills!
Bill joined Merrill Lynch in 1995 and helps clients look forward to lifestyles and legacies they envision for themselves and future generations. Bill was recently listed as one of the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” and also holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation from The College for Financial Planning and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) designation—a demonstration of his commitment to best practices, thoughtful guidance and positive outcomes.
Generous in sharing his time and resources, Bill actively serves the community and is a member of United Way's Tocqueville Society, The Kiwanis Club, The President’s Club, The Buckeye Club, The Agonis Club and The Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from The Ohio State University. Bill and his wife and teammate Autumn reside in Worthington and have four grown children.
Josh Cochran is a vice president and senior relationship manager with KeyBank’s Commercial Banking team. In this role, he manages relationships with businesses whose revenue ranges between $20 million-$500 million, and he has provided over $200 million of financing to middle market businesses for the purposes of acquisitions, capital expenditures, working capital and owner-occupied real estate. He has also assisted businesses in managing over $270 million in deposits and helped them to achieve cost efficiencies through streamlining their payments and payables processes with the partnership of KeyBank’s Enterprise Commercial Payments team.
Josh earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union and his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He served seven years as board treasurer for Open Doors Academy, a developmental enrichment program for at-risk teens in Cleveland, Ohio. Josh recently relocated from Cleveland to Hilliard, Ohio with his wife and two children. He is an avid runner, having completed ten marathons, including four Boston Marathons. He and his family are also passionate Ohio State and Cleveland sports fans.
Synettra is a project manager for Chase Consumer Bank Portfolio Strategy and Execution Office. As a project manager she is responsible for building client relationships and leading and executing projects that drive improvements and innovations for the Chase branch network. Her prior experience includes roles in human resources as well as four years in the mortgage industry, over eight years of project management and five years of people management. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and the Van Buren Shelter and previously volunteered as a judge for DECA. She is a sought-after speaker for various lines of businesses within Chase, currently facilitates the Chase Columbus Diversity and Inclusion Council, is a member of the CAO Diversity & Inclusion Council and is on the BOLD Business Resource Group leadership team. Synettra has been married for nineteen years and is the mother of three children. She has a passion to preserve her family memories, and her hobbies include traveling, photography, singing and crafting.
With almost 27 years of public accounting experience all at Deloitte, Tanya specializes in providing tax services to global companies. Tanya has assisted many multinational clients with both domestic and foreign tax issues, has worked on short-term assignments in Deloitte offices in Canada and Germany and manages the Deloitte Columbus office’s Inbound Tax Practice. She currently serves as the Inclusion Council leader and Women’s Initiative leader for the Columbus office of Deloitte and was formerly Deloitte’s regional Women’s Initiative leader.
Tanya received her Bachelor of Science in economics, with concentrations in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Tanya is active in her community, has served on the board of directors of several other charitable organizations in Central Ohio including the Columbus Urban League, Dublin Arts Council, Worthington Arts Council, Black Tie Ball Inc. and Japan America Society of Central Ohio. Additionally, she has served as a University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association Secondary School Committee Member for over 23 years. Tanya was recognized in 2005 by Columbus Business First as the recipient of their “Forty Under 40” award for her professional and community service in Central Ohio. Tanya is married to Brian Majkowski, and they reside in Lewis Center, Ohio with their two sons, Hunter (16) and Chase (13).
Mike Cvengros graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and management information systems. After graduation, Mike accepted a full-time role within the IT organization of Cardinal Health. He has worked in a variety of functional areas in his 17-year tenure with Cardinal Health including IT, project management, strategic pricing, finance/deal modeling, marketing and customer service. Mike currently holds the role of vice president, customer experience and analytics within the Customer Support Services (CSS) organization, where he leads a team responsible for quality, organizational change management, risk and controls, program management and analytics. Mike is a two-time Chairman’s Award winner and was a finalist for the Founder’s Award in 2014. Mike is the executive sponsor for the Analytics EMERGE program and CSS EMERGE program, which are rotational leadership development programs. He is also on the Board of Directors for the North Central Region of Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipients.
Mike is the AVP of Grange’s Project Management Office (PMO) and is responsible for driving success across all of Grange’s major change events. Mike has over 30 years of experience leading technology teams, operating units, PMOs and management consulting practices. Previously, he has held key leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase (JPMC), KeyBank and Air Products.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in systems engineering from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and earned a Master of Science in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he has a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and has strengthened his leadership while starting and energizing internal consulting groups for two organizations.
Mike and his wife, Karen, have been married for 37 years and have four children; all are college graduates, married and living in central Ohio. His four children, their spouses and five grandchildren provide exceptional family time. In his spare moments, Mike enjoys relaxing at the family lake house, reading, working out and playing golf. Karen and Mike have lived in Westerville since 2000.
Alesia serves as the Chief Engagement Officer for Columbus City Schools, and in this role, she coordinates the activities and donations of the district’s many community partners and ensures alignment with the goals of the district. Prior to this role, she served as the chief academic officer of Columbus City Schools and managed over 5,000 teachers and principals.
Dr. Rodney Harrelson is an educational strategist and consultant for RTH Strategic Planning and Consulting, LLC. Dr. Harrelson previously served in a variety of roles during his more than sixteen years in Columbus City Schools, including most recently as a district administrator supporting school improvement efforts in the district’s lowest performing schools. He is a skilled facilitator who brings a high level of expertise and experience in urban education, organizational development, collaboration, special education, school improvement and innovation.
John Jackson joined Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in 2005. He is an officer of the company and currently serves as an associate vice president for mergers and acquisitions. In this role, John is responsible for leading the evaluation of potential acquisition targets and execution of mergers and acquisitions transactions for all Nationwide companies. He has held many other roles at Nationwide including associate vice president of staff administration for Kirt Walker, president of Nationwide Financial Services and associate vice president and associate general counsel. Prior to joining Nationwide, John held roles at Cardinal Health, Inc., Nash Finch Company and Popham, Haik, Schnobrich and Kaufman.
John received his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He has also received dual degrees in finance and accounting from Miami University. John has served on the Board of Directors for Children’s Hunger Alliance and the After-School All-Stars. He has also volunteered with and served as president of the mentoring organization, 100 Black Men of Central Ohio, Inc. At Nationwide, John has served in various leadership roles for Corporate Connections, an associate resource group focused on the mentoring and development of African American men.
Elizabeth is the president of Auld Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading manufacturer of consumer product labeling. As president, Elizabeth oversees all day-to-day operations of the company and works directly with customers to find value-added product branding solutions. Elizabeth’s approach to business is similar to her approach to life. She believes in the importance of personal growth, trust and honesty. Much of her time at Auld is spent reinforcing those values with her team and with her customers.
As a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth believes that most education happens through the challenges, victories and failures of living a full life. A native of Sidney, Ohio, Elizabeth now lives in Columbus with her husband Todd, daughter Marlee Kate, and her son Jackson. They enjoy traveling, horse back riding and time at the lake with family and friends.
Sindy serves as the chief people officer at Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), and in this role, she leads her team in the development, management and oversight of all personnel programs including recruitment, training and development, organizational design and employee and labor relations. She has previously held roles at Environmental Design International Inc,, Coast to Coast Communications, Inc. and Quantum Foods, LLC. Sindy earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago and has been involved with the Indian Prairie School District and Gilda’s Club Chicago.
As NiSource’s assistant treasurer, Summa is responsible for all corporate finance and cash management functions. Summa is tasked with accurately and timely funding the company’s operational and strategic initiatives in compliance with business and industry standards. Before joining NiSource, Summa served as director of treasury pperations for GE Capital, managing cash across all GE businesses in North America, and in other leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Morgan Stanley within the controllership organization.
She currently serves as treasurer of NiSource Charitable and has previously served with Junior Achievement weekly and JA in a Day, GE African American Forum Community Engagement (Connecticut and Ohio chapters), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Woodside Knolls homeowner association and Coder Dojo SoConn a global, volunteer-led movement of free, open coding clubs (Dojos) for young people aged 7 to 17. A native of New York, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from City University of New York-Hunter College. Summa is an avid reader, enjoys marching bands, exploring new cultures and history through the culinary lens. She is a certified Zumba instructor. Summa currently lives in Columbus with her husband, Michael, and Rocsi, their adorable mini Australian shepherd.
Morna Smith joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1990 and currently serves as the special projects and program grants officer as well as the director of federal relations and health policy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in public health from The Johns Hopkins University.
Susan Steinman is an active community member and serves with a variety of Columbus organizations. She previously served as the director of divorce services for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as a consultant for Bexley City Schools. She resides in Bexley, Ohio with her husband.
Tricia Taylor serves as the program manager for the technology team at Maryhaven, Central Ohio’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral health services provider specializing in addiction recovery. She is also the founder and CEO of Sister-Sshair, LLC and has previously held roles at Cardinal Health.
Dan Valerio is an assurance partner with over 30 years of experience serving some of the most well-known companies in consumer products and retail. Dan recently finished serving as the Americas retail and wholesale sector leader, a role he spent 13 years in coordinating the firm’s services to clients and teams throughout North America, and now has assumed the role as office managing partner for EY Columbus. Dan also has significant industry thought leadership experience, and from 2004-2017, Dan served as the EY consumer products and retail leader for the americas area.
In addition to City Year, Dan sits on the Board of the Columbus Business Partnership. Dan is a graduate of St. John’s University and a member of the Ohio State Society of CPAs. Dan and his wife Carrie have five children and reside in Dublin, Ohio where they are active in their community.