Brad Griffith is a lifelong entrepreneur. He grew up working for his dad's veterinary hospital, learning the joys and challenges of business ownership. He believes in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to drive meaningful change in our community. Brad is now President of Buckeye Interactive, the web strategy and engineering agency he started in 2009 to provide growing businesses and organizations with unparalleled access to exceptional web engineering and design.
Ralph Griffith and his wife Dotsy have been members of FCC since 1992. He is the CEO and President of Value Recovery Group and its subsidiary, Global Recovery Group, financial services companies with offices in Columbus and the Washington, DC area. His prior business experience encompassed financial advisory and business consulting positions as well as a lender in commercial banks. Ralph is the Finance Committee Chair of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency Board, is a member of the Rotary Club of Upper Arlington, is on the Strategic Initiatives Committee of the Furniture Bank and is a Children’s Leader for Bible Study Fellowship International. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Chris is a partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC who practices commercial real estate law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Chris was a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and Cleveland Plain Dealer. He and his wife Chelly are parents to three children under the age of 10.
Chris is a former director of the Upper Arlington Civic Association and has coached in the Upper Arlington Bear Cub Baseball league for five years. Chris received a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from The Ohio State University.
Dave Nickel has been a member of First Community Church for over 25 years. He and wife Jennie were married at FCC and have a daughter Lara. Dave recently served as Chair of the Adult Learning Council for three consecutive years. Dave earned his PhD from Indiana University with a double major in chemistry and higher education administration. He taught and was in leadership roles for 20 years in universities, including Ohio State University and a university in Wuhan University in China. He worked for 20 additional years with Goodyear and Lockheed Martin Corporations. Additionally, Dave worked as an internal organizational development consultant. He played a significant role in advancing the participative management processes within these corporations.
Katie Ocasio joined First Community in 2020 following a lengthy search for a new church home. Katie is a native of Columbus and a graduate of The Ohio State University in International Studies. She is currently a Relationship Manager with the Community Shelter Board in Columbus where she is responsible for cultivating individual donors, growing the planned giving program, and managing sponsorships and annual giving.
Nancy joined the Foundation Board in 2020. During her career in association management she helped establish the Ohio Dental Association Foundation and the Ohio Society of Association Management Foundation. As a volunteer she has been active in development work for The Wesley Communities and The Columbus Rotary Club. Her church service includes serving on the Adult Education Council, Mission Council and feeding the homeless.
Katherine and her husband Mark joined the church in 2002. She is currently a leader of Prayers & Squares Ministry and participates in the Knitting for Refugees group. She served on the Stewardship committee for the 2019 campaign. In addition, she was a volunteer Sunday School teacher when her daughter was in elementary school. She has served as a Troop Leader, Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Treasurer and Day Camp Manager with Girl Scouts. She volunteered extensively for Upper Arlington Crew, including two years as Treasurer. Since 2014, she has been, along with her sister, the Donor Advisors for a fund with the Foundation started by her father. She is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, having served 20 years on active duty and 9 years in various civilian senior intelligence management positions at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Dayton.
Cheryl became a member of FCC in 1976 and joined the Foundation Board in January 2020. Currently she is a member of Couple’s Circle 48 and serves on the Women’s Guild, codirects the FCC Share and Learn Garden and is a liaison to the mission council. She has served on the mission council, serving as secretary for two years and taught in the high school ministry. Before retiring, she held positions in OSU nursing hospital administration and nursing education. She retired as a full professor from Capital University in 2011.
Larry has been a member of FCC since 1974. His involvement roles at FCC have included deacon, usher, nominating committee, Wednesday men’s group (40+ years), Finance Council Board and Counseling Center Board. He currently is an auctioneer doing personal property, charity, and real estate auctions (21 years). Additionally, he is the Commissioner and past chair of the Ohio Auction Commission. Other work experience includes being an independent manufacturers rep in the home fashion industry (38 years). Larry’s board involvement includes Big Brother Big Sisters of Franklin County, past president.
Paul Anderson is Executive Director of Operations of and Director of First Community Foundation. In his dual role, he provides leadership to all operational aspects of First Community Church with specific responsibilities over finance, human resources, facilities, and First Community Foundation. He is a former chair of the church Governing Board and has served on numerous committees and councils.
Paul is graduate of the University of Evansville (IN) with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1981. He is also a Charter Advisor in Philanthropy® since 2019.
Charles “Chuck” R. Webb Member of Fisher College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board Since 2004 Executive Vice President, retired, Keefe Bruyette & Woods Mr. Webb’s career has covered the spectrum from Professional Advisor to Professional Manager to Entrepreneurial Activities. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry and has worked as a CPA, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and as an Investment Banker. He was founder and CEO of Charles Webb & Company, Executive Vice President of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, President and CEO of General Ohio S & L Corporation, a Partner with Deloitte and co-founder and Chairman of Ernst & Webb, LLC, (a consulting firm specializing in merger integration for banks). Mr. Webb has been a Finance Lecturer at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He has served on corporate and non-profit boards, including University of Toledo Board of Trustees (Vice Chairman), Bowling Green State University Foundation Board (President and Treasurer), University of Mount Union Board of Trustees, and Ross Hospital Board of Trustees. Mr. Webb’s educational background includes: Bachelor of Science, Bowling Green State University; MBA Case Western Reserve University; and AMP Harvard Business School. He and his family are very pleased to have provided Fisher College with the Charles R. Webb Professorship in Finance as well as the endowment of two scholarships for undergraduate students and an endowment for research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine