1320 Cambridge Blvd.

Columbus, Ohio 43212

(614) 488-0681

Ext. 263

ABOUT US

Our Board

Karl Klamar

Vice Chair

Karl joined the Foundation Board in 2016. He is a physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Karl grew up in the church and has been a member since 1982. He received his Block of Wood and Seven Keys and spent many summers at Camp Akita both as a camper and counselor. Karl shared his love of Camp Akita with his sons, Sam and Peter, who after spending summers as campers also returned to work on summer staff. Karl’s wife, Cindi, was a Sunday School teacher and served on K-12 Council, Akita Council and Nominating Committee.  Karl also served the church through Akita Council, Nominating Committee, and Governing Board.

Lynne Ayres

Past Chair

A member of First Community Church since 1974, she has served on the Governing Board, Nominating Committee, Mission Council, Sr. High School Committee, and was a Seven Keys teacher for many years. She participates in church Singles activities and regularly observes Governing Board meetings. Lynne recently retired from the American Cancer Society and was a former Executive Director of the Ohio Hospital Association’s foundation and before that, was in corporate community relations for Columbia Gas.

Greg DuPont

Greg DuPont became a member of FCC in 2003 and joined the Foundation Board in 2020. He lives in Hillard with wife Julia and daughter Sophie. He is the founder and managing partner of the Dublin based Law Firm DuPont and Blumenstiel, LLC, and is the founder and President of DuPont Wealth Solutions, LLC.  Through these two businesses’ he serves as a financial advocate helping individuals create, preserve and transfer family wealth. 

Brad Griffith

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

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 Montgomery

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.

David Nickel

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

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 Rummel

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.

Eric Shisler

Eric Shisler grew up at First Community Church and prior to starting his service on the Foundation Board in 2014 he served on the Diaconate and the Governing Board.  He and his wife Pam raised their 3 children at First Community Church while Pam was a Sunday School teacher and coordinator, and served on the K-5 Council, the Youth Council, and Nominating Committee.  Eric is the Director of Research at the wealth management firm Budros, Ruhlin & Roe.

Tracy Stuck

Tracy joined First Community Church in 2015. She has served on Membership Council, Governing Board, Nominating Committee and recently has served on the Campus Planning Committee and chaired the North Campus Design Committee. She has served on various task forces and short-term committees and initiatives. She has worked in Student Life at The Ohio State University since 1994 and currently serves as an Assistant Vice President.

Darian Torrance

Darian has been a member of First Community Church since 2006. Since that time, she has served the Church as a Deacon, as well as on the Service Board, Spiritual Searcher Committee, Adult Learning Council, Women’s Retreat Committee, and the Women’s Guild. 

Darian is retired from The Ohio State University where she was a Grants and Contracts Specialist for the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Research Administration Department. Prior to that, she supported the OSU College of Medicine as Grants Facilitator. In 2015-2016, she served as the First Community Foundation’s Administrator. She is currently a member of the OSU Retirees Association Fall Conference Planning Committee and is the Area Coordinator for the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Central Ohio.

Katherine Tucker

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 VanDeusen

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 Woods

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.

Staff

Paul Anderson

Executive Director

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.