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About Us

About Us

Founded in 1982, the Columbus State Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with members of the community to secure resources to advance the mission, educational opportunities, and services for the students of Columbus State Community College. The Foundation focuses efforts on funding scholarships, investing in academic programs, and enhancing the student experience and student success at Columbus State.

The work of the Columbus State Foundation helps empower individuals to change their lives while building a future-ready workforce for our community and a brighter, more prosperous outlook for our shared future.

The Foundation administers more than 200 scholarships and provide more than $200,000 in aid each year. In addition to scholarship support, the Foundation raises funds for programs and projects that enrich the Columbus State experience and open new opportunities for the campus and community.


Board of Directors


Lana Hillebrand
Senior Vice President &
Chief Administrative Officer
American Electric Power

Vice Chair

Jim Smith
Elford, Inc.


Bill Jordan
Executive Vice President &
Chief Administrative Officer


Dr. David Harrison
Columbus State Community College

Executive Director

Pam Bishop
Executive Director
Columbus State Foundation

Deputy Treasurer

Aletha Shipley
Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
Columbus State Community College

Board of Trustees Ex Officio

Valoria Hoover
Valoria Hoover Law Offices, LLC

Immediate Past Chair

Keith B. Key
President and CEO
KBK Enterprises


Gary Callicoat
Rusty Bucket Tavern & Restaurant

Joe Chenelle
Senior Managing Director, Ohio

Brian Ferrier
Regional Vice President
of Operations
Giant Eagle

Scott Griffin
Senior Vice President
Strategy & Growth
Lifestyle Communities

Andrew Hackett
Crane Investment Company

Anne Lopez-Walton 
Financial Analyst 
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.

David Miller
President &
Chief Operating Officer
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

David Rife
Assistant Vice President & General Manager
White Castle System Inc

Robert Tannous
Managing Partner
Porter Wright

Marcellus Upshaw
Senior Client Advisor
Huntington Bank

Skip Weiler
The Robert Weiler Company

Emeritus Director:
Rick Sellers
Sellers & Associates