Wayne E. Brassell
A lifelong Columbia resident, Wayne is a strong believer in giving back to the community. A founding member of the Columbia Community Foundation he was elected Foundation President in January 2013. He has served on Southwest General Health Center Corporate Committee since 2009 and was recently appointed to the board of the Southwest Community Health System as trustee representative for Columbia Township. Wayne spent 28 years with Kokosing Construction and Kokosing Materials before his retirement in 2012. Wayne and his wife, Debbie, also operate a tree farm in Columbia.
Mandie was raised in Columbia and is the 3rd generation of her family to reside here. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1994 and has been employed with AT&T since 1998, holding various Management, Leadership and Training & Development positions with the company. Family and Community are very important to her, as well as the traditions that keep both remaining strong through the years.
One of Mandie’s goals in becoming a member of the Columbia Community Foundation is to bridge the gap between generations here in Columbia. She feels that it is our responsibility to ensure that the community continues to maintain that small town uniqueness, as it evolves into a destination where future generations want to raise their families. It is a passion of hers to ensure that the younger generations learn the history of our town and value the fact that we do not have a city-like appearance.
Douglas K. Spielberger
Doug joined the board in 2012 and was elected as treasurer in January of 2013. A father of three, Doug has served as assistant coach for t-ball and coach pitch teams in Columbia. He is the General Manager of Kokosing Materials for the company’s northern plants.
John D. Brocklehurst
John brings an analytical mind to the role of Vice President of the Foundation as he is responsible for the financial analytical function for new development opportunities for Forest City Enterprises Residential Group. He has worked for Forest City for 34 years. John and his wife, Rae, also formerly operated a horse farm in Columbia.
Laura Bosworth has been a part of Columbia Township since 2000. She was raised in our neighboring community, Strongsville. She and her husband, Brian Bosworth combined have four children. Laura has 2 sons Dante & Marco, who attend Columbia Schools. Brian’s daughters Emily & Julia attend Highland Schools.
Laura loves being a Director on the board of the Columbia Commuity Foundation. She looks forward to helping those in and out of the community, finding ways to enrich their lives. Professionally, Laura is skilled in Real Estate Sales, New Home Sales, Public Speaking, Negotiations, and Estate Transactions. As Team Manager for the 21 Mike Team of Century 21 HomeStar, she has gained quite a lot of experience working with and on behalf of many individuals for a common goal. While growing and raising her family, she is consistently volunteering in our community. She has served as past Co & Vice President of our PTO for 6 years and continues to be a member of the PTO, chairperson, and assistant for many community events and school programs, as well as a 4 year member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Laura has also taken time to become a Jonny Kest Certified Yoga Instructor and has taught Children’s, Prenatal, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. These life experiences and practices of helping others achieve their most personal goals will help her to continue to support our community, its residents, and many others for years to come.
Chris Gurnick has lived in Olmsted Township for thirty years. She and her husband, Ray, own and run Seaway Bolt & Specials Corporation which has been in business since 1957, in Columbia Station. Chris spent the early part of her working life in the wholesale interior design industry. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit realm in Olmsted Community Center, and most recently at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. There, she worked in a variety of areas; donor relations, grant writing, and as an annual fund officer. They have two grown children.
Pam and her family moved to Columbia in 2006 after she served 20 years in the Air Force. She and her husband, Stephen, are very active in the community and have a deep passion for youth sports. They have 3 high school boys. Pam chairs the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and feels that a community is only as strong as its volunteers.
Donald E. Hagen
A former superintendent of the Columbia School System, Don is very involved in education. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees on the Southwest Community Health System. Don currently serves as chair of the Foundation’s Policy Committee.
Dennis was born and raised in Columbia and is a familiar face everywhere in the community. A retired school teacher, Dennis operates Ross Equipment in Columbia, maintains hay fields all around town, and recently became an apprentice auctioneer. A former member of the Township’s Board of Zoning Appeals, Dennis serves as chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
Shawn Ondrejko and his wife, Katie, have two children, a daughter and son, attending Copopa and CMS. A Columbia resident since 2011, Shawn is Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at one of the country's largest banking institutions. Shawn earned a BSBA in Economics & International Business and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Bowling Green State University. Shawn also represents our community as Vice President of The Columbia Local Schools Board of Education.