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  • Board Candidate Information

     

  • 2021 Pickerington Area Chamber Board of Directors Election 

     

    Learn About Our Candidates  

     

    This is your chance to consider candidates running for two open seats on PACC's 2022 Board of Directors. Take time to review each candidate’s qualifications, volunteer record, business experience, ability to work in a team, leadership qualities, and strategic vision for our Chamber. 

     

    Voting begins on November 3 and concludes on November 18, 2021In-person voting will take place during the Membership Luncheon on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Each nominee will speak for 2 minutes prior to voting. Only one (1) vote per member organization will be counted. Note: To ensure your ballot reaches you, consider adding pickeringtonchamber.com to your email inbox’s whitelist, also called the “Approved” or “Safe Sender” list. In Outlook, this can be found under Home/Junk Email Preferences. 

     

     

    Ballot Candidates 

  • Marissa Angellatta 

    Executive Director 

    YMCA of Central Ohio (Jerry L. Garver YMCA) 

     

    About the Candidate  

     

    I am the Executive Director at the YMCA serving the Far East of Columbus and surrounding suburban communities. I hope that my experience as a Non-Profit Leader will bring financial, philanthropic and community engagement expertise to our Chamber. I am passionate about helping people find connections both personally and professionally, primarily through community wellness initiatives. In my free time I love supporting Columbus’ sport teams (Go Jackets!) and spending time outdoors.  

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    I hope that by joining our Chamber board I can give other members the same welcoming, supportive and engaging experience I had as a newcomer to the community. I think that my experience as a young woman in Non-Profit leadership can help to drive our Chamber into new and innovative ways to engage with our community. As a representative of the YMCA, we believe that community change comes from working with one another to create a place where everyone has the opportunity to grow and thrive. I look forward to the opportunity to dive into this work even deeper as a hopeful member of the Board. 

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    As a leader in a large Non-Profit organization, I have expertise in financial management, member recruitment/retention and resource development. I also have experience in policy analysis, policy compliance, and experience as a technical writer for both public and organizational policy. 

     

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    I am very interested in the health and wellness needs of our community because I can directly impact them through my work. I am also passionate about helping people and families connect socially through community events and outdoor activities. 

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    The YMCA in many capacities of course! I have been a member of The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) in varying roles, and I am also a former Rotarian. 

     


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    Danny Dickerson 

    Owner/Executive Board/Realtor 

    Rising Eagle Property Services/American Legion Post 283/Danny Dickerson Coldwell Banker Realty 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    Danny is a retired US Army veteran that currently enjoys volunteering and working with others. He is a licensed Realtor and owner of Rising Eagle Property Services, LLC, where he is dedicated to using his skills to enhance residential properties in the Central Ohio area. He also serves as a volunteer on the executive board at the American Legion Post 283 in Pickerington. After the military, Danny and his wife, Katherine, enjoyed central Ohio so much that they decided to settle here. They have lived in Pickerington for the last 5 years, with their youngest son, who is now a freshman at Pickerington High School Central.  

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    Yes. 

      

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

    Planning and coordinating with board members and the businesses we serve. As a veteran and executive board member of the American Legion Post 283, I can relate to and support veteran owned businesses and military service organizations. 

     

     In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    Veteran related issues and events. 

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    American Legion Post 283 in Pickerington, PACC Business Advocacy Committee 


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  • Don Gesick 

    Semi-Retired/Consultant 

    Confluence Consulting 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    I am an extremely hard-working 30-year member of our community. We want to recruit many more businesses to our Chamber. We will strive to make our Chamber second to none. I look forward to being an integral teammate of the Chamber.  

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    To expand the footprint of the Chamber. 

      

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    Sales, recruiting, work ethic.  

     

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    Getting more businesses involved. 

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    Pickerington Lions


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  • Susie Martin 

    Business Consultant 

    Bright Momentum Consulting LLC 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    Susie Martin is the owner of Bright Momentum Consulting, specializing in marketing analytics and organizational designShe is passionate about serving small business owners, using a data driven approach to solve their most pressing issues. Prior to Consulting, Susie spent 16byears at Alliance Data building and leading various business analytics functions.  

     

    Susie and her husband have lived in Pickerington since 2002, are active members of Sycamore Creek Church, and their two sons attend Pickerington Local Schools. Susie attended Ohio Northern University for her BS in International Business and Ohio State University for her MBA. (Go Buckeyes!) 

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    I am excited about the work the Chamber is doing, the future strategic direction, and the immense value it provides to our community. I feel strongly that as we work to create greater reach and engagement with the Chamber, we are strengthening all local businesses. Serving on the Board is a unique opportunity for me to personally give back to our local community. 

      

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    I have 16 years of corporate experience building and leading marketing and analytics functions to serve many of the world’s most recognized brands. I participated and led multiple cross-functional projects at Alliance Data, effectively bringing leadership teams together to accomplish ambitious goals 

     

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    Local workforce issues are at the top of my list, as I am witnessing the shortages firsthand with nearly every client I support. 

    As a long time Pickerington resident, I am also very aware of the growth challenges and resulting housing, school, and traffic challenges that our community continues to experience. I know the Chamber is an asset when addressing each of these issues.  

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    Sycamore Creek Church – multiple volunteer roles, philanthropy involvement, and currently active in Kids Ministry 

    PCMA Food Pantry – organized summer lunch drives annually via Sycamore Creek Church 

    Columbus Dream Center – food preparation and service 

    Stowe Mission – BTS School Supply Drive 

    Mid-Ohio Food Bank – food sorting and packing  


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  • Dustin A. Pyles 

    Chief Executive Officer/Managing Consultant 

    VAZA Consulting 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    Dustin A. Pyles currently serves as CEO/Managing Consultant of VAZA Consulting and has been a resident of Pickerington for more than 5 years. He brings extensive and dynamic professional experiences, including serving in top-leadership, management, and support roles within several local and state government agencies and non-profit organizations, such as: the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Auditor of State as well as leading Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN), supported and managed by Battelle. 

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    I am interested in serving on the Chamber board for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to increase opportunities for other businesses and organizations that have a ripple effect on the competitiveness of the broader Pickerington community. I bring diverse experience and expertise working with/in government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools/districts, colleges/universities and for-profit companies, focused on an array of topics, barriers and opportunities. One area of interest to me, professionally and personally, is aligning resources to address current and emerging workforce and economic development challenges, through strategic partnerships and collaborations. I believe service on the Chamber board will enable me to further assist businesses and other organizations to effectively align the Pickerington businesses community’s resources, and potentially address future workforce/economic development needs for the community and region.  

     

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    Based upon my professional experience and background, I can bring a diverse set of skills and expertise to the Chamber board. Among these skills and expertise, I started my professional career as a State 

    Performance Auditor with the Ohio Auditor of State’s office working primarily with state and local government entities (i.e., school districts, county agencies), to assess effectiveness and efficiency of operations and make recommendations to maximize taxpayer resources. In doing so, I have extensive expertise working with government, schools, colleges, private employers, and non-profit organizations, exploring opportunities to strategically partner and address mutually accepted barriers and challenges to workforce and economic development. As CEO of a small business that focuses primarily on education and management consulting, my expertise has centered on identifying challenges and working with internal/external stakeholders to address and/or solve problems. These skills have been applicable to all clients and organizations, and likely would be helpful as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors. In addition, through my consulting firm, my team and I have been successful in securing resources through grants, appropriations and other fundings sources totaling more than $520 million. Knowledge and skills related to grants facilitation as well as strategic government advocacy can be helpful to furthering the Chamber board’s mission to support the Pickerington community. 

     

     

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

     As discussed earlier, I am passionate about addressing workforce and economic development needs and challenges that have a broader community impact, which can have equally broad solutions on require public-private partnerships and multi-faceted resource alignment. I am particularly in alignment of Pickerington’s business/employer resources with K-12, post-secondary as well as incumbent adult workforce education/training and up skill opportunities. 

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    BBBS of Fairfield County 


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  • Michael Thomas 

    Executive Director & CEO/Owner 

    Operation Meraki/Thomas Media Group LLC 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    Michael Thomas, resident of Pickerington, is a disabled veteran who was a 9/11 first responder. After leaving the service, Thomas saw that businesses struggle with how to utilize veterans and noticed that many veterans leave before their first full year of employment. He has since made it his life’s mission to help both the veterans and businesses work better together. While starting Operation Meraki, Thomas also works at Veterans Affairs so he can help the population of people like him. He has experience running businesses and has been working in the Communication Field for 20 years and has worked in corporate IT for over 15 years and has served on the board of multiple Fortune 5 companies.  

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    I love my community and the businesses in the community. I want to create change in our community and build avenues for diverse and new businesses to come into Pickerington. 

     

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    I have been a business owner for over 7 years. I am the executive director of Operation Meraki, a nonprofit focused on changing the landscape for Veteran transition. I have over 18 years of executive background and was in the Army for 10.5 years, deployed 5 times. I was blown up twice and I am a 9/11 first responder. I do not think you will get someone more passionate about business, Veterans and their families, and community. I am also a process improver by nature, so I like to improve efficiency and effectiveness of any organization I serve in.  

      

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    Diversity, Veteran Services, Restaurants, Unemployment, and Tourism. 

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    Operation Meraki, which I founded. I am also building programs that will support most communities one way or another.  


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  • Dr. Bridget Williams 

    Physician & Owner 

    Green Harvest Health 

     

    About the Candidate 

     

    Dr. Bridget Williams is a physician, author, and the CEO of Green Harvest Health, integrative medical cannabis clinics. Dr. Bridget brings nearly 20 years of experience from the Cleveland Clinic and is a curriculum developer for the Cleveland School of Cannabis. As a CBD product formulator, she supports new and established businesses into the world of CBD product science. Dr. Bridget provides valuable “medical motivational” talks on medical cannabisCBD and wellness nationally.  

  • Candidate Q&A 

     

    Why do you want to serve on the Chamber board? 

     

    I would like to serve on the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce Board because I believe successful businesses need great support and leadership. The PACC has been a strength in our growth with Green Harvest Health as well as an excellent support in opening a new business and feeling welcomed. I would love to be part of that support for other businesses. 

      

    What skills or expertise can you bring to the board? 

     

    I believe being a new business and female owned business I can offer insight into what entrepreneurship looks like during this time. I believe I will bring strong creativity, leadership, and interpersonal skills in supporting PACC growth. Our business and branding leads to a strong social media presence that can draw people to Pickerington and to its events.  

     

    In what community issues are you most interested? 

     

    I am definitely interested in female and minority business recruitment and community involvement. Promoting community volunteerism increases morale as well!  

     

    In what community organizations have you previously served? 

     

    I founded the GHH Community Foundation that supports communities throughout Ohio with food drives, community clean ups and collaborative networking. I was an active member of our church in Cleveland before moving to Columbus. I served on the financial committee and ran bible studies.  

     


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  • Nomination by Petition: 

     

    Nominations by petition can be made using the petition form included in this communicationFor questions, please contact Michelle Richardson at (614) 837-1958 x103 or email michelle@pickeringtonchamber.com