Meet our Emerging Leaders Board

These 21 young professionals are part of the inaugural Emerging Leaders Board class of 2024.

Kendel Blake | City of Dublin
Kayleigh Bowe | Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dominic Elmo | Strata Financial Group, LLC
Nick Ferrando | Oswald Companies 
Jake Gallerno | Equipment & Controls Inc
Brandon Gessner | HelmsBriscoe
Lauren Graham | Pelotonia
Alissa Harle | OSU Alumni Association and Business Advancement 
Logan Hittle | OSU
Jessica McCombs | Columbus Fury

Nate Oliver | TriNet
Chad Pepper | Perry ProTech
Aaliyah Phounsavath | Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Tyler Roesch | GBQ Partners
Julius Salgado | City Wide Facility Solutions
David Snider | Denison University
Clifton Sparrow III | Black Food Life
Matt Spitz | Elter Construction Inc.
Colin Wiggins | Safelite AutoGlass
Molly Williamson | Willow PR
Bryan Wood | Nationwide Mutual Insurance

About the Board: Advocate, Engage & Execute

What is It?

The Emerging Leaders Board provides a collaborative opportunity for early to mid-career professionals with an introductory experience aimed to educate members on general board responsibilities and further develop leadership skills. Members can volunteer for Sports Commission events, participate in the organization’s activities and attend business and social meetings hosted by the group.

The Board assists the Sports Commission in its mission to win sporting events, provide a singular athlete and fan experience and positively impact the image, economy and lifestyle of Columbus.

Who is it For?

We are looking for a passionate and diverse group of people, in the early or middle portion of their careers (approximate age range 25-45), that share an interest in the Sports Commission and support our vision to solidify the city as a top sports destination. 

Selection & Application Process

Selected through a competitive process, the Board will be comprised of up to 30 diverse individuals. The Board will meet quarterly and may be responsible for developing and executing an annual fundraiser and networking event in partnership with the Sports Commission. Annual dues of $1,000 (corporate or personal contribution) are required for all members. The process involves an application and interview with our selection committee. Upon successful completion of these steps, a selection committee representative will get in touch with you about the status of your application.

Terms and Timeline

Board members are selected for one (1) three-year term and may serve up to two (2) three-year terms. Board member applications open with the selection committee reviewing and interviewing candidates throughout the year. Board meetings will be held quarterly. 

This is a volunteer role. Members of the Emerging Leaders Board are not considered employees and shall not be compensated for their services.


The Greater Columbus Sports Commission champions diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization, industry, and community. Valuing all voices, unique experiences and diverse perspectives is exemplified in everything we do. We empower our team to be their authentic selves and are committed to using our collective voice to drive transformational change. GCSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes in the value of diversity on its board.

Questions? Contact our team to learn more.

Dawn Stewart headshot

Dawn Stewart, ECI (she/her) Director, Strategic Partnerships

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Brenda Carter, ECI Partnerships Manager