Alex’s career bridges the technical, creative, educational and business communities, and he enjoys helping others to do the same. As the director of the Columbus Idea Foundry he and his all-volunteer team teach classes on design and fabrication, provide consulting and production resources, perform micromanufacturing services for local businesses, and incubate 30+ individuals, artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses within the walls of the shop. Alex and the Foundry are striving hard to demonstrate a new type of business that can empower individuals to explore technology, art, design, education and entrepreneurship.
Mark Berman, founder of BUGMAN Educational Entoprises (BEE), has been a natural history and biology educator for over 20 years.
His life-long passion for sharing the amazing natural world started during playtime in fields around his east Columbus (OH) childhood home. It was further developed in college at the University of Hawaii and Clark University in central Massachusetts, and while working as Curator of Entomology at the New England Science Center (currently, the Ecotarium) and as Teacher-Naturalist with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In addition, Mark acquired a Teaching Certification (Biology/General Science, 7-12) in a post-degree graduate program at The Ohio State University.
In 1996, while attending grad school in Massachusetts, Mark launched BEE, an educational enrichment company focused on valuable learning experiences in schools and other venues where interested people gather. In his capacities as “Bugman,” Mark has developed an extensive stock nature video library (with lots of bugs!), produced new enrichment curriculums and materials and has preached his message of respectful interactions to thousands of groups of all ages. His lessons taught with live insects, spiders and other arthropods have left audiences with memorable educational experiences that make them want to look again.
David L. Burns, Director of STEM Innovation Networks for Battelle, provides national leadership for issues regarding STEM education.
David Burns brings private and public sector knowledge and experience to his position at Battelle. Before entering the education arena, Burns spent 15 years in the hospitality business, developing multi-million dollar restaurant designs and executing a wide variety of business plans. Prior to that, he worked with the Disney Corporation, specifically on the EPCOT (Experimental Community of Tomorrow) project. Before coming to Battelle in October of 2008, David led state policy teams in middle and high school transformation at the Ohio Department of Education, pioneering state policy initiatives such as STEM schools, STEM networks, credit flexibility and stackable certificates. As Chief of Staff for Cincinnati Public Schools, Mr. Burns was instrumental in the high school restructuring project resulting in a dramatic increase of graduation rates for the state’s third largest urban district. He holds BA degrees in English and education and an MA degree in education/administration.
Since joining Battelle, Mr. Burns has focused on the start-up and implementation of ten statewide STEM platform schools ensuring creativity and innovation in school design, and connecting those schools through a network design. This model was recognized as a blue print for implementing STEM education and is currently in the start up phase in the states of Tennessee and North Carolina.
Mike Figliuolo is too impatient to be a serial entrepreneur so he’s decided to be a parallel entrepreneur instead.
After graduating from West Point and a stint in the U.S. Army, he spent time in corporate America as a McKinsey consultant and as an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro.
He’s currently the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC (a leadership training firm), the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership, a principal at weBuild (a web and mobile accelerator), the CEO of TiXiT, and the founder of FreakJet.com. He gravitates toward companies with odd combinations of lowercase and capital letters. He loves all things entrepreneurial and he’s deeply involved in the startup community. He’s a member of the Ohio TechAngel fund, a 10x mentor, and general instigator of creative new ideas.
Ms. Flores has been a licensed Social Worker for over twenty years. She received her Master’s in Counseling Education from University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Ball State University. She is the spokes woman and Director of Education & Training for Gracehaven House, a ten-bed long-term faith based care and rehabilitation home for young girls under the age of 18 who have been victimized by human trafficking.
Ms. Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Commission on the Study of Human Trafficking in 2009 and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in supports of Human Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235 being passed into law by Governor Strickland on Dec. 23, 2010.
She is a much sought after international speaker and lectures on many aspects of Human Trafficking from both a personal perspective as well as a professional expert. She has trained children services workers, judges, probations officers, guest lectures at universities across the US and speaks with middle and high school students nationwide.
Ms. Flores is featured by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum in a traveling exhibit entitled, Invisible Slavery and has published two books, “The Sacred Bath” and just released, “The Slave Across the Street”. The audio version of her latest book has also been recently nominated for The 2011 Audie Award, being in the top 5 of all memoirs and biographies.
Her story has been seen on The Today Show & MSNBC: Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. Ms Flores was awarded the honor of Columbus’ 2009 “20 Women You Should Know,”’ The 2009 Soroptimist “Women Making A Difference” award and the 2010 Ruby Award.
Jamie is a founding Principal of ACP Visioning+Planning, a community planning practice based in Columbus and New York. He is an architect and city planner and his work is focused on the integration of community intuition and focused technical research.
Jamie’s firm works across the country and, in recent years, has also helped communities in the U.A.E. (Abu Dhabi) and central Ghana. Over the past five years, Jamie’s projects have received top comprehensive planning award in five different states: Pennsylvania, Hawaii, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama. The firm may be best known for designing and facilitating “Imagine New York”—the citizen engagement process conducted in the aftermath of 9/11 that include 250 workshops throughout the NYC region. Imagine New York was ultimately recognized as one of the top 25 planning efforts in the last 25 years by the American Planning Association.
Jamie is currently serving as the Program Manager for the bicentennial commemoration, “200 Columbus.” He was the facilitator for the City’s visioning process in 2007 and 2008 that included participation of several thousand residents and culminated in the “Blueprint for the Bicentennial.” For the past year, Jamie has been working with a diverse array of the Columbus community to structure a year-long program that celebrates the city, builds local pride, and fosters a more prosperous future.
In addition to his professional practice, Jamie is an adjunct faculty member of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.
Dennison W. Griffith, the third president of Columbus College of Art & Design, was appointed the position in May 1998. During his presidency he has overseen the doubling of the size of the campus and the erection of the College’s iconic ten-story-high ART sculpture as well as growth in CCAD’s academic, community outreach and exhibition programs.
For the decade prior to his appointment to CCAD, he worked at the Columbus Museum of Art in several capacities including deputy director.
He currently serves on the boards of The Columbus Partnership, Experience Columbus, and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the leading accreditation agency for the art and design field in this country.
Alongside his administrative career Griffith has maintained a vigorous commitment to his work as an artist.
He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University (1994) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University (1974).
Claudia Kirsch MD is an Associate Professor of Neuroradiology and Otolaryngology, Section Chief for Head and Neck Imaging, Assistant Radiology Resident Director, and Director of Radiology Medical Student Teaching at The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC).
She co-authored Primal Pictures’ Interactive Head and Neck, which is software for visualization and understanding of anatomy. The product received first place in both the 34th International Health and Medical education Media Awards and the BMA Electronic Books Category. In addition, Dr. Kirsch’s research on perineural spread of cancer is focused on understanding neural pathways affected by cancer that lead to tumor recurrence and improving diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Kirsch is extremely honored to work with outstanding physicians at the OSUMC, including the Chairman of Otolaryngology Dr. Welling, the ENT surgical oncology team lead by Dr. Teknos, and skull base surgeons Dr. Prevedello and Dr. Carreau, to increase our understanding of how cancer involves the skull base and cranial nerves. Her grant received from the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Foundation is focused on improving visualization and understanding of how and why head and neck cancer grows along nerves leading to perineural tumoral spread.
Dr. Kirsch’s recent publications highlight the need for awareness of perineural tumoral spread, and improved diagnosis, leading to adequate treatment, with a focus on advancements in imaging techniques using 3 Tesla MRI. She has received numerous awards for her research and her teaching of medical students and residents.
Maryanna Klatt, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University, teaching undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, and Family Medicine Residents. The focus of her teaching, research and practice is Integrative Medicine, which is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by scientific evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and healing. She created and directs an interdisciplinary minor at OSU, Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness. Her students are the health care providers of tomorrow and she is energized by their commitment to understanding the whole person of the patient. Teaching has been a source of joy in her life.
Dirk Knemeyer is a Columbus-based serial entrepreneur. His company, We Create Goodness LLC, has spawned other companies in California, Massachusetts and Ohio including Sprout Inc., a human performance software suite, Involution Studios LLC, a software design studio, and Conquistador Games Inc., a game design and development company.
During his career Dirk’s clients have included Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. He has published over 100 articles on business and design topics, including in Business Week. He has given over 50 speeches and presentations including conference keynotes in Europe and the United States. Dirk has also served on the Board of 14 different organizations.
Randy J. Nelson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He holds the Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching. Dr. Nelson also holds joint appointments as Professor of Psychology and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. OSU. Nelson earned his AB and MA degrees in Psychology in at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a PhD in Psychology, as well as a second PhD in Endocrinology simultaneously from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Nelson then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University from 1986 until 2000 where he was Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He joined the faculty at OSU in the fall of 2000.
Nelson has published over 300 research articles and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioral endocrinology, biological rhythms, stress, immune function, sex behavior, and aggressive behavior. His current studies examine the effects of light at night on metabolism, mood, inflammation, and behavior.
Nelson has been continuously funded since 1984. He has been elected to Fellow status in several scientific associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the Animal Behavior Society. Nelson has served on many federal grant panels and currently serves on the editorial boards of six scientific journals. He was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award at OSU in 2006, as well as the University Distinguished Lecturer, and the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2009.
Bart Overly is an architect and auxiliary faculty member of The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, where he leads design studios focused on potentials for urban transformation in Columbus and elsewhere.
Professionally, the architecture studio he has developed with partner Beth Blostein, Blostein/Overly Architects, has been the recipient of numerous awards for their design and research work. Notably, the studio has placed significant attention in the area of innovative housing and urban trends, with competitions for new affordable housing in New York City, artist housing in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, and senior housing in San Francisco. The studio’s work has been featured in venues including Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The National Building Museum, and has been published widely.
Janet Parrott is a former dancer/performer who has translated her interest of cultures, storytelling and movement into moving-images. As a dancer/performer she has performed at Jacobs Pillow, St. Marks Place, Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW), The Wexner Center and The Dance Place just to name a few. She holds degrees in anthropology and filmmaking and as an independent image-maker has directed and produced commercial and industrial work, produced her own films and has collaborated with independent artists creating works for stage and screen. Her films have won awards and been screened at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, The Black Maria Film Festival, The Columbus International Film Festival and with the Chicago Women Filmmakers. Her recent documentary Song of the Soul: Stories of Hospice in South Africa, distributed by Icarus Films, won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2011 Western Psychological Association Film Festival. It documents the lives of hospice nurses and caregivers who serve their communities demonstrating the effective practice of hospice and palliative care as an exemplar of community-based compassionate care. Janet is an associate professor at The Ohio State University where she is a recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In her research she continues to explore ways of integrating social issues, aesthetics and abstract ideas while observing how people define their place in the world.
The Salty Caramels
Molly Winters, Angela Perley, and Bree Frick have been crafting tunes and streamlining their unique stage show for exactly one year, and although the band is young, listeners agree these girls have a sound that hearkens back to the days of the Andrews Sisters and the Carter Family- with a little bit of Rolling Stones thrown in for good measure. As Angela puts it, “we will woo you and kick your butt at the same time.”
The formation of the Salty Caramels was based around a summer of floating on a glassy quarry lake and afternoon jams in Columbus, Ohio. When the three musicians (who each have their own separate solo projects) realized their voices locked into three-part harmony like clockwork, a new band was born. They named the group after a signature flavor from Jeni’s, a Columbus-born gourmet ice cream shop based in the same neighborhood. “Just like the ice cream, we’re sweet, but we’ve got a salty bite,” says Bree Frick, bassist and drummer for the band.
In their short time together (the band celebrates their first anniversary this month), The Salty Caramels have played with some of the most popular and active musical groups in the folk/Americana/rock genre. In addition to performing in Asheville, North Carolina with Woody Pines, the trio has opened up for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (formerly of the Black Crowes) and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. The Salties have made multiple radio and stage appearances, and have lent their tunes to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for promotional use.
Adam Smith’s musical journey is one of many different destinations and directions. Playing and performing professionally as a session musician since the age of 16. Adam has thrust himself into almost every musical situation imaginable. His perpetual passion as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger lies in his quest to elevate the essence of the moment. To use styles of music as only a foundation to project a further concurrence between the music and listener.
After spending many years developing his skills with musique concrete and modular synthesizers, his awareness of how psycho-acoustics affect a listener became an important module in his definitive sound-vision. The intensity and dynamics of live performance is also of equal polarity. Adam is well known for his long-standing association with the highly-regarded progressive metal trio Deadsea. Other projects include a duo with German avant-garde pianist Simone Weißenfels . Jazz-Fusion group Descendre with Bassist/Keyboardist Jim Tussing & Drummer Justin Campbell. A quartet with futuristic jazz keyboardist/composer Scott Steelman & Reedman Dr. Michael Cox. Touring with master Saxophonist and Poet Elliot Levin. Recently, he has also performed with Christian Howes’ Dangerous quartet w/ Drummer Reggie Jackson and Organist Bobby Floyd. Also he been performing live stereo and quadraphonic solo performances for prepared 8-track tapes & synthesizers teaming up with visual installation artists Kevin VanScoder & Stacie Sells.
He expresses his duties in a musical scenario as more of a shape-shifter. Not only within the music happening, but with what is happening in the environment the music is made in. Adam’s passion is to project a musical experience that pulls everyone into the creative energy of the moment.
Rose M. Smith is a familiar voice in Central Ohio poetry. Her snapshots of the human condition have appeared in Main Street Rag, The Iconoclast, Pedestal Magazine, Pavement Saw, Pudding Magazine, Concrete Wolf, and other journals, as well as several anthologies. Rose is an Associate Editor at Pudding House Publications, author of Shooting the Strays (Pavement Saw Press, 2003) and A Woman You Know (Pudding House Publications, 2005), co-editor of Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio’s Best Known, Read, and Requested Poets (Pudding House Publications, 2008), and is a 2010 inductee into Pudding House’s Poets Greatest Hits collection. She has been called “a shy, quiet atomic bomb”, “a legend in Columbus poetry”, and “’a giant of a poet’ whose poems have ‘long legs that straddle both the print and performance worlds, enriching the norms of both.’”
Dr. Tipple was raised in rural Wabash County Indiana and completed his undergraduate studies in 1995 at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. In 2000, he graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and relocated to Columbus, OH where he completed a general pediatrics residency in 2003 and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 2006 at what was then Columbus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tipple joined the Section of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2006 where he is currently an attending neonatologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Tipple is a National Institutes of Health-funded basic scientist in the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Tipple has twice received the “Gift of Life” through kidney transplantation; first in 1995 from a deceased donor named Sheila and most recently in August 2011 from his cousin Heidi. He underwent successful treatment for brain lymphoma which has been in remission since 2009. He is eternally grateful to his kidney donors, his family, the staff at both Indiana University Medical Center and The Ohio State University Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital, and the multitude of prayer warriors who have tirelessly interceded over the years on behalf of him and his family.
Susan Willeke is an accomplished public affairs professional with 20 years experience in government affairs, communication and public speaking. Throughout her career, Susan has honed the science/art of creating and implementing effective communication strategies and stimulating training courses. She directs a statewide program to promote understanding and compliance with Ohio’s Ethics Laws and presents approximately 250 presentations to more than 20,000 people annually.
Susan is a member and president-elect of the State of Ohio Trainers Association and serves on the Program Committee for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws. She is active in her community, including numerous non-profit organizations in Central Ohio. Susan and her husband, Tim, reside in Westerville.