COLUMBUS PEOPLE

By Danny Peterson, board member for Hilltop Arts Collective Cecilia Vasquez is the general and artistic director of Ballet Folklorico Xochihua, or BFX, which she leads […]
Ollie Worden in Actors' Theatres' Little Women By Scott Vezdos, director of marketing and development for Actors’ Theatre of Columbus William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will is […]
By Rachel Kengeter, deputy director at Short North Alliance Hassan Qureshi is a visual artist out of Columbus whose diverse portfolio ranges from murals to wildlife […]

We are proud to present our annual list of 24 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2024.

Alexandra Fresch has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Andrew King has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ashley Montana has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Caitlin Faas has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Cassandra J. Kelly has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Chelsea Brooks has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Chris Crosby has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ciara M. Walker has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Dr. Christian Espinoza Santos has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ekima Smith has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Emily Mathias has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Erica S. Howard has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Hillary Morales Robles has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Idrees Ramsey has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Johna Charles has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Kelsea Cozad has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Kirstin Buckner has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Latyna M. Humphrey has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Mandi Rinaldi has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Melissa Wolf Starr has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Natalina Fickell has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Rabin Hooper has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Siana Talley has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Tyreese Bowman has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2024, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

By Meredith Liepelt, CEO of Rising Star Publicity Tony Koehler is the production manager at The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio. The company’s next production is The […]
By Nicholas Dekker, marketing, communications & events administrator for the Greater Columbus Arts Council Kaname Takada is a ceramic artist living and working in Upper Arlington. […]
Behind Closed Doors, Credit Jeffrey "Buzz" Crisafulli By Lydia Weyrich, senior account executive at Irvin Public Relations David Whitehouse is a metaperformer and the director of […]
By Melissa Starker, creative content and PR manager for the Wexner Center for the Arts Outpost Office is Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann, professors at Ohio […]
By Katie Haught, marketing director for Imagine Productions Imagine Productions’ next endeavor is Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, April 26 – May 5. We sat down with […]
By Tiera Suggs, director of storytelling for We Amplify Voices Charlotte McGraw is a mixed media artist based out of Goodwill Art Studio, and she creates […]
Marla Morris with her artwork at the opening reception of RENEWAL: Works About Hope By Marsha Mack, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery director Marla Morris is a Columbus-based emerging, […]
By Hyla Skudder, Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society board member and trad jazz vocalist Inimitable trombonist Vaughn Wiester is a well-known figure in the Columbus jazz […]
By Nicholas Dekker, marketing, communications and events administrator at GCAC Rodolfo Vazquez is a flutist and instructor originally hailing from Mexico. He’ll be performing a free […]
By Alexandra Fresch, Glass Axis assistant director Justin Poulin is a Glass Axis instructor teaching their flameworking classes, which is glassmaking on a torch, and currently […]
By Efua Amissah-Aggrey, fashion designer and 934 Gallery board member Panagiota Kourniotis is a Columbus artist, born and raised in New England, who is a first-generation […]
By Laura Puscas, CoMo Dance co-founder and director Aliya Myers is a company dancer for the Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company. See Aliya in CoMo’s “Season […]
Jimmy in Hot and Bothered, 2022 (credit Jeffrey 'Buzz' Crisafulli) By Lydia Weyrich, account executive at Irvin Public Relations Jimmy Mak is a metaperformer and the […]
Darren performing National Anthem at Columbus Crew game By Kelsi Moore, marketing director for Opera Columbus Darren Templeton is a Columbus-based opera singer who has performed […]
By Alex Fresch, assistant director at Glass Axis Qeturah Bolden is a glass artist and instructor at Glass Axis. Her work will be featured amongst two […]
By Liz Martin, board president at 934 Gallery Heidi Clifford, aka Primary Child, is a Columbus-based muralist, installation artist and designer. Through their work, Clifford brings […]
By Sarah Berenz, Roy Lichtenstein curatorial fellow, Columbus Museum of Art Max Adrian is a Columbus-based textile artist whose work is featured in Quilting a Future: […]
By Aaron Gilbert, communications director, and Tony Killian, marketing director, of Columbus Pride Bands Megan Jacoby-Banks works for Columbus City Schools as a middle school band […]
By Johnny Riddle, director of advancement, Short North Alliance On Saturday, Oct. 28, HighBall Halloween will celebrate 16 years of costumes and creativity with a return […]
By Megan Wetzel, operations manager for the Columbus Cultural Orchestra Breana McGrier is a violinist in the Columbus Cultural Orchestra. She is a senior at Worthington […]

Victoria Douglas was the 2022 CXC Emerging Talent Award winner for their work creating CINNAMON, and now returns to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2023.

Cindy Rasche is a sculptural artist who has been living and working in Columbus and who is also a regular member of the Ohio Art League.

Marquisa “Monique” Mitchell is an accomplished singer who will be performing at the 2023 Columbus Women & Girls’ Fest at the MPACC Box Park.

Columbus-based Venezuelan singer, songwriter and musician Víctor Zancudo captivates audiences with a unique take on Latin Pop.

Dan Gerdeman is a local artist and Hilliard Davidson High School teacher. His upcoming exhibition “Visual Healing” opens this summer at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center.

We are proud to present our annual list of 23 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2023.

Yolanda Jackson has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Simon’e Lightfoot has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Perla Martinez has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Chevonne Harris has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Carlos Mendez has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ben Bring has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ashley Burns has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Alyssa Maldonado has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Alexander Reed has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Aditi Bhatiya has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2023, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Greg Eldridge recently joined Opera Project Columbus as Executive Director bringing with him global views and experience as well as a refreshed vision for the organization.

Columbus-based artist AJ Heckman has used art to cope with his diagnosis of bipolar, post-cancer and PTSD symptoms. Through his artistic practice, he is able to bring light and positivity to his invisible struggle.

Casey Immel-Brown is one of four local fashion designers who will be featured at Fashion as Art, a runway show on the Genoa Park Main Stage on Friday, June 9 at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Michael Martin is the conductor of the New Albany Symphony Chorus, director of choral activities at Hilliard Darby High School and director of music at New Albany United Methodist Church.

Local watercolorist Marty Kotter finds her subjects anywhere from her backyard to travels throughout the U.S. and abroad. See her work on display free of charge at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center now through July 5.

Jeremy Ellison, Executive Director at The Riverview International Center, has been recognized as one of The Columbus Foundation’s “5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2023.”

Miguel “Geno” Tucker, CEO/Executive Director at Remember us Urban Scouts, has been recognized as one of The Columbus Foundation’s “5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2023.”

Aaron Westbrook, Founder & CEO at Form5 Prosthetics, has been recognized as one of The Columbus Foundation’s “5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2023.”

fran frazier, Founder of Black Girl Rising, has been recognized as one of The Columbus Foundation’s “5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2023.”

For the past 10 years, Zac DelMonte has been a producer, music director and conductor, voice teacher, and accompanist for theater companies around Central Ohio.

Brett Reiter is artistic director of the Cinema Columbus Film Festival, April 26-30, where he aims to deliver a slate of original, inspirational independent films.

Jim Bates serves as artistic director of The Early Interval and Tyler Newby is adjunct animation faculty at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Brian Harnetty is a composer and interdisciplinary artist who, in projects such as “Shawnee, Ohio” and “Words and Silences,” combines new music with archival and field recordings.

Michael Powell, also known as Blakk Sun, will have his artwork featured at “The Back Wall: Art Uncuffed” at Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design.

James Blackmon has become MadLab Theatre’s interim Artistic Director and is directing Snowville Café by Julie Whitney-Scott, Feb. 2-18, 2023.

David Glover is a company member of Available Light Theatre and the Upper School Dean of Students and Director of Theatre Arts at The Wellington School.

Jamie Barrow is a metaperformer at Shadowbox Live, where he also works in the kitchen, helps in the box office and serves as a member of the writing team. Jamie has been with the company for nearly 17 years.

Leah Wong is a Columbus-based artist who created a piece for Art Spot, a series of 13 installations in storefronts and windows around downtown and the Short North.

In addition to maintaining her own creative practices (like Idyll Reserve in the heart of Hocking Hills), Kelly DeVore is Associate Dean of Design at CCAD.

Nina Wells, who often goes by “9” is a visual artist and curator based here in Columbus. Nina was recently crowned the winner of ROY G BIV’s 2022 Stacked showcase for emerging artists.

Aaron Jackson, a long-time board member of the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society, was a music educator for 37 years and has been a working musician for over 40 years.

Carlos Roa, who goes by “Roa,” is a local artist and owner of Fifth Element Tattoo Gallery. He’s featured in this month’s Latine and Hispanic arts exhibition at Wild Goose Creative.

This year, HighBall Halloween welcomes back eight-time Costume Couture designer Que Jones, and design partner Steve Puhl, for the event’s 15th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Ollie Worden is an actor, educator, and former stager manager who will be making their Evolution Theatre Company debut in the lead role of Adam / Samantha Turner in Boy, running Sept. 15-24.

Hannah Pohlman recently joined Otterbein Theatre & Dance as Production Manager, just in time for the start of the academic year and theater season. She has great passion for supporting the arts in her hometown.

Katy Psenicka is the choreographer and chief operations officer at Shadowbox Live. She has been with the company 28 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the performing arts.

Nancy Shelton Williams and Michael Herring discuss the enlightening journey they will bring to the Red Herring Theater stage this fall with “The Niceties.”

Jeremy Jarvis has been a professional muralist and painter for more than 20 years. He’s also the lead artist for the ARtsway, a mural-tech mentorship program for high school students.

Candice Igeleke i​​s​ the Creative-N-Chief of Candice Flows LLC,​​​ a dance maker, choreographer, performing artist, yoga instructor and youth arts mentor who continues to grow in her artistry.

Born and raised in Italy, Robie Benve is an Upper Arlington resident and artist who found her passion for painting after a career in business, She is the art coordinator at the OSU Faculty Club.

Originally from the Columbus area, David J. Glover is an actor, director and teaching artist, as we as the dean of students and director of theater arts at the Wellington School.

Zeenia Kaul has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Yasmeen Quadri has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Rena Shak has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

PJ Gamble has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Niyah Walters, Esq. has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

LoLo has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Lexi Campbell has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Keira Chatman has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Jesse Taylor has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Jake Marrah has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Jackie Merkle has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Hilary Stone has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Esther Salata has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Ernest Levert Jr. has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Erika Gullick has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Donte Cook has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Derek Wholihan has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Chris Moscato has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Cheyenne Lenhart has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Brooke Arent has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Brittany Stricklen-Hillyard has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

Andrea Wilkins has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2022, an annual list of young professionals to know around central Ohio.

We are proud to present our annual list of 22 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2022.

Julia Noulin-Merat is the general director and CEO of Opera Columbus. She believes that the performing arts are the best way to have conversations with the community.

Kate Morgan has exhibited at the Columbus Arts Festival several times, starting in the Emerging Artist program and graduating to a full-time festival artist. She’ll be appearing at the Festival this June 10-12.

Last summer, Art Possible Ohio partnered with Columbus artist Bryan Moss and Bridgeway Academy to create an artwork for the school’s new building. We caught up with Bryan to update us on the project.

Composer and music director Jacob Reed talks about his work on “A Harrowing World” performing March 25-27, 2022 and what it is like to collaborate with a dance company.

Terry Norman is a self-taught artist who works most notably with charcoal and pastels creating detailed portraits with a photographic-level of intensity. His solo exhibition opens April 15, 2022 at Streetlight Guild.

Hilliard High School student and soon-to-be fine arts major at Bowling Green State University, Matthew McCrae, became the youngest glassblowing student to pursue glassblowing at Glass Axis.

Bessie Award-winning choreographer and Distinguished Professor Emerita at OSU’s Department of Dance, Bebe Miller’s vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and beauty.

Actor, director and teaching artist, David J. Glover, is helping to train the next generation of artists as the Dean of Students and Director of Theatre Arts at The Wellington School.

Kaitlyn Culp will be one of the featured performers in Oyo Dance Company’s “Hansel & Gretel” at Inspiration to Movement from March 12-13.

Carly Wheaton has danced with Ballet Memphis, The Washington Ballet and BalletMet (where she has been since 2015). Don’t miss her upcoming performance in “Giselle” at the Davidson Theatre.

Antoine T. Clark is the founding artistic and music director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (MACCO), now in its ninth season.

Working professionally as an artist for the past 13 years, Jimbo Tamoro will be the inaugural exhibiting artist at the new Bridge Gallery presented by Franklinton Arts District with An Exploration of Scribbles.

Artist couple Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen will be teaming up (along with artists Erin Furimsky and Katie Davis) this January at the Cultural Arts Center’s Main Gallery in downtown Columbus.

Composer and music director Jacob Reed talks about his work on “A Harrowing World” performing March 25-27, 2022 and what it is like to collaborate with a dance company.

Now an art professor at The Ohio State University, Ed Valentine has maintained a thriving personal practice from his home studio in Delaware, Ohio.

Ohio Paper Folders is a non-profit origami arts education organization that provides programs around Ohio as well as offering service coordination and support for origamists.

Kathryn Seyerle and Sarah Achor are both Columbus-based artists and longtime volunteers at 934 Gallery. Together, they curate the gallery’s annual Group Show: space/time.

We sat down with 17-year-old North Linden-based singer and poet, MarieElaine, to learn more about her career as an artist. She recently performed and hosted at the 2021 Columbus Women & Girls’ Fest.

We spoke with Jim Bates, creative director of local historical music ensemble The Early Interval. The ensemble will be performing “Twelfth Night: Journey to the New World” on Jan. 7, 2022.

Dawn Petrill is a Dublin-based mixed media artist and member of the Central Ohio Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW).

Well known for his comic strip “MUTTS” and his award-winning children’s books, Patrick McDonnell has also been creating abstract paintings since college.

Joseph Brenneman is a professional musician and teacher in Columbus, specializing in hot jazz and swing. He serves on the board of the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society, performs with the Whirlybirds, and he teaches at Musicologie.

Justin Grubb is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, naturalist and co-founder of the film production company, Running Wild Media.

Suraj Hinduja has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Sterling Clemmons has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Stephanie Cedeño has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Neethi Johnson has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Marshela McDaniel has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Dr. Kelly Renner has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Katrina (Kwan) Leung has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

KaTanya Ingram has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Jose Bautista has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Jacqueline Gottesman has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Imran Nuri has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Dani Wilkinson has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Colin Page McGinnis has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Chris Suel has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Cassy Patterson has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Brittany Marcellino has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Dr. Blake Renner has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Ashley Snyder has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Aja Miyamoto has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Abel J. Koury has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

A Jay Pullen has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2021, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

We are proud to present our annual list of 25 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2021.

April Sunami is the board co-chair of All People Arts and a professional visual artist primarily focused on mixed-media painting and installation.

Since becoming a full-time artist in 2017, Hakim Callwood has dedicated much of his time and effort to the Columbus community who continuously support his work.

Will Macke, former artistic educator, current performer/director and current MadLab ensemble member, has become MadLab Theatre’s newest artistic director.

Actor Susan Wismar will be playing the dual role of Beatrice/Borachio in Actors’ Theatre’s upcoming summer production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Eric Clemens is the lead singer and songwriter of Red Healer, a local band that fuses folk and soul with light-hearted lyricism that “never takes itself too seriously.”

At the age of 11, Kevin Seals discovered the rich cultural and intricate sounds of the djembe orchestra at his neighborhood rec center. Now, 27 years later he serves as the music director of Thiossane West African Dance Institute.

Kimberly Taylor is a company dancer for the Columbus Modern Dance Company and is currently rehearsing for CoMo’s annual springtime performance, Mother’s Day Tea in the Sculpture Garden.

An assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University, lissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. Her latest book, White Magic, will be released in April.

Since 2018, filmmaker Alexis McCrimmon has worked closely with artists from around the world as an editor in the Film/Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Mansee Singhi moved to Columbus in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the city because of its vibrant and humble culture. Don’t miss her performances at the 2021 OhioDance Virtual Festival Concert in May.

An internationally recognized storyteller, author and teaching artist, Lyn Ford has taught with Thurber House’s children’s education programs since 1994.

The work of emerging artists Brianna Gluszak, Hannah Parrett and Sky Dai will be on display at ROY G BIV Gallery during the next Franklinton Fridays event.

Say hello to Leda Hoffman, CATCO’s new Artistic Director! Prior to this role, Ms. Hoffman served as artistic director for Chicago-based Strawdog Theatre Company.

We asked 25 young Columbus leaders to answer the question: “What are you hopeful for in 2021?” and here’s what they had to say.

Veronica Heer does not let a pandemic get in the way of her passion for theater, keeping herself busy directing one of six plays to be presented at the Conservative Theatre Festival.

Felicia DeRosa is an internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist, educator and activist who landed in Columbus in 2010 and never left.

Rachel Maynard is artistic director of Oyo Dance Company, a non-profit dance organization committed to providing motivation and education in the arts of dance.

For Tyler Davis, growing up on the South East Side of Columbus conjures up memories of his mother doing home cardio blaring “The New Workout Plan” and his grandmother humming “Enchantment” while cooking Sunday dinner.

Independent working artist, Glass Axis instructor, and manager of the Glass Blowing Theatre at Cedar Point, Tylan McCollum’s work is now on display at part of “Mini Vitro.”

Don Staufenberg combines his background as a product designer with his love of clay to create unique tactile visuals at the Dublin Arts Council.

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance is lucky to have the talent of Doc Davis, officially Light and Sound Supervisor and resident Sound Designer, at the helm.

Offering ceramics with a personal touch, CCAD alum Megs LeVesseur is excited to be teaching hand-building classes at the Cultural Arts Center this winter.

With public murals at Fifth and High Street and the Short North’s “Summer Spray,” Rob Williams is turning his attention to his very first solo exhibition at Wild Goose Creative.

Columbus poet Izetta Thomas will perform her work over Zoom for the Streetlight Guild’s “Rhapsody & Refrain 2: 30 Columbus Poets.”

Get to know Columbus poet, essayist and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraqib.

We are proud to present our annual list of 20 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2020.

Adrian Sullivan has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Alan Kutasy has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Amanda Epp has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Caroline Inspires Bennett has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Chris Elliott has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Christy Bertolo has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Destiny Coleman has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Gretchen Moore has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Jaye Turner has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Kayla Davis has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Kelly Atkinson has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Manny Larcher has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Mason Estep has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Matt Lofy has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

McKinzie Harper has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Pedro David Mejia has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Rehgan Avon has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Sarai Veronique Exil has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Terry Green has been recognized as one of our Next Up Columbus honorees for 2020, profiling connectors and ambassadors across central Ohio.

Michol Childress is one of many artists exhibiting in the GCAC’s inaugural gallery exhibition, “New Beginnings: From There to Here,” curated by Creative Women of Color.

Daniel Rona is a self-taught illustrator and painter who will be participating in 934 Fest by painting a massive, 74-foot long mural on the side of 934 Gallery.

Sheryl Lazenby is a graphic artist, photographer, muralist, illustrator and chalk artist who is working to preserve a portion of a removed Aminah Robinson mural.

Cristyn Steward reveals the nuisances during the 60s and 70s through the lens of The Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam with “When Black Panthers and The Nation Speaks.”

Growing up in Athens, Greece, Evangelia Philippidis was influenced by the art of the ancient world and is bringing that to the Columbus Arts Festival in Place.

Columbus-based conceptual artist Nicki Crock prepares to debut “Packed,” her latest exhibition at ROY G BIV Gallery in Franklinton.

Since moving to Columbus, David Allen Vargo has performed at numerous central Ohio theaters, including Evolution Theatre Co., Columbus Theatre Roundtable and CATCO.

Tori Chu is a dancer with the Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company and has been with the company for eight exciting seasons.

Joanna Frankel of the Columbus Symphony chats about how she became a violinist, her inspirations and what she does to unwind.

Zulene Adams aligns her brand with being kind, transparent, having fun, listening, learning, and being involved.

Local attorney Brian Joslyn is expanding his criminal defense practice across Ohio from Columbus to Cincinnati and Dayton.

Local playwright Liam Flanigan talks up Madlab Theatre’s annual Theatre Roulette which features his work, “Philadelphia, Direct.”

Columbus choreographer, performing artist and educator, Trezon Dancy, began his dance career at just seven years old.

A sense of selflessness propels Aaron Schopp to devote his free time to volunteering with Future Possibilities.

Chef Angela Allison began her culinary career folding boxes for a small pizza shop in Hartville, OH.

Jacklyn Brickman and Benedict Scheuer discuss their influences, goals, and what this upcoming exhibition, Ballast, at the Ohio State University means to them.

Samuel Davis is a testament that remaining aware and alert is the key to living, learning, and experiencing the moments that matter during our lives.

U.S. Army Veteran Jeffrey Binek began a part-time fitness program based out of his garage in 2009. Friendship Fitness and Nutrition has grown exponentially and now boasts two locations in Dublin and Lewis Center.

Lane Schlicher is the associate production manager for Evolution Theatre Company. An Ohio native, Lane moved to Columbus shortly after he graduated from college in 2017.

Columbus artist, Jacs Fishburne, talks about Accessible Expressions, a statewide exhibition & tour of visual art for artists with disabilities.

Sarah Crabtree Perez’s non-profit organization, The Overcomer Foundation, helps provide single moms with access to quality and affordable childcare.

Rodolfo Vazquez is the chairman of the Ohio Hispanic Fine Arts Association, a group of Latino artists working in visual arts, music, poetry, literature and dance that encourages and promotes Latino art in central Ohio though concerts, visual art shows and recitals.

Dana Anderson’s passion for theatre combined with her desire for work-life balance led her to a fulfilling career at Acceptd, where she loves “helping people flourish, and being able to get home in time for dinner.”

We sat down with director Rowan Winterwood in anticipation of the opening of ATC’s expanded season “Royals.” Rowan is a designer, technician, stage manager, director and occasional actor.

Maggie Smith is a Columbus-based poet who is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison and Lamp of the Body. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally.

Derek DuPont’s creative career has taken him on a journey from radio to events to nonprofits and now to the “world’s largest arts network” and Wonderful Workplace for Young Professionals 2019 award winner: Acceptd.

Jacob Reed — composer, jazz drummer and music director for the Hixon Dance company — sat down with company member Victoria Alesi to talk about her role in the company.

Michael Corey says he has “never felt more successful in pursuing my passion” than he does now as Executive Director for the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County.

Sarah Todd is an independent working artist, a Glass Axis instructor in hot and fused glass, an instructor in hot glass at Franklin Park Conservatory and serves on the Glass Axis staff as a studio technician.

For the month of December, one of the Short North Arts District’s oldest galleries, Sherrie Gallerie, will exhibit its annual small works show, this year focusing on wearable art. Gallerist Sherrie Hawk challenged her artists to think inside the box – the jewelry box, that is, to create small works in the form of wearable art.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

From artists to news anchors, physicians to project managers, our first-ever class of eligible singles in the city showcases the dynamic Columbus dating scene.

Actors Michael Kelly and Blythe Gaissert are visiting Columbus from New York City to star in Opera Columbus’ production “As One,” which features a story about Hannah, a transgender woman. “Her transition is at the heart of As One, but more than that it’s a story of self discovery and acceptance,” says Kelly.

High school students, Maria Dalanno and Meredith Hanosek are currently performing in Columbus Children’s Theatre’s and Short North Stage’s production of West Side Story, running through Nov. 17. We chatted with them about their background and inspirations, and about their roles in the show.

From picking up a pair of drumsticks at age two to lifting up the community by age 40, Dr. Mark Lomax has been rockin’ and rollin’ through the community his entire life.

Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey is a founding member of Available Light Theatre. Born and raised in Columbus, Michelle began her acting career at what was then Columbus Junior Theatre (now CCT).

Otis Davenport is a jazz pianist who has been performing professionally for over 40 years. He talks with us about his place in the history of jazz in Columbus.

From realistic landscape painting in oils or watercolor to a more abstract collage approach using paint and paper, artist David Reed has maintained a media-spanning practice ever since he was a child.

Stephanie Catani is the executive director of UNCHAINED, a non-profit dedicated to telling the story of human trafficking victims through artistic expression.

Megan Shroy is the founder and president of Approach Marketing, a 100% virtual model PR firm, which allows consultants to work remotely and choose their hours.

The fourth-annual Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS) returns Sept. 14-15. The public is invited to visit 48 different Columbus artists at 18 locations, enjoy behind the scenes experiences at local performance spaces and organizations, and to explore seven community arts partners. Christine D’Epiro Abbott and Karen Albanese Campbell will offer tours and demonstrations at their studios.

Stephen McKee started out as a KidCoach with Future Possibilities as a way to inspire his own sons to give back. What he didn’t expect was how much of an impact it would have on him.

Cristyn Steward is the founder and CEO of the Columbus Black International Film Festival. In the fall she will direct her first short film since 2015.

Hisham and Olivia Omardien enjoyed long and successful careers with BalletMet here in Columbus. Now, they own and operate Hisham’s Food- a South African food truck serving up Cape Malay Cuisine.

At just 29 years old, Lauren Mandell found a lump on her breast. She shares about her cancer journey and some advice for young women and those just getting started with their own cancer battles.

Rachel Bobbitt is a company dancer for the Columbus Modern Dance Company and is currently producing CoMo’s summer performance Hops! Dance Inspired by Land Grant Beers on Aug. 15 at Angela Fortin Studio.

Alex Anderson took a job with 889 Global Solutions and came to the capital city in 2017 because he “liked where Columbus was going.” Now, he is helping to make a direct impact on its future with Future Possibilities.

Christina Myles is a soulful vocalist and woman of many talents, including mom and role model to her 11-year-old daughter, Alana, a budding singer.

Blake Renner saw firsthand the impact higher education can have when his father became the first in their family to earn a college degree. Renner now serves as Dean of Students at Franklin University.

Playwright Johnrick Hole shares about his comedy, Nighthawks, playing at the Franklinton Playhouse by Red Herring Productions July 11-28.

Alicia Hui is the director of the VIVO Music Festival, returning to Columbus for its fifth year.

Brandon Prewitt shares what it’s like to be broker/owner of RE/MAX Metro Plus in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.

Michelle Weiser and Rick Clark showcase their passion and dedication for acting in “Jack & Jill.”

Principal Pops Conductor, Stuart Chafetz returns for a second year with Columbus Symphony’s ever-popular Picnic with the Pops series.

Elizabeth Brown encourages smart and sustainable growth that supports affordable housing options, living wages, and public transportation in Columbus.

Te’Lario Watkins II discovered a passion for growing mushrooms when he was just seven years old. Now he aims to feed the hungry and become U.S. president someday.

Achea Redd, wife of NBA star and former Buckeye, Michael Redd, sheds light on pressures facing women and opens up about her own anxiety disorder.

Chris Equizi, creator of drag queen Virginia West, shares about the art of drag, hosting at Pride and what the House of West is all about.

Kari Jones brings her passion for helping others live their best lives to her role as CEO of DSACO, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio.

As Founder of Mosaic Education Network, Dr. Melissa Crum provides a multitude of ways for people to explore and open up about oppressive and systemic racism.

Stacie Boord puts her creative talents to good use for the common good as executive director of Shadowbox Live: the nation’s largest full-time resident ensemble theatre company.

As president & CEO of Pelotonia, Doug Ulman has led his nonprofit organization, dubbed the “Greatest Team Ever,” in raising more than $184 million for life-saving cancer research.

After a career path that took her from public utilities to the launch of her own business and beyond, Toni Cunningham now serves as managing director of Per Scholas, a transformative and tuition-free tech training program.

Freedom a la Cart’s executive director, Paula Haines, helps bring hope and empowerment to survivors of sex trafficking.

Tasha Booker Fowler, executive director for City Year Columbus, takes regular time to reflect and think big picture for her students and her nonprofit organization.

Scott Woods created Streetlight Guild and aims to develop original Columbus culture through art by underrepresented voices.

Nadia Kasvin, a former refugee from Ukraine, works to serve immigrants and refugees through integration programming with US Together, Inc.

Though she sometimes thinks in Mandarin, Janet Chen’s role as executive director of ProMusica allows her to connect people through a universal language: Music.

Seemingly born to run a nonprofit, Rachel Finney fights against animal cruelty and works to help people help animals in Central Ohio.

LC Johnson created what she needed: a coworking space for women of color, by women of color.

David Brown serves as creative director of The Harmony Project, which generates more than 60,000 hours of community service each year.

Tobi Furman’s Artmobile goes where it’s needed most in Columbus and makes arts-inspired learning opportunities accessible to all youth.

As CEO of Columbus Early Learning Centers, Gina Ginn challenges others to think progressively and do what is necessary to best serve children and families of CELC.

Oyauma Garrison found his way to A Kid Again – where he currently serves as CEO – following the unexpected illness of his daughter.

At just 24 years old, CEO Colin McGinnis is helping the ‘littles’ at South Side Early Learning dream and achieve BIG.

Christina Vera-Reid channels inspiration from mother, childhood to empower girls and women to create their best futures.

Maylin Sambois-Sanchez has dedicated her life to empowering women and girls as the co-founder of Femergy.

Cody Miller is one of 18 central Ohio artists whose work is featured in the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Best of 2019 exhibit.

Bruce Harkey shares upcoming exhibits at Franklin Park Conservatory, career advice, and something people might not know about him.

Sinuon (Sam) Todd reflects on her own childhood experience with mentors and pays it forward with Future Possibilities.

Carolyn Demanilis prepares for her role as Ashley, The Manicurist in Evolution Theatre’s production of The Vultures (May 22 — June 1), a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/mystery genre.

Retired special education teacher, Pam Spring, finds her way back to working with children at A Special Wish Foundation, Inc.

Chanel Nelson takes every opportunity to improve her community and achieve success in her career.

Christopher Dent, Artistic Director of The Magpie Consort & Director of Music at Indianola Presbyterian Church and Chorus Master for Opera Project Columbus prepares the Consort for their spring concert series, Sacred and Profane coming early May.

Raphael Yohannes wears many hats and still finds the time to improve our community.

Mercè Graell-Colas is a talented and impactful designer and businesswoman who shares her passions worldwide.

Aryeh Alex is a versatile community leader with a passion for the environment and helping others.

Paul D. Wilbur discusses his artistic inspiration, his experience as an artist working with disability, and the importance of art and accessibility.

Tia Revell loves the creative aspects of her job at Motorists Insurance and the opportunity it allows her to impact lives through Future Possibilities.

NYC native, John Naughton, enjoys raising a family and building higher ed career in Columbus.

Mary Trapp Gray shares thoughts on upcoming role in Life Sucks, at CATCO Mar 20-April 7.

Rita Doherty feels blessed to do meaningful work everyday at Friendship Village of Dublin / Life Care Services.

Maxwell Christian spends his free time getting involved in the Columbus community.

Mandy Powell continues on a career path dedicated to serving others in the Columbus community.

Actress Audrey Craddick makes her Madlab debut this March as Fern in Happy Pills.

Doanise Thompson finds joy in career coaching, helping college students land their dream jobs.

Kellen Showes enjoys mentoring and impacting inner city children in Columbus through Future Possibilities.

Local jazz singer Rachel Sepulveda preps for upcoming concert in Columbus.

Benjamin Kershaw, CEO/Producer of The Pack Games, values hard work and competition in his flourishing business.

As owner of Sadie Baby Sweets in Grandview Heights, Rachel Altiere-Cohen promises that there’s a delight in every bite.

Christian Dunn, General Manager of Hip Hues, returns to his roots by running the newest location in Columbus.

Rachel Maynard has been dancing since she was three and has been teaching dance since she was 10. She’s now in her fourth season as the Artistic Director for Oyo Dance Company.

Holli Houseworth spends her time teaching kids in under-served areas how to live positively.

Husband-wife duo, Lindsay and Alex Remley, are strengthening the community with their Grandview Heights business.

Brian Wagner, the CEO of A Radical Vision, focuses his time on motivating the families and children of his community to envision a better future.

Shadowbox Live’s John Boyd was drawn to Columbus because of its inviting arts scene with plenty of opportunities.

Yohannan Terrell bridges the gap between art, business, and creativity in Columbus as the chief visionary at Warhol & WALL ST.

Lauren Parker is excited about the opportunity to take FrazierHeiby to the next level as Executive Vice President.

Sara Bodde is a stage manager, director, producer and actor and is starting her third season working with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.

We asked 24 community leaders: “What are you most looking forward to in Columbus in 2019?” and here’s what they had to say!

Elissa Schneider is the executive director of The Matriots PAC, a political action committee that is making a difference in women’s lives.

Get to know local actor Nicholas Van Atta, who will be starring as The Baker in Imagine Productions’ “Into the Woods” at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.

Robin Wilcox is the President of Lazer Kraze, a family entertainment company which launched in Ohio and has expanded across the Midwest.

Taylor Ray Orsbon helps to connect organizations in Central Ohio while leading her talented team as the Director of Development for Experience Columbus.

Luis Biava is currently in his eleventh season as Music Director of the New Albany Symphony, an orchestra which performs a wide variety of concerts for the community.

As Deputy Innovation Officer for the City of Columbus, Brandi Braun helps lead efforts around the Smart Columbus initiative to develop a long term strategy in empowering our residents to live their best lives.

An instructor and artist at Glass Axis for more than 10 years, Rose McVey originally moved to Columbus to study to become a veterinarian.

On December 8, Evan Tyrone Martin will warm up the season as he headlines “An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas” at the Lincoln Theatre.

We are proud to present our annual list of 52 young professionals who you should know in Columbus for 2018.

As Co-Founder/CEO of Beam Dental, Alex Frommeyer’s role is to build the team and set the strategy for his business, which recently secured $22.5 million in financing.

Alex Young likes to think of himself as “someone who will tell the story no one else is seeing” as a Videographer and Host of The Powerful Mind Podcast.

Alexa Winfield, a transplant from Florida, launched the Columbus Book Project with fellow creatives to help newbies to the city learn what’s hot and what’s hidden.

Developing talent has become a strength of Allison Carr’s, a Dublin resident who recruits, hires, and staffs for Express at the Home Office Market.

Grandview Heights resident Andrew Mulcahey describes himself as “positive,” a word that perfectly describes this 10TV advertising and sales professional.

As COO of the Oriental Martial Arts College, Master Andy Moo-Hyun Choi mentors and molds the lives of students around the world from age 3 all the way up to age 83.

Aslyne Rodriguez started EmpowerBus as a way to provide dignified, reliable, and on-time transportation to and from employment, education, and healthcare opportunities.

As co-founder at Storyforge, Barry Chandler helps business leaders and their teams align on the meaningful story of the business.

As Marketing Director for Zipline Logistics, Bethany Cramer is responsible for identifying creative avenues to showcase her company’s services and story.

Betty Montero is committed to advocating on behalf of Latina women and those who suffer domestic violence as she builds community opportunities in Columbus.

At just 17 years old, Bianca Crank is already making an impact on the world through recycling and helping those affected with the AIDS virus through a clinic in Kenya, Africa.

Brittany Eddy’s passion for the environment led her to a career as a Realtor who represents the next homebuying generation.

Calvin Cooper strives to promote technology, entrepreneurship, and music across Central Ohio … and beyond

Columbus native Charles Hill’s career path has led him to his role with Experience Columbus, where he gets to tell the story of his hometown.

Chase Clymer co-founded a company and a non-profit organization, both of which feed his passions for helping small businesses and spreading awareness about mental health issues.

The craft beer scene in Columbus and social media marketing strategies have helped pave the way for Cheryl Harrison.

Cheyenne Webb uses his creative energy to bring others into the industry he has grown to love through his role as Recruitment Manager for Nurtur the Salon/Aveda Institute.

Chris Rutter oversees Human Resources for the entire Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital organization.

At 25 years old, Courtney West found success early in her career with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Danielle Sullivan is an important part of the Donatos team, aligning giving to its mission and values, while supporting Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell.

Dara Schwartz once dreamed of owning her own restaurant, but found a less expensive and more creative alternative with Darista Dips.

David Ingram has his sights set on a career in politics and currently works to help regulate the industry of funeral directors and embalmers.

Native to Jamaica and raised in New York, Densil Porteous now heads up marketing and communications at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Movie buff and outdoor enthusiast Diana Schrimpf is driven to serve the Columbus community through her role with United Way of Central Ohio.

Highly involved in a number of give-back initiatives, Doug Arseneault’s passion for transportation policy brought him to COTA.

At 31, Doug Joseph sets the pace with his own vision through his film agency start-up, Serif Creative.

Falon Donohue is inspired every day by connecting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in her role as CEO of VentureOhio.

Fernando Bergas-Coria has a passion for Formula 1 racing and dogs. Racing led him to start his business consulting firm, and the other passion bodes well for his pooch-friendly neighborhood in German Village.

Hannah Pierce loves volunteering and being social, two things that work quite well for her in engaging young professionals through her role with Jewish Columbus.

Ida Abdalkhani is an “expert at being human” in her role as Chief Catalyzer for Ability to Engage.

Jayme Hitchcock manages marketing and event planning for Yelp! across the city of Columbus in her role as Community Manager.

Jeremy Taylor’s love for food blossomed in college and has led him to a sales career in produce and wholesale food at DNO Produce.

Jesse Johnson’s passion for vintage guitars brought him back to the family line of business and led to the creation of his own jewelry store, STORE 5a.

Joe Bishara has worked on over 200 theatrical productions at regional theatres across the country as an award-winning Actor, Artist Educator, Director, and Producer.

New Albany resident Joe Borowski gets to learn about a variety of businesses in the capital city every single day at GBQ Partners.

No day is ever the same – which is just fine by Kendyl Skinner – who keeps things exciting at BARK Columbus as Workplace Experience Manager.

Laura Emberger has a bright smile that greets every person she works with as a client executive at Hylant, a Columbus employee benefits and solutions firm.

Nick Potts has the positive attitude and fierce work ethic every self-starter needs to survive. It’s what has helped his company, ScriptDrop, project $3-4 million in revenue in 2018 alone.

Priscilla Johnson, a Realtor with Columbest Homes, loves the process of helping people who are relocating learn about Columbus.

Rachel Roman loves guiding people through company growth and professional growth as Director of Talent Management at Updox.

As President and Co-Founder of The Driven Foundation, Roy Hall motivates others to become the best version of themselves on a daily basis.

As Director of Outreach for the Lt. Governor, Sarah JanTausch leads a statewide network to coordinate and implement an 88 county/statewide public outreach program across Ohio.

Steven Stein is a Columbus Firefighter who also serves as the Associate Director of CME Federal Credit Union, working directly with CME’s Board of Directors.

Sylvanus P. Eddy oversees programs and classes that assist in the overall development of the community at the Hilltop YMCA as Health & Wellness Director.

Tanya Salyers, Commercial Lines Assistant Client Manager at Overmyer Hall Associates, focuses her free time on volunteerism, particularly empowering women and families.

Tonnisha English launched TJE Communications to assist small businesses who are just starting out and don’t know where to go.

Whitney L. Barkley helps her clients maximize their online visibility and get booked for speaking gigs as Owner of Speakerazzi.

By day Yiema John is a communication specialist for Bath & Body Works. By night she runs a website, She Radiates, that encourages women to live authentically through storytelling.

Considered to be one of the fastest rising conductors of his generation, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra music director David Danzmayr prepares to begin his sixth season in Columbus.

Fashion designer Kjrsten Kay looks forward to showing her collection for the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show at the 11th annual Highball Halloween.

Local singer/songwriter T. Wong is the mastermind behind the genre-defying album, The Upside Down. He’ll be performing at the upcoming Columbus Museum of Art Gala.

Bryan Christopher Moss is a Columbus-based artist known for his painting and work in comics. He will open his studio to the public on Sept. 29-30 during Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS).

Noah Van Sciver is a nationally lauded alternative-comics cartoonist. His work has been featured in alt-weeklies and in graphic novels for more than a decade.

Christine Hill has served as the Director of Community Education at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) since 2016.

After growing with Columbus for 11 years, television journalist Mikaela Hunt is taking her business and storytelling to the next level with Mikaela Media and more.

McLane Nagy is an actor starring in Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at German Village’s Schiller Park.

Halle Malcomb is Senior Manager of Marketing for the Ohio State Bar Association and finds time to juggle a design business, WeDesign Graphix, and an online apparel brand, HalleBird.

Kate Finley is the founder and CEO of Belle Communications, an award-winning PR and social media firm based in Columbus.

Corey Ragan is a local teacher, director and writer who is currently directing “The Breakdown” as part of MadLab Theatre’s Young Writers Short Play Festival.

For Chelsea Konieczko, Co-Owner of Vernacular, Columbus has everything she enjoys about a bigger city without the big crowds and traffic.

Luke Holmes is a freelance musician and the Music Director at Momentum, where he’ll be performance with the Harlem Renaissance Showcase.

Jesika Lehner is a local performer and the Student Program Coordinator at Columbus Children’s Theatre.

Renee Dion is a Columbus-based musician who has performed all over the country. On June 9th, she’ll be performing at the Columbus Arts Festival.

An Iranian-born artist now living in Columbus, Raheleh Bagheri’s work will be featured in “Faces of Columbus” in the Concourse Gallery from May 4-June 22.

Janelle Maur is a tap dancer and educator, musician, communications professional and member of Movement Afoot, Columbus’ only all-tap dance company.

Russell Lepley and Filippo Pelacchi are the owners of Flux + Flow dance studio in Clintonville. They’ll be teaching classes as part of the 2018 OhioDance Festival & Conference.

For the past 38 years, Sherri Palmer’s drive to improve communities has shaped her passion for her work as Manager at Keep Columbus Beautiful.

Local radio host Ella Palardi is performing in her first role at CATCO in Will Enos’ The Realistic Joneses, running through March 25.

Originally from Amman, Jordan, Lubna Najjar moved to Columbus in 2008 to start her PR/Apparel Consulting career and never looked back.

We asked 18 central Ohio women to tell us about their career defining moment. Here’s what they had to say!

Mike Shiflet is a local musician who will be performing on Friday, March 2 at the It Looks Like It’s Open gallery.

Dr. Tim Zittle is a Founding member and Chiropractor at Flourish Chiropractic. He has a passion for helping others and giving back.