Faculty & Staff

Jordan Davis | Program Director

Jordan is a seasoned facilitator in leadership development experiences for high school and college students. Davis has a B.A. in Leadership Studies and Political Science from The Ohio State University and has been a part of the COLA staff since 2010. Full time, Davis manages Member & Community Affairs for the Columbus Partnership, a civic organization of Columbus, Ohio’s top business leaders.

Email Jordan at director@coleadershipacademy.org


Roy Lewicki | Senior Faculty Member

Roy is the Irving Abramowitz Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Professor Lewicki maintains research and teaching interests in the fields of negotiation, conflict management and dispute resolution, trust development, managerial leadership, organizational justice and ethical decision making.


Danyelle Reynolds | Cohort Facilitator

Danyelle serves as the alternative breaks coordinator at the University of Michigan, where she engages college students in leadership development and purposeful service-learning. She’s originally from the Atlanta area, and is passionate about civic engagement and brunch (typically at the same time). Danyelle has degrees in history and sociology from the University of Georgia and in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University. She’s currently researching students’ leadership learning through service and engagement while learning to garden. As a lover of wonderful Columbus, Danyelle is happy to be back in the Buckeye state for COLA!

Suraj Hinduja | Cohort Facilitator

Suraj serves as the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Columbus Partnership. Hinduja graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a degree in Special Education. During this time at Ohio State, he was actively involved as a First Year Experience Orientation Leader, University Ambassador, and President of BuckeyeThon, the largest student-run philanthropy at Ohio State, benefiting the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Suraj is excited to be working with the 2015 COLA Cohort because of his belief in servant leadership and the notion that any person, regardless of age, has the ability and thus the responsibility to change the world in a positive way. He is eager to spend the week with the staff and students immersed in this unique leadership laboratory working to make the world a better place for all.

Andrea Summers | Program Administrator

Andrea is an experienced program administrator for youth and education focused initiatives. She holds a B.A. in sociology/ anthropology from Antioch College and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School in NYC. She is passionate that classrooms include experiential and co-curricular opportunities and that schools have a wide range of community partner involvement. To her, quality education is the answer to ensuring systemic and broad sweeping social change.

Email Andrea at andrea.summers@escc.org

Maddie DeLong | Lead Facilitator and Cohort Facilitator

Maddie has facilitated for COLA since its origination 5 years ago.She currently works as a Data Coordinator for East Technical High School in Cleveland Metropolitan School District, working with students, teachers, and administrators to use test results and other school data to differentiate curriculum and support classroom and school wide growth. She began her time at East Tech in a year of service with City Year Cleveland working with tenth grade students. Maddie worked as the Behavior Coordinator, developing a social-emotional leadership curriculum implemented throughout the school year. Working with high school students is a passion of hers because she has the opportunity to connect with students as they are beginning their leadership journey and realizing their potential to positively impact their communities. Maddie graduated from The Ohio State University with her Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs and her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education.


James Larcus | Cohort Facilitator

James is a Wellness Coaching Coordinator at the Office of Student Life Student Wellness Center at the Ohio State University. Wellness Coaching is a service that provides opportunities for students to gain awareness regarding their capacity to create the life they want to live, both now and in the future. As part of this program, James provides individual coaching sessions while also facilitating the new group coaching initiative. He is a recent graduate of the Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Ohio State where he primarily focused on strengths-based and positive psychology leadership initiatives. His interest in COLA manifests in creating the pipeline of socially just leaders. In his experience, James has found his passion for creating mutually constructed learning environments where every participant explores their own resiliency and capacity to be change agents of their own lives and of their communities. These experiences provide the platform for our leaders and our communities to thrive.

Sarah Mangia | Program Advisor

Sarah is experienced in developing and implementing leadership development curriculum for both high school and college students. She holds a B.A. in Leadership Studies and Sociology and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and is the Program Coordinator for the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program at Ohio State. She has been on staff with COLA since 2010, and locates her greatest inspiration in working with students and witnessing their growth into empowered leaders – in their personal lives, careers, and communities.

“The incredible organization of the program and the passion of the facilitators was far beyond anything I have ever experienced and it served to make COLA something really amazing. I learned more about leadership in this one week than I have over the last 16 years. I learned to have a greater appreciation for the strengths of myself and others; I learned that young people can and should make a difference, and I learned about the importance of collaboration. Most importantly, though, I found something that I am truly passionate about and how to use it to change the world.” – Sharonya Vadakattu, Dublin Jerome High School, 2013 COLA Alumna