FACULTY & STAFF

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, Jordan is the Director of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership. During her time at the Partnership she has led the member and community affairs portfolio, curating educational leadership programs for the Region’s top business leaders. Additionally, she helped to reinvent the town-gown relationship with The Ohio State University, incepting Columbus’ Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining students post graduation.  Outside of the Partnership, Jordan is three-term Chair of the Create Columbus Commission; Co-founder and Director of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy; and member of the board for the Columbus Crew SC Foundation and Columbus School for Girls.

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.

Kevin Gilmore

Cohort facilitator

Kevin currently serves as Director of a VCC Middle & High School Afterschool Programs at Vineyard Community Center. Originally from Toledo, OH, Kevin is a chef by trade earning his Culinary Arts degree from Columbus Culinary in 2009. He has also studied Social Work and Music at the University of Toledo. Kevin developed a passion for education and youth development after mentoring young people as a volunteer and 2012 Kevin shifted careers to focus on youth development. Kevin was recently honored with the Next Generation Leaders Award from the National Afterschool Association for his skill in facilitating programs for grades 6-12th that facilitate experiences to explore skills and talents embracing themselves as individuals.

Domonique Gale-McClean

Cohort facilitator

Dominiqugraduated from Ohio State with a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in May 2016. She has been working in Columbus pursuing admission to law school for the past year. She is originally from Boston and transferred to Ohio State from Denison University during her second year. While at OSU, she participated in the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program, SPHINX Senior Class Honorary, Baker West Hall Council. Dominique is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and is an asset to young women and advocates for social justice.

Nathin Minns

Cohort facilitator

Nathan is a 2015 COLA alumna and currently serves as a member of the COLA Board. He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, an actor, and entrepreneur. Nathan is passionate about helping others realize their potential, and connecting them with like-minded individuals.

Marty Judge

Cohort facilitator

Marty graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. She recently completed her Masters in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University. Marty hopes to be a high school social studies teacher that empowers young students to be critical thinkers and create change in their communities.

What Our Students Say

What Our Students Say

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 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
The facilitators allowed me to understand the importance of my voice and my ideas. They allowed us to run the conversation.

Fernando Jose-Chairez

Northland High School, 2017 COLA Alumna