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.
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.
Shweta Ambwani | Cohort Facilitator | COLA Alumni
Andrea Summers | Program Administrator
Andrea serves as COLA’s Program Administrator providing oversight to curriculum development, partnership building and infrastructure development. She is an experienced program administrator for youth and education focused initiatives most recently leading 16 youth and education focused community based programs at Columbia University with more than 70 student leaders. 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 a passionate educator particularly interested in the pairing of theory and practice via experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities in New York City, New Orleans, Cambodia and Ohio. To her, quality education is the answer to ensuring systemic and broad sweeping social change is achieved.
Email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dominique Gale-McClean | Cohort Facilitator
Dominique graduated 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.
“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 staff is amazing at what they do. Instead of just preaching to us, they asked for out input and actually listened.” – Carissa Nickell, 2017 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, 2017 Alumna