Executive Advisory Board

Beth Gibson
Co-founder, President, and Chairwoman of the Board of Buddy Up Tennis, Inc.

Charly Bauer
Director of Stewardship at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Doug DiRosario
High Performance Junior Director at Wickertree Tennis and Fitness and a co­-founder of Buddy Up Tennis, Inc.

Mark Fazzina
Principal in the recruiting firm, Executive Search Partners, specializing in the recruiting of accounting, finance, banking, IT, and HR professionals.  Mark is a current board member of Montana de Luz Orphanage and the COSI Community Development Board.  Mark is a former board member of Marietta College, Maryhaven, CATCO, and the Mark D. Philmore Family Trust.

Todd Fisher
Partner at Fisher & Company Business Consulting.

Rick Gibson
Partner at Lape Mansfield Nakasian +Gibson, LLC, and practices in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, financing, and general corporate matters.  Rick advises the boards of directors of various public and private companies on corporate, transactional, and governance matters.

Rob Griffiths
Associate Vice President for Distance Education at the Ohio State University. He is charged with advancing online education efforts for the university, compliance matters related to online education, as well as ODEE student services for those students entering the university through non-degree, Program 60, or contractual outreach paths. Rob serves on several institution-wide committees for Ohio State and participates on initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance and other professional groups. Rob has been associated with BuddyUp Tennis as a coach since 2011.

Suzie Harness
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Ohio Health and a Certified Personal Trainer and Spinning Instructor.

Michelle Harris
Director, Events at Thirty-One Gifts. Michelle is also the International Society of Events Specialists Committee Chair and also serves on the Experience Columbus Customer Advisory Board

Melissa Hempel
VP of Planning and Allocation at Express, Inc. and she currently serves on the Finance Committee for New Albany Presbyterian Church.

Dave Magnacca
Director of Strategic Pricing in Pharmaceutical Distribution at Cardinal Health. He has worked with attorney Bill Browning and Ohio State Senator David Goodman on legislation that significantly impacts and helps individuals with special needs children in the state of Ohio.  The newly enacted law protects Medicaid benefits and Trusts for special needs children.

Dr. Murugu Manickam
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Human and Molecular Genetics (Department of Pediatrics) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He also has a joint appointment in the Division of Human Genetics in the Department of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University and the James Cancer Hospital.  At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Murugu provides clinical genetic services with the Genetics Center, as well as in several outreach clinics.  At the Ohio State University, he is involved in the Medical Genetics Program, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, and the Center for Personalized Health Care. He also works closely with Nisonger Center in developing adults with disabilities programs.   Dr. Manickam is a co-PI for the OSU/Coriell Institute collaborative Personalized Medicine study as well as an adult Down syndrome study through the Nisonger Center.

John Olmstead 
Director of Reinsurance & Corporate Insurance at State Auto Insurance Companies in Columbus, Ohio. He is a current Vestry/Board Member at St. Marks’s Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington, OH. Formerly he served as the Upper Arlington Civic Association Director and a Board Member & President of Swim & Racquet Club.

Eric M.  Riedinger  
Vice President, National Commercial Real Estate for Fifth Third Bank.  Eric’s previous Board experience includes North Market – President, Treasurer and Trustee and CATCO – Trustee.

Richard Sobieray  
Chief Executive Officer, University of South Florida Health Care. Buddy Up Tennis Coach.

Jennifer Truby
Self-employed Educator who has served on the Board of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio since 2000 and is the former President.