Handshake Columbus

Columbus, Ohio was the inaugural city for the Handshake Program.  It began in 2012 with three students and three coaches.  Fast forward to 2018, 36 students and 36 coaches are in the program.  By the end of 2018, we anticipate 160 students will have completed the program and received scholarships to their continued education of choice.  

2018 Students

Andrew Kalista — Westerville North
Kaitlyn Kopyar — Dublin Coffman
Matthew Krupa-Gregory — Whetstone
Witty Kwok — Hilliard Darby
Mallory Mahoney — Westerville Central
Charles McFadden — Bexley
Isaiah Murphy — Walnut Ridge
Erika Opperman — Hilliard Darby
Brian Rapp — Gahanna Lincoln
Will Rigby — Dublin Jerome
David Rucker — North International
Bryden Scherger — Reynoldsburg
Anthony Sciarroni — St. Francis DeSales
Bryce Small — Watkins Memorial
Allison Thornberry — Pickerington Centra
Grant Tiefenthaler — St. Charles
Chris Veney — West
Jack Wilson — New Albany

Tess Baker — Bexley
Mallory Barnes — Eastmoor Academy
Luke Bartemes — Dublin Coffman
Michael Bivens — Whitehall Yearling
Joshua Blankenship — Worthington Kilbourne
Cannon Blauser — Hilliard Bradley
Tonesty Burt — Centennial
Miicah Coleman — Eastmoor Academy
Michael Dailey — Westerville South
Kaitlin Dean — Watkins Memorial
Andrea Decker — Hilliard Bradley
Jared Ellis — Grove City
N’Keeley Elmore — Northland
Charlie Fleming — Upper Arlington
Hallie Fryman — Central Crossing
Addison Gualtieri — Bishop Ready
Shayanna Hinkle-Moore — Independence
Sadik Ibrahim — Franklin Heights

2017 Handshake Columbus Students

Participating Columbus Schools

Big Walnut
Bishop Ready
Canal Winchester
Central Crossing
Columbus Alternative
Dublin Coffman
Dublin Jerome
Dublin Scioto

Eastmoor Academy
Fort Hayes A.A.
Franklin Heights
Grove City
Hilliard Bradley
Hilliard Darby
Johnstown Monroe
Marion Franklin
New Albany
North International

Pickerington North
Pickerington Central
St. Charles Preparatory
Thomas Worthington
Upper Arlington
Walnut Ridge
Watkins Memorial
Westerville Central
Westerville North
Westerville South
Worthington Kilbourne

The Columbus Program

The Handshake Scholarship Program consists of eight scheduled sessions between the Students and their Handshake Coaches over the course of the calendar year.  The sessions are workshop type group discussions focusing on the Handshake 5Ps:  Perseverance, Passion, People, Positivity, and Presence.  Students learn from their Handshake Coaches, peers and special guests who provide different perspectives on what it takes to be successful.

Session #1 Kick-off & Orientation:  Monday February 26, 7:00-9:00PM -The Wendy's Company

Session #2 Student/Coach One-on-One:  March (Date/Time TBD) - Student's School

Session #3 PERSEVERANCE:  *Thursday April 12, 7:00-9:00PM - Team Only, Location TBD

Session #4 PASSION:  *Tuesday June 5, 7:00-9:00PM - Team Only, Location TBD

Session #5 POSITIVITY:  Wednesday August 1, 6:00-8:00PM - All Teams Meet, Blendon Woods Metro Park

Session #6 PEOPLE:  *Wednesday September 12, 7:00-9:00PM - Two Teams Only, Location TBD

Session #7 PRESENCE:  *Tuesday November 13, 7:00-9:00PM - Team Only, Location TBD

Session #8 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY (Awards & Celebration):  Wednesday January 23, 7:00-9:00PM - All Teams, Families & Guests Meet, Location TBD

*Note: The four Team Only Meeting dates and times are subject to change based on student and coach availability.

2018 Columbus Handshake Coaches

Deborah Boiarsky  Porter Wright

Deborah Boiarsky
Porter Wright

Stephanie Brown  Retail Consulting

Stephanie Brown
Retail Consulting

Eric Brummett  DSW

Eric Brummett

Dain Bussewitz  Alliance Data

Dain Bussewitz
Alliance Data

Ron Cadieux   The Raines Group

Ron Cadieux
The Raines Group

Travis Jackson   Brooksource

Travis Jackson

Matthew Kramer  KPMG

Matthew Kramer

Larry Moss  Nationwide Children's

Larry Moss
Nationwide Children's

David Probst   Stonehenge

David Probst

Roger Rawlins  DSW

Roger Rawlins

Steven Troth  Wendy's

Steven Troth

Megan Whited   Porter Wright

Megan Whited
Porter Wright

Melissa Durham  DSW

Melissa Durham

Steven Karzmer  Calfee

Steven Karzmer

Judy Lanning  Community Leader

Judy Lanning
Community Leader

Jason Mulder   EY

Jason Mulder

Tyler Probst  Red Capital Markets

Tyler Probst
Red Capital Markets

Lauren Risch   L Brands

Lauren Risch
L Brands

Mike Van Straten   L Brands

Mike Van Straten
L Brands

Jennie Wilson  MGF Sourcing

Jennie Wilson
MGF Sourcing

Lori Fry  Navigator Mgmt Partners

Lori Fry
Navigator Mgmt Partners

Brian Kirsch  DSW

Brian Kirsch

Cody Martin   PNC Mortgage

Cody Martin
PNC Mortgage

Jared Poff   DSW

Jared Poff

Sandy Raines  HER Realtors

Sandy Raines
HER Realtors

Pete Risch  Morgan Stanley

Pete Risch
Morgan Stanley

Adam Weingartner  Bluestone Wealth

Adam Weingartner
Bluestone Wealth

Chris Wisecup   Deloitte

Chris Wisecup

Leigh Helsel  ICC

Leigh Helsel

Michelle Krall  DSW

Michelle Krall

Sean Morrison  KPMG

Sean Morrison

Chris Pope   NAI Ohio Equities

Chris Pope
NAI Ohio Equities

Ron Ransom  Nationwide

Ron Ransom

Paul Schroeder  Big Lots

Paul Schroeder
Big Lots

Larry Wendling   The Daimler Group

Larry Wendling
The Daimler Group

Michelle Wisecup   Riverside Dr. Animal Care

Michelle Wisecup
Riverside Dr. Animal Care

Columbus Leadership Team

Joel Juday - President

Joel Parker - Treasurer

Sharon Wilhelm

Mike Busch