Steven E. Croft is Chairman of the Board for the Augusta Chiwy Foundation. He has more than 35 years of domestic and international experience in corporate management within the technology, financial services, consulting, sales & marketing and software industries. He has extensive experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, business development, public speaking and corporate growth. Steve also assists in developing and implementing regional, national and global strategic business programs for major organizations. Since 2013, he has served as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of AviaSphere, Inc., of Fort Worth, TX, an international software company providing specialty programs and related products for the airline industry. He is also President and CEO of Sterling Group International, which he founded in 1998. Over the years, he has held leadership positions in numerous other technology-related companies. With his keen understanding of business operations and management techniques, Steve will be an important asset to the Foundation.
Mark Rowland is Secretary of the Foundation. He has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in Hydrogeology from the University of Toledo. He served 13 years as a Managing Partner for a large Midwestern engineering firm, where he held the offices of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice- Chairman. He presently serves as Chairman of the Ohio Geology Advisory Council and Vice-Chairman of the Recreation and Resources Commission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Union Veterans Foundation of Ohio and presently serves on the Natural Sciences Technologies Advisory Committee for Zane State College. Mark brings a wealth of business management experience to the Foundation.
David Whitta is Treasurer of the Foundation. He is Vice-president of Whitta Construction, Inc., an industrial/commercial, general, site and paving Construction Company. He is also Founder of the Whitterra Company, a real estate development company, President of D&D Properties, a real estate holding company, and President of Fostoria Renovation, LLC, a real estate renovation company. Dave has served on the Ceco Building Systems Regional Advisory Board and on the St. Wendelin School Board. He has served as Chairman of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and as Chairman of its Executive Board. He is a member of the First Federal Bank, Midwest Regional Advisory Board. Dave brings a mature view of business matters to the Foundation.
The Hon. Kimberly Cocroft has been a judge on the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas since April 2009. Prior to joining the Court, Kim was Deputy Legal Counsel, Civil Division, for the State of Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Sports Management and Juris Doctor Degrees from The Ohio State University. Kim has served as Chair of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education for the Supreme Court of Ohio, as well as being a member of on the Franklin County Justice and Planning Board, the Commission on Professionalism, FirstLink, the St. Joseph Montessori School, and the Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy. Kim brings valuable insight into the civil and education needs of today’s society.
James Hilborn is a retired Partner in an international human resources consulting company, where he served as the Managing Partner for their Pittsburgh, PA office. He holds a B.A. Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College of Underwriters. He has served as Chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Employee Benefit Council. Since his retirement in 2005, Jim has continued to provide human resource consulting services to small businesses. Jim brings the perspective of professional management and service to the Augusta Chiwy Foundation Board.
Brian Dunhill is co-founder and Managing Director of Dunhill Financial, whose headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium. He holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BSBA from the University of Central Florida. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and has work experience with several major banking and investment companies. Brian is Vice President of the American Club of Brussels. He is a respected member of the Brussels business community and brings a European perspective to the Augusta Chiwy Foundation Board.
Daniel Goo is Vice-President of D&J Specialties, a family owned business specializing in promotional products, marketing and promotions. Dan has previously served in the U.S. Marshall Service and on the Honolulu Police Department. He holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University and presently serves on the Chaminade University Board of Regents and on the Board of Directors for the Chaminade Hogan Entrepreneur Program. As a private businessman and entrepreneur, Dan brings valuable marketing and business development experience to the Augusta Chiwy Foundation.
Jannette Milligan is a professional educator, having taught history at the secondary level for the past twenty years. She holds a B.A. Degree in History and a B.S. Degree in Comprehensive Social Studies Education from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.A. Degree in Social Studies and Global Education from The Ohio State University. Graduate studies have included special studies in World War II, Technology in Military History and Churchill and America. She has completed archival research at the Churchill Archives, Cambridge, England. Jannette is Phi Beta Kappa and has been voted the “Outstanding Faculty Member” at New Albany, Ohio High School Seniors in 2013. She has been named as one of the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Educators. Jannette brings current classroom experience and a commitment to high quality education to the Foundation’s education outreach programs.
Michael O’Neil is a professional educator with 33 years of classroom experience teaching history to middle school students. Mike has a B.A. in Education from The Ohio State University and has completed additional graduate studies at The Ohio State University, Cedarville University and Grace College. Mike was selected “Teacher of the Year” by a vote of his professional peers. He is a Guardian for Honor Flight Columbus and works for Prodigy Travel as a guide for trips to Washington, DC. Mike is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Finish Line Ministries, an international mission organization. He brings to the Foundation the perspective of teaching and learning needs for middle school children.
Laura Passuello is President of Laura J. Passuello and Associates, LLC, a company that provides travel planning and customized international group tours related to World War II European History. Laura has a B.A. from West Chester University and has completed graduate studies at the University of Connecticut. Her tours have included: “In the Footsteps of Major Dick Winters,” “Victory in Europe Began on the Beaches,” the 82nd Airborne “All Airborne Tour,” and “The Fighting All-Americans All the Way to Berlin.” Laura is a member of the Central Pennsylvania WWII Round Table. She brings a rich understanding of the War in Europe to the Foundation.
Otis Winston is Owner and CEO of Fo’CUSED Productions a video production company. He has been featured in the TV sitcom The Game and movies including “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Think Like a Man2.” He is presently filming an hour-long weekly drama entitled “School of Hard Knocks.” Otis has a B.A. from The Ohio State University. While at OSU he was Captain of the Men’s Basketball team and a four-time Big Ten Champion and two-time All American in the high jump. He still holds the high jump record at The Ohio State University. His motto--Never Allow Your Talent to Take You Where Your Character Can’t Keep You—drives him to continue to excel. He is girls track coach at New Albany, Ohio High School. Otis brings a deep perspective on youth and racial issues to the Foundation.