Board and League Leadership

  • The Childhood League Center Leadership

    As a nonprofit entrusted with caring for and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community, our Board of Directors, staff, and Childhood League volunteers work together to ensure each child and family can have the best start possible for a bright future.
  • Board of Directors

    The Board consists of community leaders chosen for their
    expertise, knowledge, and commitment to The Center’s mission.

    • Leonard E. Scott, MBA
      Board Chair
    • Antonio P. Smyth
      Vice Chair
    • Jason Wells
  • Strategic Account Leader,
    Merck & Co., Inc.
    Joined The Board: 2016

    Favorite Superhero:
    The Flash


    As a child, Leonard was intrigued by The Flash’s super speed and agility. He showed similar characteristics when deciding to get involved with The Childhood League Center. He was introduced through the Men’s Breakfast, which provided him an opportunity to learn more about the important work The Center undertakes for an unmet need in early childhood development in our community. Touring the facility, meeting the staff, parents and children at The Center was the defining moment for him.

    He says, “I would recommend anyone in our community that has a passion for children and learning to become involved with The Childhood League Center. The positive impact on our community is significant.”

  • President, Transource Energy,
    American Electric Power
    Joined The Board: 2012

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Giving Tree


    The Giving Tree “illuminates important lessons in giving and receiving from which both children and adults can learn.”

    Antonio Smyth’s involvement on the Board stems from a strong conviction that the mission of The Center truly matters in the lives of children and their families in our community.

    Deeply inspired by the long-term and sustained positive outcomes he has seen in Center children, Antonio has a genuine appreciation for the unyielding commitment of staff, League volunteers, and his colleagues on the Board.

    At the same time, he says he has gained an acute awareness that early childhood education remains an unmet need for many in our community.

  • Small Business Administration Division,
    Ohio Region at U.S. Bank
    Joined The Board: 2016

    Favorite Animal:


    A passionate advocate for community reinvestment and business development, Jason Wells works tirelessly to help citizens and entrepreneurs create and sustain viable communities. Jason is active in the local community and was introduced to The Childhood League Center through the Men’s Breakfast.

    Through this, he became curious and inspired by the mission to nurture children. In getting to know the stellar leadership of The Center, he is enthusiastic to join the efforts of making a difference toward the bright future of the children served.

    He says his favorite animal is the elephant because it represents strength, stability and patience.

    • Michael Farrell
      Co-chair of Marketing Committee
    • Joe Niedecken
      Co-chair of Marketing Committee
    • Terri Bettinger
      Co-chair of IT & HR Committees
  • Senior Director Sales & Marketing
    Live Technologies
    Joined The Board: 2016
  • Partner,
    Elevate Pictures
    Joined The Board: 2017

    Favorite Animal:


    “Dogs don’t judge. They accept. Always.” The story of the dog and human beings is an epic love story unlike any other.

    There is an endless buffet of charitable organizations in this world to contribute your time and energy, all of them undoubtedly good causes. And yet, we are in a time and place as a culture where our hours, minutes, and seconds are taking on a new meaning of value. Frankly, we are all spread thin. So when you choose to contribute, when you choose to participate, it’s more important than ever that your contribution of time, of money, and of emotional currency have real impact. Not just to you, but to the world.

    So when you survey that buffet of charitable opportunities, ask yourself two questions. 1. Does this mean something to the world? 2. Can they prove results?

    I think you’ll find that The Childhood League Center is a unicorn in this respect. The mission of children – moreover, giving children opportunities and meeting challenges head-on, combined with their PROVEN results are something to believe in. That, to me, is something to get behind and something clearly worth your precious time, energy, and money.

  • IT Consultant
    • Amelia Jeffers
      Chair of Development Committee
    • Sara Canterbury, FSCP
      League President-Elect
    • Sandy Doyle-Ahern
      Board Member
  • Publisher and Editor-in-chief
    Sophisticated Living Columbus
    Realtor, Lead Auctioneer
    Street Sotheby’s Realty
    Joined The Board: 2018

    Favorite Animal:


    “Favorite animal: Butterflies because of the theory of the Butterfly Effect that correlates the importance of every small action we make as influential in ways we might never consider.”

    Amelia Jeffers has more than 20 years of business ownership in the arts and luxury lifestyle arena as an auctioneer, realtor and magazine editor. Beyond this strong connection to the community through her professional work, Amelia brings a personal passion to her service at The Childhood League Center through her own firsthand experience with the positive adult outcomes that result from early childhood intervention programs. One of eight children, Amelia was the only one with access to early childhood education. She was also the only one who matriculated directly into college. She states that the impact of The Center’s programs on not only the children we serve but the families and the surrounding community is an invaluable contribution to effecting sustainable positive change in an at-risk population.

  • Financial Planner
    Skylight Financial Group
    Joined The Board: 2018

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Secret Garden


    “Sara Canterbury, FSCP, was introduced to The Childhood League Center through M+A Architects who designed the new building. She joined The League volunteers, which brought her to her position on the Board.

    Sarah looks forward to the opportunity to work with strong, successful women to fundraise and bring awareness to a program that helps children with special needs.

  • President and CEO
    EMH&T, Inc.
    Joined The Board: 2017

    Favorite Animal:


    “My favorite animal is an otter because they have close family bonds, incorporate a strong character of play in their lives and are incredibly delightful to watch in the wild.”

    I was intrigued by the strategic planning process that the organization was looking to conduct to think about the future and how best to continue to serve children in our community. Forward thinking in an organization is critical and I enjoy working with groups that think that way.

    I am amazed and impressed by the staff and how well they interact with children, working diligently to improve their lives. The ability the staff have to connect with children and their families provides a benefit that extends not only to the immediate child they are serving but to the community at large. These are people invested in providing growth opportunities for others and work hard to uphold the mission of the organization and I admire what they do.

    • Matt Kallner
      Board Member
    • Rhonda Talford Knight, PhD
      Board Member
    • Jennifer MacKenzie
      Board Member
  • President, Kallner and Associates, LLC,
    Government Relations Consulting
    Joined The Board: 2017

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    The Little Engine That Could

  • CEO, Knight Consulting Group, LLC.
    Joined The Board: 2019

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Any chosen by my daughters


    Any chosen by my daughters because they were excited to read!

    A native of Columbus, Ohio, Rhonda Talford Knight, PhD holds from The Ohio State University a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in Social Studies and Global Education with a focus in Cultural Competency and Technology.

    Dr. Knight helps accelerate Huntington’s inclusion strategy with a specific focus on increasing workforce diversity, workplace inclusion, and community engagement. With more than 18 years of experience executing cultural competency strategies, Dr. Knight works with business segment leaders and her human resources partners to deliver Diversity & Inclusion training and to integrate inclusive leadership and recruiting behaviors across the enterprise.

    In her role as President & CEO of her own firm, Rhonda spends time working with clients on developing strategic plans, implementing inclusive practices, and establishing affinity groups, all focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, and advocacy. Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, Rhonda was recently named 2018 Women Worth Watching. She is committed to supporting women and girls and she is proud to have worked with clients to create a foundation of inclusion and sustainable practices.

    When asked what brought her to The Childhood League Center, she says, “Understanding the overall mission and knowing the organizations history and commitment to children and inclusion, it was an easy decision. Come for a visit and you will understand why The Childhood League Center has been around for decades and you will want to be a part of the amazing community and work they do with and for all children, too!”

  • Senior Vice President of Marketing
    • Gavin Meyers
      Board Member
    • Lisa Moellering
      Past League President
    • Brian Moore
      Board Member
  • Co-Owner,
    North High Brewing
    Joined The Board: 2018

    Favorite Animal:


    A longtime marketing professional and Central Ohio native, Gavin joined The Childhood League Center’s board in June of 2018. After finishing his MBA at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business in 2011, Gavin quit his job and switched careers from Internet Marketing to commercial beer brewing. He currently lives in Clintonville with his wife Sarah, sons Grayson and Barrett, and golden retriever Marley Bear. Grayson currently attends The Center and he loves it! Gavin hopes his youngest son will soon be attending as well.

    As a neighborhood business owner, Gavin was approached by Peter Tripp to attend a business luncheon and was blown away by the work being done at The Center. He looks forward to making an impact in an organization that makes such a tremendous difference in the lives of our community’s young children.

    Gavin’s favorite animals are dogs because they are always happy to see you, they don’t complain, and it’s never too early or late for a fun adventure!

  • Community Volunteer
    Joined The Board: 2014

    Favorite Animal:


    Lisa loves that they are fun-loving and playful, and they appear to be enjoying every moment!

    Lisa Moellering, MS, PT, believes firmly in investing time helping others. That drive brought her to The Childhood League as a volunteer in 2014. Lisa has a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University with a focus in pediatrics. While she is not currently working as a therapist, being a part of The Childhood League allows her to work with children and make an impact in their lives.

    On impacts, Lisa says, “The Center is an amazing place that is making a difference in the lives of families and children every day. The impact to Center families and the community as a whole is immeasurable.”

  • Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition
    Cardinal Health
    Joined The Board: 2014

    Favorite Superhero:


    “Batman is my favorite superhero, because he has no special powers but achieves super human things.”

    Brian Moore said he feels honored to serve on the Board because of the impact that The League and The Center have on children.

    To those contemplating involvement as a volunteer or donor, he challenged, “I would invite anyone to tour The Center and meet the children and hear even just one story.”

    • Michelle Olsgard
      League President
    • Katrina Thompson
      Board Member
    • Ginger Young
  • Senior Manager of Testing
    Abercrombie & Fitch
    Joined The Board: 2017

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Anything by Roald Dahl!


    Michelle Olsgard joined The League as a volunteer in 2013. Michelle previously served as a co-chair of The Center’s largest fundraising gala, Merry Go Round, before becoming the current President of The League.

    What brought her to The Childhood League Center initially was that she wanted to give back to the community through an organization where she felt that she could make an impact. As a parent, it makes the mission of The Childhood League Center that much more personally relevant to her. She personally feels that, “investing in our children is so important and The Childhood League Center touches many of the lives of those that need the most support!”

  • Partner,
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • CEO
    The Childhood League Center
    Joined The Board: 2013

    Favorite Children’s Book:
    Good Night Moon


    “I loved reading this book every night to my son. When he began to read, he loved reading it to me.”

    Executive Director Ginger Young brings a long career of service and leadership to The Childhood League Center. Her experience includes serving as Director of the YWCA’s Family Center and Women’s Programs and as Vice President of Clinical Operations at St. Vincent Family Center.

    She also worked with the deaf and hard-of hearing community for more than 15 years. With strong connections in Central Ohio’s nonprofit community, she is leading The Center to make an ever-greater impact in the future.

  • The League Leadership

    A group of innovative and passionate volunteer women began The Childhood League in 1945,
    providing a much-needed service for young children.

    Over time, The League added paid staff to help in the operations of The Center as it grew, while
    The League continued to provide vital support. Today, League Members commit for five years to volunteering, fundraising, advocating, serving in leadership positions and participating in Merry
    Go Round, the largest annual fundraiser for The Center, put on by League Members.

  • Michelle Olsgard
    League President
    Sara Canterbury
    League President Elect
    Jenna Laird
    Recording Secretary
    Tiffany Baronzzi
    Development Chair
    Kate Firestine
    Development Chair Elect
    Kerry Hyre 
    Communications/Social Media Chair
  • Rhonda Brotherton
    Financial Controller
    Heather Skurek
    Financial Controller Elect
    Abby Mathieson
    Membership Chair
    Katie Twining
    New Membership Chair
    Kristin Harpe
    Membership Liaison 
  • Kate Firestine
    Annual Fundraising Chair
    Amy Reynolds-Gohs
    Annual Fundraising Chair Elect
    Katie Street & Kate Richetti 
    Merry Go Round Co-Chairs
    Laura Butler
    Programs Chair
    Clare Reter
    Programs Chair Elect
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