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IMPACT Community Action, Franklin County’s leading poverty-fighting agency, held a general election on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at its headquarters at 700 Bryden Road in Columbus where low-income eligible members of the community were invited to vote to fill five (5) at-large, low-income representative vacancies on its Board of Directors.  IMPACT has a tripartite Board that is comprised of equal numbers of private sector, public sector, and democratically-elected low-income representatives, who are responsible for policy, governance and strategic oversight of the agency.

Low-Income Board Member candidates each met the following criteria:

  • Must be a low-income resident (at or below 200% of federal poverty level) of Franklin County, or be a service provider for low-income residents of Franklin County
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States
  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination
  • Must be nominated by 10 or more self-proclaimed residents of Franklin County
  • Must not be an employee of an organization that could present of conflict of interest with IMPACT Community Action, as determined by its Board of Directors

We also are excited to welcome and fill 2 additional open seats on IMPACT Board for 2020-  Two members representing the private sector, Mr. Matthew Glover of PNC Bank and Ms. Robyn Judge, of Fifth Third Bank; who were appointed and confirmed by unanimous Board vote.

2020 New Board Members

  • Barbara Clark
    Barbara Clark

    Barbara Clark has worked to empower low-income families and individuals for 30 years. Her approach is hands on, face-to-face interactions. Her goal is to help families build the hope needed to achieve self-sufficiency. She has worked in the community to address issues, such as the opioid crisis, and working with residents to erase over one million dollars of hospital debt that offset federal income taxes. Ms. Clark has worked with The Neighborhood House, Columbus Early Learning, where she goes door to door throughout the city, while utilizing her certification in State Peer Support and education she learned as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

  • Matthew Glover
    Matthew Glover

    Matthew Glover is a Assistant Vice President in Retail Lending at PNC Bank strategically positioned to impact and influence the workforce and marketplace. Matthew was selected to serve on the Retail Lending Diversity Inclusion Council and leads the African American Employee Business Resource Group at PNC and currently serves as President of the Columbus Multicultural ERBG. With a strong background in mortgage, risk and consumer credit, Matthew is able to support the community in Financial Literacy education and other volunteer opportunities.
    Mr. Glover earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and his Masters of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. Matthew is married to Shayla Glover and enjoys any opportunity to watch the Cleveland Browns.

  • Martina Grundy
    Martina Grundy

    Martina Grundy is a Buckeye Graduate ready and willing to serve people first! Ms. Grundy holds 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and organizations to eliminate personal barriers such as housing, criminal records employment, public assistance etc. She is a United Way East Leadership Academy participant striving to decrease obstacles and strengthen neighborhoods. Ms. Grundy is experienced with coordinating local food pantry donations and health fairs; and has completed The Franklin County Sherriff’s Citizen Academy and Motivating Emerging Leaders Series. Ms. Grundy welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the progression and self- sufficiency of ALL members of Franklin County!

  • Darrea Ragland
    Darrea Ragland

    Darrea Ragland is a graduate of The University of Toledo. She recently accepted a position at Sequel Pomegranate as a Group Therapist, working with adolescents who have experienced traumas that effect their mental health and development. She has a passion for working within underserved communities to help make a better future for the generations to come. Ms. Ragland’s enthusiasm to be engaged as a board member for an organization whose mission she believes in is refreshing. She is ready to lend her voice and support in the fight to end poverty in Franklin County.

  • Mahdi Taakilo
    Mahdi Taakilo

    Mahdi Taakilo is the President of Helping Africans in New Directors (H.A.N.D.) and The Somali Link Newspaper. Mr. Taakilo founded H.A.N.D. in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) community-based organization designed to better the lives of African immigrants in Ohio. Following his immigration to the United States in 2000, Mr. Taakilo founded The Somali Link Newspaper to help the local Somali community stay informed and connected to its roots. Mr. Taakilo was appointed as an assistant of United Nations Special Envoy to Somalia in 1994-97; and in 1997-1998, he worked with East African governments and militias, trying to bring the warring groups together.

Board of Directors

IMPACT has a tripartite board made up of three equal numbers of private sector, public sector and democratically-elected low-income representatives. The Governing Board members are responsible for policy, governance, and strategic oversight of IMPACT Community Action. As such, each board member has a fiduciary responsibility to the organization to ensure it is managed properly and has sufficient resources to deliver programs and services effectively to low-income residents of Franklin County. The Chief Executive Officer of IMPACT Community Action reports to the Governing Board Members.

The Advisory Board members support the work of the Governing Board by serving on one of the Governing Board subcommittees. The role of an advisory board member is to provide additional insight, expertise and advocacy in shaping the programs and services of IMPACT Community Action. Advisory Board members will work directly with Governing Board members and staff to ensure that IMPACT Community Action remains fiscally sound, is well managed, and continues to provide relevant and effective programs and services.

  • Community Sector Board Members

    Pastor Dalyn L. Dunn
    Ms. Glynis Jackson
    Ms. Barbara Clark
    Ms. Patricia Powell
    Mr. Darrea Ragland
    Ms. Sharyn Rigsbee
    Mr. Mahdi Taakilo

  • Private Sector Board Members

    Mr. Henry Davis, Board Treasurer, Nationwide Insurance
    Mr. Robert Dejarnette, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    Mr. Matthew Glover, PNC Bank
    Ms. Ann Healy, Woodforest National Bank
    Ms. Marketta Franklin, AEP Ohio
    Ms. Robyn Judge, Fifth Third Bank
    Mr. Ernest Perry, Ohio Health

  • Public Sector Board Members

    Mr. Eric L. Brandon, City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks
    Ms. Maude Hill, Homeport
    Dr. Robert O.E. Keyes, Board Chair, Dept. of Public Safety, City of Gahanna
    Mr. Ashon L. McKenzie, Celebrate One Columbus
    Mr. Matthew Smydo, Education Policy, City of Columbus
    Mrs. Carla Williams-Scott, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Columbus

  • Advisory Board Representatives

    Ms. Martina Grundy, Franklin County Dept. Jobs and Family Services
    Mr. Charles Noble, Columbus State Community College Assistant A.G.
    Mrs. Angela Wright. Huntington National Bank
    Mr. Howard Brooks, JP Morgan Chase
    Mr. Larry Price, Larry Price & Associates (Board Consultant)

Board meetings are held bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at IMPACT Community Action. 

  • 2020 board meetings are scheduled for February, April, June, August, October and December.  

Being the Best Community Action Board

An Eight-Unit Video on Effective Board Service

Unit 1 - Overview
Unit 2 - Organized to Lead
Unit 3 - Setting the Course
Unit 4 - The Board-Executive Relationship
Unit 5 - Getting It Done
Unit 6 - Financial Oversight
Unit 7 - Program Oversight
Unit 8 - Administrative Oversight

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