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Board of Directors

Gary Francis

Mr. Francis  serves as President of the Board of Directors.  He is the Broker/Owner of American Dream Realty and Francis Appraisal Group located in Powell, Ohio and has been in the real estate business since 1978. He just completed a six year term on the Board of Directors at The Columbus Board of Realtors serving 10 counties in Central Ohio. Mr. Francis grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. He has also been an instructor at Columbus State, Bliss College, and Hondros College in real estate and appraising.

Gary and his wife Kim reside in Powell, and have two adult children.


Melanie Crane Currently serving as Vice President of our Board of Directors, Melanie Crane acquired knowledge of PIN through the Leadership Delaware program in 2015.  Melanie is currently the Assistant Controller at V&P Hydraulic Products, LLC. and resides in Delaware County.  Originally a native of Cincinnati, Melanie attended college in Tiffin, Ohio. During her studies at Heidelberg College, Melanie majored in Business Administration and played soccer. Upon graduation, she moved to the Columbus area where she enjoys running, boating, volunteering, and spending time with family. 

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David Green

David Green is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He is a Principal at FocusCFO in Columbus, a company which empowers small and medium sized enterprises through sound financial management, forward thinking insights & tools, and proactive financial strategies. He formerly worked for Greif in Delaware. David is originally from Great Britain but left there in 1983 after receiving his CPA. Since then, he lived in Holland and Brazil before coming to the United States in 2001.

David resides in Powell and enjoys traveling, photography and sports when he is not helping clients or volunteering with PIN.  He has two grown sons.


Barb Benton

Barb Benton
Barbara Benton leads The Ohio Society of CPAs’ legislative and regulatory efforts at the state and federal levels.  She has over 25 years of experience lobbying on behalf of the CPA profession, focusing on professional regulation, tax, accounting, auditing and general business issues.  

A summa cum laude graduate of Otterbein University, Barb is a leader of the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice coalition and past president of the Ohio Lobbying Association.  Most recently she led the Ohio Municipal Tax Reform Coalition, an organization representing 365,000 Ohio businesses and professionals.   On the national level she is active with the American Society of Association Executives, including serving as chair of the Government Relations Section Council.

Barb and her husband, Jeff, live in Orange Township.  They have four sons, two grandchildren and one very cute bulldog.



Kathy King
Kathy King has a passion for helping others and is always the first to raise her hand when volunteers are needed. Kathy has worked for Greif, Inc., Delaware, Ohio, for over 27 years in various roles ranging from customer service, to sales, pricing, system development and employee training. She actively leads and coordinated the volunteer opportunities at Greif including Big Brothers Big Sisters in school mentoring program, the annual Greif Camp week at Recreation Unlimited and the food pantry events at PIN. Kathy’s kick start into community involvement began after completing Delaware Leadership’s Class of 2014. Prior to joining the PIN Board, Kathy served on the Board of Directors at The Alpha Group of Delaware County.

She has lived and worked in Delaware for 18 years and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs (not always in that order).

Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis

 

Mr. Lewis began volunteering for PIN at the 2014 Holiday Clearing House and since then has been enthusiastically working at the monthly produce drops. 

He has been a practicing attorney for over 39 years, the last 21 with the Columbus law firm Lane, Alton, focusing on insurance law and is a former senior assistant Franklin County prosecuting attorney. Mr. Lewis is currently serving as vice-chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and on the LL.M. Advisory Council of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  He devotes time to the Ohio Supreme Court's "Lawyer to Lawyer" Mentoring Program and the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) (using his fluency in Spanish to help train prosecutors and police in Latin America in their transition to the the U.S.. adversary justice model). Mr. Lewis is a U.S.. Army veteran and has volunteered time to Operation Legal Help Ohio (Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project), in Franklin County.

He resides in Genoa Township with his wife Barb. They have two grown sons, one of whom resides in Denver and the other in Columbus with his wife and their four daughters.


Kirt Trimble

Kirt Trimble

Kirt Trimble has been in the insurance business since 2010 and involved with the PIN Holiday Clearing House since 2004.  After graduating from the Fisher College of Business of The Ohio State University, he worked in underwriting and sales roles for Grange Insurance in Ohio and Kentucky. As a licensed Property, Casualty and Life agent, and 4th generation Trimble employee, he is excited to be part of the family legacy.

Kirt currently resides in Delaware and enjoys hiking, hunting and fishing with his dog Woodford when he is not helping clients or volunteering with PIN, The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio or Rotary International.