Lina Lee is a passionate Human Resources professional and worked the past 23 years in Talent Acquisition and Employee Relations at The Limited Divisions, Alliance Data Systems and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In 2008 founded Celondon Properties, a property management company operating a full cycle of residential rentals and renovation projects. In 2018, Lina became a partner at Rowe Creative Union, a retail design and branding company.
Lina is honored to be a board member of GCCHH. Through her personal and professional life, she witnessed the importance of higher education in young persons lives. Previously, she was a mentor for 8 years with Franklin County Children’s Services and served in many volunteer programs through Columbus City Schools, Catholic Schools, Westerville High Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
She is a mother of two children and has been married for 30 years. She loves traveling and inspires a healthy lifestyle by practicing yoga, biking, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and culinary exploration.
Nicholas Gatlin, PhD’s (also known on various social media platforms as “@DrEntotheGee”) life experiences has literally afforded him the opportunity to interact and work with people from all over the world. From Thailand to Taiwan, South Korea to Saudi Arabia, and China to the Congo, Dr. Gatlin has impacted someone professionally or personally, whether it has been in the classroom, the workspace, or in passing. He has worked in the areas of project management, strategic analysis and planning, community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and curriculum design and development. While his experiences in the workplace have been challenging, yet rewarding, they have shaped him into who and where he is today.
Dr. Gatlin currently serves as the Vice President of Programs for the Project Management Institute of Central Chapter (PMICOC), where he is responsible for all programming and certification training offerings for over 2200-chapter members. In addition, he is a Visiting Lecturer at Otterbein University, where he teaches courses in TESOL Pedagogy as well as Research Design and Academic and Technical Writing.
Prior to his current roles, Dr. Gatlin worked as the Sr. Client Engagement Manager for TMH Solutions, LLC, a minority owned, woman owned and managed Information, Technology, and Management consulting firm and enterprise software reseller. His role encompasses the areas of program management and governance, business development, and training and development. Through his commitment in this role, Dr. Gatlin has led business proposal efforts that have generated business through acquiring multiple state and local multi-year consultant engagement projects and enterprise sales contracts during his tenure with the company.
Dr. Gatlin worked in higher education as a Lecturer and Program Success Manager at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of International Studies. There, he lectured graduate courses in the areas of Academic and Professional Writing and Oral and Intercultural Communication. He also has international experience lecturing at universities in Taiwan and South Korea in the areas of Intercultural Communication, TESOL Pedagogy, and Teacher Trainer preparation course, which resulted in an 87% and 89% pass rates of the National Teacher’s Examination in English in both countries, respectively.
Dr. Gatlin serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands (GCCHH) Foundation and is also He is also an active member of the Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as the training and development committee Vice Chair and the Director of Membership Intake and Development.
Dr. Gatlin has an MA and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Linguistics and Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation focused on African American college students’ motivation, anxiety levels, and beliefs about foreign language learning with respect to their respective college campus environment. He also has a BA in Comparative Government and Economics, with a minor in Italian Literature from The University of Virginia. Dr. Gatlin is also a Certified Scrum Master and a Certified Organizational Change Management Practitioner. He is multilingual with superior fluency in French, and intermediate fluency in Italian and Spanish. He is an avid international traveler and foodie, enjoys music, and playing sports. He also enjoys cooking, as his signature dish—Jambalaya—is one that he describes as “a movie!” Dr Gatlin is also a self-proclaimed “cookie snob,” as he is always on the search for the best tasting cookie that can compete with his stuffed Nutella triple chocolate chip brown-buttered sea salt cookie.
Lare Bridges is a Human Resources professional with 17yrs of experience. She has worked in the hospitality and healthcare industries supporting Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, HR Systems, and other various HR functions. Most recently she previously worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 10yrs and is now working at Quantum Health as the Manager of Talent Acquisition supporting Pod & Clinical Operations.
She has previously volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Boys & Girls club as a mentor and cooked meals and cleaned rooms at the Ronald McDonald House.
She is Married to Chief Master Sergeant Jacob Bridges, who currently serves in the US Air Force- Air National Guard. They have 2 handsome boys and reside in Grove City. Together they also run the Capital City Amateur golf tour in Columbus.
Beth Bennett is a dedicated public servant who currently serves as the Budget Chief at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Beth grew up in Springfield Ohio, and has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University and a Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Her career has spanned the public and nonprofit sectors, including prior roles at the Columbus City Auditor’s Office, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, and the United Way of Central Ohio. Professionally, she is most passionate about maximizing financial resources and ensuring sustainability of organizations with incredible public missions.
Beth’s community engagement resulted in her being selected as a 2021 Fellow in the Columbus Chapter of New Leaders Council. After her fellowship, Beth served on the NLC Columbus board as Institute Co-Chair, leading the organization’s efforts to deliver programming for its 2022 cohort of fellows. Beth is honored to serve on the board of GCCHH and continue her commitment to ensuring inclusive leadership development and community building opportunities are accessible to people regardless of socioeconomic status.
Beth and her husband Matt live in Minerva Park with their pups (Murphy and Frankie) and are expecting their first child in September 2023. She starts every morning with the Wordle of the day, loves to cook, and her personal mission statement is “bring the sparkle”.
Robert Eubanks is happily married to Sandra Eubanks. He has four children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He graduated from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Before retiring, he represented AT&T as Chairperson of the Columbus Regional Minority Supplier Development Council and the Northern Ohio Minority Business Council. Robert currently is the managing partner of Telecommunication Network Services.
He is a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and its’ Sims-Cleveland Sunday School Class. He is an avid golfer and President of the Wednesday Retirees Golf Group.
Robert strongly believes that “Higher education is the key to our future.”
James Anthony Reid , a Columbus resident for 40 years was born in Durham, North Carolina. He married Darla Jean Miller they have 3 children, and 10 grandchildren. He has lived in the Eastgate Community for 36 years.
James has worked in the photographic industry for more than 50 years. His education includes Commercial Photography at the New York Institute of Photography, NYC., Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, then Catonsville Community College in Woodlawn, Maryland. James has 3 Certifications in Photo Mechanics and taught Color Separation 3 years at Columbus State.
He retired from Kreber Graphic of Columbus after 32 years. And he started his own company in 1996 “Past Pictures Enterprises”.
James is a Christian, accepting Christ in 1984.
He believes “It is our duty to give back and lighten the burden of others”
Matt was born in Circleville, Ohio, and after graduating, attended The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree. While living in Cincinnati, Matt attended Xavier University and graduated with an MBA in 1999. He has been in commercial banking for 25+ years and is working at First Merchants Bank.
He has been an active participant with not-for-profit organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for The Women’s Crisis Center in Northern Kentucky, where he was elected as Secretary, Vice President, and President. Matt was on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio from 2009 to 2020, where he served two terms as Treasurer. He joined the Board of Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands in June, 2022, and is the Board Treasurer.
Matt resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Cindy, and his teen son, Lukas.
Each of our board members share the same passion: “To Serve”.