About the Commission

Our mission is to solicit active cooperation among all segments of the area and city, including organizations, institutions, and government. 

Quality of Life

The Far South Columbus Area Commission is an advisory body committed to the preservation, development, and enhancement of our area, including, but not limited to, parks, recreational areas, sidewalks, streets and traffic.

 

Regular meetings are held monthly to provide an opportunity for area residents, businesses, and organizations to share their problems, concerns, ideas and solutions. Regular meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.  

Far South Columbus Area

Far South Columbus Area Map

 

The Commission area includes over 25 square miles of residential, commercial and industrial land. The Commission area boundaries are:

  • North: State Route 104, Refugee Road
  • South: City of Columbus corporation limits
  • East:  West Side of State Route 33 to State Route 317 (Hamilton Rd) South on State Route 317, to south on Pontius Rd, (excluding the Village of Obetz and the City Of Groveport)
  • West: Scioto River to I-270 West, and south on Jackson Pile. SR104

Standing Committees

Per the Commission ByLaws, the following committees are established to benefit the community:

Public Safety Committee

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Recreation & Parks Committee

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Education Committee

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Zoning & Development Committee

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Community Outreach Committee

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Executive Committee

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Environmental Committee

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Economic Development Committee

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Health & Human Services Committee

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Internal Governance Committee

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Meet our Commissioners

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Rev. Bonnie Draudt
Rev. Bonnie DraudtCommission Chair: Chair: Executive Committee; Chair: Resource Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Commission Chair

Bonnie Draudt was born and raised in Whitehall, Ohio. Her husband and she moved to Columbus in 1972. She has worked as a Materials Manager, Office Manager, Human Recourses and IBS Manager in the south end of Columbus, which has made her very familiar with the area. She volunteers for the community to make Three Rivers a desirable place to live and raise a family. She is a mother of two, grandmother of five, a great grandmother of one, ordained minister, a pastor’s wife, and an advocate for the residents of Columbus.

In 2002-2011, she was the Vice President of the Three Rivers Civic Association and Block Watch (TRCA&BW), and 2011 - present is the President. She has written and received many grants for TRCA&BW from 2010 - present, to beautify and bring Three Rivers residents closer together. She has been a Far South Columbus Area Commissioner since December, 2017. She has been Correspondence Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chaired the Recreation and Parks Committee. She has worked diligently with the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks since 2012 to upgrade Elk Run Park. She is concerned about all of the Recreation Centers and Parks in the Far South Community. She is currently working in Internal Governance, proposed 2020 By-Law changes and Commissioner Elections. Her Term will expire December 31, 2023.

Rev. Bonnie Draudt
Rev. Bonnie DraudtCommission Chair: Chair: Executive Committee; Chair: Resource Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Commission Chair

Bonnie Draudt was born and raised in Whitehall, Ohio. Her husband and she moved to Columbus in 1972. She has worked as a Materials Manager, Office Manager, Human Recourses and IBS Manager in the south end of Columbus, which has made her very familiar with the area. She volunteers for the community to make Three Rivers a desirable place to live and raise a family. She is a mother of two, grandmother of five, a great grandmother of one, ordained minister, a pastor’s wife, and an advocate for the residents of Columbus.

In 2002-2011, she was the Vice President of the Three Rivers Civic Association and Block Watch (TRCA&BW), and 2011 - present is the President. She has written and received many grants for TRCA&BW from 2010 - present, to beautify and bring Three Rivers residents closer together. She has been a Far South Columbus Area Commissioner since December, 2017. She has been Correspondence Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chaired the Recreation and Parks Committee. She has worked diligently with the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks since 2012 to upgrade Elk Run Park. She is concerned about all of the Recreation Centers and Parks in the Far South Community. She is currently working in Internal Governance, proposed 2020 By-Law changes and Commissioner Elections. Her Term will expire December 31, 2023.

Delores Richardson
Delores RichardsonCommission Vice-Chair; Vice-Chair: Executive Committee; Chair: Economic Development Committee (Term ends: 12/31/24)

Commission Vice-Chair
Chair: Executive Committee

Delores Richardson exemplifies Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s quote of “You manage things, you lead people.” Her life experience in central Ohio communities for over 30 years is seen in her commitment to neighbors and neighborhoods. Her education has ranged from Wilberforce University with a B.A. in Organizational Management, licensures and certifications from Columbus City Schools, Columbus Department of Health, mental health education and Infant Mortality as a licensed Community Health Worker and over 20 year as a licensed Real Estate Agent.

Ms. Richardson’s education has been instrumental in supporting her work in the community. She has work experience In case management, community outreach, alcohol and drug abuse prevention coordination and diverse community commitments. She has worked as as an educational facilitator and public school educator. These roles have provided the opportunity to work with diverse communities and to build unique partnerships. Currently she is working with the Mayor’s initiative to reduce Infant Mortality in the city of Columbus.

Delores works in bringing everyone to the community building and decision-making table. Her leadership training from the Neighborhood Leadership Academy has enhanced her engagement as a civic member, an area commissioner, a community educator and faith-based leader.

Delores wishes to be known as an investor in training future community leaders. Her voice is to encourage others to raise their voices in celebrating their diversity and talents for building and sustaining healthy community building.

Delores Richardson
Delores RichardsonCommission Vice-Chair; Vice-Chair: Executive Committee; Chair: Economic Development Committee (Term ends: 12/31/24)

Commission Vice-Chair
Chair: Executive Committee

Delores Richardson exemplifies Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s quote of “You manage things, you lead people.” Her life experience in central Ohio communities for over 30 years is seen in her commitment to neighbors and neighborhoods. Her education has ranged from Wilberforce University with a B.A. in Organizational Management, licensures and certifications from Columbus City Schools, Columbus Department of Health, mental health education and Infant Mortality as a licensed Community Health Worker and over 20 year as a licensed Real Estate Agent.

Ms. Richardson’s education has been instrumental in supporting her work in the community. She has work experience In case management, community outreach, alcohol and drug abuse prevention coordination and diverse community commitments. She has worked as as an educational facilitator and public school educator. These roles have provided the opportunity to work with diverse communities and to build unique partnerships. Currently she is working with the Mayor’s initiative to reduce Infant Mortality in the city of Columbus.

Delores works in bringing everyone to the community building and decision-making table. Her leadership training from the Neighborhood Leadership Academy has enhanced her engagement as a civic member, an area commissioner, a community educator and faith-based leader.

Delores wishes to be known as an investor in training future community leaders. Her voice is to encourage others to raise their voices in celebrating their diversity and talents for building and sustaining healthy community building.

Becky Walcott
Becky WalcottTreasurer; Chair: Internal Governance Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Commissioner Walcott has been a resident of the Far South Side of Columbus since 1972. Commissioner Walcott coordinates her neighborhood Block Watch, served on the CRC with Indian Mound Recreation and worked with the local civic organizations to assist in area clean ups, toy drives and National Night Out Events.

​Becky is passionate about creating and maintaining a safe environment for all and believes every member of this community can make a difference. She enjoys working with local officials and law enforcement to bring more services and more economic development to our community.

Becky Walcott
Becky WalcottTreasurer; Chair: Internal Governance Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Commissioner Walcott has been a resident of the Far South Side of Columbus since 1972. Commissioner Walcott coordinates her neighborhood Block Watch, served on the CRC with Indian Mound Recreation and worked with the local civic organizations to assist in area clean ups, toy drives and National Night Out Events.

​Becky is passionate about creating and maintaining a safe environment for all and believes every member of this community can make a difference. She enjoys working with local officials and law enforcement to bring more services and more economic development to our community.

Bruce Miller
Bruce MillerRecording Secretary; Chair Education & Public Safety Committees (Term expires: 12/31/24)

Recording Secretary

Bruce Miller moved to Columbus in 1999 to accept a position as a nurse manager at The Ohio State University. Born and raised in rural Upstate New York, Bruce started his career as a firefighter/paramedic. While working in that field he graduated with his associated degree in nursing from Hudson Valley Community College and his bachelors degree in nursing from the State Unviersity of New York Empire State College. After moving to Ohio he also obtined a masters degree in nursing from The Ohio State University while working as an emergency room and critical are nurse. Bruce has been very active a a healthcare educator, and has won awards from the American Red Cross in N.Y. and on the national level as Educator of the Year, and he is an award winning speaker and published author in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

After retiring from nursing Bruce attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and obtained a degree in real estate from the Carl Lindner School of Business. He also completed the Columbus State Community College Real Estate/Construction management program and went on to a career in real estate/projecct management with a large commercial business. He then entered into the field of residential real estate and specialized in difficult residential properties/foreclosure prevention and advocating for clients with unique circumstances. He was a member of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Board of Realtors.

Bruce has been active in every community he has lived in in Ohio, including in Columbus. He believes in bettering the community for every resident/business and has always worked as a tireless advocate. He enjoys gardening, ice hockey, cooking, travel and is learning American Sign Language.

Bruce Miller
Bruce MillerRecording Secretary; Chair Education & Public Safety Committees (Term expires: 12/31/24)

Recording Secretary

Bruce Miller moved to Columbus in 1999 to accept a position as a nurse manager at The Ohio State University. Born and raised in rural Upstate New York, Bruce started his career as a firefighter/paramedic. While working in that field he graduated with his associated degree in nursing from Hudson Valley Community College and his bachelors degree in nursing from the State Unviersity of New York Empire State College. After moving to Ohio he also obtined a masters degree in nursing from The Ohio State University while working as an emergency room and critical are nurse. Bruce has been very active a a healthcare educator, and has won awards from the American Red Cross in N.Y. and on the national level as Educator of the Year, and he is an award winning speaker and published author in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

After retiring from nursing Bruce attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and obtained a degree in real estate from the Carl Lindner School of Business. He also completed the Columbus State Community College Real Estate/Construction management program and went on to a career in real estate/projecct management with a large commercial business. He then entered into the field of residential real estate and specialized in difficult residential properties/foreclosure prevention and advocating for clients with unique circumstances. He was a member of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Board of Realtors.

Bruce has been active in every community he has lived in in Ohio, including in Columbus. He believes in bettering the community for every resident/business and has always worked as a tireless advocate. He enjoys gardening, ice hockey, cooking, travel and is learning American Sign Language.

Michael Walker
Michael WalkerCo-Chair: Zoning Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Co-Chair: Zoning Committee

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Michael Walker
Michael WalkerCo-Chair: Zoning Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Co-Chair: Zoning Committee

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Robert Patterson
Robert PattersonCo-Chair: Zoning Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Co-Chair: Zoning Committee

A native of McDowell County, West Virginia, at an early age Mr. Patterson relocated with his family to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cuyahoga Public Schools, graduating from East Tech High School. After high school, he was employed with Harvard Manufacturing Company. A few years later, he relocated to Columbus, Ohio where he became a member of Laborers’ Local Union 423; working for many years in the construction industry. Mr. Patterson was forced into early retirement in 1997 after sustaining a major injury on the job.

In 1988, Mr. Patterson became a member of the Marion-Franklin Civic Association. As a community activist his priority was to have sidewalks put in the area of Marion-Franklin High School. He has been successful in establishing partnerships with businesses and the Civic Association. Under his leadership, the Civic Association has participated in a flower giveaway, school supplies giveaway, academic scholarship awards, a community garden and community Christmas parties. He currently serves as the President of the Marion-Franklin Civic Association.

Mr. Patterson also serves as head Deacon and Trustee at Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith.

Mr. Patterson is the recipient of many awards for his service to the community and the City of Columbus. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Zoning Committee and the Sewer and Water Advisory Board.

Mr. Patterson received the 2014 Impact Community Sector Award and was successful in bringing a Columbus Metropolitan Library branch and education center to the Marion-Franklin community. He was a recipient of the Jefferson Award in 2018.

“I just want to take care of my seniors and my community,” Mr. Patterson says.

Robert Patterson
Robert PattersonCo-Chair: Zoning Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Co-Chair: Zoning Committee

A native of McDowell County, West Virginia, at an early age Mr. Patterson relocated with his family to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cuyahoga Public Schools, graduating from East Tech High School. After high school, he was employed with Harvard Manufacturing Company. A few years later, he relocated to Columbus, Ohio where he became a member of Laborers’ Local Union 423; working for many years in the construction industry. Mr. Patterson was forced into early retirement in 1997 after sustaining a major injury on the job.

In 1988, Mr. Patterson became a member of the Marion-Franklin Civic Association. As a community activist his priority was to have sidewalks put in the area of Marion-Franklin High School. He has been successful in establishing partnerships with businesses and the Civic Association. Under his leadership, the Civic Association has participated in a flower giveaway, school supplies giveaway, academic scholarship awards, a community garden and community Christmas parties. He currently serves as the President of the Marion-Franklin Civic Association.

Mr. Patterson also serves as head Deacon and Trustee at Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith.

Mr. Patterson is the recipient of many awards for his service to the community and the City of Columbus. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Zoning Committee and the Sewer and Water Advisory Board.

Mr. Patterson received the 2014 Impact Community Sector Award and was successful in bringing a Columbus Metropolitan Library branch and education center to the Marion-Franklin community. He was a recipient of the Jefferson Award in 2018.

“I just want to take care of my seniors and my community,” Mr. Patterson says.

Eileen Neale
Eileen NealeChair: Environmental Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Commission Vice-Chair
Chair: Environmental Committee

Commissioner Neale has been a resident on the Far South Side for 30 years, residing within the Alum Crest Acres community. She is passionate about resolving environmental issues impacting residents on the south side. Recently she was successful in the closure of a landfill site within her community.

She has served on several task force committees, which include Columbus City Schools and the Ohio Department of Health. She has reviewed issues for school closures and the healthy family initiative regarding infant mortality.

She believes in educating our youth and has been a mentor at the Marion-Franklin High School. She also serves as a speaking resource for Columbus City Schools.

She currently serves as the President of the Alum Crest Acres Civic Association.

As a commissioner, she sees her role as the voice and the connector for communities who are unable to speak for themselves. She believes we are their face when we enact change on their behalf.

Community Training and Education

      Graduate 2015 United Way Leadership Academy
      AD Hoc Task Force Member- Columbus City Schools
      ol>Facility Master Plan 2016
      Ohio Health Department- Task force member for Southside
      Healthy Families/Infant Mortality
      2014-2015

Education: Master of Arts-Personnel Adm.
Central Michigan
BS- Business Administration
Franklin University

Eileen Neale
Eileen NealeChair: Environmental Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Commission Vice-Chair
Chair: Environmental Committee

Commissioner Neale has been a resident on the Far South Side for 30 years, residing within the Alum Crest Acres community. She is passionate about resolving environmental issues impacting residents on the south side. Recently she was successful in the closure of a landfill site within her community.

She has served on several task force committees, which include Columbus City Schools and the Ohio Department of Health. She has reviewed issues for school closures and the healthy family initiative regarding infant mortality.

She believes in educating our youth and has been a mentor at the Marion-Franklin High School. She also serves as a speaking resource for Columbus City Schools.

She currently serves as the President of the Alum Crest Acres Civic Association.

As a commissioner, she sees her role as the voice and the connector for communities who are unable to speak for themselves. She believes we are their face when we enact change on their behalf.

Community Training and Education

      Graduate 2015 United Way Leadership Academy
      AD Hoc Task Force Member- Columbus City Schools
      ol>Facility Master Plan 2016
      Ohio Health Department- Task force member for Southside
      Healthy Families/Infant Mortality
      2014-2015

Education: Master of Arts-Personnel Adm.
Central Michigan
BS- Business Administration
Franklin University

Lori Fisher
Lori FisherChair: Community Outreach Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Lori Fisher has been a resident of Far South Columbus for more than 24 years. She has a strong desire to help preserve and shape the future of our entire commission area.

Her two children graduated from the local public schools, and for many years she worked within a 10-minute drive. Mrs. Fisher supports local businesses, and believes there is strength in our diversity.

Over the past several years, Mrs. Fisher has had the opportunity to become more engaged with my community. After she graduated from the United Way Leadership Academy in 2018, she jumped into community advocacy and actively volunteered with her local civic association. As a resident of the Marion-Franklin area, she has participated in various community events and helped secure funding for several programs implemented in her neighborhood. In 2019, she helped launch South Side Hope Community Development Corporation to advocate for stronger communities and stable housing throughout the Far South side.

Mrs. Fisher truly believe everyone deserves a safe, stable, clean and healthy environment with good schools, prosperous businesses, employment options, and easy access to quality food, recreation and medical care. She became part of the commission to help shape the future of the Far South side to ensure all of our residents can have just that.

Chair: Community Outreach Committee

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Lori Fisher
Lori FisherChair: Community Outreach Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Lori Fisher has been a resident of Far South Columbus for more than 24 years. She has a strong desire to help preserve and shape the future of our entire commission area.

Her two children graduated from the local public schools, and for many years she worked within a 10-minute drive. Mrs. Fisher supports local businesses, and believes there is strength in our diversity.

Over the past several years, Mrs. Fisher has had the opportunity to become more engaged with my community. After she graduated from the United Way Leadership Academy in 2018, she jumped into community advocacy and actively volunteered with her local civic association. As a resident of the Marion-Franklin area, she has participated in various community events and helped secure funding for several programs implemented in her neighborhood. In 2019, she helped launch South Side Hope Community Development Corporation to advocate for stronger communities and stable housing throughout the Far South side.

Mrs. Fisher truly believe everyone deserves a safe, stable, clean and healthy environment with good schools, prosperous businesses, employment options, and easy access to quality food, recreation and medical care. She became part of the commission to help shape the future of the Far South side to ensure all of our residents can have just that.

Chair: Community Outreach Committee

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Rev. Dr. Zawadi Yaashantawa
Rev. Dr. Zawadi YaashantawaChair: Health & Human Services Committee (Term ends: 12/31/24)

Chair: Health & Human Services Committee

Rev. Dr. Zawadi Yaashantawa was born and retired in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Yaashantawa is a skill communicator and speaker. Her expertise includes Communications, teaching, writing and drama. She has provided training and information for spiritual worships, conferences, seminars, for over 100 organizations across the United States. She designs and facilitates multi-accelerated approaches to learning organizational and board development. She has taught numerous workshops on non-profit managements topics with special emphasis on the involvement of the board of directors.​

Dr. YaAshantawa greatest asset is her family, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Her greatest joy is the joy of the Lord, and being a messenger of the Most High God. Talk about a child that loves the Lord, well here’s one.

Rev. Dr. Zawadi Yaashantawa
Rev. Dr. Zawadi YaashantawaChair: Health & Human Services Committee (Term ends: 12/31/24)

Chair: Health & Human Services Committee

Rev. Dr. Zawadi Yaashantawa was born and retired in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Yaashantawa is a skill communicator and speaker. Her expertise includes Communications, teaching, writing and drama. She has provided training and information for spiritual worships, conferences, seminars, for over 100 organizations across the United States. She designs and facilitates multi-accelerated approaches to learning organizational and board development. She has taught numerous workshops on non-profit managements topics with special emphasis on the involvement of the board of directors.​

Dr. YaAshantawa greatest asset is her family, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Her greatest joy is the joy of the Lord, and being a messenger of the Most High God. Talk about a child that loves the Lord, well here’s one.

Sheila Eubanks
Sheila EubanksChair: Recs & Parks Committee (Term ends 12/31/24)

Commissioner Sheila Eubanks was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to the Southfield community in 1967 and currently a lifelong resident of the Southfield/ Marion Franklin area. A proud product of Columbus City School. A graduate of Marion Franklin High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. Sheila attended The Ohio State University and Columbus State University where she studied Pre-Nursing and Business Management.

Family is very important to Sheila, mother of one daughter, age 29 years old. Sheila is very fortunate that she has both of her parent to whom Sheila helps and assist daily. Howard Eubanks 90 years young and mother Oneda, age 80. Which is one of the reasons that Sheila proudly serves all Seniors and address the needs and problems of the elderly. In addition, Sheila is an active advocate/ caregiver for her special needs’ family members, navigating the maze of The Franklin County Department of Disability to assure that her family members are not left behind.

Sheila has served her community for well over 18 years. Sheila’s began this journey as student advocate. Wanting to make sure that her daughter and other students in the Columbus Catholic and Columbus City School systems were not left behind. Sheila was very vocal during the years of 2008 to current to assure that all students had the opportunity to receive a quality education in the Columbus School systems.

Sheila was a Past Board Member for “Youth for a Positive Image”. While serving on this board she was asked to serve on Mayor Mike Coleman’s Coalition for a Non-Violent Columbus (CNC) as a voting member.

Currently, Sheila serves as President for Genesis of Good Samaritan a Non-Profit Organization here at the Columbus, Ohio branch. Currently Sheila manages one of the largest Produce Give Away in her community. Sheila has also provided food assistance to the near Eastside at Fairwood Elementary School and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3764. During COVID, the Southfield community received very little assistance, Sheila organized a drive thru model that was COVID safe and served up to 300 families per event in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Collective and The Food Soldier-Rochelle Pate. It was very important that she continue the work of serving her community during the Pandemic.

Sheila has been an active member of Marion Franklin Civic Association for 15 years. Sheila has been elected to several positions within Marion Franklin Civic Association. In 2021 Sheila was elected Chairperson of the Trustee Board. While working with the Marion Franklin Civic, January 20,2015 Sheila was very instrumental in the planning and development of the first of its kind, Marion Franklin Opportunity Center. During COVID the Southfield community was not immune to issues with crime and other community struggles. Sheila worked very close with Columbus City Police to elude a spike in crime. Sheila put together a group and developed initiatives to reduce crime in her community. On August 23,2020 in partnership with other organizations, we had our first Community Dinner. This dinner was to bring residents together and say “Enough is Enough” of this crime in our neighborhood. We also had the opportunity to bring Columbus Police Officer to our community to bridge the gap. This dinner was a huge success. Then in the month of October Sheila planned a community unity walk with the Columbus Police Department Safe Streets bike patrol. Residents came out of their home and held conversation with the officers creating a special relationship. This was another successful event.

Sheila is a Past Matron -Electa Chapter #7 Order of Eastern Star and the Past Grand Registrar -Benevolent Grand Chapter -Order of Eastern Star-State of Ohio- AF & AM Affiliated.

Sheila currently comes with over 30 years of Risk Management experience and a Licensed Property and Casualty Adjuster. She currently holds the position of Field Specialist at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, for a major Ohio Automotive Manufacturing account.

Sheila Eubanks comes from a family of Civil Rights activist who played an intricate part of the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s. Her Uncle Goldie Eubanks was a foot soldier for Dr. Martin Luther King in St Augustine Florida. Studying her family roots and documented history plays is big part in Sheila’s commitment to the City of Columbus and the Southfield Community. Sheila is committed to making sure that the concerns of the communities of Columbus are heard.

Sheila Eubanks
Sheila EubanksChair: Recs & Parks Committee (Term ends 12/31/24)

Commissioner Sheila Eubanks was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She moved to the Southfield community in 1967 and currently a lifelong resident of the Southfield/ Marion Franklin area. A proud product of Columbus City School. A graduate of Marion Franklin High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. Sheila attended The Ohio State University and Columbus State University where she studied Pre-Nursing and Business Management.

Family is very important to Sheila, mother of one daughter, age 29 years old. Sheila is very fortunate that she has both of her parent to whom Sheila helps and assist daily. Howard Eubanks 90 years young and mother Oneda, age 80. Which is one of the reasons that Sheila proudly serves all Seniors and address the needs and problems of the elderly. In addition, Sheila is an active advocate/ caregiver for her special needs’ family members, navigating the maze of The Franklin County Department of Disability to assure that her family members are not left behind.

Sheila has served her community for well over 18 years. Sheila’s began this journey as student advocate. Wanting to make sure that her daughter and other students in the Columbus Catholic and Columbus City School systems were not left behind. Sheila was very vocal during the years of 2008 to current to assure that all students had the opportunity to receive a quality education in the Columbus School systems.

Sheila was a Past Board Member for “Youth for a Positive Image”. While serving on this board she was asked to serve on Mayor Mike Coleman’s Coalition for a Non-Violent Columbus (CNC) as a voting member.

Currently, Sheila serves as President for Genesis of Good Samaritan a Non-Profit Organization here at the Columbus, Ohio branch. Currently Sheila manages one of the largest Produce Give Away in her community. Sheila has also provided food assistance to the near Eastside at Fairwood Elementary School and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3764. During COVID, the Southfield community received very little assistance, Sheila organized a drive thru model that was COVID safe and served up to 300 families per event in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Collective and The Food Soldier-Rochelle Pate. It was very important that she continue the work of serving her community during the Pandemic.

Sheila has been an active member of Marion Franklin Civic Association for 15 years. Sheila has been elected to several positions within Marion Franklin Civic Association. In 2021 Sheila was elected Chairperson of the Trustee Board. While working with the Marion Franklin Civic, January 20,2015 Sheila was very instrumental in the planning and development of the first of its kind, Marion Franklin Opportunity Center. During COVID the Southfield community was not immune to issues with crime and other community struggles. Sheila worked very close with Columbus City Police to elude a spike in crime. Sheila put together a group and developed initiatives to reduce crime in her community. On August 23,2020 in partnership with other organizations, we had our first Community Dinner. This dinner was to bring residents together and say “Enough is Enough” of this crime in our neighborhood. We also had the opportunity to bring Columbus Police Officer to our community to bridge the gap. This dinner was a huge success. Then in the month of October Sheila planned a community unity walk with the Columbus Police Department Safe Streets bike patrol. Residents came out of their home and held conversation with the officers creating a special relationship. This was another successful event.

Sheila is a Past Matron -Electa Chapter #7 Order of Eastern Star and the Past Grand Registrar -Benevolent Grand Chapter -Order of Eastern Star-State of Ohio- AF & AM Affiliated.

Sheila currently comes with over 30 years of Risk Management experience and a Licensed Property and Casualty Adjuster. She currently holds the position of Field Specialist at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, for a major Ohio Automotive Manufacturing account.

Sheila Eubanks comes from a family of Civil Rights activist who played an intricate part of the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s. Her Uncle Goldie Eubanks was a foot soldier for Dr. Martin Luther King in St Augustine Florida. Studying her family roots and documented history plays is big part in Sheila’s commitment to the City of Columbus and the Southfield Community. Sheila is committed to making sure that the concerns of the communities of Columbus are heard.

Deborah Smith
Deborah SmithCommissioner (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Treasurer

A long time South Side resident and graduate of Marion Franklin High School, Deborah Smith served eight years in the
Army. Her employer is the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) at Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC). She has been a member of the Marion Franklin Area Civic Association since 2002, and has served as Trustee since 2005. Ms. Smith is one the founding Commissioners of the Far South Columbus Area
Commission. She has been a Commissioner since its inception July 21, 2008. She has served as the FSCAC Recording
Secretary from 2008 to 2020, and is currently the Treasurer.

Deborah Smith
Deborah SmithCommissioner (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Treasurer

A long time South Side resident and graduate of Marion Franklin High School, Deborah Smith served eight years in the
Army. Her employer is the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) at Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC). She has been a member of the Marion Franklin Area Civic Association since 2002, and has served as Trustee since 2005. Ms. Smith is one the founding Commissioners of the Far South Columbus Area
Commission. She has been a Commissioner since its inception July 21, 2008. She has served as the FSCAC Recording
Secretary from 2008 to 2020, and is currently the Treasurer.

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