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 17 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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Delores Richardson
Delores RichardsonCommission Chair; Chair: Executive Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Commission 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 Chair; Chair: Executive Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Commission 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.

Eileen Neale
Eileen NealeCommission Vice-Chair; Chair: 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 NealeCommission Vice-Chair; Chair: 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

Deborah Smith
Deborah SmithTreasurer (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 SmithTreasurer (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.

Summer Sherman
Summer ShermanRecording Secretary; Chair: Education Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Recording Secretary
Chair: Education Committee

Commissioner Sherman is a lifelong resident of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus City Schools and the Ohio State University. Summer has served the community as an employee of Columbus Metropolitan Library since 2002, and is currently the Manager of the South High Branch. She is deeply committed to the library’s focus on Young Minds and their mission to “inspire reading, share resources, and connect people.” Every day at the South High Branch is inspiring.

Commissioner Sherman loves engaging with children and families, talking books, and linking residents with resources to improve their lives. She is grateful that her work brought her to the Far South side, and for the opportunity to serve as a Commissioner.

Summer Sherman
Summer ShermanRecording Secretary; Chair: Education Committee (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Recording Secretary
Chair: Education Committee

Commissioner Sherman is a lifelong resident of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus City Schools and the Ohio State University. Summer has served the community as an employee of Columbus Metropolitan Library since 2002, and is currently the Manager of the South High Branch. She is deeply committed to the library’s focus on Young Minds and their mission to “inspire reading, share resources, and connect people.” Every day at the South High Branch is inspiring.

Commissioner Sherman loves engaging with children and families, talking books, and linking residents with resources to improve their lives. She is grateful that her work brought her to the Far South side, and for the opportunity to serve as a Commissioner.

Rev. Bonnie Draudt
Rev. Bonnie DraudtChair: Internal Governance Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Chair: Internal Governance Committee

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 DraudtChair: Internal Governance Committee (Term ends: 12/31/23)

Chair: Internal Governance Committee

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.

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.

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

Bio coming soon!

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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Brandyn McElroy
Brandyn McElroyChair: Recreation and Parks Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Chair: Recreation and Parks Committee

Brandyn has resided on the south side of Columbus for over 10 years and has been an active member in the community. Brandyn has always had a passion for moving communities from underserved and underrepresented to progressive and moving in a way that improves them for the neighbors living within.

Brandyn has served on several Area Commissions throughout the city of Columbus and is the former President of the Indian Mound CRC and Weinland Park Civic Association. Brandyn has been recognized for his service to communities in Columbus by the S.A.V.E. Organization as an American Peace Advocate and Who's Who in Black Columbus as a Community Leader and a Leader On The Rise for several years. He is currently beginning the process to follow a path of ministry as a larger approach to helping individuals and families.

Brandyn McElroy
Brandyn McElroyChair: Recreation and Parks Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

Chair: Recreation and Parks Committee

Brandyn has resided on the south side of Columbus for over 10 years and has been an active member in the community. Brandyn has always had a passion for moving communities from underserved and underrepresented to progressive and moving in a way that improves them for the neighbors living within.

Brandyn has served on several Area Commissions throughout the city of Columbus and is the former President of the Indian Mound CRC and Weinland Park Civic Association. Brandyn has been recognized for his service to communities in Columbus by the S.A.V.E. Organization as an American Peace Advocate and Who's Who in Black Columbus as a Community Leader and a Leader On The Rise for several years. He is currently beginning the process to follow a path of ministry as a larger approach to helping individuals and families.

Rev. Dr. Zawadi Yaashantawa
Rev. Dr. Zawadi YaashantawaChair: Heallth & Human Services Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

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: Heallth & Human Services Committee (Term ends: 12/31/21)

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.

Alyse Byrd
Alyse ByrdCommissioner (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Commissioner Byrd was born and raised in the inner cities of Columbus in the State of Ohio. Throughout her childhood and teenage years Alyse found a love and outlet through music. Having faced many obstacles and milestones, Alyse obtained her diploma in the year 2015. She headed straight off to college attending the Ohio Christian University. Alyse became a mother at the age 19 still all while seeking to achieve success on her many endeavors.

While in the year 2015 Alyse started a Non-Profit “Career Building Centers of America!”   Alyse continues her education while seeking her Dual Degree, a master’s in Business Administration & master’s in Ministry & Music. 

Being Elected as a Commissioner for the Far South Side of Columbus allows her to be more involved in her community with Offering help, information, and programs that she is involved in both through the commission and her own business outreach programs.  Alyse is proud to be able to advocate and represent her neighborhood and community!

Alyse Byrd
Alyse ByrdCommissioner (Term ends: 12/31/22)

Commissioner Byrd was born and raised in the inner cities of Columbus in the State of Ohio. Throughout her childhood and teenage years Alyse found a love and outlet through music. Having faced many obstacles and milestones, Alyse obtained her diploma in the year 2015. She headed straight off to college attending the Ohio Christian University. Alyse became a mother at the age 19 still all while seeking to achieve success on her many endeavors.

While in the year 2015 Alyse started a Non-Profit “Career Building Centers of America!”   Alyse continues her education while seeking her Dual Degree, a master’s in Business Administration & master’s in Ministry & Music. 

Being Elected as a Commissioner for the Far South Side of Columbus allows her to be more involved in her community with Offering help, information, and programs that she is involved in both through the commission and her own business outreach programs.  Alyse is proud to be able to advocate and represent her neighborhood and community!

Becky Walcott
Becky WalcottCommissioner (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 WalcottCommissioner (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.

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