Her many leadership roles in the community and accomplishments include: Make-A-Wish Woman of the Year; 2007 Merry Go Round Chair; National Kappa Delta “Awe Inspiring Women Over 50”; PR Chair for Childhood League, Homeless Families Foundation & Women’s Board of Columbus Museum of Art; spokesperson for Humana Artificial Heart Implantation project; 2006 Mrs. Ohio United States; President Columbus Women’s District Golf Association. Donna is committed to growing the reach of Christine’s Christmas for years to come, stating that it is “a pathway to raising a lot of money for worthwhile charities that benefit children!”…read more
She has worked at IBM as a senior global sales executive and director with management leadership responsibility for IBM’s most strategic clients. Dana has been selected to speak at multiple national IBM leadership conferences to share best practices on how to build high performing teams and optimize client value. Her latest assignment was to play a major role initiated by the CEO and Chairman to lead the creation and execution of IBM’s global competitive sales strategy. Dana recently joined KPMG LLC as an Account Relationship Director with leadership responsibility for Public Sector clients. Dana has been a member of Junior League of Cincinnati and Columbus, a board member of Columbus Children’s Choir and is currently part of the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women ‘Circle of Red’ team. To be part of Christine’s Christmas is an honor and a gift. Dana is passionately committed to continuing the legacy of Christine’s beautiful spirit of compassion for others and her love of helping children.…read more
We are proud to say we have attended all of the Christine’s Christmas Concert Events since inception. We have supported the charitable causes that Christine’s Event has benefited throughout the years and truly enjoy the event as a yearly Christmas Holiday highpoint. We admire the strength of the Wilson family to turn a tragedy into such a wonderful event. We are grateful for the time we spend as a family remembering Christine and the great benefit she provides to so many people even beyond her life. We recognize what a blessing her life was to her parents and now to so many others. We enjoy bringing new families to the event each year so they can experience the magic that the concert creates. We encourage all people to celebrate Christine’s Christmas. It is truly a fantastic event.…read more
Her favorite thing about Christine’s Christmas is that it fosters “a legacy of compassion, love, and support for others in a time of need.”…read more
After Christine’s passing, Mark found solace at the piano. As he played, he realized that if the music could help him through this intensely dark time, perhaps it could helps others, as well. This thought was the beginning of Christine’s Christmas. Mark’s devotion to the Christine’s Christmas mission has earned him several community awards throughout the years, including the Service Above Self Award from the Columbus Downtown Rotary, and the Judges Award from the Central Ohio Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals.…read more
She has been chosen as a four-time Best of Weddings winner and was inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame in 2016. Jennifer also received the Couple’s Choice Award four times with Wedding Wire. In addition to her career accomplishments, Jennifer also takes pride in her community involvement. As a wish granter with the non-profit organization Wish Upon a Wedding, Jennifer sourced and produced a wedding for an Ohio couple facing a life-altering illness. Of her time on the Christine’s Christmas Board, Jennifer shared, “I have come to see first hand the true meaning of celebrating the life and legacy of Christine Wilson. It is my mission that we honor her name by helping others the way she would want us to. To show that love for children and compassion for others… in creating an event that is a celebration of life.”…read more
Dan Lehmann has been a member of the Christine’s Christmas Board for 4 years, during which time he has served on the sponsorship sub-committee to help secure local event supporters. An Associate for Sentz Financial Services, Dan first became involved with Christine’s Christmas through his wife, who was one of Christine’s closest friends.
Kathi Newton, Vice President/ Store Manager of Macy’s, has served on the Christine’s Christmas Board for 4 years. She sees her involvement as a way to pay homage to Christine.
Brent is married to Elizabeth Pastorek (Wilson), Christine’s sister. He never had the opportunity to meet Christine, but has had the privilege to be inspired by Christine’s Christmas since 2005. Brent and Elizabeth currently reside in Dublin, Ohio with their son, Nicholas.…read more
He joined the North American Purchasing Division of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in March 2000. After two years in strategic planning in the Planning & Administration Group, where he developed and managed the supplier “Early Warning System” (for which he received a patent), Brad moved to the Supplier Support Team in January 2002 and was responsible for Honda’s North American supplier “Circle Assistance Network” (CAN). In 2009, Brad moved within the NAT Division to the Supplier Development Team, where he conducted supplier performance audits of key strategic parts suppliers throughout North America and served as an in-house consultant to those suppliers to improve supplier performance characteristics in Management and Human Resources. In 2013, Brad returned to the Supplier Support Team as it merged into Honda North America, Inc., where he leads OEM supplier HR leader networks in the US, Mexico, and Canada. In this capacity, Brad also supports labor relations at all Honda North American manufacturing sites. Prior to joining Honda, Brad spent 18 years starting-up and managing two transplant Honda supplier companies in Ohio, and three years in the State of Ohio Development Department International Trade Division, where he worked to attract Japanese companies to the state of Ohio and assist Ohio companies exporting to Japan and China. Mr. Rechel has a BA in East Asian Studies and Economics from Wittenberg University and has done graduate work at the Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University. Brad and his wife Faith are the proud parents of four daughters and are active leaders in their church and the community.…read more
James (Jim) Rieser is the VP US Sales at Hunter & Lords. He has served on the Christine’s Christmas Board for 10 years and currently holds the position of Sponsor Chair. Christine’s Christmas, he says, is a way to keep Christine’s memory alive while also benefiting the community.
Having served on The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Childhood League, Janine feels a connection to Christine’s Christmas because of the passion Christine Wilson had for children and education. She is glad to have the opportunity to celebrate Christine’s life and legacy by helping others.…read more
Bruno landed in Columbus in 2012, where the team had been involved with Christine’s Christmas since its inception. Bruno continued the Macy’s legacy of supporting this worthy cause and joined the board in 2013. Macy’s Inc. believes in giving back to local communities. Bruno’s involvement with Christine’s Christmas embodies Macy’s belief that contributions, leadership and volunteer efforts help create stronger, healthier places for our customers and associates to work and live.…read more