Kate Oliphint joins Kind Columbus

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Kate Oliphint has joined The Columbus Foundation as director of Kind Columbus, Dec. 29. In her new role she will oversee community partnerships.

Most recently Oliphint was vice president of the Jack Hanna Team at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and of Jungle Jack Productions. She has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Dr. Amy Acton, who had previously been director of Kind Columbus, will spearhead Human:Kind, an initiative of Kind Columbus and the foundation’s “Flourishing” work to improve community well-being.

Jack Randolph

Mount Carmel Health System has named Jack Randolph as chief executive officer of MediGold, Mount Carmel’s Medicare Advantage health insurance plan.

With more than 35 years of related experience, Randolph will oversee health plan growth within the Trinity Health ministry. He has an MBA from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University.

He joins MediGold from The Ashley Group, a benefits consulting and advisory firm for employers and previously served in a number of roles with Toledo-based ProMedica Health System.

Aaron Dixon

CORE Real Estate Capital has promoted Aaron Dixon to president of the firm. Previously, Dixon was chief operating officer for more than five years, directing finance, asset management and investor management.

In addition, managing partner Jeffrey Coopersmith becomes chairman and founder. Dixon and Coopersmith will collaborate to expand the firm’s acquisition strategy and manage investments.

Ervan Rodgers

State of Ohio chief information officer Ervan Rodgers II recently joined the executive committee of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

As part of his two-year appointment, Rodgers will help guide the organization in government and leadership policy practices in information management and technology policy. He will also represent NASCIO on the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, which advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. 

Carlos Ysasi

Vargo has promoted Carlos Ysasi to senior vice president of systems integration.

With more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience in retail operations and distribution, Ysasi previously worked for Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus and Pier One Imports. He has a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.

Tek Experts moves to new location.

Tek Experts has expanded its operations and moved to a larger facility in Clintonville at 2761 N. High St. The new digs facilitate Tek Experts’ growing B2B and B2C customer base in buying and reselling used phones, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. In addition to the added showroom space, the facility will include a repair center and shipping-and-receiving area.

The company has also launched a new website to accommodate sales and service requests.

The Ohio Insurance Institute has named Kristen Berger as director of communications. She will be responsible for the association’s communications and marketing efforts. Previously Berger served in communications role at the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and the Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University.

The Janes Group has acquired three Save A Lot stores in the Columbus region, all of which will undergo extensive updates, including a complete renovation of the 2054 Lockbourne Road location. Other newly acquired properties include stores at 1230 S. James Road, and 6308 E. Livingston Road in Reynoldsburg.

The new footprints feature a revitalized decor, expanded product offerings and meat cut fresh daily in store. The move is part of the discount grocer’s effort to convert corporate-owned stores to locally based operations. Renovations are already in the works at the Lockbourne store, and once the completed, the plan is to double the number of employees at that location.

Dr. Amy Acton


Kate Oliphint