Board of Directors

Jeffrey Darding
Security National Bank
Springfield, Ohio

Jeff Darding is the Executive Vice President of Security National Bank where he started his career in banking in 1984. He was the President of Citizens National Bank of Urbana until it merged with Security National Bank in 2009. Jeff is very active in community affairs and has served as the chairman of the Champaign County United Way, President of Urbana Rotary Chapter, and is a board member for Junior Achievement of The Mad River Region. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Ohio State University.

Vice President
Robert Jablonski
Poggemeyer Design Group
Columbus, Ohio

Bob Jablonski has been with Poggemeyer Design Group (PDG) since 1987 and serves as Manager of the firm’s Columbus Division. Bob also has in-depth experience in public and private-sector development and economic development financing, including financial packaging to blend public and private funds for commercial, industrial and local government projects. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ohio State University and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Fenn College. Bob has earned his certification as an Economic Development Financing Professional (NDC).

Richard Kane, Of Counsel
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Columbus, Ohio

Dick Kane joined the board in August of 1992. He was a partner in Bricker & Eckler LLP for over 20 years before his retirement and he is now of counsel in the Public Finance Group. His practice emphasizes public and private finance and tax exempt bond financings. Mr. Kane received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the City College of the City University of New York. His MBA is from Columbia University and his law degree was from Capital University.

Theodore Johnson
Parms + Company, LLC
Columbus, Ohio

Ted Johnson joined the OSDC board in December of 2014. He brings extensive accounting, tax and management advisory experience that spans more than 35 years. Ted heads up the tax, small business and forensic accounting services for Parms + Company, LLC. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from The Ohio State University. Ted is licensed as a CPA and also has the CFE and CFF designations (Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics, respectively).

Assistant Secretary
Dianne Allen
Ohio Statewide Development Corp.
Columbus, Ohio

Dianne Allen was appointed executive director in 2000 when she spearheaded OSDC’s move from a program within the Ohio Department of Development to an independent, not-for-profit corporation with its own office and staff. At that time she had spent eight years as senior loan officer with Columbus Countywide Development Corporation, an organization similar to OSDC that offers loans to businesses to purchase equipment, or buy or build buildings necessary for their growing operations. A native of Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dianne earned Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Administration from Ohio State University.

Michael DiPerna
DiPerna Economic Development Advisors
Westerville, Ohio

Michael DiPerna is the President of DiPerna Advisors. He joined the OSDC board in 1989. He was a Managing Director with Robert W. Baird & Co. and McDonald & Co from 1997 until June 2011 in the Public Finance Group. Mr. DiPerna’s entire career has been dedicated to developing creative public bond financing structures. He holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio University, a Master’s Degree from Florida State University and maintains a Series 7, 63 and 53 FINRA licenses.

Paul Collinsworth
Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio

Paul Collinsworth is Vice President and a Senior SBA Product Manager for Huntington National Bank. Previously, Paul was a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager at Huntington Bank in both the not-for-profit and Middle Market groups. He started his career as a Loan Officer with the Columbus SBA District Office. Paul has almost 20 years of experience working with small and middle market size businesses and NFP organizations. Mr. Collinsworth earned his M.B.A. from Ohio State University in 1991 and his B.A. in Economics from Kenyon College in 1983.

Chris Magill
Ice Miller
Columbus, Ohio

Chris Magill is the Economic Development Director for Ice Miller, LLP helping clients achieve growth strategies through economic development consulting. He has helped negotiate and secure over $300 million in tax credits, abatements and grants including the head quarters expansion of many Fortune 500 companies. Chris has also served as the executive director of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for the Ohio Development Services Agency. He obtained his Master’s in Business Administration in from Ohio University.


Katherine Kramer
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Columbus, OH

Katie Kramer joined the OSDC board in October of 2015. She is currently Vice President of the Council of Development Finance Agencies where she oversees business development and curriculum development for the association and has been instrumental in tripling the membership body. She develops programming in development finance areas including bonds, tax credits, seed and venture capital, revolving loan funds, energy finance, tax increment financing, public-private partnerships (P3), among others. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at The Cleveland State University.


Mark James
American Electric Power
Columbus, OH

Mark James is Vice President – Economic and Business Development for American Electric Power, responsible for the strategic expansion of AEP’s Economic Development program, identifying and pursuing opportunities to increase jobs and retail customer load across AEP’s 11 state, 200,000 square mile service territory. From 2002 to 2011, James served as founder and President of ED Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm providing economic development tools, training and project management services to the economic development profession. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Science from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Economic Geography from Oregon State University. James is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross Graduate School of Business Executive Management Program and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).


Richard Focht
Bexar Advisory Service
Columbus, OH

Mr. Focht is currently a member of Bexar Advisory Group. He was voted on to the board in February of 2012. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Incubation and Commercialization Services until 2011 where he coached and monitored incubator and non incubator clients. He obtained his BBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.