Leadership Team

Dr. Chrisanne Gordon
Founder
Dr. Gordon graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine after completing her undergraduate studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has experience in internal medicine, emergency room medicine, occupational medicine and rehabilitative medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Paul Carlson
Secretary to the Board of Directors

Paul Carlson has over 10 years of IT Project Management experience and over 8 years of experience in entrepreneurship in business startups. From 2000 to 2016, he worked for the City of Columbus. He was the city’s first Information Technology Project Manager and facilitated Columbus becoming recognized as the 2015 Most Intelligent Community in the World by the

Stan Crader
Board Member
Stan Crader was born and raised in Bollinger County Missouri. Coming of age in rural Missouri provided him the material for many of the rich characters in his books. He credits the variety of jobs and the people with which he has worked for providing him his creative foundation. While growing up, his jobs included paper routes, mowing lawns, 
Skylar Burgess
Col (USAF Retired), Board Member
Skylar Burgess is a Managing Director for Strategic clients in Deloitte’s Central region. He serves as the Lead Client Relationship Partner for Eli Lilly and Cardinal Health, responsible for representing the Deloitte firm to these two strategic clients and the services delivered globally. He has over 30 years of experience in consulting, sales,
Rory Riley Topping
Riley-Topping Consulting
Rory Riley Topping is the founder of Riley-Topping Consulting. She provides strategic, innovative and actionable solutions to her clients by utilizing her extensive knowledge of veterans issues, communications strategy, law, and policy from serving in all three branches of government and a national nonprofit. In addition, she also currently serves as a legal and political …
Michelle E. Lanham, Esq.

Michelle began her solo law practice in 2017, representing employees in employment law matters and individuals in civil rights litigation. She is currently Of Counsel to a renowned civil rights law firm. Michelle is a 2019 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and a member of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association.

Phillip “Phil” M. Edwards

Phillip M Edwards, Certified Financial Planner has been in practice for over 30 years. Phillip is the owner of Phillip M Edwards Financial Planning and Edwards Business and Tax Consulting, LLC. His business focuses primarily in the areas of retirement, estate and wealth transfer.

Phillip has initiated or participated in dozens of start up businesses with his most memorable one being an online car dealership that was started in 2000 with a friend that sold and delivered cars to all 50 states and 2 countries.

Christopher Brown
MD, MPH, Vice Chair
Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, received his M.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at the Ohio State University Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Nephrology at Ohio State. Dr. Brown is board certified in internal medicine with a specialty in disorders of the kidney and hypertension.
Elle Crader
Elle Crader began her 10 year career in public service in Ohio Governor John R. Kasich’s Office. While working in the legislative department, Elle focused on a variety of topics, including veterans’ related issues. During her time at the State of Ohio, Elle sought to craft and pass legislation that would improve the lives of Ohioans, including military service members and their families. She graduated from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing her J.D. at Loyola University Chicago.
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