Donna Glanzman, Chair
Donna Glanzman is one of the founding members of the Christine’s Christmas Board and has served as the Board Chair since 2008. As the Founder & President of DHG Communications, Donna has extensive experience in Media and Public Relations, fund raising, public speaking and strategic planning. 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 extensive financial support for worthwhile children’s charities!”
Jennifer Kontomerkos, Chair Elect
Jennifer Kontomerkos has served on the Christine's Christmas Board since 2013. Over the years she has served as the Silent Auction Chair, Wine and Whiskey Pull Chair, Event Reception Chair, and the “Christine’s Wish Kids” Chair. She has owned her own company, The Finer Things Event Planning, since 2009 and in that time her work has been featured on both the local and national levels. She has been chosen as a six time "Best of Weddings" winner and was inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame in 2016. Jennifer also received the Couple’s Choice Award six 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 love for children and compassion for others… by creating an event that is a celebration of life.”
Dana Beatty has served on the Christine’s Christmas board since 2011. Dana’s career has been primarily spent in the Information Technology industry. She has worked at IBM as a senior global sales executive and director with management leadership responsibility for IBM’s largest strategic clients. Dana joined KPMG LLC in 2016 as a Senior Relationship Director with management 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.
Megan joined the Christine’s Christmas Board in 2018. After spending ten years as a middle school classroom educator, in 2014 she tapped into her passion for her community and began her journey in fundraising. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Principal Gifts Operations for The Ohio State University Foundation. Megan met Christine her freshman year at Ohio University. She and Christine were both education majors, were in the same sorority recruitment class and ultimately joined Alpha Gamma Delta together. They shared a dream to improve kids’ lives through education. In Megan’s words, “I continue to be inspired by Christine and her passion and am honored to be part of Christine’s Christmas to carry on her legacy.”
Mark King is one of the founding members of the Christine’s Christmas Board and has served consistently since it began in 2004. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and the Residency Program Director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Mark is also an accomplished pianist. 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.
Dan Lehmann has been a member of the Christine’s Christmas Board for 5 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.
Brent Pastorek is the Director of Finance at Engineered Profiles, LLC, a Columbus based manufacturing company. He is married to Elizabeth Pastorek (Wilson), Christine’s sister, and has served on the Christine's Christmas Board since 2016. Brent never had the opportunity to meet Christine, but has had the privilege to be inspired by Christine’s Christmas since 2005 - his first year attending the event.
Bradley K. Rechel, SPHR & SPC ,Team Manager, Human Resources & Engagement, Honda North America, Inc. Brad Rechel has served on the Christine’s Christmas Board since 2014. His wife Faith previously served on the Board, and formerly worked with Tim Wilson at Borden, Inc. Brad is Team Manager in the North American Supplier Development & Support Team at Honda North America, working especially with HR leaders at Honda parts suppliers in Canada and Mexico. Brad and his wife Faith are the proud parents of four daughters, grandparents of four, and are active leaders in their church and the community. He finds it an honor and privilege to work with such a committed Board to continue the legacy of Christine Wilson in our community.
James (Jim) Rieser
James (Jim) Rieser is the VP US Sales at Hunter & Lords. He has served on the Christine’s Christmas Board since the beginning of the concert in 2004. As Sponsorship Chairman, Jim has set the standard for building community support and ensuring continued growth for our special charities. Christine’s Christmas, he says, is a way to keep Christine’s memory alive while also benefiting the community.
Tonya Southwick joined Christine’s Christmas in 2017, with her lifelong passion and commitment to help children. Losing her second child, Stephanie, to medical complications caused by congenital heart defects heightened her desire to offer her hand to hurting families, and as a result she authored and illustrated a first response book for sibling grief, “Sad about Sammy.” She currently volunteers for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Sozo Children, a Ugandan orphanage. In Tonya’s words, “I feel honored to be part of this dedicated Board, and to join in efforts to deliver hope and healing to children, and to continue the legacy of Christine Wilson.”
Tim is the Director of Sales Operations at locally based T. Marzetti Company and has spent over 40 years with Consumer Packaged Goods companies (including Coca-Cola, Ocean Spray, Borden, Scotts, and Miracle-Gro). He has resided in Dublin since 1994 and is married to Pam for the past 40 years. They are proud to call Christine their daughter along with their two other children, Elizabeth and Patrick. Tim and Pam started the Christine Wilson Foundation in 2003 and he has focused his time on various fund raising and giving initiatives to children’s charities in Central Ohio. Tim joined the Christine’s Christmas Board in 2019 to become more involved with this fabulous event.