CCAD Board of Trustees elects new officers, 3 new trustees

Jun 25, 2019

 Columbus, Ohio—Columbus College of Art & Design’s Board of Trustees has elected three new trustees and a new chair and vice chair. 

During a CCAD Board of Trustees meeting on June 11, 2019, John C. Beeler of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP was elected Chair of the CCAD Board of Trustees, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was elected Vice Chair, Steven E. English of State Auto Insurance was reelected Treasurer, and Saundra K. Schuster, Esq. of The NCHERM Group, LLC was reelected Secretary. All four appointments are effective July 1, 2019. 

The CCAD Board of Trustees also elected the following members, each to a three-year term: Michael Bongiorno of DesignGroup, Bill Faust of Ologie, and environmental lawyer Jennifer Pick.

“Based on their areas of expertise, demonstrated commitment to the college, and leadership in the community, I couldn’t imagine a better group of new trustees for CCAD,” says CCAD President Melanie Corn.

Read on to learn about CCAD’s three new trustees. 

Michael Bongiorno

Michael Bongiorno is a managing director and design principal at DesignGroup, an AIA Ohio Gold medal architecture and design firm with offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh. Bongiorno is a noted design leader with a focus on community impacting, mission-driven architecture that supports and enhances the fabric of the city and furthers a fundamental belief that great design is the essential building block to vibrant, healthy communities. His work has garnered numerous awards nationally, recently named The Wall Street Journal's "Best Architecture of 2015" for the design of Columbus Museum of Art's Margret M. Walter Wing.

 His current projects include the Columbus State Community College School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, The Ohio History Connection Collections Expansion, and the Tucson Botanical Garden Butterfly Conservatory and Event Center. Recently completed projects include the Columbus Museum of Art Expansion, City of Columbus’ Michael B. Coleman Government Center, Franklin Park Conservatory Master Plan and Children's Garden, the Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library  Northern Lights and Hilliard branches. 

Bongiorno serves as chair-elect on the board of trustees of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and founded Columbus’ "Design Weeks,” while serving on the board of trustees for the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design, where he led the award-winning "CBUS ldeabook" and "cbus:FOTO" projects. Bongiorno has presented and written extensively on mission-driven design and creative placemaking. Bongiorno’s 2012 TEDx Columbus talk, entitled "Looking Over the Overlooked," took the audience on a journey to discover new ways to re­imagine cities. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he is a cum laude graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York City and has lived and traveled extensively abroad.

Bill Faust

Bill Faust is the Senior Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Ologie, a nationally recognized branding and marketing agency focused on clients serving the greater good. In this capacity, Faust works primarily with colleges, universities, and national nonprofits to help them uncover market insights, evolve their brands, and tell their stories. With a unique background in design and business management, he spends most of his time developing strategies that positively impact reputation, fundraising, and recruiting. He has worked with a wide range of clients, including Virginia Tech, Harvard, Northwestern, Penn, Grinnell College, Purdue University, Pratt Institute, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Prior to joining Ologie, Faust spent 12 years at global branding and design agency Fitch Worldwide, his last as North American CEO where he oversaw more than 300 consultants in offices from Boston to Seattle. Early in his career, he held marketing roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Eastman Kodak Company.

 He holds a bachelor’s degree in design from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from The Fisher College of Business. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and served for three years on the national planning committee for AMA HigherEd–the largest symposium of education marketers in the world. He has presented at CASE, The Design Management Institute, and AMA Higher Ed, among other industry forums, and has been quoted in Adweek, Inside HigherEd, and The Wall Street Journal. He serves on the Alumni Board for the OSU Design Department and has taught as an adjunct professor for design at Syracuse University and business management at Capital University.

 Faust is currently on the board of trustees for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and previously served as a trustee for the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus where he was also board chair.

Jennifer Pick 

Jennifer Pick was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from law school in 1984 and subsequently completed a master’s degree in Environmental Studies in 1992, while working full time. She worked for Cleary Ross doing general law, then Phillips Fox, in commercial real estate, and finally Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (now Allens) specializing in international and domestic environmental law.

 In addition to her legal practice, she taught environmental law in the School of Environmental Planning at the University of Melbourne. She also authored and taught the inaugural environmental law course as part of the Masters of Cleaner Production Degree at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and taught environmental law as part of Corporate Environmental Management Seminars for Monash University.

 She was a member of the Board or the Environment Defenders Office of Victoria, a public interest environmental law organization providing free legal advice and representation and chaired the Environmental Issues Committee and Animals and Wildlife Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria.

Pick was a member of the Victorian and National Executive Committees of the National Environmental Law Association and was actively involved in the organization of the 13th Annual Conference which drew attendees from around the world.

In 1996, she moved to Columbus with her husband lain. She worked for Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in the Property and Environmental Law department, then joined the Nature Conservancy in development for two years.

For the last 19 years, Pick has been enjoying raising their two daughters. She volunteered extensively at their schools and traveled back to Australia multiple times a year to care for her aging parents. She is very interested in environmental issues, including organic agriculture, alternative energy, species conservation and community programs such as the Columbus wide pollinator gardens initiative. Pick and her husband are mentors of the Contemporaries at the Columbus Museum of Art and collectors of fine art.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, and in 2019, the college is celebrating 140 years of creative excellence. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and two master’s programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

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