Governing Board

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Dan Overly, President

Dan Overly joined ABB in 1987 as a Systems Engineer after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He moved into a sales account manager role after 3 years with ABB and has held progressively responsible front-end positions through most of his career. He ran an ABB New Venture business based on a new product idea and led business development for Performance Services, a startup business.
Dan is currently leading the Global Business Unit for ABB Process Automation Lifecycle Services.
He has been married for 25 years and has three terrific kids…two in College and one in High School.
He is an avid runner, skier and traveler.

Scott Brown, Member

Scott joined the FPA Board in 2015 so he could continue volunteering his skills to assist local, national, and international inner city neighborhoods and their residents.  He has been doing this for 30 years with Urban Concern in the South Linden neighborhood, Columbus City Schools and corporate partnership mentoring programs, Buffalo Christian Center, City Vision, and Mercy Medical Center in Cambodia.  All of these organizations believe in educating, developing and empowering people so they can progress in addressing their own challenges and contribute positively to society while retaining their self-dignity.

Scott is originally from Philadelphia, and settled in Columbus in 1983 after graduating from Miami (Ohio) University with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science.  He worked for 27 years at Battelle Memorial Institute as a Project Manager of government, national, and international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs.  And is now in his 6thyear at American Electric Power (AEP) as an IT Project Manager/Scrum Master in Smart Meter technology.

He has served at a leadership level in his church for 30 years and enjoys nothing more than doing that and helping others discover the joy of growing in their faith and serving others.  He resides in the Short North area of Columbus, has been married to his wife Ruth for 32 years, has 3 grown adult children, and 3 grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.


Beverly Fox, Secretary

Beverly Fox joined the FPA board in 2014 to continue to invest in Franklinton.  The century old Columbus school building where FPA students learn was purchased and renovated by Central Ohio Youth for Christ while Beverly was on the board.   Youth for Christ hosts FPA as part of YFC’s long term investment in Franklinton.  which includes after school recreation, mentoring and development of Franklinton youth in their YFC’s neighboring City Life center and elsewhere in central Ohio.

Bev has taught high school science for 10 years at a charter school with a mission similar to FPA’s in north and east Columbus. Prior to this teaching career, Bev worked in Human Resources at AT&T Bell Labs.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry, Master’s in Library Science, Master’s in Business Administration and an Ohio teaching license.  She studied at Wittenberg University, Syracuse University, Capital University and Ashland University.

Bev is active as a volunteer in her church and in her community. She helps lead a home Bible study and has lead high school and middle school groups in her church. She welcomes International students to Columbus through IFI by meeting and housing them as they arrive and is a conversation partner to several who want to improve their English language skills.  Bev also tutors science and math in the community where she lives.  Bev and her husband have two adult children with post college careers. Membership on the FPA board is a good fit with Bev’s lifelong commitment to learning and developing youth.


Tom Heffner, Member

Tom is President of Franklinton Rising, a Christian based movement of men, women and children, breaking cycles of poverty through gaining life and job skills, careers in the building trades, faith, renting and owning homes and being productive members of their neighborhood. Since 1999 Tom has been and is President of Heffner Performance Group, dba Compass USA, a mentoring practice, developing entrepreneurial spirited leaders of organizations with 20–400 employees. Working with a leadership team, Tom helps them focus on building cultures of high character based upon Biblical principles and implementing leadership practices that build trust and create excellence of performance. Simultaneously, as a consultant, he has helped to lead a movement initiative within the National Better Business Bureau, creating a Center for Character Ethics focused on assessing, training, and recognizing companies for operating with the highest of ethical standards. Over the years, Tom has been committed to/leading various ministries including CBMC Leadership Institute Forums in Central Ohio. Tom and his wife Sonja have been long-term leaders of home groups focused on living according to Biblical principles. They have four grown children and have seven grandchildren. Tom has held previous positions including: President, The Magellan Group, a software/consulting start-up; VP Franchise Sales, Gosh Enterprises, fast casual restaurants with 200-300 locations; COO American Health Holding, 250-person medical management firm; President, Heffner Consultants; Minority owner and Senior VP, Client Services, Management Horizons Division of Price Waterhouse; and Branch Sales Manager, Xerox Corporation.


Valerie Heiby, Member

Valerie Heiby is the Director of Development at Finance Fund, a statewide nonprofit community development entity that moves public and private capital into low-income communities to improve the quality of life for people.

Valerie is responsible for developing program and non-program resources and implementing a fundraising strategy to sustain capital for current programs. Her 20 years of experience includes raising over $300 million from private and public sources, developing proposals and managing investor relations. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Phoenix. She is also a member of many community organizations and volunteers her time mentoring teens.

Valerie’s compassion and commitment to young people keeps her focused as a mother of her own three kids, a wife for over 20 years, and a life-long philanthropist.


Jacob Kuttothara, Member

(bio coming soon)


Patrick Reidy, Member

(bio coming soon)