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Cynthia Bent Findlay is a stay at home mom and freelance writer. She has a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communication ('95) and worked in journalism in the Pittsburgh area at daily, weekly and monthly publications. Findlay moved to the Columbus area in 2001 to be with her husband, Doug. Since then she has written extensively for Columbus Business First and more recently for Columbus CEO and the Columbus Dispatch. Cynthia has also worked in public relations, mostly for the United States Fencing Association, and edited the association's magazine for more than 10 years. The Findlays moved from Schumacher Place to Worthington in 2008 and have two kids in Worthington schools, a sixth grader at Worthington Estates Elementary School and a freshman at Thomas Worthington High School. Cynthia is passionate about volunteerism, civic participation, and about journalism in education. She enjoys research, and also reading, gardening and playing violin and piano.
Laura Abu-Absi is a public policy professional focusing on health and human service issues of interest to Ohio’s counties. Prior to her current role serving Ohio’s 88 county departments of job and family services, she worked as a policy analyst for the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio. She also has experience in both the executive and legislative branches of state government. One of Laura’s favorite parts of her job is distilling complex public policy issues to a conversational level and working to build consensus across varying perspectives. A Toledo, Ohio native, Laura has called Worthington home since 2012. She has two children, the oldest of whom is starting Kindergarten at Colonial Hills Elementary this year.
Graham Wood is a Program Administrator for the Ohio Department of Education, managing projects for the Office of Career-Technical Education. A 2015 Teach For America Corps Member in Southwest Ohio, Graham taught both a Kindergarten and 5th Grade Math in Northwest Dayton, Ohio. Born and raised in Sylvania, Ohio and a 2015 graduate of The Ohio State University, Graham is a lifelong Ohioan with a passion for bringing his vision of true educational access to all Ohioans, and eventually all Americans. Graham moved to Old Worthington with his wife, Katie, in 2017 and is excited to raise a family as a part of a community he is proud to call his home.