Chapter Officers


Sara Macioch, President

Sara Macioch serves as Investor Relations Manager for NiSource, Inc. She has held this position since January 2016. Prior to joining NiSource she held various positions at American Electric Power including three and half years in Investor Relations.

She holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Purdue University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Ohio.


Lynne Maxeiner, Vice President

Lynne Maxeiner is Vice President, Global Treasury and Investor Relations at Vertiv. Lynne joined Emerson in 1997 and transitioned with Vertiv during the sale to Platinum Equity in 2016. Lynne held several senior level roles with Emerson, including Director, Investor Relations for Emerson for four years. Lynne earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Washington University.


Shea Burden, Treasurer

Shea Burden currently is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Accountancy at Ohio University. She received her BBA from Ohio University in 2004 and her MBA from University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2009. She has earned her CMA, CPA and was part of the inaugural class of recipients of the IRC in 2016. Shea was also part of the inaugural NIRI class of the 40 Under 40 Program in 2019.

After completing her BBA, she went to work for Deloitte & Touché. Following working in public accounting, she did a finance development rotation program for a company called Lubrizol where she spent time in general accounting, internal audit, SOX management and business process improvements at a plant in Deer Park, Texas. She then moved on to SEC Accounting where she worked on writing the MD&A and footnotes for Form 10-Qs and 10-Ks. Her next pursuit was investor relations where she worked her way up from analyst to manager and drafted CEO and CFO earnings call scripts and Board of Directors presentations as well as talked to investors. Her final role before coming to teach at Ohio University in 2017 was Senior Manager of Corporate Accounting.

Shea built a Barbershop in Richmond, Texas and owned it from 2015 to 2019. She also served as Columbus Chapter Service Committee Chair and Mid-Western Region Community Impact Chair for Jack and Jill of America, Inc.


Carol Merry, Membership Chair

Carol provides strategic communications counsel on investor relations, reputation and crisis management and leads investor relations and corporate communications practices at Fahlgren Mortine. Carol’s been with Fahlgren Fortine for 19 years.

Previously, Carol led corporate communications, investor relations and marketing for Lexford Residential Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) that owned and managed more than 60,000 apartments, and was Director of Marketing for a prominent limited-service motel chain with more than 200 motels in the eastern U.S.

Carol is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and its Senior Roundtable and NIRI’s Chapter Officers Speakers Bureau. She is a founding member, past president and current board member of the Central Ohio NIRI chapter. For seven years, she served as a judge in the Deloitte Business Plan Competition at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She has also presented and served on panels addressing crisis communications, reputation management, media relations and investor relations at various colleges and professional organization meetings, and is a member of the national Advertising Education Foundation Speakers Bureau. Carol also serves on the Program Committee for the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

In addition to these professional leadership positions, Carol has a number of community service interests. She serves on the Preservation Ohio board of trustees, and is a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, the Archaeological Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served on Ohio’s Civil War 150 advisory committee.

Carol is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Dublin, OH.


John Kompa, APR, Director-at-Large

John Kompa serves as Vice President, Investor Relations and Public Affairs for Hexion Inc. He is responsible for Hexion’s public affairs, global media relations, investor relations and community relations initiatives. He joined Hexion as Director of Investor Relations in 2006 and assumed his current role in 2012.

Kompa previously served as vice president and firm officer with two leading independent investor relations and public relations firms, providing senior-level counsel to listed companies and a wide variety of clients.

Kompa has served on several non-profit organization Boards, including Children’s Hunger Alliance (current), Kids Voting of Central Ohio and the March of Dimes of Central Ohio.

He is the past president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a recipient of the PRSA Tom Poling Distinguished Practitioner Award and in an accredited member (“APR”) of the organization. Kompa also served as president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and is currently treasurer. Kompa is a graduate of the Leadership Columbus Program and a past recipient of Business First’s “Forty under 40” award.

He earned an MBA from Capital University graduating with honors and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.


Brian Vereb, Director-at-Large

Brian Vereb is a Vice President and Assistant Director of Investor Relations at The Huntington National Bank. In his role, he is responsible for aiding senior leadership to develop and communicate Huntington’s key messages. Brian serves as a primary point of contact with the investment community, building relationships, responding to inquiries, and relaying feedback and perceptions to Bank leadership.

With more than 13 years of banking experience, Vereb previously served as a Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst at Huntington, The Private Bank (Chicago), Bank of America, and LaSalle Bank. Within these positions, Brian was responsible for partnering with Private Wealth, Treasury Management, and Capital Markets to improve financial focus, reporting, and performance expectations.

Vereb graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, with a Finance focus.

Vereb lives in Bexley, Ohio with his wife Alicia and their two daughters, Larkin and Roscoe.