Chapter Officers

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Christina Cheng, President

Christina heads investor relations at DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading footwear and accessories retailer in North America managing several retail concepts: DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and Town Shoes. Christina joined DSW in 2012 and has built a growth-oriented shareholder base through a series of leadership changes, organizational turnaround and corporate acquisitions. Her expertise has also lent support in corporate governance, business planning, media relations and crisis communication functions, and earned the company the distinction for Fortune's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in the U.S. (2012, 2013) and Best Investor Relations in the Retail Sector in Institutional Investor's All Americas Team (2013).

Prior to DSW, Christina was a equity research analyst at Susquehanna International Group, covering 25 publicly traded footwear brands and retailers, based in New York City and Boston. She also spent several years in investment sales at HSBC Securities and Citigroup in New York City. Christina started her career in finance at a privately held footwear manufacturer.

She is co-authored the book, “Globalization and Social Development: European and Southeast Asian Evidence” and was a freelance journalist covering business and economic trends for BusinessWorld.

Christina is a current CFA Charterholder and was previously a member of the New York and Boston Society of Security Analysts. She completed two Master’s degrees from Fordham University and the Free University of Brussels. She taught business courses at the undergraduate level at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she facilitated the creation of the university’s first European Studies program.

In addition to serving as President of the NIRI Central Ohio Chapter, Christina is a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Friends of the Board and its Celebration of Learning Committee, which chairs the Library’s annual fundraiser.

She lives in New Albany, OH with her husband and son.

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Sara Macioch, Vice President & Planning Committee Chair

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.

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John Kompa, APR, Treasurer

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. Kompa concurrently leads the investor relations and media relations efforts of Momentive Performance Materials Inc., an Albany, New York-based global silicones producer (via a joint Shared Services Agreement). 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.

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Carol Merry, Board Director

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.

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Dale Ganobsik, Director-at-Large

Dale has 19 years of service with Lancaster Colony Corporation, including the past five years as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Planning.

During his tenure with Lancaster Colony to date, Dale has served the business as a Senior Operations/Financial Analyst and Manager of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis. He has facilitated the divestiture of the company's automotive, glassware and candle operations and continues to lend support in the evaluation and execution of corporate strategy. In addition to his responsibilities as Director of Investor Relations, Dale maintains a variety of responsibilities for the company in his Corporate Planning role in the areas of finance and operations including the evaluation of the company's reported and forecasted financial results, the analysis of various capital expenditure projects and investment proposals, pension asset management and a diverse array of other special projects and tasks.

Prior to joining Lancaster Colony, Dale's professional experience includes project management and environmental engineering consulting. Dale’s educational background includes a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA with a focus in Finance and Operations Management from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

Dale and his wife Joanie have four children and reside in Westerville, OH.

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Lynne Maxeiner, Director-at-Large
Membership Committee, Chair

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.