“To assure every qualified Newark City Schools graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.”


Governing Board

The Governing Board of A Call to College consists of passionate community leaders dedicated to helping assure all Newark City School students the opportunity to pursue higher education:

Diane S. DeLawder (Chair), A Call to College, retired 

Sarah Reese Wallace (Past President), First Federal Savings & Loan

Douglas C. Ute (Vice Chair), Newark City Schools  

Thomas M. Cummiskey (Vice Chair), Park National Bank 

Randall C. Anstine (Treasurer), Ernst & Young, LLC retired

Paul M. Thompson (Secretary), First Federal Savings & Loan

Tom Ash, State Farm Insurance

Megan Evans, Licking County YMCA 

Judith A. Franklin, Park National Bank, retired

Prescott J. Koebel, Newark High School 

Granger McKinney, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC retired

Cynthia M. Menzer, White Oak Partners, LLC

Faith M. Phillips, Ohio State Newark & COTC 

Robin E. Somers, Ohio State Newark, retired

Lynn O. Straker, A Call to College, retired 

Gary R. Walters, Clerk of Courts, Licking County

William W. Weidaw, Wilson, Shannon & Snow

William T. McConnell, Park National Corporation, emeritus

Honor Roll


Since the organization's founding in 1991, William Weidaw, CPA, has donated over 4000 hours of in-kind accounting services 

Board member Robin Somers was on the committee that drafted the original bylaws. At that time she was the Chair of the Newark High School Guidance Department

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