2012 Inductees

Tara Abraham
Chairwoman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Accel Inc., Abraham is a 1985 graduate of Dublin High School. She is one of the nation’s leading experts in packaging and was recently appointed to a three-year term serving the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and U.S. Small Business Administration. Abraham is a tireless contributor to numerous national and local charitable organizations and has served on the board of many philanthropic organizations such as the Red Cross of Greater Columbus, YWCA and United Way of Central Ohio.

Marina Davis (posthumous)
The first principal of Dublin Scioto High School, Davis served as the school’s leader from 1995 until her death in 2009. Her leadership, compassion, talent and integrity helped establish Dublin Scioto as a top-performing school. Davis’ commitment to building a welcoming environment and belief that all children can excel at high levels formed the backbone of the school, which has routinely appeared in Newsweek’s list of Top 200 high schools in the country. Davis was deeply respected by students and staff who continually rose to her expectations of excellence. She led by example, strength and kindness.

Larry Faulk
A member of the Class of 1964, Faulk has spent 42 of his 43 years as an educator with Dublin City Schools. He began his career with the district as a math teacher at Dublin Junior High School before moving on to the high school level where he served as department chair. Faulk was the first computer science teacher in the district and played an integral role in creating the district’s technology department, which he then served as director for several years. He currently assists with data analysis reporting. Faulk also was one of the organizers of the Dublin Education Foundation, a key player in creating the girls athletic program, coach of several teams and student council advisor. He was the President of the Dublin Music Boosters for many years, active with the Boy Scouts organization and a leader in his church. Both of Faulk’s children are Dublin alumni.

Jacqueline Hardman
A passionate high school science teacher turned veterinary technician, Chief Petty Officer Hardman graduated from Dublin High School in 1965. A three-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for teaching excellence, she retired from Fairfield Union Schools where she taught for 23 years of her career. She obtained her national vet tech board certification shortly thereafter and has worked with many philanthropic organizations benefitting animals, including therapy dog training, rescuing displaced animals after Hurricane Katrina and establishing the 2nd Chance Companions charity. Hardman retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2006 after serving for 22 years, 17 of which overlapped her teaching tenure. Hardman was called to active duty after 9/11 and is a veteran of Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. She was a member of the YMCA Master’s synchronized swim team and competed in the 2008 Nationals.

Daniel Neer
An accomplished professional vocalist, musician and composer, Daniel Neer graduated from Dublin High School in 1985. Currently a Librettist Fellow in the American Opera’s “Composer and the Voice” program, he appeared on Broadway in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (who wrote and directed Oscar nominated “Moulin Rouge!” and is director of the forthcoming film “The Great Gatsby”). Neer is credited with dozens of soloist performances in operas and concert theaters including Carnegie Hall with the New York Chamber Orchestra. Committed to the development of aspiring artists, he has conducted vocal clinics for students in Dublin City Schools many times and has twice served as the music program’s Artist-in-Residence. Neer received a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Ohio State University and graduate degrees from the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Michigan.

Eli M. Pinney (posthumous)
The namesake for one of the district’s elementary schools, Eli M. Pinney graduated in 1926. Known as “Sparky Pinney,” he was a stone mason by trade and is often credited for helping to create the personality of Dublin because of the limestone fences he crafted. After initially being turned away from his father, also a mason, Pinney became an integral part of the team that constructed the Bridge Street bridge, eventually being promoted to help build the prestigious upper deck. Pinney also built many homes in the area. He was actively involved in the community, drove a Washington Local Schools bus for 25 years and was an avid baseball coach.

Clayton Rose, III
A 1970 graduate of Dublin High School, Rose is a life-long resident. Heavily involved with the community, he is a certified public accountant who specializes in owner-operated businesses. Rose has served as president of the local Kiwanis chapter twice, once as treasurer and is an organizer of the annual philanthropic Frog Jump that is known as the City of Dublin’s “oldest community event.” He was the Grand Leprechaun for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 2010, Grand Marshall of Dublin’s Independence Day festivities in 2001 and received the Ohio State Alumni Society Leader award in 2002. Rose is an active member of the Dublin Community Church and has three children who are all Dublin City Schools alumni.

Michael Welch
A retired social studies teacher who spent more than 35 years with Dublin City Schools, Welch was a member of Dublin High School’s Class of 1959. After diverting from his plan to attend law school and follow in the footsteps of his father, Welch became an innovator in the classroom with his “Acting Out History” approach. His goal was to incorporate a social justice component to learning where students could make real-life connections with the content he taught. He is the co-author of “How To Perform Acting Out History in the Classroom to Enrich Social Studies Education” and “Classroom Plays for an Ethical World.” Michael is now retired and lives in Palm Springs, Ca., but consults with teachers across the country to develop social studies curriculum. Beyond the creative approach to his work, Welch was a favorite among students.
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