Craig Duffey – Dublin High School Class of 1965
Although Craig Duffey is well known for his efforts on the gridiron, hardwood and diamond, both as a player and coach, his career in engineering is what really sets him apart, with seven patents to his credit.
Starting in 1976, Duffey began in the engineering field, originally with Liqui-Box Corporation in Worthington, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. In 1995, he changed jobs to become Senior Project Engineering Manager for Roxane Laboratories.
Through his time in the engineering industry, Duffey amassed seven patents. Some of his patents include the first low acid aseptic filler for bag in a box, a rotary bag and box filler, a vacuum nitrogen purge filling valve, a blow-molded bottle filler and a square five-gallon blow-molded water bottle. He also has a patent on the use of hydrogen peroxide/UV light to sterilize packaging on fillers, with other patents for mechanical aspects of packaging machines.
While changing the engineering landscape, Duffey has continued to remain involved along the way, specifically in athletics. He was a three-sport athlete while at Dublin and racked up the accolades, including being inducted into the OHSAA Hall of Fame, once as an individual and a second time as a member of the 1962 state runner-up baseball team. He continued his athletic career at the college level, earning a pair of varsity letters in both football and baseball at Ohio University before an injury ended his playing career.
Since he stopped playing, he remained in athletics, coaching and teaching at Dublin High School from 1969-1972, coaching varsity baseball and freshman football. He then coached and taught at Big Walnut until 1976, before leaving the realm of academics to start his engineering career. He continued to coach several sports, men’s and women’s softball, semi-pro baseball in Columbus, and youth level teams in a variety of different community leagues.
Duffey met his wife, Kay, in Dublin and they started dating as sophomores in 1963. The pair graduated from Dublin High School and Ohio University together and they just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Kay and Craig have two children, their daughter Michelle (pediatrician) and son Michael (dermatologist) and they have six grandchildren.
J. Mel Reid – Dublin High School Class of 1965
J. Mel Reid has essentially made a career out of using his selfless nature to give back to others.
Immediately upon graduation from Dublin, Reid began a career with the Federal Government (the U.S. Forest Service) in Delaware, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University as well as Franklin University before getting his professional start. After serving on a number of Forestry Survey Teams, as well as relocating to a number of sites around America, Reid was selected for a Federal Executive Leadership position in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. There, he served as the first ever U.S. Forest Service Regional Civil Rights Director. After successfully addressing issues related to recruitment, employment, retention and conflict resolution, Reid was promoted to a Civil Rights Coordinator position with the National Park Service (Department of the Interior) in Washington, DC.
During his 30-year tenure as a Washington ‘bureaucrat’, Reid has traveled to 49 of the 50 United States (hoping to do Hawaii soon), as well as Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Central & South America. Along the journey, many accolades, commendations, citations and awards were received from various levels of government, business and private sector organizations. Despite the acclaim, as a retired 38 year career civil servant, Reid’s most outstanding accomplishment is the growth of the multilingual, multicultured youth that he was able to have employed along the way.
Outside of work, Reid, who is a cancer survivor, has found time to serve as a Government/Civil Rights consultant as well as an African American Civil War Re-enactor. In addition to participating in historical enactment events around the country such as marching in Presidential Inaugural Parades and the like, he also appeared in the 1989 Tri Star movie entitled GLORY. Since Hurricane Katrina, Reid has served on a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team, volunteering his services on 24 Mission Trips around the U.S. to help those less fortunate.
While at Dublin, Reid participated in Class Plays, the Key Club, the Concert Choir and was a member of the Track Team. He also played keyboard in several bands…one of which was a ‘rock & soul group’ called St John’s Mod.
Chris Valentine – Dublin Coffman High School Class of 2002
After graduating from Coffman in 2002, Chris Valentine made quick work of finding a way to give back to the District by getting elected to the School Board in the fall of 2003, a position he has held since.
Valentine was elected at the age of 19 and has been reelected three times since. He will soon be entering his 16th year on the Board and has served as president and vice president throughout the years. With Valentine on the Board, the District has opened a high school and elementary school, and is set to open two additional elementary schools in the fall of 2020 and a middle school in the fall of 2021.
Professionally, Valentine, who is a cancer survivor, took his love for baseball and turned it into a career by founding the Prep Baseball Report Ohio in 2011. Since then, he has grown to be the Executive Director for Ohio, Michigan, Canada and New England. The Prep Baseball Report is one of the country’s biggest and well-known scouting companies for high school baseball. The company aims to be the authoritative voice on the ground level in each state.
Valentine has also had a big role in local baseball. He helped lead and support the Dublin Travel Baseball program and he was also one of the founding members of Ohio Elite Baseball, a widely recognized travel baseball organization out of Columbus.
Before joining the Prep Baseball Report, Valentine, an Ohio State University alum, worked as a Project Manager for Strategic Public Partners. He also worked in the political world, most notably in a lead role for President George W. Bush’s Reelection Campaign in 2004.
While in high school, Valentine played on the baseball team and also served on Class Cabinet and Student Senate.
Valentine has two brothers who also graduated from the District and his wife, Lara, is a former teacher in the District. The couple has two children, and are expecting a third this fall.