Dublin City Schools
Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Please join the District in celebrating the Dublin City Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2020! We are announcing one inductee a week for six weeks starting on June 29. Please check back each week for the newest announcement!
Reilly Hickey - Young Alumni Achievement
Reilly Hickey is a member of the Dublin Scioto High School 2015 graduating class. She went on to attend Pace University in New York City studying Arts and Entertainment Management.
While in school, she interned at numerous companies including Telsey + Co, Feinstein's/54 Below, and TBD Theatricals. She was a producer on the 2017 revival of "Once on This Island" on Broadway winning a 2018 Tony Award in "Best Musical Revival" for her work at just 21. The show was nominated for a total of eight Tony Awards. She received the award at Radio City Music in New York City. She also raised money for the 2019 Tony-winning Best Musical Hadestown.
After college, Reilly began a career in casting working at Jonathan Strauss Casting as an assistant on the 20th and 21st seasons of Law & Order: SVU. She became a casting associate on the new Dick Wolf series FBI: Most Wanted in 2019 and looks forward to beginning work on season two of the new hit CBS show this year.
Greg Garvey - Distinguished Alumni
Greg Garvey graduated from Dublin Scioto High School in 2000 where he served as captain of the lacrosse team, led them to a state championship, and participated in multiple clubs to include Physics Club and National Honors Society.
Mr. Garvey attended the United States Naval Academy from 2000-2004 where he played for both the varsity and club lacrosse teams. He led the club team to a national championship in 2003 and served as the team president in 2004. He also tutored math and physics, served as a squad leader, administration officer, and the Physics Club Vice President. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2004 and went to Nuclear Power School as a submarine officer. In 2019 he earned his MBA in Innovation Management from Regent University. He is currently pursuing a Joint Professional Military Education certificate, similar to a civilian project management professional (PMP) certification.
As a civilian in the Navy, Greg worked as a physicist on Special Operations Command (SOCOM) electro-optics, testing and evaluating laser systems and sensors. In his spare time, he coached Indiana University’s Club Lacrosse team. In 2015, he and his family moved to Washington D.C. where he is the Director for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Underwater Programs. Falling under his responsibilities include emergency response robotic systems and magnetic field manipulation. He is also chairman of the Underwater Explosive Safety Working Group, focused on mitigating any blast effects on both combat divers and civilians affected by threats such as waterborne IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device). He is also chairman of the Maritime Technology Transfer Working Group, seeking underleveraged stakeholders with relevant intellectual property and helping to develop it into a product and field it to the warfighter.
In the Navy Reserves he has specialized in technology test and evaluation. While at the Office of Naval Research he earned the Officer of the Year for his work in autonomous systems and STEM outreach such being a judge for First Lego League competitions. At a strategic NATO Center of Excellence, he continued his autonomous systems work by advising the integration of unmanned systems into joint allied tactics; he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for this work. Currently he serves as the US Northern Command Maritime Operations Center Fires Officer, analyzing forces to recommend target prioritization and neutralization methods. This requires leading a cross-functional team of Intelligence Officers, weapons experts, communications experts and Cyberwarfare Officers to create and document various Courses of Action in all likely scenarios for a given theater of war to reference in the event of any such scenario.
Greg has been married to his beautiful wife Katelyn for 10 years and have two amazing children--Grace, 3 years old, and Connor, 6 months old.
Vickie (Voeller) Easterday - Distinguished Alumni
Vickie (Voeller) Easterday graduated from Dublin High School in 1970 and went on to become instrumental in the Ronald McDonald House Charities and she continued to serve her community.
Easterday was a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities for 30 years, serving as a President of the Board on two separate occasions. She was a pillar of the annual Golf Classic, served on the Sporting Clays Committee and created and managed the Share-A-Night program at the RMH. She worked to create and sell the RMHC Cookbook that raised thousands of dollars throughout the years. Easterday secured Coach Jim Tressel and Coach Thad Matta to write the end of the year appeals and helped almost triple the revenue created by the appeals.
The Dublin grad was instrumental in the Ronald McDonald House expansion, making it the largest RMHC House in the world. She was honored with a plaque hanging at the RMH that reads:
"Vickie embodied the very heart of RMHC in everything she did. As one of the longest serving members and two-time Chair of our Board of Trustees, Vickie guided the organization with her signature sense of humor and hard-working resolve. Vickie defined and refined the voice of RMHC through her expertise in marketing and communications, serving as the trusted guide for the organization. Her passion for the charity was without limits, and her impact is ingrained in everything we do."
Outside of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Easterday was a past president of the Columbus Advertising Federation, helped start the Red, White and Boom celebration and was on the Executive Board for the Columbus Day USA Festival. She was an adjunct professor at Franklin University and was a member of the Ohio State University Faculty Club.
Easterday is being inducted into the Dublin City Schools Hall of Fame postumusly, after passing away in April, 2017. She is survived by her husband Bill (Dublin High School '67), son Christopher (Carrie) and two grandchildren, William and Olivia.
Tom Landry - Distinguished Alumni
Since graduating from Dublin High School in 1992, Thomas Landry has covered a lot of ground during his professional career. At Dublin High School, Tom was an all-conference baseball player. He is a graduate of Miami University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and frequent volunteer in the Oxford community. He was the 1996 winner of the Miami University Volunteer Spirit Award for his work at the Community Crisis and Counseling Center, working with at-risk members of the community. He earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (1997) from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts as well as Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies (2017) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he completed his thesis entitled “Embracing the Devil – An Analysis of the Formal Adoption of Red Teaming in the Security Planning for Major Events.”
His work with the government has taken him all over the world and he shows no signs of slowing down. Tom’s career with the federal government began in El Centro, California as an agent with the United States Border Patrol in 1997. Though far from Ohio, that did not stop Tom from routinely coming back to visit his friends and family in the Dublin area.
In 2000, Tom returned to the Midwest as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service in Detroit, Michigan. After working in the Detroit Field Office, Tom transferred to Washington, D.C. and completed multiple assignments to include the Dignitary Protective Division, Presidential Protective Division, and the Special Operations Division/Airspace Security Branch. He was fortunate enough to have served on the Presidential Protective Division during both the President Bush and President Obama administrations.
After D.C., Tom went to Dallas, Texas to the George W. Bush Protective Division as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge. In early 2020, Tom was promoted to the Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Field Office in St. Louis, Missouri. During his career, Tom has been privileged enough to travel to more than 40 countries on six continents on behalf of the agency.
Tom was fortunate to have met his wife, Dr. Suja Nair, while assigned to Washington, D.C. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter, and the entire family shares the “travel bug”.
Deb Papesh - Outstanding Service Award
Deb Papesh has been an involved volunteer in Dublin City Schools since 1994, when she and her husband, Brian, an engineer with Honda, moved back to Dublin. Brian had been an Air Force Captain serving at Tinker AFB, OK before moving back with their daughters, Ashley and Katie. Acclimating the family to the Dublin community was a priority as Ashley began kindergarten. With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed from the University of Illinois and completion of a master's degree in Early Childhood Ed from Oklahoma City University, Deb welcomed the opportunity to utilize her background within the parent volunteer scope at Riverside.
Her full time work before moving here included co-developing an Even Start national family literacy model through the Program Effectiveness Panel in Washington DC while serving as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Oklahoma City University, the sister school of Ohio Wesleyan. Deb also served as an assistant director of an early childhood program, trained early childhood caregivers throughout the state of Oklahoma, presented at early childhood conferences and was the keynote speaker at the Southern Early Childhood Conference in FL in 1996. Deb’s board work began in those early years as she served on the board of the Stars and Stripes Child Development Center in the Alfred P. Murrah building in OKC and provided teacher training while bridging awareness of need within the childcare network in our federal buildings. Deb was in the process of creating a teacher training manual for cultural inclusion entitled More Alike Than Different when their family moved from Oklahoma back to Dublin, Ohio.
With the support and guidance of RES principal Phil Niemie, Deb embraced the opportunity to expand her volunteer duties beyond PTO committees and helped develop the first OCLC School Partnership to match company tutors with students in 1995-96. This led to other leadership opportunities including grant writing for various school projects. Within an eight year period of time, Deb and her grant team garnered $260,000 in grant funds for Riverside Elementary and Davis Middle School, including Ohio Reads funding in excess of $125,000 over six years for the Riverside Radiant Reader summer reading/parent training program. Radiant Readers, a community and teacher-led summer program developed and directed by Deb and fellow parent volunteer, Kim Tucker, became one of the model programs within the state of Ohio. Working closely with principal Dr. Gretta Kumpf and eight hired Riverside teachers, Radiant Readers taught fifty parent volunteers how to teach reading within the context of small group instruction, the guidance of certified teachers celebrating the unique intergeneration family culture of Riverside.
Deb's other volunteer duties include: being president at both RES and Davis, Fundraising, Hospitality, Booster president for Lady Irish Basketball and Lady Irish Cross Country and leading The Better Together Partnership Program to coordinate business and parent volunteers to tutor students and provide parent education to specific needs of families.
Since both of her daughters have graduated from Scioto High School, Deb has continued to be part of the volunteer landscape in Dublin City Schools. Grant writing for Dublin Taiko and the Riverside Imagine Community Garden, social media support in the 2012 levy and co-leading the levy campaign in 2018 are ways Deb encourages others to lead with light for future generations of students and families. Currently, Deb continues to work with Scioto teachers, alumni and current students/families on the Irishat25 online campaign to serve as a Scioto alumni networking group. She has expanded her community involvement by serving on the Dublin Education Foundation Board and collaborates with the Dublin Food Pantry Board, Welcome Warehouse and Dublin Bridges. She continues to work part time with catering and a small business called Food Flip which has the goal to increase kitchen confidence of home cooks through fresh ingredient meal prep. In addition, Deb utilizes her social media reach to connect people to projects, service to need and has various online partnerships with local businesses.
Deb’s proudest moments include having her youngest daughter, Katie, complete her master’s degree in education to become a teacher in DCS at Indian Run and now opening Hopewell Elementary as a third grade teacher. Her eldest daughter, Dr. Ashley Papesh Place, is a committed DCS volunteer by hosting a partnership with PATHS program participants through Legacy Family Dental, speaking at Emerald Campus about STEM career opportunities, sponsoring the Scioto scoreboard and creating complimentary mouthguards for our Scioto football and girl’s basketball teams. She is married to Davis math teacher and Scioto football defensive coordinator, Alex Place. They are the proud parents of Jax, as booster ‘Mama Deb’ graduates to ‘Grandma Deb.’
Imran Nuri - Young Alumni Achievement
Imran Nuri, a 2016 Dublin Scioto graduate, has been spending the past few years giving his time, talent, and treasure while redefining what it means to be a philanthropist through his nonprofit, The 52 Million Project.
Nuri started his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in 2016, majoring in Business with a Marketing specialization. After quickly joining BuckeyeThon, a student-run dance marathon charity that raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s hematology, oncology, and BMT unit, Nuri rose to the role of President in 2018. As President, Nuri oversaw BuckeyeThon’s most significant fundraising year to date, fundraising $1,704,184.19 through the participation of over 5,000 students and 30,000 donors.
When asked about the role, Nuri said, “Having the chance to run a multimillion-dollar charity at the age of 20 was an experience that was insightful, humbling, and an absolute honor. It taught what it means to be a powerful leader, to inspire thousands, and to make a difference for the community around me.”
After finishing his term in BuckeyeThon, Nuri went on to create a nonprofit startup, The 52 Million Project. The 52 Million Project champions the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, even if it’s donating just one dollar each week. By limiting his donors to giving no more and no less than $1 for each week in the year, Nuri’s charity supports a different nonprofit fighting poverty every week, supporting 52 different nonprofits every year. The 52 Million Project has a long-term vision of engaging one million people in its movement, collectively giving $52 million each year and democratizing philanthropy.
Additionally, Nuri personally funds a small scholarship for a graduating senior from Dublin Scioto with tremendous leadership potential each year as a way to pay it forward to his teachers in Wright Elementary, Davis Middle School, and Scioto High School. “I am through and through, a Dublin City Schools product. I did the full K-12 in Dublin, and it’s only because of the amazing teachers and resources I had that I can do what I do today,” he said.