• kyaskrusade.org
  • Care. Support. Growth

Board of Directors

Board Of Directors 2014

Catherine M. Ballard, Esq.

Catherine Ballard is a partner in the Bricker & Eckler Health Care group, with a practice focusing on the day-to-day operations of various health care facilities and their dealings with administrative agencies, private accrediting agencies and court proceedings.  Catherine received her B.A. from the University of Lousiville and J.D. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University.  Catherine has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (health care law) since 1995, and an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2004 (including one of the Top 50 Ohio Women Lawyers, Top 50 Columbus Lawyers and Top 25 Columbus Women Lawyers).  She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and a member and past president of Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys.  Catherine enjoys the performing arts and cooking.

Jarrett Graham, MBA 

Jarrett Graham is a Senior Financial Analyst at Citi Global Transaction Services.  Jarrett earned a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Franklin University and an MBA from Ashland University.  Jarrett is passionate about teaching, learning and helping others to surpass their limits and achieve their maximum potentials through mental and spiritual empowerment.  Jarrett enjoys writing, cooking, traveling and is an avid bowler.

Faythe Jackson

Faythe Jackson earned a B.A. in Sociology from Wright State University, with future plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She is passionate about helping people who are physically challenged, like her, and increasing self- and public awareness about other types of physical disabilities.  Faythe currently volunteers in the elderly care unit at a local hospital and with a teacher, working with preschoolers.  Faythe enjoys reading, dance performances and movies.

Virginia B. McLymont, Esq. (Board Chair)

Virginia McLymont serves as Benefits Counsel and is a member of the Legal Team of USI Consulting Group in Glastonbury, CT that delivers plan design recommendations, plan document and related drafting, governmental determination and correction filings, fiduciary and governance training services to corporate, non-profit, health and church plan clients of the firm.  Virginia earned a B.A. and J.D. degrees from Capital University and Capital University Law School, respectively.  She has been a member of the Columbus Bar Association, an Associated Professional Member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and has been named to International Who’s Who of Professionals.  Virginia is a talented singer and musician and also enjoys travel, cooking, the theater, reading and classic movies.

Lynnette Jeffrey, MBA

Lynette Jeffrey serves as an Assistant Vice President with Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation in Harrison, NY, specializing in the delivery of retirement plan compliance and consulting services to clients, financial advisors, sales professionals and retirement consultants.  She has earned a B.A. in Math (with minors in Psychology, Spanish and Religion) at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Lynnette is an avid sports fan, loves to travel nationally and abroad, and enjoys reading, music, theater and photography.

Merlon Crawford, MBA

Merlon Crawford is the principal owner and CEO of MLC Consultants, which specializes in business consulting for small-to-intermediate size companies.  Merlon earned a B.S. in Business from Southern University and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University.  Merlon has over 27 years of experience working in the corporate sector in the areas of marketing and sales analysis and strategic planning, with major companies in the consumer and industrial products, pharmaceutical and fast food industries.  He has served as a board member of the Centennial Plaza Senior Citizens Housing Corp., St. Louis, MO., and is currently a board member of the Omega Lamp Foundation, Columbus, OH.  Merlon is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and enjoys writing poetry, watching sports and movies and traveling.

Billy Williams

Billy Williams has held various management positions during his extensive career in financial services.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Cincinnat’s College of Business.  Billy holds Series 6, 63 and 26 licenses.  He enjoys reading, politics and sports.

Our Mission

Kya’s Krusade is a comprehensive resource center, serving children and families affected by physical disabilities, specializing in Arthrogryposis and other less publicized physical disabilities. We offer education and assistance for children from diagnosis through 18 years of age. We strive to form a diverse community network and provide opportunities to enable equal access to all available informational, emotional, medical and financial sources of support