Sharon Rastatter, Commission Chair
Terms: October 2019 – September 2021, October 2021 – December 2024

Sharon is a native Central Ohioan, growing up on the east side of Columbus and graduating from Gahanna Lincoln High School. She attended Bethany College, Bethany, WW, where she majored in Communications, before transferring to The Ohio State University where she received her B.A degree in Journalism (News Editorial sequence) with a concentration in Political Science. She spent several years during college and after graduation as a newspaper reporter for daily newspapers in Springfield, Ohio; Martinsburg, WV; and Williamson, WV, in addition to freelancing for the Associated Press, Charleston, WV, Bureau. In addition, she was a reporter for ThisWeek Newspapers before moving into corporate communications. In more recent years, Sharon worked at Meadow Park Church in Columbus, designing the church bulletin, website content, flyers and other communication pieces. In 2015, she started volunteering with the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America for the MGFA’s local public awareness campaigns.

She and her husband have lived in the Far West Side area since October 1994, first in Cross Creek Village (1994-99), then in Westbrooke (1999-present), and have two daughters, ages 20 and 17. During her daughters’ elementary school years, Sharon served as a Girl Scout troop co-leader and PTO volunteer. In her neighborhood, Sharon was a trustee and newsletter editor for the Westbrooke Subdivision Homeowners’ Association (2008-2016). For the past several years, she has been Co-Coordinator of the Westbrooke Watchers Block Watch and the Community Relations Coordinator (volunteer) for the Columbus Division of Police 15 Precinct since 2016. She became involved in local rezoning issues in August 2016, and upon learning of the need for an area commission to represent Far West Side residents, took on the challenge of leading that effort.

Debi Hampton, Commission Vice Chair
Terms: October 2019 – September 2021, October 2021 – December 2024

Debi graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Industrial Design, Visual Communications. She is a Freelance Graphic Designer and author of, “CANCER: Reflections on Life with Cancer and Finding the Good in Any Challenge.” A 10-year survivor, Debi is a wife and mom of three amazing kids, ages 21, 16 and 12. She strives to prioritize family first, while juggling home, work and volunteer opportunities. Her faith guides her to champion people and causes that give hope and focus on a better quality of life.

After mentoring with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, her family fostered a baby when his mom struggled with addiction. She is a Youth Leader at CenterPointe Church in Grove City and serves on multiple ministry teams. Debi is Program Coordinator for Columbus Tutoring Initiative at Hilliard Crossing Elementary, inspiring students to love reading. She is a core member of HART – Health Awareness & Recovery Together, joining with others to bring awareness to mental health, alcohol and drug use concerns.

Debi is President of the Cross Creek Village Civic Association, since 2011, and leads a team of dedicated residents to improve the neighborhood with social events, beautification efforts and unity within the area. She is Co-Chair of the Cross Creek Block Watch, involved for 18+ years. She is active in multiple PTOs and committees within Hilliard Schools. She has been a team leader in local efforts regarding development, diversity, safety and more. She is an active member of the Far West Side Area Task Force.

Kelley Arnold, Zoning Committee Chair
Term: October 2019 – December 2022

Coming to us from Northwest Indiana, Kelley is a born and raised Region Rat. She worked in the Chicagoland area as purchasing assistant and later as a major account representative for a radiation dosimetry firm while attending Purdue University Calumet. After moving to Ohio in 1996, she continued her studies at The Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and Japanese.

Kelley and her family moved to the Cross Creek Village neighborhood in 2000. While working as a Census Bureau field representative, she was also actively involved in the local school, Hilliard Crossing Elementary, when her son began his journey there in 2003. After a brief departure from the community to live in Japan in 2005, Kelley and family returned to their home in Cross Creek Village in 2008. Since returning, she has been an active member of the school community serving as treasurer for a number of PTO groups, including the Inter School PTO (ISPTO). She has also served on a number of the district’s committees, including the Student Housing Project and the Technology Task Force. Kelley has also been involved with the creation of the neighborhood Cross Creek Village Civic Association.

Todd Wildman, Treasurer
Terms: October 2019 – September 2020; October 2020 – December 2023

Todd has been a resident of Ohio his entire life growing up in northern Ohio in Amherst and eventually moving to Columbus in 1990 to go to college at DeVry University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering.  He has lived on this side of town since 1995 and moved into his current residence in 2000. Todd has worked as a network engineer for the same international company in Hilliard for nearly 26 years. He has volunteered at his local church since 2012 running the video switch and directing camera shots for the in-house television recording and for viewing on the Internet.  Todd also volunteers for his son’s troop as the treasurer and has done so since 2015. He enjoys anything technology related and likes to fix computers as a hobby. Todd joined the West Side task force to form this commission in the fall of 2017.

Jeff Woodson, Secretary
Terms: October 2019 – September 2020; October 2020 – December 2023

I am a life-long resident of central Ohio. I was born and raised in Marysville, received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kent State University and an M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. I am professor and program coordinator in the Engineering Technologies department at Columbus State Community college and have been employed there since 1990. I have lived in either Hilliard or the far west side of Columbus for the past 25 years. I am married and my wife (Carrie) and I have one child, a daughter, who is in graduate school at Ohio State. I served on the Westland Area Commission when we lived in Galloway in the early 2000’s and currently serve on the Education First Credit Union Foundation Board and the Tolles Career and Technology Center Engineering Program Advisory Committee. I believe we have a great community and that an area commission formed to serve it could do many great things to improve the quality of life for all who live in it. 

Joe Mueller
Term: October 2019 – December 2022

I moved to Columbus in 1987 and have actually lived in the Columbus community most of that period until I purchased my current home situated just beside Columbus proper located in Norwich Township. I have been employed by the same company during that period (including the Leisure Lawn acquisition in 2000 by TruGreen).

Raising three children I was active in the Columbus community with their recreational sports. I coached children’s football teams (Riverbend Raiders mini, Junior and senior divisions) for over seven years, baseball and Softball (Finland elementary) , basketball at Franklin Heights sports complex. My business for Leisure Lawn was located originally on Stimmel Rd. 43223 and then we built our own facility in Columbus, 43026 on Nike Dr. also my current location of employment.

In the past I worked with Toys for Tots organization and would provide vehicles for the annual Christmas Parade downtown to store the children’s coloring books that were sold for the Charity Newsie’s for the Children’s Network.

I have recently become involved in the Far West Side Area Commission meeting and felt a calling to become more involved in my community again and have applied for an appointed members position on the commission. I hope to be able to assist in improving our community and the quality of life for those who live within it.

Don Thompson
Term: July 2020 – December 2022

Don was born and raised in West Milton, Ohio (Miami County).  After graduating from Milton-Union Schools in 1959, Don gained his college education as a co-op student, working at the Frigidaire Division of General Motors and attending General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan from where he graduated in 1964 with an Industrial Engineering degree.  Don retired from General Motors and Electronic Data Systems in 1999, after serving in a variety of engineering and managerial positions.

During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Don served on the West Milton (Pop: 5,000) Village Council and served as Mayor for four two-year terms.

Don then served two terms on the Milton-Union School Board.

Don and his wife, Susan, moved to Columbus in June 2012 from Middletown, Ohio – after deciding to ‘down-size’ and relocate in the Columbus area to be closer to children and grand-children.  Don and Susan found their new home in the Highland Meadows Condominium Community.

Jim Garrett
Term: November 2021 – December 2024