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Nicole Banks

President/Founder

Nicole Banks served in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She was the first female MP to be stationed at Camp Courtney in Okinawa. After her discharge, Nicole returned home to Pennsylvania to attend Lycoming College. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and received the Hollenback Award for high academic performance and outstanding leadership ability. 

Nicole relocated to Columbus to attend graduate school at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, where she received a University Fellowship. There she served as an elected member of MBA Council and was the MBA Council lead for the Fisher Branding Project and the MBA Diversity Initiative.  She received her Master of Business Administration in Marketing and was a honored with a Pace Setter Award for academic achievement and leadership ability.

She is a Supervisory Contracting Officer at Defense Logistics Agency in Whitehall, Ohio.

Nicole is a life long Steelers fan, a Hello Kitty aficionado, and relishes a good game of Words With Friends. She enjoys traveling, learning about cultural differences, and watching the Buckeyes defeat Michigan. She has two children, Ashlan and Rohan, both of whom are active in Starfish Assignment. 

Pete Casuccio

Executive Vice President

Pete Casuccio has been a police officer for the Columbus Division of Police for six years, patrolling the area of South Linden (5 Precinct). He is devoted to the community he serves and lives by the motto "see a need, fill a need." This mindset led him to start his own charity, Cops and Barbers, with his barber, Robert Cayson, in 2018.  Almost immediately after that first Cops and Barbers event, Ofc Casuccio became acquainted with Starfish Assignment, working to help them establish themselves, eventually moving Cops and Barbers under their umbrella, and ultimately joining the Starfish board so that he can continue to develop and guide the organization in a more formal leadership role. 

Yee C. Hang

Executive Vice President

Yee Chang Hang is a retired Army officer with 27 years culminating in the rank of Colonel.   

 

As a military officer, he has served in numerous assignments in the U.S. and overseas with deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq.  He recently served as the Director of Land Supplier Operations for the Defense Logistics Agency – Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. 

 

He has numerous awards and decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  In 2015, he was selected as one of the Top 100 candidates for the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award.

 

He has a Bachelor’s of Science from the United States Military Academy and a Masters in Acquisition Administration from Central Michigan University.  He is currently working on his PhD in Organizational Management and Leadership.

 

He is an avid runner having completed five ultra-marathons.  He is also an avid bicyclist having just completed a cross country bicycle ride across the United States in 27 days.

William H. Pascol IV

Executive Vice President

William H. Pascol IV is the Comptroller/Director, Defense Logistics Agency Finance - Land and Maritime.  His service with the Department of Defense (DoD) began 9 years ago with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), where he graduated from the Leaders in Motion (LIM) program and earned his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.  In addition to his DoD experience, he also has several years of experience in audit, finance, and accounting from working in the private sector. 

Along with his background in the financial arena, Mr. Pascol possesses unique skills and experience acquired from his past career as a professional football coach.  He has over 6 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including time spent at the U. S. Naval Academy.  After the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Pascol spent two years at Grand Valley State University where he won two Division II National Championships, and two Assistant Coach of the Year awards. 

 

Mr. Pascol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting from The Ohio State University.  He has two children. His son, William Christopher, is a freshman at The University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.  His daughter, Courtney Marie, is a sophomore at the Columbus School for Girls. 

 

Mr. Pascol’s words to live by:  “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson

Shirley M. Cartagena graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Universidad de Puerto Rico. She also attended Columbia Southern to work on a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. She works at the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime where she is a Material Planner Supervisor.

 

Ms. Cartagena is passionate about working with people, the most valuable resource any organization has. This devotion led her to joining the Land Supplier Operations Culture Council in 2008, eventually assuming the role of chairperson for two years beginning in 2016.  There she worked to improve the culture and environment to better assist customers and personnel alike.

 

Shirley is originally from Puerto Rico and loves all things nature, especially the beach. She enjoys reading and playing with her two boys and puppy whenever she has the chance. She and Nicole somehow manage to remain good friends despite Shirley’s misguided devotion for the Patriots.

Shirley M. Cartagena

Treasurer

Thomas Spyker is a practicing attorney in Columbus, Ohio focusing on governmental liability, employment law, and general litigation.  Thomas graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, receiving the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and Academic.

Prior to practicing law, Thomas served as a police officer for ten years both on active duty in the United States Navy and as a civilian federal officer for the Department of Defense where he was named the 2014 Police Officer of the Year.

Thomas was born and raised in the Columbus neighborhood of Linden and is a proud product of Columbus Public Schools.  He now is thrilled to be able to give a little back to a city, and neighborhood, he has always loved.  Thomas recently participated in a program teaching constitutional law to high school juniors at Ft. Hayes High School, and he continues to seek out new opportunities to get involved. 

 

In his leisure time Thomas travels, bicycles, and continues to work on perfecting his long-promised mixtape. 

Secretary

Thomas Spyker