Our Board.

Starfish Assignment is led by a team of committed and dedicated professionals. All our members hold full-time positions in the community and volunteer their time to serve on our board. Three are current law enforcement officers, two are former law enforcement officers, and five have never served in law enforcement. 


Nicole Banks


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 moved 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 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, relishes a good game of Words With Friends, and enjoys watching the Buckeyes defeat Michigan. In 2020, Columbus Division of Police presented Nicole with a Meritorious Public Service Award for the good work she and Starfish have done for the community. 


Tim Becker

Executive Vice President

Tim was born and raised in Columbus and is proud of his Hilltop roots.  Tim joined the Columbus Division of Police in 1988 and rose through the ranks to his current position overseeing criminal investigators.  Tim was a trailblazer for his family in the field of law enforcement, and now has many relatives working with him at CPD, including his lovely bride.  Tim is the father of three sons, two of which serve in the National Guard, and a third who keeps him young.

Tim obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership from Capella University, where he graduated with Distinction.  Tim has completed multiple police leadership courses, including the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy.  

Tim has had a plaque on his office wall reminding him of the Starfish parable since 2001, and embraces the opportunity to help others give back to the community he loves.  He is attracted to positivity and those who not only make a difference, but also willingly share their smile with others.  Therefore, the Starfish Assignment is a perfect fit!


Shirley M. Cartagena

Executive Vice President

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 to the Patriots.


Pete Casuccio

Executive Vice President

Pete Casuccio has been a police officer for the Columbus Division of Police for seven 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. 



Mario Dovell

Executive Vice President

A servant leader, Mario Dovell feels his mission is to modernize the Linden community into a thriving, safe, and welcoming community. He has been a Center Manager for Columbus Recreation and Parks for nearly five years. One of the youngest center managers ever hired, he believes community centers serve as places of refuge and recreation for their neighbors. He strives to constantly engage residents in a multitude of ways that truly elevate the community, ways that build deep connections and relationships with community members. 


Mario says his "why" is his servant's heart. He wants to enhance lives through recreation--building better communities and ultimately inspiring our youth in a positive way. 


Mario attended Whetsone High School in Columbus and received a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management from Ohio University, where he played football for four years. 

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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.

Yee C. Hang

Executive Vice President


Nick Tabernik

Executive Vice President

Deputy Chief Nick Tabernik has been a member of the Dublin Police Department since 2005, serving the citizens of Dublin in various roles. In his current role as the Support Services Bureau Commander, he leads and manages the Detective Bureau, Community Impact Unit, and Community Education Unit. Additionally, he is responsible for the coordination of safety for City special events, including the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks and the Dublin Irish Festival.

Nick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Dayton and obtained a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Supervisor Training and Education Program through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Nick was born and raised in northeast Ohio and is a diehard Cleveland sports fan. His hobbies include spending time with his wife, Sara, and son, Austin, and coaching youth in his community.  Nick truly enjoys serving his community through developing relationships and helping others. His relationship with Nicole and the Starfish Assignment began several years ago with a mutual interest in helping the Dublin Police Department and bringing the blessings provided by the organization to the citizens of Dublin.  This partnership has developed into multiple community events, Books and Badges opportunities at Dublin City Schools, and positive police interactions with the citizens they serve.


Lindsey Tinsley grew up in Clintonville, Ohio and started in automotive in 2010 in Dublin, Ohio. She took a part-time job in the business development center to transition out of surety bail bonds and fell in love with the culture and the cars. She started working for Byers in 2012, as a marketing assistant, and has since advanced her education in managing marketing and digital design & graphics and currently serves as the Director of Marketing. She says of her favorite things about Byers is that, “they are a radically generous company.”

Her children Cadence, Trenton, and Trew keep her busy with AAU basketball, Westerville Crew, wrestling, track and football. They also enjoy going to the shooting range, cooking dinner together, and going out for ice cream. However, Lindsey says their favorite place to be on Sunday morning is Grace Fellowship in Pickerington.

Lindsey serves on several committees including 3rd & Goal, Rally for The Ranch, and Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. She said, “I enjoy bettering our community and believe that we exist to help others. Towards the end of 2020, I started searching for an outreach program that was more grassroots. I wanted to see and be a part of the impact and Starfish Assignment offered just that. The work I have done thus far has been tremendously rewarding, and I am honored to be a part of this compassionate organization. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions that you have.”

Lindsey Tinsley

Executive Vice President

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William H. Pascol IV


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

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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. 

Thomas Spyker