Our Executive Board

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

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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 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. In 2022, the Franklin County Chiefs Association presented her with a Special Recognition for her support for law enforcement and public safety, saying that her leadership "has helped to make Franklin County a safer place." 
 

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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 completed a cross country bicycle ride across the United States in 27 days.

Yee C. Hang

Executive Vice President

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Chris Lieb

Executive Vice President

Lieutenant Chris Lieb is a native of Central Ohio and has worked for the Columbus Division of Police since 2006, patrolling areas that include the East Side, South Side, Linden, and North Side. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kelley, and they have three sons. 

Lieutenant Lieb began working with Starfish in 2021 on our Second Annual Bikes & Badges event and has been involved with almost every major Assignment we've had since. He has the ability to make difficult tasks seem easier, so he is a huge help to us, and we're glad he's part of the Starfish family. 

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Tim Myers

Executive Vice President

Born and raised in Central Ohio, Commander Tim Myers has been with the Columbus Division of Police since 2008. Since then, he's either lived or worked in every part of Columbus and has enjoyed many different roles within the Division of Police. As a Patrol Commander, Tim saw firsthand the incredible impacts that the Starfish Assignment has had on communities and was eager to get involved.

Tim has a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University (magna cum laude, 2008), a Juris Doctor from Capital University (summa cum laude, 2016) and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Tim is also a Judge Advocate (attorney) in the U.S. Army Reserve where he has served in many capacities across the country and around the world. 

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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

Treasurer

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Nick Tabernik

Secretary

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.