The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus recently recognized Pickerington resident Jan Lenko for his volunteer efforts.

The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus recently recognized Pickerington resident Jan Lenko for his volunteer efforts.

He was honored for providing 30 years of service. Lenko is a two-time winner of the Exceptional Volunteer Service Award. He has been a financial donor for at least the past 19 years, and a member of the Clara Barton Society since 1997.

Lenko has also served on the First Aid Services Team.


Col. Gregory L. Mathews of Pickerington is the new Civil Air Patrol Ohio Wing commander, having previously served as the wing's inspector general.

Presiding over the official change of command ceremony were Brig. Gen. Charles L. Carr Jr., CAP's national vice commander, and Col. Robert M. Karton, who succeeded Carr as the Great Lakes Region commander.

In the past 25 years, Mathews has served as the Ohio Wing government relations adviser, as a group commander and at the squadron level as an operations officer and professional development officer.

His CAP career began in 1968 as a cadet, when he was instrumental in forming a new squadron in Kenton, Ohio.

Mathews earned a doctorate in developmental disabilities psychology from The Ohio State University. He is the assistant director and coordinator of professional development and school improvement for the State Support Team Region 11: Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Mathews has also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, attaining the rank of major as an aeromedical operations officer.

He lives in Pickerington with his wife, Kathleen. They have two daughters, Rachel and Catherine. Mathews also has a son, Heath, who lives with his family in Upper Sandusky.