The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation will induct a Washington, D.C., communications director, the founder of a local theater company and an entrepreneur into the Gahanna Lincoln Alumni Hall of Fame.
The public is invited to the induction at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, in the auditorium at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
The inductees are:
Inductee Cory Fritz is a 2004 Gahanna Lincoln graduate.
He completed two summer internships in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich before graduating early with honors from Ohio University in 2007 and accepting a full-time position in Voinovich's office.
From 2007-09, Fritz served in several roles, including speechwriter and assistant press secretary.
After Voinovich's retirement announcement in 2009, Fritz joined then House Minority Leader John Boehner's congressional office. Fritz was with Boehner from his first day as speaker of the House to his last, working as political communications director and then press secretary.
After Boehner's retirement, Fritz was tapped by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) to serve as deputy staff director for communications with the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Fritz is a member of the chairman's senior staff and leads the committee's press team.
In January 2016, Fritz helped Royce lead a delegation to Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that later returned to the United States 150 adopted children stuck in a bureaucratic stalemate in the DRC.
He was nominated to the Hall of Fame by Bill Huston, a Gahanna Lincoln alumnus.
Fritz lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Sarah.
After graduating from Gahanna Lincoln in 1989, Short attended then-Otterbein College, where he earned a bachelor's degree of fine arts in acting and directing.
He moved to New York in 1993 and began performing both on stage and in film, appearing at the Lincoln Center and as a guest artist on "One Life to Live" and the CBS series "New York News." While in New York, he co-founded a theater company and helped produce several off-off Broadway shows and one off-Broadway show.
He moved back to Columbus in 2003 and became a founding member of Available Light Theatre, a fellowship of artists dedicated to creating joyful and profound theater, and serving the community.
In addition to directing and acting in several productions, Short has helped create original work with the company, such as "Pride@Prejudice" and the Columbus Voices Workshop.
"Ian Short is a great actor, with a huge set of talents and a vast range." said Matt Slaybaugh, artistic director of Available Light Theatre. "His technique is rock solid, and he's always eager for new experiences and to push himself to new corners of physical, emotional and intellectual exploration.
"As a director, he's compassionate, articulate and well-respected by his cast," Slaybaugh said.
Short has performed with many other theater and dance companies in Columbus, including BalletMet, CATCO, Short North Stage and the New Albany Ballet Company.
He also continues to work in television and film.
One of the things Short enjoys most is teaching theater.
He has taught classes at Otterbein and Denison universities and currently teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
For the past 13 years, he has been the director for Gahanna Community Theatre.
He was nominated to the Hall of Fame by Tom Gregory, who was his former teacher.
Short lives in German Village with his wife, Amanda.
Jake Sigal, a 1999 Gahanna Lincoln gradate, has made a career out of creating experiences consumer-tech users want.
A graduate of Ohio University, he accomplished that by building companies that have redefined the way software applications work with hardware products.
A third-generation entrepreneur, Sigal co-founded Tome Inc. in 2014 after he sold his first company, Livio, to Ford Motor Co.
At Tome, Sigal leads a management team and software engineers in the vanguard of the Internet of Things movement, where results are measured in new products and services.
"Jake's technical chops are only exceeded by his ability to hire a great team at Tome," said Damian Porcari, director of licensing and enforcement of Ford Global Technology. "Jake has a saying to 'only hire people smarter than yourself,' and that attitude and commitment is one of the main reasons we continue to work with him and his organization."
Sigal's work at Tome creates organic opportunities to partner with established companies and market leaders spanning a variety of industries. He works with some of the biggest names in business, leveraging the Tome team's expertise to accelerate product-specific tech exploration and innovation.
A supporter of Techstars, Sigal also sits on the Consumer Technology Association's Board of Industry Leaders.
Sigal was nominated for the induction by Diane Ballard, a former teacher.
Sigal and his wife, Abbee, reside in Ferndale, Mich.