The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation and Gahanna Lincoln High School will induct a broadcast journalist, physician and newspaper editor into the Gahanna Lincoln Alumni Hall of Fame this year.
The public is invited to celebrate with the honorees at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, in the auditorium at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
The inductees are: Dr. Stephanie Ladson-Wofford, a 1978 graduate; David Spunt, a 2003 graduate; and Mary Yost, a 1970 graduate.
Ladson-Wofford graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1987.
She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine.
After her residency, she finished a three-year fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital Division of Nephrology.
Following her training at Henry Ford Hospital, Ladson-Wofford was on staff at OSU before she decided to go into private practice.
She has been employed by Kidney Specialists Inc. since 2004.
The New Albany resident has dedicated her career to treating patients with kidney disease.
"Nephrology is a very difficult field and it constantly challenges me," Ladson-Wofford said. "I tend to take care of patients for a long time, and this field has allowed me to develop relationships with them."
Deborah Hibler, a nephrology nurse for 48 years, said the knowledge and demands are extreme in this specialty.
"The physician must not only have an enormous amount of knowledge of kidney function and malfunction, but also have a mastery of the intricacies of the entire human anatomy and physiology, as kidney function touches all parts of the body," she said.
"I have worked with Dr. Ladson-Wofford. Without any reservation, she is the best physician with whom I have ever worked," she said.
Ladson-Wofford said being in the nephrology profession takes much of her time, but she enjoys the mental challenges of the field.
She said she's proud of the relationships she develops with her patients, and that she accomplished her dream of becoming a physician.
After graduating from Gahanna Lincoln, Spunt attended Miami University, where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He began his career as a reporter in Georgia and advanced with moves to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
He left Charlotte in 2014 for his present job in Philadelphia as a reporter for KYW-TV (a CBS affiliate), where he consistently works sources and breaking news.
He produces at least three or four story ideas per day, along with doing some investigative reporting.
While in Philadelphia, he has covered Pope Francis' 2015 visit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
"I am most proud I was able to work in the trenches in local news and work my way up to where I am today in Philadelphia," Spunt said. "My ultimate goal is to work in network news."
During his senior year in Gahanna, he helped produce a documentary on the high school's history.
The documentary, along with other projects led by students, helped WGLH-TV win a national award from the History Channel for preserving local history. Spunt also produced two news stories picked up and shown nationally by CNN.
"David consistently watches our weekly show online and offers constructive feedback," said Tom Gregory, speech-TV instructor and WGLH-TV adviser.
"Not only is he a leader in the field of broadcast journalism, but he continues to give back to the students at Gahanna Lincoln High School and the WGLH-TV program," he said.
After her graduation from Gahanna Lincoln, Yost received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University.
While working on her undergraduate degree, she was recommended by OSU journalism faculty members for a paid internship at The Columbus Dispatch.
Following her internship and college graduation, the Gahanna resident was hired for a full-time position at the newspaper.
In 1992, Yost was recruited by the Ohio Hospital Association as senior director of public affairs.
"Mary Yost directed significant outreach programs aimed at improving the health of Ohioans throughout her 20 years at the Ohio Hospital Association from 1992-2012", said Mike Abrams, OHA president and CEO.
Yost also served on and eventually led the board of Franklin County Children Services, and held leadership roles in other community service organizations.
Yost left the Ohio Hospital Association in 2012 and became editor of Columbus CEO, a Dispatch Media Group publication.
In 2018, she was hired as the editorial page editor at the Dispatch.
"Mary Yost is a role model for Gahanna Lincoln High students, especially young women who should know that a graduate of their school went on to fulfill her dream of becoming the editorial page editor of The Columbus Dispatch," said Alan Miller, editor of the newspaper. "She achieved that goal because of her talent, hard work and dedication to serving the people of central Ohio."