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Anne and Jack Partridge to Lead 2013 United Way of Central Ohio Campaign

Monday, April 01, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – United Way of Central Ohio announced that Anne and Jack Partridge will serve as co-chairs for the 2013 campaign. Jack Partridge is president of Columbia Gas of Ohio and chief regulatory officer of the NiSource Gas Distribution Companies. NiSource, one of the nation’s largest regulated energy companies, is the parent of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

"Anne and Jack are two of the most knowledgeable and engaged leaders in our community and we are excited to welcome them as campaign co-chairs," said Janet E. Jackson, President and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio.  "Their leadership will be crucial as we work to ensure that everyone, especially the many people who now live in poverty in central Ohio, have the opportunities and resources they need to reach their potential."

"We are honored to chair this year’s campaign and can’t wait to begin our work," said Anne Partridge.  "We look forward to educating more people about the important work of United Way in addressing poverty in our communities, and providing pathways out of poverty to those in need. We’re confident that central Ohio will continue its longstanding tradition as one of the most generous communities in the country."

"It’s gratifying to see how people come together to give, advocate and volunteer through United Way,” said Jack Partridge.  "This year we will continue that great tradition of improving lives by mobilizing central Ohioans, their compassion and caring, in the fight against poverty.”

Columbia is a long-time partner of United Way and United Way of Central Ohio. In 2012, the company and its employees increased their United Way giving in central Ohio by 38 percent.

Columbia and NiSource are active corporate citizens in the communities they serve. Over the past 10 years, the companies and their employees have contributed more than $40 million and thousands of volunteer hours supporting hundreds of charitable organizations throughout their service territories. 

Jack Partridge has been president of Columbia Gas of Ohio since 2003. He assumed the role of chief regulatory officer in 2011. He began his career with Columbia Gas in 1977 as a governmental affairs representative at the company’s local distribution company in Pennsylvania.

He is immediate past Chair of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce board of directors and serves on the executive committee. He is also a member of The Ohio Business Roundtable, the Columbus 2020 board of directors and the Columbus Partnership.

He served as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Workforce Policy Board, Chairman of the Goodwill Columbus Board of Directors and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) board of trustees. Partridge holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

Anne Partridge has been an active community leader and volunteer for many years. Her volunteer experience includes leadership roles with the Heinzerling Foundation, Rosemont, Muirfield Village Civic Association, St. Brigid of Kildare School, Bishop Watterson High School, Kidsmiles Dental Clinic, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Miami University Parent’s Council national co-chair, The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Columbus Association of Performing Arts (CAPA) and The Gathering 2012 Prayer Breakfast. She is a board member and development chair for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated from Towson State University with a bachelor’s degree in education.

About United Way of Central Ohio
Founded in 1923, United Way of Central Ohio is working to improve lives and strengthen our community by  providing  pathways out of poverty through our focus on the building blocks of a good life: a quality education that leads to a productive career, enough income to support a family through retirement, good health, and a safe place to live.   As one of the largest United Ways in the country, we bring together more than 80,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to achieve our community's transformational Bold Goals in Education, Income, Health and Home.  Working together, our community will accomplish these goals by 2020.  For more information, visit LiveUnitedCentralOhio.org.

About Columbia Gas of Ohio
Columbia Gas of Ohio delivers natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.