Meet Our Team
John C. Woods
Assistant Vice President, Estate and Gift Planning
Prior to joining Ohio State in June 2015, John was vice president of gift planning for the University of Arizona (UA) Foundation for 21 years. Before UA he worked for the law firm of Dickerman and Nuckolls in Tucson, Arizona. He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Creighton University. He is a member of the Worthington Estate Planning Council, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Central Ohio Planned Giving Roundtable and State Bar of Arizona. John is a past member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona, where he has served as president. He also has been on the board of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson where he served as president.
Mary Ann Iveson
Executive Director, Estate and Gift Planning
A Canton, Ohio, native, Mary Ann earned a B.A. in accounting from Walsh University in North Canton and a J.D. from the University of Akron. Mary Ann practiced taxation and employee-benefits law in Canton before joining Ohio State. Mary Ann has been with the gift planning office for 17 years. She is active with the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council and Worthington Estate Planning Council.
Senior Director, Estate and Gift Planning
Colin is a Cincinnati native who earned his B.A. in economics and history from Butler University and was a member of the golf team all four years. He also has his law degree from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and served on the university’s distinguished Committee on Academic Misconduct. While previously working on Ohio State leases and transactions, he has experience in real estate matters including due diligence, mineral rights, and valuation. In his free time Colin competes in amateur golf tournaments and recreational league basketball.
Director, Estate and Gift Planning
Sam is a Columbus, Ohio native who attended Ohio State for his undergraduate degree in economics and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining Ohio State, Sam practiced law as a probate and estate planning attorney. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Sam was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band, where he met his wife, Kayla. On Buckeye football Saturdays you can find Sam and his wife volunteering for the Marching Band.
Director, Estate and Gift Planning
Logan Riley is a West Virginia native who earned his B.A. in sociology and a minor in political science from the University of Dayton. He attended Moritz College of Law and graduated cum laude in May 2017. Prior to joining Ohio State, Logan worked on a wide variety of projects at UnitedLex in Columbus. In his free time Logan likes to play in the Columbus recreational basketball league, engage in a multitude of outdoor activities, and read historical books ranging from ancient Rome to WWII.
Probate and Trust Manager, Estate and Gift Planning
Prior to joining Ohio State in September 2015, Danette was the trust and estate administrator for the University of Arizona Foundation for six years. Prior to that, she worked in higher education for 18 years at the University of Arizona and at the University of Idaho. Danette has a bachelor’s degree in office administration and a master’s degree in business education, both from the University of Idaho. She has also completed paralegal course work at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
Coordinator, Estate and Gift Planning
A Canal Fulton, Ohio, native, Grant earned a BA in history from The Ohio State University in 2003. Grant returned to his alma mater in mid-2006 after working in the service and retail industry for three years. Originally hired by transportation and parking, he has also worked for the office of the president and athletics in his time with the university. He currently lives in Gahanna with his wife and son.
Office Associate, Estate and Gift Planning
Frank has worked for the university since 1999 for the 4-H Foundation, the Extension Service business office, and University Development. He graduated from Ohio State with a B.A. in German and history and earned an M.L.S. from Kent StateUniversity.
Marketing Manager, Estate and Gift Planning
Delfina has served in this role for the past three years and helps create and implement communication programs for the office. Delfina moved to Ohio in 2012 with her husband. Prior to joining Ohio State, she worked as a marketing manager for Webster Bank and MetLife. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and Spanish from Assumption College and an MBA from Quinnipiac University.