What can TOP do for you?

Almost all of our staff participated in our program before.

Mike Chrisman believes that hiring former customers is the best way to meet the expectations of our current customers: the hosts and the interns.

Contact Information:

The Ohio Program
700 Ackerman Rd
Suite 360
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614 292 7720
FAX: 614 688 8611

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Michael Chrisman
Assistant Director
  • Mike took part in overseas internships while an undergraduate at The Ohio State University
  • He worked for the National 4-H Council
  • In 1979 he established The Ohio Program with the of the guidance of Dr. Mervin Smith
Michael O'Keeffe
Program Manager
  • Mike graduated from Warrenstown College in Ireland
  • Mike was a participant on The Ohio Program from 1986-87 and started working part-time in our office in 1988
  • Mike joined TOP full-time in 1990
Grzegorz (Greg) Lecki
Program Coordinator
  • Family has a horticultural business in Poland
  • Graduated in Horticulture from Poznań Agricultural University, Poland
  • Program Participant from 2000-2001
  • Joined our office in 2003
  • Responsible for horticultural placements
  • Some web design and other IT projects
Fabrice Ligny
Administrative Assistant
  • Graduate of TecoBio University in France
  • He joined our office in 1995
  • Fabrice handles all fiscal and human resources matters
  • Oversees many of our bureaucratic procedures
John Beardmore
Program Coordinator
  • John grew up in Shropshire, England, and was heavily involved in farming from an early age
  • Program participant from 1994-1995
  • Joined our staff in 1998
  • Responsible for all agricultural placements
Yining Zhang
Program Coordinator
  • Graduated in 1984 in Agriculture from Ningxia University, China
  • Program participant from 1994-1995
  • Joined the TOP staff in 2001
  • Oversees office management and documentation processes
Anna Matwijow
Program Assistant
  • Graduated in Horticulture from Poznań Agricultural University, Poland
  • Program Participant from 2003-2004
  • Joined our office in 2008
  • Responsible for some data entry and accounting
Anna Matwijow