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Stephanie Filigno, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Filigno is the clinical psychologist embedded into CF care team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 2009. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her work with the CF Foundation includes being a member of the Mental Health Advisory Committee, Education and Training Workgroup and a site investigator within the Success with Therapies Research Consortium (STRC). She has led webinars on mental health and wellbeing for the CFF and has been invited by many CF Centers across the United States to give presentations. In 2020 she was awarded the Carolyn and C. Richard Mattingly Leadership in Mental Health Care Award from the CFF. https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/bio/f/stephanie-filigno

Aaron Stocks
Operations Manager

Aaron Stocks is a 37 year old person living with CF and also an Operations Manager with the Compass program at the CF Foundation. He works closely with a team of case managers that focus on assisting people with CF located in the East Region. He works closely with his counterpart to focus on the day-to-day operations and contributes to the strategic direction of the program. Aaron receives his care at Johns Hopkins and one of many people who has greatly benefited from Trikafta. He lives in Point of Rocks, Maryland with his wife Bradi and his German Shepherd Jules. He is an avid golfer, gamer and sports fan.

Cincinnati’s Finest Class of 2022
The Central Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is pleased to introduce you to the 13th annual Cincinnati’s Finest campaign class. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our Cincinnati’s Finest Honorees during the 65 Roses Gala. This group of outstanding young professionals show exemplary leadership, are active in their communities, and have excelled in their profession. Each honoree committed to helping the Foundation make CF stand for “Cure Found” by raising funds and awareness for CF over a 12-week campaign.
To learn more about Cincinnati’s Finest Campaign visit: https://finest.cff.org/cincyfinest

Ashley Walls is a Realtor with Lohmiller Real Estate. Within her company, she has been recognized as a Million Dollar Club member and Tier 2 award winner. Ashley thrives on helping others, in both a professional and personal capacity. She enjoys giving back and getting involved in the community, including serving as a board member and annual campaign chair for the Batesville Community Education Foundation and as a founder of the “Faces of Batesville” project. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is also very near and dear to Ashley’s heart. “I met the Bulach family while working at the daycare that the Julia (a local CF Ambassador) attended. I grew a lot from knowing the family and the passion that they have for finding a cure (for CF) is contagious,” says Walls. As a mom, she enjoys spending time with her family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Children's Museum, as well as cheering on her two favorite teams, the Reds and the Bengals.

Danny Combs is the Director of North American Talent Acquisition at Procter & Gamble. He has a passion for creating connectedness and a philanthropic spirit that makes him great representation of Cincinnati’s Finest. Danny graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in HR Management. He started volunteering with the Foundation in 2019, and was inspired to make a greater impact by fundraising in pursuit of a cure for CF. He is passionate about giving back to the community and has volunteered as a soccer coach for Girls With Grit, a local non-profit focused on building confidence in girls through sports. Danny enjoys golfing, cheering on the Buckeyes, and exploring new restaurants in the city with his wife and friends.

Kathy O’Connell is the owner/chef at Copper & Flame in Over-The-Rhine. At an early age, Kathy and her family traveled a lot and introduced her to cuisines from around the world. This inspired her to create a unique street food menu for Copper & Flame that pulls from various cultures. As a local business owner, she has grown roots in Cincinnati and helps the community by being involved with local chambers, supporting other local businesses, and featuring pieces by local artists at her restaurants. Kathy first got involved with the CF Foundation by supporting Team Tubes and has been involved with their annual Pig Roast fundraiser for 6 years. She was nominated for Cincinnati’s Finest by her close friend, Katie Frider, a 2020 Finest Top Tier Honoree and Team Tubes CCO. Kathy is a foodie at heart and loves exploring different cities. She has four kids who are her world and enjoys cooking with them.

Marty O’Malley is a Special Education Teacher at Archbishop Moeller High School. He graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and is in the midst of finishing his Master’s degree. At Moeller High School, Marty is a mentor teacher and volunteers at various retreats for the students, including a service project in West Virginia. He also goes above and beyond by leading two committees at Moeller High School and is involved in a variety of philanthropic events. Katie Frider, 2020 Cincinnati’s Finest Honoree and current Tomorrow’s Leaders Chair, nominated Marty to join the campaign and help raise money towards a cure for CF. Outside of work, Marty enjoys spending time with his family and taking his kids to various sporting activities. He is an avid sports fan and loves cheering on Cleveland professional teams.