The Polish American Club of Columbus would like to announce that it will be holding elections for positions on the Board of Trustees. The election will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Recreational Shelter at Kościuszko Park.
We are delighted and grateful that the following members have stepped up and offered their candidacies:
|Trustee 1:||Iwona Testani|
|Trustee 2:||Marlena Przybył|
|Trustee 3:||Zbigniew Lorenc|
If you cannot vote in-person on Election Day, you can vote by sending the printed ballot to
THE POLISH AMERICAN CLUB, P. O. BOX 14960, COLUMBUS, OHIO 43214.
In order for your vote to be counted, it has to be received by June 3rd, 2020 (the P.O. Box will be checked and emptied on June 4th at 6:30 PM).
To participate in the elections, you have to be a current member of the Club, and your membership dues must be paid. If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact Bartosz Warzycha, email: [email protected]
Please observe all COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of the elections.
Please, come and show your support for the future Board by casting your vote!
Polish American Club Board of Trustees
Ballot: To download PAC ballot click here: BALLOT
Candidates for PAC Board of Trustees
Candidate for the President
Retired professional soccer player and Polish National Team member. I came to Columbus in 1996 with my family to join the Columbus Crew in the inaugural season of Major League Soccer. I finished my professional playing career and became Head Coach of the Columbus Crew (08’-13’) where I still live with my family. I am actively involved in youth soccer development and I enjoy a round of golf. My background in leadership, communication, and team skills make me a great candidate for president.
Candidate for Vice-President
My name is Bozena Stanek. My family and I moved to Ohio in 2006 from Boston, Massachusetts. From the very moment we moved here I was introduced to Polish community in Columbus through Pacanów (Polish Language School for Kids), where my children attended classes on Saturdays and through weekly meetings of Yoga Bear Club. In 2017 I took on a more active role in the club when I became a trustee on the Board of PAC. With my term as a trustee ending this April, I will be happy to offer my candidacy for a Vice President of the Club. Professionally, I have a degree in early childhood development from Poland and a bachelor’s degree in small business management from Newbury College. I live in Upper Arlington with my husband Krzysztof and two children, Mateusz and Alicja.
Candidate for Treasurer
Born in the city of Zabrze, Poland (1990)- I have lived in the U.S. (Columbus, OH) since 1996. I attended college at The Marshall University where I played on the Men’s Soccer Team and finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Finance. My wife Ania and I met in Poland over the summer of 2008. Almost 10 years later, through the fiancé visa process (K-1 Visa), we have been happily married in the U.S. now for 3+ years. Since graduating college I’ve been working for a financial planning firm in Columbus- helping people with finances and protection planning has been a rewarding and fulfilling career for me. Given the nature of my practice, the opportunity to be the Treasurer of PAC was something new and exciting and I am honored to serve in such a capacity for this club. In my free time, I enjoy various outdoor/nature activities, sports, breaking a sweat, eating and cooking food, reading a good book, connecting with new people and spending time with the people I care about- family and friends. Polish and Proud!
Candidate for Secretary
Helena Anna Rempala was born and raised in Warsaw Poland. In 1991 she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of Warsaw and in 1999 – her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Bowling Green State University. She completed her internship at the University of Louisville Medical School. She holds licenses to practice clinical psychology in Kentucky, Georgia, and Ohio and is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Helena lives with her husband, Grzegorz Rempala, professor of biomathematics at the Ohio State University. The couple has two adult sons, Jan and Antoni and a very clever Rat Terrier. The family is actively engaged in supporting the activities of the Polish American Club since their arrival to Columbus in 2013. Prior to assuming the role of the PAC’s Vice-President, Helena served on the PAC Board as its Secretary. Since 2013 Grzegorz serves as a music coordinator for the PAC’s Catholic community and Helena sings in the Polish church choir Diakonia. They both are grateful for the warm welcome that the PAC afforded them upon their arrival to Columbus.
Candidates for Trustees
Marlena Przybył was born and raised in Poland. She pursued her graduate degree in Economics and completed postgraduate studies in “Enterprise Accounting” from the Poznan Academy of Economics, currently called the Poznan University of Economics. She also completed postgraduate studies at the University of Economics in Warsaw with a specialization “Audit and financial control in public finance sector units.” Not yet satisfied, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in “Public Relations” at the University of Bydgoszcz. Marlena moved to Westerville, Ohio in 2015. Before relocated to the US, she worked as Director of the Department of Development and European Funds at the district authority office in Bydgoszcz. Marlena has two sons. One of her sons is a business owner and resides in Poland. Her second son works as a computer scientist and lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife and two children. Marlena currently lives downtown Columbus where she works as an administrative and marketing assistant for a downtown real estate agency. She joined the Polish American Club in 2016 and has served as a Trustee on its Board for the past two years.
Iwona Testani, nee Budzik, is a native of Tarnow, Poland. She immigrated to Shelton, CT in 1987, where she earned her BA in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University. She also taught Polish to English-speaking children. She moved to Atlanta in 1991. During her time I Atlanta, she served as a Polish interpreter during the 1996 Summer Olympics and served as an envoy to the Polish delegation to the Summer Paralympics. In 1999, she moved to Dublin, Ohio. She has worked as a surgical/dental assistant in several dental practices in the Columbus area. For the past ten years, she has worked as a treatment coordinator in a neuromuscular dental practice in Worthington. She has been a member of the PAC since 1999. She was involved in planning the activities associated with Tadeusz Kościuszko Park dedication. She was on the Dublin Arts Council jury which selected the outdoor public artwork for the above park. Iwona lives in Dublin with her husband Tony. They have two grown children and a guinea pig. Her favorite pastime includes reading, hiking, winemaking, and most recently, biking.
My name is Zbigniew Lorenc, I joined the Polish American Club in 2012 and served three terms as Secretary of the Board. My main role in the Club, besides the secretary position, was organizing and preparing annual dance parties, preparing musical and audio settings for Wigilia, and monthly Polish Mass. I live in Dublin with my wife and two children. I own automotive and racing oriented businesses in Hilliard.