Oyauma Garrison

Oyauma Garrison, 1996

B.A., Denison University
MBA, Franklin University

President & Chief Executive Officer

Columbus, Ohio

A portrait of Oyauma Garrison

Oyauma Garrison serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer at A Kid Again, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing adventures for kids facing life-threatening conditions. A Kid Again provides hope, happiness, and healing through ongoing fun activities called Adventures. Oyauma is a former insurance company executive of over 20 years. He worked at State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, and Jacobson. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of Buckeye Insurance.

Active in the community, Oyauma has received numerous awards for leadership and community service. Honors and recognition include Top 50 Smart Business Leaders, CEO of the Year finalist — Columbus CEO, a Columbus Business First Most Admired C-Suite leader, and NBMBAA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has received an honorary doctorate from Franklin University for Community Leadership. Oyauma has been featured in several publications and delivered his first TedTalk on Corporate Social Responsibility in 2016. He has been recognized with the United States of America Presidential 2014 Gold Standard Award for Community Service. Additionally, Oyauma has been recognized twice by the Ohio General Assembly for his leadership and by the Columbus City Council.

Oyauma received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and his MBA from Franklin University. While at Denison, Oyauma was involved with Denison Campus Government and WDUB. He was also a
member of Alpha Phi Alpha. Oyauma has served on Denison’s Board of Advisors since 2019, on Alumni Council from 2003-2007, and as a Career Advisor from 1996-1999. He is also involved with the Black Alumni Association.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Oyauma is married to Dr. Sacheen Garrison and the proud father of
Mya, Cameron, and Carter.

Oyauma and Sacheen are both Denison alumni, class of 1996.