Cornell E. Lewis

Executive Director

Cornell Lewis serves as the Executive Director of The Expanding Visions Foundation; a grass roots non-profit mentoring organization that he started over 15 years ago. He is a native of Columbus, OH and upon graduating from Columbus South High School in 1986; he spent eight years in the United States Army. During his time in the military, he actively served in Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Korea and he was a Sergeant/E-5 in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Work History

From 1993 to 1994, he worked for the Defense Investigative Security Clearance Office. From 1994 through 1998, he worked for the United States Postal Service. In 1998, he entered the City of Columbus Fire Academy where he is currently a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Columbus Division of Fire.


Mr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Ohio Dominican University and a Master’s degree from Capella University with a major in Human Services and Community Development.


Mr. Lewis is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Mentor of the year from The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio presented by The Honorable Joyce Beatty, 2001 Humanitarian Award from the American Legion and the 1998 Humanitarian Award from the Lighthouse Project (all of Columbus, OH). In 1995, he facilitated a program titled G.Y.M (Guiding Young Men) at Southmoor Middle School in which he personally mentored 37 young males each school year on a weekly basis by teaching life skills. Several of the young men from the program have gone on to obtain college degrees, maintain the values that they were taught and are now giving back to EVF by sharing their stories and experiences.


Mr. Lewis is married and he is the father of four children. He is a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church where he serves faithfully as the "Bread of Life" Food Pantry Servant Leader. He is also an ordained deacon. He spends much of his time mentoring men and young men and building programs for schools and organizations who desire his services.