2017 Glenn College Alumni Awards


Award recipients were recognized at the Glenn College Leadership Forum, October 27, 2017 at The Ohio Union at Ohio State University.

Lucy Gettman

Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement recognizes alumni whose work and contributions have been recognized as outstanding in their fields.

During a keynote address in 2009, Sen. John Glenn said, “We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.” The Glenn College reserves its highest honor for alumni who have made a career of doing just that. This year’s recipient of the Glenn College Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement is Lucy Gettman, a 1981 dual degree graduate in Public Administration and Social Work.

Lucy is a tireless advocate for women and has made meaningful contributions to the advancement of women throughout her career. Currently, Lucy serves as Executive Director for Women in Government, a national non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization representing female state legislators. In this role, Lucy works with state elected women legislators to implement leadership and educational conferences and other policy events to address the nation’s public policy issues. Lucy holds a leadership role in Women in Government Relations, an organization of government relations professionals and speaks annually at NEW Leadership Ohio, a program hosted by the Glenn College designed to encourage and empower college women to take on public and political leadership roles.

She also teaches courses on women and political leadership at American University, where she received the Alice Paul Faculty Award in 2014.

Gettman joined Women in Government from the National School Boards Association, where she played a vital role in advocating for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a landmark law that passed with bipartisan support.

Before that, Lucy’s legislative and organizational leadership ran deep, having served as director of government relations for the Reading Recovery Council of North America, and holding professional positions at the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Attorney General's office, and the Inter-University Council of Ohio.

Sarah Nerad

Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni, 35 years old and younger, who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career or civic involvement or both.

The Glenn College Young Alumni Award serves an opportunity to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of alumni who have achieved success quickly following graduation. This year’s recipient, Sarah Nerad, a 2015 MPA graduate, is an inspiration for all due to her work as an addiction treatment and recovery advocate.

Sarah currently serves as the Associate Director of Community Relations in Ohio for Alkermes. In this role, she works with all levels of community leaders to promote practices and policies that advance systemic and lasting change to end the opioid epidemic.

Prior to her work at Alkermes, Sarah worked at The Ohio State University for over four years where she created the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), a support program designed to help students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. In her time at Ohio State she also helped create the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at Ohio State and served as its Director of Recovery.

Previously Sarah was appointed to serve on SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services, representing the needs of women and girls in recovery. She was a founding member of Young People in Recovery and a past board member of both the Association of Recovery Schools and Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery. Sarah’s current passion project is serving as a founding board member of Heartland High School, a recovery high school in central Ohio.

Kim Ratcliff

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

The Outstanding Alumni Service Award recognize exemplary leadership and service to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, its faculty, students, staff and alumni or programs.

Alumni are not only active participants in the life of the Glenn College, but strategic partners. Their involvement serves to strengthen the Glenn College family and is a testament to their commitment to our mission, inspiring citizenship and developing leadership. The Glenn College is grateful for their service and seeks to annually recognize exemplary leadership and service to the college, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.

This year’s recipient of the Glenn College Outstanding Alumni Service Award is Kim Ratcliff, a 1995 graduate of the college’s Masters of Public Administration program.

In addition to her fulltime role as Communications Director for Battelle for Kids, Kim has been teaching a variety of classes at the Glenn College since 2012 including Written and Oral Communications, Marketing for Non Profit Organizations and Public Affairs, as well as participating in the Glenn College Professional Mentorship Program. Kim is a founding member of the Glenn College Alumni Society and served as president from 2014-16, has chaired the society’s Leadership Forum, Marketing Communications, and Nominating committees.




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