Distinguished Alumnus Award for Career Achievement
Beverley Laubert has been Ohio's State Long-term Care Ombudsman since 1994. Her office includes twelve regional ombudsman programs, 80 staff members and 350 volunteers. She led the development of Ohio's Long-Term Care Consumer Guide (www.ltc.ohio.gov), and earned the Governor's Award for Employee Excellence in 2012 for her leadership in developing nursing home quality incentives for Medicaid reimbursement. She has served two terms as president of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and has been a member of the boards of the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and the Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Glenn College at The Ohio State University - and has a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Daniel holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Science from EARTH University in Costa Rica.
He is currently the director of the Center for Public Policy Development and faculty member of the Life Science College at ESPOL (Superior Polytechnic School of Littoral) in his home country Ecuador.
In 2015 Daniel was appointed Minister of Environment where he focused on mobilizing youth around sustainability values. During his administration, Daniel created the first Marine Sanctuary for hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos Islands and promoted Guayaquil’s waterway - Estero Salado - clean-up process. He also established a national strategy to achieve net zero deforestation by 2020.
Until his appointment as Minister of the Environment, Daniel Ortega served in the Foreign Affairs Ministry as Deputy National Coordinator of Ecuador's pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the regional bloc of 33 countries.
After graduating from OSU in 2010, he has contributed as negotiator to recent international agreements on sustainable development, human rights and climate change and played a key role in promoting adoption of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature. He was invited to the recent Climate Change Conference in Paris where he led negotiations towards a successful outcome on forest protection.
Daniel has been an Executive Board Member of the United Nations' Clean Development Mechanism.
He has written for a range of international scientific and academic outlets and addressed international audiences, with a focus on climate change policy in developing countries.
He was awarded the Robert W. Backoff Research Award at the Ohio State University and received recognition by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.
Daniel’s current research agenda is focused on mainstreaming UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in public policy, promoting bioeconomy and sustainable cities as well as deepen understanding for climate resilient communities.
Daniel has been an active member of Ecuador's Citizen's Revolution since its beginning.
Outstanding Alumni Service Award
Known for keen attention to detail and a grasp of such varied fields as criminal justice, human services and organizational budgeting processes, Mike spent five years as a senior policy analyst with the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. Prior to that, he served with the Ohio Legislative Budget Office and the Ohio Supreme Court. Mike served as President of the Ohio Lobbying Association (OLA) and was a member of the OLA Board of Trustees for seven years. Currently, Mike serves on the Board of Trustees for The Advocacy Group (TAG), a select international network of lobbying firms, and on The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Advisory Board.