Alumni Update October 2017

Registration Deadline for the 2017 Glenn College Leadership Forum

Friday, October 20



Register now for the 2017 Glenn College Leadership Forum, scheduled for Friday, October 27 at The Ohio Union, at Ohio State University. This one-day conference is specifically designed for alumni and individuals working in the public management field searching for meaningful coverage of current or emerging trends in public policy, administration and leadership.

The Glenn College Leadership Forum has become the state’s premier conference for those working in or with the public sector. This year's agenda blends faculty and practionier led sessions and offers six unique concurrent sessions, featuring talks by the Brookings Institution economic development expert, Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, and Ohio Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger and Glenn College Dean Trevor Brown, who will discuss plans for the new State of Ohio Leadership Institute. Two additional plenaries will focus on topics of Fake News and the Next Generation of Women Leaders.

To learn more about featured session topics, speakers and register for the forum, click here. Photos from last year’s Leadership Forum can be viewed here.

Annual Fergus Lecture Series to feature Marian Wright Edelman



The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is hosting The Barbara K. Fergus Women in Leadership Series featuring Marian Wright Edelman on Tuesday, November 14 at The Ohio Union, at Ohio State University from 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over one-hundred honorary degrees and many prestigious awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Lanterns; A Memoir of Mentors, I'm Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation.

Established in 2005, The Barbara K. Fergus Women in Leadership Lecture Series brings together women from all walks of life - corporate and political, non-profit and higher education - to The Ohio State University campus to educate and enlighten faculty, staff, students and the entire community on the issues of leadership and public policy. The cost to attend this lecture is $20. Click here to register.

For dates, locations and to register, click here.

DC Dialogue: Building a Public Service for the 21st Century

This summer, a National Academy of Public Administration panel that studied the federal civil service system released a white paper that concluded the current system was "fundamentally broken," and recommended that the federal government establish a new human capital system to provide agencies with the flexibility to more effectively manage their missions.

DC alumni and friends are invited to discuss the complex problems related to this issue and the challenges we face in solving them with two members of the panel, Glenn College professor and associate dean, Jos Raadschelders and Ronald Sanders, director and clinical professor, School of Public Affairs at the University of Florida. This event will be held at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. To register, click here.

To learn more about the panel or read the report "No Time to Wait: Building a Public Service for the 21st Century" click here.

For those unable to attend, this event will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Glenn College Facebook page. The room will be equipped for remote audience listening and participation.


Glenn College October Dialogue: Opioid Epidemic, Part One

The opioid epidemic ravaging the livelihood of Ohio citizens cannot be contained within one policy area. Finding a solution involves a wide breadth of considerations including healthcare, the economic regulations, the social side effects, local law enforcement and determining the moral implications of legislation. Please join us as we discuss remedying this complicated issue from the state government perspective.

This is the first of a two-part series on the opioid epidemic. Our second session is scheduled for November 8.

Click here to register for this event. For those of you unable to attend, this event will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Glenn College Facebook page. The room will be equipped for remote audience listening and participation.

Presenter: Andrea Boxill, Deputy Director, Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team

Wednesday, October 25
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Page Hall
1810 College Road, Room 130
(program begins at 5:45 p.m.)
DC Dialogue
Speaker: Professor Jos Raadschelders

Building a Public Service for the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 11
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Click here to register

Family Fun Day at Maize Valley Winery Saturday, October 21
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Private lunch under the tent
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. You and your guests can enjoy the Fall Festival activities
Maize Valley
6193 Edison St. NE
Hartville, OH 44632
Click here for more information and to register.

2017 Glenn College Leadership Forum
Friday, October 27, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ohio Union, Ohio State University
1739 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here for more information and to register.

All Alumni Happy Hour
(following the Glenn College Leadership Forum)
Friday, October 27
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
World of Beers
1568 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Click here for more information and to register.

Football Friday - Halloween Theme
Friday, October 27
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Click here for more information and to register.

Barbara K. Fergus Lecture Series
Featuring: Marian Wright Edelman

Tuesday, November 14
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Ohio Union, Ohio State University Ohio Union
Click here for more information and to register.

Professional Education Opportunities

Glenn College Career Services
For online job postings, alumni of the John Glenn College have free access to OSU Buckeye Career Network. This system is the primary online job-bank of the Glenn College and contains a variety of job postings in many different fields. Click here to log-in or register for your account.

OSU Alumni Association
Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management
Click here for more information on free online resources, webinars and more.

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Alumni Updates


Abbey Smanik, MPA ’13, is working as a Senior Analyst at Keybridge. .

Carrie Charbonneau, MPA ’14, was promoted to Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

Melissa Myers, MPA/JD ’15, is a Senior Associate Health Care Attorney at Frost Brown Todd.

Daniel Ortega-Pacheco, PhD ’10, serves as Under-Secretary-General for Political Management in Ecuador.

Melissa Wasser, MA/JD ’17, works as a Legal Fellow at the American Constitution Society.

Sonya Afanasyeva, MPA ’14, is a Columbus Staff Writer for OnlyInYourState.com.

Kevin Kilbane, MPA ’12, is an Adjunct Instructor for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Neelam Azmat, MPA ’16, works as a Consultant for Innovation at the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

Courtney Mullin, MPA ’16, is working on her studies as a PhD Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Natasha Ewing, MPA ’15, has been promoted to Education Program Specialist for the Ohio Department of Education

Michael Haddock, BA ’12, has a new position as Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at The Ohio State University College of Optometry while working on his MPA.

Liberty Ziegahn, MPA ’09, is Director of UBS Financial Services Inc.


Sean J. Wright, MA/JD ’13, serves as Special Counsel to Commissioner Ann M. Ravel at the Federal Election Commission.


Beth Fry, BS ’17, works as an AmeriCorps Member with the Ohio CDC Association.


Amber Seira, BA ’13, is a Fulbright Fellow working in tech innovation and entrepreneurship at the Fulbright Commission in Peru.

Kelli Arthur Hykes, MA ’11, has a new position as Senior Government Relations Associate for Weedmaps.

Stephanie Seger, MA ’13, was recently promoted to Senior Manager of Government Relations for Children’s Mercy Hospital.


Frank Johnson, BS ’17, is working as a Marketing Associate for Iridium in DC.



Congratulations to Glenn College Learning Community/Civic Leadership Council alums, Kelsey Gallagher, MPA ’15, and Brennan Hiegel, BA ‘13, who were married in September.



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