Dr. Sonja Simpson is the Assistant Director of Field Operations with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Director, Sonja had served ODOT in two other positions: as District Deputy Director of District 5, and as the Deputy Director of the Division of Operations in ODOT’s Central Office.
A strong believer in “Good Government”, Dr. Simpson has more than 19 years of public sector experience. She was on Columbus Business First’s “Forty Under 40” list for 2012, and was named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Manager of the Year for Administrative Management in 2013. In 2017, Sonja was presented the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Columbus Chapter 2017 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.
Dr. Simpson earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and Master’s degree in Regional Planning from California University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration from Northcentral University. She has been teaching at the college level for 15 years. Her research interests include public administration, leadership, and diversity in public organizations.
Dr. Crandall has over 20 years of public service experience, serving in leadership and management roles in state, regional, and local government focused on data and technology. She is the Chief Data Officer at the Ohio Attorney General’s office and is the first person hired to serve in this newly created position, one of the first chief data officers in state government in Ohio. In her current role, she is responsible for managing data as an asset and strategic resource, engaging in data analytics projects, developing and delivering data-related training and developing policies and processes regarding data management and use. She has also worked for several years at the Ohio Department of Education, served as the Director of Technology at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, and as Executive Director of the Miami Valley Educational Computer Association.
Angie earned her PhD and MPA degrees from the Glenn College in 2008 and 1997, respectively, and received a Bachelors in Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1991. She is currently serving as the Secretary on the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Society Board, and has coached U-10 and U-12 youth soccer for five seasons.
Dr. Morgan has spent twenty years working at the interface of science, policy, data, and decision making at the federal and the state level. In her work, she focuses on finding the mechanisms and levers for moving forward the well-understood but underused tools of data-driven and value-based decision making, keeping a firm view on the outcomes that are intended. She earned her Master’s in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She spent 7 years at non-profit science research firms doing federal contracting for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and other public health agencies. She worked at the United States Food and Drug Administration for 10 years as a senior advisor for risk analysis on food and drug safety. She currently serves on the Ohio State Board of Education.
Mrs. Brilmyer, PMP, is the Operations and Strategic Planning Manager for the Distance Education team in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE). She has more than ten years of project management experience in technical project implementation having demonstrated a track record of successfully managing small to large projects and increasing leadership.
Her skillset includes utilizing software development lifecycle methodologies, such as agile and waterfall processes, to successfully define, implement and launch business solutions. Further, she’s demonstrated proficiency in managing projects and leading cross-functional teams to achieve project goals with respect to time, budget, scope, change, risk, and resources.
Recently, she’s been responsible for the business analysis of the Distance Education (DE), State Authorization (SA), and Student Support Services (SSS) portfolios in ODEE. In this capacity Mrs. Brilmyer analyzes business opportunities, determines options, and proposes technical and business process solutions for strategic and operational office functions. Her leadership has supported growth of 27 online programs and hundreds of online courses, generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the university.
When not supporting a growing team and portfolio advancing online education at the university, Mrs. Brilmyer is out in nature, hiking or camping or is busily crocheting a never-ending blanket.
William Ashley is a communications strategist with more than a decade of experience in executive communications, organizational change management, and government relations. He is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Ohio State’s Enterprise Project, a business transformation that is bringing modern systems and more efficient processes to university operations. William is responsible for the development and delivery of a strategic communications and engagement strategy for more than 100,000 faculty, staff, students, vendors, and university partners.
William’s prior experiences include internal communications for Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources, including digital and branding strategies for employee engagement, policy and change management communications, and business transformation communications. He also worked for Ohio State’s Office of Government Affairs and the Office the President, where he served as a speechwriter for former President E. Gordon Gee.
William received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science and his Master of Public Administration degree from Ohio State.
Lauren Kulik specializes in public affairs, crisis communications and media relations. She is currently the director of strategic issues management at The Ohio State University. In this capacity, she develops and implements communications strategies for university priorities, initiatives and goals. She also provides guidance and assistance with emergency planning and crisis communications.
Prior to her current role, Lauren served as deputy communications director for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown where she managed communications strategy and media outreach efforts. She also has experience providing crisis management and strategic counseling for fortune 25 companies and national advocacy organizations.
Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Robert Griffiths is the AVP of Distance Education for the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. He has been advancing the university’s online education initiative since 2013. Dr. Griffiths has been passionate about the affordances and possibilities of technology empowered learning opportunities since showing his family how to use the Apple IIc. The journey for life-long learning is an undercurrent that drives much of his professional and personal interests, whether it is formal education or coaching adaptive tennis.
Beyond directing online education efforts for Ohio State, he oversees state authorization, as well as ODEE student services for those students entering the university through non-degree, Program 60, or contractual outreach paths.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Griffiths created the ODEE grants program and served as principal investigator in an effort to study how the use of technology can engage students, increase instructor efficiency, and support anytime/anyplace learning. He is the author or co-author on numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Dr. Griffiths earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Denison University and his master's and doctorate degrees in communication from Ohio State.
Autumn Glover is a three-time graduate of The Ohio State University. She holds degrees in Political Science, Linguistics, a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master’s degree from the Glenn College. Autumn has also worked at Ohio State for more than ten years in progressive leadership roles including administration, communications, facilities, strategic planning, community and local government partnerships. Recently, she led a historic community redevelopment partnership including local government, the University and housing authority. In this role, she was responsible for the design and implementation of an award-winning community engagement process for the development of a neighborhood masterplan. This work resulted in a multi-million dollar investment including federal grants and private investment on the Near East Side of Columbus, OH. Currently, she serves in a dual role with the OSU Wexner Medical Center and Office of Government Affairs focused on local partnerships and community relations. She serves the Columbus community as a board member and volunteer through a number of organizations. In 2012, Autumn was awarded the “Exemplary Community Service Award” from the Glenn College for her commitment to service. She is personally interested in topics related to education, public health, leadership development, social justice and comprehensive planning. Originally from Toledo, OH, Autumn lives in Columbus with her husband, daughter and their dog Scarlet – Go Bucks!
Gretchen Clark Hammond, Ph.D., MSW, LSW, TTS, is the CEO of Mighty Crow Media, LLC, bringing nearly 20 years of health and human services experiences to the classroom. Mighty Crow provides grant writing, development, training, project implementation, evaluation, and other management services to organizations working in human service and public health. MCM has worked with non-profit organizations across the state to secure over $10 million dollars.
Dr. Hammond has been a Community Lecturer at The Ohio State University since 2006. Dr. Hammond was honored as the Outstanding Graduate in Social Work Administration in 1999 the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and 2012. Dr. Hammond received the 2007 Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alumni Award from The University of Toledo. In 2011, Dr. Hammond received the Randall M. Dana Award of Excellence for commitment to consumers, family members and the social service system. In 2013, Dr. Hammond received special recognition from OSU’s Office of Disability Services for her work with students in the classroom. Dr. Hammond has authored six peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and one book.
Tina D. Pierce, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of WORTH (Working Through Obstacles Reaching True Heights), an education consulting company specializing in inclusive instructional leadership, data use capacity, and family and community engagement. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of the WORTH Foundation (Working Through Obstacles Reaching True Heights Foundation), a non-profit fostering community engagement through civic education and leadership development.
Prior to establishing WORTH and the WORTH Foundation, Dr. Pierce served as the Assistant Director of The Ohio State University (OSU) Young Scholars Program. An experienced educator and interdisciplinary scholar, she taught at Denison University in the Center for Black Studies, Department of Political Science, and Department of Women's Studies. Her professional background includes working in the nonprofit and private sectors to build partnerships to promote community engagement. Passionate about community service, Dr. Pierce is a member of the Columbus City Schools Partnership Planning Committee, Columbus City Schools Board of Education Policy Committee, and the Kids Voting Central Ohio Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching; a Master of Arts in Political Science; a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with Distinction in Political Science; and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with Distinction in African American and African Studies. Dr. Pierce and her husband have four children.
Kevin has worked in executive roles for the Ohio Department of Rehabiliation and Correction since 2008. During that time, Kevin has led design and implementation of a secure agency-wide inmate computer network; expansion of partnerships with state agencies and private industries for training, meaningful work, and job placement through Ohio Penal Industries; preparation and execution of transformational capital plans, including strategic redesign of DRC’s infrastructure while making investments to address deferred maintenance; strengthening fiscal accountability through policy reviews, risk-informed audits, and staff training; successful growth of minority procurement and innovative procurement opportunities (inmate telephones, high-risk reentry, solar, e.g.); sustainable operations that protect the environment, reduce costs, and provide inmate training; and maintaining DRC’s focus on mission-driven budget allocations in the face of scarce resources and an evolving mission.
Kevin fell in love with fellow Glenn College graduate student Erin and they married during spring break. Their daughter is a sweet, creative six year old named Gabby.
Dr. Padma Sastry received her PhD from the Glenn College in 2006 and is currently a consultant Principal and previously Senior Manager with Cap Gemini, an International Consulting Company. She has taught at The Ohio State University since 2016. In her most recent prior appointment at Nationwide Insurance, she managed the Columbus2020 initiative across seven large companies headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. This initiative had an ambitious goal of creating 150K jobs in the Columbus region, attracting and retaining talent funded by investments from corporate as well as State entities. Teaming up with the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of these companies, this effort resulted in the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics in Dublin, Ohio and the formation of the Columbus Collaboratory LLC in early 2015.
As a Senior Program/Engagement Director at Nationwide, she successfully designed and managed multi-million dollar agreements with vendors, while partnering with diverse organizations.
Prior to Nationwide, she worked at Lucent Bell Labs (10 years) with partners in Germany, Poland, India and the United Kingdom delivering products with a profit and loss responsibility for an organization of 120 resources. She had the opportunity to learn through many assignments traveling and living overseas. She managed a satellite office for BoldTech Systems (2 years), a full solution delivery consulting firm based in Denver, starting up and growing the business in the Columbus metro area to over 22 consultants.
Dr. Sastry enjoys interacting with people - peers, leaders, students and customers alike. As an adjunct faculty and mentor at Franklin University where she teaches Mathematical Modeling, she is passionate about disseminating information to her students. As an active speaker, she likes to engage audiences on current trends in Technology or the Public Agenda as in her recent speaking engagements at the Columbus Metropolitan Club, Women of Color Foundation and Women in Technology and Science.
John Begala is an executive, strategist, and community leader with a wide range of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Begala served as Executive Director of Cleveland, Ohio’s Center for Community Solutions from 1998 through 2004, and again from 2008 through 2014. Prior to then, he served as a senior executive for several health care institutions, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, member of the Ohio House of Representatives and Kent, Ohio City Council. He has been an adjunct professor for several Ohio universities, currently as a lecturer at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. His publications on public policy include, most recently, “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns” and “The Troubled Prospects of Ohio’s 88 Capital Cities and Villages.” He and his wife Carole live in Granville with an assortment of pets, enjoying the company of family and friends who live nearby.
Dr. Vance teaches Policy Analysis Application at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Visual Culture and Social Justice in the Arts Administration Education and Policy program. Prior to his work with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Dr. Vance served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Public Administration program at the University of Rio Grande where he developed courses and coordinated the curriculum. While at Rio Grande Dr. Vance taught Public Budgeting, Social Research, Organizational Theory, and the Capstone course. In addition to his work in academia, he has worked for the State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management. Curt is a graduate of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Kevin Kilbane is a speechwriter for the Office of the President at The Ohio State University, where he develops speeches, briefings, editorials and correspondence materials for President Michael Drake. Before joining Ohio State, Kevin worked for five years in community affairs for the City of Westerville Ohio, managing public relations, media relations and community engagement for 11 city departments and divisions – including crisis communications for public safety. His previous professional experience also includes positions at Columbus City Council, ABC News' “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and the D.C. press office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
Kevin is a past member of the Central Ohio Public Information Network and continues to volunteer with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs as part of the Professional Mentorship Program. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Ohio State and a Master of Public Administration from the Glenn College.
Jim Morris’ 41-year career in public service spans a number of federal and state agencies. He served as director of two United States Geological Survey Water Science centers, one in Columbus, Ohio and one is Lansing, Michigan. As director he managed a staff of 110 scientists and support personnel for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and studying state, regional and national water resource systems and issues. He retired from federal service at the end of 2016.
Mark Barbash has over 30 years of economic development experience, having served at the local, state and federal government levels and in the nonprofit and private sector financing sectors focusing on small business, real estate and business development, and development financing. In his career, he has had senior level policy, management and budgeting responsibilities involving Chief Economic Development Officer for the State of Ohio, Director of Development for the City of Columbus, EVP of Finance Fund (a CDFI/CDE), Vice President for the National Development Council, a New York based nonprofit economic development consulting firm and on Capitol Hill. Mark Barbash is currently Senior Strategic Advisor for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the national association representing the nation’s leading members of the development finance community. In his ongoing consulting practice, he supports assists communities with strategic planning, real estate and business finance, and training. Mark is a nationally-recognized economic development practitioner and trainer, having developed and taught a wide range of professional development courses, including real estate financing and development, tech based economic development, and business financing, among others. Mark serves as the President of the Board of Directors for CATCO (the Columbus equity theater company), the board of the Ohio Economic Development Association, and Community Research Partners. He previously served on the Board of the International Economic Development Council, and the National Association of Development Companies. Mark is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Amy E. Elliot, PhD is a research and evaluation consultant with a strong background in health economics, gerontology, long-term care, public policy and financial analysis. Amy earned her doctorate in public policy and management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University with a research focus on innovative models to support long-term care policy and practice. Prior to the launch of her consulting business in 2012, Amy served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for Pioneer Network, a national center for the development of person-centered long-term care delivery systems. In this role, she was responsible for the demonstration of a sound business case to illustrate the cost and quality impact of person-centered care at the organization, state and federal policy levels.
Dr. Elliot has authored case studies, educational modules, book chapters, and research publications. Her current clients include national non-profit organizations and providers dedicated to innovative programs that support the quality of life and care of older individuals and individuals living with disabilities.
Since 2008, Joe has worked for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in his Columbus office. Joe has most recently served as a constituent advocate. In this role, he assists Ohioans in the areas of small business, housing, taxes, banking, and education. Joe also helps with outreach and is Senator Brown’s coordinator for Propel Ohio, an initiative that encourages college students to grow into civic leaders in the state.
Prior to working for Senator Brown, Joe held internships with U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and with the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Joe earned his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in 2015. He graduated with his B.A. in Political Science and Public Relations from Syracuse University in 2008.
Dr. Don Stenta is the Recreational Sports Director at The Ohio State University. Dr. Stenta's most recent appointment was a joint visiting assistant professor appointment with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the School of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
Dr. Stenta holds a BA in psychology from Binghamton University, a Master of Education from the University of Vermont, and a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. He is active in the American College Personnel Association and serves as adviser to three student organizations: Democracy Matters, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Ultimate Club. He has been honored for his service by several Ohio State organizations and received the university's Distinguished Staff Award in 2005.
Since 2007, Worley has served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. In this role, Mr. Worley is focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Previously, Worley served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael B. Coleman in Columbus, Ohio.
He was an Executive Consultant in Performance Management and Budgeting with CGI-AMS’ Advantage ERP service line in Fairfax, Virginia.
Prior to that, he served as County Administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in Columbus, Ohio. As the Chief Executive Officer for the 33rd largest county in the United States, Mr. Worley was responsible for the administration, planning, budgeting and staffing of the County Commissioners’ organization. Worley earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The Ohio State University.
Brandi Crowley is a Lean Six Sigma Black that has a passion for seeing government agencies and nonprofits succeed. Brandi currently serves as a system improvement consultant for the office of LeanOhio, an internal Lean Six Sigma consultant team for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. An advocate for government process improvement, Brandi has helped marshal hundreds of lean events that have driven lasting improvements in a number of government agencies with metrics to prove it. This doesn’t just mean paperwork moves faster – these improvements have helped strengthen the state’s ability to recruit and retain companies, speed up law enforcement’s hunt for criminals and make much-needed cost savings.
She has a unique skill set that includes project management, business analysis and lean six sigma that she uses to successfully implement legislative initiatives and leverage daily operations. Brandi enjoys sharing her experiences as a lean six sigma practitioner at local universities, conferences and nonprofits. Prior to acknowledging her mission to work in the public sector, Brandi worked for a global leader in customer engagement where she facilitated award winning sales and customer retention training for hundreds of sales reps and senior managers in the private sector.
Alex joined the Glenn College team in March of 2013 in order to help Glenn College students and alumni better understand their professional development and connect with employers. Before coming to Ohio State, Alex held the position of Assistant Director for Employer Relations with the Career Center at the University of Akron where he also earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. Prior to this, he held the position of Income Development Coordinator for three years with the American Cancer Society which allowed him to gain a better understanding of nonprofit management, volunteer recruitment, and grassroots fundraising. Alex earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Ohio University in 2007.
Jillian has been with the Glenn College since May 2013 when she joined the organization to help recruit and advise the graduate student population. Prior to her role as the Graduate Programs Coordinator, Jillian completed her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. She has spent time working in other units around the University, including Undergraduate Admissions, Career Advising, Student Services Center, and the Wellness Center. Jillian earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Elon University in 2007. On top of working directly with Graduate Students in her current role, Jillian also serves on many committees and advises various groups within the Glenn College and around The Ohio State University.
Christopher Slee is a Principle at AWH, which is a digital products firm in central Ohio, and helps run the Dev:Launch apprenticeship program (www.devlaunch.com). With close to 40 years of software development he is passing that knowledge down to groups of apprentices that get their careers going at AWH and now at The Ohio State University.
Chris Glaros is the Assistant Vice President of Compliance Operations and Investigations for the Office of University Compliance and Integrity. Prior to joining Ohio State, he served as Managing Director and General Counsel for the Children’s Defense Fund. Chris has more than 15 years of legal, policy, and public affairs experience.
Chris has held senior positions within Ohio state government. He was appointed First Assistant Attorney General by Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, and helped manage all aspects of the 1,600-person office, including the legal work of more than 400 attorneys in wide-ranging civil and criminal matters. He served as General Counsel in the Ohio Treasury, which managed nearly $20 billion of public funds and safeguarded nearly $200 billion in custodial funds. Prior to government service, he practiced law at Jones Day and clerked for the Honorable Algenon L. Marbley in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. While in law school, he clerked for then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder at the United States Department of Justice. He also worked for George Stephanopoulos as research assistant for his book All Too Human and as his teaching assistant at Columbia University. Chris is a graduate of Columbia University and Stanford Law School and has taught at Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Erin Scott loves bringing the right people to the table and watching the sparks fly. As the owner of Generate Consulting Group, she consults on strategic planning and fundraising with nonprofit organizations and small businesses, including Girls on the Run of Franklin County, where she is currently the Development Director. After participating in a handful of women’s leadership groups like Gen Y and Lean In, Erin launched the Bad Bish Network to connect young professional women in Columbus to businesses, leadership opportunities, and each other. She also teaches the introduction to nonprofits course at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, where she received her Master of Public Administration degree. A native of Columbus, Erin has worked for The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Democratic Party, and Benefactor Group.
Ms. Patt-McDaniel joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in 2011 as Director of Community Development. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing relationships and services related to community development, including working with cities and in rural areas around housing issues such as vacant housing, leveraging local community development resources, and convening community development officials around common issues. She is also responsible for overseeing OCCH's OneCPD award of $750,000 for Technical Assistance from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation Place-Based Strategies Fund. Prior to joining OCCH, Ms. Patt-McDaniel spent over 20 years at the Ohio Department of Development working in the areas of community, economic and workforce development, ending her career there as the Director of the Department and a member of the Governor's Cabinet. Ms. Patt-McDaniel is a Certified Economic Development Professional (EDP) through the National Development Council. She sits on the board of the Franklinton Development Association, Heritage Ohio, Ohio Conference of Community Development, Greater Ohio Policy Center, and the Columbus Next Generation Development Corporation. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Miami University and a Masters of Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Policy at The Ohio State University.
Lori Overmyer has twenty years of professional fund-raising experience with a focus on the arts, and human service organizations. Lori has developed an expertise in implementing annual and capital fund-raising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. She is skilled in marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and motivating board members to participate in the process.
Lori was recognized by her peers and colleagues in 2011 by the Central Ohio Chapter of AFP as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the year.
Andrea is a Senior Human Resources Professional and Administrative Manager at The Ohio State University. In addition to her regular duties, she serves as a member of the university’s HR Council to advocate for the HR Community and be an advisor to senior HR leadership to develop the strategies needed to meet the goals and objectives of the university. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio and alumnus of the Moritz School of Law, Franklin University and the Ohio State University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to her work at OSU, she served for several years in a variety of roles in the Ohio Department of Mental Health in both Central Office and in one of the agency’s regional psychiatric hospitals. She holds a certification in Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) and Labor and Employment Law.
Paolo loves strategic planning and implementation design that leads to actionable and practical outcomes for clients. His diverse portfolio has included the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Complete College America, the Lumina Foundation, the Ohio Department of Education and the Oregon Association of Community Colleges.
Paolo believes that the most exciting policy area in the public sector – and the one that holds the most promise for the success of individuals, communities and the nation – is education. Paolo’s extensive career in the Ohio state government includes roles as State Budget Director, Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, Executive Vice Chancellor for the Board of Regents and Associate Superintendent for School Options and Finance in the Department of Education.
Paolo received his Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at Furman University and Master’s in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. Paolo currently teaches Intro to Public Policy and Managing Public Sector Organizations at the Glenn College.
In his spare time, Paolo celebrates his Italian and Hungarian heritage and also loves all things Ohio. He claims many vocations including bicyclist, actor, musician, home improvement master, Girl Scout leader and cross-stitcher.
Joe Porostosky is the Director of Facilities Information and Technology Services (FITS) at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he maintains 38 million square feet of space drawings and data, and he provides leadership to facilities-related data and document systems, including OSU’s Enterprise GIS. With a background in technology management, Joe has managed the FITS Team for the past 7 years, providing an active and strategic leadership role within the university and redefining the way his group works by using technology in new and inventive ways. As the team leader for the Buckeye Building Information Modeling (BIM) Initiative, Joe has led OSU in the adoption of BIM for existing buildings and for design and construction to improve the university’s overall decision-making processes and management of buildings. Joe holds a BS in computer science and an MA in public policy and management from OSU.
R. Eric Petersen teaches Public Policy Decisionmaking and Public Affairs Analysis Application in the Glenn College’s Washington Academic Internship Program.
Eric is a specialist in American national government at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress. He conducts research and provides policy analysis support and training for Members of Congress and their staff. His research areas include congressional administration and staffing, constituent service management, government information management, congressional-executive relations, government contingency planning, and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to his congressional work, he has consulted with staff and parliamentarians in the national legislatures of more than 25 countries.
Prior to his work at the Glenn College, Eric taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), The Catholic University of America, State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego, SUNY Onondaga Community College, and Syracuse University.
Eric earned doctoral and master’s degrees in political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and a Master of Public Administration at the Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech. His undergraduate degrees were earned at the University of Pennsylvania and Community College of Philadelphia.
Maria Armstrong is a partner and chair of the Regulated Industries Group at the law firm Bricker & Eckler LLP. Maria represents private and governmental clients in all aspects of state and local government with an emphasis on campaign finance, election law, ethics, public contracting, energy and renewable energy. Maria’s focus is on assisting her clients to understand the regulatory framework and establish practical governance policies and protocols.
Maria spent most of her career in public service, starting in the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, where she served in the criminal, civil and appellate divisions. Maria also served as the Chief Legal Counsel to the Ohio Governor George V. Voinovich and provided counsel directly to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Cabinet on legal and ethical matters, high-level policy concerns, and legislative initiatives. Maria also served on the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, an adjudicatory panel that decides administrative appeals from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental agencies and as General Counsel to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, where she worked on statewide initiatives and legal issues related to construction, state procurement, personnel, collective bargaining, and equal opportunity matters.
Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. She and her husband Mark live in the Worthington area and have two children.
Erica Wicks is ambitious, enthusiastic and optimistic throughout her journey in life to make a positive impact on society. Her professional background includes working in government and the nonprofit and private sectors to address and positively impact community issues – affordable housing, neighborhood planning, community development, etc. – in Mississippi, Ohio and Washington DC.
Furthering her aspirations to make a positive impact, Ms. Wicks is actively involved with her alma mater, The Ohio State University. She teaches Public Affairs 2120 – Public Service and Civic Engagement at the Glenn College, participates at speaking engagements and mentors OSU students. She is also a community leader in Columbus, serving on the Eldon and Elise Ward YMCA Board and several alumni boards at the University.
Erica is originally from Cleveland, OH and relocated to Columbus to continue her educational journey at OSU where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from the Fisher College of Business, master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Knowlton School of Architecture and master’s degree in Public Administration from the Glenn College.
She makes sure to sprinkle in laughter, travel and fun to re-energize and keep pushing throughout her journey.
Dani Robbins is the strategist, founder and principal of Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, including board governance and organizational development, in small to mid size non-profit organizations. Dani is a respected thought leader, practitioner and speaker and has served over 20 years in the non-profit arena, the majority in executive leadership positions.
Dani works with a variety of nonprofit boards and executive leaders to implement stronger and better aligned organizations. When serving in executive leadership roles, Dani turned around, reengaged and created sustainability in two domestic violence shelters/rape crisis center and two Boys & Girls Clubs and introduced the Women’s Coalition – the prelude to the Women’s Center – at Case Western Reserve University. She continues to work assisting organizations with board and resource development planning and training, strategic and tactical planning, system development and executive coaching.
Dani has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, a Bachelors Degree from Kent State University, and is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program, offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. She is the 2006 recipient of the Vision and Spirit Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Midwest Regional Office and various organizations under her direction have been awarded multiple regional and national BGCA awards for diversity programming, web design and media proficiency.
Dani is the co-author of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Nonprofit Executives, the author of a blog on issues relating to nonprofit organizations, a DonorPath fund raising expert, and the nonprofit expert for answers.com. She is on the forefront of helping nonprofit organizations create goals, build systems to meet those goals, align their objectives and thrive!
Julie Carpenter-Hubin is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning at The Ohio State University. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is responsible for providing data and information to inform strategic planning and decision making at the highest levels of the institution.
Julie represents Ohio State to the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) and has served as a member and former chair of AAUDE’s governing council. She is a member of the Association of American Universities Graduate Education Data Task Force, and served on the National Research Council’s Data Panel, which advised the NRC’s Committee on an Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs on the final form of the institutional, program, faculty, and student questionnaires used in the assessment. She chaired the 2010 Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research, was elected Vice-President of that organization for 2011-12, and will serve as its President for 2012-13. She has served as a consultant on institutional research to universities both in the United States and abroad.
Julie holds a BA in German and an MA in public policy and administration, both from Ohio State. Her research interests include performance measurement in higher education and using performance measurement to develop improvement strategies. She has presented her work in this area at meetings of AIR and has been an invited speaker by the American Strategic Management Institute. Her publications include “The Balanced Scorecard: Beyond Reports and Rankings,” co-authored with Alice Stewart, in the Winter 2000-01 edition of Planning for Higher Education and “Making Measurement Meaningful,” co-authored with Eunice Hornsby, in the Association for Institutional Research’s Fall 2005Professional File. Forthcoming co-authored book chapters address higher education administrative structures (Organization and Administration in Higher Education, Routledge, 2012) and higher education data exchanges (The Handbook of Institutional Research, Jossey-Bass, 2012).
Joe DeLoss is on a mission to disrupt poverty through entrepreneurship and job-creation. He pursues this end as an entrepreneur, consultant, and small-business advisor.
Currently Joe is launching Hot Chicken Takeover – a pop-up restaurant earning significant acclaim in central Ohio while providing transformative jobs to dozens of adults affected by poverty. This business models success Joe had previously while launching Freshbox Catering for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.
Joe also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs (The Ohio State University). He maintains seats on several local boards and additionally on city and county task forces related to issues of workforce. Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Capital University in 2006 with bachelor degrees in both Business and Communication.
With over 35 years in investment banking and government, Omar Ganoom is a highly respected experienced banker in public finance and works primarily with states, counties, municipalities, institutions of higher education, health care providers, 501-C3 corporations, school districts, and utility municipal issuers in raising capital through debt financing. Mr. Ganoom also provides investment management to a wide variety of public clients. Mr. Ganoom has years of experience managing portfolios for public entities and provides portfolio analysis, bond proceed management, and investment policy review. Utilizing a thorough knowledge of state investment statutes, he develops and implements investment strategies providing safety, liquidity, and return within the projected cash flow needs of the client.
Mr. Ganoom earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and received a Master in Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University. He is a State of Ohio Registered Investment Advisor Representative and holds the following licenses: FINRA, The General Securities Registered Representatives License, Series 7; The Uniform Securities Agent State Law License, Series 63; Limited Representative-Investment Banking Representative, Series 79, and has been a State of Ohio Licensed School Treasurer. Additionally, Mr. Ganoom serves as Chairman/President on the board of the Ohio Municipal Advisory Council. Mr. Ganoom is a veteran of the United States Army, and has been awarded the United States Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, which is the highest honor civilians can earn. Mr. Ganoom is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, teaching a graduate level course in Public Finance.
Samantha Howe received her PhD in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University in 2013. Her dissertation investigated the relationship between citizen participation and health policy development. Other areas of research include gender and organizations, quality of life assessments, and healthcare rationing outcomes. She currently serves as the Program Director for Ohio State’s NSF ADVANCE grant, Project Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS), coaches debate, and teaches courses including Intro to Public Affairs and Public Service & Civic Engagement. Prior to coming to OSU, she received her B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University.
Barb has often served as an Instructor for seminars and workshops for topics such as leadership and management, contract management, procurement administration, legal aspects of public procurement, strategic planning and resiliency.
In 2010, Barb co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector” which is published for use in the class with the same title for NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement.
Since 1999, at the International level, Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors; and Institute committees such as Governing, Finance and Research; and as Chairperson of the Professional Development Committee. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.)
Barb holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Finance, from The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Policy.
Maggie Lewis teaches Managing Public Organizations, Collaborative Governance Theory and Practice at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Managerial Negotiations, Leadership and Teamwork and Leadership and Character at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She specializes in collaborative process and conflict resolution strategies designed to save time, money and maximize joint gains. She has served as a mediator, facilitator, trainer and negotiation coach for public, private and non-profit leaders throughout Ohio. Maggie is a graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and The Ohio State University.
Larry Long is the CEO of the Ohio Projects Group LLC, a small management consulting firm specializing in services to state and local governments and non-profit organizations. He also was recently appointed by Governor John Kasich as Chair of the State Audit Committee for a term ending in June, 2020. He retired as Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) in 2013 after serving the organization in a number of capacities for nearly 40 years. Prior to joining CCAO Long served as an Intelligence Specialist with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington D.C; Director of the Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission; Executive Secretary of the Ohio Water & Sewer Rotary Commission; and as a Bureau Chief for the Ohio Department of Economic and Community Development.
Long, a native of Wadsworth in Medina County is a 1968 graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Geography. Long has also served as a member of the Ohio Farmland Preservation Task Force, the Legislative Task Force to Study Eminent Domain, the 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force, and the Legislative Local Government and Library Revenue Distribution Task Force. He is also a past President of the National Association of County Association Executives (NCCAE). A former board member of the Greater Ohio Policy Center and the Ohio Planning Conference, Long received the Outstanding Public Service Award in 2006 from the OSU School of Public Policy and Management. Long and his wife, Jennie, are the proud parents of six children and seven grandchildren and reside in Bexley.
Jim Morris’ 39-year career in public service spans a number of federal and state agencies. He currently serves as director of two United States Geological Survey Water Science centers, one in Columbus, Ohio and one is Lansing, Michigan. As director he manages a staff of 110 scientists and support personnel for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and studying state, regional and national water resource systems and issues.
Jim earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1980 and 1982 respectively. He is a Certified Public Manager and has attended a number of technical, leadership and management courses over in his career and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.
His professional areas of management interest include strategic management and planning, project and program planning, and employee and team development. Jim’s policy and technical interests include water availability, ground and surface water systems, water quality, and the effects of climate variability on hydrology.
With a 22-year career spanning education policy, data management, and communications, Kimberly Ratcliff manages integrated communications and change leadership efforts for multiple education organizations that Battelle for Kids serves. She has provided communications counsel and multimedia material development to support the rollout of value-added analysis, roster verification, standards, and strategic compensation systems and solutions for school districts and state departments in Florida, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Kim’s specialties are content strategy, branding and reputation management, crisis communications, internal communications, change management, and executive thought leadership.
Kim joined Battelle for Kids after five years in vice president and senior account management roles with Columbus public relations and public affairs agencies. She held P&L responsibility for client relationships and business development in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, with particular focus on education and economic development. Her experience also includes eight years at the Ohio Department Education, focusing on data and technology projects, where she had executive management responsibilities for four years and managed multimillion-dollar software conversions and data subsidies involving school district constituents, as well as the state’s K−12 data collection system. Prior to her time with the State of Ohio, she worked as an analyst for The Ohio State University.
She earned her Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University in 1995 and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in 1991. She is President of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Society Board and teaches graduate-level policy.
Bill Shkurti retired in 2010 after 20 years as OSU’s Vice President for Business and Finance. He also served as Director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and chief of staff to the chair if the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Bill has also served on a number of non-profit boards, including the James Cancer Hospital, Shawnee State University, Ohio Student Loan Commission, Transportation Research Center and the Upper Arlington Library.
He is an OSU graduate with a degree with Distinction in Economics in 1968 and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1974. He received the John Glenn College Outstanding Public Service Award in 2005. His teaching and research interests include public budgeting and financial management. He has written journal articles on revenue forecasting, the economic impact of Honda in Ohio and role of health care in Ohio’s economy. He has also published two statistical profiles of the State of Ohio (Benchmark Ohio 1989 and 1991) and a book on the challenges of the drawdown from Vietnam War, Soldiering on in a Dying War, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2011.
John Snedeker is the Information Systems Audit Manager at The Ohio State University Department of Internal Audit. He has been with the University since 2007.
John’s responsibilities including planning, conducting, and managing information systems audits across the University and Medical Center. Additionally, he has created a number of data analytics using Audit Command Language (ACL) to automate manual testing and to increase the scope and depth of analysis of University data. Prior to joining the University, John worked as an external auditor for government entities throughout Ohio.
John received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business with a focus in Accounting, and his Master of Arts in Public Administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs. John is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Member of the Central Ohio ISACA Board.
Cheryl Subler is a respected government affairs professional who has more than twenty-years experience representing local government officials and who has worked in the Ohio General Assembly. Currently she is the Managing Director of Policy for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, coordinating the Association’s policy team and lobbying efforts as well as specializing in personnel and labor relations, human resources, environmental matters, and general local government issues. Prior to that, she worked for the Ohio Township Association. A former House Legislative Aide and a Senate Page, Cheryl learned about Ohio’s state government from the bottom up. She earned a Bachelor in Philosophy from Miami University, where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Politics & Law and minored in Political Science. She is a former president of the Ohio Lobbying Association and currently serves on the Capitol Square Foundation Board as well as the Greater Ohio Board of Trustees.
Amy Edwards Taylor has more than 20 years of experience in the field of operations, public policy and communications. Currently, she serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South. In her role, she is responsible for the internal operations of the two organizations, leading multiple lines of business. She has played a lead role in city-changing projects, such as the Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons and the Scioto Greenways river revitalization project and currently serves as the project lead for the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
In addition to her position at CDDC/Capitol South, Ms. Taylor serves as an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Taylor was the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County, Director of Communications with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Community Relations Specialist with the City of Dublin.
She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Amy Wade serves as the director of Early Awareness and Grants at I Know I Can, the only nonprofit college access organization in Central Ohio and one of the largest and most successful college access organizations nationwide. At IKIC, Amy has developed and implemented a pipeline of college access programs for students grades 6-10, supervises an AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program and oversees the organization’s grant writing and reporting functions, securing more than $500,000 annually from corporations and foundations for key programmatic initiatives.
Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit field, Amy spent seven years in college admissions as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience at The Ohio State University. Amy’s higher education experience brought together the processes of recruitment, marketing, and outreach through the development and supervision of student recruitment teams. In her tenure with the university, Amy also developed Blueprint:College, a college outreach program for undeserved student and parents and a program recently honored with the 2011 College Board College Keys Access and Innovation Award. Amy received her MPA from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and holds a Ph.D. from the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University. Amy received the School of Educational Policy & Leadership 2008 Dissertation of the Year Award and her journal articles have appeared in The Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning and The Journal of Higher Education.
Jim Landers is the director of the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis, Indiana Legislative Services Agency (LSA). Before becoming director, he was a senior fiscal analyst with areas of research comprising gaming taxes and state lottery, individual income tax, corporate income tax, and economic development programs. He also provides research assistance to the state's consensus revenue forecasting committee and is a lecturer for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. He is also an officer and board member of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices. Prior to working at LSA, Landers worked as a researcher and legislative drafter for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and as a research analyst for the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research. He has published research in the National Tax Journal, the National Tax Association’s annual conference proceedings, the International Regional Science Review, the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, the Indiana Business Review, and the Economics Bulletin. He has also published book chapters in the Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting and Case Studies in Digital Government. Jim received his PhD from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University with a concentration in public finance and public sector economics.
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