January 2015

Hopefully you all had wonderful holidays and are eager to begin the new year.  When this year’s class completes their program in May of 2015, we will celebrate our 15th Anniversary as the Ohio Leadership Institute. The more than 260 Republican women across Ohio who have become Leadership Institute grads are accomplishing great things in their communities and in the state of Ohio.
Congratulations to all of you!  I am so proud of each of you and what you are doing.  Leaders across Ohio continually mention the contributions you are making as well as how well you are regarded in your community.
The new year will be an exciting one as Governor Kasich begins his new term as Ohio’s governor and continues his work leading Ohio in the right direction.  Republicans enjoy one of their largest pluralities ever in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate and our 12-member Congressional delegate will serve in many key positions under US House Speaker John Boehner.
We also are fortunate in being able to look ahead to the Republican National Convention being in Cleveland, Ohio.  It is the first time Ohio has hosted the convention since 1936.
I look forward to working with each of you throughout the year.  At our 2014 Institute Retreat we were pleased that so many members we had not seen for some time were able to attend.  We will work towards having more of you join us in November 2015 for the retreat.

Jo Ann

Happy New Year Greetings, All!
This is the time of year for making resolutions and goals and reflecting on where we are in life.  It is no different for those of us on the Board of the Institute.  As we look back on this fifteen-year experiment, it is hard to believe that so much time has passed---and that we have graduated so many remarkable members.  Our program has grown as has our gratitude for the members and our supporters.  We have seen the remarkable things our members have done and continue to do and we have been so proud of the support each of you have given to other members of the Institute as they reach out into new territory.
When we started, our goals were simple:  to help our members understand their full potential, to remove self-imposed barriers to new challenges, and to encourage them to risk.  You have fulfilled our mission....and we have been rewarded many times over by getting to know you and to watch you test your wings!
Thank you for sharing your successes and failures....but more importantly, thank you for trying....and thank you for helping others try.  You are a remarkable group of women and we are very proud of you all.
May your new year bring you happiness.  God bless!


Each newsletter we will hear from a Committee Chair. This newsletter the column is from Lisa Griffin, Chair of the Members Committee:

Happy New Year, everyone!  Last year, the Class of 2014 had much to celebrate when we graduated from the Institute and were able to join the ranks of the amazing women who graduated in the classes before us!  It was a memorable journey that gave us the tools we needed to advance in our careers and gave us the bonus of new friendships.
In the Fall of 2014, the new class began their journey.  It was an honor to meet each of them and speak to the class about the importance of “making the ask.”  No matter where we are in our careers or in life, we are often faced with new, intriguing opportunities.  Change can be scary and uncomfortable, but when it becomes clear that one opportunity is the direction we will want to take, we must find the courage to go after and ask for what we want.  The reward could be greater than we could ever imagine.
One of my best friends always says that we must continue to strive for growth.  I believe that the Institute provided us all with the incredible opportunity to learn from Speaker Davidson, Betty, and the many talented professionals that graciously took the time to speak to us.  It is my hope that in 2015, we all continue to grow and “make the ask” for what we want!



Missing your Institute nametag? 

An order will be submitted for nametags at the end of January.  If you need a new nametag or would like to have a spare, send your check for $5.00 made payable to The Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and mail it to 37 West Broad Street, Suite 970, Columbus, OH  43215 by January 31, 2015. 

Include the correct spelling of your name and your class year.


The application deadline for the 2015-16 Class is June 22nd, 2015. Interviews will be held August 6th & 7th.

As a member, you are our best recruiter. Please encourage qualified women in your personal and professional life to apply.

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January 16 – Institute Class, Columbia Gas

February 27 – Institute Class, Fifth/Third Bank

March 2 Material deadline for March newsletter

March 16 Publication date for March newsletter

March 20 – Institute Class, Barnes and Thornburg

April 17 – Institute Class, State Auto Insurance Company

May 1 Material deadline for May newsletter

May 12-14 – Institute Class, tentative dates of Washington, D.C. trip

May 15 Publication date for May newsletter

July 1 Material deadline for July newsletter

July 15 Publication date for July newsletter

September 1 Material deadline for September newsletter

September 15 Publication date for September newsletter

November 2 Material deadline for November newsletter

November 16 Publication date for November newsletter


Melissa M. Shilling (Class of 2002)
Melissa Shilling of Johnstown (Licking County) has been reappointed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission for a term beginning December 19, 2014 and ending October 22, 2020.

Colleen Ryan (Class of 2012)
Colleen Ryan, President of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, was appointed by Governor Kasich to serve on an advisory board for Community Connectors, a program providing $10 million in 3-to-1 matching grants that will help give more Ohio students access to role models who can help motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace. Read more

Angela N. King (Class of 2003)
Angela King of Celina in Mercer County has been appointed to the Ohio Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology for a term beginning September 30, 2014 and ending September 26, 2016. Read more

Belinda Kenley (Class of 2005)
Belinda Kenley has been elected to the Ohio Municipal League’s board of trustees and will attend her first meeting this month.  She serves on the Centerville City Council and will run for her third term in 2015.


We are pleased to report that the following Institute members were elected or re-elected to offices in the November election:
State Representative:  Marlene Anielski (Class of 2015), Cheryl Grossman (Class of 2001), Christina Hagan (Class of 2009)

County Commissioner:  Julie Ehemann, Shelby County (Class of 2006), Doris Herringshaw, Wood County (Class of 2013), Barbara Lewis, Delaware County (Board member)

County Auditor:  Debra Nye, Muskingum County (Class of 2010), Charity Rauschenberg, Hancock County (Class of 2015), Jill Thompson, Athens County (Class of 2004), Andrea Weaver, Union County (Class of 2014)

Judge:  Kristin Farmer, Stark County (Class of 2006), Jenifer French, Franklin County (Class of 2014), Kristen Johnson, Hancock County (Class of 2012), Colleen O’Donnell, Franklin County (Class of 2012), Amy Searcy, Hamilton County (Class of 2011), Jennifer Springer, Knox County (Class of 2012)


The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute was recently recognized in the 2014-2015 Columbus Area Edition of The Women’s Book. Read more

The 2014-2015 Columbus Area Edition of The Women’s Book recently highlighted the work of Institute member Melanie Martin-Jones (Class of 2004) as co-founder of The Women’s Council of Central  Ohio. Read more

More than 225 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) annual board meeting held recently in Dallas to emphasize the fall election season.
Ohio Federation of Republican Women President Lyn Bliss (Class of 2012) of Greenville and OFRW and NFRW Women’s Health Issues Chair April Cohagen-Gibson (Class of 2011), both Institute members,  attended the event, where they heard from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state land commissioner candidate George P. Bush, and Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day.

OFRW board members visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. L to R with the statue of the two Bush presidents are: OFRW Central District VP Jeanne Bolton, OFRW and NFRW Women’s Health Issues Chair April Cohagen-Gibson (Institute member), OFRW President Lyn Bliss (Institute member), and OFRW Program Chair Eva Wray.

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