June 2013

It’s hard to believe that it is time to select the members of the 2013-14 Institute Class!  Although I was unable to be in Washington for all of the activities of this year’s class, I was able to attend the Graduation Dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill.  What continues to amaze me is the wonderful stories you share at that dinner about your experience as a member of the Institute.  Over and over again, I hear that it has made a difference to you personally and professionally.  Each week we hear from an Institute member who has decided to seek elected or appointed office, or who has just gotten a new position, appointment or received some recognition in their own community or professional association.  This year, there were two of the members of the class who had applied three times before they were accepted.  I have always explained that we would love to take everyone who applies, but have found that a class of 25 or less works best both for meeting arrangements and building lasting relationships.

Many of you are recommending women to be members of our next class.  It is your continued interest in doing that which has helped to build new strong classes.  Please also help us encourage those who have applied this year who we may not be able to include, to apply again.  

I hope to see you at our Summer Picnic on July 16th.

Jo Ann

It’s class recruitment time again!  Each of you makes this Institute strong.  Each of you continues to make it grow as you encourage others to apply.  You are our lifeline!  Please reach out and encourage qualified women to join this wonderful Institute experience.
Also, I ask one other thing of you.  Right now, open your contact information in the membership directory and UPDATE IT!!!  While trying to reach at least a dozen of you over the past few weeks, I note that at least half (or more) have contact information which is not up to date.  This directory is an invaluable help to other members seeking advice, connections and information.  Help us help you!
Finally, we are all looking forward to seeing you at the picnic!   See you soon!

by Carol Porter

During the 2012-13 program year, presentations were made regarding the shale industry, leadership and fundraising skills, successful career paths and more.  The monthly themes have been similar each year; however, the presenters have changed to fit the make-up of each class.
In recent years, many Institute Members have returned to the classroom but this time they are standing behind the podium speaking.  This year the program included the following Institute Members:  State Representatives Cheryl Grossman and Christina Hagan; PUCO Commissioner Beth Trombold and Public Affairs Director Holly Karg; Columbia Gas Governmental Affairs Manager Darnita Bradley; Lora Miller, Government Affairs Director at Ohio Council of Retail Merchants; Elise Spriggs, Asst. Vice President at State Auto Insurance; Lynda Bowers, Township Trustee; County Commissioner Diane Delaplane; Mayor Lydia Mihalik; fundraising consultant Pam Hashem; Vice President at Ohio Chamber Beau Euton; Penny Seipel, Vice President at Ohio Oil and Gas Assoc.; Christina Haddad Polesovsky, Assoc. Director at Ohio Petroleum Council; Licking County Republican Chair Billie Fiore; and small business owner Michael Evans.  Yes, out of the 54 program speakers in Ohio, almost 30% are Institute Members in “CEO” positions administering in public policy, economic development, community service, business and politics.

Why is it important to share this information with all of the Institute Members?  Because they are an example of the diversified and giving mentors willing to mentor other aspiring women.  The membership directory on our website is a quick and easy way to access these members and others.  If you have a problem and cannot reach someone, just email Linda Dotson or me lsdotson@ameritech.net  or  cporter1@columbus.rr.com.


The Honorable Jo Ann Davidson was the featured speaker for the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s 2013 Spring Conference. She gave a VERY informative speech, that was also entertaining. Her remarks were regarding leadership – to go along with the theme of the event “Leading to Louisville”.

The National Federation of Republican Women will be holding its 37th Biennial Convention (and celebrating its 75th anniversary) in Louisville September 20-22.


It was my privilege to join the 2013 Graduating Class in Washington DC, as they shared their Leadership Institute experiences.  Their heartfelt appreciation of the vision of Speaker Davidson, and the on-going efforts of Betty Montgomery, was indeed very moving and so sincere.  I was honored to attend and wish each of the graduates much success.
Barbara B. Lach
Board Member


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Tuesday, July 16
Institute Summer Picnic
5:30 p.m. at Governor’s Residence
Details to follow
Thursday, September 19
First class of the 2013-14 Institute Program
Stateroom, Ohio Statehouse


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Colleen O'Donnell (Class of 2012)

Colleen O'Donnell was appointed to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Colleen is replacing John F. Bender, who retired. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford in 2003, and earned her juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2006. Since 2007, she has worked as an associate for Carpenter Lipps and Leland LLP.

Christiane Schmenk (Class of 2007)
Christiane Schmenk joins Bricker & Eckler to lead economic development consulting
Christiane Schmenk, the former director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, has joined Bricker & Eckler LLP and as leader of the firm’s economic development consulting division.
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Lora Miller (Class of 2003)
Lora Miller became President of the Ohio Lobbying Association.

Anita Moore (Class of 2013)
Institute Member Anita Moore has founded a new truancy program to keep kids in the classroom (read more).

April Cohagen-Gibson (Class of 2011)
Tamara Puff (Class of 2013)
Missy Walters (Class of 2013)
Kathy Wise (Class of 2006)

At the 2013 Spring Board Meeting of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, Institute graduates April Cohagen-Gibson, Tammy Puff, Missy Mae Walters, and
  Kathy Wise were among those elected to the nominating committee. These ladies are part of the committee that will receive applications from which they will select a slate of officers to serve for the 2014-2015 years and present it to the membership at the 2013 Fall Conference.

Jeanne Porter (Class of 2007)
Jeanne Porter of Women in Business Networking accepted the 2013 Better Business Bureau's Eclipse Integrity Award in Dayton, Ohio.

Kristen Johnson (Class of 2012)
Kristen K. Johnson was awarded the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association's Community Leadership Award. The recipient of the Community Leadership Award is recognized as someone who has provided specific personal and/or professional leadership service which has significantly benefited our local community or state.

Ann Aquillo (Class of 2011)
Ann Aquillo was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Affairs at The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company. In addition to directing all government relations activities for the company, her new responsibilities now include leading all community partnerships and philanthropy activities.

Lori Cline (Class of 2009)
Lori Cline graduated on May 6, 2013 from the first cohort of the Ohio Fiscal Academy prescribed by The Ohio Office of Budget and Management. The coursework and activities started in August of 2012 and were completed in April 2013. The cohort consisted of  24 employees from around the state representing both small and large agencies as well as all three branches of government. Lori now has the designation of Certified Ohio Fiscal Professional.

Pam Mowry (Class of 2005)
Pam Mowry has accepted a position as Property Manager of Eagleview Apartments, 1436 Eagle Way, Ashland, OH 44805.  Eagleview is a 128 unit luxury complex of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, conveniently located near I-71 in Ashland.

Lori Cope (Class of 2012)
Lori Cope was elected to the board for the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors, of which there are only 5 females out of all the positions in the State. She is the only female on the board of trustees. Lori currently holds the position of Safety Service Director for the City of Mansfield.

Mia Love
Mia Love, the Institute’s special guest at last November’s Continuing Education Program, has announced her second run for Congress in Utah’s 2nd District seat. 
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