March 2013        

Congratulations to our members being mentioned in this edition of our newsletter for their appointments, accomplishments and honors.  We are proud of each one of you.
It is amazing that there are only two more monthly meetings before the Washington, DC trip for the Class of 2012-13.  Upon their graduation the number of graduates of the Institute will be 245!   Be thinking ahead of who you can encourage in your county or adjoining counties to apply for the 2013-14 class.  Holly Karg, the class representative on the Institute Board, is working to organize two regional meetings in the next few months to reach out to prospective members of the next class.  Holly will be reaching out to some of you to encourage you to participate in these meetings if they are in or close to your county.  We have found that these regional gatherings have been very helpful in recruiting applicants for the Institute.
Our mission, as you all know, is to encourage more participation by Republican women in their communities and in appointed and elective office.  Please take a moment to update your status on our website as we would like to share some statistics about our graduates.  If you have forgotten your password, email Shelbi at

Jo Ann


We are seeing more and more successes with our members seeking positions of responsibility and winning them – in all walks of life.  We are so pleased that more and more of our members are being appointed by the Governor to fill important positions.  This is a gratifying honor given to us by this Governor....and it is a wonderful  recognition of the Institute....and to you!
On a different note (same song, however), as Republicans face challenges at the local, state, and national levels, it is important to note that eulogies over the death of our party are premature!  We must remember that in order for us to continue to be successful as policy leaders, we need to win elections.  The Democrats have shown us in this past election that good old fashioned boots-on-the-ground organization is what wins elections.  There is no easy way to win elections except to carry our message personally to our family, neighbors, friends, church members and co-workers.  We have done it before and, for the sake of our futures, we must do it again.


by Carol Porter

What makes your day?  For me, my day can have a kick-start by merely reading a morning email from an Institute Member sharing good news.  Oh how that makes my day start with a smile!

Over the years, several Members have taken the lessons learned from their monthly program sessions and laid the ground work for reaching new career plateaus and goals.  You have explored new offices (and some of them are corner offices!); you have been spotlighted and awarded accolades by other community leaders; you have chaired or ran political and issue campaigns; and you are satisfactorily managing the demands of balancing your personal and professional responsibilities.  Great achievements…..wonderful days!

At the end of the day, what makes me feel even better?  For me it is knowing that I have reached out to someone to help them think through a problem that is weighing on their shoulders; or talking with them about “mapping directions” in reaching a goal; or contacting a colleague just to “check in.”  Or “if the shoe fits,” suggesting to this person they apply to become an Institute Member.  

Now is the time to be thinking about women from your part of the state you know that are aspiring to run for office, or being a community leader.  As one nationally-known Ohioan from Montgomery County, Erma Bombeck, once said, you don’t need to look far, just look in your own backyard.  

Make your day and reach out to someone!  It is not just another day, it is a leadership day.

2012-13 CLASS TRIP TO D.C.

If you are interested in accompanying this year’s class on the visit to Washington, D.C., please contact Linda Dotson ( as soon as possible so we can check on hotel availability at the Holiday Inn Capitol.  In addition to the hotel costs (based upon availability - $289 plus tax), possible additional expenses include the graduation dinner Tuesday evening at Old Ebbitt Grill (approximately $75.00) and Wednesday’s participation in the national public service series session and banquet ($160 for the day-long program).  This is always an exciting and worthwhile trip!


Need a new Institute nametag?  Contact Jill Gosnell at Ryder Engraving ( or 740-927-7193).

Cost is $10.00 for name tag and $2.50 for shipping.  Credit card payment is required at the time of order.


Friday, March 15 – 3 p.m.
Institute Board Meeting
Ohio Republican Party
Friday, March 22
Institute Class at the Ohio Chamber
230 East Town Street, Columbus
Friday, April 19
Institute Class at Barnes & Thornburg
41 South High Street, Suite 3300, Columbus
Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16
Institute Class at Washington, D.C.


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Beth Trombold (Class of 2002)
Gov. John Kasich announced recently that he has appointed M. Beth Trombold to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for an unexpired term beginning March 4, 2013 and ending April 10, 2013, and a full term ending April 10, 2018.

Kristen Farmer (Class of 2006)
Kristen G. Farmer has been appointed by Governor Kasich to serve as Judge of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas effective January 7, 2013.  She must run for a full term in November 2014 to retain the seat.  View article

Elise Spriggs (Class of 2001)
Elise Spriggs, AVP/Government Relations Director for State Auto Insurance Companies, joined the board of directors of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) on November 30, 2012.  She will be representing the property and casualty insurance industry on NIPR and specifically the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).
 The NIPR is affiliated with the National Conference of Insurance Commissioners.        

Jeananne Chadsey (2011 Class)
Jeananne Chadsey recently accepted a position as the Finance Director for Congressman Jim Renacci.

Holly Stacy (Class of 2010)
Doris Herringshaw (Class of 2013)
2 women become Seneca, Wood county officials – and they happen to be related - Two of northwest Ohio’s newest county commissioners have a lot in common: They’re both women in a male-dominated position, and they just happen to be sisters-in-law. View article

Tracey Winbush (Class of 2008)

The secretary of state appointed Tracey Winbush to complete an unexpired term on the Mahoning County Board of Elections. View article

Diane Carnes (Class of 2004)

Diane Carnes was re-elected as Chair of the Southern Ohio GOP Chairs at the meeting on January 13, 2013. The Southern Ohio GOP Chairs consists of 18 counties and this will be Diane's third term in this position.

Amber Burke Sprengard (Class of 2005)

Forty Under 40 2012 Winner
Sprengard feels like ‘luckiest girl in the world each day’ - Amber Burke Sprengard, 33, is vice president of municipal finance group for RBC Capital Markets, a job she says is “challenging, complex and always changing.” View article

Linda Burke (Class of 2012)

Linda Burke will be attending the National Federation of Republican Women Board Meeting and Legislative Day in Washington DC March 6-10, 2013.  Linda serves on the Caring for America Committee.

Belinda Kenley (Class of 2005)

Belinda Kenley recently became a board member of Prevent Blindness Ohio and is Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Dayton chapter.

Holly Karg (Class of 2012)

Holly Karg is in a new role serving as Director of Public Affairs for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Barbara Lach (Board Member)

Barbara B. Lach has been appointed as a Trustee for the National Association of REALTORS® State and Local Campaign Services Committee.  She is also a member of their Public Policy Coordinating Committee and Professional Standards Committee.  And at the recent Annual Coldwell Banker King Thompson Awards Ceremony, Barbara was awarded the 2012 International President's Premier Award (Top 1% in Nation).


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