September 2014

Our summer picnic was a big success because so many of you were able to attend. Every class was represented by one or more class members!  It was a beautiful evening and we again enjoyed being able to be at the Governor’s Residence for the event.

We were able to catch up on the news about how many of our members have been elected to key positions in their county organizations, assumed new responsibilities in their communities or are busily working on their own campaign or a campaign for another member or one our other good candidates.

We are considering doing a retreat for our November Continuing Education Program which would provide us an opportunity to do some additional social and educational events.  We will communicate our plans as soon as possible.

Enjoy the fall days approaching and get geared up for all the hard work ahead helping with campaigns to elect qualified Republicans, including many of our members, to office!

Jo Ann

It’s hard to believe but it’s time to begin a new class again - our 15th! With 267 graduates from 57 counties, we are beginning to reap a harvest of elected and appointed public officials as well as engaged and informed community members. Our roster is being used to seek candidates for public positions and the Institute is being pointed to as a model of how to successfully encourage women to recognize their own potential by running for or serving in positions of public leadership.

As we begin again, let me encourage you all to get engaged this political season. Our grads are not only candidates, but also wonderful volunteers! We have many members on the ballot this to all of them....GOOD LUCK!


Each newsletter we will hear from a Committee Chair. This newsletter the column is from Carol Porter, Program Committee Chair:

Personally, I feel that every Institute member has a vault of resources that is nothing less in value than the Fort Knox Vault.  The Program Committee during the last 14 years has introduced each and every member to many government, business, public policy, community, education, and arts leaders throughout Ohio.  Many of these VIP speakers also have an Institute Member working in that office. Many members have continually open their doors to help fellow Institute Members.
After the completion of 14 years of programs, The Davidson Institute’s “bank of leaders” is truly a valuable resource…our own Fort Knox. And for those fortunate to be a member, you have an inside track in reaching out to these resources. As Janet Creighton, Stark County Commissioner, said to the 2014 class in April, “There ain’t no mountain high enough” to keep you from moving forward.



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Friday, November 14 – Evening Dinner for November Continuing Education Class (Details to follow)
Saturday, November 15 – Half Day Continuing Education Program (Details to follow)
Friday, November 21 – Annual Fundraising Luncheon, 12 noon, Columbus Athletic Club (Details to follow)


April Cohagen-Gibson (Class of 2011)
In addition to serving as the current President of the Muskingum County Women’s Republican Club and Vice President of the Zanesville Business and Professional Women, April Cohagen-Gibson (Class of 2011) was recently published in the “Republican Women” magazine on Cancer Awareness for Women across our great nation.

Julie L. Ehemann (Class of 2006)
Julie L. Ehemann is the new Executive Chairman for the Shelby County Republican Central Committee.

Sharon Gingerich (Class of 2007)
Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich teamed with the Geauga County Veterans’ Service Commission to offer the Veterans ID Card which verifies military service.  In addition to Geauga County, Lake County has implemented the system and Trumbull County is implementing the same program too.  The ID card allows veterans to receive discounts and promotions at local restaurants and shops and is in lieu of carrying around their discharge papers.

Belinda Kenley (Class of 2005)
Belinda Kenley was appointed to the Ohio Municipal League Legislative Policy Committee.  Also, her company, Energy Optimizers, USA, has been named the "Fastest Growing Business in the Region" for the second year in a row by the Dayton Business Journal (June 27, 2014).

Amy Sabath (Class of 2011)
Amy Sabath took a new job as Finance Director for Congressman Jim Renacci.

Traci Saliba (Class of 2009)
Traci Saliba was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The Association of Ohio Commodores held its annual summer induction dinner in Port Clinton Ohio, at The Island House.  Seventeen people from around Ohio were inducted as new members of the Ohio Commodores.  Read more…

Margie Saul (Class of 2014)
Margie Saul was June selectee for Republican of the Month at the Marion County Central and Executive Committee recent meeting.  In addition to representing Green Camp Township on the GOP Central and Executive Committee, Margie is treasurer of the Marion County Republican Club and is a member of the local Republican Women’s Club.

Sue Smail (Class of 2013)
On June 4th Sue Smail was the first woman elected Republican County Chairman in Wayne County.

Kristin Strobel (Class of 2013)
Kristin Strobel is the newest member of Entertainment Software Association’s State Government Affairs team, serving as the Director of State Government Affairs. She will be lobbying on behalf of the computer and video game industry. An Ohio native and graduate of Ohio University, Kristin recently left her home state to serve as the Director of State Government Affairs for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) in Alexandria. In Ohio, Kristin served as a staffer in the Ohio Senate, as well as the Director of Policy and Legislation for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Melanie Wilt (Class of 2007)
Melanie Wilt is co-chair of the Kasich Taylor for Ohio campaign in Clark County.

Dr. Mary Applegate, M.D. (Class of 2013)
Dr. Mary Applegate, M.D. was named Interim Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health by Governor Kasich.  Applegate served as the medical director at the Department of Medicaid and has overseen the development of a quality initiative to help improve health outcomes for low-income Ohioans.  She will work with Director Rick Hodges to recruit a team of clinical professionals and then resume her role at Medicaid.

Chris Schmenk (Class of 2007)
Congratulations to Chris Schmenk, the new Chair of the Union County Republican Party, a position she accepted earlier this year.  Chris also serves as Of Counsel with Bricker and Eckler LLP’s Public Finance Group, working with local communities and businesses on public infrastructure and economic development projects.


Joey Pennybaker Osborn
(Class of 2010)

Joey Pennybaker Osborn had a busy spring!  She will continue her service as the Zanesville 4th Ward Central Committee Representative for the Muskingum County Republican Party because of her win in the May election.  She also gave birth to a little boy, Samuel, and a little girl, Reese, on June 15, 2014.  All are home, doing well, and can't wait to attend their first Central Committee Meeting!

Lydia Mihalik (Class of 2010)
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik has a new addition at her busy home!  Joining big brother J.J. (8 years old) and big sister Libby (6 years old), Delaney Jo Ann Mihalik was born August 29th.  Lydia said she is keeping up with her demanding duties as Mayor with the help of cell phones, email and a great assistant!!

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