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July 2011

It is hard to believe another class is about to the chosen for the Leadership Institute.  We have 52 applications for the class and interviews will begin early next month.  Many of you, I know, were instrumental in recruiting this outstanding group of candidates.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual summer picnic.  It appears that we will have over 100 of our Institute members attending.  It will be great to see everyone on the 28th!

Jo Ann

We are well into summer with picnics and vacation plans. We look forward to a huge turnout for our annual picnic at the Governor's Residence. Governor Kasich has graciously permitted us to use his official residence despite his inability to attend personally.

We are excited to see you all as we prepare to launch our next class. Remember: Class of 2011, the picnic is when you choose your class president and board representative so please try to attend.

Finally, our members continue to take their place in government and the political structure. Congratulations to Chris Schmenk who has landed the difficult and very important job as our new Director of the Department of Development. Well done!

Hope to see you all soon.


Please plan to attend The Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute’s Annual Summer Picnic scheduled for Thursday, July 28 beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s event will be held at the Governor’s Residence, 358 North Parkview Avenue, Bexley, OH 43209. Parking is available only on area streets.

Your name must be on the reservation list for admission. Please RSVP to Linda Dotson lsdotson@ameritech.net or 614-224-0777) no later than Monday, July 25 if you plan to attend.

New Committees have been selected so look for the list on the website at www.jadleadershipinstitute.com.

If you have an appropriate photo of JADOLI members at an event, please tag Jo Ann Davidson in Facebook. Our webmaster will use some of these photos on our website from time to time.  Plus, it's great to share photos among our members.

We are looking for suggestions on topics for the Continuing Education meeting in November. Please email your ideas to Linda Dotson.

Are you interested in applying to be on a board or commission for the state of Ohio? If so, you can find the application here.

Please email Linda Dotson if you do apply for an appointment.

Chris Schmenk (2007 Class)
July 2011
New state development chief named

By Joe Vardon
Former Marysville Mayor Christiane Schmenk will replace James Leftwich as the state's development director on Aug. 1, Gov. John Kasich's office announced yesterday.

Kasich said Leftwich wanted to rejoin the private sector.

Schmenk, 52, is the state Development Department's chief legal counsel and will be in charge of guiding the department through a transition as JobsOhio evolves into the state's privatized development wing. View entire article online
Belinda Kenley (2005 Class)
March 2011

Belinda Kenley received the Bronze Certificate-Leadership Fellow from the National League of Cities, as part of its Leadership Training Institute.

Vicki Rich (2011 Class)
May 2011
During the final sessions of the 2011 class, Vicki Rich accepted the appointment as Public Information Officer for Legislative Affairs and Communications in the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Barbara Lach (Board Member)

May 2011
Barbara Lach, sales associate of the Coldwell Banker King Thompson Upper Arlington office, was recently awarded the prestigious NRT Spirit Award. The NRT Spirit Award recognizes the achievements of an associate who exemplifies outstanding qualities of citizenship, professionalism and integrity. The NRT network is the nation’s largest operator of residential real estate brokerages, with over 44,000 sales associates. Coldwell Banker King Thompson is part of NRT. View entire article

April Cohagen-Gibson (2011 Class)

June 2011
April Cohagen-Gibson received a Tribute To Women Leadership award on Sunday, June 26, from the Ohio Federation of Republican Women at Worthington Hills Country Club in Columbus.

April was selected to receive this honor by the members of her local Muskingum County Republican Women's group.
Geraldine Cotter (2010 Class)
May 2011

Gerry Cotter is now working for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in the Director's Office as a Policy Analyst .

Gerry also received the President's Choice Award from the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation at its annual meeting in May.

Thursday, July 28 - Summer Picnic
Governor’s Residence, 358 North Parkview Avenue, Bexley, OH 43209

Thursday, September 22 - 2011/2012 First Class to be held at the Statehouse.

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