September 2011        

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our summer picnic at the Governor's Residence.  It was wonderful to see so many Institute members and catch up on all the activities involving career changes, running for public office, participating in campaigns for fellow Institute members or other good Republicans and all the other exciting things you are doing.
With a new year beginning, we are anxious for you all to meet the 24 women who have been selected for the 2011-12 class and hope you have marked November 17 on your calendar for our annual continuing education program and the dinner that evening.
Also, I hope as many of you as possible will join us for our annual fundraising luncheon on October 21 at the Columbus Athletic Club.  Congressman Pat Tiberi of the 12th Congressional District will be our speaker this year.  You should receive a personal invitation to the luncheon but if you do not, please e-mail Linda Dotson at and one will be sent to you.  One of the real highlights of the luncheon is when classes are introduced and our other guests are always so impressed to see how many women have now been involved in our leadership program!

Jo Ann

Welcome to new beginnings!

Once more the school bell rings and the real "new year" for many begins!  As for the Institute, it is a new beginning for us also, as our new class of 24 begins its year this week. We have a very strong class which we hope to introduce you to over the class year.

We also have our annual fundraiser happening this October 21 and we do hope all of you can come. The cost to run these classes is large and your support of this fundraiser (Bring friends! Find sponsors!) does make a difference to this Institute's ability to continue to influence the lives of women in this state.

Finally, as we come into this highly charged political season, we do hope you all find time to join us in our annual Continuing Education program. Discussion re: presidential politics and the convention process as well as the political climate in general should keep this discussion lively, to say the least!

So, as the bell rings to start our year, we hope all of you will join us in the classroom of politics - Institute style.


Please join us for our annual fundraiser featuring
Hon. Patrick J. Tiberi, Congressman - 12th District.

Friday, October 21, 2011

11:30 a.m. - 12 noon Reception
12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
The Columbus Athletic Club
136 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Please RSVP by Friday, October 14 via printed invitation, phone at (614) 224-0777 or email to

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Class!

Cindy Bailey   
Lynn Bliss
Lindsay Blair       
Holly Karg
Brittney Colvin   
Sara Donlon   
Jenna Mann   
Colleen O'Donnell
Colleen O'Kane
Stephanie Owen   
Julie Oyster   
Anne Petit
Penny Seipel
Margaret Toal
Kristen Johnson   
Jennifer Springer
Jessica Forsythe
Elaine Kent   
Hallie Wolff   
Colleen Ryan   
Lori Cope   
Eva Yarger
Linda Burke   
Carolyn Duvelius


Continuing Education Program
The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute Member Continuing Education Program will be held on Thursday, November 17th.

Thursday, November 17th

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Brookside Golf & Country Club
Worthington, OH

Member Social & Dinner at 6:00 p.m.*
J. Lui Restaurant & Bar
Worthington, OH

Details regarding location, registration and overnight accommodations will follow. This annual event has previously included updates on the latest political trends, campaign recaps and polling details. The 2011 program will highlight recent elections, provide insights on the upcoming presidential election and more.

*Cost for the social/dinner is $30 and will be at each member's expense and must be paid prior to the event.

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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.

Linda Oda (2010 Class)

Linda Oda was appointed as Chair of the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities for a term beginning September 1, 2011 and ending August 31, 2012.

Michael Evans (2011 Class)

Michael Evans is the new Class Representative for the class of 2011.

Belinda Kenley (2005 Class)

Belinda Kenley was accepted into the 2012 Class for Leadership Dayton program. The program began on August 12, 2011.

Lacey Meeks (2011 Class)
Lacey Meeks accepted a position at InfoCision Management in Akron as a Political Account Representative. She is currently working for their client Citizens United. Lacey was referred to the position by her fellow classmate Jeananne Chadsey.

Kristina Port (2008 Class)

Kristina Port is seeking re-election for Russell Township Trustee
(Geauga County). Please email or visit her Facebook page for campaign details.

Chris Xeil Lyons (2004 Class)

Chris Xeil Lyons is running for West Chester Fiscal Officer. Visit the Lyons for Fiscal Officer Facebook page for more information.

Kathy Lowrey (2007 Class)

Kathy Lowry is now President of the Ohio National Guard Association. Kathy was elected in April for the 2011-2012 membership year.  This association represents all the officers in the Ohio National Guard advocating to improve quality of life and issues that impact on their mission. The Ohio National Guard Association works to advance state and national legislation that helps maintain ready units and keep the force well.

Sharon Gingerich (2007 Class)
Gingerich warns against 'insidious' mortgage scam
by Glen Miller, Geauga County Maple Leaf
The Geauga County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a scam that claims mortgage holders can void their mortgages after they have been sold to another financial institution. Download full story.

Rebecca Bennett (2007 Class)
Rebecca Bennett is now an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Portsmouth, in addition to maintaining her own law practice.

Heather Mann (2008 Class)
Heather Mann was appointed as Joint Secretary of Ohio Apportionment Board, the statewide body that redraws the state legislative lines after the census.

Cheryl Buckland (2010 Class)
Local woman graduates from political institute
by Alex Boroff Findlay Now
Though women have made great strides in the political arena in past decades, there are still fewer women involved in politics than men. Download full story.

Friday, October 21st

Annual Fundraiser featuring Hon. Patrick J. Tiberi
The Columbus Athletic Club

Thursday, November 17th
Member Continuing Education Program

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