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Leadership and Staff

Advocates for Ohio’s Future is guided by a Steering Committee of leaders from more than 30 nonprofit organizations and associations. Staff members in Columbus are supported by volunteers across the state committed to bringing the message of vital public services to the public, the media and the legislature.


Mark Davis, Ohio Provider Resource Association (read bio)
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Ohio Association of Foodbanks (read bio)

Executive Committee


Teresa Lampl, Chair, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers

Public Policy

Tara Britton, Chair, The Center for Community Solutions

Finance and Development

Currently Vacant

Outreach and Field

Cathy Johnston, Chair, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio


Kelly Smith, Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition
Wendy Patton, Policy Matters Ohio

Steering Committee

Barbara Sykes, AARP Ohio
Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
Ronald J. Rees, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
Shannon Jones, Groundwork Ohio
Human Service Chamber of Franklin County
Erin Davies, Juvenile Justice Coalition
Melanie Hogan, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential
Danielle Smith, National Association of Social Workers-Ohio
Beth Kowalczyk, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Kelly Vyzral, Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies
Julie DiRossi-King, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
Dontavius Jarrells, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
Emily Turner, Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries
Jane Whyde, Ohio Family & Children First Coordinators Association
Melissa Cropper, Ohio Federation of Teachers
Joel Potts, Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association
Linda Cook, Ohio Poverty Law Center
Michael Ranney, Ohio Psychological Association
Susan Rogers, Ohio RSVP Directors’ Association
Kerrie Carte, Ohio Workforce Coalition
Mary Wachtel, Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Valerie Ridgeway, United Way of Central Ohio
Margaret Hulbert, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Steve Wagner, Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio
Brandi Slaughter, Voices for Ohio’s Children

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