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News Date: January 08, 2019

Mayor Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther Announce New Columbus Women’s Commission Members

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther announced four new Commissioners on the Columbus Women’s Commission. The Commission, first seated in January 2017, works to dismantle barriers and reduce gender based-inequities to improve the economic position of women in our community.

Ms. Ginther said, “We have made great strides in the work for the women of Columbus in our second year, particularly in areas of pay equity and evictions. We continue to gather people with diverse perspectives to move us forward in improving the lives of women locally.”

Mayor Ginther commented on the more than 60 people who applied for seats on the Commission. “Our residents have once again shown the overwhelming desire to partner in this work. The Commission represents an array of backgrounds and specialties well suited to recommend solutions, build partnerships and be advocates to create change for women.”

The new Commissioners are:
  • Susan Basso, Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources at The Ohio State University reporting directly to the President
  • Rev. Donnetta Peaks, Director of Clergy Recruitment, Candidacy, and Licensing for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Denise M. Robinson, President and CEO of Alvis, Inc.
  • James D. Thomas, Principal of James D. Thomas Consulting   
The remaining Commissioners include:
  • Chair, Shannon Ginther, First Lady, senior director of community health partnerships at OhioHealth
  • Christie Angel, president and CEO, YWCA Columbus
  • Vinita Bahri-Mehra, director, Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter
  • Elizabeth Brown, City Councilmember
  • Janelle Coleman, president, foundation and vice president of community relations, L Brands
  • Nicol Ghazi, administrator, Muslim Family Services
  • Gina Ginn, executive director, Columbus Early Learning Centers
  • Iris Harvey, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
  • Daphne Kackloudis, chief public policy & strategy officer, Equitas Health
  • Gale King, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Nationwide Insurance
  • Jeffrey Lyttle, managing director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Ronnie L. Marquez-Posey, program administrator, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
  • Kathleen McGarvey, deputy director, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • Jillian Olinger, chief mission officer, YWCA Columbus
  • Ngozi Osuagwu, physician, clinical director of Women’s Health Center, Doctor’s Hospital
  • Mary B. Relotto, founder, Dames Bond LLC & Mission Possible Consulting Group
  • Barbara Smoot, president and CEO, WELD
  • Heather Whaling, founder/president, Geben Communication
  • Bruce Wimbish, sports marketing manager, Porter Wright
The Columbus Women’s Commission focuses on four areas that are key to women in the community:  pay equity, affordable housing, health and workforce development.