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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: January 06, 2020

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

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther announced nine 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.

“We have made great strides for the women of Columbus in our third year. More than 250 businesses and organizations have signed on to The Columbus Commitment to address pay equity within their organizations. In partnership with Franklin County Municipal Court and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, we are also beginning to move the needle in the eviction process that disproportionately impacts women,” said Ms. Ginther. “Our new commissioners will help continue this work in improving the lives of women locally.”

Mayor Ginther commented on the more than 80 people who applied for seats on the Commission. “Our residents continue to show an overwhelming desire to partner in this important work. Now with 25 commissioners representing an array of backgrounds and specialties, the Columbus Women’s Commission continues to stay well positioned to recommend solutions, build partnerships and be advocates to create change for women.”

The new Commissioners are:

  • Karim A. Ali, Partner In Charge of Professional Personnel and Diversity & Inclusion, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Monica Cerrezuela, Chief of Staff, COTA
  • Leah F. Evans, Senior Vice President Real Estate Development, Homeport
  • Shayla D. Favor, Councilmember, Columbus City Council
  • Francie Henry, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank
  • Emmalyn Jerome, Program Director, Rachel’s House/Lower Lights Ministries
  • Veronica Knuth, Vice President Talent, CoverMyMeds
  • Heather  Leonard, Senior Vice President Marketing and Operating Partner, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, LLC
  • Ola Snow, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cardinal Health

The remaining Commissioners include:

  • Chair, Shannon Ginther, First Lady, Senior Director of Community Health Partnerships,  OhioHealth
  • Susan Basso, Senior Vice President Talent, Culture & Human Resources, The Ohio State University
  • 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
  • Jeffrey Lyttle, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Kathleen McGarvey, Deputy Director, Ohio State Legal Services Association
  • Ronnie L. Marquez-Posey, Program Administrator, Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services
  • Jillian Olinger, Chief Mission Officer, YWCA Columbus
  • Ngozi Osuagwu, Physician, Clinical Director of Women’s Health Center, Doctor’s Hospital
  • Rev. Donnetta Peaks, Director of Clergy Recruitment, Candidacy & Licensing, The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Mary B. Relotto, Founder, Dames Bond LLC & Mission Possible Consulting Group
  • Denise M. Robinson, President and CEO, Alvis, Inc.
  • Barbara Smoot, President and CEO, WELD
  • James D. Thomas, Principal, James D. Thomas Consulting
  • Heather Whaling, Founder/President, Geben Communication

The Columbus Women’s Commission focuses on four areas that are key to women in the community:  gender equity in the workplace, affordable housing, health and workforce development.