Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)
After serving for 11 months as the agency’s interim director, Curtis Baker was named director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), the metropolitan planning organization serving the Greater Akron area. Baker has been serving as interim director since Jan. 4 and was unanimously endorsed by the AMATS Policy Committee for the directorship in March.
Baker, who has been employed by the agency for more than 10 years, was formerly the agency’s planning administrator.
In addition to his five years as agency planning administrator, Baker sits on the Summit County Transportation Improvement District Board and the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District Advisory Committee. He is a former chair of the Ohio Association of Regional Council’s Transportation Committee and holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Miami University.
Michael Beazley, Secretary
City of Oregon
Michael J. Beazley joined the City of Oregon as Administrator in March of 2010. He has served in leadership positions in local government, politics, and public policy for over 40 years. Mike most recently served as the Lucas County Administrator after serving in a variety of positions with the City of Toledo.
He is active with a number of community organizations with a focus on housing and urban policy, health care, education, and services for the developmentally disabled. He was the founding President of the Lucas County Land Bank and currently serves on the Board. He is the Board Chair of Sunshine Vocational Services, and is member of the board for the Imagination Station Science Museum in Toledo. He serves on the board of NFP Benefit Alliance, the largest non profit health care TPA in the region. He is currently active with Greater Ohio through his involvement with its Revitalizing Ohio Task Force that focuses on identifying practical legislative solutions to combat blight and urban decay. Mike is a member of the Advisory Board for the Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses including Political Leadership, Local Government Law, and State and Local Government. Through the University's Urban Affairs Center he has led several study teams with a focus on disparities in funding practices for local government services in Ohio. Mike also serves as a Director of the Better Buildings of Northwest Ohio Energy Special Improvement District.
He and his wife Julie have four adult children and nine grandchildren at last count.
Paula Boggs Muething
City of Cincinnati
Paula Boggs Muething serves as the City Solicitor of the City of Cincinnati. Previously, she served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Community Revitalization at the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to assist in redevelopment initiatives, including operating the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (“Land Bank”) on behalf of the Land Bank Board. The Hamilton County Treasurer incorporated the Land Bank in 2011 as a tool to assist the County in addressing the problems associated with the increasing number of vacant and abandoned properties.
Paula earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 2003, where she was a Human Rights Fellow and a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review. She studied Community Land Reform Initiatives at the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. She serves on the boards of Talbert House and Legal Aid, as well as organizations and task forces directly contributing to regional quality of life.
Shawn Bunt, Vice President
State and Local Government Relations
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Shawn J. Bunt manages JPMorgan Chase state and local government relations
activities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
Shawn has over 20 years of public policy and government relations experience in
the financial services industry. Shawn is responsible for managing and lobbying key
legislative initiatives, directing employee contact with elected officials and assisting
with business development efforts. Shawn directs the fundraising, political and civic
engagement efforts in the region.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co (Bank One in 2003), Shawn directed the
government relations and political action committee activities for the Ohio Bankers
League in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. Formerly, Shawn served as
Legislative Liaison for Ohio Governor Bob Taft, coordinating the passage of key
legislative initiatives in the Ohio General Assembly. Shawn also served as a key
policy advisor on tax and financial services legislation in the Ohio legislature for the
Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and as a legislative aide to a member
of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Shawn earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992 and a master of
public administration (MPA) degree in 1993 from Ohio University. He serves as a
member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Steering
Committee, the Ohio Bankers League Government Affairs Committee and the Ohio
University Public Affairs Advisory Committee. In 2010, Ohio University recognized
Shawn for his achievements in public service with the Outstanding State
Government Alumni Award.
Mayor of Somerset, OH
Mayor Tom Johnson is the Mayor of the Village of Somerset, Ohio, and has served in this position since 2010. Tom is also an Executive in Residence at Ohio University, as part of the Rural Revitalization Partnership Initiative, which seeks to support regional collaborations to improve quality of life in Appalachian Ohio. In the past, Tom has served as Executive Director of the Perry County Community Improvement Corporation and as Senior Vice President of Standard Chartered Bank.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Christopher Jones provides firm clients with a seasoned perspective on government relations, environmental and regulatory issues, as well as a unique understanding of both state and federal environmental law enforcement agencies. Chris has nearly 20 years of environmental experience -- six years as director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, four years as chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section and five years as an environmental attorney in the private sector prior to joining Calfee in 2005.
Chris’ accomplishments include being the only two-term elected president of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), a national organization of all of the directors of state environmental agencies. He also has been a member of the board of directors for the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), chairman of the Lake Erie Commission, governor-appointed member of the Great Lakes Commission, member of Ohio’s Security Task Force, and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter. Chris is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations and has been recognized as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA.
Marie Keister, APR, AIC
Owner, President & CEO
Engage Public Affairs, LLC & MurphyEpson, Inc.
Through numerous initiatives during more than two decades, Marie has successfully managed award-winning community engagement efforts for both popular and controversial initiatives, built community consensus for complex projects, and shared those skills and lessons learned through various training programs and published articles. Keister acquired ownership of MurphyEpson in 2013 from founder and president emeritus Kathleen Murphy.
Joseph P. Koncelik
Tucker Ellis | LLP
Joseph Koncelik, chair of the Tucker Ellis Environmental and Renewable Energy Group, has more than two decades of experience practicing in the areas of environmental law, property development and remediation, and oil and gas. Joe has 12 years of government regulatory experience gained as Ohio EPA director and chief legal counsel under Governor Taft’s administration and as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section. Joe uses this unique background to help clients efficiently navigate complex issues and governmental agency administrative processes to cost-effectively reach their goals.
Joe has significant experience in resolving a range of challenging and complex state and federal environmental issues. He has been involved in environmental due diligence associated with significant business transactions and more than 200 different properties. Joe is passionate about brownfield redevelopment and property remediation. He has advised clients on complex projects and helped to secure more than $15 million in brownfield grants and other financial assistance.
President & CEO
The Chamber of Greater Springfield
Michael J. McDorman has served as president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce since April 2006.
Prior to his position at the Chamber, McDorman was Springfield Area Manager for Ohio Edison, serving part of First Energy’s Ohio Edison/Penn Power region that includes Clark, Madison, Union, and Delaware counties.
In his role as president, McDorman oversees the operations of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Improvement Corporation of Springfield and Clark County and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He is past chairman and 2006 campaign chair of United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison counties and past chairman of Junior Achievement.
He also serves on the board of Directors of the Springfield Ohio Port Authority, Clark State Community College, Clark County Convention Facility Authority, Clark County Jail Chaplaincy, and was named Clark County’s 2010 Leader of the Year.
A Springfield native, McDorman serves on a number of regional boards and committees and is an active member of the Springfield Rotary Club.
He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School, a 1989 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Clark County. He and his wife, Jerri, live in Springfield and have two daughters, Kalie and Courtney.
Angela Mingo, Board President
Director of Community Relations
Nationwide Children's Hospital
As the Director of Community Relations for Nationwide Children's Hospital, Angela Mingo is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships with external organizations. Angela directs the community engagement efforts of the hospital and works closely with neighborhood and civic organizations. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the hospital's Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families initiative, a five-prong approach to neighborhood revitalization efforts on the city’s Southside. Angela formerly served as community affairs director with Columbus City Council, where she worked with community leaders and local elected officials to support the clean indoor air ordinance and citywide affordable housing initiatives.
Angela currently serves on the United Way of Central Ohio Home Impact Council. She is a mayoral appointed commissioner with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and serves on the commission’s executive board. She is a member of the Columbus office of Minority Health Advisory Committee, a graduate of the Leadership Columbus 2012 Class, and participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring program.
Operations Manager & Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking
A Cincinnati native, Peg has worked for over 35 years in community development to revitalize urban neighborhoods and expand financial stability for low and moderate income families. A senior vice president with PNC Bank, Peg is responsible for Community Development Banking operations across its 19 state footprint, helping to ensure innovative loans, investments, retail and small business products, financial education, grants and service leadership that meet the needs of low-moderate income neighbors and communities. Peg was previously the director of the City of Cincinnati Department of Community Development and Planning.
Peg is a recognized civic leader with service on many boards and committees, currently including Greater Ohio Policy Center’s Ohio Revitalization Steering Committee, LISC Local Advisory Board Executive Committee, Cincinnati Development Fund, Catalytic Funding Corporation of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati Equity Funds, Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)’s Real Estate and Development Committee, Urban Land Institute Cincinnati District Advisory Council, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and Strategies to End Homelessness.
Among other achievements, Peg was a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, Cincinnati Leading Woman, Cincinnati Human Relations Champion Connecting Cultures and Communities, a Community Action Agency Community Bridge Builder, Center of Holocaust & Humanity Education Decade of Diversity award winner, and a Fannie Mae Fellow and graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard’s JFK School.
Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Lisa Patt-McDaniel became the CEO for the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio in November 2016. Prior to this she worked for the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and served as Director of Development at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). Prior to joining OCCH, Ms. Patt-McDaniel spent over 20 years at the Ohio Department of Development working in the areas of community, economic and workforce development, ending her career there as the Director of the Department and a member of the Governor's Cabinet. Ms. Patt-McDaniel is a Certified Economic Development Professional (EDP) through the National Development Council.
She sits on the board of Heritage Ohio, Ohio Conference of Community Development, and the ODOT Access 2040 Steering Committee. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Miami University and a Masters of Public Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Policy at The Ohio State University.
President and CEO
Allen Economic Development Group
Jeff Sprague is the President and CEO of the Allen Economic Development Group. Before moving to the Allen Economic Development Group, Jeff was the Director of Workforce Development at Rhodes State College from 1997 to 2008. Jeff also briefly worked at the Ohio Department of Development as a Regional Workforce Coordinator. Jeff is currently on the board of Marimor Industries, the Port Authority of Allen County, St. Rita's Medical Center, Allen County Workforce Policy Board, Downtown Lima, Inc., and the Ohio Energy & Advance Manufacturing Center.
Managing Director of Policy
County Commissioners Association of Ohio
Ms. Subler coordinates CCAO’s legislative program. Her legislative advocacy and member services work focuses primarily on matters of personnel and labor relations, employee benefits, environment, and general local government issues. Ms. Subler is a native of Darke County, Ohio, a Miami University graduate, and a former president of the Ohio Lobbying Association.
Susan Thomas, Treasurer
Vice President - National Tax Credit Lending
Fifth Third Bank
Susan Thomas serves as a Commercial Real Estate Principal at Fifth Third Bank where she focus on Tax Credit Lending and non-tax credit CRA commercial real estate lending across the bank’s 10 state footprint. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Susan served as Executive Vice President at the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority (formerly the Port Authority). In this role, Susan worked with businesses, developers, non-profits, and public entities to promote economic and community development in the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio.
Prior to joining the Port Authority, Thomas was a Vice President in the Global Capital Markets Group at Morgan Stanley in New York. Thomas previously served as an assistant to Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls where she focused on transportation, regional cooperation, business retention, and homeownership financing. Thomas holds a BA with honors in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in Finance.