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Advisory Board Members

Angela Lee recently joined Easter Seals of Ohio in July 2014 as their new Director of Public Affairs. Prior to her employment with Easter Seals she served three and a half years as Assistant Policy Director to Ohio Governor John Kasich. Her role included oversight and policy management of six state agencies, Departments of Public Safety, Veterans Services, National Guard, Agriculture, Youth Services, and Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Governor’s point person on the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Angela was instrumental in helping to pass key legislation packages. Previous to her employment with the Ohio Governor’s Office Angela worked for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction where she worked in various managerial roles working with community organizations throughout the state. Her responsibility included grant writing and management, program development, program capacity development, stakeholder outreach and quality assurance. Throughout her career Angela has worked in the public sector helping Ohio’s most at-risk and vulnerable populations. She has received numerous awards for her service including, Best in the Business award from the American Corrections Association and Ohio Excel Award for excellence in programming.

Ed Kozelek was named Vice President of Government Relations for Time Warner Cable’s Midwest Region in June 2006. Previously, Ed was the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, a position he held for more than eight years. Ed began his career with the OCTA in January 1990 as the Director of Government Affairs. In July 1995, he was promoted to Vice President of Government Affairs and Legal Counsel. Prior to joining the OCTA, Ed was the lobbyist for the Ohio Dental Association. He also worked as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Ed received his B.A. from the Ohio State University, his M.B.A. from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, and Graduated Cum Laude from the Capital University Law School. Ed also serves on several committees, boards and commissions, which include: President of the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Capitol Square Foundation and the Campaign Committee of Ohio Cancer Research Associates. In 1999, Ed received Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award which annually recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to their community and profession. Ed enjoys teaching and is currently an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University. He has also taught telecommunications law classes at the Devry Institute Keller Graduate School. After serving for 8 years as a grader for the Ohio Bar exam, Ed was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to a five year term on the Board of Bar Examiners. He has since been re-appointed to another five year term. Ed and his wife Stephanie have two children, Alex and Justin. Outside of the office, Ed enjoys golf, exercise, Ohio State Football, playing the piano, singing, and writing music.

Edmund Albert Sargus, Jr. is a United States federal judge serving on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Sargus received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1975 and a Doctor of Law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1978. From 1978 to 1993, Sargus worked in a private practice along with serving as a solicitor, a member of the City Council, and Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General. In 1993, Sargus became the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. In this role, he headed the office which prosecuted all federal crimes in the district. In 1996, Sargus was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Since 2005, Judge Sargus has taught at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

James Alexander is the Executive Director of Homeless Programs at Maryhaven, where he oversees a full continuum of homeless services including street homeless outreach, emergency shelter for publicly inebriated homeless single adults, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for single adults and families. In 2006, in partnership with a property management company James represented Maryhaven in developing the first family supportive housing project in Columbus and Franklin County. James has worked in the field of addiction treatment for over twenty years. Eighteen years of those twenty years has been working with the homeless population. In 1999, James in collaboration with other community partners started the first supportive housing project in Franklin County. Prior to his work with Maryhaven, James worked as Program Manager for the Alcohol and Drug Program with the Columbus Department of Public Health, prior to that he held the position of Treatment Director of Thurgood Marshall Halfway House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His career started as Program Coordinator for Nevermore, a batterer’s intervention program with the Milwaukee Women’s Center. As coordinator James developed and implemented a violence prevention program in the Milwaukee Public School system. James holds a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Social Work from Capital University, and is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervisor.James has been selected to the class of 2015 Leadership Columbus. James has received numerous awards including 2014 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW, Ohio Chapter), 2007 and 2004 HERO awards from the Community Shelter Board (CSB), 2005 Randall M.  Dana award of Excellence from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin (ADAMH); and Peace Achieve of the Month from a local radio station in Milwaukee for his work in the Milwaukee Public School system.  

Neil Clark Before launching Grant Street Consultants, Neil Clark served as Chief Operating Officer of the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus where he managed the planning, development and implementation of the taxing and spending priorities of Ohio’s $32 billion biennial budget. In this position he functioned as both senior advisor to the majority leadership and as senior financial analyst for the Caucus. During his three decades in the political arena, he has structured and directed scores of successful campaigns for candidates and statewide ballot issues. For his political campaign work, he has been honored with two “Telly” awards and a “Silver Anvil” from the Public Relations Society of America. He served as an adjunct professor of Public Administration at Ohio University and as a program analyst for the Ohio Legislative Budget Office. Neil has appeared as a guest or been interviewed by the Ohio affiliates for ABC, NBC and CBS. He politically analyzed elections results during prime time viewing for the 2006 and 2008 General Elections. For several years Neil has been a regular guest on The Ohio News Network, Ohio Public TV, OSU Public Radio and the BBC. He has been interviewed on public policy and political trends by every major Ohio newspaper and leading national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. Neil was named for nine consecutive years as one of Columbus Smart Business’s Power 100 – 25 Most Powerful People. Neil is a graduate of Ohio University holding a Bachelor’s degree in political science & psychology, and a Master’s degree in political science & public administration.

Mary Lou Hittle is an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer for OSU STAR House. Mary Lou is currently a full-time mom with a heart for ending homelessness in Central Ohio. In 2012, she mobilized dozens of volunteers to help the staff pull off a successful month-long pilot launch for overnight hours at STAR House. For over three years, she coordinated volunteers to bring dinner to STAR house weekly and visit with the youth to aid in helping them with their interviewing and social skills for the workforce. With a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Mary Lou spent 15 years in Recreation Facilities Management, Budgeting and Special Event Planning and brings those skills, her networking and more to the board. Mary Lou is an active member at Xenos Christian Fellowship where she is on the Fiscal Support team, has served in the Junior High Ministry, and has lead bible studies in her home.

Matt Habash became executive director of Mid-Ohio Foodbank in 1984. Prior to that, Matt was with the St. Stephen’s Community House, first as a youth worker and then as the assistant to the Executive Director. Matt also was a member of Columbus City Council from 1993 to 2006, serving as Council President from 1999 to 2006. As Council President, Matt governed with civility and humanity.  As a Co-Chair with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Matt led the 21st Century Growth initiative, a plan designed to balance job creation with sustainable neighborhood development. Other efforts spearheaded by Matt in his role as Council President were the 315 Research Corridor and the City’s anti-smoking ballot initiative. Matt holds a Master's of Business Administration from Xavier University, a Master's of Public Policy from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Xavier University. Matt takes an active leadership role in the community, serving on numerous boards including Mount Carmel Health System, Chair; the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Chair; Health Policy Institute of Ohio; Authentic Leadership in Action in Nova Scotia; and The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center. Other community involvement includes serving as Co-Chair of the Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Capital Campaign and Chair of the Mayor’s Search Committee for Police Chief.
Matt also assumes an influential role in the Food Bank industry, leading Feeding America’s national initiative to recover an additional one billion pounds a year of fresh produce that does not make it to market. Previously on the Board of Feeding America and Chair of the Central Region, Matt participated in a number of Feeding America Task Forces, including Goal Factor, Fee, Gray Area and in the Tailor Member Solutions/Strategic Plan. Matt has received numerous awards, recognizing his commitment and work in serving those most vulnerable. In 2011, Matt was the recipient of Feeding America’s most prestigious award, the John van Hengel Fellowship Award. Established in 2002, the award honors John van Hengel, who started the concept of food banking in the late 1960s in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the scores of other awards given to Matt, he was also the recipient of the 2012 League of Women Voters of Columbus’ Democracy in Action Award, the 2010 Corcoran Award for Social Justice and the 2012 CEO of the Year for Large Non-Profits.

Melinda Taylor Swan CEO, The Collective Genius, LLC Melinda Taylor Swan has more than 30 years of experience as a marketer, entrepreneur and innovator. Ms. Swan launched her firm, The Collective Genius, to marry an expertise in strategy and marketing to a lifelong commitment to the greater good. Previously, she served as associate vice president for university communications at The Ohio State University, leading a comprehensive market research effort and helping craft the university’s new advancement strategy. As chief operating officer of the YWCA Columbus, Ms. Swan helped the agency earn additional grants of more than $1 million and turned a low-performing facility into a highly rated shelter. She undertook similarly successful public-private initiatives as chief of staff for the Columbus City Council, most notably leading a public education and training effort on sudden cardiac arrest that has saved more than 30 lives and coordinating the enactment and campaign to preserve Columbus‘s clean indoor air law on smoking. Her work has won numerous recognitions and awards, including from the Columbus Marketing Association and The Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Ms. Swan has served on numerous boards including Jobs for Columbus Graduates, the Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment, and Equality Ohio. She has volunteered extensively, with an emphasis on advocating for low-income families. She was one of the original advisors to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, which she helped win support from the Ohio General Assembly to close a major loophole in Ohio’s family violence laws. She is one of three co-founders of the Greater Common Good and won the Corcoran Award for Social Justice Advocacy in 2011. As a member of the Star House Advisory Board, Ms. Swan serves on committees focused on Government Affairs (county/city) and Marketing & Communications (internal and external) & Press Relations.

Terry O'Connell retired as executive vice president of Time Warner Cable in 2012, where he spent 30 years in management positions in marketing and operations. During the last 10 years of his career he managed one of five regions in the country as executive vice president of operations providing voice, video and data services to over 3 million customers. Prior to that time he served as division president of the Boston, MA division followed by president of the Mid-Ohio division in Columbus. He joined the company in sales and marketing when it was Warner Cable headquartered in Dublin OH. During his career, Terry was active in a variety of industry initiatives with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). He has served on the Ohio Business Roundtable, and is currently on the board of Recreation Unlimited, which he has supported for 15 years. Terry and his family became involved in Star House in 2011 when they chose it as the beneficiary of their Christmas giving. The O’Connell’s have been involved ever since. Today, Terry serves as the Chair of the Star House Advisory Board. Terry and his wife, Cindy, live in Dublin. They have three grown children.

Timothy P. Cripe, M.D., Ph.D. is chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, along with being a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Cripe graduated from Princeton University and completed his MD, PhD in genetics and pediatric residency training at the University of Iowa. Prior to working with Nationwide, Dr. Cripe was medical co-director in the Office for Clinical and Translational Research. He is also founding director of the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was a clinical fellow at the Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and a research fellow at the Children's Hospital and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Virginia Barney retired as City Manager for the City of Upper Arlington at the end of 2011.  Prior to serving as City Manager, Ginny held elected office serving as Franklin County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, and as Mayor and City Council member for the City of Upper Arlington.  Ginny has been a community leader for decades, having chaired the Solid Waste Authority, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Commission, the Upper Arlington Rotary Club and the Governing Board of her church to name a few.  Currently she serves on the Board of the ALIA Institute, an international leadership institute headquartered in Nova Scotia, National Church Residences, Franklin County Community Improvement Corporation, Wednesday Literary Club and the Upper Arlington Community Foundation. Ginny currently works as a facilitator, convener and executive coach bringing her leadership experience in both the private and public sectors to communities, organizations, and individuals to enable them to achieve their goals.