While there is an emphasis on public engagement, program topics are applicable across many areas.
“I had such a positive experience with the Institute. I feel the content was relevant and timely, and my participation added value to my role and helped me better understand the Toledo community and our possibilities to continue to grow, innovate and partner,” stated graduate Amy Giordano of Owens Community College.
The Institute is designed to prepare leaders to effectively serve their businesses and communities, and work with public officials. Participants engage in discussions about the issues, requirements and expectations associated with public service. Sessions are taught by highly experienced professionals comprised of public officials and other regional leaders. For the first time, due to COVID-19, the 10-week course was conducted virtually.
The Institute also includes year-long engagement in activities and events. Those opportunities are provided on a continual basis including a new Graduate Series of sessions on issues of regional business importance to be scheduled through the remainder of the year. Information on how past graduates and Chamber members can register for those sessions is coming soon.
The 2021 program is sponsored by Shumaker Advisors, and made possible by the Chamber, its Leadership Fund, and the Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Sea Grant College Program. We congratulate each of the following 2021 Institute graduates:
- Jessica Benson, City of Rossford
- Cody Brown, City of Toledo
- Shelby Cully, Lucas County Children Services
- Karen Davis, Law Office of Karen A. Davis
- Kyle Dodd, Rudolph Libbe Group
- Mark Easterling, City of Perrysburg
- Ken Elkins, Greater Toledo Community Foundation
- Kimberly Finch, Buckeye Broadband
- Andrea Flowers, Palmer Energy Company
- Donald Gaines, Toledo Edison, A FirstEnergy Co.
- Susan Gettum, TARTA
- Amy Giordano, Owens Community College
- Jared Graff, Toledo Edison, A FirstEnergy Co.
- Michele Grim, Instructional Connections, LLC
- Phillip Henzler, Toledo Edison, A FirstEnergy Co.
- Kelly Rose Hirsh, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
- Nick Komives, Toledo City Council
- Karen Mayfield, Washington Local Schools Board of Education
- Tiffanie McNair, City of Toledo
- Amanda Miller, AT&T
- Rachel Momenee, The Collaborative
- Terwase Ngur, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
- Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo
- Deborah Pressley, American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio
- Paul Rasmusson, City of Toledo
- Emily Reny, Yark Automotive Group
- Barbara Riggs, Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Julie Riley, Lucas County Solid Waste Management District
- Bethany Sattler, Metroparks Toledo
- Amanda Schimmoeller, Turner Construction Company
- Bob Snavely, Palmer Energy Company
- Amy Watkins, Mercy Health
As Manager for Local Government Advocacy, Tim Schneider advocates for local policies and laws that safeguard and foster a pro-business environment in the Toledo Region. Tim has more than 10 years of legislative and public policy experience with the local, state and federal levels of government