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Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is currently a senior policy advocate with the Ohio Poverty Law Center, specializing in education, childcare, and human services issues. Tim Johnson joined the Ohio Poverty Law Center […]

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Katie Belanger

Katie Belanger (she/her/hers) serves as Co-Interim Executive Director at Equality Ohio, supporting the organization and team during its 2024 leadership transition. Katie owns and operates Katie B. Strategies, LLC, an […]

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Tayo Clyburn, Ph.D.

As chief strategy officer and senior advisor to the president, Tayo Clyburn will serve as a guide and resource to staff in carrying out the foundation’s new strategic plan. He […]

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Jessi Sadaka

Jessi Sadaka (they/them) joined the Equality Ohio team in September 2023 as Finance Administration Assistant.

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Em Pate

Em Pate (they/them) is the Southwest Ohio Attorney for the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. While in law school, Em interned with the Legal Clinic in 2021 and continued to work […]

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Justin Joseph

Justin Joseph (he/him) joined Equality Ohio as Northeast Ohio Staff Attorney in 2023. Now based in Cleveland, he honed his legal skills by practicing family law in Illinois after obtaining […]

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Madelyn Smith

Madelyn Smith (she/her) joined Equality Ohio in 2023 as the Northeast Ohio Organizer. Originally from Parma Ohio, she studied Religion and Classics at Hope College where she developed passions for […]

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Melissa McLaren

Melissa McLaren (she/her), Equality Ohio Board

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Lynn Carter

Lynn Carter is the Senior Policy Coordinator for the Office of Human Resources at The Ohio
State University.

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Dabney K. Conwell

Dabney K. Conwell is the Vice President and Executive Director of Rose Centers for Aging Well at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She is responsible for the oversight of […]

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Sol A. Kersey

Sol A. Kersey, MA, JD (they/them/theirs) is Equality Ohio Legal Clinic’s Legal Specialist.

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Sarah Hastings

Sarah Hastings (she/he/hers) serves as the Director of Development at Equality Ohio.

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LeeAnn Massucci, Esq.

LeeAnn Massucci, Esq. (she/her) is Senior Staff Attorney with Equality Ohio’s Legal Clinic. She has passionately represented LGBTQ+ families for nearly two decades. Prior to practicing law, LeeAnn was the […]

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Becky Sullivan

Becky Sullivan (she/her) is a legal intern from Cleveland, Ohio. She obtained her BA in English and Political Science from Cleveland State University in 2020. Currently, she remains at Cleveland […]

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Kieran Robertson

Kieran Robertson (they/them) joined Equality Ohio in March 2022. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kieran came to Columbus to study at The Ohio State University. Here they earned a Master’s Degree […]

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Levent Talgar

Levent Talgar is a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co, where he leads technology and operations initiatives to innovate and transform Chase’s ~5,000 retail branches.  Prior to joining Chase in 2003, he […]

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Eileen Galvin

Eileen Galvin (she/her) is the Director of Applications & User Services at the Columbus College of Art & Design where she also serves as Co-Chief Information Officer. Born and raised […]

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Nikki Trautman Baszynski

Nikki Trautman Baszynski (she/her) is an attorney and journalist based in Columbus, Ohio, whose work is largely focused on the injustices of the criminal legal system. Most recently, Nikki served […]

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Mary “Lynn” Readey

Lynn has had a long and varied career primarily as a litigation attorney in private practice, as a Section Chief in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and as Deputy General […]

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Bethany E. Sanders

Bethany E. Sanders is an attorney in Columbus with a career focused primarily on public sector policy. Currently, Bethany is the Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives in the Franklin […]

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Delaney Barr

Delaney Barr (She/Her) is Project Manager for the Ohio Justice Bus and a former attorney at the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. She is originally from northern Illinois, but has family in […]

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Maria Bruno, Esq.

Maria Bruno, Esq., is a lifelong Ohioan and has been a community advocate for more than a decade. She has worked on a variety of public policy and civic engagement […]

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Joseph Soza

Joseph Ze Soza (he/him/el) is an activist, creator, and community organizer with an intersectional vision for social change. He is incredibly passionate about the lived equity of other LGBTQ+ Latin(e) individuals. […]

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MD Sitzes

MD Sitzes (p. they/she) is an accomplished Communications Manager, dedicated to driving the mission of Equality Ohio through strategic communication initiatives. With a proven track record, MD excels in shaping and disseminating compelling […]

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Chad Williams

Chad Williams is the director of Tax Systems and Technology for Eaton Corporation where he manages a global team to ensure efficient management of statutorily required data.  Chad has over […]

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Kim Burroughs

Kim Burroughs (she/her/hers) is Assistant State Public Defender with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, a former staff attorney with the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic and a virtual CLE […]

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Ben Garcia

Ben Garcia (he/him) is Executive Director of the American LGBTQ+ Museum, slated to open in New York City in early 2025. Ben has worked in various roles as an educator and […]

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Jen Scott

Jen Scott (she/her/hers) is a native Ohioan from Forest Park, Ohio. She attended Northwestern University earning a degree in Chemistry.  After returning to Ohio, she embarked on a successful career […]

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Leslie Johns, Esq.

Leslie Johns, Esq. (she/her)  is the Intake Specialist in the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. In addition to her role as Intake Specialist, Leslie is a criminal defense attorney and a Magistrate […]

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Kate Mozynski, Esq.

Kate Mozynski (they/them) is an attorney in the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. They are a Dallas native but have made Ohio a second home. Kate attended the College of Wooster, […]

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Amanda Everitt

Amanda Everitt serves as the Executive Director of Destination Downtown Lancaster and the President of the Downtown Lancaster Special Improvement District.  Passionate about community and a fixture in Lancaster nonprofit work, […]

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Emily Meyer

Emily Meyer (she/her/hers) is a former Staff Attorney in the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. She graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2008. After a number of […]

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Maya Simek, Esq.

Maya Simek, ESQ, LISW-S, MSSA, serves as the Co-Legal Director at Equality Ohio, where she developed, launched (2019), and is now supervising a state-wide legal clinic for the lesbian gay […]

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Mike DeWine (R)

Grade F Mr. DeWine completed a questionnaire from the Columbus Dispatch released in January of 2018 in which he indicated that he (1) opposes same-sex marriage, (2) opposes the inclusion […]

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Kim Welter

kim@equalityohio.org Kim Welter (she/her/hers) is CEO of KLW Consulting, LLC which supports LGBTQ and affiliated advocacy organizations with policy expertise. Her primary client is Equality Ohio where she holds the […]

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Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, J.D.

Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, J.D. (she/her/hers) is the former Deputy Director for Equality Ohio. She received her B.A. in Legal Communication from Howard University in 2002. She returned home to Columbus and […]

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Mary Zaller

mary@equalityohio.org Mary Zaller (she/her/hers) joined Equality Ohio in November of 2014. For the previous 3 years she was the Director of Development for the ninth quadrennial international Gay Games, which […]

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