Equality Ohio Education Fund Board

Robert Eblin is an attorney. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University College of Law and has been a contributing author to the publications "Liability of Corporate Officers and Directors" and "Looking at Law School." He has previously served on the boards of Stonewall Columbus and the Ohio Human Rights Bar Association, and currently serves on the board of the swim team, Ohio Splash.

Cody is a Columbus native who graduated from Kenyon College in 2004. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco where he would spend the first six years of his career in the financial sector. His experience has brought him through insurance, retirement planning and personal investments. Also while in San Francisco, he volunteered for CHEER San Francisco, a local performance and fundraising group who supports local charities that fight against AIDS, breast cancer and other terminal illnesses, and served as their business manager.

In 2010, Cody returned to Columbus to be closer to his family and joined the Board of Advisers for the Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation, an autonomous endowment fund aimed to support local LGBT charities in central Ohio on which he still serves. Professionally, Cody serves as a deputy recorder for Franklin County while earning his Law degree from Capital University.

Dr. Herb Asher is professor emeritus of political science at The Ohio State University. He previously served as counselor to the university president, and Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and earlier served as special assistant to the university president for government relations and founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.  

He is currently serving in the position of Retiree-Faculty Emeritus in the Office of Academic Affairs where his responsibilities include writing the history of The Ohio State University during the second Gordon Gee administration and advising the University President on relevant political matters. Dr. Asher is frequently called upon as an expert political analyst by local and national media.  He still teaches an occasional course on Ohio Politics and on Campaign Politics.

Joe Matuszewski is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. A Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio, Joe has over fifteen years of public accounting experience serving a variety of multinational clients, primarily in the diversified industrial products and consumer products industries. Joe has extensive experience leading globally integrated audits with frequent travel to meet with clients and affiliate audit teams in Europe and Asia.

Joe is actively involved in reviewing annual and quarterly SEC filings and has significant experience with SEC registration statements and equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings. Joe is the campus recruiting leader for EY’s Northeast Ohio Audit practice and executive sponsor of Unity, EY’s LGBT professional network. Joe is a 2003 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where he earned his Master of Business Administration in Accounting. Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Joe is dedicated to many charitable groups and has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations dedicated to the LGBT and arts communities. Joe is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Plexus Education Foundation, an organization focused on the improvement of the workplace environment for LGBT individuals through education, research and development. Joe is a resident of Medina, Ohio where he lives with his husband Nathan and daughter Addyson.

John Boggess is a Realtor in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Before moving to Cincinnati, he lived in Washington, DC where he worked a number of professional societies and other non-profits, including The Friends of the Kennedy Center and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. After earning a degree in Political Science, his DC time began with a job for US Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (VA). That experience, plus being the son of a county politician, means policy work is a real treat.

His current volunteer positions include: Past President and current board member, Friends of the College-Conservatory of Music; and grants review panel member for ArtsWave. Past activities included: board member of the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Pride Committee; President, Davidson College Cincinnati Alumni Chapter; and support for the Emery Theatre.

A Virginia native, John resides in the thriving Over-the-Rhine area of downtown Cincinnati.

Joseph Wenger is a native of the Central Ohio area. A proud Buckeye, he graduated from The Ohio State University twice, receiving his BA in History in 2007 and JD from the Moritz College of Law in 2012. While at Moritz, he received the Robert M. Duncan Service Award and served as co-chair of OutLaws, a student group dedicated to advancing equal rights for the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, and outreach.

Joseph previously served on the Equality Ohio Board from 2012-2018, including as Chair from 2016-2018. In addition to his board service, he is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a member of the American Constitution Society, and a member of Scarlet and Gay, the LGBTQ Alumni Society at OSU.

Joseph currently works as a Staff Attorney at the 10th District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. He resides in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus. He loves to bake, read, and spend countless hours on conference calls for EOEF.

Julie VanDyne lives in Lima Ohio with her wife Robyn. She graduated in 1980 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She received her Master of Business Administration from Capital University in 1985. She is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, as well as 22 other states. They have two grown sons that are pursuing careers in Astronautical Engineering and Audio Production.

Upon graduation from college, she spent 14 years working for American Electric Power in various positions in engineering, marketing, and management. She left there in 1994 to go into consulting. After working for a local firm for five years, she struck out on her own and founded her own company, IDC Engineering which is now entering its 15th year. They are involved in industrial electrical power engineering projects throughout the United States.

She has been involved in a number of organizations, including the Aids Task Force in Lima Ohio, where she served as treasurer and member of the board. She has also been active with civic groups, and is past president of the Lima Noon Sertoma. When not traveling, she loves spending time at home, staying active, playing guitar, riding motorcycles with Roby, and learning to sail their boat: “Defying Gravity.”

Kellie Rubesne is Senior Counsel for Progressive Insurance, where she has practiced for 16+ years. Kellie is a 1989 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University and a 1997 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at CSU. She has a diverse legal practice, including advertising compliance, contracts, copyright and trademark, and software licensing.

Kellie remains actively engaged at CSU, serving on the President’s Council for Diversity since 2015 and the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2012. Kellie was a Board member of Progressive’s LGBT+ Employee Resource Group from 2010-2015, where she served as Board Chair for 3 years. Kellie and her partner, Ann Zofchak, live in the Cleveland area and enjoy spending time with their dogs, working out, riding their motorcycles and playing golf.

Dr. Marin Harbur is a native of New York State. She attended Grinnell College (Iowa) as an undergraduate. She also holds M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Agronomy -- the science of growing crops while sustaining the environment, from Iowa State University.

Marin works full-time as a data analyst for Land O Lakes. She is also a part-time Lecturer in Agronomy at Iowa State University, where she teaches a graduate course in statistics. She lives with her family in Lima and works remotely in both positions.

Marin has analyzed countless studies, authored a dozen articles, taught hundreds of students, and secured over $1.5 million in grant awards to support her work in agriculture.

Marin is active in the Lima community, participating in Altrusa International of Lima, Lima SPROUTS (an urban agriculture initiative), Rotary International of Lima, and her synagogue, Temple Beth Israel Shaare-Zedek. She also serves on the Agriculture Committee for the Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

She is proudest, though, of her wife of 22 years and their two sons, ages 13 and 10. She loves to cook, listen to jazz and other improvisational music, and occasionally even reads for pleasure.

Michael McAllister is a Magistrate in the Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division of Franklin County Ohio.  Michael is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed his undergraduate degree in Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.  

Michael formerly worked in New York City in commercial real estate. Michael chose to go to law school after working in several different industries.  Michael is a graduate of Capital Law School. He started his legal career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Franklin County. Michael later went in to the private sector as a criminal defense attorney before becoming a Magistrate.

Rev. Virginia Lohmann Bauman currently serves as the Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming (ONA) church with the United Church of Christ, www.ucc.org, where the church affirms the dignity and worth of all.  Advocating for LGBTQ equality has been a hallmark of Rev. Bauman’s ministry.

Rev. Bauman is a prophetic advocate, who uses her collaborative networking skills in our diverse faith community to create a more just world for all. Rev. Bauman is a published author, and she continues to serve as a speaker, moderator, and facilitator in various professional and educational settings.  

In 2015, Rev. Bauman’s seminary, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, awarded her its highest honor: the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in Parish Ministry. Rev. Bauman is ordained in the United Church of Christ and in the American Baptist Churches USA. She has worked in various local church, ecumenical, and interfaith settings throughout her career in ministry.

Before entering ministry, Rev. Bauman had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer and mediator, working with the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. In addition to earning awards for her civic and professional achievements while practicing law, she remains a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and of the Columbus Bar Foundation. Rev. Bauman earned her J.D. degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.  Rev. Bauman is married to Gerhardt (Gery) Bauman, and they have a teenage daughter, who is an honors student and a champion Irish dancer.

Sandra J. Anderson served as Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at The Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs from 2010 to 2013, following her retirement from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where she practiced law from 1977 to 2010. At the Vorys firm, she focused on civil litigation. Sandy is a 1973 graduate of Ohio University and a 1976 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge George Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund board, Sandy also serves on the board of The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation, including as Co-Chair in 2012; the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, including as vice-chair in 2017-2018; the board of Ohio State Legal Services Association; the Ohio University Foundation Board; and the board of The Matriots (a political action committee devoted to endorsing and supporting women for public office in Ohio).

Past board service includes the Ohio University Board of Trustees (2007-2016, including two years as Chair); Ohio State Bar Foundation; Life Success Seminars, Inc.; and New Directions Career Center. She served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates for several years. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was the first female president of the Columbus Bar Association and later served as president of the Columbus Bar Foundation. She served for six years on the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, including as Chair in her final year on the Board. She has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and as an adjunct professor at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy.

A farmer’s daughter from Ross County, Sandy enjoys growing vegetables in her front-yard garden in Dublin. After 21 years together, she and her partner, Lynn, were married in Seattle, Washington, on August 9, 2014. Their adventures have included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, bungee-jumping in New Zealand, and biking in Pelotonia to raise funds for cancer research.

Stef Goldberg, senior vice president at Huntington Bank, currently works as Chief Administrative Officer for the division of Revenue Management. She has more than 19 years of business performance experience in both the financial services and not-for-profit industries. A visionary and influencer of organizational effectiveness, she orchestrates tactical performance results, facilitates collaborative problem solving, and coordinates transformation of strategy to planning to execution.

Goldberg was instrumental in creating Huntington’s LGTBA Network, an employee resource group which focuses on LGBT awareness and support for Huntington employees, customers and communities. In 2013, she led an effort that fully closed the benefits parity gaps for Huntington’s LGBT employees. Her actions resulted in, for the first time, Huntington achieving a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

A volunteer for women’s health and LGBT equality organizations since high school, Goldberg is now proud member Equality Ohio’s Board, serving on the Strategic Impact committee. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University and earned her masters degree in human services business management from Franklin University. Goldberg is an avid SCUBA diver and a mediocre golfer. She lives in the Columbus neighborhood of Berwick with son Dylan Goldberg, partner Megan Kilgore, and their three goofy dogs.

Tara Stewart is vice president of Supplier Quality at Eaton where she also serves global co-lead for Eaton PRIDE, the Eaton LGBT Employee Resource group. Prior to joining Eaton, she held positions of increasing responsibility in Quality and Supplier Quality in manufacturing facilities, regional and corporate level roles in industrial organizations.

Tara is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, from Marquette University with an MBA in International Business and from Eastern Michigan University with a Master of Science Degree in Quality Management. Tara and her husband, Don, split their time between the Cleveland and metro Detroit area.

Dr. Tayo Clyburn is the Executive Director of Mission and Strategic Partnerships in The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He joined ODI in 2010 and works with collaborative diversity initiatives, facilitating relationships between ODI and academic and services units, as well as partners throughout the Columbus community. Dr. Clyburn promotes diversity and inclusion at Ohio State by assessing university diversity practices and data trends and working with senior leaders to advocate for institutional change.

Prior to joining ODI, Dr. Clyburn coordinated the Program for Arts and Humanities Development, a nine-week summer institute at Ohio State that brought together faculty and student scholars from underrepresented groups from a range of disciplinary and institutional locations. Dr. Clyburn earned his MA and PhD from Ohio State’s Department of English where his work focused on Critical Race Theory and Post-Civil Rights African American literature, specifically studying the ways African American writers portray the impact of colorblind/post-racial discourse on the lives of Black people. Dr. Clyburn and his wife, Tara Polansky, are the proud parents of one daughter, Alena Ivy.

Equality Ohio Board

Alexander Davis is a political and nonprofit professional currently serving as director of development at Gateway Film Center, leading the acclaimed cinema’s fundraising strategy through its transition to 501c3 nonprofit. He has campaign management, consulting, and fundraising experience in every state from Massachusetts to Virginia, plus Washington, DC and Ohio. Through his consulting agency and volunteer board roles, Alexander provides full service consulting to progressive campaigns and organizations.

Before moving to Columbus in July 2016, Alexander served as the executive director of development for HillVets, a startup veterans nonprofit based in Washington, DC. As HillVets’ first staff member, he was primarily focused on relationship-building on the organization’s behalf, working towards and closing major partnerships and sponsorships.

Alexander is an alum of The George Washington University, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in political management.

Born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Alexander now lives in Columbus, Ohio with his partner Chase and dogs Oliver and Winston.

Brooke Cartus is a facilitator with ImprovEdge. She received her Juris Doctor (JD) from The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and was a 2014 recipient of the Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award for exceptional service to the legal and educational community. She has worked with numerous statewide and national organizations including The Ohio Art League, the Ohio Educator’s Association, Equality Ohio and The Human Rights Campaign. She recently presented at the 2014 Ohio State University National Conference on Race, Diversity and Learning. She has facilitated public discussions with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including the Columbus Police Department and former NFL players Wade Davis and Chris Kluwe.

Brooke started her career at The Crane School of Music in New York studying classical music and continues to perform regionally and nationally as a stand-up comedian. She has been published by The Huffington Post, as well as Outlook Ohio and 614 Magazine.

Joshua Culbertson is a Psychiatric Counselor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and he is a graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where he received a Masters of Arts in Counseling Ministries degree. It was important to Josh that his education include, in addition to clinical training as a counselor, a faith component as a critical factor in driving Josh to engage in the work of Equality Ohio was his experiences of working through and resolving conflicts between his identity, as a gay man, and the harmful Christian teachings that Josh encountered as a young man during his time attending a conservative non-denominational church in his hometown of Zanesville.
Josh is an Ohio native, having lived in Southeast Ohio until moving to Columbus in the fall of 2011. The two communities of support that drew him to move to Columbus were his church community at Broad Street United Methodist Church and the community of volunteers that he had become a part of at Equality Ohio, which he connected with after approaching the organization at the Columbus Pride festival that summer. Josh has been an active volunteer ever since, taking the step to transition to serving on the board in 2018. Having grown up in rural Ohio, he is passionate about taking the work of Equality Ohio into the far corners of the state. Josh is also a member of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, singing as a part of their sacred chorus, Illuminati, which seeks to be a bridge between the LGBTQ+ community and communities of faith.

Butch Frey is a veteran political organizer, social justice advocate and an Ohio native. He has worked as senior staff on multiple statewide campaigns across the country, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Kentucky. Most recently, Butch oversaw coalition engagement and coordination with the Ohio Democratic Party as the Ohio’s Deputy Political Director for Hillary for America.

In 2007, he was inspired by the message and campaign of then Senator Obama, and started working first as an intern then an organizer throughout the 2008 primary and general election. After the campaign, Butch went on to join the Obama Administration in Washington, DC. From 2010-2011, Butch served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Afterward he joined the Department of Energy, first working as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Nuclear Security, before becoming the Special Assistant for Public Engagement for the Secretary of Energy. During the 2012 election, Butch returned to Ohio for the Obama reelection campaign overseeing GOTV efforts in Southwest Ohio.

After leaving the Administration, he went on to establish Spark Clean Energy in 2013 with colleagues, and continues working to help young people find solutions to our generation’s toughest problems. Butch continues to work as a consultant and advisor to candidates across Ohio. He also serves as a Board Member for Equality Ohio and holds the role of Executive Vice President for the Ohio Young Democrats.

Butch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio, and currently, is in his second year at University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Joe Rettof is a political and non-profit consultant. He has worked for over a dozen multi-million dollar, statewide campaigns in different states across the midwest as a campaign manager, general consultant, fundraiser and strategist and has raised over $135 million for candidates, committees, ballot initiatives and non-profit organizations since 2006.

In March of 2012, Joe founded the Ohio Alliance, an Ohio investor collaborative dedicated to building a vibrant, robust and ongoing political infrastructure that will promote forward thinking policies and initiatives while helping progressive candidates win elections.

In 2011, Joe was the Budget & Finance Director for the We Are Ohio campaign against Senate Bill 5 raising over $32 million in just 4 1/2 months and winning in Ohio with more than 61% of the vote.

In 2009 & 2010, Joe served al the Finance Director for the Ohio Democratic Party. He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager on two Wisconsin Supreme Court races in 2009 and 2007.

Joe’s first job in politics was the 2006 Fair Wisconsin campaign, a campaign to stop a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in Wisconsin. He also met his wife, Heidi, on that campaign. Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and lives with his wife in Columbus.

Keith McNeil is a lifelong resident of Ohio, having lived in Akron until moving to Columbus in 2001. He devoted a lengthy career to serving the citizens of the State of Ohio by enforcing Ohio’s civil rights laws.

From 1980 to 2017, he was employed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and served as Regional Counsel and Director of Operations since October 2001. In this role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the Commission’s investigative process. He also provided legal advice regarding case investigations, and worked on policy initiatives and legislative proposals.

He was a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as the Administrative Process, Sexual Harassment, Housing Discrimination, Sexual Orientation and Gender Stereotyping, Religion, National Origin and the Commission’s Investigative Process. He co-authored the OCRC Investigative Technique Manual and authored the OCRC Investigator Training Program.

He received his BA in Education and Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron and served on the Board of Directors for ADA Ohio from 2008 to 2014. Other than a year sabbatical to practice criminal and family law, his entire career has been devoted to the advancement of civil rights laws in Ohio.

Laura Kittle Myers is an attorney and higher education administrator from Athens, Ohio. In her current role as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost of Ohio University, Laura spends her days solving problems, facilitating conversations, and advocating for access and excellence to education.

Laura’s prior experience in public service and advocacy includes serving as program attorney for Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad litem in the Athens County Juvenile Court, teaching Strategic Business Communication and Business Law, and serving as the civil rights officer (ADA/504 Coordinator; Title IX Coordinator) at Ohio University.

Laura is graduate of the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College in Rhetoric and Public Address, and earned a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from the E.W. Scripps College of Communication. Laura is also a 1994 graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Laura has served as a past member of the ATCO Board for adults with disabilities, the CASA/GAL Board, Central Avenue United Methodist Leadership Board, and as a member of the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee.

Laura joins the EO Board as a parent-ally. Her focus is seeking to make every community safe and inclusive for everyone’s children.

Maureen Teed moved to Columbus with her husband in 2014 from Melbourne, Australia where she worked in the pharmaceutical industry with a specialty in oncology. Now retired, she is active in the welcoming community of Columbus, sitting on the Boards of Equality Ohio, Planned Parenthood, the Westcott House (Frank Lloyd Wright) in Springfield, OH, OSU Libraries Director’s Advisory Board and The Jackson HOA (President).

Maureen grew up in Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M (BSc Food Science & Technology)), the University of Nebraska (MSc Food Science & Technology) and a stint working in Boston for a membrane technology company, she took a job in Melbourne, Australia. There she was responsible for developing industrial applications for micro-porous membranes in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

During her time in Melbourne, Maureen met and married her husband David. Eventually they moved to LA then to a small community east of Montreal, QC where they raised their four children and Maureen earned a BFA in Art. This was followed by a return to Australia, where two daughters still reside. Two sons joined Maureen and David in Columbus last year.

Reginald Harris, MSW, LISW, CTP is a political social worker, therapist, and arts educator. A former professional ballet dancer with ten years of professional performing experience, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Austin, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Dances Patrelle. Reginald’s teaching experience began in Ballet Austin’s Academy in 2003 and included a two-year stint as resident choreographer for the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas and four years as a company teacher for River North Chicago Dance Company. In 2009, Reginald was one of a small group of arts educators to open The Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) - Chicago’s first and only public performing arts high school.

In 2011, Reginald became dance department chair at Chiarts and worked to build a comprehensive and intensive dance curriculum. He sits on the board of directors for Caracole (Cincinnati, OH), and Community Shares (Cincinnati, OH). Reginald is a precinct executive for the Hamilton County Democratic Party, and a vice chair for the Cincinnati Democratic Committee. Additionally, he is a member of policy committee for the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County and was appointed chair of the Human Services Chamber transportation subcommittee.

As a certified trauma practitioner (CTP) - Reginald has developed an arts-focused training that addresses trauma and the ways in which it impacts students’ cognitive and emotional development and academic achievement, and works closely with arts education organizations on becoming trauma-informed. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Reginald has dedicated his life to service, social and economic justice, and arts education through activism, community engagement, and advocacy.