Lunch & Learn: Contacting & Developing Relationships with Legislators

Recorded On: 04/29/2021

Fees: $55 (Non-Member) / $30 (Member)

This session will discuss how to find legislative representatives; how to build relationships; communications with representatives (i.e., sending letters and other correspondence); and “leave-behinds” and/or “follow-ups” to meetings with lawmakers.

Katie Johnson, Esq.

Deputy Executive Director, OASBO

Katie Johnson is the Deputy Executive Director of Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO). As Deputy Executive Director, Katie serves as the advocacy lead for the association and as in-house legal counsel, keeping staff and members abreast of legal and regulatory compliance issues in school business. In addition, she develops curriculum to support OASBO’s strategic plan and the Ohio school business profession.

Prior to joining OASBO, Katie represented school districts as a public finance attorney, focusing her practice on serving as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in debt and lease financings and as general counsel for Ohio political subdivisions. Specifically, Katie worked with school districts on bond issues, note issues, leases, tax levies, public records and other matters of concern to school business officials.

Katie also serves on boards and committees focused on public finance, including serving as a member on the Finance and Appropriations Committee for Columbus City School District, as Treasurer of the Confluence Community Authority, and as President of the Ohio Chapter of Women in Public Finance. 

Erik Roush

Policy & Govt Affairs, Columbus City Schools

Dr. Erik Roush has been with Columbus City Schools since July 2013, and he has served as lead in Policy and Government Affairs since January 2015.  In this capacity, he is responsible for advocating on behalf of the district before local, state, and federal authorities. Dr. Roush is also responsible for the district's internal policies and administrative guidelines. 

Dr. Roush currently holds a School Business Manager's license. Dr. Roush holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University.

Cajon Keeton

Treasurer/CFO, Benton Carroll Salem Local SD

Cajon Keeton is the Treasurer for the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District in Ottawa County Ohio. Prior to joining BCS, Cajon served as a High School Business and Technology teacher in Central Ohio. 

Kevin Miller

Director of Governmental Relations, BASA

Dr. Kevin Miller was a public educator for 36 years. He was an English teacher and principal at Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School before becoming Superintendent of Hicksville Village Schools in Defiance County. While at Hicksville, Dr. Miller worked with the community on the design and construction of a new Pre-K through 12 school building. During his tenure there, Hicksville Schools were rated “Excellent with Distinction” by the Ohio Department of Education and received national recognition from the Southern Regional Education board as a “High Schools That Work” Pacesetter School.   

Dr. Miller served as superintendent of Ottawa Hills Schools from 2010 to 2019. Ottawa Hills Schools are considered among the very best in Ohio and the nation. In 2015, Ottawa Hills became the first district in Ohio to earn all A’s on its district and building Local Report Cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education. The district repeated that feat in 2016, ’17, ’18, and ‘19—the only school district in Ohio to do so. Ottawa Hills has received statewide and national recognition by Forbes, US News and World Report, Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

On August 1, 2019, Dr. Miller became the Director of Governmental Relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA). In that position, he lobbies on behalf of public school districts across Ohio and serves as a liaison between the Statehouse and Ohio’s superintendents.   

Dr. Miller lives in New Albany with his wife, Carla, and their four sons: Yale, Collin, Breckin, and Sterling.     

Thomas Hosler

Superintendent, Perrysburg EVSD

Thomas L. Hosler has been a school superintendent for over 20 years, serving as Superintendent of Perrysburg School District for 13 years. Since his start at Perrysburg Schools, he has led the growing district through the passage of four operating levies, two permanent improvement levies, and a bond issue to construct an intermediate school, which opened in Fall 2017.

In 2016, Mr. Hosler helped found the Coalition of Advocates for Pre-K through 16 Education of Northwest Ohio (CAPE-NWO) with a mission to provide a collective voice focused on positive direction, promoting quality education for all students in Northwest Ohio. He serves as a member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Executive Committee and is also the Chair for the Alliance for High Quality Education, representing more than 60 high-performing districts in Ohio.

In 2018, Mr. Hosler was awarded the Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, securing with it a $10,000 grant for the Perrysburg School District. He was also awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators in 2016 and in 2020.

Prior to his appointment in Perrysburg, he served as the superintendent of Huron Schools in New Boston, Michigan for over seven years. Prior to working as a school superintendent, Mr. Hosler served as a high school principal at Addison High School in Michigan, and Associate Principal at St. John’s Jesuit High School

He earned his Bachelor of Education and Master of Education/Educational Administration from The University of Toledo, and his Education Specialist Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a former marathon runner and now avid cyclist. Mr. Hosler and his wife, Robin, have been married for over 28 years and they have four children.

Craig McKendry

Treasurer, Ravenna School District

CraigMcKendry is the Treasurer of the Ravenna School District. Craig joined thedistrict in August of 2018. Prior to taking his current position, he was theTreasurer for Sandy Valley Local Schools from 2015 - 2018. Previously, Craigwas a mathematics teacher at Green High School (Summit) for over 16 yearsholding teaching certificates in math, business and accounting as well asadministration. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business with minors inAccounting and Mathematics from Muskingum University and Masters of Science inSports Administration from West Virginia University. Craig also has experiencein higher education, working at Muskingum University and the University ofKentucky as well as working in commercial and retail banking at National CityBank.

Michael Hanlon

Superintendent, Chardon Local SD

Dr. Hanlon is the Superintendent of the Chardon Local Schools, appointed to the district’s top post in June 2013 and is in his twenty-second year as a school superintendent. He is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the school district serving approximately 2,800 students and manages the district’s estimated $39MM annual operating budget.

Before his appointment in Chardon, he served as Superintendent of the Painesville City Schools for fifteen years, where he was responsible for all day-to-day operations of the school district, as well as long-range planning to enhance student achievement in a diverse student population served in its schools.

Dr. Hanlon received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University in 1996, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1987 from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education cum laude in 1983 from Cleveland State University.

His interests include distance running, ice hockey, all forms of outdoor activities, and cooking.


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