NOVEMBER 10, 2012 

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Christine Brennan (born May 14, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio is an American sports columnist, TV and radio commentator, best-selling author and nationally-known speaker. She is especially known for her coverage of the Olympics and has written three books on the subject of figure skating: the best-selling Inside Edge  (1996), Edge of Glory (1998), and Champions on Ice 2002).  Brennan: Title IX needed now more than ever http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/story/2012-06-20/brennan-title-IX-needed-now-more-than-ever/55715430/1 

Brennan received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She started her career as the first female sports reporter for the  Miami Herald in 1981 before moving to the Washington Post in 1984. There, she became the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins. In 1988, Brennan was elected the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. A longtime advocate for women in sports journalism, she started a scholarship-internship program for female journalism students that now honors six to seven students annually. Two of the scholarships are named after her late parents.

Brennan now is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, an on-air commentator for ABC News, CNN, NPR and Fox Sports radio and the author of seven books, including the national best-seller Inside Edge. Brennan has covered the last 14 Olympic Games, Winter and Summer, beginning with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Stephanie Hightower (born July 19, 1958) is the current president of USA Track & Field  (USATF). She was elected to a four year term as president in December 2008.  Hightower was a collegiate  track star at The Ohio State University . From 1977 to 1980, she did not lose a race in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles or the 100-meter hurdles, and earned Big Ten Conference, NCAA,  and National championship titles.

After retiring from competition, Hightower has held various positions with the USATF, including serving as women’s team manager at the 2001 Athens Olympic Games.   She is currently the First Female President and CEO of the Columbus Urban League.  She took on this role in August of 2011.  In addition, she has served in the Columbus Mayor’s cabinet for Sports Development. In 2011, Hightower was discussed as a possibility for the USTAF’s CEO position.

Mary Jo Kilroy (born April 30, 1949) is currently CEO for Freedom to Marry Ohio which is a coalition of past and present elected officials, candidates, community and business leaders who are advocating for Marriage Equality in Ohio . Formerly, she was elected to the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,  serving from 2009 until 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party from Ohio. In her first term she introduced a bill to lend $20 million per year to small businesses (HR5322) and an amendment to assign liability to credit reporting agencies. She also contributed to legislation on executive pay. She was defeated in her November 2, 2010 re-election bid. In 2012 she ran in the newly redrawn, Columbus-based 3rd Congressional District but lost in the primary.

She is an attorney and a former two-term County Commissioner of Franklin County, Ohio,  which includes the capital city of Columbus and some of its surrounding suburban and rural areas. Previously, she served two four-year terms on the Columbus School Board after working in private practice.

  Katherine May Katie Smith (born June 4, 1974) is an  American professional basketball player in the WNBA.  Her primary position is shooting guard, although she sometimes plays small forward or point guard.  She is the all time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball, having notched over 7000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

Smith attended the Ohio State University  from 1992 to 1996, and helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten  championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year.   During her career at OSU, Smith broke the Big Ten scoring record for points scored in a career, in men’s or women’s basketball. She was voted  Big Ten MVP  as a senior.

Smith graduated in 1996 with a degree in  zoology.  On January 21, 2001, Ohio State honored her as the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired.She was also inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame  in October 2001.

Nina Turner, (D) Minority Whip. State Senator Nina Turner represents Cleveland and the 25th Senate District. She joined the Ohio Senate in September 2008 after serving on Cleveland City Council. An outspoken advocate of the disenfranchised and under-represented, Senator Turner believes that if individuals are provided with the means they will craft for themselves their own American dream. Senator Turner began her political career as a legislative aide to former State Senator Rhine McLin. She also served in the Administration of former Cleveland Mayor Michael White. In addition to her duties in the Ohio Senate, Senator Turner teaches at Cuyahoga Community College.

Donna Pastore (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Sport Management in the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services at The Ohio State University. She served as the Director of the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services from 2005-2010.

Donna is in her 29th year as an educator and came to OSU after serving on the faculty at the Penn State University Beaver Campus. She coached college softball for six years. Her research, focusing on intercollegiate athletic issues has been published in a number of professional journals. She served as the president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport from 1997-98.

Pamela A. Kaylor, PhD.  As a faculty member at Ohio University Lancaster (OLU), Dr. Pamela Kaylor teaches courses in two departments: Women’s and Gender Studies, and Communications. Dr. Kaylor, who joined Ohio University Lancaster in the late 1990s, is responsible for starting the women’s and gender studies certificate program on the regional campus. Her primary areas of instructional interest include qualitative research, gendered communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.

Before coming to OLU, Dr. Kaylor worked at Ohio State University in their communication program. She was also an adjunct at Capital University and Ohio Dominican University in their communication programs. At OUL, Dr. Kaylor serves on the Cultural Events Committee and is a faculty representative for  the Gender Equality Solidarity Society (GESS) and Adults Belong in College (ABC support group). An activist, Dr.  Kaylor has been instrumental in bringing events to the OUL/OUPC campuses, including Take Back the Night, Celebrate Women, the Clothesline Project, and other gender/culturally focused events. She serves on the review board for the Ohio Communication Journal.

Dr. Pamela Kaylor holds a doctorate degree in Communication and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University, a master’s degree in Organizational Communication and two undergraduate degrees (Sociology and Communication) from Murray State University. Her interests also include gardening, where she has earned the Master Gardener certificate from the Ohio State University Extension Office.

Janet Stewart is currently completing her fourth year as a Political Science and Economics major and has enjoyed and embraced all the opportunities and experiences that she has been afforded by virtue of attending such a remarkable institution as The Ohio State University.   With a passion for issues affecting women and girls, Janet gained direct experience in and a deeper awareness for government and women’s issues by interning in the Governor’s Office for women’s Initiatives and Outreach in 2009.  She thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and her proudest accomplishment was drafting three sections of an Executive Order, signed by Governor Strickland, to create the Ohio Council on Women and Girls and to set the policy agenda for Ohio’s women for the Governor’s term.

In 2010, she began her work on Dr. Irfan Nooruddin’s research project in the OSU Political Science department concerning Battered Women’s Syndrome (BWS) legislation throughout the United States. By drafting state case studies of BWS legislation for this project, Janet developed a strong interest in domestic violence law.  Accordingly, she began interning with Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women in 2011 and will pursue her J.D. at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University beginning in Fall 2012.

Janet is a member of the prestigious academic honor society of Phi Beta Kappa, will graduate as Summa cum laude and is on the Board of Trustees for the NOW Education and Legal Fund.  When she is not studying or working, Janet enjoys watching CNN and otherwise keeping up with current events and the political buzz.  In addition, she has a passion for foreign films, classical music, any Bravo reality TV series with the title “The Real Housewives of [fill in the blank],” and the NBC show “Parks and Recreation.”

Tammy K. Simkins was born and raised in Chillicothe, OH.  She has been married to her husband, Tom, for 26 years, and they are parents of three beautiful daughters, Hailey, Lesley, and Carley. After being a stay at home mother for most of her adult life, she started attending college in the fall of 2008 and will graduate from Ohio University – Chillicothe in December, 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies in Political Communications and Gender Issues with a Women and Gender Studies Certificate.

She has devoted most of her time volunteering in various activities with her daughters and advocating for social justice through the various groups she has worked with through the years.  As an active member of President Obama’s group, Organizing for America, Simkins is  currently a team leader and a Fellow.

She was also recently appointed as an executive board member of the Ross County, Ohio Democratic Party.  Simkins is co-founder of Ross County Organizing for America and two student organizations at Ohio University – Chillicothe—GESS (Gender Equality Solidarity Society) and OUC – OFA (Ohio University – Chillicothe’s Organizing for America). She is extremely devoted to obtaining gender equality in the United States and is the Ohio contact for United for Equality, a group located in Washington D.C. whose sole mission is to insure the Equal Rights Amendment is ratified into the United States Constitution by 2015.