OTA Leadership Academy 2.0 Graduated First Class



OTA Leadership Academy 2.0 Graduates First Class

Blacklick, Ohio – On Friday, the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy graduated 17 township leaders from across the state from the new 2.0 program. OTALA 2.0 was created exclusively for OTA members looking to further their leadership skills in their communities and have completed the OTALA 1.0 classes. These 17 township officials and employees were part of the inaugural class dedicated to honing the critical skills necessary to support the needs of the township and shift focus from day-to-day managing to long-term strategic approaches to their positions.

The OTA congratulates the following students on their completion of the program:

  • Jacob Barnes, Springfield Township, Hamilton County
  • Jim Brett, Whitewater Township, Hamilton County
  • Lisa Campbell, Plain Township, Stark County
  • Michelle Carpenter, Oxford Township, Coshocton County
  • Tim Coleman, Perkins Township, Erie County
  • Carolyn Destefani, Sugarcreek Township, Greene County
  • Ed Good, Mead Township, Belmont County
  • Scott Haws, Plain Township, Stark County
  • Amy Lucci, Concord Township, Lake County
  • Dominic Oliverio, Chippewa Township, Wayne County
  • BerDon Short, Millcreek Township, Williams County
  • Rob Steinberg, Plain Township, Stark County
  • Sandra Stults, Scioto Township, Delaware County
  • Karen Sundy, Perry Township, Lake County
  • Debborah Wallace, Beavercreek Township, Greene County
  • Martin Warchola, Lafayette Township, Medina County
  • Mary Wolff, Miami Township, Clermont County

The original OTALA program was created in 2001 with the Ohio State University’s Office of Community Development and Miami University’s Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs (CPMRA). Program participants must complete at least six of the ten approved training courses and a federal component. Over 500 OTA members have completed the program. OTALA 2.0 was launched in 2022 in partnership with OSU and CPMRA. It aims to help township officials lead with vision, inspiration, and authenticity and will have its second class begin in September 2023. 


The Ohio Township Association is a statewide organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of township government in Ohio. The OTA was founded on June 28, 1928 and is organized in 87 Ohio counties. OTA has more than 5,200 active members, made up of trustees and fiscal officers from Ohio’s 1,308 townships, and more than 4,000 associate members.