COLUMBUS — The Ohio History Connection announces new board members. Each will serve a three-year term commencing June 18. Among the newly-elected is a resident of Laurelville.

Melody Young of Laurelville, Board Member

Melody Young has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has held a variety of management roles in Ross, Fairfield, Hocking and Franklin counties. Her areas of expertise reside in guest services, human resource management, sales and facilities operations. In her current role as the Director of the Ross Chillicothe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Young works tirelessly to make Ross County a premier tourism destination within the State of Ohio.

She serves on a number of Boards in the Ross County area that include the Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, the Majestic Theatre, Ohio Appalachian Country, Convention and Facilities Authority; Kiwanis, and the World Heritage Ohio Steering Committee.

Jen Miller of Columbus, Board Member

Jen Miller has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, public engagement, and cultural programming. She began her career as an intern at the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. At Music in the Air, she produced outdoor concerts and festivals, such as Short North Sunday Jazz, Rhythm and Food Festival, and Festival Latino. While at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex, Jen produced programs to explore issues such as domestic violence, AIDS/HIV, and racial stereotypes in popular culture. She has also served as the Chapter Director of Sierra Club Ohio, where she worked for public land, water and air protections. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, educating Ohioans on civics and electoral participation.

She has a Master’s in Arts Administration, Education and Policy, a degree from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. While at OSU, she was a University Fellow and published research in several national and international peer reviewed academic journals on the need for cultural institutions to address issues of social justice. She has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Capital University in Vocal Music and History, with a minor in Ethnic Studies.

Trustees leaving the board:

James A. Wilson — years of service 2011–2020

Nancy Shaw Goldsmith — years of service 2019–2020

Board Officers:

Thomas V. Chema, President

James F. Dicke II, Vice President

Elizabeth A. Weibel, Vice President

Suhas Kakde, Treasurer

Charles R. Moses, Secretary

Members of the Board of Trustees include:

Thomas V. Chema

C. Ellen Connally

Loann W. Crane

James F. Dicke II

Jon T. Elsasser

Chief Billy W. Friend

James B. Hadden

Alex Hastie

Richard F. Hillis

Suhas Kakde

Robert W. Lucas

Jen Miller

Charles R. Moses

Michael G. Rapp

Robert M. Roach

Gregory H. Simpson

Elizabeth A. Weibel

Melody Young

The Ohio History Connection Board ofTrustees meets four times a year. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

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