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Dear Advocate:

For Advocates for Ohio's Future, the new year brings new leadership. Will Petrik, State Director of the coalition since 2012, stepped down to pursue new opportunities in Columbus, effective January 1, 2015. Read our press announcement online from coalition Co-Chairs Mark Davis and Col Owens or see the full text below.

Though he will be greatly missed, the leadership, parnters and staff of AOF wish Will the best of luck in his future endeavors and know that he will continue to be a strong voice for Ohioans in Columbus. If you'd like to send Will a thank you note for the passion and energy he has brought to our work you can email him at will.petrik@gmail.com.

To guide the coalition through this transition, I have been named Interim State Director for Advocates for Ohio's Future. As the Communications Director since 2012, I have worked beside Will and our partners to share our vision for strong families and communities. If there is anything you need you can reach me at the phone number and email below.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to make our state a great place for all Ohioans to live.



Gail Clendenin Interim State Director

Advocates for Ohio's Future

Phone: 614-602-2463

37 West Broad Street, Suite 1100

Columbus, OH 43215
gclendenin@advocatesforohio.org | www.advocatesforohio.org


January 9, 2015


Gail Clendenin, Advocates for Ohio’s Future, 614-602-2463
Mark Davis, 513-218-5991
Col Owens, 513-300-3042

Advocates for Ohio’s Future Announces Leadership Transition

COLUMBUS – Will Petrik, State Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future since 2012, stepped down to pursue new opportunities in his local community of Columbus, Ohio, effective January 1, 2015.

“We are grateful for the passion for advocacy and dedication to improving the lives of Ohioans that Will brought to his work with Advocates for Ohio’s Future,” said Mark Davis, Co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future. “During Will’s time as State Director our coalition has grown and together we have gained key investments in health and human services and raised awareness of the important role that public policy plays in strengthening Ohio’s families and communities.”

The leadership and co-chairs of Advocates for Ohio’s Future wish Mr. Petrik well as he continues to work for strong families and communities at the local level. “Will has been a strong voice for state priorities that strengthen Ohioans,” said Col Owens, Co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future. “I am confident that he will continue to have a big impact in his community.”

To support the coalition during this time of transition, Gail Clendenin has been appointed Interim State Director. Ms. Clendenin has been the Communications Director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future since 2012. During her time with Advocates for Ohio’s Future, Ms. Clendenin has worked closely with coalition partners on policy development, message management and outreach activities to promote AOF’s advocacy efforts.

“We are pleased to have Gail guiding the coalition as we prepare for the state budget process,” said Davis. “Gail has been deeply involved in our work and with her support I am confident that AOF will remain focused on its advocacy priorities for 2015.”

Advocates for Ohio’s Future will conduct a search in early 2015 to fill the State Director position.

Advocates for Ohio’s Future is a statewide coalition of over 450 local and statewide organizations that promotes health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives.

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