Columbus - Today the Equality Ohio boards of directors unanimously appointed longtime veteran Kim Welter as the organization's Interim Executive Director. Her appointment comes after the resignation of former Executive Director Ed Mullen, who had been leading Equality Ohio since January 2011.
"Kim is uniquely qualified to hit the ground running and to lead the organization through this period of transition," says Paul Feeney, Chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund board. "She is willing to step up and take the helm while our board focuses on conducting a thorough search for a permanent Executive Director. She will provide stable and effective leadership and continue to execute according to our strategic plan of bringing about full equality for all Ohioans."
Kim has been serving as the Director of Programs and Outreach at Equality Ohio; with five years of experience, she is our most seasoned staff member. She joined the organization in 2008 after serving as the Executive Director of Equality Toledo for over 2 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she got her secondary teaching certificate through the University of Findlay and her Master of Arts and Education from the University of Toledo where she taught composition for 3 years. Kim is a 2009/2010 graduate of the Center for Progressive Leadership and serves on the Advisory Board for the Progressive Majority. In 2010, Kim took a leave of absence from Equality Ohio to serve as Campaign Manager for the ONE Bowling Green Campaign in Bowling Green, Ohio which successfully defended two local non-discrimination ordinances from a ballot initiative to repeal.
"I'm looking forward to helping this organization through a time of transition and I'm excited to continue the important and necessary work of Equality Ohio," says Kim Welter, Interim Director of Equality Ohio.
Through this transition, Equality Ohio will be moving full steam ahead on our two legislative priorities: Creating a welcoming learning environment for all students through an enumerated Safe Schools Act (HB208) and preventing discrimination in housing and employment via the Equality Housing and Employment Act (HB335 / SB231). Equality Ohio will also continue its leadership in the formation of the broad statewide coalition pursuing marriage equality for all Ohio families.
Kim Welter's appointment to the position will be effective as of July 1, 2012.
Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. For more information, visit www.equalityohio.org or call us at (614) 224-0400.