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    December 2014  

    Happy Holidays from OCASLA!

    Looking over the past year, the Ohio Chapter of ASLA (OCASLA) has had many things to be proud of. The chapter has successfully hosted 3 state-wide events and many local section events. Here are just some of the highlights from 2014:

    • The 2014 OCASLA Annual Meeting was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio on April 4th. Approximately 180 attendees had the opportunity to meet with over 25 vendors, and participate in 6 HSW LACES CEU's. This year’s keynote speakers represented a range of expertise, including Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Nurseries, Inc. and Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Dan Euser, Landscape Architect and Principal-in-Charge of Dan Euser Waterarchitecture, Inc., Mary Nunn, Landscape Architect at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, andLaura Solano, Landscape Architect and Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. See photos at the 2014 OCASLA Photo Gallery.

     

    • In April, OCASLA chapter leaders including Jeannie Martin, Chapter Trustee; Carmine Russo, Chapter President; Karla Salmans, Chapter President-Elect and Lynne Nischwitz, VP of Legislative Affairs participated in the Mid-Year Business Meeting and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. They spent the day meeting with Ohio Senators and Representatives about current issues. See photos here.

     

    • The OCASLA Annual Golf Outing took place in August at Chapel Hill Golf Course with roughly 60 golfers and sponsors in attendance. The day was a beautiful sunny day and attendees dressed up as their favorite Pantone color. Funds from this event are donated to the Student Chapter ASLA at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. The Student Chapter will be hosting LABASH in 2016 and this year's golf outing was their kickoff fundraising event. Visit the Golf Outing Photo Gallery.

     

    • On October 10th, OCASLA hosted the 3rd Annual Fall Educational and GALA in Columbus. A day-long series of project site tours throughout downtown Columbus concluded with the Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony at the High Line Car House. This year the OCASLA Awards Jury selected 14 professional and student projects from firms and individuals from across the state, resulting in 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Honor Awards, 9 Merit Awards and 1 Honorable Mention. It was a lively evening of music, goofy pictures, food and celebration of landscape architecture. Download the 2014 Awards Booklet here. Visit the 2014 Fall Educational Photo Gallery and the 2014 GALA Photo Gallery.

     

    See our Photo Gallery for more images from all of our 2014 events including those at the local level.

    In closing, we would like to thank all of our great sponsors and wonderful volunteers that have dedicated their time and support to help make this another successful year for the chapter.

    Best wishes to you all for a successful 2015!

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    Letter from the President

    Letter from the President            12.12.14

    Dear OCASLA Members and Friends of Landscape Architecture:

    As we close another successful year in our efforts to enhance the visibility of the profession of landscape architecture in Ohio, I wanted to reflect on those accomplishments and provide a vision for the coming year. I continue to be motivated by our members’ involvement in their communities here in the state, and also those colleagues from other states that I encounter during my experiences each year at the ASLA Annual Meeting. Our chapter was well represented again this year in Denver with the induction of our Chapter Trustee, Eugenia Martin, into the 2014 Class of the Council of Fellows. It was also inspiring to see the undergraduate students from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State receive an Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning Category for Bigger Darby: A Landscape Approach for a Coherent and Resilient Watershed as part of the 2014 ASLA Professional and Student Design Awards presentation. These are just a few of the examples of how we as landscape architects have the ability to make a greater impact on our built environment. We are having profound effects on our cities and communities by thinking bigger and more intelligently about the world around us.

    Outgoing ASLA President Mark Focht, FASLA spoke at length throughout the conference about how our profession is continuing to contribute to the idea of Resilience, which was the major theme for the weekend. He was asked most recently how our society has responded and contributed to the issue of Resilience, and noted that in many ways we are not doing anything differently than what we’ve always done. He stated, “Resiliency is inherent to how landscape architects are wired. It is who we are, and what we do.” As we’ve continued to show over the past few years, our profession is resilient in many ways, as we’ve dealt with an economic crisis affecting many small businesses, and how we’ve aided in providing timely solutions to environmental stresses that have needed immediate attention. We are emerging from these difficulties stronger than before, and are now poised to lead the effort to a brighter future.

    In the coming months we will continue to focus our chapter’s efforts on Membership Growth, Advocacy and Public Awareness. As we increase the profile of our events and education sessions, we will continue to push ourselves to achieve new goals beyond the yearly slate of events. We will continue to build our relationships with allied professions, and move forward with new plans for our in-state lobbying efforts. We can grow the society, and have a greater impact, but only with your help will we achieve these milestones. As always, your Ohio Chapter Executive Committee is available to hear your thoughts and inspire action. Please feel free to contact us, as we are here to better serve you and the profession. We are looking forward to another great year full of heightened efforts to help promote the profession of landscape architecture in Ohio.

    Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015!

    Sincerely,

    Carmine Russo Jr, ASLA

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    Chapter Trustee Report

    A Message from Jeannie Martin, Chapter Trustee

    Trustee Report From Annual BOT Meeting in Denver

    It was a busy Board of Trustee meeting in Denver with two fairly significant topics of discussion.  The first one regarding proposed renovations to the ASLA Headquarters in Washington DC.  ASLA purchased its headquarters at 636 I Street, NW, in 1997 and paid off the loan earlier this year. Since 1997, the building interior has undergone no major repairs or updates.  With the installation of the Green Roof in 2006, and ASLA’s increased visibility and activity with federal and District agencies, policy makers,  allied professions, and coalition partners, the building regularly plays host to visitors whose first impression of the profession occurs when walking through the headquarter doors.  Additionally, the interior layout of the building does not function well, access to the green roof is convoluted and there is no street presence speaking to who landscape architects are and what we do.

    The goals of the renovation are as follows:

    •   Be a showcase for the profession

    •   Create a center for landscape architecture

    •   Enable ASLA to be a convener

    •   Be a role model organization

    •   Live the ASLA mission and values

    •   Support staff collaboration and productivity

    •   Maintain and enhance the building as a financial asset

    •   Provide flexible meeting space

    •   Remove scissor stair to open up the interior of the building and allow transparency

    •   Provide a display area along the street front

    •   Bring the green roof to the street

    •   Be a design center – demonstration center with BMP materials and ideas

    •   Make it artistic and environmentally as state of the art

    The BOT approved a budget for the renovation as a not-to-exceed amount of 6 million dollars to be funded through various mechanisms. Three million will be financed with a 7-year mortgage and the remainder will be obtained through fundraising efforts in the near future. ASLA staff, the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees are very excited about this project and many verbal commitments were made at the Annual Meeting. 

    The other topic of discussion was the review and discussion of the Federal Priorities Agenda for 2015-2016.  ASLA government affairs staff and the Government Affairs Advisory Committee (GAAC) recommended the following issues for advocacy:              

                      1. Transportation Planning and Design;

                      2. Water and Stormwater Management;

                      3. Community Design and Development; and

                      4. Small Business Growth and Development.

    BOT members reviewed and provided input on talking points for the above.  Please keep an eye out for more information about these advocacy topics in the first part of the year as we will be busy meeting with legislators in May and will be requesting your assistance in conveying the importance of them to our profession.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at jeannie@cypstudios.com.

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    2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + Gala Recap

    FALL EDUCATIONAL SUMMARY
    Friday, October 10th was a cool Columbus day where nearly 130 OCASLA members and guests met at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The day began with a sit-down lunch and a talk by Michael Wilkos of The Columbus Foundation. Michael discussed the growth trends and economics of Columbus and compared the City to other cities in Ohio. Afterwards, the group moved outside to begin the educational walking tour.

    We began walking south on High Street and reached our first tour destination; The Columbus Commons. Tour attendees gained unique insight into the history of the construction of the Commons, as well as important design considerations. The tour speakers were Amy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Paul Lada, Landscape Architect for EDGE.

    From the Commons we walked to the Scioto Riverfront to tour sections of the Scioto Greenway, starting at the amphitheater and ending at North Bank Park. Along the way we watched a demonstration of the Scioto Mile Fountain as construction crews worked along the banks of the Scioto River. Brad Westall, landscape architect for Columbus Parks and Recreation and Bryon Ringley, Senior Principle at Stantec were the speakers for this portion of the tour.

    We met Keith Myers, FASLA, at North Bank Park where he led the group to various sites in the Arena District. Coffee in hand, he shared the history of the design and construction of the Arena District, including a humorous story about relocating The Arch from Union Station to its final destination at McFerson Commons Park. The group stopped in front of Columbus City Hall for a photo-opportunity with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. See the photo in the photo gallery.

    The tour ended near Nationwide Arena at about 4:40pm. See the full photo gallery.

    GALA SUMMARY
    At 6:30pm guests arrived at the High Line Car House for the Gala and Awards Ceremony. Food and drinks were served while the band Me & Lil’ Brother entertained in the background. At 7:30pm members of the Student Chapter of ASLA (SCASLA) presented the 2014 OCASLA Award winners.

    This year there were 14 award winners and two Special Recognition winners, see the full list of winners and download the 2014 OCASLA Awards Booklet at www.ohioasla.org. OCASLA Chapter President Carmine Russo, Jr also recognized the recent achievements of Jeannie Martin, FASLA and Amy Kobe, Hon AIA.

    Following the Awards Ceremony, OCASLA handed out prizes to the tour photo contest winners and SCASLA gave out raffle prizes. See all the photos in the photo gallery.

    Summary Quick Links:
    2014 OCASLA Awards Booklet
    2014 OCASLA Fall Educational Photo Gallery
    2014 OCASLA Gala Photo Gallery

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    Congratulations to the 2014 OCASLA Award Winners!

    This year the OCASLA Awards Jury selected 14 professional and student projects from firms and individuals from across the state, resulting in 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Honor Awards, 9 Merit Awards and 1 Honorable Mention. The winners represent the outstanding work and ideas generated by landscape architects and students in areas regarding urban ecology, health care, environmental protection, and many more.

    Out of the 14 winners, 3 of them were student groups each from Ohio State University, Kent State University and The University of Cincinnati.The winners were announced Friday, October 10th at the annual OCASLA Gala held at the High Line Car House in Columbus. Photos and a summary of the Gala and Fall Educational will be available soon at www.ohioasla.org.

    Download the entire 2014 OCASLA Awards Booket

    2014 OCASLA Award Winners

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Design: Constructed

    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Vail Garden / Cleveland, Ohio by  NBBJ

    HONOR AWARD

     

    Design: Not Constructed

    Drinking Water Protection Plan for the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed / Akron, Ohio by Environmental Design Group

    Student

    Bike Box / Living Roof Lab / Cleveland, Ohio by Students of Kent State University

    Vacant Lots: Occupied / Cincinnati, Ohio by Students of the Vacant Lots: Occupied Project at the University of Cincinnati, Horticulture Program

    MERIT AWARD

    Design: Constructed

    Franklin County Courthouse and Government Center Pavilion / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    West Garden at the Columbus Museum of Art / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    Mercy Hospital West Green Roof / Cincinnati, Ohio by Meisner and Associates Land Vision

    Design: Not Constructed

    I-70/71 Columbus Crossroads Innerbelt Phase 4 / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital / New Orleans, Louisiana by NBBJ

    Bloomington Certified Technology Park / Bloomington, Indiana by MKSK

    Columbus State Community College Master Plan / Columbus, Ohio by NBBJ

    Communications + Research

    Essence of Athens: A Strategic Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness / Athens, Ohio by Designing Local

    Student

    Novel Ecologies: Spontaneous Urban Plants / Columbus, Ohio by Students of Landscape Architecture Course 3189/7189: Novel Ecologies at Knowlton School of Architecture

    HONORABLE MENTION

    Planning + Analysis

    Greater Cincinnati Regional Trails Plan / Cincinnati, Ohio by Human Nature, Inc.

    SPECIAL RECOGNITION

    Ohio Landscape Architecture Award

    City of Bexley / Bexley, Ohio  www.bexley.org

    CoGo Bike Share / Columbus, Ohio www.cogobikeshare.com

     

     

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    ASLA Call for Presentations: 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO

    ASLA is accepting proposals for education sessions for the 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago. If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with the landscape architecture profession, we encourage you to submit a proposal through our online system. 

    Click here for detailed information on submitting education program proposals. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2015 

    ASLA Members are invited to log in to the online system using their unique ASLA ID.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: December 3, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • Staff are continuing to receive great feedback on the Denver annual meeting fromattendees, exhibitors, and speakers. Thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful meeting, and special thanks to the Colorado Chapter!
    • The annual installation of officers was held on November 24, the final day of the 2014 meeting.  Newly installed were: President K. Richard “Dick” Zweifel, FASLA; President-Elect Chad D. Danos, FASLA; Finance VP Jeffrey A. Townsend, ASLA; Professional Practice VP Hunter L. Beckham, FASLA; and Membership VP Keith P. Wilson, ASLA (outgoing California Sierra Chapter trustee). Officers continuing their service are: Education VP Kay Williams, FASLA; Government Affairs VP Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; and Communications VP Pamela J. Linn, ASLA.  Mark A. Focht, FASLA, continues as Immediate Past Presiient.  More on the annual meeting and the officers will appear in the December 9 issue of LAND.
    • At its meeting, the Board of Trustees: approved the 2015 program and capital expense budgets and the 2015 Annual Operating Plan; the 2015 strategic objections for the association; the headquarters renovation; and a public policy statement on environmental justice (see more in Government Affairs). The Board also defined the guidelines for board performance expectations; discussed the status of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ and new relationship with the Green Building Certification Institute; and acknowledged the outgoing trustees for their service on the Board. 
    • During the second plenary session, the Outstanding Service Awards were given to four deserving members for their dedication and commitment to ASLA.  This year’s recipients were David J. Yocca, FASLA; Christine G. Pattillo, FASLA; Juanita Shearer-Swink, FASLA; and Dean Hill, ASLA. In addition, a panel moderated by Hill, “Lights, Camera, Action: Promoting Landscape Architecture on TV,” featured a television host from HGTV and several executives from production companies that described the opportunities and limitations for promoting landscape architecture and the profession through the medium of television. 
    • The Council of Fellows inducted 32 new members at an investiture ceremony during the conference in Denver.  COF Chair Susan L.B. Jacobson, FASLA, and President Focht presided at the event on Sunday night, November 23rd.
    • The Council of Fellows also held its annual business meeting while in Denver. Newly inducted Fellows were recognized and three COF scholarship recipients were presented with certificates by Chair Jacobson.
    • The launch of the new Fellows pin was a huge success.  The 2014 inductees received the new pin in Denver. Current Fellows were able to buy the new pin at ASLA Central for $25 with profits going to the COF Scholarship Fund.  If you are a current Fellow and would like to purchase the new pin, please contact Corporate Secretary Millay.

     

    Meetings

    • The Denver Annual Meeting and EXPOwas an outstanding success with nearly 5,500 attendees.  Registration and ticket revenue collected reached 120 percent of the annual budget goal of $1.375 million. Ticket sales were strong for all events including more than860 tickets sold for the new Edible Landscape Celebration featuring the Alumni Tailgate and 450 tickets for the FellowsInvestiture Dinner. Nine out of 15 Field Sessions sold out. And more than 600 students attended the meeting, including 100 from Colorado State and the University of Colorado, Denver, who participated as part of the ASLA Student Volunteer Program.   

     

    Government Affairs

    • During the annual meeting, the Board of Trustees approved an Environmental Justice Public Policy prepard by the Policy Committee. The text of ASLA’s newest public policy can be found online on the Public Policies section.
    • This week, ASLA joined with other transportation planning and construction organizations in signing onto a “Dear Colleague” letter to the House of Representatives urging Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to move a “responsibly paid-for, multi-year surface transportation bill” in the coming months. The letter goes on to state that the short-term extensions of current transportation programs do not provide the certainty necessary for long-term transportation planning.

     

    Public Relations and Communications

    • The annual meeting drew 16 registered press, including Ray Mark Rinaldi, fine arts critic with the Denver Post; Lee Knight, editor-in-chief, and Sharon Van de North, staff writer, of Exhibitor magazine; Robert Schäfer, editor-in-chief of Topos; Alan Brake, executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper; Amy Phare, managing editor of Modern in Denver; Martha McDonald, editor of Traditional Building magazine; and Johanna Silver, associate garden editor of Sunset magazine. The annual meeting has been mentioned in such publications as Lawn & Landscape, Turf Design Build magazine, Architect, Architects24.com, and Green Bay Press Gazette. The Denver Post’s Ray Mark Rinaldi also mentioned ASLA in his article about the "What's Out There Denver" online guide.
    • In Denver, Communications VP Linn and Public Relations and Communications Director Terry Poltrack updated the Chapter Presidents Council on performance metrics and new initiatives, including the launch of World Landscape Architecture Month in April 2015, an audit of chapter classroom materials to create a portfolio of resources, and the January 9-11 Public Awareness Summit in Tampa.
    • A press release about women in the spotlight at the 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO was distributed via several wire services in early November. It was picked up by Total Landscape Care.
    • Dirt Editor Jared Green interviewed Ann Spirn, FASLA, William Wenk, FASLA, and Chris Reed, ASLA, at the annual meeting. Interviews will be released over the coming weeks.
    • Editor Green covered a number of sessions at the annual meeting, including both general sessions, as well as sessions on Barangaroo in Sydney, Dredge Landscapes, and 3D printing. More session posts are coming shortly. Elsewhere,ArchNewsNow featured a post on Richmond’s transformational riverfront plan and SCAPE’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge win. Planetizen featured a review of the Smithsonian’s new south mall plan. And a new post on bikeshare was reposted to the Huffington Post.

     

    Landscape Architecture Magazine

    • At the annual meeting in Denver, LAM editorial staff held two education sessions. Editor Brad McKee hosted the annual Presidents’ Panel, titled “Design 2034: Our Resilient Tomorrow,” on Friday afternoon with now Past President Focht; Mark Woodson, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and Bill Anderson, president of the American Planning Association. Turnout was estimated to be the highest of any presidents’ panel to date.

     

    Publishing and Resource Development

    • Sales for 2014 EXPO booths and sponsorships reached 101 percent of the annual budget goal.  Thanks to the incredible commitment of the more than 40 Trustees who visited EXPO exhibitors, pre-sales for EXPO 2015 have already reached an unprecedented 69 percent of the annual budget goal.  This exceeds 2014 pre-sales as of the same week in 2013 by 18 percent.
    • Fundraising for the ASLA headquarters renovation is beginning in earnest this week.  To date, verbal commitments have been received for $174,494 and pledge forms were sent yesterday to each individual/chapter to make it official. Formal commitments (pledge forms received) to date total $75,697.  Of that, $46,899 may be counted toward Immediate Past President Focht’s challenge to the Board of Trustees to raise $100,000.  Pledge forms and the naming rights/giving levels were sent to all trustees and chapter presidents yesterday, in advance of sending an appeal to all members on December 15.  Naming rights will go quickly, so individuals and chapters who have made verbal commitments should return the pledge form as soon as possible in order to make it official.

     

    Member and Chapter Services

     Today’s membership total is 15,397 (see details below):

     

    Member Category

    Total

    Affiliate

    683

    Associate

    1,739

    Corporate

    135

    Full Member

    9,468

    Full-Fellow

    753

    Honorary

    148

    International

    201

    Student Affiliate

    298

    Student

    1,972

     

    Professional Practice

    • On November 21, 164 members attended the PPN Networking Reception during the annual meeting. Manager Balon and Coordinator Ali Hay organized and managed the event. Staff facilitated 19 PPN meetings between November 22-23; the HALS Subcommittee and Chapter Liaisons Meeting on November 22; the PPN Council Meeting on November 23; and the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk on November 24. Attendance at all events was significantly higher than in previous years, and PPN chairs reported higher than usual levels of engagement during their individual PPN meetings. At the PPN Council Meeting, outgoing chairs were recognized for their service.
    • On November 22, Manager Balon attended the LA Program Chairs and Committee on Education Meeting to introduce the Education and Practice PPN, which was approved this summer by ASLA’s Executive Committee.

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    2015 Kentucky ASLA Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

    This year the KY Chapter is following the lead of the National Conference and are searching for presenters who can discuss the role of Resiliency in Landscape Architecture. From the words of our President Mark Focht:

    “Resiliency is inherent to how landscape architects are wired. It is who we are and what we do. We work with the land and nature, not against it. Our profession and the Society have shown resiliency through the past few difficult years. Much like Colorado’s beloved Aspen groves, which are strengthened by devastating forest fires and survive avalanches, our professional roots are interconnected and we are emerging stronger than ever.”

    Presenters are requested to think broadly about Resiliency in Landscape Architecture, whether the focus
    be ecological, social or economic in nature, there are many lenses to view resiliency in landscape
    architecture. Presenters should plan to conduct a minimum of 50 minutes of presentation followed by
    10 minutes of questions and answers.

    Applications due December 31st, 2014.

    Download the Submission Overview for more details.

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    SITES Fundamentals Webinar Series

     

    The SITES Fundamentals webinar series, ending on December 17th, will present research, instruction, tips, and strategies for navigating the SITES v2 Rating System. Cost: $55/each or $395/series
    This 9-part series will closely examine the new SITES v2 Rating System: For Sustainable Land Design and Development. A range of topics will be discussed, such as restoring soils, managing stormwater, using native and appropriate vegetation, exploring the life cycle of materials, and designing a project in order to maximize its human health and well-being potential.
    For more information and registration, click here.

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    2015 OCASLA Election Results

    Thank you to all who voted in the OCASLA elections. The newly elected Board will be reported to ASLA National this month.

    2015 OCASLA Executive Committee

    - Chapter Trustee – Eugenia M. Martin
    - Chapter President – Carmine Russo Jr
    - Chapter President Elect – Karla Salmans
    - Chapter Past President – Nick Gilliland 
    - Public Relations Representative – Doug Boyer 
    - VP of Communications – Emily Donovan 
    - VP of Education and Membership – Brett Egbert 
    - VP of Business Affairs – Jim Obert  
    - VP of Legislative Affairs – Lynne Nischwitz
    - Treasurer – Matt Manda 
    - Secretary – Chris Laster 
    - Buckeye Section Chair – Ashley Solether 
    - Buckeye Section Chair Elect – Derek Kuryla
    - Buckeye Section Communications Chair – Matt Kellogg 
    - Buckeye Section Member at Large – Brian Bernstein 
    - Miami Section Chair – Glenn Bayfield 
    - Miami Section Chair Elect – Nicole DiNovo 
    - Miami Section Communications Chair – Cory Murner 
    - Miami Section Member at Large – Matt Latham 
    - Western Reserve Section Chair – Jarlath Caldwell
    - Western Reserve Section Chair Elect – Helen Graham 
    - Western Reserve Communications Chair – Matt Watson 
    - Western Reserve Member at Large – Jeff Kerr 

    Read more about each officer HERE.

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    Jobs

    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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