Ten of the most influential women in Richland County business include Jodie Perry and Marilyn John:Mary K. Bolin, president, My Town Partners LLC. Since June 2010, Bolin has been president of My Town Partners LLC, a staffing and educational specialist for Mansfield and surrounding areas.She is a 1985 graduate of North Central State College, with an associate degree in business and accounting.She is the president of the local chapter of the North Central Ohio Human Resources Association and is active in the community with Planned Parenthood of North Central Ohio (past president and treasurer); Rehab Center (past board member); First Congregational Church (past trustee, Sunday school); Girl Scouts; Mansfield Area Y (past board member); Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian (board member); Mansfield Art Center (board member and past board chair); Discover School (past board member, secretary and treasurer); United Way, (board member, 2014-15 and 2015-16 Nominating/Personnel chair); Connections at RCF (past committee member); The Women's Fund at RCF (past board member); NCSC Foundation (past board member); TWIN Program (past chair and past business chair); NECIC (board member 2015-16 board chair); Ohio Bird Sanctuary (past board member); RCDG Leadership (board member); Mentor 2015 RYP Mentor Program; 2015 WIA (board member); Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services (board member); Red Cross of Richland County (board member); Rotary and Altrusa.Bridget T. McDaniel, executive director, Richland Community Development Group. Bridget McDaniel joined the Richland Community Development Group in 2011 as the community development director. A year later, she was named executive director of the organization. In that position, she is responsible for economic development and community development activities. RCDG provides community development activities through volunteer sectors and serves as the single point of contact for economic development in the county. Before this position, she worked 30 years in public service with the county workforce agency.McDaniel is a graduate of Ohio State University and is a 39-year resident of the county. Bridget serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the United Way Board, the Mansfield-Richland Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Visiting Nurses Board, Workforce Partnership Advisory Committee and the TWIN Coordinating Committee. She recently was named a commissioner on the Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission. She is a past chair of the United Way Campaign, the CHAP Board, Child Care Choices Board, the TWIN Program, VNA Board and Altrusa International.A member of St. Peter's Church, she taught in the School of Religion for more than dozen years. She also has been a volunteer soccer coach, Academic Challenge coach, Cub Scout den mother, Brownie Leader and Odyssey of the Mind Coach. She and her husband of 40 years, Mark McDaniel, raised three children, all of whom graduated from Madison Comprehensive High School.Jodie Perry, president, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. Jodie Perry serves as the president of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, a privately funded business association that has about 1,000 members. In this role, she serves as the primary community outreach person, works with the Board of Directors, oversees a staff of four, functions as the spokesperson and more.She also serves on the boards of the CVB, Downtown Mansfield, RCDG (Leadership Board), Regional Planning Commission, Braintree Business Development Center and the Mansfield-Richland Area Education Foundation. She's co-leading the Business Friendly Regulatory Environment initiative with Marilyn John for the RCDG Long-Range Plan.Deborah Schenk, president and CEO of Mechanics Bank. Deborah Schenk, serves as president and chief executive officer of Mechanics Bank, which first opened its doors in 1886 and is the only remaining independent community bank in Richland County. In that capacity, she is a member of the bank's Board of Directors and that of the bank holding company, Mechanics Financial Corp. She is a member of the State of Ohio Savings and Loan and Savings Bank Commission and a past member of the Ohio Bankers League Board of Directors.Active in the community, she is a member of the OhioHealth MedCentral Hospitals Governance Council, MedCentral Legacy Board of Trustees, the Executive Board of the Richland Community Development Group and Richland County Regional Planning Commission. Past community leadership positions include Kingwood Center, Richland Chamber of Commerce, Ohio State University at Mansfield, Richland County Foundation, MedCentral Collage of Nursing and United Way of Richland County, among others. Schenk was the recipient of the Athena Award in 1995.After graduating from Mansfield Malabar High School, Schenk first attended Ohio Wesleyan University. Then, after several years as a stay-at-home mother, she resumed her academic pursuits at Ohio State University at Mansfield and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of business administration majoring in economics in 1982. After graduation, she began her banking career at Bank One, Mansfield and then moved to Mechanics Bank in 1999. Schenk is the mother of three married daughters, grandmother of seven, and is enjoying her 49th year of marriage to Ludwig Schenk.Charla Irvin, vice president and trust officer, Richland Bank. Charla Irvin worked at Mansfield Aircraft Products from 1974 through 1976, then worked for Bud Wallington Accounting from 1976 through 1977. She began working at Richland Bank in June 1977 as a department secretary. She has held the following positions within the department over the last 38 years: operations clerk, operations manager, administrative assistant, trust officer, assistant vice president, vice president and promoted to head of department in 2008.Irvin served United Way of Richland County (PAC Chair – Youth, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and ad hoc on the Community Investment Committee, 2015); is a past member of Altrusa and and joined Rotary in 2010. She received A Tribute to Women in Industry in 1990 and is past president of Financial Women, past president of the YWCA, past board member of the YMCA, past finance committee member for the Girl Scouts and past advisory board member for Catholic Charities. She attended Leadership Unlimited in 1996, and was a board member for the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.Irvin graduated from OBA Trust School – Trust Administration in 1980, OBA Trust School – Advanced Trust Administration in 1988 and OBA Retirement – Employee Benefits School in 1991. She earned a Certified Retirement Service Professional through the Institute of Certified Bankers in 1995 and has served on the Finance Committee of Ohio State Regional Campus Board.She and her husband, David Irvin, love Las Vegas and Florida, spending time with grandchildren and walking, and she enjoys working in the yard.Jean Halpin, president of OhioHealth MedCentral Hospitals. Jean Halpin is the president of OhioHealth MedCentral Hospitals. A graduate of Ohio State University, she completed her degree in occupational therapy and her master's of health science from the University of Indianapolis.Halpin has been with OhioHealth for the last 22 years in both clinical and administrative positions. Career highlights include being instrumental in the development of the outpatient division at OhioHealth including the Westerville Medical Campus and serving as chief operating officer for the division prior to her current role as president of OhioHealth MedCentral Hospitals.In 2015, Jean was honored at the 31st annual TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) awards for her work in the Mansfield area. In 2014, the National Diversity Council selected Jean as one of the 15 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Ohio. In 2013, she served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Board and the secretary for Westerville Area Resource Ministry Board. In 2011, she was appointed by Gov. John Kasich for a second term on the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board. In 2010, she was honored to be named Business Person of the Year by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.She is an advocate of those with mental illness and autism. Her community focus includes volunteering as a Girl Scout leader and Rotary International.Jodi Scott, general manager, Richland Mall. Jodi Scott received her bachelor of arts in business administration from Malone College in Canton. After graduation, she had a brief career in marketing, public relations and group event planning at Clay's Park Resort, but has spent the last 13 years in the mall business.She started as an administrative assistant at Belden Village Mall for two years and then spent one year as assistant general manager/acting general manager at Great Northern Mall before transferring to her current position at Richland Mall. She obtained her CSM designation from ICSC in 2009 and an Ohio real estate license in 2013.She is on the United Way board and helps with the Power of the Purse. She also is secretary for Richland County Habitat for Humanity and active with Richland Young Professionals.Sonja Pluck, director, Madison Adult Career Center. Sonja L. Pluck, director of Madison Adult Career Center with the Madison Local School District, is a graduate of Madison Comprehensive High School and has lived in the school district all of her life. A product of Career Technical Education, she is a firm believer in its value.She has been employed with Madison since 1997, serving as director of Adult Education since 2000. She has 18 years of experience forging successful working relationships with area employers, educational institutions, government officials and agencies.She holds an associate degree in Business Administration from North Central Technical College (now North Central State College), a bachelor of science degree in management and marketing from Ashland University, and a master of business administration degree from Ashland University.She serves on various local and state boards/committees such as the Richland/Crawford County Workforce Investment Board; Richland/Crawford County Ohio Means Jobs Partner Committee, Richland Community Development Group Internship Committee, Regional Talent Innovation Network, Workforce Partnerships of North Central Ohio Steering Committee, Ohio Association of Career Technical Education Post-secondary Adult Career Education Executive Board and the North Central State College Tech Prep Steering Committee.Before employment with Madison, she was employed in the undergraduate admission office at Ashland University. She is married to Don (also a Madison alum) and has two children.Marilyn John, Richland County commissioner. Marilyn John has an associate degree in business management from North Central State College and a bachelor's degree and MBA from Ashland University. She worked as a commercial lines underwriter for the Shelby Insurance Company after college and then as director of the Shelby Senior Center in 2007.In 2009, she was elected mayor of Shelby and continued in that office until she was elected Richland County commissioner in 2014 where she currently serves. Marilyn and her husband Kevin have two children and live in Shelby.Betty Wells-Preston, chief public affairs officer/vice president, North Central State College. Betty Wells-Preston serves as the chief public affairs officer/vice president for Institutional Advancement for North Central State College.Hired in 1989 to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive resource development plan for the college including the chartering of the North Central State College Foundation, Wells-Preston has held a variety of positions, most recently the vice president for Institutional Advancement and interim executive director for North Central State College and the Foundation. Over the decades she has held a variety of responsibilities and supervised staff including admissions, financial aid, enrollment development, institutional research, government relations, grants development, recruiting, marketing, public relations, and graphic and web design.In 2013-14, she was retained as the major gifts officer as part of the University Advancement organization at The Ohio State University at Mansfield for the OSU-M Gateway capital campaign. She has been involved in the development of fundraising plans and special events for several nonprofit organizations. In 1990, she initiated the annual Rock-n-Ribs event (a carryover of Mansfield's original Rib Cook-Off), and in 2000, facilitated the acquisition of a $28 million advanced learning center; The James W. Kehoe Center of North Central State College and founded the North Central Ohio Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Kehoe Center. Enrollment at North Central State College saw cumulative increases of 30 percent from 2003 to 2009.She holds a bachelor of arts from Colorado State University and a master of business administration from Franklin University. She is certified through the Coach Executive program through the CCI Leadership Institute. She is a member and past presenter for the National Council for Resource Development; member of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations; member and past president of the Mansfield Rotary Club; past chairman and treasurer of Richland Performing Arts; has served on numerous boards including member of the board of trustees of the Richland County Foundation; member Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio; member Board of Directors Mansfield Area Y; member Mansfield City Schools Business Advisory Council; member The Salvation Army Advisory Council; has participated in the Leadership Unlimited Class of 1992; National Institute for Leadership Program 1998; CU Lead class of 2015; and is a trustee for The Mansfield Richland Area Chamber of Commerce; the Convention and Visitors Bureau; Richland Performing Arts, and Kingwood Center.She is published in Federal Funding to Two Year Colleges, and has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. She was recognized with the Lawrence E. Senesh Outstanding Student Teacher Award for Colorado in 1982 and the Athena Leadership Award in 2011. She is married to Brad Preston and resides in Mansfield. They have two sons.
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