Jay Poroda - President
Jay Poroda has his Master’s degree in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Spanish, English to Speakers of Other Languages and currently works as an administrator and training consultant with Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio. As a consultant, he trains professionals in the areas of occupational language and intercultural skill development. Jay believes that all must feel safe, secure, nurtured and challenged within their environments. It is this belief that shapes his professional practice, causes him to volunteer his time with many community organizations and to author The Value of Coconut Macaroons & Other Stories – Life Lessons from a Multicultural World, a book that provides insight into the role multiculturalism plays in people’s lives.
Brian Shinn – Vice President
Brian Shinn is Chief of Staff for Franklin County Recorder Terry J. Brown, the first openly-LGBT county-wide elected official in Franklin County. Previously, he worked as an executive in the printing industry. His prior government experience includes serving as General Counsel and Chief Elections Counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and as an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio. Brian has been active in the LGBT community and the Democratic Party in Ohio for over sixteen years. He served as President of the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio for three years and on the National Stonewall Democrats Board of Trustees for five years. He has served as a Commissioner with the Columbus Community Relations Commission for ten years. Brian holds a B.A. in political science from West Virginia University and a J.D. (law degree) from The Ohio State University.
Terrence T. Wheeler - Treasurer
Terrence T. Wheeler is a lawyer with the law firm of Artz, Dewhirst and Wheeler, LLP in Columbus, Ohio. Terry serves as an advocate primarily in the areas are employment law, civil litigation, and criminal law; and serves as a private mediator and arbitrator for a variety of matters. Terry earned a B.A. (journalism) and J.D. (law degree) from The Ohio State University. Terry is also a co-director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and the Academic Director for the Mediation & Dispute Resolution Certificate Program, which are both located at Capital University Law School, where he is also an adjunct professor teaching negotiation and mediation courses. Terry has been active in the dispute resolution at the local, state, national and international levels working with schools, universities, communities, courts, government agencies, and private and non-profit organizations. Terry is a Former President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Conflict Resolution, former co-chair of the ACR Standards Committee and former member of the ACR Grievance Committee.
Letha Pugh – Secretary
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Columbus, Ohio has been Letha’s home for the last 12 years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a BSN in Nursing, she spent 5 years in Memphis, Tennessee at the University of Memphis Center for Community Health before moving to Columbus. Currently, she is a Clinical Administrator for a small home health agency and a small business owner. Letha provides nursing services, including, but not limited to home health agency consultation, first aid, CPR and teaches Delegated Nursing classes for the Department of Development Disabilities. She is excited to be a member of this great LGBT community and is looking forward to serving the community. She is very comfortable with her identification and believes that young and old need role models to help them find that inner peace. Letha hopes the hard work will eventually pay off.
Born in Mexico City, Polett Cahue now calls Ohio home. Polett served in the United States Air Force for six years, while also earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Polett currently works as an Applications Developer at J.P. Morgan Chase. Polett believes strongly in giving back to her community. She has volunteered at the YWCA and Mid-Ohio Food Bank. She looks forward to serving Stonewall and the GLBT community through her work on the Board of Trustees.
Vicki Crombie, native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from South High School. After high school , she started working at Nationwide Insurance and held many positions from entry level to executive management. She retired from Nationwide in 2006 with thirty-eight (38) years of service. Also, that same year, she graduated from Ohio Dominican University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration with honors. Vicki has volunteered for four (4) years at Stonewall when she decided she would like to run for Stonewall Board of Trustees. Vicki is currently working for Sheakley Unicomp as a Client Relations Manager.
Thomas (Andy) DeVore
Andy DeVore is a Columbus native and enthusiast. Andy graduated from United Way’s Pride Leadership program in 2012 and was honored as a Who’s Who in Columbus LGBT in 2012. Andy is currently employed with Nationwide Insurance and active on the PRIDE Associate Resource Group as well as Diversity and Inclusion groups internally. These programs added to his professional experience in inclusion of the community add to his value of expanding Stonewall’s outreach. Andy works with several Columbus organizations and is proud to be a member of the Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees.
Lauren is a native of Wilmington, Ohio. She graduated from Muskingum College with a degree in Public Affairs in 2003. Lauren is currently employed at Cardinal Health in Dublin and has been active in the Equality Network since its inception. She has served as the Marketing Chair and Co-President of the companies’ employee resource group and was part of the initiative to have the Pride flag flown outside of the companies’ headquarters during the month of June. Lauren is proud to be a member of the Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees and is looking forward to serving the GLBT community.
Deittra has been an active board member and volunteer for Stonewall Columbus, Inc. She currently serves the organization in two capacities. First, she Chairs the Development Committee and assists in efforts of donor development and fundraising. She also holds the title of Procurement and Logistics Coordinator for Pride. Her other passions are training and riding in the local Pelotonia, where she personally bikes 100 miles to raise money for cancer research. caring for her dog Buddha, networking, sharing adventures with friends and travel also are favorites for Deittra.
Lee Ann Williams
Lee Ann retired from the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a Deputy Superintendent-Executive Assistant-Human Resources Administrator-Manager-Chemical Dependency Counselor-Line Staff.
She is a member of Cloak and Dagger dinner theater, United Way Pride Leadership Cycle 5, Pickerington Community Theatre, Ohio LBA, Ohio Lesbian Festival, Wimfest Coordinator, NOW, New Leaf Columbus, “Let’s Make it Better” and was named to Who’s Who in GLBT Columbus 2013.
Ms. Williams graduated from Hocking College and received an Associate’s Degree in Public Service/Corrections and attended Ohio University.
Lee Ann’s life partner since 2004 is Cindy and her only child, Senior Airman Ian C. Williams and his wife, Morgaine, are stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico