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Governor Kasich Staff
Cleveland Ethnic Leader Meeting
April 10, 2012

A group of Cleveland cultural and ethnic leaders has been working with the staff of Governor John Kasich to facilitate communications between the Cleveland ethnic community and Columbus. A face-to-face meeting was held on Tuesday April 10 at the offices of Margaret Wong.

After a networking period, Lynn Stevens, Director of Minority Affairs for Governor John Kasich, welcomed the crowd and introduced the evening's gracious host, Margaret W. Wong.

Lynn Steven, Director of Minority Affairs for Governor John Kasich

Lynn Stevens,
Director of Minority Affairs for Governor John Kasich



Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong


Ms Stevens then introduced staff members from the Governor's Office.

Nicole Kostura, Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison - Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich

Nicole Kostura, Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison
Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich


Merle Madrid,  Director of Office of Public Liaison for Ohio Governor John Kasich

Merle Madrid, Director of Office of Public Liaison
for Ohio Governor John Kasich


The Governor's staff made it clear that they were eager to listen and hear the concerns and ideas of the NEO ethnic communities.

Committee members Debbie Hanson, August Pust, Laurel Tombazzi and Dan Hanson spoke next.

Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com

Debbie Hanson, ClevelandPeople.Com


August Pust

August Pust - city, state, national and international expert


Laurel Tombazzi

Laurel Tombazzi, Rusyn Ambassador to ClevelandPeople.Com


Dan Hanson

Dan Hanson, ClevelandPeople.Com



Committee members stressed the importance of communication between the Cleveland and NEO ethnic communities and the Governor's office.

The meeting proceeded with individuals representing many different groups coming up and sharing ideas with the crowd and the Governor's staff.

Arnie de la Porte, honorary consul for the Netherlands to Ohio

Arnie de la Porte,
Honorary Consul for the Netherlands to Ohio


Hiroyuki Fujita of QED

Hiroyuki Fujita, CEO of QED


Jonah Weinberg

Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director of
the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development


Myron Pakush, District Deputy Director for State of Ohio - Department of Transportation

Myron Pakush, District Deputy Director
for State of Ohio - Department of Transportation


Hao Zhou, VP of Chinese Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association

Hao Zhou, VP of
Chinese Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association


Jure émauc Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia

Jure émauc, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia


Hiram de Jesus, Managing Partner of  Patriot Development Group

Hiram de Jesus, Managing Partner
of Patriot Development Group


Rufus Darkortey - Liberian Ambassador to ClevelandPeople.Com

Rufus Darkortey, Liberian Ambassador to ClevelandPeople.Com


Sanjiv Kapur, Partner at Jones Day

Sanjiv Kapur, Partner at Jones Day


Judy Wong of Margaret W. Wong & Associates

Judy Wong of Margaret W. Wong & Associates


Felton Thomas, Cleveland Public Library Director

Felton Thomas, Cleveland Public Library Director


Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani, President of
Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association


Bernardine van Kessel of TeamNEO

Bernardine van Kessel of TeamNEO


Xian Wen Jin, M.D., Ph.D.  of Cleveland Clinic

Xian Wen Jin, M.D., Ph.D. of Cleveland Clinic


Mark George of CAMEO - Cleveland American Middle East Organization

Mark George, Cleveland American Middle East Organization


Vi Huynh, president of MotivAsians

Vi Huynh, president of MotivAsians


Radhika Reddy, founding partner of Ariel Ventures

Radhika Reddy, founding partner of Ariel Ventures


Liming Wang - Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association

Liming Wang, Vice Chariman of
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association


Taras Szmalaga, American Nationalities Movement

Taras Szmalaga, American Nationalities Movement


The event was a successful first step as relationships were established or reinforced and ideas shared. Thanks to Margaret Wong for hosting the evening and to the Governor's Staff for coming to listen.



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