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Governor DeWine Announces Three Appointments to OAC Board

OAC board members Tina Husted, Tom Johnson, and Beth Waldren.
Governor Mike DeWine has announced three appointments to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board, including the reappointment of two board members, Tina Husted of Upper Arlington and Tom Johnson of Somerset, and the appointment of Beth Waldren of Galena. All three board members will serve terms expiring July 1, 2025.
“We’re thrilled to continue working with Tina and Tom, and we extend our warmest welcome to Beth as she joins a phenomemal group of leaders in the arts,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “The Ohio Arts Council is fortunate to have a board equipped with talent, experience, and, above all, a shared passion for strengthening and supporting the arts and culture in our state.”
Bios for the appointed board members follow.
Ohio Second Lady Tina Husted
Tina Husted is the wife of Jon Husted, who is in his first term as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and the mother of two daughters, Katie and Kylie. She is an entrepreneur and has begun and managed three businesses on her own—as a real estate broker (Street Sotheby’s International Realty), a personal coach and ART therapist (A.R.T. Squared), and an artist (Tina’s Pastels). She is a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, where singing with the agape choir and contemporary praise groups gives her great joy. She also serves on the Staff Parish Committee, where she assists in church staff issues. Most recently, she was able to obtain a national license for a nonprofit called The Open Table (a mentoring group for those who are homeless or in poverty) and serves as the Mission Leader. She considers her faith in Christ the most central part of who she is and whose light she intends to shine into the world as much as possible.
Tina served as a board member of Franklin County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and is currently a member of the CASA Ohio State board. In 2007, she graduated as a class member of the Jo Ann Davidson of Ohio Women’s Leadership Group. She is an originator of Dan’s Fund—a brain cancer endowment fund her family started in honor of her late father, Dan Zwayer. She was born in Bucyrus.
Mayor Thomas Johnson
After retiring from a career in international banking, Mayor Thomas Johnson returned to his roots and has helped to drive investment to Perry County and Ohio’s Appalachian region. Since his election in 2009, Somerset has received more than $7 million in public and private grants, impacting civic infrastructure, economic development, arts and culture programming, and historic and nature preservation. Mayor Johnson also served on the 2014 Arts and Culture Capital Bill Committee, which recommended $3.4 million in funding for 18 Appalachian arts projects. In addition to serving as mayor, Johnson was also named executive in residence at Ohio University in 2017, where he is responsible for helping the university strategically support regional collaborations that improve quality of life in Appalachian Ohio. As part of the Ohio University’s Rural Revitalization Partnership Initiative, he identifies and helps to address the significant disparities that exist between Appalachian Ohio and the rest of the state and nation. He currently serves as a board member of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, as founding director of the Community Foundation for Perry County, and as co-chair of the Perry County Access to Healthcare Working Group. He previously served as chairman of the board for Hocking Technical College and has been appointed to the Association of Ohio Commodores.
Beth Waldren
Beth Waldren brings more than 25 years of public policy, nonprofit fundraising, and special event planning experience to the OAC. She worked in the Office of Governor George V. Voinovich from 1991 until 1999.  After her tenure there, she began working as a public affairs consultant and then as the director of development for the Columbus affiliate of Susan G. Komen.  In 2015, Beth formed her own firm–The Waldren Group–and she continues to work in the public affairs arena as a consultant, event planner, and fundraiser.
All appointments remain subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate.

The OAC Board is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the governor, and four non-voting members—two each from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The Council Board is responsible for final approval of funding requests. The Board meets four times during a calendar year and all meetings are open to the public.
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at

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