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Tina Husted, Ohio Arts Council board member

Governor DeWine Appoints Tina Husted to OAC Board

Governor Mike DeWine has appointed Second Lady of Ohio Tina Husted to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Board for a term ending July 1, 2020.

“We’re very excited to welcome Mrs. Husted to the OAC board,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “Her experience as an artist, dedication to giving back to the community, and commitment to holistic well-being through athletic and artistic practice undoubtedly inspires others to pursue their passions in meaningful and creative ways. We look forward to working with Mrs. Husted to further the OAC’s mission of strengthening Ohio communities through artistic engagement and meaningful arts experiences.”

Mrs. Husted is a real estate broker, personal coach and ART (active release techniques) therapist, business owner, entrepreneur, and artist. Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, Mrs. Husted earned the titles of All-Ohio Honorable Mention Basketball Point Guard and multi-year State Champion in track and field while a student at Colonel Crawford High School. She furthered her athletic career at Ohio University (OU), where she majored in physical therapy with a minor in psychology while continuing to run track. At OU, Mrs. Husted also volunteered at the student health center’s physical therapy department and with the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Mrs. Husted’s interests in health, wellness, and mentoring extended to her post-graduate involvement in a variety of causes and organizations. An avid supporter of organ donation, Mrs. Husted is an originator of Dan’s Fund, a brain cancer endowment fund started in honor of her late father, Dan Zwayer. Mrs. Husted has served as a board member of Franklin County’s CASA (court appointed special advocates) and now serves as a member of the CASA state board. In 2007, she graduated as a class member of the Jo Ann Davidson of Ohio Women’s Leadership group.

A member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Mrs. Husted sings with the agape choir and contemporary praise groups. She also continues her devotion to service through the Staff Parish Committee. Recently, Mrs. Husted was able to obtain a national liscense for the Open Table, a nonprofit mentoring group for homeless individuals and those living in poverty, an organization for which she also serves as the mission leader.

In her free time, Mrs. Husted enjoys creating original artworks with pastel chalk, her preferred medium, as well as pencil, watercolor, and acrylics. She has also returned to her running roots, participating in several marathons, 50Ks, and 50 mile races and earning the title of one of the country’s “Top 15 Master Female Runners” in 2014 as determined by Runner’s World Magazine. Mrs. Husted has also shared her expertise as a coach with Worthington Kilbourne’s track and cross county teams.

Mrs. Husted and her husband, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Jon Husted, have two daughters, Katie, 9, and Kylie, 7.

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.

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Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist
Featured photo courtesy of Tina Husted

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