Join Experts for Advocacy 101: A Panel Event

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Join us on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST. All are welcome, and live captioning will be available! Register for the Zoom meeting here:

With Ohio's Biennial Budget just around the corner, the Ohio HCBS Coalition is hosting 3 experts to give you an introduction to effective advocacy. During the hour-long panel, you'll hear from three panelists on the foundations of organizational and personal advocacy.

Connie Nolder

Connie Nolder is the President of CRN Consulting. She founded the political consulting firm in 2004 and has represented a variety of clients with an emphasis on assisting non-profits who advocate for civil rights for all Ohioans.

Connie has worked as the Senior Director of Government Relations for the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Director of Government Relations for the Ohio Telecom Association, Legislative Liaison for the Ohio Department of Insurance and as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Tom Luken (D-Cincinnati).

Nolder’s recognition includes Eternal Optimist Award, President’s Award, and Distinguished Service Award, from the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. She also received Board Recognition from the Ohio Telecom Association. Connie is a member of the Ohio Lobbying Association.

Gina Wilt

Gina joined COHHIO in November 2017 after managing lobbying efforts with CRN Consulting, Ltd. for the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in the state budget.

Gina previously served over a decade as senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, and has worked for the Ohio Association for Justice and the Centers for Independent Living.

She also has experience with federal advocacy and coalition building. A native of Botkins, Ohio, Gina graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications and Political Science.

Susan Koller

Although disabled all her life, Susan only joined the Disability Advocacy field in 2018 when circumstances compelled her to do so. Prior to joining this field, she worked in Public Relations for 10 years working with a graphic novel publishing company and a nonprofit organization.

In 2018, Susan participated in the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence for Developmental Disabilities' Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program as a self-advocate trainee to learn about Disability Advocacy. Her experience in LEND was so life-changing that Susan decided to leave her public relations work in order to focus full-time on advocacy.

The advocacy work she currently participates in is a result of her membership on Disability Rights Ohio's (DRO) Board Of Directors and her involvement with the Association Of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). She also enjoyed volunteering for another disability advocate's campaign for the Ohio House of Representatives. Susan has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and a master's degree in Public Administration both from Wright State University.


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