ODPS Military Heroes Contacts

Administration

Mary Allen  [+]    752.4922

Mary Allen is a Purchasing Coordinator in the Contracts Unit of Purchasing. She has been in public service with the State of Ohio for 15 years and served her country for 7 years (1987 to 1994) with the U. S. Air Force. She served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.

Mary is the proud mother of 4 children: Ashley, fraternal twins Cynthia(married to Michael) and Dominic Jr. (married to Nikita), and Charlotte. Her son is proudly following his parents example by serving his country with the U.S. Army. He recently returned from being deployed in Iraq.

Mary joined the Military Committee in July 2010, serving as the secretary. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Lorinda Goddard    466.7561

 

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Kevin Cole    752.7646

Duke Hobson  [+]    387.3291

Duke Hobson is the Section Chief of Deputy Registrar and Administrative Services Section (D.R.A.S.S.) with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. His section and units are responsible for administering statewide operational policies, practices and/or procedures for Deputy Registrars, International Registration Plan (IRP), Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), and Unclaimed Motor Vehicle Affidavits. Collectively, these programs generate more than 6 million dollars annually in Ohio revenue. He is a recipient of both the "Excellence in Service" and "Military Service" awards, the Department's highest non-sworn recognition.

Duke is a Vietnam-era veteran who has both an active and reserve military career that spans 33 years. He is a 2004 Honor Graduate of the Army's high profile United States Sergeants Major Academy and held the highest enlisted rank attainable as a Command Sergeant Major. Command Sergeant Major Hobson has been deployed twice, initially serving 14 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was subsequently assigned intermittent Division level responsibility in the U.S. Command Sergeant Major Hobson retired from the military on April 11, 2009. Among his honors and recognitions are that he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Bronze Star; "Soldier of the Year" awarded by the United States Congress and "Soldier of the Year" awarded by the Ohio House of Representatives. As a Reserve Franklin County Deputy Sheriff, he also serves as a training officer for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Unit and is a certified Master SCUBA Diver and Professional Dive Master with that Department's Dive Rescue, Search and Recovery Team.

Duke holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He and wife LaTonya, a doctoral candidate, have a blended family of six children. The family resides in northeast Columbus.

Chris Lee  [+]    644.0590

Chris Lee has served in the capacity of Management Analyst for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Office of Field Operations, for the past 8 years. Chris has over 18 years' service to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Chris has served the ODPS Military Committee as the Operation Care Campaign Chair for 4 years.

Chris, born in Athens Greece, has never served in the military but is a product of the Air Force as his dad is a retired Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant.

Chris has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Mount Vernon Nazarene College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University. For the past 4 years, Chris has worked part-time as an Affiliate Professor for the Ohio Christian University (OCU). Chris earned his Eagle Scout in 1984.

Chris has been married for over 22 years to his wife Patrina (MSW, LISW). They have two children: Christian (Ohio Christian University) and Cierra (Belhaven Christian University). The Lee's reside in Grove City, Ohio.

Shana Still  [+]    614.752.7683

In 1995, Shana Still, came to the Ohio Department of Public Safety as a data entry operator. Since then she has been positioned throughout various areas within ODPS to include the State Highway Patrol as a secretary for eight years. Ms. Still is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of the Vehicle Information Services (VIS) section within the Office of Support Services (OSS) Department. Ms. Still's areas of responsibilities include but not limited to the International Registration Plan (IRP) unit, Registration Correspondence Control unit and Oplates.

Since the military committee's inception in 2007, Ms. Still initially served as the committee's recorder of the minutes. Currently, Ms. Still serves as the public liaison. Over the years, Ms. Still has developed, nurtured, and cultivated relationships through this committee that makes her vital to link both the public as well as in-house servicemen/families with the information and assistance that they may need.

Ms. Still holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Management Sciences (BA/MS) degree from the University of Phoenix (Polaris Division). She also has a certificate in Human Resource Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University (Downtown). She is a single mother of two girls (KaeLa and Nya) and they reside in Pickerington, Ohio.

 

Comunications

Lindsey Bohrer  [+]    614.752.6585

Lindsey currently serves as a Public Information Officer with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) where she handles all Homeland Security and Bureau of Motor Vehicles related media calls for the department. Before her position at ODPS, she worked as an Assignment Editor for WSYX-6 in Columbus, Ohio. As an Assignment Editor, Lindsey selected, developed and planned stories to be covered by reporters while maintaining contact with outside news agencies, police and fire departments, and other news sources to obtain helpful information regarding developing news. Lindsey is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Communications.

Lindsey grew up in a military family; her father has been a member of the Active Army and Ohio National Guard for 30 years. He currently serves as the Adjutant General for the State of Ohio.

Lindsey resides in Hilliard with her husband, Matthew.

 

Criminal Justice Services

Walter Brown  [+]    614.728.5466

Walter Brown has 21 years of public service that began in 1980 with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and continued at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Safety, where he serves as the Director of Grants Monitoring and Fiscal Compliance for the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS).

As director, Walter supervises a staff of four responsible for monitoring $30 million in federal funds to state agencies and local communities throughout Ohio. He plans, directs and coordinates comprehensive statewide criminal justice programs, reviews and monitors projects for effectiveness in achieving OCJS' goals and acts as a liaison to federal agencies to ensure the agency and the projects meet compliance and reporting regulations. Walter also advises the Executive Director and makes recommendations on administrative policies and procedures as well as program proposals and budget matters.

Walter served in the United States Air Force as an Auto Pilot Specialist, and was honorably discharged in 1985. He attended Franklin University and resides in Lewis Center.

Shawn Rowley    614.799.3643

 

Emergency Management Agency

Keven Clouse  [+]    614.799.3643

Keven Clouse has worked in the public sector in the Emergency Management field for over 17 years. He first became involved in emergency management as part of his Eagle Scout project in 1985-86, where he developed a team of youths to work with the American Red Cross in the event of disaster.

Keven is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned the Bronze Star for merit as a member of the 4th Infantry Division. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he deployed to southwestern Mississippi and New Orleans as a member of Task Force Buckeye. He is a qualified US Army instructor, having fulfilled the requirements of the Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3), and is currently serving a tour of duty as the Intergovernmental Affairs Officer for the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Ohio National Guard. He has served in the Army National Guard since 1986 in a variety of positions including cavalry scout, armor battalion logistics officer and M-1 Abrams Company Commander.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Otterbein College and received the Emergency Management Professional Development Series Capstone Certificate (PDS) in 1993 through the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He also completed the requirements for the Advanced Professional Development Series (APDS) in 2008.

 

Emergency Medical Services

 

Homeland Security

Andrew Stefanik  [+]    614.752.5560

 

Investigative Unit

Mandowl Nixon  [+]    614.752.5995

Mandowl Nixon has been on staff with the State of Ohio for 15 years. He serves on the Ohio Investigative Unit's (OIU) Training Committee, The Underage Drinking Coalitions and the Make it Happen Foundation of Columbus.

Mandowl has over 21 years of military service. In 2007, he was selected to represent OIU as a member of the newly formed ODPS Military Committee. He also actively participates on two subcommittees; Awards and Recognition, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR subcommittee was instrumental in the ODPS Military Committee receiving three awards at the state level; Above and Beyond, ESGR Pro Patria and AMVETS Pro Patria awards in the first year of its inception.

Marcella Kindle  [+]    614.752.5587

Marcella L. Kindle, began her career with the Ohio Department of Public Safety in 1996 with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In 1998, she became a Secretary with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and was later promoted to her current position as OIU's Food Stamp Administrator. As the OIU Food Stamp Administrator, she works closely with Job and Family Services and the USDA to coordinate food stamp fraud and assist with WIC fraud investigations.

Marcella is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving five years active and one year reserve duty. She was stationed in four states and in Korea during her military service. When her tour of duty was up, she returned to her hometown of Fremont, Ohio where she worked for the Fremont City Water Department. She also was a member of Leadership Sandusky County and a volunteer for T.A.S.C. (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes). She holds an Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Management.

Marcella resides in Columbus and has two adult daughters.

 

Legal Representative

 

State Highway Patrol

Lieutenant Raymond Haas  [+]    419.238.3055

Ray has been employed by the Highway Patrol, since March 1988. He was a member of the 117th Academy Class which was commissioned in September 1988. During his 22 years with the Patrol, he has been assigned as a Trooper at the Ashtabula Post, Sergeant at the Van Wert Post and his current assignment as Post Commander of the Van Wert Post. His awards include Ashtabula Post Trooper of the Year, 20 years Safe Driving, Health and Fitness with Star and the Field Training Officer Ribbon.

Ray joined the Navy while still in high school in 1980 and attended boot camp at Great Lakes, IL in August 1981. After attending Builder "A" School in Port Hueneme, Calif. he was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three where he made deployments to Okinawa, Japan; Rota, Spain; Subic Bay, Philippines; Crane, Indiana; and Civic Action Team 0327 to Yap and Ulithi, Atoll. In 1987 he decided to leave active service and join the reserves.

While in the reserves Ray was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty in Columbus, Ohio until it was de-commissioned in 1994. During that time he served in the embark office as, MLO / CTR Chief, and Operations Chief. He next transferred to the 7th Naval Construction Regiment in Newport, R.I. and served as the Schools Chief in the training department.

Ray transferred to Naval Construction Battalion One's Augment Unit in 1996 and served as the Columbus Detachment's Officer in Charge. He transferred to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-six in October 2000 and was serving as Delta Company Commander when he was mobilized with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven in January 2002 where he deployed to Rota, Spain, and served as Charlie Company Project's Chief and Charlie Company Commander. In February 2003 he was again mobilized and served as Detachment Officer in Charge for NMCB-26's Souda Bay Detachment until September of 2003.

He served as the Engineering Officer in the Operations department of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty Six until September 2005 when he was assigned to work at First Naval Construction Division overseeing the recovery operations for Hurricane Katrina. Upon returning from 1NCD in November 2005 Ray served as the Seventh Naval Construction Regiment Equipment Officer.

In January 2008 Ray reported to the Twenty Second Naval Construction Regiment, and was mobilized as Central Command Operations Officer (FWD) where he deployed to Kuwait with frequent travel to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa overseeing military construction throughout the CENTCOM Area.

Ray's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (4), Air Force Organizational Excellence Ribbon, Battle 'E' Ribbon (3), Good Conduct Medal, Reserve Good Conduct Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, Navy Expert Pistol Medal and he is a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist.

On December 4th, 2010 with over 30 years service to our county, Chief Warrant Officer Four Ray Haas retired from the Navy Reserve.

Staff Lieutenant Brian Landis      614.466.3283

 

Traffic Safety Office

Robin Lester      614.466.4041

Rebecca Lewis    614.752.7794

 

Training

Chris Vincenty    614.752.4143