Jennifer Hogue is OSBA’s new legislative director

COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) recently named Jennifer Hogue as its new director of legislative services.

Hogue, who joined OSBA as a lobbyist in 2014, has extensive legislative experience and is responsible for all aspects of the association’s legislative efforts.

In addition to overseeing the OSBA legislative staff, Hogue lobbies on behalf of Ohio public education, prepares and presents testimony before the Ohio General Assembly, manages OSBA’s Federal Relations Network and develops agenda and staff recommendations for the association’s Legislative Platform Committee.

She also monitors Ohio Department of Education activities and supervises Kids PAC, OSBA’s political action committee. In addition, she works with the OSBA Delegate Assembly, writes articles for association publications and conducts informational and training workshops.

“Jennifer has demonstrated a creative vision for the legislative division, and the OSBA leadership is excited about that creativity as we step up to meet the future,” said OSBA Executive Director Richard Lewis.

“We are very fortunate to have such a talented individual heading up our advocacy efforts.”

Prior to joining OSBA, Hogue served as a legislative liaison at the Ohio Department of Education, worked as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate and interned in the United States Senate.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Capital University and is a graduate of River View Local’s River View High School in Coshocton County. Hogue replaces Damon Asbury, who is serving as OSBA interim deputy executive director and plans to retire from the association after that position is filled. He served as legislative director from 2009 to 2017.

In its 62nd year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.

Ohio’s Leading Chemical Companies Give Back to Local Science Teachers

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s science educators will get a boost this week when the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) hosts its 25th annual Teachers, Industry & Environment (TIE) Conference on October 11-13 at Crowne Plaza in Dublin, Ohio.

The popular TIE Conference allows Ohio’s 3rd through 8th-grade science teachers to experience an intensive two-plus days of dynamic presentations, experiments and workshops that enable them to take exciting hands-on science projects back to the classroom.

“OCTC is proud to connect teachers with the resources to bring dynamic experiments and classroom tools back to their students for the 25th year,” said Jenn Klein, president of OCTC. “Quality STEM education is fundamental, and we’re excited to help teachers provide the resources students need to succeed in today’s technology-driven global economy.”

NASA, Ohio EPA and Carnegie Science Center are among the groups presenting during the conference and will utilize fire, liquid nitrogen and other tools to demonstrate fun projects that can get kids interested in science. The conference also provides an opportunity for educators to share experiences and ideas with other educators as well as direct interaction with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and representatives from the chemical manufacturing industry.

“The conference is completely free for participating science teachers from elementary and middle schools across Ohio,” said Klein. “The conference is aligned with state science teaching standards for STEM curriculum, and materials provide educators with an abundance of information on the resources available to them.”

In addition to teaching resources, attendees have the opportunity to earn graduate credits from Ashland University and visit a working facility that produces sophisticated chemicals for the healthcare and personal products industries.

To learn more about OCTC’s 25th Annual TIE Conference and view the complete agenda, visit

About OCTC

Representing Ohio’s chemistry and related companies, the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) ​is the leading advocate for Ohio’s chemical technology industry. Learn more about Ohio’s chemistry industry and OCTC by visiting