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Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee Seeking Applicants

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is seeking applicants for the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services strives to ensure that the voices of Ohio’s 67,000 women veterans are heard. ODVS Director Chip Tansill appoints a committee of engaged and knowledgeable women veterans to provide advice, counsel and input on issues, opportunities and programs impacting Ohio women veterans.

At the quarterly meetings, the ODVS Director, Legislative Liaison, Chief Legal Counsel and Women Veterans Coordinator provide reports and engage in dialogue with the Advisory Committee. The Chair or Vice Chair of the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee facilitate meetings.


The Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee serves at the pleasure of the ODVS Director to identify and assess the needs of Ohio’s women veterans and assists ODVS in providing information to women veterans about benefits, entitlements, education, employment and training. The committee recommends and plans events to advance professional development, camaraderie and the positive image of women veterans.


Members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the ODVS Director. Terms are two years, with the majority of appointments occurring in January of even numbered years. The Advisory Committee functions under a three-tier structure:

-Board Members, voting

-Emeritus Members, non-voting

-Committee Members, non-voting

Board Members

This 11-member voting Board consists of six at-large and five district representatives provide input to the ODVS Director and chair a conference committee.

Emeritus Members

These members are appointed by the ODVS Director in recognition of their tenured service to the Advisory Committee, Emeritus Members provide input to the ODVS Director and the Board Members and serve as mentors to Committee Members.

Committee Members

Appointed from throughout Ohio, non-voting Committee Members provide input to Board Members, serve on a biennial conference committee and are critical to succession planning.

Meeting Attendance

Members must attend 60% of the meetings. Quarterly meetings are generally held at 11 am on Fridays in Central Ohio and last about 90 minutes.

Roles and Expectations, Rules and Guidelines

Advisory Committee Members function as advocates and ambassadors for Ohio’s 67,000 women veterans. They also leverage connections and resources to advance the Advisory Committee’s mission, provide advice and recommendations to the ODVS Women Veterans Coordinator and help plan the biennial Ohio Women Veterans Conference.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume or biography for Director Tansill’s consideration. DEADLINE: February 2, 2018.

Please email applications to:

Sandra Puskarcik, ODVS Ohio Women Veterans Coordinator


Please contact Sandra at or call 614.752.8941.

CLICK HERE for more information such as:

-Advisory Committee Rules and Guidelines

-Expectations of Advisory Committee Members

-District Map

-Sample Letter of Interest


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