The Trustees of BLW (a/k/a the BLW Committee), is a group of approximately 20 volunteers who plan the annual Buckeye Leadership Workshop and maintain the physical resources of BLW. 

They also are the primary instructors for the sessions during workshop.  The committee meets a minimum of three times during the year to plan all phases of the workshop.  Typically, 100 or more hours of work is required to present the quality of sessions and activities for which BLW is known.

Additionally, the committee will invite special "guest" presenters who have unique skills which compliment the planned sessions. Guest presenters, the Resource Center Manager, and Staff Nurse are ad hoc, non-voting members of the BLW committee.

The BLW Committee is comprised of: 


  • Four Young Adult members (16-25 years old) who serve a one year term - SAMI BROSSIA, JACK HERBST, EMILY ORTH, AND KATE WHITE.

  • Nine adult members (over 18) who serve a three year term (Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021) - NEVA BALTZELL, ARIEL BLANTON, TIM BORTON, JALISA DANHOF, MICHAEL DANHOF, DAVID KALKBRENNER, AMBER GRUNDY, TIM REYNOLDS (appointed by committee for a partial term) and TED ZECH.

  • One adult members (over 18) who serve a one year term (Class 2019) - HELEN KOUROUS-HARRIGAN

  • Additionally, because of the 4-H influence and association with The Ohio State University, there is an Ohio State 4-H Representative who serves on an indefinite and voluntary basis - LARRY HALL.

The Executive of Buckeye Leadership Workshop for 2018 Workshop are:

  • President - Christy Leeds

  • Vice President - Neva Baltzell

  • Secretary - Michael Danhof

  • Treasurer/Registrar - David Kalkbrenner

Each year, 3 adult members, and 4 young adult members are elected by popular vote of the entire workshop membership. All participants of each years’ workshop are the voting body.

The Permanent Committee was formed as a "memory".  The members provide long-term consistency. These members serve for life or until they decide to resign.

The Adult members of the Committee are divided into three "classes". The idea is that the adults who run are pretty much established and are much less likely to move or make other changes which would preclude them from serving out their term.

The Young Adult members are typically high school students or post high school or college students who are still in a state of flux. Consequently, it is probably not prudent to expect Young Adult s to serve a three year term. However, their input is critical in maintaining a dynamic and adaptable workshop environment.

Each year during Workshop, we elect 8 members to committee; four Adults and four Young Adults. This process includes being oriented and filling out a resume. As a member of the Workshop, any attendee may nominate and/or second another member. More importantly, any attendee may run for a spot in his or her category. Thus, while at Workshop, consider who you believe might make a good committee member and suggest they run.

There are a number of expectations for a committee member. This is not an "honorary" position.  The primary expectations are but not limited to:

  • Attend all retreats

  • Teach or assist in at least one session at Workshop

  • Be a member of at least three sub-committees

  • Be involved in the planning and execution of at least one Evening Program

  • Lead or assist in a Think Together Group

  • Attend daily staff meetings while at Workshop

  • Adhere to and enforce workshop rules and expectations

There are three planning retreats during the year.  One in early spring post-workshop, one in mid-fall (typically November) and one in the winter (typically January) a couple of months prior to Workshop.  Attendance is not an option. This is where the Workshop is planned. If you have to miss a retreat, a member of the Executive Committee must be notified. The circumstances must be critical in order to miss a retreat. Each member of committee is vital to the success of the Workshop and if a member cannot attend, then the slack must be picked up by other members.  Typically, well over 100 hours of work, both at retreat and during the year, is the norm. Additionally, a fee is assessed to offset the cost of food and lodging during the retreats. The venues for the retreats vary.

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