Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, Chair
Jo Ann Davidson was appointed Chair of the Ohio Casino Control Commission by Governor John Kasich for her extensive leadership in local and state government as well as her track record of being a strong advocate for the people of Ohio. Davidson came to public service in 1967 after winning a seat on the Reynoldsburg City Council. In 1980, she was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.
During her 20 year legislative career Davidson advocated for welfare reform and played a major role in the deregulation of electricity in the state. In 1995, her fellow representatives selected her as the Speaker of the Ohio House. She was the first woman to hold this position and remained as speaker until leaving the House of Representatives in 2000.
Over the past decade, Davidson has formed her own consulting firm, JAD and Associates, advising on a broad range of issues involving public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and political campaigns. In January 2005, she was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee. She also remains active with various board positions and charity organizations.
Davidson has served on the board of trustees of The Ohio State University, Franklin University, and The University of Findlay. She holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Ohio University and Capital University, an honorary degree in Government Leadership from The University of Findlay, and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University.
Davidson's term expires on February 21, 2018.
June E. Taylor, Vice Chair
June Taylor serves as Vice Chair of the Ohio Casino Control Commission and brings a rich background in business, strategic planning and leadership. Taylor is president of MWV Pinnacle Advisory Services, a Cleveland-based private equity firm focused on minority business development. The firm invests in, and advises, businesses led by diverse management teams in unique industry sectors, thereby creating minority and women-controlled with competitive investment returns.
Taylor’s solid background in business, industry and talent selection gave rise to her appointment to Cleveland State University’s Board of Trustees, where she is chair of the Honorary Degree & Recognition Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee for a term through May 1, 2015.
Taylor holds two degrees from Northwestern University: a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and a Master of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in finance and marketing.
Taylor's term expires on February 21, 2019.
McKinley E. Brown
McKinley E. Brown is a retired police officer who currently serves as Chief of Detectives in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. He also assists and advises local police agencies with investigations and is a member of the Cold Case Squad.
Brown began his career in law enforcement in 1981 as a patrol officer with the Cincinnati Police Department and rose through the ranks to become Detective Sergeant of the Homicide Unit. He retired in 1998 to join the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
Brown, a military veteran, has received countless awards, citations and commendations throughout his law enforcement career. Most recently, Brown was a 2010 inductee into the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum’s prestigious 1132 Living Legends.
Brown's term expires on February 21, 2019.
Martin R. Hoke
Northeast Ohio is home to Martin Hoke who is an attorney and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving the 10th District from 1992 to 1996.
In addition to being a member of the Ohio Bar, Hoke has an impressive record as an entrepreneur. Hoke has been a board member for various non-profit institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Emmanuel Promise of Hope Shelter in Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Hoke graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and received his law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Hoke's term expires on February 21, 2017.
Will Lucas is Founder and CEO at Classana, an online platform where individuals and organizations share, discover, and organize resources for personal and professional development. He also founded Creadio, a marketing and communications firm servicing nationally recognized brands in 2007, and is Founder and Curator at TEDxToledo.
Lucas currently serves on the University of Toledo Board of Trustees and the Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. He has previously served on the Boards of Directors for Ohio Council of Community Schools, Kids Unlimited, and Lucas County CASA.
Widely recognized as a leading technology entrepreneur, Business Insider listed Lucas on The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Tech (2013), and The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology (2014). NBC New's 'The Grio' named Lucas to the Top 10 Blacks in tech to look out for in 2013. In 2015, TechCrunch listed Lucas on 40 Diverse People In Tech Who Made Big Moves In 2015.
Will graduated with a Bachelors degree in Organization Technology from the University of Toledo.
Lucas' term expires on February 21, 2017.
Ranjan Manoranjan, Principal of PRIME AE Group, leads the business development in the Midwest region. He was the CEO of 3SG Corporation.
Manoranjan holds Accounting degrees from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Institute of Cost and Management in London, England. He received his CPA designation from the Accountancy Board of Ohio in 1980.
Manoranjan was appointed to the Commission in 2011 as the CPA representative and reappointed in 2014. He also currently serves on the World of Children Board of Governors, an organization comprised of
16 international business executives who contribute their executive
skills to improving the lives of children worldwide.Manoranjan currently serves on the Ohio Society of CPAs' Political Action Committee and has served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority and Governmental Affairs Advisory Board.
Manoranjan was awarded the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2005 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) for his dedication to his ethnic heritage through American society.
Manoranjan's term expires on February 21, 2018.
John S. Steinhauer
John Steinhauer is a private practice attorney in Akron, Ohio. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate, finance and real estate Law. He specializes in managing complex interstate and multiple-jurisdiction litigation, labor, administrative agencies, regulatory matters and business transactions. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and the District of Columbia.
Steinhauer has extensive governmental experience at the state and local level. He worked for the Ohio General Assembly Legislative Reference Bureau, as an assistant city attorney and assistant prosecutor in Columbus and as special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General. He also served as a trustee for The University of Akron where he has been the chairman and the vice chairman and also served on the university’s foundation executive committee.
Steinhauer graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School, and then attended The Ohio State University where he earned three degrees including his law degree. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from The University of Akron.
Steinhauer's term expires on February 21, 2019.