9th Annual Gold Star Awards Luncheon Program




Mr. Jay Somerville, ENP,

    Technical Services Bureau Commander, City of Dublin.


Honor America

Posting of the Colors – Westerville Division of Fire Honor Guard                                   

National Anthem—Mr. Mel Meloy

    Communications Supervisor,  Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office  



Steve Norden, Dublin Police Chaplain 

    New Hope Church in Powell, Ohio




Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jay Somerville, ENP

Text Box: 9th Annual Gold Star
Awards Luncheon
April 16, 2008
Columbus, Ohio


Keynote Speaker

Lieutenant Susan M. Rance-Locke

    Ohio State Highway Patrol


Sponsor Recognition

Mr. Greg Wenz, ENP-  Chair - Ohio Gold Star Awards Program,

    Operations Director—Hamilton County Communications Center


Award Presentations

Mr. Jay Somerville, ENP, Emcee



Awards Presenter:

Mr. Jay Somerville, ENP



Text Box: Ohio
Gold Star
Award Program

         Gold Star Certificates


 Double Gold Awards - Dispatch Teams


Solid Gold  Awards - 2007 Ohio Telecommunicator of the Year Award



Chaplain Steve Norden



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Hosted by the Ohio Chapters 
   APCO  and  NENA

         “God Bless America”  Mr. Mel Meloy



Seated at the Head Table: 

Chaplin Steve Norden,  Kim Brandt,  Jay Somerville, Lieutenant Susan M. Rance-Locke,  Holly Wayt,  Greg Wenz


          Thank you all for attending.  We welcome you to the 2007 Gold Star Awards Program.  It is with great pleasure that the Ohio Chapters of     NENA and APCO welcome the recipients of the Gold Star Awards and their guests.  We are extremely proud of each nominee and the work they do every single day.  Making a selection of this type is very difficult since all the telecommunicators in the State do an outstanding job.  Every telecommunicator has handled calls during the year that would be award winning.  Additionally, their dedication and the service they provide to the public on a daily basis makes everyone in the State of Ohio a winner.

           We extend a special thanks to the 2007 Gold Star Awards Committee who have worked hard to prepare for today’s event.  They have devoted much time and energy to make this special recognition a success.  We thank the supervisors and administrators for all the superb nominations that they offered.

           We also want to acknowledge the corporate sponsors for their generous financial support of the Gold Star Program, as well as for their continuous support for Ohio NENA and APCO.

           To all the nominees, on behalf of NENA and APCO, we offer our sincere congratulations, appreciation, and thanks for jobs well done.



     Holly Wayt         Kim Brandt     

              Holly Wayt, ENP                                  Kim Brandt           

           President,                                            President,

             Ohio Chapter APCO                         Ohio Chapter NENA


Ohio Chapter of APCO, Executive Board



Holly E. Wayt,  ENP -  City of Westerville Communications


1st Vice President

Matt Franke, City of Oxford Police Department


2nd Vice President

Michael P.  Banks,  RPL -   Wadsworth Police Department



Danielle J. Klavinger,  ENP  -  Lucas County Emergency Services


Executive Council Representative

Lynne Feller,  Wayne County Justice Center



Ohio Chapter of NENA Board



Kim Brandt,  Van Wert County 9-1-1


Vice President

Rose Chambers,  Wood County Sheriff’s Office



Anne Barr, RPL -  Union County Sheriff’s Office



Valerie DeRose,  Summit County Emergency Management



The Gold Star Awards committee would like to thank the following

people for their support and participation in the program.


Lieutenant Susan M. Rance-Locke

Chaplain Steve Norden

The Westerville Division of  Fire Honor Guard

Mel Meloy

Jay Somerville


The Gold Star Selection Committee


Ms. Holly Wayt

Mr. Monte Diegel

Mr. Jay Somerville

Ms. Anne Barr





Ohio’s Gold Star Award Program for



 The Ohio Chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) have worked together to recognize the outstanding work performed by public-safety communications personnel in Ohio.  Both Chapters see a critical need for positive recognition and acknowledgement of the fine work that is performed by the State’s communications professionals.   Our goal is to publicly express appreciation, and to recognize both outstanding individual and team performance and consistent, steadfast leadership in public-safety communications.  Both of the Chapters are proud to present The Ohio 9-1-1 Gold Star Awards program.  Because Telecommunicators work in the background, behind the lights, sirens and cameras, they are sometimes overlooked for their critical role in public safety.  APCO and NENA have worked in concert to promote and recognize outstanding performance in the dispatch centers around Ohio.  Thank you for joining us today to show your appreciation for these dedicated and hard working individuals.



The Gold Star Award Committee



2007 Gold Star Certificates



Communication Technician Kimberly Bugbee-Conrad

Lancaster Police Department




Police Communications Technician Lisa Lazar

Columbus Division of Police




Dispatcher Deputy Michelle (Shelly) Vajen

Wood County Sheriff’s Office




2007 Double Gold Awards





Westerville Communications Division

Communications Technicians Claudia Estepp

Communications Technicians Susan Vargo

Communications Technicians Marcy Ross

Communications Technicians Julie Ruzicska

Communications Technicians Amy  Dent

Communications Technicians Steve Morlan

Dispatcher Gretchen McElroy – Marion City PD


For superb interagency teamwork apprehending a kidnapping

suspect and the safe return of the victim, August 8, 2007







City of Cleveland, Bureau of Communications

Police  Radio Dispatcher Andria Cabaniss    Police  Radio Dispatcher Terrence Chavis

Police Radio Dispatcher  Patricia  Cross       Police  Radio Dispatcher Toni Fleetwood

Police  Radio Dispatcher Terri Robinson



Lakewood Police Department

                 Dispatcher Anna Kluiber                                Dispatcher Jamie Kappa




Lancaster Police Department       &     Pickerington Police Department

Communication Technician  Christy L. Sutphen      Public Safety Dispatcher Melanie Large

Communication Technician Stacy England              Public Safety Dispatcher Davita Willis



Muskingum County Sheriffs Office

Communications Officer Joleen Kinsel        Communications Officer Jaime  Swingle



Putnam County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1


 Telecommunicator Tonya  Amstutz  Telecommunicator Abbot Carder

Telecommunicator Todd Closson     Telecommunicator Dave Herring

   Telecommunicator Ali Hoffman         Telecommunicator Nancy Hovest

                     Telecommunicator Sara Pedrosa      Telecommunicator Heather Schellenbarger

              Telecommunicator Mike Schroth      Telecommunicator Laura Schwarzman

Telecommunicator  Sue Williams



Toledo Police Department Communications Bureau


9-1-1 Operator Lucinda Craig                  9-1-1 Operator Christopher Evans

9-1-1 Operator Christine Hottmann       9-1-1 Operator Stephenie Lanoce

9-1-1 Operator Jenna Korsog                9-1-1 Operator Laurie  Kwasniak

9-1-1 Operator  Kristen Montrie        9-1-1 Operator Linda Sanders

9-1-1 Operator Tania Schneider             9-1-1 Operator Heather Whitmore




2007 Solid Gold Award





Communication  Specialist Terry Gluszek 


Brunswick Division of Police


For expertly managing a call from a mother who had been stabbed repeatedly by her own son, November 28, 2007.




Dispatcher Deputy Karrie Baker

Wood County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher Tim Clapp



Communication Technician Dawn Cunningham

Lancaster Police Department


Dispatcher Melissa Kessler

South Summit Central Dispatch


Dispatcher Keith Knox

Ross County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher Kelli Lillash

Geauga County Sheriff’s Office


Communications Shift Supervisor Daniel Maurer

Union County Sheriff’s Office


Communications Technician Lori Wampler

Westerville Communications Division


Dispatcher Dawn E. Ward

Fairborn Police Department

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Communication  Specialist Terry Gluszek  
Brunswick Division of Police
For expertly managing a call from a mother who had been stabbed repeatedly by her own son
 November 28, 2007. .














2007 Gold Star Awards Supporting Sponsors



The Gold Star Committee is extremely grateful to these companies for their sponsorship of the Ohio Gold Star Awards Program.  Their generosity allows the recognition of our Ohio heroes. Thank you very much.














We also wish to express our sincere  thanks to the following  vendors for their generosity supplying corporate promotional items for all the nominees:




Sound Communications







Today’s Lunch Includes:


Garden Salad and Bread

Peppercorn Crusted Sirloin Medallions With Merlot Demi Glace

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Green Beans Almondine 

New York Cheese Cake with Strawberries


Belgium Chocolate Mousse Cake