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Meet the policy staff

Suzanne Dulaney, Executive Director






Cheryl Subler, Managing Director of Policy

Born in Darke County, Cheryl struggles with pronunciation since many towns in her area are spelled correctly but pronounced in a unique, Ohio-style, including Versailles (pronounced Ver-SALES), and Russia (pronounced Roosh-ey).

Cheryl has been with CCAO for 16 years, and is Managing Director of Policy, meaning she has the tall task of coordinating the Policy Team’s efforts.  Her areas of specialties include human resources, retirement, elections, and general government.


Brad Cole, Managing Director of Research - Tax, Finance and Solid Waste Issues

A veteran statehouse observer with a knack for remembering obscure laws, Ohio Revised Code sections, and the legislative history of more things than anyone should remember, Brad specializes in county tax, funding,  transportation and purchasing related matters. 

When Brad is not reading the Ohio Revised Code and responding to some state or county official’s request for information, he likes to spend time with his wife Cindy attending marching band performances, school plays and other school related activities of any one of their three sons.

John Leutz, Legislative Counsel - Courts, Corrections and Public Safety

A native of Oak Harbor in Ottawa County, John came to Columbus to work as an Ohio Senate Page for his State Senator Paul Gillmor and chose Capital University for his undergraduate and law school education.   He has an extensive background in local government, having even dabbled in local politics as a member of council and as mayor of Grandview Heights, where he has lived for over 30 years.

John prefers to be on any golf course even though the only thing consistent about his golf game is its inconsistency.  To support his golfing habit John umpires softball and is currently president of his local umpire’s association.  He is also actively involved in the National Science Olympiad program.

He tends to miss meetings of his Northwest Kiwanis Club and consequently is President-elect of the club and also Chair of its youth soccer program.   With his 5 children well out of the nest, he is fortunate to have his five-year-old grandson living just two blocks away.

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Kate Neithammer, Policy Analyst - Human Services and Jobs, Economic Development and Infrastructure

Born and raised in Hamilton County, Kate started at CCAO in 2015. She is responsible for legislative advocacy and member services, including Medicaid, children services, child support, workforce development, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, county hospitals and county homes.

Prior to joining the CCAO family, Kate was manager of government relations with The Columbus Chamber of Commerce and a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives.