Rachael Belz

Chief Executive Officer

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Rachael is the CEO of Ohio Citizen Action and Director of Ohio Consumers Power Alliance. Rachael moved to Cincinnati in 1996 from Clean Water Action in Denver to become Cincinnati area Program Director for Ohio Citizen Action, and has been a leader in working with communities who are affected by toxic chemical pollution.  She pioneered successful “good neighbor campaigns” at Cincinnati Specialties, Rohm and Haas, AK Steel, and Sunoco.  As coal program organizer, Rachael traveled to communities across Ohio in the successful campaign to prevent AMP from building a new coal plant in Southeast Ohio, and played a key role in calling on Ohio utilities to close their highly-polluting plants.   Throughout her years in the organization, Rachael has also played key roles in statewide coordination, including training and supervising new organizers, fundraising and working closely with the field and phone canvass.In addition to her role at Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Consumers Power Alliance, Rachael serves on the steering committee of the Ohio Climate and Clean Energy Coalition.

Melissa English 

Deputy Director/Development Officer

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Melissa has worked since 1987 in a variety of non-profit organizations. These organizations reflect her social and political values and include a local Public Broadcasting affiliate, Greenpeace, the Urban Appalachian Council, the Cincinnati Arts Association and Ohio Citizen Action. She began with OCA as a field canvasser in 1995 and since then has also done program work, project management, development, communications, board development, grassroots organizing, lobbying and event planning. In 2018, she started Ohio Citizen Action's first major gifts program, including inducting founding members of the Metzenbaum Society. She's served on several non-profit boards, including the Appalachian Connection Editorial Board, Ohio Citizen Action and Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. She co-founded the Cincinnati Green Group and the Friends of the Great Miami and has twice contributed to the Green Cincinnati Plan. In 2015, she received the Risk Communication Award from the Alliance for Chemical Safety for work to improve fracking chemical disclosure. Melissa also serves as Executive Director of Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund. 

 

Stephen Gabor 

Phone Canvass Director

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Stephen earned his B.A. from Georgetown University in Political Science with a minor in history and joined OCA's staff in 1999. After his promotion to phone canvass director in 2000, Stephen embarked upon a career marked by his incredible perseverance, adaptability, innovation, and leadership.  After leaving OCA in 2012 to help run a successful business, he soon joined the board of directors, but resigned from the board in 2015 to resume his position as phone canvass director. Over his time in this role, Stephen has turned the phone canvass from what was primarily a fundraising tool into a grassroots organizing powerhouse. 

 

 

Angela Oster

Digital Communications Director

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Angela has worked for Ohio Citizen Action for more than 20 years, designing our lively and well-regarded website and online organizing programs. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Technology and Integrated Media Environment (TIME) digital arts program. In 2009, Angela was one of the inaugural recipients of Cleveland's prestigious Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Creative Workforce Fellowship, as the only fellow chosen for her work in multi-media. Angela designs all of our printed materials for community outreach, manages email and social media communication and was the lead staff person on the development of the "ActionGram."

Tatiana Rodzos

Campaign Strategist

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Tatiana first joined OCA in 2019 as a field canvasser, and quickly moved to become one of our best canvassers. In March 2020, Tatiana progressed from being out in the field, to successfully transitioning to a leading phone canvassing manager. Tatiana was promoted to Campaign Strategist in March 2021. In her role, Tatiana works on campaign development, campaign material creation, and liaises with the Field and Phone Canvasses.

Tatiana is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she studied French, International Studies, and Environmental Policy.

Sarah Strinka

Campaign Organizer

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Sarah joined the OCA Campaign team in January 2024 after knocking doors with Cleveland Field Canvass team since we reopened after the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2021. As Campaign Organizer, Sarah assists in campaign development and works closely with the canvass and digital teams to promote collaboration and support. 

Sarah is a 2020 graduate of Ohio University with a M.A. in Political Science with a focus on Human Rights and Community Development, and worked with Amnesty International as a Grassroots Advocacy & Refugee Rights intern, focused on aiding Climate Refugees. Sarah is also an avid reader and can often be seen bringing books to our Cleveland office to share with staff, and always has a recommendation at the ready.

Michael Todd

Cleveland Field Canvas Director

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Michael Todd joins OCA as Cleveland Field Canvass Director, bringing with him volunteer history with a youth leadership program and the campaigns of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Bernie Sanders. Before joining OCA, Michael worked for Clean Water Action, beginning as a canvasser and working his way up to Senior Field Manager.

Michael is currently working towards obtaining his B.A. in Environmental Science and then hopes to earn his Masters in Environmental Policy and Management. While in school, Michael volunteers with United Future Leaders as a youth mentor. 

 

 

Angie Greer

Columbus Field Canvas Director

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Angie Greer grew up in a community heavily affected by water issues. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Women's and Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University. After living through the Flint Water Crisis, Angie decided to focus on working to bring about real change for not only her community, but all communities that suffer due to environmental injustices.

Angie worked previously at Clean Water Action as a Canvass Director in their East Lansing office. She married her husband Eudomar in July of 2021. She is motivated to advocate for change in the communities that need it most.

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