Leadership 2024-01-23T10:04:30-05:00

Leadership & Board Members

Founded by Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes in 1966 during a ceremony at the Perry Monument at Put-In Bay, the Association of Ohio Commodores has been in existence for over 46 years. Named for the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Governor Rhodes established the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodores (which encompasses membership in the Association) to honor 60 Ohio businessmen who accompanied him on Ohio’s first international trade mission. Since then, more than 600 men and women have been appointed to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore as recognition of their contributions to economic development in their communities, and to the State of Ohio.

Executive Committee

Grand Commodore – David Johnson
Fleet Commodore – Mike Stinziano
Logkeeper – Ryan Wright
Purser – Thomas W. Johnson
Immediate Past Grand Commodore – Sam Covelli

Members of the Board of Trustees

Sam Covelli (Warren)

David Johnson (Salem)

Sterling Williams (Warren)
Steve Evans (Bidwell)

Barbara Gould (Indian Hill)
Thomas W. Johnson (Columbus)
Ginni Ragan (Columbus)
Robert Roach (Columbus)
Mike Stinziano (Canal Winchester)
Ryan Wright (Jackson)

Regional Directors & Board Members

Region I – Ross McGregor (Springfield)
Assistant Director – 
Region II – William Kennedy (Poland)
Assistant Director – Linda Kuzior  (Canfield)
Region III – Barbara Gould (Indian Hill)
Assistant Director – Charles (Chip) Gerhardt
Region IV – Sam Porter (Columbus)
Assistant Director – David Johns (Hilliard)


Chair of the Admiralty – Clyde Rauch
Finance Chair – Mike Stinziano
Office Review & Regalia Chair – Cara Brook
Membership Chair – Victor Hipsley
Nominating Chairs – Alan Stockmeister & Clyde Rauch
Golf and Fund Raising Chair – Victor Hipsley, Ike Stage, Robert Roach John McGough and Jacob Bell
Summer & Winter Meeting Chair – Thomas Johnson
General Counsel – Steve Cuckler
Chaplain – Thomas Starr

Other Key Roles

Communications Coordination – Thomas Starr
Strategic Planning Session Leadership –
Programs and Arrangements – Gordon Gough and Victor Hipsley
Lifetime Membership – Ginni Ragan