Leadership 2021-02-08T11:55:24-05:00

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 – Sam Covelli
Fleet Commodore – Steve Landerman
Logkeeper – Steve Evans
Purser – Mike Stinziano
Immediate Past Grand Commodore – Alan Stockmeister

Members of the Board of Trustees

Sam Covelli (Warren)
Mehek Cooke (Columbus)
Steve Evans (Bidwell)

Barbara Gould (Indian Hill)
Stephen Landerman (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 – David Johnson (Salem)
Assistant Director – 
Region III – Barbara Gould (Indian Hill)
Assistant Director – Charles (Chip) Gerhardt
Region IV – Tim Adams (Grandview Heights)
Assistant Director – E.J. Thomas


Chair of the Admiralty – Clyde Rauch
Finance Chair – Mike Stinziano
Office Review & Regalia Chair – Mehek Cooke
Membership Chair – Victor Hipsley
Nominating Chair – William (Bill) Morgan
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