The Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee meets quarterly in central Ohio; the committee chair facilitates meetings. The ODVS Director, a cabinet-level State of Ohio position, along with the ODVS Legislative Liaison, Chief Legal Counsel and Ohio Women Veterans Coordinator attend the meetings.
The Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee serves at the pleasure of the ODVS Director to identify and assess the needs of Ohio’s women veterans and assists ODVS in providing information to women veterans about benefits, entitlements, education, employment and training. The committee recommends and plans events to advance professional development, camaraderie and the positive image of women veterans.
Members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the ODVS Director. Terms are two years. The Advisory Committee functions under a three-tier structure:
- Board members, voting
- Emeritus members, non-voting
- Committee members, non-voting
This 11-member voting Board consists of six at-large and five district representatives. Board Members provide input to the ODVS Director and chair a biennial conference committee. Board Members must be honorably discharged women veterans.
These members are appointed by the ODVS Director in recognition of their long-term service of distinction to the Advisory Committee. Emeritus Members provide input to the ODVS Director and the Board Members, serve on the biennial conference advisory board and mentor new Committee Members. Emeritus Members must have served the Advisory Committee with distinction in a long-term capacity.
Non-voting Committee Members provide input to Board Members, serve on a biennial conference committee and are critical to succession planning. Committee Members can be women veterans or women who serve women veterans in a professional or volunteer capacity.
Roles and Expectations, Rules and Guidelines
Advisory Committee members function as advocates and ambassadors for Ohio’s 67,000 women veterans. They also leverage connections and resources to advance the committee’s mission, provide advice and recommendations to the ODVS Director and plan the biennial Ohio Women Veterans Conference in collaboration with the ODVS Women Veterans Coordinator.
ODVS Ohio Women Veterans Coordinator
To learn more about ODVS efforts and the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee, contact (614) 644-0898 or email us.
"We have over 65,000 women veterans in Ohio; we have to find them. We have to make sure they know about the benefits they've earned and are entitled to use. Ladies, we are all here together today and we have a voice, we have a sisterhood. We have a responsibility to look out for each other. Let’s make some noise out there. Let’s find our sisters."
- Angela Beltz, Chair of the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee