Clean Fuels Ohio Board of Directors

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Ms. Walsh is a 17-year public servant focused on transportation, economic development, energy, and community planning.  At MORPC, her team has helped advance Smart Columbus, the Hyperloop Midwest Connect proposal, and a Downtown Columbus Employee Bus “C-pass” program. She is a Columbus Business First 40 Under 40 honoree, a Central Ohio Women’s Transportation Seminar Woman of the Year, and has previously served as treasurer for Clean Fuels Ohio.

Ms. Walsh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from Wright State University.

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Dr. Shanahan provides strategic guidance on clean energy technology policy and deployment.   Appointed by the U.S. District Court, he serves on the Class Benefit Fund Board of Trustees managing disbursement of claims benefits from a class action suit involving Duke Energy. He also serves on the boards of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund and the Emerald Cities Collaborative for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As Governor Ted Strickland’s energy advisor, he played a key role in designing, negotiating and implementing SB 221 that created Ohio’s first advanced energy and efficiency portfolio standards.  During his tenure serving five Governors as executive director, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority issued $5.8 billion in bonds, supporting investments in air pollution control and prevention, energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.

Dr. Shanahan received an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. 

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Mr. Arnold started with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as an organization director in 1985 and became Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy in 1995. His work encompasses economic, environmental and social issues related to energy production and infrastructure development.  He has worked with regulators, government leaders and community stakeholders on utility aggregation, interconnection, fueling facilities, biofuels and biomass, wind and solar generation, transmission lines and pipelines, as well as oil and gas exploration.


Mr. Arnold has participated in several Public Utilities Commission of Ohio working groups concerning electric infrastructure and gas pipelines. He is dedicated to helping families and communities explore the benefits of new fuel sources and issues for additional planning adoption and use. 

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Prior to joining Nissan North America, Ms. Maves was a lawyer for the State Medical Board of Ohio and was Director of Grant Administration for Clean Fuels Ohio.  At Clean Fuels Ohio, she managed more than $25 million in federal and state grants and served as the staff lawyer, drafting and negotiating all grant award and consulting contracts.  She was also responsible for implementing and managing Clean Fuels Ohio's Drive Electric Ohio initiative.

Ms. Maves earned a bachelor of arts degree from DePauw University and a JD from Indiana University at Bloomington.  She currently serves as a director of First Federal Savings Bank in Indiana.

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Mr. McGlinchey has over 40 years of technical automotive experience and has been dedicated to alternative fuels for the past 30 years.  His work has focused on training and teaching.  After retiring from West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, he formed AFV International, a consulting firm which offers alternative fuel training services in France, Bangladesh, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South America.


Mr. McGlinchey served on the CSA Group’s original NGV-2 and NGV-3 task force to establish automotive conversion system standards, and more recently, has focused on the CSA’s Fuel System Inspector Certification, training technicians nationwide.  He also serves with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to help develop alternative fuel technician and training program certification (F-1 and H-1).

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Mr. Burns is an accomplished  professional with over 34 years of experience in the fleet industry. He has been an advocate for many of the city's green initiatives and has developed and implemented the adoption of Biodiesel fueling, large-scale back-up power programs for government operations, including fueling operations, municipal CNG programs (vehicles, fueling infrastructure for both municipal and public access, CNG station professional maintenance services), and fleet sustainability programs.

Mr. Burns received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Job Performance in 2008 for his oversight of the city’s $27 million fleet facility that encompasses many green energy concepts.

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Ms. McCarron has worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for 15 years. She currently manages public involvement and facilitates public hearings. She has been involved with Clean Fuels Ohio since 2001 and is dedicated to promoting the wide-spread use of alternative fuels.  


Ms. McCarron graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the Ohio State University’s School of Natural Resources. 

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Mr. Diehl's career at Smith Dairy spans 38 years. During his tenure, he has been a fleet shop technician, a human resources manager, a Wayne Dairy division manager, and Smith Dairy fleet manager.  In his current position, he is responsible for the company's 400+ vehicle fleet. He has also had oversight of the planning and implementation of the company's compressed natural gas (CNG) project which resulted in building one of Ohio's first public CNG heavy truck fuels sites and deploying Smith Dairy's first CNG-powered tractors.

Mr. Diehl is currently developing the company's fuel doctrine that will have Smith Dairy Trucking diesel independent by 2030.


Ms. Thorson co-founded Benchmark Biodiesel, Inc. in 2007 with her husband, Wade Thorson, to meet the need for biodiesel blending and infrastructure in Ohio. Since that time, Benchmark Biodiesel has grown from a start-up to a thriving business that provides reliable biodiesel blends to fleets all over the state. She is responsible for managing relationships with public and private customers, developing strategies to advance the business and promoting the use of biodiesel around the state.


Ms. Thorson has a bachelor's degree in political science from The Ohio State University.  She has been involved with the advocacy work of Clean Fuels Ohio for several years and serves on the policy and marketing committees. 


Mr. Kauffman is the third-generation leader of Yellow Cab of Columbus, a family-owned business which was established by his grandfather in 1928 using proceeds from his produce sales at the North Market in the city.  Mr. Kauffman is committed to serving the Central Ohio community and received $30,000 in 2018 in Smart Columbus rebates to replace 10 vehicles in the company's fleet with new electric taxis. Prior to joining Yellow Cab, he managed the logistics of his family’s CPS Delivery System business.

Mr. Kauffman attended the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the North Market Development Authority Board and has served on the boards of The Wexner Center, Ohio Art League and supports the Columbus Museum of Art


Mr. Allison has 30 years of transit experience at COTA, including the successful negotiation of union contracts, leading the complete overhaul of bus routes in 2017, the introduction of a text message-based emergency notification system, and robust staff development initiatives. Mr. Allison currently oversees COTA's largest division – an estimated 800 employees engaged in all aspects of the organization's central operations -including bus operators, vehicle maintenance technicians and Mobility Services, the group responsible for service to people with disabilities.  He has been also been a leader in the Midwest Transit Leadership Exchange and spearheaded efforts to engage COTA’s operations team with the Ohio Public Transportation Association.


Mr. Allison holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and an MBA from Ohio Christian University. During his tenure at the helm of COTA operations, the authority was named Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2018 by the American Public Transportation Association.


Mark oversees AEP Ohio’s efforts to provide new products and services to customers, including renewable energy, electric transportation options and various other customized offerings.  His team is also working with customers to provide electrification options in order to optimize their total energy usage.  Previously, Mark managed many of AEP’s M&A opportunities as well as strategic planning for the company across its business segments.

Prior to joining AEP in 2007, Mark served in the U.S. Navy, with tours on two ships as well as graduating from the Navy’s Nuclear Power School.  He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University. 


Frank has been in the propane industry for 19 years. He has held Regional level positions in operations, sales, and marketing for the industry’s largest companies. His experience includes acquisition integration, start up locations, and data analyzation for expense reducing operations. He has worked throughout the Mid-West and Southeast regions.

Frank began his career as a Cylinder driver and worked his way into a Regional Position within two years. He then became a General Manager for the largest location within the MLP. Frank moved into a leadership position which traveled to underperforming locations and would implement ideas to make them profitable. He was instrumental with implementation of Logistical systems for several areas of a MLP. He would organize sales teams and implement growth in specific and directed areas. He is now the managing partner for Lindens Propane.


Tom Bullock is a veteran legislative and elections professional with more than twenty-five years’ experience in public policy and community leadership. Bullock has practical experience from work with top government leaders in Ohio and Washington, D.C., including work on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide. He has served twelve years as a city councilman in his hometown of Lakewood, where he is a leader in implementing clean transportation, clean energy, and resiliency projects throughout the community. His interest in clean fuels and vehicles arises from Lakewood's character as Ohio's most walkable city and from using Clean Fuels Ohio reports and analyses. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and an M.A. in Classics from the University of London.


Michael Smucker is a mission driven business professional currently holding the position of Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Greenlots, an EV Charging Solutions provider. His success in business is based on two fundamental principles, building strong relationships and always looking for the win-win. Michael is unique in the clean energy space in that he had a previous 21 year career in apparel and accessories before turning to solar and now EV charging infrastructure.

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