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.

Transportation & Infrastructure Development Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)


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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. 

Principal, New Morning Energy, LLC


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Ms. Snoke has over 30 years of experience in operations and administration in the transportation and parking industry.  For the past 29 years, she has worked for The Ohio State University. In her current position, she has oversight responsibility for the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS), Vehicle Maintenance and Fleet, Traffic Management, and Parking Contract Management. 

Ms. Snoke is an active member of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), International Parking Institute (IPI), and Campus Parking and Transportation Association (CPTA).  She also currently represents Ohio State as a Mobility Ambassador for Smart Columbus.

Director of OSU Transportation & Traffic Management


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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. 

Director, Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation


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Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Mr. Syler was the fleet maintenance manager for the City of Little Rock and also served in the military for 24 years in the Army and Army National Guard in various maintenance and logistics positions across the world.  During his tenure at the City of Dublin, he has helped guide the city to recognition in the Government Fleet Leading Fleets.  Dublin is also a certified Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio as well as a certified Masters Fleet Operation by Fleet Counselors Services.

Mr. Syler is a graduate of Troy State University and Georgia Military College and holds a CPFP from the American Public Works Association. He also serves as the chair of the Fleet Management Committee of the APWA.   

Director of Fleet Management, City of Dublin


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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.

EV Fleet Business Development Manager, Nissan North America


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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).

President, AFV International, LLC


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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.

Fleets and Facility Maintenance Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio


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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. 

Public Involvement Manager, Ohio EPA


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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.

Fleet and Facilities Manager, Smith Foods


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. 

Chief Executive Officer, Benchmark Biodiesel


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Mr. Emery has 40 years of experience in business development with companies in several industries and has significant experience in the coal, steel, oil, and natural gas industries.  In his current position with W.W. Williams, a sales and service company concentrating on vehicle fleets of all kinds, he focuses on diversifying the company's business.  He has extensive experience in the coal, steel, oil, and natural gas industries.


Mr. Emery graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science  in Comprehensive Science and has in-depth knowledge of quality assurance processes, including Six Sigma, ISO standards and lean initiatives.

Vice President, Business Development, W.W. Williams


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

Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Columbus Yellow Cab


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.

Chief of Transit Operations, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)


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Columbus, OH 43220-2300