Greetings from the PolyColumbus Board of Directors!
The board of directors is the highest governing body of PolyColumbus, setting strategy, policy, and the budget for the organization. We encourage any person meeting our key criteria to nominate themselves for consideration for current or future open seats on the board.
After fourteen years as “the little discussion meeting that could,” we formalized in 2014, including the creation of a board of directors. The current members of our board of directors are:
In addition to being on the PolyColumbus board of directors, Susan serves as Acting Executive Director. In that role, Susan assumed the day-to-day operations when Karen’s board term expired. Acting with the same authority as the Executive Director, until the Board meets in early 2017 to vote on these organizational matters. Previously Susan served as Treasurer and Deputy Executive Director.
Susan is a supportive and active presence at Beyond on Love, presenting three workshops at the 2014 event. In addition to speaking at local universities, she presented about polyamory at the Sexy Secular Conference at the University of Akron, has been interviewed at length by the Humanist Hour, and has no plans of slowing down.
Together with her former partner and now close friend, she writes and edits the blog Looking Through Us, a blog dedicated to ethical non-monogamy and polyamory. Susan has an undergraduate degree in American Studies and German, as well as an M.B.A.
Susan has lived poly for over a decade. She has been married to a wonderful man since 1999 and is currently dating two terrific guys. She is mother to two amazing, busy, and open-minded children and keeps busy freelance writing, writing poetry, and finding her zen on her yoga mat.
Margaret’s bio (and a larger photo) coming soon!
Misty holds a B.S. in nursing, is licensed as a Registered Nurse, and has been active in that field full-time for over fourteen years. She and her husband have been polyamorous for fourteen years, long before it was the trendy thing to do.
Among other accomplishments, Misty began the Poly in the Midwest Facebook group, and provides assistance running the Beyond the Love Polyamory Summit.
When not spreading the good news of polyamory, Misty enjoys boxing, gardening, drinking good beer, and marveling at the brilliance of her two small dogs (occasionally simultaneously).
Identifying as a pansexual woman who has been polyamorous for over four years, Michelle Vaughan is a professor of psychology in Ohio and a licensed psychologist. She led several nonprofit organizations on LGBT issues at the University of Akron, the former Akron Pride Center, as well as within the American Psychological Association.
Michelle will be moving to Dayton in the summer of 2016 to join the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University to train future psychologists. Her professional and research interests include LGBTQ issues and consensual non-monogamies. She has presented both regionally and nationally on polyamory and other consensual non-monogamies.
Among other subjects, Michelle advises PolyColumbus on the current state of social science research regarding polyamory.