Rep. Dorothy Pelanda has been named Director of the ODA. Photo courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse.

Rep. Dorothy Pelanda tapped to lead ODA

Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) was nominated Thursday to serve as the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by Gov.-elect Mike Dewine. In addition, Laurie Stevenson has been nominated to head the Ohio EPA.

Pelanda will be stepping into the ODA director role occupied by Tim Derickson since October and previously held by David Daniels. Derickson will stay at ODA and return to his position as assistant director.Pelanda served on the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. Pelanda has been active on the state legislature, representing the 83rd House District, which includes Union and Logan counties, as well as most of Marion County.

Pelanda’s career in public service began in 2011 when she was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives. She quickly distinguished herself as a leader in the General Assembly, eventually being selected by her collegues to serve as House Majority Whip and House Majority Floor Leader. Pelanda is a graduate of Marysville High School, Miami University, and the University of Akron School of Law.

Pelanda practiced law in her own private practice for nearly 30 years, where she represented hundreds of clients from Union County and the surrounding area.
She has called Ohio home all her life and still lives on the farmland in Marysville where she was raised. Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein and they have three adult children.

Laurie Stevenson

Laurie Stevenson most recently served as Deputy Director for Business Relations Ohio Environmental Protection Agency where she acted as a primary contact for regulated entities to help coordinate permitting activities within the Agency, particularly for complex projects requiring multiple permits. In addition, she served as an Agency contact to help coordinate compliance assistance-related education and outreach activities. She also helped assist regulated entities with problem-solving related to permitting and regulatory issues. Stevenson has worked at Ohio EPA for more than 20 years.

Gov.-elect DeWine is set to be sworn in Jan. 14.

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  1. I think HSUS and Petland should be investigated. Is it legal to take in millions in donations, then spend only 1% on the animals you collected it for? And how about HSUS taking trips to foreign countries to save dogs from being killed for food when shelters euthanize dogs here! Dorothy Pelanda, why would you help HSUS and Petland shut small reputable hobby breeders down? You should be thanking us for all the hard work, money and devotion we put into raising healthy puppies! We are already inspected by the AKC and don’t need to be forced to buy a $500 pet store license with a $10,000 fine. You were wrong to make me out to be a puppy mill without ever seeing my kennel. You need to fix this hb506 and take hobby breeders out of it. I’m having you, HSUS and petland looked into. This had to be done to us for sinister reasons. Shame on you.

  2. Why do you keep referring and lumping reputable hobby breeders in with puppy mills? What if I made dicrimanary, derogatory remakes when I referred to you? You owe all reputable hobby breeders a huge apology. And for heavens sake, refund the $500 pet store license money you stole from us! The AKC inspects us and that’s good enough. We don’t need you timing our hands with rules that are meant for puppy mills. HSUS need investigated for mishandling donated money. Petland sinister lobbying should be examined too.

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