December 08, 2006

Alumni elected to Ohio state offices

Two Case Western Reserve University alumni now hold statewide offices in Ohio, following the November 7 midterm election. Lee I. Fisher of Shaker Heights is the new lieutenant governor under Governor-elect Ted Strickland, and Cleveland native Marc A. Dann is the new attorney general. Both will begin their new leadership roles in January 2007.

Dann earned his juris doctorate in 1987 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Fisher received his juris doctorate in 1976 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

In addition, Fisher participated in the university's Professional Fellowship Program through the Weatherhead School of Management, completing the program in 1997. He earned a Master of Nonprofit Organization degree in 2005, a program for executives and managers jointly conferred by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Management. That same year, he was named a Presidential Fellow at Case. Fisher taught two undergraduate seminars on leadership, collaboration, innovation and communication.

About Dann

Dann is currently senator of the 32nd Ohio District that includes all of Trumbull and Mahoning counties, located southeast of Cleveland. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ohio Senate in 2003, and was elected to the four-year post in 2004. Before joining the senate, he served one year on the Liberty Township Board of Education (2001-2002).

As a member of the Ohio Senate, he served on several legislative committees including agriculture, highways and transportation (ranking minority member), judiciary - civil justice, judiciary - criminal justice (ranking minority member), ways and means and economic development, and joint legislative ethics.

Among his more newsworthy efforts was filing suit against Gov. Robert Taft who refused to release public documents related to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation's investment of $50 million in rare coins sold by Tom Noe, a longtime Republican contributor and fundraiser. Noe has since been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in a state prison. When Dann announced his candidacy in 2005, his platform was to end government corruption. He campaigned against Betty Montgomery in a hotly contested bid for attorney general.

A founding partner of the Youngstown law offices of Dann & Falgiani, Dann has been active in politics for several years. He served as director of Sen. Gary Hart's campaign in Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana, as an assistant field director for Richard Celeste's Ohio gubernatorial campaign, and as director of Mary Boyle's U.S. senate campaign. He also was assistant attorney general for the state of West Virginia, where he directed the antitrust division.

Dann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. After earning his juris doctorate from Case and devoting the initial stages of his career to public service, he entered private practice in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1991. He maintains a law practice in the Mahoning Valley.

He is married to journalist Alyssa Lenhoff and has three children.

About Fisher

Lt. Governor-elect Lee I. Fisher has had an extensive career working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has held other elected positions in Ohio including attorney general, senator, and state representative. While attorney general from 1991 to 1995, he created the first children's protection section and established Ohio's Missing Children Clearinghouse. He authored more than 10 laws during his legislative career including the child safety seat law, and laws concerning crime victim assistance, hate crimes and hospice insurance.

Described as a politician with a healthy independence of mind and a zeal for good public policy, Fisher, in 1998, earned the Democratic nod for governor. He narrowly lost to Taft in one of the closest gubernatorial races in the last 25 years.

Prior to accepting the invitation to become the running mate to Strickland, Fisher served for seven years as president and CEO of the Center for Families and Children in Cleveland, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that provides a host of social service programs to children and families in 10 sites throughout Northeast Ohio. His leadership earned him the 2004 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award from Smart Business magazine.

In addition to his degrees from Case, Fisher is a graduate of Oberlin College.

Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit and was a partner in Hahn, Loeser and Parks.

He has served on two public company boards, OfficeMax and REX Stories, and is the founder and cochair of the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition. In addition, Fisher has served on nonprofit boards including the National Leadership Board of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He was a member of the Oberlin College board of trustees for 12 years.

The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native is married to Peggy Zone Fisher who heads the Northeast Conference for Community and Justice. They have two children.

For more information contact Marsha Bragg, 216.368.6949.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 8, 2006 02:52 PM | News Topics: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Public Policy/Politics, School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management

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