Ohio Chapter Board Secretary (2019 - 2020)

Patty Byers


Patty started her career with ODJFS in September 2002 as a call center representative taking unemployment claims over the phone. In 2012 she transferred to the Montgomery County Job Center. Her current job title is Employment Professional. She works with the RESEA program providing employment tips to customers who are on unemployment. Before that she worked in a variety of different customer service roles. She has been a retail operations manager, a human resource specialist, and she also assisted with teaching special needs students in grades K-5. She loves working with people and assisting them in reaching their goals.

Patty has been an active IAWP member for more than 7 years. She has taken an active roll on many committees and has helped plan and participate in several conferences. For several years, she has been one of the faces at the registration table.

Patty is the proud Grandmother of 4 grandchildren ages ranging from 2 to 18 years of age. They keep her young and active.

Ohio Chapter President (2018 - 2020)

​BJ Knutson

     

BJ Knutson currently works as an Account Executive for the Apprenticeship program for the State of Ohio. She completed her undergrad and graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. She worked for Hamilton County prior to joining the state. BJ started with ODJFS in the Ft. Loramie Processing Center office in 2006. The majority of her time with the agency has been spent as an UI Adjudicator and Trainer. She most recently was a Trade Delivery Professional (TDP), assisting employers and customers who have been Trade impacted. BJ has participated in training initiatives to combine processing centers and call centers, preparing training modules, and was the lead trainer at the Dayton Delivery Center. BJ has worked in partnership with OWD staff in the past assisting with Rapid Responses across the state. BJ was recently the Subject Matter Expert on the UIST project for OUIO. She is excited to serve in the leadership role as the state chapter President. She is looking forward to making a difference.

Ohio Chapter Area 1 Representative (2019-2020)

Maria Helminski-Iwinski

  

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Ohio Chapter Treasurer

Vacant 

  

Ohio Chapter Area 4 Representative (2019-2020)

Patty Byers

  

Patty started her career with ODJFS in September 2002 as a call center representative taking unemployment claims over the phone. In 2012 she transferred to the Montgomery County Job Center. Her current job title is Employment Professional. She works with the RESEA program providing employment tips to customers who are on unemployment. Before that she worked in a variety of different customer service roles. She has been a retail operations manager, a human resource specialist, and she also assisted with teaching special needs students in grades K-5. She loves working with people and assisting them in reaching their goals.

Patty has been an active IAWP member for more than 7 years. She has taken an active roll on many committees and has helped plan and participate in several conferences. For several years, she has been one of the faces at the registration table.

She is excited to be the Representative for Area 4. In the past, Patty assisted with collecting items for the local Veteran Stand-Down held in September of each year. As well as, collecting items during the year for a local Battered Women’s shelter in Preble County.

Patty is the proud Grandmother of 4 grandchildren ages ranging from 2 to 18 years of age. They keep her young and active.

BJ Knutson

​Ohio Chapter Board

Ohio Chapter Area 2 Representative (2019-2020)

Yessica Garcia



My name is Jessica Garcia. I've been with the state for three years. I started in OWD with the MSFW program I just started with OUIO. 

I am a mom of three beautiful girls, three dogs, and a loving husband. I love to spend time with family, cooking, and working out.  I am a girl scout leader for my daughter's troop and networking within our organization and partners. 

Ohio Chapter Area Representatives

Patty Byers

Ohio Chapter Area 7 Representative (2019-2020)

Sonya Walder

  

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Ohio Chapter Vice-President (2019 - 2020)

​Dorothy Fitzgerald


Dorothy F. Fitzgerald graduated from high school in Copley Ohio, attended the Ohio State University graduating from the University of Akron with a BS in technical education and banking. She worked for eleven years as a new account representative, auditor, certified teller and supervising teller for First National Bank of Akron, Ohio. Dorothy worked for five years in the Summit County Ohio Prosecutors office under the child support enforcement program where she oversaw financial adjustments and the daily and monthly reconciliation of the child support account which involved thousands of transactions and over $5 million per month. In 1995, she took a position with the State of Ohio Child Support Program providing child support program and system training. During this period, she spent over a year on a task force serving as subject matter expert and business analyst developing programs to automate bank reconciliation and aiding the counties in converting their agency to a new state-wide computer system and centralized bank account.

Since 2004, Dorothy has been with the Department of Job and Family Services as an Unemployment tax auditor (official title External Auditor 2). During this time, she has been involved in the testing and conversion to a computer system; PUP and ERIC as well as worked as team lead of a Quality Improvement group which reviewed and revised various processes and forms. She and coworker rewrote and revised the auditors’ procedure manual.

Dorothy has been married for a long time. She also has a daughter and grandson who live on Nantucket. She enjoys traveling (hotel please, how can a girl put on her fakeup in a tent?), solving problems, sewing and renovating homes. Humor is oxygen to Dorothy.

​​Communications and Media (2019 - 2020)

​Elizabeth Rathburn
Contact: IAWPCommunications@gmail.com  

Ohio Chapter Area 5 Representative (2019-2020)

Beth Brannigan 


Bio Coming Soon!

Ohio Chapter Area 6 Representative (2019-2020)

Oscar Ramirez

  

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Ohio Chapter Area 3 Representative (2019-2020)

​Lisa Pavel

  

My name is Lisa Pavel and I am a CSR/In-House Trainer at the Youngstown Processing Center. I have been with OUIO for almost 11 years doing adjudication of unemployment claims.


I enjoy traveling, cooking for large groups and hosting get togethers for family and friends. I have a daughter, Nicole, who is graduating this year from Boardman High school and will be attending my alma mater, Bowling Green State University, studying pre-med.


I have been a member of IAWP for about 8 years. I enjoy attending the Spring and Fall conferences as there is a great deal of information we receive about the agency and it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. I welcome the challenge of being the Area 3 Rep and look forward to working with everyone.