The Ohio CPM Society Board promotes on the part of its members a standard of behavior which demonstrates a high level of ethical responsibility in the performance of official duties. The Ohio CPM Society Board promotes the efficiency and productivity in Ohio Government on all levels, and promotes the development of professionally trained managers.
Irene Lyons, CPM
Irene Lyons obtained her Certified Public Manager certification in October 2014. She is the President of the Ohio CPM Society Board. Irene is a Reentry Administrator for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC). Prior to her current role, she served as a Legislative Liaison for DRC for over 20 years. Irene and her OCPM project team implemented the first prison transition unit for high security offenders in Ohio. This project received both the DRC Director Mohr Impact Award and the CPM President’s award. Additionally, the team was honored by both the Ohio House and Senate with resolutions for their CPM project work on the Going Home for Good unit program located at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Prior to moving to Ohio, Irene worked for the City of Detroit, Michigan as a 911 Operator, and the Wayne County, Michigan Juvenile and Probate Court where she earned her Court Reporter certification. In addition, she has worked for Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital as a Telecommunications Operator.
Melanie Drerup, CPM
Melanie serves as Chief of Planning at the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. She is responsible for the management of planning for K thru 12 facilities, agencies and institutions of higher learning. In addition, she is responsible for recommending capital projects to the Commission for approval. She worked on the planning effort for the Department of Youth Services, Ohio Attorney General and the Department of Rehab and Corrections master plan. Melanie previously served as the Deputy Chief of Planning and K- 12 Planning manager for the Ohio School Facilities Commission for 20 years. She has 26 years of experience in planning and construction.
Melanie received CPM certification November 2014 as a member of Cohort 48. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. She demonstrates her leadership in green building expertise with a certification of LEED AP. She is an Association for Learning Environments (AL4E) Fellow and has completed Master Level Coursework Educational Planning at San Diego State.
For fun, Melanie enjoys bicycling and horseback riding.
Shawn Crosby, CPM
Shawn Crosby obtained her Certified Public Manager® certification in April 2005 and is the 2016 President for the CPM Society Board. She has served in several different positions on the Ohio CPM Society Board of Directors from 2006-2012.
Shawn has been employed at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation since 1993 and has participated as a member of the BWC management team for the past 15 years. As of December 2012, she works as a member of the Division of Policy & Strategy as a Business Process Architect for the new agency wide computer COTS system.
John Alge, CPM
John Alge is the Director of Administration at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. He also serves as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer and Agency Procurement Officer. John coordinates preparation and administration of the agency’s budget, prepares financial statements and reports, and oversees the operations of the Administrative Division.
John has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Ohio State University. John is also a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM). John has been with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender since July 1989.
Gary Lehman, CPM
Gary Lehman obtained his Certified Public Manager certification in April 2016 as part of Cohort 51. He is a recipient of the Ohio CPM Society’s 2016 President’s Award for Outstanding CPM project. His project team, lead by Afrika Alsup, constructed a human resources toolkit for State of Ohio employees that serve in the National Guard and Reserves. Gary is also a Green Belt in LEAN Ohio. He is currently a supervisor for the Department of Developmental Disabilities and has been with the State of Ohio since February of 2013.
Gary has over 30 years of military leadership experience. He graduated from the Wisconsin Military Academy in July 1995 and was commissioned as an Army National Guard logistics officer. In 2006 he retired from federal service but continued to work as a military contractor for several years.
Gary also serves the State of Ohio as an officer with the Ohio Military Reserve. This volunteer humanitarian organization serves under the authority of the Adjutant General and the Governor of Ohio as a force multiplier for the Ohio National Guard during state emergencies. Additionally, he is an auxiliary officer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol out of Post-21.
Gary has an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, a Bachelor of Science degree in Theological Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services. You can find Gary on LinkedIn.
Public Relations Committee Chair
Rich Palmer, CPM
Rich Palmer received his Certified Public Manager® certification in November 2014. Rich is Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention at the Division of State Fire Marshal, Ohio Department of Commerce. He completed Green Belt training in Lean Six Sigma in 2016.
Rich is graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications. He worked for many years in the broadcast industry before joining public service. He served for twenty years as the Public Information Officer for Washington Township Fire Department in Montgomery County, Ohio. He is also a past president of the National Information Officers Association, where he now serves as co-webmaster. Rich serves as the Ohio education network representative for the National Fire Protection Association and assists with social media and web consulting for the national IFE Vision 20/20 project. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Member Services Chair
Sarah Harter, CPM
Sarah Harter obtained her Certified Public Manager® certification in November 2014 in Cohort 48 and is the 2016 Member Services Chair for the Ohio CPM Society Board. Sarah has been employed at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for 13 years. She is a supervisor of the permitting and compliance group in the Southeast District Office’s Division of Air Pollution Control.
Sarah is a recipient of the Ohio CPM Society’s 2015 President’s Award for Outstanding CPM Project. Her project team, led by President Elect Irene Lyons, designed the groundbreaking Going Home for Good Program, Ohio DRC’s first-ever transition program for high security offenders. This program has been successfully implemented at Ross Correctional Institution for 15 months.
Sarah has a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University where she specialized in wetland ecology.
Darryl Graves, CPM
Darryl Graves is an experienced executive leader, manager and trainer. He has spent over 25 years as a corrections professional, serving in such capacities as corrections officer, unit manager, deputy warden and his current position as a reentry administrator for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Office of Offender Reentry and Enterprise Development. In this role, Darryl is responsible for fostering the initiation, growth and sustainability of local reentry coalitions in Southwest Ohio as well as facilitating the expansion of volunteers and external services in ODRC facilities.
Other duties have included managing reentry grants totaling over $1 million and functioning as lead administrative staff for the Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition. Mr. Graves has been instrumental in the progressive restructuring of Ohio’s prison system as it relates to preparing offenders for successful reentry. He lives out his personal commitment to reentry by promoting the Wings Ministry family reunification model across Ohio as well as serving on the executive committee of the local reentry coalition in Fairfield County, Ohio where he makes his home. He also is a Past President of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Darryl has twice received the ODRC `Best of the Best’ award for programs that he created and supervised, and has been recognized by the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region with the `Biomedical Achievement Award’.
Mr. Graves is also a certified Master Trainer for leadership skills, and an accomplished public speaker. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has extensive executive leadership training including completion of the Executive Leadership Institute at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.