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.
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 21 years. She has 27 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.
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 a 2017 graduate of the Ohio Collective Bargaining Academy and the LEAN Ohio Green Belt program. 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 as the Chief of Chaplains and Comptroller. 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 and a Disaster Action Team Lead with the American Red Cross Buckeye Region.
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.
Immediate Past President
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.
Erica Walsh, CPM
Beverly Hoskinson, CPM
Beverly Hoskinson is the Chief of Finance and Services at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). She serves as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer, Agency Procurement Officer and Organizational Change Management lead. Beverly coordinates all efforts with the agency’s state biennium budget and oversight of federal grant funding, prepares financial reports for senior management, and oversees all related finance functions and operational related matters from building maintenance/security to project change management.
Beverly has an associate’s degree in accounting, holds memberships in Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) and National Grants Management Association (NGMA). Beverly is also a Certified Public Manager (CPM) since 2014.
She has over 24 years of governmental accounting experience. Her public service career began in 1994 at the local government level with the Fairfield County Treasurer, Fairfield County Auditor, and the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes Unit. In 2007, she accepted a state government position with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and then transitioned into a leadership role with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) prior to her current position with the PUCO.
Beverly and her husband Jim enjoy life on their farm in southeastern Ohio. They have two adult daughters and four rescued fur-babies. In her free time, Beverly enjoys spending quality time with family, traveling, genealogy research, writing and painting.
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 as the Ohio representative for the national Institution of Fire Engineers – USA Branch Vision 20/20 project. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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.
Member Services Chair