Board of Supervisors
In Ohio, soil and water districts are administered by a board of five supervisors. Supervisors are elected to three-year terms in public elections conducted by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Supervisors volunteer their time, energy and expertise.
2012 Board of Supervisors
David Donofrio is a lifelong resident of Franklin County, as well as a lifelong environmental advocate. He attended the Dublin City Schools, and was a founding member of the mayor’s Columbus Youth Commission from 2002-05. David attended Wittenberg University, where he was a multi-year class president, revamped the campus environmental organization’s constitution and expanded its membership, and in 2009, graduated with a degree in political science. Since graduating, David’s professional life has taken him to work for the Ohio House of Representatives and the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk of Courts. He personally remains very committed to environmental causes and clean water, and since late 2009 has served on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, Ohio’s largest group in the Club, becoming Chair in 2011. David was honored to be elected in October 2010 as a member of the Board of Supervisors for Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, and has spent the first year of his term writing a statewide proposal to the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Districts upholding the value of our 88 districts, and founding and chairing the District’s new Government Outreach Committee. In his spare time, David is a singer and songwriter, and enjoys gardening, community service, the Buckeyes, and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Dublin with his cat, Ohio.
Katie Renner earned a BA in biology from Earlham College and an MS in environmental policy from The Ohio State University’s School of Natural Resources. She is currently serving a third term on the Franklin Soil and Water board. Katie was treasurer for the the board during her first two terms and served on the associate board before her election to the board. Katie brings experience working with watershed protection efforts and in conflict resolution programs. Prior to the arrival of her now-ten-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son, she worked on conservation and other initiatives as a land use planner for the City of Columbus. Currently, Katie is an adjunct professor of environmental science at Ohio Dominican University and biology at Columbus State Community College. She hopes to continue to serve the Franklin Soil and Water board and highly-skilled staff as they strive to meet the challenges of the District’s tremendously important mission.
Andrea M. Salimbene is a partner at McMahon DeGulis LLP, an environmental and energy law firm. She is based in the firm’s Columbus office. Andrea brings valuable knowledge and experience gained by litigating significant environmental cases in courts throughout Ohio. Her practice focuses on counseling clients on the environmental regulatory implications of their business decisions, and negotiating on their behalf with state and federal environmental agencies. Andrea has experience in the areas of surface water, and drinking and groundwater issues, NPDES permits, PTIs, stormwater construction permits, public water systems, water quality and litigation. In April 2011, Andrea presented Biomass Energy: How Renewable is Renewable Energy? at the Ohio State Bar Association’s 26th Annual Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar. She is also the author of What’s Trendy for Fall? Wrap Yourself In A Corporate Veil published in the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys’ Quarterly Review, Fall 2010. Andrea received her BA in Italian from The Ohio State University in 2000 and received her JD, Cum Laude from Capital University Law School in 2006. Andrea is a resident of Bexley, Ohio, and served as a member of the Franklin Soil and Water associate board before being elected in 2011.
Tom Shockley became sanitary engineer for Franklin County in June 1992 and has had over 22 years of public service. He holds undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering, business administration, and a MS in public administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to his years in public service, he was in private practice for over 20 years as a mechanical/civil engineer working in both the civil and environmental fields. Some of his major accomplishments were in the field of underground coal mining as manager of Jeffery Mining’s quality engineering department and as director of engineering for United McGill’s autoclaving division where, under his direction, the world’s largest tire press was designed and installed at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s facility in Topeka, Kansas. As director of the Franklin County Department of Water and Sewer, he oversaw a department of 15 employees with both wastewater and water management responsibilities in all parts of Franklin County. The department managed five wastewater plants with the newest facility in the Darbydale community along the Big Darby Creek. In addition, the department’s Water Quality Partnership sewer improvements program began in 2001 with the mandate of connecting over 3,000 homes into central sanitary sewer and eliminating pollution from failed septic and aeration systems all over Franklin County. This project has been praised by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as the most important health and environmental project in Franklin County in the last 25 years. During his tenure as director of the Department of Water and Sewer for Franklin County, he turned a department heading toward privatization and deeply in debt into one that was self sustaining in just less than one year. His accomplishments earned him Employee of the Year for Franklin County in 1998 and pointed the way toward expanding the role of the department in efforts to reduce the pollution in our rivers in Franklin County.
Jessica D’Ambrosio is a program manager for the Ohio Nonpoint-source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program, an extension education program of The Ohio State University. In addition to her research on the concept of alternative designs for agricultural channels and the geomorphology and ecology of stream systems, she has managed grant-funded education and outreach projects for over 10 years. Jessica has a MS in environmental science and currently is pursuing a PhD in soil and water engineering from The Ohio State University. Since 2004, Jessica has coordinated and been the proceedings editor for four national water resources conferences; she has coordinated and been a co-instructor for 12 regional stream management workshops; she has managed the development of a wide range of scientific and educational materials on stream and watershed systems; and she has served as a resident director for the Study Abroad Program and the NSF-funded initiative Globalizing Engineering Education: Partnerships between Africa and the USA. Jessica has acted as a technical adviser to many state and local groups involved in both urban and agricultural water resources management including MORPC, Franklin Soil and Water, The Nature Conservancy, watershed groups, and municipalities. Prior to being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Jessica was a member of the Franklin Soil and Water Associate Board.