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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Welcomes

Chief Legal Counsel Stephanie Bostos-Demers to the OCRC Family

Stephanie Bostos-Demers assumed duties of Chief Legal Counsel for the OCRC on January 13, 2014.   Ms. Demers served as Compliance Director for Columbus State Community College (CSCC) for five years where she provided EEO, labor, HR advice and served as an adjunct professor.  Stephanie previously held positions in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and served as HR Director as well as  Chief and Assistant Chief of the AG’s Civil Rights Section.   As Chief and Assistant Chief of the AG’s Civil Rights Section, Stephanie oversaw and managed the OCRC’s litigation and provided legal advice to OCRC Commissioners and staff.  She previously served as litigation associate with the law firm then known as Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt. 

  Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ashland University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She graduated with honors and received Order of Curia distinction while earning both a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration degree at Capital University.  Stephanie serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Alumni Board for Ashland University and is a certified member of the Society of Professional Human Resources.


We welcome Stephanie in her return to the OCRC. 


Lori Barreras Appointed Commissioner 

Lori Barreras was appointed by Governor John Kasich as Commissioner of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on October 31, 2013 to a term expiring July 29, 2018.  On November 14, 2013, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, Algenon L. Marbley administered the oath of office at the commission’s Central Office.  Commissioner Barreras joins Chairman Leonard Hubert, Commissioners Stephanie Mercado, Tom Roberts and William W. Patmon III on the five-member board.  The Commissioners meet regularly to discuss civil rights policy and rule on recommendations from the OCRC’s five regional offices regarding charges and investigations of alleged discrimination.


Executive Director G. Michael Payton honored with the

Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award

Archie Griffin, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Executive Director, G. Michael Payton and E. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University

Executive Director, G. Michael Payton was one of two 2013 recipients of the Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award. He was recently honored during a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium for his long-standing, extraordinary service to Ohio and for exemplifying Ohio State’s motto: Education for Citizenship. Director Payton received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1979 from The Ohio State University's School of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  Congratulations Director Payton!