Our guest speaker this year will be Vanessa Niekamp, Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. She will give us an inside look at how her agency works to protect consumers in Ohio. Vanessa grew up on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. She attended both Columbus and Reynoldsburg City Schools. She went on to double major in Business Administration and Jazz Performance at Capital University after studying Human Resources Management at Columbus State.
Vanessa now has 22 years of government leadership experience. She has helped managed the state’s Controlling Board which is a board that authorizes adjustments to the budget for the entire State of Ohio; has personally been responsible for a $1.3 billion dollar budget with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; and has collective bargaining experience with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Vanessa lives in Pickerington, Ohio, where she is very involved in her community. She is a member of the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Pickerington Women’s Leadership Coalition, is the Second Vice President of the Pickerington Lions Club, and was elected last November to the Pickerington Local School District Board of Education.