Columbus, Indiana

Columbus SAFE Committee

[photo Jasmine O'Conner]

Jasmine O'Conner

Jasmine O’Conner has worked at Cummins since July 9, 2012, currently, as an Event Management Specialist Sr. in the Marketing function.

Jasmine grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and prior to Cummins, attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication. While at Hanover, she worked at Cummins as in intern in the Human Resources (HR) function. She liked that all the good things she had heard about Cummins, prior to being an employee, were true and could be vouched for because she had experienced them first hand.

Jasmine has been on the Hanover College Alumni Board since 2015. She believes her personal purpose in life is to help provide the same opportunities, if not, better, than what was provided to her. Jasmine strongly believes that she would not be where she is today if it had not been for God’s grace and mercy.

Jasmine lives in Columbus with her fiancée Sarah Stotts.

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[photo Rev. Dr. Lanny C. Lawler]

Rev. Dr. Lanny C. Lawler

Lanny was born in Abilene Texas in 1952, and he is a graduate of the Abilene Texas public schools. His educational degrees are from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, Yale University Divinity School, and Vanderbilt University Divinity School

An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Lawler has served congregations in Texas, Connecticut, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Active in various ecumenical agencies in the communities where he has served, he has served in various capacities on the regional and general levels of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well. He served as Senior Minister of North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Columbus from September, 2004 through August, 2015.

He is married to Joy, also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, and they are parents of a son, Patrick, who is a junior at Columbus North High School.  Their two cats, Hedwig and Anastasia, grant them the privilege of living with them.

[photo Scott Hill]

Scott Hill

Scott Hill moved to Columbus in early 2013 to be interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, having previously served in Corydon, Indiana, Kankakee, IL and Ithaca, NY.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Scott has a BS in biochemistry and has lived and taught in Egypt and Morocco. In ministry, he has felt particularly called to build bridges between different cultures, faiths and viewpoints, to bring together arts and spirituality.

Scott lives here with his wife Candace and dog, Django.

[photo Aida J. Ramirez, J.D.,]

Aida J. Ramirez, J.D.,

Aida J. Ramírez, J.D., is the executive director of the Columbus Human Rights Commission.  Ramírez is a graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and has been with the City of Columbus since 2013. Her professional interests include fair housing, equal access to the judicial system for limited English-proficient users, and general equity for all in human and civil rights.  She has been involved in local area initiatives such as Engage Columbus, is a member of the board of directors of United Way Bartholomew County, and is a council member of the Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies.  Ramírez lives in Columbus and is the proud pet-parent of a rescued racing greyhound.

[photo Dr. Susie Sawin]

Dr. Susie Sawin

Susie was born and raised here in Columbus, attending Smith Elementary, Central Jr. High, and East High School. She studied Zoology at Miami University in Ohio as an undergrad and then graduated from IU School of Dentistry in 1989. After serving the Navajo people for 3 years as part of the US Public Health Service, Susie returned to Columbus to join her father in his dental practice at Sandcrest Dental Health.

In Columbus, Susie has been involved in many organizations and activities, including the Empty Bowls fundraiser, Columbus Regional Dental Society, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bartholomew County Board of Health, Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation Board, Columbus Express Board of Directors, International School of Columbus, Columbus Peace Fellowship, Pride Alliance, and Columbus Energy Matters.

Susie lives at Keeping Hill, an eco-housing community (in progress!), along with husband David Kadlec, her two sons, Graham and Isaac Johnson, 3 dogs, a cat, and about 20 chickens. Work on the art of making silver and stone jewelry rounds out a wonderful full life of family, work, friends, and community.

[photo Jill Tasker]

Jill Tasker

Jill worked as a professional actor in NYC and Los Angeles for 25 years. She performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre, as well as television. She also worked as a voiceover actor, doing voices and narration on dozens of TV and radio commercials, documentaries and video games. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA unions. She has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. Jill is currently the president of Pride Alliance of Columbus and actively promotes equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.

[photo Terry Whittaker]

Terry Whittaker

Owner, with his wife Susan, of Viewpoint Books in Columbus since 1979.  Masters of Public And Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. Has served on numerous boards, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, Bartholomew County Library Associates, Columbus Co-op Grocery., Downtown Columbus Merchants Association, LGBT SAFE Committee.