Leadership UA – where leaders grow!


The Leadership UA program is announcing that after 9 years of exemplary service, Executive Director Mary Ellen Hatch is retiring from Leadership UA at the beginning of November.

Mary Ellen has a long and rich history of commitment to her community.  She has been involved in many organizations in Upper Arlington and the surrounding communities.  Examples of her volunteer contributions include: Pleasure Guild of Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Women’s Board, March of Dimes Women’s Board, March of Dimes of Central Ohio Grant Comittee, Myeloma Research Foundation Gala Board, Columbus Museum of Art Women’s Board, Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Committee, PTO (Barrington, Jones and UA High School), Junior League, various UA levy and issue campaigns, and Volunteer UA.  The depth and variety of her experience will be greatly missed.

Ms. Hatch’s contributions to the Leadership UA program are many including the expansion of the youth leadership program where she guided Upper Arlington Ninth graders in developing leadership skills and gaining an understanding of community needs both in Upper Arlington and within surrounding areas that face greater challenges. She has guided our adult leaders as they examined their own unique leadership style. She has helped the program strengthen its relationships with city government, the schools, and the library.

According to Chris Taylor, the president of the Leadership UA Board and Director of the Upper Arlington Public Library: “Mary Ellen is the heart and soul of the leadership program. We will miss her innate ability to make every program participant feel welcomed, valued and essential to the future of our community.”

Mary Ellen is working with the Board of Directors to develop a transition plan before she leaves her position.  We are very pleased that Mary Ellen will be joining the Board of Directors of Leadership UA. For the position description, please click here. Click Here.

The Leadership UA Board of Directors hopes to have a new Director in place by early 2017.