Ramona Reyes was appointed to the Columbus City Schools Board of Education in January 2009 to advocate for a quality education for all children. She is currently serving in her second term and is the first Hispanic elected member of the Board. She chairs the Public Engagement Committee which has championed the annual Columbus City Schools Children’s Day celebrations, “Kicking it with CSS” a student lead radio show, and the parent ambassador program.
She is the director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at Catholic Social Services. She also works for a woman owned company, Working Partners as a consultant. Prior to coming to the Center, she worked as a Human Resource professional at Nationwide Insurance were she was employed for 23 years.
Ramona originally came to Columbus when she was awarded the Campbell Soup Migrant Scholarship, a scholarship for children of migrant farm working families, to attend The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Transportation Logistics. While at Ohio State, she was a member and president of Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity and cabinet member of the Undergraduate Student Government. She is an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a Grass Roots Leadership program.
Over the last several years she has committed herself to volunteerism. She has served as a Commissioner with the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is currently serving on the Board of East Coast Migrant Headstart, Mt. Carmel School of Nursing, Advisory Council of the Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA), and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Ramona is the recipient of the Champions of Diversity Pioneer award and an EXPY from Experience Columbus for serving as chair CAPA’s Latino Festival steering committee. She was featured in the inaugural edition of Women's Book and the 2013 WELD - Women You Should Know Calendar. She has been named a Columbus Hispanic Hero by the City of Columbus and the Columbus Crew, served as the Publisher for Who’s Who in Latino Columbus, and named a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and the Governor of Ohio.
Ramona is proud to call Columbus home and lives here with her husband Pastor John T Coats II and their daughter Carrington.