ORTL Announces Stephanie Krider as New Executive Director

ORTL to Continue Aggressive Focus on Protecting Mothers and Children

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis announced that Stephanie Ranade-Krider will become the new executive director of Ohio’s largest and longest serving pro-life organization. Ranade-Krider will be responsible for all programs, activities and governmental advocacy related to the ORTL mission. She will begin her new position on August 4, 2014. 

Stephanie Ranade-Krider will fill her role as executive director of ORTL on August 4.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are delighted to welcome Stephanie, her wealth of knowledge and experience, and her proven leadership in serving others,” said Mike Gonidakis. “Stephanie Ranade-Krider brings creativity and compassion to our mission. We are confident ORTL will make great progress under her leadership in expanding public understanding and appreciation for the enduring value of life in Ohio.”

Prior to rejoining ORTL, Stephanie Ranade-Krider served as the program manager for the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), which is responsible for coordinating the Kasich Administration’s cross-agency efforts to combat opiate abuse in Ohio. During her time with GCOAT, the state launched several new initiatives, including a pilot program to address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; an initiative to encourage adults to Start Talking! to kids about drug abuse; and expanded work with Ohio’s courts to promote best practices at specialty dockets. Ranade-Krider formerly served as the Ohio Right to Life director of legislative affairs, overseeing the enactment of more pro-life legislation than during any previous Ohio General Assembly session. 

As executive director of ORTL, Ranade-Krider will be responsible for daily operations, crafting and implementing a robust legislative agenda, increasing the grassroots presence throughout Ohio’s 88 counties, and managing the ORTL staff and volunteers. Under Mrs. Ranade-Krider’s leadership, ORTL will continue its aggressive focus on enacting laws and regulations to protect mothers and their children.  

Mike Gonidakis, President of ORTL

As president of ORTL, Gonidakis will focus his efforts as the new chairman of the ORTL Political Action Committee where he will be responsible for identifying and advocating for pro-life candidates throughout Ohio as well as raising resources to promote those officeholders who value life. Further, he will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for National Right to Life.  





Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.


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