Tina Skeldon Wozniak Biography
Tina Skeldon Wozniak
Lucas County Commissioner
|Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak has served Lucas County citizens since December 2002 and is currently serving her fourth term. From 2005-2008, she was unanimously elected and served as the President of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners. She was re-elected President in 2015 through 2016.
Commissioner Wozniak began her public service career in 1997 when she joined Toledo City Council as the District 5 representative. While a member of council, Commissioner Wozniak chaired the Economic Development, Housing and Neighborhood Development, Health and Community Relations Committees and served on several other standing committees.
During the difficult economic recession that impacted all of Lucas County from 2008—2013, the Commissioners focused their efforts on delivering necessary county services while practicing prudent fiscal management. The Board successfully maintained a balanced budget and reserve balance without impacting critical public services and infrastructure for Lucas County residents. Currently, Commissioner Wozniak serves on the County’s Workforce Development Board which successfully initiated the Work Ready Lucas County, sponsored by ACT. The Work Ready Lucas County program is designed to assist in developing a workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers by linking workforce development to education, matching individuals to jobs based on skill levels, and providing an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate to participants.
Over the past two years, Commissioner Wozniak and her colleagues have partnered with the local criminal justice system to pursue meaningful comprehensive criminal justice reform. Commissioner Wozniak has focused on increasing access to treatment for individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance abuse disorders.
Creating a sustainable Lucas County has been a priority for Commissioner Wozniak. She founded the Toledo Lucas County Sustainability Commission and led the community in developing a comprehensive sustainability plan called “Going Beyond Green.” In 2015, Commissioner Wozniak launched Clear Water 2, a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, which is working to build the public support needed to tackle today’s critical water quality issues and to serve as a resource for policy makers and the general public. She is also working with local partners to develop a watershed assessment that will guide our community in protecting the integrity of our water supply.
As Commissioner, Tina has been involved with many initiatives to make Lucas County a great place to live, work, and play. She has worked to combat the serious foreclosure crisis by co-chairing the Save Our Homes Task Force; launched CARE Team, a community resource network; coordinated the merger of the ADAS and Mental Health boards; developed College and Career Coach, a college and career readiness program; implemented “Ban the Box” for county job applications; and aided in the development of the Lucas County Land Bank, and currently serves as Vice Chair.
In addition to her work as an elected official, Commissioner Wozniak has taught core curriculum classes as a visiting professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Toledo. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.
Commissioner Wozniak’s professional career over the last 30 years includes 15 years as a social worker and educator at the Toledo Hospital, several years as a guardianship investigator for adoption cases in Lucas County Probate Court, counselor, and case manager with the women offenders program at the Lucas County Correctional Center, and director of youth programs for the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.
Commissioner Wozniak lives in West Toledo with her husband Russ of 40 years. They have three children: Aaron (Margaret), Sam, and Joe. The Wozniak family welcomed their newest member—granddaughter Annie—in 2014.