The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Each year individuals are recognized at the Alumni in Government Luncheon for their dedication to advocacy and service to Ohio.

How Firm Thy Friendship Award

In recognition of one’s dedication to and advocacy for The Ohio State University in the public sector.

The 2017 How Firm They Friendship Award was presented to Matt Damschroder.

Matt Damschroder
Ohio Secretary of State’s Office

Matthew Damschroder is Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff to Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State, Jon Husted, having served as state elections director during Husted’s first term as secretary of state. Prior to his work with Secretary Husted, Damschroder led the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.

Matt earned an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs (2014) and a B.S. in Business Administration from the Max M. Fisher College of Business (1998).

Distinguished Service Award

The Ohio State University Alumni Association's Alumni in Government Award recognizes individuals whose work as public employees has provided extraordinary benefit to Ohio citizens.

The 2017 Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award was presented to Damian Sikora.

Damian Sikora
Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Damian is chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Constitutional Offices Section which serves as litigation counsel to all statewide elected officeholders. His section’s clients include the Governor, the Secretary of State, the Auditor, the Treasurer, the Attorney General, the General Assembly, and the Ohio Supreme Court. In addition, Damian serves as the head of the Attorney General’s Ethics and Professionalism Unit, which advises the Office on ethics and professional conduct-related issues. Damian also manages the Attorney General’s Public Records Unit.

Damian served as assistant chief of the Constitutional Offices Section from 2007 to 2012. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2004, Damian served as a staff attorney for the Second District Court of Appeals of Ohio. Damian received his juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2002.

Previous Distinguished Service Award Winners:


Damian Sikora


Mary C. Mertz

Dennis M. Papp


Tracy J. Plouck

Thomas J. Stickrath


Jan Allen

Tom Walsh

James Burley


Michelle Chavanne

Brigadier General Dana L. McDaniel


Tony Bledsoe

G. Michael Payton


John Barron

Lisa Patt-McDaniel

Thomas J. Moyer


Andy DiPalma

Brian Perera


Jonathan A. Allison

Charles R. Moses


Jennifer A. Parker

Thomas L. Sherman


Paolo DeMaria

Rich Levin


Matt Schuler

Veronica Sherman

Previous How Firm Thy Friendship Award Winners:


Matt Damschroder


Merle Madrid