Christine Olinsky

Retired, OSU Extension Educator – Family and Consumer Sciences

From educating to inspiring, Christine Olinsky’s impact on the Miami Valley has spanned nearly 40 years.

In her role as a family and consumer sciences extension educator for Ohio State University Extension, Olinsky provided leadership to shared administration services and fiscal management within the nine counties of the Miami Valley Extension Education and Research Area, ensuring equitable programming and organizing programs focused on healthy people, healthy finances, and healthy relationships. She paid close attention to family life education with a focus on stress management, work/life balance, parenting, and financial management.

“Christine is sensitive to diversity and has devoted her public and private career to helping all,” writes her nominator. “She is an agent of change who has made a huge difference in this community, and is a strong, independent, determined woman who passes that same message on to her daughter and granddaughter and other women.”

While at OSU Extension, Olinsky was involved in numerous community organizations, serving as chair of the Montgomery County Children Services Board and the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council and president of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, as well as a member of the Montgomery County Human Services Levy Council and Montgomery County Board of Developmental disabilities. One of the founders of Clothes That Work – a nonprofit providing professional clothing, image counseling, and training for job seekers – and passionate about financial literacy and food safety, Olinsky has taught several classes on money management and healthy nutrition for YWCA Dayton clients and residents and is a strong advocate for its domestic violence shelter.

Now retired, Olinsky hasn’t slowed down. She currently serves as a Montgomery County Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) or Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), devoting countless hours to help children in the foster care system, and continued to conduct childcare provider training in the Miami Valley through 4C for Children. Olinsky is also an active 4-H volunteer, serving as a judge in numerous counties and at the Ohio State Fair and chaperoning trips to Washington, D.C. Additionally, she performs as a harpist in the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble.

Named a Dayton Daily News Top Ten Woman in 1998, Olinsky has also received the Marilyn R. Spiegel Excellence in Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Award, the CASA Rising Star Award, and the Continued Excellence Award from OSU Extension Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Chapter. She is the author of numerous curricula and publications still used across the state and nation and has presented at more than a dozen regional, state, and national conferences.

“Christine is a role model,” writes her nominator. “She has devoted her life and career to the Miami Valley, putting her energy into strengthening family relationships through education and service. She is the epitome of an empowered and influential woman.”