The Advocate’s 20 Under 40 new leaders ready for community challenges


The growth and development in Licking County created employment opportunities, changed the landscape and elevated community planning efforts to the highest priority. It has changed lives and created enormous challenges.

As older leaders pass the torch of leadership, a new generation will confront the challenges with new ideas and enthusiasm.

The Advocate’s 10th annual list of 20 Under 40 winners showcases some of those leaders. The list includes a doctor, teacher, social worker, school treasurer and village fiscal officer. They have second and third jobs. They volunteer at schools, churches, charitable and civic organizations. One was Rotarian of the Year. Another was the Ken Johnston Volunteer of the Year.

Two of this year’s honorees have overcome great personnel challenges and now provide help to others in the community.

Melody Bolin at The Main Place

Melody Bolin at The Main Place

Melody Bolin, 36, of Newark, assistant clinical director at The Main Place, a mental health recovery center in Newark, supervises and performs mental health assessments and mental health therapy. She is part of the overdose response team for Licking and Knox counties and does homeless outreach in both counties.


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