On Sunday, January 24, Capt. Dona Stein of Medina handed over command of the Civil Air Patrol’s Medina County Skyhawks composite squadron after completing her term. Lt. Glenn Somodi of Brunswick will step in and take charge of the squadron.
Stein, who has volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for over 21 years, has acted as commander, public affairs officer, orientation flight coordinator and also personnel and professional development officer. Her interest in joining in 1994 was due to her husband’s involvement and a need for more members at the Stow Civil Air Patrol unit. When her son became a member of the Medina County Skyhawks squadron in 2004, Stein transferred to be a part of the Medina County unit.
Stein will continue offering her expertise and vision with the Civil Air Patrol, and will also continue to be an active member of the Ohio Special Response Team, a non-profit statewide search and rescue organization. Stein is also an adult services librarian at the Strongsville Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, where she has been a librarian for over 30 years.
Lt. Somodi has been with the Civil Air Patrol since 2014 and has been involved in recruiting and retention, public affairs and information technology roles. During his time in Civil Air Patrol, he has helped the Medina County Skyhawks CyberPatriot competition team take 3rd place in Ohio. He was also honored to be named the creator of the Civil Air Patrol’s 75th Anniversary logo and patch unveiled this year. He joined the Civil Air Patrol after watching his son, C/MSgt Chase Somodi, progress in the program and participate in amazing experiences with the organization. “I was attending the meetings because my son wasn’t old enough to drive,” said Somodi, “I became interested in the missions and decided I wanted to volunteer my time to this worthy organization.”
Lt. Somodi is a co-owner of EYEMG Interactive Media Group, a web development firm and data center located in Akron, Ohio.