Who We Are

Ted Celeste

Ted Celeste

Director of State Programs

Former State Representative Ted Celeste is Director of State Programs at the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Mr. Celeste leads Next Generation, a program of NICD. His goal is to inspire and support state legislators who want to promote greater understanding and better decision-making. Celeste has overseen workshops in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington. He has also presented at numerous conferences since 2012 including the CSG, NCSL, WIG, NFWL, SLLF, SGAC, and more.

Celeste served in the Ohio Legislature from 2007-2012. Known for working effectively “across the aisle” whether he was in the majority or the minority, he has lived his belief in respectful dialogue. One of the only candidates for state office who insisted on running a positive campaign, he won each of his 3 races with a comfortable majority in a swing district. He was recognized for his emphasis on civil dialogue with the John Glenn Public Policy Institute’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2011. Celeste lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Makayla Meachem

Makayla Meachem

Program Manager

Makayla manages the Next Generation program, which works with state legislators nationwide. In addition to coordinating Next Generation’s workshops, Facilitator trainings, and conference events, Makayla also assists with curriculum development and facilitation at NICD.

Prior to joining the Institute, Makayla served in the office of Ohio State Senator Charleta B. Tavares as a Legislative Service Commission (LSC) Fellow. An Ohio native, Makayla attended Bowling Green State University prior to participating in the LSC Fellowship Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies focusing in American Foreign Policy. Makayla enjoys traveling and making music.

Nadine Wise

Nadine Wise

Assistant to the Director

Nadine supports the organization of facilitator workshops and trainings, including the premier “Building Trust through Civil Discourse” workshop. She participates in the strategy planning to expand the number of state legislatures engaging in civil public discourse. She produces Next Generation key messages and manages the social media presence for events, training materials, and announcements.

Nadine brings nearly thirteen years of Ohio state government and academic experience, serving in various liaison and communication capacities at state agencies, legislative offices, and a public university. Most recently, Nadine served as the communication and marketing manager for the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, located at The Ohio State University. Her roles throughout state government and academia included legislative liaising, communications, external relations, social media and website management, and brand identity.

Nadine graduated from Ohio University (‘05) with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a specialty in Political Communications and Public Advocacy. She enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband in Worthington, Ohio.