Our Team

James S. (“Jamie”) Callender, Jr., J.D.


JAMIE is a former legislator (Ohio House of Representatives, 1996-2004) and practicing attorney. As the founder of Callender Group, Jamie has notable experience in education law, municipal law, public policy, administrative rule-making and government issues.  He holds a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cleveland State University. Read more


Anne Kennedy Trakas

School Board Liaison

ANNE  has lengthy experience in parliamentary procedure, meeting minutes, public notice, document management, and Board/Client relations – with charter schools as a focus.  Anne’s background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from The Ohio State University, and over 20 years of customer service and executive management experience.



Heidi Callender, J.D., M.B.A.

Law Clerk, Special Projects Manager

HEIDI received her Bachelors of Science in Pre-law and English Literature and her Masters of Business Administration from Lake Erie College. Her legislative and executive advocacy activities focuses primarily in niche industries, such as education and energy. Read more…


Emmy Partin

Vice President of Policy and Research

EMMY  has more than 15 years of education policy, research, and data analysis experience in the public and non-profit sectors. A native of Jackson, Ohio, and graduate of The Ohio State University, she has worked as an independent education consultant and served as director of Ohio policy & research for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, as special assistant for education to the Governor of Ohio, and in various capacities at the Ohio Department of Education.




Lyndsey Murphy

Office Administration (Cleveland)

LYNDSEY  provides support for our Concord office and clients. With a background in marketing and communications, Lyndsey is an asset to our inter-workings and administration. Lyndsey graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and Psychology, and is working on her Masters in Psychology.