Hermes Award, one of many awards won by Jane Mitakides' company, Helsley Advertising
Jane (Helsley) Mitakides of Dayton, Ohio is a businesswoman and entrepreneur, and founder of Helsley Strategic Communications. She was the Democratic candidate for congress from Ohio's Third District (Clinton, Highland, and parts of Warren and Montgomery Counties) in 2004 and 2008.
She began an advertising career in New York with the Madison Avenue firm of Calderhead-Jackson Advertising and was later the founder of the Helsley Advertising, incorporated in Ohio in 1981. Within the very first year of its existence, Jane's company won the prestigious "Best of" Hermes award for Excellence in Newspaper advertising. The company continued serving national clients and winning awards until it was purchased by a larger company in the 1990's. During her communications career, Ms. Mitakides has also won professional recognition including ANDY, ADDY, Hermes and CLIO awards. During her time with Cox Broadcasting, Jane was part of a Scripps-Howard Award winning team covering the Xenia tornado.
In 2014, Jane was named to the Internationational Board of the Ehlers Danlos Society, A dedicated supporter of the work of the foundation for many years, Jane has been actively involved in both the organization and her husband's work as one of the leading authoities on craniofacial pain/temporomandibular joint disorder in the EDS patient.
Jane is also currently President of Board of the National Debutante Cotillion Foundation, a Washington DC centered charity.
Jane has worked with a wide variety of Democratic efforts, including the campaigns of President Clinton in 1992 and 1996, the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards (1994), and Al Gore's presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2000, among others. She was a founding member of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's Women's Council in 1992, and also a founder of the DNC's Small Business Council.
Jane is an investor in DRNA, Inc., a leading environmental company serving the dental market.
She served as the national editor for "The Gunn Salute," a national Scottish heritage society newsletter, and contributing editor to "Echo," the publication of Cox Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1982, Jane married Dr. John Mitakides, a dentist and internationally-recognized expert in TMJ disorder and craniofacial pain. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and a member of the Professional Advisory Network of the Ehlers Danlos National Foundation, as well a nationally-known lecturer on Ehlers-Danlos disease in the TMJ patient. They are the parents of a daughter, Katie, and son, Andrew, and two wonderful grandchildren. Jane was born in Dayton, Ohio.
Jane has served her community on a number of boards and organizations, including the Development Board of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Opera Guild and the Friends of the Dayton Ballet. She has chaired Dayton's Opera Ball, and is a member of Opera Guild, and The Jefferson Patterson Society of The Dayton Art Institute.
With a lifelong interest in both family and American history, Jane is a former Governor of the First Ohio Company of the Jamestowne Society, and is also a member of The Daughters of The American Revolution, a former state officer of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America - Ohio, and is a member of The National Genealogy Society, and the Virginia Genealogy Society.