LeadingAge Ohio Leadership & Staff

LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors Officers

Allison Salopeck - Chair

Allison Salopeck - Chair

Jennings President/CEO

10204 Granger Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 581-2900

Kerry Hamilton - Vice Chair

Kerry Hamilton - Vice Chair

Ohio's Hospice Chief Strategy Officer

7575 Paragon Road
Dayton, OH 45459
(740) 783-1403

Larry Monroe - Secretary

Larry Monroe - Secretary

Christian Village Communities President/CEO

411 Western Row Road
Mason, OH 45040
(513) 701-3448

Ann Conn - Treasurer

Ann Conn - Treasurer

McGregor President & CEO

14900 Private Drive
Cleveland, OH 44112
(216) 851-8200

Cynthia Bougher - Immediate Past Chair

Cynthia Bougher - Immediate Past Chair

Valley Hospice CEO

10686 State Route 150
Rayland, OH 43943
(740) 859-5650


Current Board Members

Rich Boyson, Jr. - First Term

Rich Boyson, Jr. - First Term

Eliza Jennings President and Chief Executive Officer

26376 John Road
Olmsted Township, OH 44138
(216) 325-1247

Scott A. Buchanan - First Term

Scott A. Buchanan - First Term

The Ohio Masonic Home Chief Executive Officer

2655 West National Road
Springfield, OH 45504
(937) 525-4975

Larry Gumina - Second Term

Larry Gumina - Second Term

9200 Worthington Rd., Suite 300
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 888-7800

Brett Kirkpatrick - First Term

Brett Kirkpatrick - First Term

Community First Solutions President & CEO

230 Ludlow Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
(513) 785-4750

Rick Marshall - First Term

Rick Marshall - First Term

Genacross Lutheran Services President & CEO

2021 North McCord Road
Toledo, OH 43615
(419) 861-4990

Gayle Mattson - First Term

Gayle Mattson - First Term

Hospice of Cincinnati President & CEO

4360 Cooper Road, Suite 300>br> Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 246-9227

Eric Murray - First Term

Eric Murray - First Term

Heritage Manor - Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Executive Director of Senior Services

584 Granada Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505
(330) 746-1076

Wendy Price Kiser - Second Term

Wendy Price Kiser - Second Term

Ohio Living Division Executive of Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care

1730 S. Reynolds Road
Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1499

Terry Spitznagel - First Term

Terry Spitznagel - First Term

United Church Homes SVP, Chief Growth Officer

170 East Center Street
P.O. Box 1806
Marion, OH 43301-1806
(866) 277-9027

Kristi Strawser - First Term

Kristi Strawser - First Term

EverHeart Hospice Chief Executive Officer

1350 North Broadway Street
Greenville, OH 45331
(937) 548-2999

Cynthia Struk - Second Term

Cynthia Struk - Second Term

Judson Services, Inc. VP Health Services and Chief Health Officer

2181 Ambleside Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-2387

Chris Widman - First Term

Chris Widman - First Term

Good Shepherd Home Executive Director

725 Columbus Avenue
Fostoria, OH 44830
(419) 937-4801

Jimmy Wilson - First Term

Jimmy Wilson - First Term

Episcopal Retirement Services Vice President, Affordable Living

3870 Virginia Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 271-9610



Participation on a LeadingAge Ohio committee is one of the most significant ways members can have a direct impact on the future of our association. It’s also one of the most meaningful and rewarding ways to develop relationships with fellow leaders in the field of aging services. Through our Committees, members direct the association's work on the key questions facing the aging services field.

Advocacy Committee

Awards Committee

Budget & Finance Committee

Communications/PR Committee

Human Resources Committee

Membership Committee

Nominating Committee

PAC Committee

Philanthropy Committee

Professional Development Committee

LeadingAge Ohio Staff & Advisors

LeadingAge Ohio has assembled a knowledgeable and dedicated team to assist members, the public, elected officials and the media with questions, concerns and inquiries on aging services for older Ohioans. For assistance, please use the following list to directly contact the proper LeadingAge Ohio team member. 

Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

President / CEO


  • Staff oversight, fiscal & operations of organization
  • Primary contact for policy priority development & advocacy 
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee, Nursing Facility/Assisted Living Reimbursement, Billing/eligibility and Clinical/ Operations Subcommittees
Debbie Boggs, RN

Debbie Boggs, RN

Education Specialist



  • Manages all aspects of education for the association
  • Ensures all aspects of the Continuing Education (CE) process are followed
  • Assists with the planning and development of all the association sponsored/co-sponsored educational programs
  • Works with internal and external customers and members to ensure professional development functions    
Stephanie DeWees

Stephanie DeWees

Quality & Regulatory Specialist - Long Term Care



  • Supports planning and execution of the association's education initiatives for long term care
  • Provides resources for quality and regulatory strategies
    • Offers 911 survey support
    • Facilitates networking opportunities through regional events
    • Provides training on state and national trends, initiatives and enforcement
  • Staff liaison to Professional Development Committee and SNF/AL Subcommittee
Bobbi Dolan

Bobbi Dolan

Program Associate



  • Primary designer for professional development and communication related materials
  • Oversees administrative office
  • Staff liaison for Hospice Veterans Partnership of Ohio
  • Staff liaison for Art & Writing Program
  • Staff liaison for STARS Award Program
Karen Lowe

Karen Lowe

Education and Special Projects Coordinator



  • Assists with coordination of all professional education events, including planning, development, and implementation
  • Assists with coordination of special projects and initiatives, including Leadership Academy, Employer of Choice and ltcGAIN
  • Assists with all Continuing Education credentialing requirements and processes
Corey Markham

Corey Markham

Director of Corporate Relations and Initiatives



  • Oversees database and meeting registry
  • Manages office technology systems
  • Oversees maintenance of office operations and production
  • Associate Membership/Partner Program staff liaison
  • Point of contact for Trade Show
Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Government Affairs & Communications



  • Leading government affairs and political work
  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, newsletters and social media channels
  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries
  • Staff liaison to Communications/PR committee, PAC committee, Adult Day committee, and Affordable Housing committee. 
Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Director of Home Health/Hospice Regulatory Relations



  • Reviews state and federal policies and regulations and provides technical and regulatory support to Home Health and Hospice members
  • Works with state and federal agencies and regulatory bodies to develop policy and rules for the home health and hospice industry
  • Provides education for hospice and palliative care providers related to regulatory and operational issues
Pete Thompson

Pete Thompson




  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Staff liaison to Budget & Finance Committee
David Paragas

David Paragas

Advocacy Consultant

(614) 628-1407

  • Partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office, serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representative and grassroots coordinator
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee
Bridget McAuliffe

Bridget McAuliffe

Advocacy Consultant

(614) 628-1415


  • Lobbyist within Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office, serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representative and grassroots coordinator
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee
Martha Sweterlitsch

Martha Sweterlitsch

Legal Counsel



  • Partner with Benesch in Columbus, also serves as a LeadingAge Ohio legislative and regulatory representative
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.