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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. 

Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors

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 DolanProgram 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

Beth Griebel, MSN, RN

Beth Griebel

Professional Development Specialist

  • Ensures that the continuing educational activities are consistent with the requirements of the various professional credentialing bodies.
  • Assesses, plans and evaluates educational activities and quality outcome measures related to professional development.
  • Functions as the expert in the CE criteria for planning committees.

Nisha Hammel, MSW, LSW

Nisha HammeDirector of Payment Innovations and Strategic Partnerships

  • Oversees state & federal legislative efforts, payor & other stakeholder advocacy related issues
  • Identifies and communicates member capacity to deliver quality
  • Works with Communications Committee to advance quality message
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee

Karen Lowe

Karen Lowe

Education and Special Projects Coordinator

  • Assisting with coordination of all professional education events, including planning, development, and implementation
  • Coordination of special projects and initiatives, including Leadership Academy, Employer of Choice and ltcGAIN
  • Assisting 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

Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Anne Shelley

Director of Professional Development & HH/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
  • Responsible for overseeing all educational offerings provided by LeadingAge Ohio

Jennifer Taylor, BA, CGS

Jennifer Taylor

Director of Communications & Membership

  • Manages public relations and the overall image of the Association and its members
  • Edits and oversees association publications
  • Responsible for Association communications and website
  • Provider Membership staff liaison
  • Staff liaison to Communications/PR, Awards and Membership committees

Pete Thompson

Pete Thompson


  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Staff liaison to Finance Committee

Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs

  • Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Liaison to Advocacy Committee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS Subcommittee
  • Responsible for newsletter content generation and compilation

David Paragas

David Paragas And Bridget Mcauliffe

Advocacy Consultant
(614) 628-1407

  • David, a Partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representatives and grassroots coordinators
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee

Bridget McAuliffe

David Paragas And Bridget Mcauliffe

Advocacy Consultant
(614) 628-1415

  • Bridget, a lobbyist within Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representatives and grassroots coordinators
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee

Martha Sweterlitsch

Martha Sweterlitsch

Legal Counsel

  • Martha, 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.