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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Advisory Council for Aging


The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging includes twelve governor-appointed members plus four from the legislature and directors of the state departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health and Job and Family Services. The advisory council reviews plans, budgets and issues that impact older Ohioans and advocates specific administrative and legislative actions.

Appointed Members


Ginni Ragan

Ginni Ragan
Alzheimer's Disease Advocate

Vice Chair

John Urbanski

John Urbanski
United Way of Hancock County

Louis Borowicz

Louis Borowicz
Baxter & Borowicz Co., LPA

Beth Cameron

Beth Cameron
Dayton VA Medical Center

William Demjan

William Demjan
Veteran's Service Commission
& Prime Time Advocate

Heath Hughes

Heath Hughes
Senior Home Choice

Fred Pieper

Fred Pieper
Paulding County Commissioner

John Thatcher

John Thatcher
Knox County Prosecutor

Ex-Officio Members

  • Selina Larson, Ohio Department of Health
  • Matthew Hobbs, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Adreana Tartt, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Michele Colliver, Ohio Attorney General's Office

From the Ohio Senate

  • The Honorable Capri Cafaro
  • The Honorable Peggy Lehner

From the Ohio House of Representatives

  • The Honorable Christina M. Hagan
  • The Honorable Dan Ramos

Non-Member Representatives

  • Dave Bibler, Ohio Association of Senior Centers
  • Larke Recchie and Mary Jo Hyde, Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Pamela Schuellerman, Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Chapter
  • Jane Taylor, AARP Ohio
  • Semanthie Brooks, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
  • Toni Fortson-Bigby, CareSource
  • Beth Foster, Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice

Updated March 2014

2014 Advisory Council for Aging Meeting Calendar

Feb. 19
In person, 1-3 p.m.

April 16
Conference call, 3-4 p.m.

June 18
In person, 1-3 p.m.

Aug. 20
Conference call, 3-4 p.m.

Oct. 15
In person, 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 17
Conference call, 3-4 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change.



Advisory Council Bylaws

Authorizing Legislation

Ginni Ragan Biennial Budget Testimony, April 8, 2011



Governor Kasich reappoints Heath Hughes to Ohio Advisory Council for Aging

Governor Kasich appoints John C. Thatcher to Ohio Advisory Council for Aging