Stephanie M. Loucka
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Stephanie M. Loucka was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Aging by Governor John Kasich on August 1, 2016. Having previously served the department from 2011 to 2013, including time as assistant director, Director Loucka is excited to drive the agency toward its mission of keeping Ohio on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to our growing and changing aging population.
Director Loucka and her Department of Aging staff are guiding the state's effort to transform how it serves older Ohioans and the family members and professionals who care for them, with a focus on proven, person-centered policy and practices. Currently, 2.5 million Ohioans are age 65 and older, giving our state the seventh largest older adult population in the country. By 2032, almost 22 percent of our population will be age 65 or older. Director Loucka leads efforts to create responses to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population by developing and fostering partnerships using proven theories of collaboration and innovation. She and the department believe that aging is everybody's business and that all levels of society - from individuals to state and local governments, to business leaders and beyond - have a role in challenging negative views of aging and ensuring that all Ohioans have opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute.
Most recently, Director Loucka served as the chief of staff for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. She graduated summa cum laude from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. She went on to graduate from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law and was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio.
Director Loucka and her husband Frank reside in Pickerington with their two children.
The Ohio Department of Aging has had 11 directors:
Stephanie M. Loucka (2016-Current)
Bonnie K. Burman (2011-2016)
Barb Madden-Petering (2011)
Barbara E. Riley (2007 - 2011)
Merle Grace Kearns (2005 - 2007)
Joan W. Lawrence (1999 - 2005)
Judith Y. Brachman (1991 - 1999)
Kenneth M. Mahan (1991)
Anne Harnish (1990 - 1991)
Carol D. Austin, Ph.D. (1988 - 1990)
Joyce F. Chapple (1984 - 1988)
The prior Ohio Commission on Aging had three executive directors:
Joyce F. Chapple (1983 - 1984)
Martin A. Janis (1974 - 1983)
David C. Crowley (1973 - 1974)