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Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Sc.D., was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Aging by Governor John R. Kasich in January, 2011. As director, she is helping to lead the state's effort to transform health care and long-term care for its citizens. Director Kantor-Burman has advocated for new approaches that emphasize quality, person-centered care while realizing cost savings. Her goals are to reform and enhance the quality and efficiency of our health care system, and to strengthen long-term care options that give elders more choices about their care. She believes in the concept of preventive gerontology, a wellness and behavioral driven model of life and care across the lifespan.
Before coming to the department, Director Kantor-Burman was the executive director of the Pioneer Network, a national center for the development of person-centered long-term care delivery systems. She drove consistent and creative public policy change at the highest levels of state and federal government. Prior to joining the Pioneer Network in 2007, Director Kantor-Burman was the director of the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Kantor-Burman earned her doctorate in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently resides in Gahanna, with her husband, Robert Burman.
The Ohio Department of Aging has had nine directors:
- Bonnie Kantor-Burman (2011-Current)
- 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 Ohio Commission on Aging had three executive directors:
- Joyce F. Chapple (1983 - 1984)
- Martin A. Janis (1974 - 1983)
- David C. Crowley (1973 - 1974)