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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

July 27, 2010

Governor Strickland Appoints Four to Ohio Advisory Council for Aging

Accomplished Residents Will Help Shape Policies Affecting Ohio's Seniors

COLUMBUS - Governor Ted Strickland recently appointed four Ohioans to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. The council raises issues of concern to Ohio's older citizens and helps guide policy development for the Ohio Department of Aging. The newest members are: Robert W. Dell of Mason, William R. Demjan of Steubenville, Joseph H. Mudra of Lucas and Virginia "Ginni" Ragan of Westerville.

"The Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio's older adults are very fortunate to benefit from the experience and expertise of these leaders," said Barbara E. Riley, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. "They represent older people, caregivers, advocates, and business and community leaders."

Robert Dell has served as a board member for the American Society on Aging and the National Hispanic Council on Aging. He is the past chair of a foundation for eight senior centers in Philadelphia, PA. He worked as the Manager of Retiree Relations for Sun Oil Co. for five years. He served on the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio Advisory Council for six years.

William Demjan is a member of the advisory councils for the Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc. and for Prime Time Office on Aging, serving senior citizens in Jefferson County. In his retirement, Demjan has volunteered with AARP, serving as a district coordinator, community outreach specialist and a volunteer for advocacy.

Joseph Mudra is the former executive director of the Richland County Youth and Family Council, which provides leadership to assure an effective system of collaborative, coordinated and efficient community services which assist families to meet their individual needs and responsibilities.

Ginni Ragan has previously served as the legislative chair of the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging and was an Ohio delegate to the White House Conference on Aging held in December 2005. She has testified on every state budget since 1995 and on other issues relating to the elderly population. She works with families affected by dementias and professionals working with the diseases. Her advocacy as a caregiver has been featured in print and on WBNS-TV. In 2003, she was honored with the 2nd annual Maureen Reagan National Outstanding Advocate Award from the National Alzheimer's Association.

These appointees' terms on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging will end in November 2012.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging is comprised of 12 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Other members include: four members of the legislature and the directors of the state departments of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Health and Job and Family Services.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.