COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich recently appointed John C. Thatcher of Centerburg to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging. The advisory council reviews plans, budgets and issues that impact older Ohioans, and advocates specific administrative and legislative actions. Mr. Thatcher will serve as one of the council's 12 appointed members, and his term will end in November 2016.
"Older Ohioans have found an advocate in Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. He has been influential in working to end elder abuse in our state, and he will continue to champion the rights of our elders as a member of the advisory council," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Department. "We are fortunate to add his advocacy and dedication to the council as we work to provide more opportunities for the state's older adults to grow, thrive and contribute."
Mr. Thatcher is a graduate of Capital University Law School who has 25 years of experience as an attorney. As an assistant prosecutor in Knox County, he handled felony prosecutions, provided legal advice to local leaders and headed the child support enforcement division. Since his election as County Prosecutor in 2004, he has doubled the number of felony prosecutions.
Mr. Thatcher also serves on the Ohio Attorney General's Elder Abuse Commission on behalf the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
In addition to the 12 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging also includes a number of ex-officio members: four members of the Ohio General Assembly and the directors of the state departments of Aging, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health, Medicaid and Job and Family Services. For more information, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/information/advisorycouncil/.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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