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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2014

Ohio Department of Aging Director comments on passing of
former Ohio Department of Aging Director Merle Grace Kearns

COLUMBUS - Attribute to Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman:

“She had an incredible record of public service and was a true advocate for older adults. Under her leadership, the agency implemented its first Assisted Living Waiver program, as well as its first Home First Initiative to transition elders from care facilities to home and community-based care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family,” said Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman.

Background on Merle Grace Kearns:

Appointed by Governor Bob Taft, Ms. Kearns served as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging from 2005 through 2007. She was a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 72nd House district, and served as Majority Leader in the 126th General Assembly. She also was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1991-2000, representing the 10th Senate District. Kearns was named "Legislator of the Year" by 10 different organizations. She became the first woman ever to be elected as a commissioner in Clark County in 1980. Merle Grace Kearns, of Port Clinton, was one of 10 inductees into the 2010 Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

 

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