LeadingAge Ohio Staff & Advisors

LeadingAge Ohio has assembled a knowledgeable and dedicated team to assist members, the public, elected officials and the media with questions, concerns and inquiries on aging services for older Ohioans. For assistance, please use the following list to directly contact the proper LeadingAge Ohio team member. 

Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod

President/CEO
614-545-9014
kbrod@leadingageohio.org

  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
  • Staff liaison to Human Resources Committee

Stephanie DeWees

Stephanie DeWees

Quality & Regulatory Specialist - Long Term Care 
614-545-9034
sdewees@leadingageohio.org 

  • Supports planning and execution of the association's education initiatives for long term care
  • Provides resources for quality and regulatory strategies
    • Offers 911 survey support
    • Facilitates networking opportunities through regional events
    • Provides training on state and national trends, initiatives and enforcement
  • Staff liaison to Professional Development Committee and SNF/AL Subcommittee

Bobbi Dolan

Bobbi DolanProgram Associate
614-545-9025
bdolan@leadingageohio.org 

  • Primary designer for professional development and communication related materials
  • Oversees administrative office
  • Staff liaison for Hospice Veterans Partnership of Ohio
  • Staff liaison for Art & Writing Program
  • Staff liaison for STARS Award Program

Karen Lowe

Karen Lowe

Education and Special Projects Coordinator
614-545-9036
klowe@leadingageohio.org 

  • Assists with coordination of all professional education events, including planning, development, and implementation
  • Assists with coordination of special projects and initiatives, including Leadership Academy, Employer of Choice and ltcGAIN
  • Assists with all Continuing Education credentialing requirements and processes

Corey Markham

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Director of Corporate Relations and Initiatives
614-545-9015
cmarkham@leadingageohio.org 

  • Oversees database and meeting registry
  • Manages office technology systems
  • Oversees maintenance of office operations and production
  • Associate Membership/Partner Program staff liaison
  • Point of contact for Trade Show

Patrick Schwartz

Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications
614-545-9026
pschwartz@leadingageohio.org 

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
  • Oversees digital strategy, including websites, newsletters and social media channels
  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries

Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Anne Shelley

Director of Professional Development & HH/Hospice Regulatory Relations
614-545-9030
ashelley@leadingageohio.org 

  • Reviews state and federal policies and regulations and provides technical and regulatory support to Home Health and Hospice members
  • Works with state and federal agencies and regulatory bodies to develop policy and rules for the home health and hospice industry
  • Provides education for hospice and palliative care providers related to regulatory and operational issues
  • Responsible for overseeing all educational offerings provided by LeadingAge Ohio

Jennifer Taylor, BA, CGS

Jennifer Taylor

Director of Member Experience
614-545-9028
jtaylor@leadingageohio.org 

  • Manages provider member recruitment and retention strategies
  • Database management
  • Responsible for website content/access
  • Provider Membership staff liaison
  • Staff liaison to Awards and Membership committees

Pete Thompson

Pete Thompson

Accountant
614-545-9029
pthompson@leadingageohio.org 

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Staff liaison to Budget & Finance Committee

Susan Wallace, MSW

Susan Wallace

Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs
614-545-9024
swallace@leadingageohio.org 

  • Primary contact for policy priority development, advocacy and legislative affairs
  • Liaison to Advocacy Committee, Home Health, Hospice & HCBS Subcommittee

David Paragas

David Paragas And Bridget Mcauliffe

Advocacy Consultant
(614) 628-1407
david.paragas@BTLaw.com

  • Partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office, serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representative and grassroots coordinator
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee

Bridget McAuliffe

David Paragas And Bridget Mcauliffe

Advocacy Consultant
(614) 628-1415
bridget.mcauliffe@btlaw.com

  • Lobbyist within Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office, serves as LeadingAge Ohio’s lead legislative and regulatory representative and grassroots coordinator
  • Primary liaison to the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee

Martha Sweterlitsch

Martha Sweterlitsch

Legal Counsel
614-233-9367
msweterlitsch@beneschlaw.com 

  • Partner with Benesch in Columbus, also serves as a LeadingAge Ohio legislative and regulatory representative
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.