Member made, member led.

The Ohio Nurses Association is truly a member-driven association.  Led by the Board of Directors and supported by several councils and committees, ONA relies on our membership to light the way.  All councils and committees are staffed by ONA but piloted by ONA nurses.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Ohio Nurses Association consists of 15 members: the officers of the association and 10 directors that are members of ONA, at least 5 of which meet the criteria for appointment to the Economic and General Welfare Commission.

Executive Board

President – Robert Weitzel, BSN, RN
1st Vice President – Rick Lucas, BSN, RN, OCN, VA-BC, CCRN
2nd Vice President – Jacinta Tucker, MSN, RN
Secretary – Michelle Thoman, MSN, RN
Treasurer –  Janet Corbin, RN

Catharyne Henderson, RN
Deborah Baker-Loyd, RN
Barbara McGhee, RN
Amy Pompeii, RN

Tammi Ingledue, RN
Benitha Garrett, MSN, RN
Alex Watts, BSN, RN, PCCN
Jamie Burchett, BSN, RN

New Nurse
Taylor Mullin, MSN, RN, CNOR

Primary Staff
Lisa Ochs, CEO


Economic and General Welfare Commission

The Commission oversees the Economic and General Welfare Program of ONA.  The commissioners must be collective bargaining members and are responsible for the following, among other duties:

  • Developing economic and employment standards and policies.
  • Establishing procedures for economic and welfare complaints.
  • Providing information and counseling regarding employment conditions.
  • Evaluating and revising the Economic and General Welfare Program and policies.

The official description of the Commission and its duties are found in the ONA bylaws.

Catharyne Henderson, RN
Deborah Baker-Loyd, RN
Barbara McGhee, RN
Amy Pompeii, RN
Sarah Schultz, RN
Michelle Croker, RN
Lukas Killian, RN

Committees, Councils & More

Are you a member interested in getting involved? Read on to learn more about ONA’s volunteer-driven committees and councils.

To volunteer, visit the Volunteer Match module within ONAConnect.

Health Policy Council

Members of the Health Policy Council serve two years and are deeply involved in both our legislative and political activities. Specifically, the Council does the following, among other duties:

  • Evaluate proposed federal, state and local legislation for its implication for nurses, nursing and health care and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Advise the Board of Directors, structural units and districts on legislative and political issues.
  • Promote appointment of qualified nurses to key leadership positions in government, industry, state and health related foundations and consumer organizations.
  • Implement the political endorsement process.

HPC Members 2020

Yvonne Smith, Chair, Canton

Sara Burke, Hamilton

Kelly Duffey, Bellville

Peggy Halter, Akron

Rick Lucas, New Lexington

Shelly Malberti, Euclid

Jeri Milstead, Dublin

Teresa Monnin, Springboro

Genevieve Richard, Columbus

Gina Severino, Canfield

Carol Smith, Youngstown

Jacinta Tucker, Midvale

Linda Warino, Canfield

Robert Weitzel, Harrison

Teresa Wood, Pickerington


Peggy Berry, Centerville

Tiffany Mattingly, Mason


CE Council

The CEC consists of member who meet the most current accreditation and approval criteria and rules for peer reviewers.  The CEC shall, among other duties,:

  • Study and evaluate matters relating to continuing education and recommend appropriate action.
  • Oversee the approval process for individual continuing education activities and providers of continuing education.
  • Identify the need for state legislation in the field of continuing education.

The official description of the CEC and its duties are found in the ONA bylaws.


Members of the CEC

Barb Brunt, Chair,  Akron

Tahnee Andrew, Rutland

Lucinda Cave, Cleveland

Stephanie Clubbs, Canton

Susan Copeland, Gahanna

Beth Griebel, Columbus

Amy Knupp, Columbus

Melanie Morris, Akron

Diane Moyer, Worthington

Lauren Rafeld, Ashland

Gail Rhodes, Hilliard

Deb Shields, Bremen

Sue Smith, Dayton

Pam Dickerson, Liaison for ANCC

Matt Howard, Indiana Liaison, Indianapolis, IN

Council on Practice

The Council on Practice consists of members with a mixture of clinical backgrounds.  The COP is tasked with, among other duties,:

  • Interpreting professional standards of practice within the state and devising means for putting these into effect.
  • Assisting nurses in implementing the ANA Code of Ethics.
  • Working with groups on issues related to nursing practice.
  • Receiving and taking action upon complaints and problems of nursing practice.

The official description of the Council on Practice and its duties are found in the ONA bylaws.

Members of the Council on Practice

Paula Anderson, Westerville

Kristine Cope, Columbus

Benitha Garrett, North Olmsted

Sharon Hawkins, Englewood

Laurie Hornberger, North Jackson

Kenneth Quick, Newark

Holly Renninger, Uniontown

Debbie Schwytzer, Cincinnati

Ohio Nurses Review Committee

The ONR Committee sets the direction and editorial content of ONA’s official publication, the Ohio Nurses Review. Members meet every other month to collaborate on content and also write article to be published in the magazine. If you love to write, this committee is for you!