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 – Deborah Arms, PhD, RN
1st Vice President – Carol Roe, RN, MSN, JD
2nd Vice President – Jacinta Tucker, MSN, RN
Secretary – Joyce Powell, RN, BSN, CEN
Treasurer – Annie Bowen, MSN, RN, CPN

Jessica Frymyer, RN, BSN, CNOR
Iris Marcentile, BSN, RN, CPAN
Amber Miranda, RN
Michelle Thoman, RN
Robert Weitzel, RN, BSN, Cincinnati

Paula Anderson, RN
Jamie Burchett, BSN, RN
Benitha Garrett, MSN, BSN, RN
Gina Severino, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

New Nurse
Holly Renninger, RN, BSN

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.


Jessica Frymyer, RN, BSN, CNOR

Rick Lucas, RN, BSN

Iris Marcentile, BSN, RN, CPAN

Amber Miranda, RN

Michelle Thoman, RN

Robert Weitzel, RN, BSN

Alex Watts, RN, BSN


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 2019-2020

Kelly Evans, Bellville

Jason Fisher, Dayton

Margaret Halter, Akron

Shelly Malberti, Euclid

Teresa Monnin, Springboro

Gina Severino, Canfield

Carol Smith, Youngstown

Yvonne Smith, Canton, Chair

Jacinta Tucker, Midvale

Robert Weitzel, Harrison

Barbara Welch, Rushville

Teresa Wood, Pickerington

Teresa Wood, Newark


Genevieve Richard, Columbus

Sara Burke, Hamilton


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, Ohio

Tahnee Andrew, Rutland, Ohio

Lucinda Cave, Cleveland, Ohio

Stephanie Clubbs, Canton, Ohio

Susan Copeland, Gahanna, Ohio

Pam Dickerson, ANCC Liaison, Westerville, OH

Matt Howard, Indiana Liaison, Indianapolis, IN

Melanie Morris, Akron, Ohio

Diane Moyer, Worthington, Ohio

Lauren Rafeld, Ashland, Ohio

Gail Rhodes, Hilliard, Ohio

       Deb Shields, Bremen, Ohio

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

Kristine Cope

Benitha Garrett

Sharon Hawkins

Laurie Hornberger

Kenneth Quick

Holly Renninger

Debbie Schwytzer

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!