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. 

Debbie Boggs, RN

Debbie Boggs

Education Specialist

  • Manages all aspects of education for the association
  • Ensures all aspects of the Continuing Education (CE) process are followed
  • Assists with the planning and development of all the association sponsored/co-sponsored educational programs
  • Works with internal and external customers and members to ensure professional development functions    

Stephanie DeWees

Stephanie DeWees

Quality & Regulatory Specialist - Long Term Care 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Government Affairs & Communications

  • Leading government affairs and political work
  • 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
  • Staff liaison to Communications/PR committee, PAC committee, Adult Day committee, and Affordable Housing committee. 

Anne Shelley, MBA, BSN, RN

Anne Shelley

Director of Home Health/Hospice Regulatory Relations

  • 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

Pete Thompson

Pete Thompson


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

Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace

President / CEO

  • Staff oversight, fiscal & operations of organization
  • Primary contact for policy priority development & advocacy 
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee, Nursing Facility/Assisted Living Reimbursement, Billing/eligibility and Clinical/ Operations Subcommittees

David Paragas

David Paragas

Advocacy Consultant
(614) 628-1407

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.