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Randy Runyon

Title: President and CEO
E-mail: rrunyon@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 222

Profile:
Randy is the President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC). His job is to ensure that OACHC achieves its strategic goals and objectives. Randy joined OACHC in August of 2010 and was previously the Assistant Executive Director of the Community Action Committee of Pike County. Randy Runyon has spent 35 years working with Community Health Centers and community development issues all across Ohio. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions addressing issues that affect Appalachian Ohio. Mr. Runyon has served on the OACHC Board of Directors since 2000.

 

 

Jennifer Bowers

Title: Chief Finance Officer

E-mail: jbowers@ohiochc.org

Phone: ext. 225

 

Profile:

Jennifer has been the Director of Finance at OACHC since 2002. She oversees all financial management of the organization including developing budgets and financial policies, compliance with state and federal fiscal regulations and grant programs. Prior to working at OACHC, Jennifer worked for the Union County Health Department as a Fiscal Officer. She holds a B.S. from Franklin University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the State of Ohio.

Julie DiRossi-King

Title: Chief Operations Officer
E-mail: jdirossi@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 226

Profile:
Julie is the Chief Operations Officer. As she expands her role administratively, she continues advocate and advance OACHC’s legislative priorities at the state and federal levels. She also coordinates the association’s grassroots efforts, which allows the OACHC membership to effectively communicate with their elected representatives. Prior to joining OACHC Julie served as the Legislative Liaison for Governor Bob Taft overseeing all health and human services issues, was the legislative aide to former State Representative Merle Grace Kearns (Springfield) and also worked in the Ohio Dental Association’s legislative division. Julie has a B.A. from The Ohio State University. 

 

 

Ted Wymyslo, MD

Title: Chief Medical Officer

E-mail: twymyslo@ohiochc.org

Phone: ext. 234

 

Profile:

Dr. Wymyslo is the Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC). He works with OACHC leadership and the member practice sites throughout Ohio to improve quality of care, control costs, enhance the workforce of our centers, and expand utilization of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care. Dr. Wymyslo is the immediate past Director of the Ohio Department of Health. He also serves at the Senior Advisor to Better Health Partnership. He has been involved statewide and nationally in the integration of public health and primary care as a method to effectively improve population health. For over 30 years he has worked as a practicing family physician, educator, practice organizer and healthcare leader. The American Medical Association,Ohio State Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and Ohio Academy of Family Physicians have recognized him for his service to healthcare and the community. 

Ashley Ballard, RN, BSN

Title: Director of Clinical Quality

E-mail: aballard@ohiochc.org

Phone: ext. 233

 

Profile:

Ashley Ballard is the Director of Clinical Quality. She came to OACHC in 2014 from an FQHC where she has worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Manager, and most recently Quality Assurance Coordinator. She has experience with Joint Commission standards and PCMH compliance.  Ashley works with the health centers on Risk Management, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Initiatives as well as provide support to the Quality Personnel. She graduated from Edison Community College with an Associate of Applied Science and Wright State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Recently she achieved NCQA PCMH Content Expert Certification for 2014 Standards. 


 

Elizabeth Bradley

Title: Executive Assistant

E-mail: ebradley@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 231

Profile:
Elizabeth Bradley came to OACHC in spring 2016, as the Executive Assistant.  Several of her responsibilities include coordinating the scheduling of OACHC leadership, assisting executive leadership in completing projects, meetings and communications, and helping with any other tasks as needed.  Prior to coming to OACHC, Elizabeth retired from the Ohio Department of Health where she served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Health for the last five years.  She also worked as a medical assistant for a couple of years at a local FQHC.  Elizabeth earned her Associate of Science degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican University. 

Avani Desai

Title: Performance Improvement Specialist

E-mail: adesai@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 242

Profile:

Avani Desai is the Performance Improvement Specialist. She joined the OACHC team in April 2017. Previously, she worked for UNC Health Care, focusing on quality improvement, patient portal enhancements, and patient engagement. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Public Health in 2016, and has a BS in both Operations Management and Public Health from the University of Maryland. 

 

Marie Grady

 

Title: Program Coordinator

E-mail: mgrady@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 223

Profile:
As the program coordinator for OPCWI, Marie manages, implements, and evaluates the Association’s Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative (OPCWI). Marie has 8 years of experience in healthcare and previously served as a clinical coordinator for a large nursing school. Marie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Concentration in Management from Ohio Dominican University.

Lauren Husein

Title: Communication & Events Coordinator
E-mail: lhusein@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 232

Profile:
Lauren joined OACHC in 2013 as the Office Manager and is now a part of the Communications team. She is excited to bring her new ideas, experience and knowledge from the different industries she has worked in. Lauren holds a Bachelors' of Science in Communications from Ohio University and has been a Notary Public for the last 5 years.

Susan Lawson

Title: Oral Health Program Manager
E-mail: slawson@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 228

Profile:
Susan joined OACHC in 2009 and has been managing two oral health projects during this time, the Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) grant and the National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network (NOHIIN) grant. She is also the co-author of the ECOH Implementation Guide. Susan is looked to both internally and externally as an oral health subject matter expert. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Keller Graduate School, she holds a degree in Education and has a Masters of Human Resource Management. Susan came to OACHC after her time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the as a Research Studies Coordinator for Dr. Paul Casamassimo, DDS. She coordinated a large scale, multiple visit study on the effects Early Childhood Caries has on weight. This National Institutes of Health grant involved parent motivation assessment, statistics, data entry, counseling, and research protocol management.

Heather Porter

Title: Director of Program Development
E-mail: hporter@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 229

Profile:
As the Director of Program Development, Heather manages new initiatives and helps leadership to design, implement, and evaluate new programs. She also works with organizations and communities to develop Federally Quali

fied Health Centers and provides technical assistance regarding new program initiatives, grant opportunities, community needs and FQHC 101 sessions. Additionally, she manages workforce initiatives, membership services, health center operations, and serves as the point of contact for special populations and emergency preparedness. Heather has over 15 years in the healthcare industry with roles spanning from higher education, non-profit, as well as a large hospital system in Boston, MA. Heather has her Master's degree in Public Administration, her Bachelor of Science in Health from Ohio University and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

 

 

Samantha Porter

Title: Director of Communication & Events
E-mail:sporter@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 227

Profile:
Samantha joined the OACHC team in 2013. In 2015 she transitioned from the Communication & Training Coordinator to the Communication & Design Coordinator and finally to the Director of Communication & Events. She is responsible for maintaining and improving the OACHC website, as well as, creating and managing the social media marketing campaigns and communications. Samantha is also responsible for the planning, implementation, and marketing of bi-annual OACHC conferences, educational and training events and webinars. Samantha creates all of the graphic art, videos and branding materials for OACHC. The custom graphics include mailers, all conference collateral, website and social media graphics, email graphics, handouts, the creation of OACHC's new logo and more. Samantha attended the University of Kentucky and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications.  

Teresa Rios-Bishop

Title: Outreach and Policy Manager

E-mail: tbishop@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 224

Profile:
As the Outreach and Policy Manager, Teresa champions outreach, enrollment and advocacy initiatives for Ohio’s community health centers. She has a multi-disciplinary background having served in leadership roles for non-profit organizations, a multi-state parking services firm and a digital marketing agency. On the outreach and enrollment side, Teresa acts as a technical assistance resource for health center enrollment counselors. She is also responsible for advocacy efforts; spreading her love of the community health center movement. Teresa earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Capital University. 

Jennifer Sharp

Title: Accounting Coordinator
E-mail: jsharp@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 241

Profile:
Jennifer joined the OACHC team in late 2016, as the Accounting Coordinator.  Her responsibilities include accounts payable and accounts receivables, and providing support to the CFO.  She also assists the Director of Communication and Training with billing, tracking and reporting of event revenues, expenses and profitability.  Jennifer has 25 years accounting experience and previously worked as Staff Accountant for a management consulting firm. 

Lindsey Thomas

Title: Office Manager
E-mail: lthomas@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 221

Profile:
Over the last nine years, Lindsey was a team member for a large shipping company where she held various positions that most recently included Operations Manager and Administrative Service Manager. Lindsey hopes to bring her experience and knowledge of Administration and Operations to OACHC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in the Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is currently going back to school for her Associate degree in Business Administration at Columbus State Community College. 

 

Tiffany White

Title: Quality Improvement Coordinator

E-mail: twhite@ohiochc.org
Phone: ext. 240

Profile:
Tiffany White is the Quality Improvement Coordinator. She came to OACHC in the summer of 2016 from an FQHC where she previously worked as a Quality Coordinator. She has experience with data management, and clinical quality improvement projects. She graduated from Case Western Reserve with her Master’s in Public Health in 2014, with a focus in Global Health, and has her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Dayton. 

 

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