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Board Members

Bob Cochran, President

Bob Cochran’s practice is focused on health care litigation and white collar criminal defense. As a health care lawyer, Bob represents health care providers in a full range of regulatory, compliance and litigation matters. These include fraud and abuse counseling, Medicare/Medicaid payment issues, medical staff matters, HIPAA compliance and government audits and investigations. Bob has also drafted medical staff bylaws for hospitals and surgery centers, and represented hospitals and medical groups in privileging, credentialing, and employment disputes in state and federal courts.

As a trial lawyer, former prosecutor, and litigator with 20 years of experience, Bob also represents businesses, officers, directors and individuals faced with allegations of health care fraud, environmental crimes and other business-related or “white collar” crimes. Bob is actively involved in all stages of these matters, from internal investigations, through grand jury proceedings, to trial.

Bob previously served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and Assistant Ohio Attorney General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Bob prosecuted environmental crimes and later served as the Assistant Chief of Ohio’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Reginald A. Wilkinson, Ed.D., Vice President

Reginald Wilkinson retired from Ohio state government in 2006. He served as a prison warden, director of training, deputy director of prisons and for nearly 16 years he was the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Following his retirement he managed two higher education organizations: the Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy and the Ohio College Access Network. He is presently President of Connecting the Dots, LLC, a consulting company. Wilkinson, moreover, has led many national and international non-profit groups. As well, he is chair of the Ohio Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training and was appointed by Governor John Kasich as Commissioner on the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He also is chairperson of the National Prison Rape Panel and a former chair and current member of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, both for the US Department of Justice.​

Roger A. Wilson – Board Member

Roger A. Wilson is the Controller of Business Advancement at the Ohio State University. Roger is responsible for financial management of The Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center at Fisher College, The Fawcett Conference and Event Center, The Drake Union and Trademark and Licensing on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Mr. Wilson has 44 years of experience in the hospitality industry with 36 years in various accounting roles. Prior to joining The Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center in 2004, Roger was a Vice President Asset Management with RockBridge Capital, LLC a leading hotel capital provider for six years and has 21 years additional experience in the hotel industry as an auditor and controller at the property and corporate levels including 7 years of international experience in the Caribbean.

Roger received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Franklin University graduating cum laude.

Why I am involved.

I have been involved with the House of Hope as a board member since 2001. I have served as Board President for two years and Board Treasurer for two years.

In 2001 I met Tom Ramseyer while donating some used furniture to the House of Hope. At this same time, I was at a point in my life where I was searching for a way to make a contribution towards the betterment of the community. Having experience in how alcohol and drug addictions impact people’s lives and the lives of their loved ones, I asked Tom how I could get involved. Tom gave me the opportunity to join the board, which was the beginning of my association with the House of Hope for Alcoholics, Inc.

I told Tom once that I am most proud of the fact that my involvement does not go unnoticed by my family and especially my son. Tom told me of an old Quaker saying, “Let your life speak.” This made so much sense, as it is not accolades that I seek, however it is the example I can set and how my son understands at an early age the rewards of giving.

Judge Ed Sargus, United States District Court

Appointed in 1996 by President Clinton.
Education: Brown Univ., A.B., with honors, 1975; Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1978
Private Practice: Associate, Cinque, Banker, Linch, Gromen & White, 1978-79; Associate, Stanley G. Burech, 1980-83; Partner, Burech & Sargus, 1983-93
Government Positions: Special Counsel, Ohio Attorney General, 1979-93; St. Clairsville City Council, 1988-91; Law Director, City of Bellaire, 1991-93; U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Ohio, 1993-96
Professional Associations: Ohio State Bar Assn., Negligence Committee Delegate, 1978-1983; Belmont County Bar Assn., 1978-Present.
Judicial Committees and Activities: Security Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2002-2009
Academic Positions: Adjunct Professor of Law, the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, 2005-Present
Honors & Awards: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Muskingum College, 2006; Ohio Crime Prevention, Executive Director’s Award, 1995; Annual President’s Award, Franklin County-Columbus Domestic Violence Shelter, 1998; Annual Public Service Award, Ohio State Univ. Criminal Justice Research Center, 1999; Peacemaker Award, Tri-County Domestic Violence Shelter, 2006

W.C. Benton, Jr.

W.C. Benton, Jr. is the Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management and Distinguished Research Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where he teaches courses in the Business of Healthcare to undergraduates, MBAs and doctoral candidates, Purchasing/Supply Management Manufacturing Planning and Control, Operations Analysis, and Facility Design. Dr. Benton resides in Columbus, Ohio and received his doctorate in both Operations and Systems Management and Quantitative Business Analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Professor Benton’s expert contribution to the business and governmental arena includes consultancy for Grant Hospital, Ashland, IBM, RCA, Frigidaire, The Ohio Department of Transportation, The Florida Department of Transportation, The Indiana Department of Transportation, The South Carolina Department of Transportation, The Alabama Department of Transportation, The Kentucky Department of Transportation, The Federal Highway Administration, Battelle Institute, The United States Air Force, Gelzer Automated Assembly Systems, Bitronics, Inc., The Ohio Bureau of Disability Determination, Bio-Ohio, The Carter Group Canada and others.

He serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, Inc., The Sleep Medicine Foundation, The House of Hope and The Supply Chain Research Group and is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, The Institute of Management Sciences, The Institute of Supply Management, The Production and Inventory Control Society, the Operations Management Association, American Society for Quality Control, Society of Logistics Engineers, The Mathematical Association of America and others.

Joy L. Marshall

Joy is a real estate agent. She received her B.A. degree from the Ohio State University (1997) in International Studies and her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin (2001).

Teresa A. Daugherty

Teri has served as a Court Bailiff in Franklin County Municipal Court for 25 years. She has lived and worked in Columbus since graduating High School in Marysville. She earned her B.S. degree in Applied Communications from Franklin University in 2000. Working in the court system has made her aware of the need for community-based systems of support. House of Hope supports the community and the community supports House of Hope.