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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.

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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.​

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Stu Johnson, Treasurer

Stu Johnson serves as SVP, Chief Development Officer for Uprising Capital, a social impact investor, incubator and strategic advisory firm and Fortuity, a social enterprise bringing 500+ in-demand marketing technology and business process outsourcing careers to the Columbus urban core in Franklinton.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Connected Nation providing comprehensive government affairs, public policy, strategy and management for two Connected Nation programs – Connect Ohio and Digital Works.

Stu has over 30 years of executive level public, private and nonprofit Business Strategy, Capital Funding/M&A, Sales, Marketing and Distribution Management experience and holds a bachelor of science in finance from The Ohio State University. He designed, launched and managed nationwide direct and indirect sales channels for LCI International, DigitalBridge Communications, Momentum Business Solutions, Lightyear Network Solutions, National Energy Services Corporation and Nextwave Wireless, including 4 IPO’s and 12+ mergers/acquisitions.

Stu also serves on the board of The Serenity Street Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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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

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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.

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Michael Reese

Michael Reese serves as Ice Miller Whiteboard’s Director of Public Advocacy & Business Development and is a member of Ice Miller's Whiteboard team. Whiteboard’s services include government relations, public policy consultation, economic development, energy consultation, telecommunications, broadband and network solutions.

Michael previously served for nine years as Chief of Staff for Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman. In addition to his almost 19 years of service with the City of Columbus, Reese served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate in the mid-1990’s. As Chief of Staff, Reese’s accomplishments are numerous and included oversight of a $2.2 billion operating and capital budget resulting in a “Triple A” credit rating and significant investment in downtown and neighborhoods across the City; management of 14 department directors (representing 9,000 employees); and serving as liaison to the Columbus Partnership President, the Ohio Governor’s Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Council Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Schools Chief of Staff, the Franklin County Administrator, amongst many others.

While working for the City of Columbus, Reese was a key player in critical economic and neighborhood development efforts as well as protecting the environment. Michael is a 1990 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government. He earned his Master of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1993 in Political Science and is a 1999 Leadership Columbus graduate. He was a participant at the Harvard Kennedy School Urban Policy Impact Forums held semi-annually from 2008 through 2015.

Michael has three children (Sam, Andrew and Molly) and enjoys practicing yoga with friends at Yoga on High.

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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).

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Dona England-Afek

Ms. England retired as the executive director of the Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc. (CCHS), an organization she helped co-found in 1979 and served as president and Chair of the Board. CCHS was founded in direct response to the deinstitutionalization movement of the early 1980’s and founded on the concept of normalization for individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. ICF consisted of a residential facility for 70 individuals. 600 waiver individuals. Upon her retirement, there were 450 employees and CCHS received exemplary by CARF and many years had no citations. Ms. England acted as CEO from 1987-2014.

Prior to 1979 received a Bachelor of Science in Finance (San Antonio College) and began an accounting business known as England Accounting and Financial Management Co. in Tenafly, New Jersey. 1966- 1971 Ms. England was Controller for Keidan Jewelers, Toledo, Ohio from 1971- 1974 when she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she practiced in Columbus, Ohio from 1974-1987

Ms. England is active with the following local organizations: She was appointed to the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) by the Franklin County Commissioners. Her appointment ran from 2006 through June 30, 2015. She acted as a Board member of Ohio Providers Resource Association (OPRA), 1994-2014.Past President of Women Outreach for Women. Currently Trustee for House of Hope..

England Accounting and Financial Management Co. Currently serves 250 clients.

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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.

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Dennis DeYoung

Dennis is the operations Director for VQ Veteran Services which is the veteran's service division of THe ViaQuest Foundation. He previously served as the Administrator for Employment Services for ViaQuest. As a C.E.S.P. and C.P.W.I.C. he specializes in helping veterans with disabilities and barriers find and retain employment while navigating the VA and Social Security systems. He has overall responsibility for overseeing the case management of veterans. Prior to graduating from the House of Hope in 2010, he was in sales and management in the lumber industry. Dennis is an Army Veteran, serving in various Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault units