Board of Trustees
The finger on the pulse.
Success does not come unguided. It’s planned, debated, questioned, discussed, voted on, and accounted for. This tremendous responsibility falls to the eight-member volunteer Board of Trustees who govern the path of Memorial Health. Made up of local business leaders, the Board ensures everything we do lives up to our responsibility to the community and each other.
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Dr. Nikki L. Conklin, Associate Professor, Emeritus of The Ohio State University joined our Board of Trustees in 2010. Spending a lifelong career focusing on community-based adult education and youth development led her to want to give back to the community.
Nikki received her B.S., M.S., and PhD. degrees from The Ohio State University. During her career, she taught secondary education in the Marysville and Benjamin Logan Schools, served 10 years as County Extension Agent in Union County, and dedicated 17 years to administrative roles with OSU Extension. She has co-authored two books used to prepare Extension educators. In 2006, she retired as Associate Director Programs, Ohio State University Extension.
A Union County resident since 1975, Nikki resides near Ostrander with her husband, Bill, a livestock and grain farmer. Their son Eric and his wife Barbara have three children and reside near Georgetown, Ky. Daughter Sarah and her husband Jan Ramge have two children and live in the Marysville area. Seldom is there a day when Nikki and Bill don’t have grandchildren at their home! Since retirement Nikki is an active volunteer with her church, the Ohio 4-H Foundation and other community organizations.
Gary McDowell was appointed to our board in 2010. He is a lifelong resident of Dover township and graduated from Marysville High School. Gary served four years in the U.S. Navy before returning to the family farm following his active service.
McDowell has an extensive resume of community involvement including service on the Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees representing Union, Delaware, Franklin and Madison counties; the American Farm Bureau Swine Committee; the Union County Farm Bureau Board; and the County Committee for the Farm Service Agency. He is a past member of the Union County Board of Health, which he chaired for many years.
Gary and his wife, Sallie, are the parents of five children and grandparents to eight, some of which are scattered to the far corners of these United States. They are members of Springdale Baptist Church.
As owner and a pharmacist at Dave's Pharmacy in Marysville, Donna Burke knows both the financial and personal attention to care it takes to operate in today's changing medical environment.
Donna joined our board in 2006 with the goal of preserving and growing our independent county hospital. She also serves on the board of the Union County Board of Health, on the Business Relations committee for the hospital's Development Council, and assists the Ohio Reformatory for Women's ABC Nursery Program. She holds a baccalaureate degree in biology from Ohio Northern University and another in pharmacy from The Ohio State University.
Donna's husband, Dave, and their two children are the joy of her life. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and volunteer work.
Rick Shortell is currently the Executive Director of the Union County Family YMCA. Previously, Rick enjoyed a 31-year career at three electric cooperatives in Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio - with the majority of those years spent at the senior management level. He was raised in the Norfolk, Virginia area and graduated with a B.S. degree from Eastern Mennonite College in 1975.
Rick has been a resident of Union County since 1991. He is married to Ruth, a Reading Recovery Specialist with Marysville Schools and graduate of Mary Baldwin College. Together, they have three children and three grandchildren. The family is very active and enjoys cycling, snowboarding and other outdoor activities.
Rick’s involvement in the community is notable. He is a past President and board member of the Union County Chamber of Commerce; Past President and board member of the Logan Union Champaign Regional Planning Commission; Past President of the Community Improvement Corporation Board; Past Chair of the Union County/Marysville Port Authority; and member of the Union County Development Fund-Board of Managers.
Chad Hoffman expertly represents the township of Richwood on our Board of Trustees. He is President/CEO of The Richwood Banking Company and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chad has served on several boards and committees in Union County including the Richwood Business Association, Union County Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Achievement. He currently serves on the Union County Port Authority Board, the Union County Foundation Board and the Community Bankers Association of Ohio Board.
Memorial Hospital benefited from Chad’s experience when he filled the role of chairman for the Special Prospects Committee of the Development Council. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004. At home in Richwood, Chad and his wife Jodi enjoy their most important role of all—raising their three children. He also spends his spare time reading, watching movies, and coaching softball and baseball.
Dennis Stone was invited to join our board in December of 2003. He comes from an extensive 42-year career at the Ohio Auto Club (AAA) in Worthington, from which he retired in 2013 as the organization’s Executive Vice President.
He has been a member in the Plain City Lions Club. He is also a member of the St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin. Shortly after attending Lorain and Lakeland Community Colleges in Cleveland, Stone served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, including a tour in Vietnam.
He is as an avid sportsman, he also enjoys golf, classic cars and Buckeye football.
A resident of Union County since 1977, Stone and his wife of more than 40 years, Diane, have raised four children at their Plain City residence. They both are enjoying the next phase of their lives as the proud grandparents of 7 grandchildren.
Providing a strong future for the children in our community comes easily to Neal Handler, being in the field of education for over 40 years. Neal received his bachelors degree in Education from The Ohio State University, majoring in English and Speech Communication. He received his masters degree, also from The Ohio State University, majoring in Educational Administration, and Guidance & Counseling. Neal recently retired as the Coordinator of Human Resources for Dublin City Schools. Throughout his career, he has served as a high school English and Speech teacher, coach, guidance counselor, curriculum director, middle school and high school principal, and an assistant superintendent. Neal has strong ties to Union County, having worked with each school district in the county.
Invited to join our Board of Trustees in 2008, Neal looks forward to ensuring that Union County and its surrounding communities have access to personalized, quality healthcare close to home.
Neal is happily married to Maureen, a retired teacher with the Marysville Schools. They have two daughters, who are both teachers. In his free time, Neal enjoys spending time with his family, especially with his three grandchildren. In addition, he enjoys traveling, classic cars, sports, and nice restaurants.
Thomas Ranney is a Research Scientist for the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty. He conducts behavioral research to determine how driving performance and safety are degraded by factors such as headlight glare, driver fatigue, aging, alcohol impairment, and most recently driver distraction. His work is published in DOT technical reports and in scientific journals.
Tom joined TRC in 2000. Before that, he worked for 15 years at the Liberty Mutual Research Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, where in addition to conducting research he was Chair of the Research Center Institutional Review Committee for the Treatment of Human Subjects. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, an M.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.
Tom is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and has been involved extensively in the technical and executive committees of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He is a certified Human Factors Professional. Tom shares his life with his wife, Debbie, their daughter, and their son who lives in Providence, R.I. He has coached youth soccer and hockey. In addition to music and reading, he enjoys staying fit through skating, ice hockey, bicycling, and gardening. He looks forward to the challenge of helping the hospital sustain its important role in the community.