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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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Gary McDowell - Chairperson


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.

Dennis Stone - Vice-Chairperson


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.

Neal Handler - Secretary


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.

Nikki Conklin

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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 has two children and lives 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.

Chad Hoffman

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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.

Doug Loudenslager

Doug LoudenslangerDoug Loudenslager began his appointment to the Memorial Health Board of Trustees in 2017. Doug has a lifetime of experience in business, finance, and agriculture, and desires to apply his knowledge and expertise to the future of the growing Memorial Health system. His grandfather previously served on the Board of Trustees for a local hospital, and Doug is proud to follow his example of community service.

Doug is a Managing Principal/Owner of Evolution Ag LLC. Located in Mill Creek Township, the Case IH agricultural equipment sales, parts, and service dealership serves farmers in 24 counties in central Ohio. He has a long and rich history in the agriculture field, with previous experience from 2004-2009 as Chief Operating Officer of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as over 17 years with Edward Jones Investments as a Financial Advisor and Sales Trainer.

Doug received his Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University.

As of January 2018, Doug will serve his fellow community members as a Scioto Township Trustee in Delaware County. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for both the Fairbanks and Buckeye Valley Agricultural Science Departments and is a Delaware County Farm Bureau Board Member.

A resident of Ostrander, Doug is married to Barbara and together have three adult children. Doug enjoys outdoor cooking, traveling, gardening, and beekeeping.

Tina Owens-Ruff

Tina Owens-Ruff

The Memorial Health Board of Trustees welcomed Tina Owens-Ruff in 2019.

Recognizing that attorneys are called to be of service to the community, Tina serves both her professional and local communities in several capacities. Since 2013, she has participated in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, she is an Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow, and as of January 2019, she sits on the Union County Law Library Resources Board. Locally, Tina manages the Fairbanks Soccer Boosters Association as President and has previously fulfilled her role as a board member for the Union County Family YMCA, as well as Union County Elite FC.

Since 2007, Tina has been a Partner in the Allen, Yurasek, Merklin & Owens-Ruff law firm in Marysville, with her areas of practice focusing on real estate, small business, probate, and estate planning. She has certifications in Adult Guardianship, Guardian Ad Litem, and Mediation & Uniform Mediation Act Training. Tina received her Juris Doctor (JD) of Law from Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

A resident of Marysville, Tina is married to Mark Ruff and together they have three daughters.

Emily Wieringa

In 2018, the Memorial Health Board of Trustees was joined by new trustee Emily Wieringa. As a local resident and a life-long learner, Emily desires to both serve her community and learn the ins-and-outs of the healthcare business model.

Emily currently serves as the Director of Construction and Engineering at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell where she has worked since 2002. In this position, she has administrative oversight of capital construction projects for The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Course, and the Wilds.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Ohio. Emily has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1997 and actively serves in several capacities as a member of the ASCE Central Ohio branch. Her passion for engineering and science inspires Emily to share her career path and story with students. As such she assists with the annual ASCE Career Day outreach program for high school students, serves as a mentor for engineering students at The Ohio State University, and has sat on panels at Purdue University for incoming students interested in engineering.

Emily resides in Plain City with her husband Steve and their two daughters. In her spare time, Emily enjoys running and traveling.