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 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.
Gary 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, grandparents to nine, and great-grandparents to five, some of which are scattered to the far corners of the United States. They are members of Springdale Baptist Church.
Doug 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 19 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.
Doug serves his fellow community members as a Scioto Township Trustee in Delaware County. He is one of the founders of the Benefit in the Barn, an annual fundraiser and entertainment event benefiting the Hope Center in Marysville and the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Sponsored by the Delaware and Union County Farm Bureau organizations, the event attracts 800 people and raises over $50,000.
A resident of Ostrander, Doug is married to Barbara and together have three adult children. Doug enjoys outdoor cooking, traveling, gardening, beekeeping, and being a grandfather.
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 Vice President of Planning and Facilities at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell where she has worked since 2012. In this position, she has oversight of master planning, capital construction projects, and facility infrastructure operations for The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, and Safari Golf Course.
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 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. She also is serving as a mentor for the Le Heron Rising Leader program, along with volunteering at the Journey Community Church in Plain City, and her children’s schools.
Emily resides in Dublin with her husband Steve and their two daughters. In her spare time, Emily enjoys time with family, running, tennis and traveling.
Dennis Stone was invited to join our board in December of 2003 and has served as both Chair and Vice-Chair over his 17-year tenure. Through a set of circumstances, Dennis has the distinction of being the organization’s longest standing board member in history. In 2020, Dennis was recognized for his support of the healthcare industry when he was awarded with the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award.
Dennis 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, Dennis 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, Dennis and his wife of more than 50 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.
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, Eduardo, have 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.
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, Owens-Ruff & Spain 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.
A familiar face joined the Memorial Health Board of Trustees in early 2020. Kent Hawkins, DDS, has been an active partner for the organization, serving on Memorial’s Development Council from 2009‐2014, in addition to serving as a member of the Patient Family Engagement Council from 2018 to present.
Kent grew up in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. In 2004, he earned a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and began practicing general dentistry at an established practice in Springfield. Wanting to build his life in the Union County area, Kent purchased Dr. Donald Coder’s practice in 2007 and thus began the Hawkins Dentistry practice.
Kent believes it is critical for every healthcare professional to continue their education and learning experiences, and appreciates the opportunity to serve his community as a Board Trustee for Memorial.
Kent is married to his wife, Tonya, and they, along with their two children, Hugh and Dane, enjoy many outdoor activities, like sailing, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping.
The most recent addition to the Memorial Health Board of Trustees is Greg Sehnert. Greg is completing the unexpired team for the seat formerly held by Chad Hoffman.
Greg has been a resident of Marysville for the last 30 years, after purchasing the Nuckles Insurance Agency in 1991, known today as Nuckles Sehnert and Associates Insurance. As an active community member, he has served as Past Chair of the Union County Foundation, the Union County YMCA, and the Professional Insurance Agents of Ohio. He currently serves as Chairman of the Union County Port Authority and is a member of the Marysville Civil Service Commission.
Greg and his wife, Kathleen, have two grown children – daughter, Caitlin, who is married to Andrew, and son, Matthew. Greg enjoys traveling and playing golf, in addition to spending time with friends and family.