COLUMBUS — Attorney General Mike DeWine announced recently that Mary Gallagher, executive vice president and chief of staff at the Ohio Hospital Association, and Joyce Garver Keller, executive director of Ohio Jewish Communities, were elected this week to serve as chair and co-chair of the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council. The council provides the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office with feedback and suggestions on training needs within the sector or trends among charities operating in the state.
“The council is a valuable asset in our work to protect donors and charities,” said Attorney General DeWine. “I am grateful for the efforts of the council members and look forward to their insights.”
DeWine noted that members of the Charitable Advisory Council played an important role in the development of the online charitable registration system, implemented by the Attorney General’s Office in 2011, that charities throughout the state are required to use to fulfill their annual registration requirements.
Other members of the council include:
•Jennifer Odenweller, executive director, United Way of Knox County
•Suzanne Allen, president, Philanthropy Ohio
•Jim Ashenhurst, retired military
•David Ball, Rosenberg & Ball Co., LPA
•Bradley Bebout, president and CEO of Marion Community Foundation
•Jason Dominguez, assistant director, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
•Jennifer Eschbach, executive director, Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations
•Janet Greenlee, associate professor, University of Dayton
•Monica Moloney, attorney
•Kip Morse, president, Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio
•Stephanie Moulton, assistant professor, Ohio State University
•Thomas Poulson, director of finance, Willow Brook Christian Communities
“Our job is to provide oversight to help ensure that, when donors contribute to an organization, there is an active board of directors evaluating operations and ensuring the wise use of resources,” said DeWine.
The Attorney General appoints all members of the council and their terms expire with the term of the Attorney General. Members receive no compensation or reimbursement of expenses.
A listing of council members, approved meeting minutes, and schedule of meetings can be found online at the Ohio Attorney General’s website, www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. The site also offers opportunities to research charities. Donors can also call the Attorney General’s Help Center at 800-282-0515 for more information.