Board of Directors

Lower Lights Health board of directors is comprised of 12 members, of whom 51% are patients. This is a requirement of our status as a Federally Qualified Health Center and represents the population of our service areas. Our board members enable us to keep in touch with the needs of our patients as well as the needs of the community.

Board Chair

Andy Wiest

Board Chair

Regional Actuary, USAA Casualty Insurance Company
Joined: September 2017

Board Vice Chair

Brooke Jackson, JD

Board Vice Chair

Chief Counsel, Juvenile Department, Ohio Public Defender
Joined: March 2021

Brooke Burns (Jackson) is Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Department of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Since 2006, a significant portion of her work has focused on challenging the application of Ohio’s Adam Walsh Act—S.B. 10, to children, litigating multiple challenges to the law in the Supreme Court of Ohio. She now manages a team of juvenile advocates who represent children throughout Ohio’s juvenile and criminal justice systems in trial level proceedings, state and federal appeals and post-conviction actions, and conditions of confinement. In addition, she serves on several commissions and boards dedicated to juvenile justice and/or racial equity in the legal system, including, but not limited to, the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice, the Criminal Sentencing Commission, the Central Juvenile Defender Center’s Regional Advisory Board, the JDAI State Executive Leadership Committee, and the Columbus Civilian Police Review Board.  Brooke is a certified JTip trainer and Adjunct Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. She and her husband Matthew are raising their three children in the near-East area neighborhood of Franklin Park.

Board Finance Chair

Thomas Slemmer

Board Finance Chair

Retired, National Church Residences
Joined: February 2020

Board Secretary

Jennifer Diamond

Board Secretary

Community Advocate
Joined: June 2018

Ellen Baugh

Community Advocate
Joined: June 2018

Rosina Caponi

Healthcare Attorney
Joined: 2018

Pauline Edwards

Community Advocate
Joined: September 2018

Alex Fitting

Joined: March 2021

I am a Franklinton, OH resident and proud Lower Lights patient. I have been drawn to community service since my AmeriCorps days and education, healthcare, social justice and human issues, food access and housing are all things that I am passionate about. I enjoy spending my free time with my spouse and family, and especially with our spoiled dogs.

Linda Hines, RN, JD

Joined: May 2016

Linda Hines is a nurse-attorney. She has many years of clinical, administrative and leadership experience in both local, national and global healthcare organizations. Linda has served as board chair and Finance Committee chair during her board service at Lower Lights.

Jason Koma, MHA

Regional Director of Government Affairs and Regional Development at Mount Carmel Health System
Joined: April 2015

Jason Koma is the regional director of government affairs and regional development at Mount Carmel Health System, where he oversees government relations, advocacy and regional development for the health system. Prior to joining Mount Carmel in October 2012, Jason worked for the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) in various capacities including directing the association’s communication, marketing and public health efforts. Prior to his work in healthcare, Jason spent nearly a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio. With an emphasis on healthcare and public affairs, his news and sports reporting career included covering the NFL and MLB postseasons as well as several presidential campaigns. The Youngstown area native has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School Journalism as well as a Master of Health Administration, both from Ohio University. He and his wife Jen live in Dublin with their twin boys, Mason and Chase.

 

Dannielle Schroeder

Dannielle Schroeder is the director of surgical services at Memorial Health in Marysville, Ohio where she oversees perioperative services including sterile reprocessing, endoscopy, and inpatient/outpatient surgery.  Prior to being tapped as the director in early 2021, Dannielle served in various clinical and leadership roles under the surgery umbrella for over 14 years as a registered nurse.  After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Chamberlain University in 2011, Dannielle pursued her passion for leading healthcare professionals and went on to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree from Otterbein University.  She and her husband, Dustin, reside in Union County with their three young boys.

Joined: April 2021

Pastor Chuck Wilson

Pastor, Lower Lights Community Church of the Nazarene

Joined: October 2018