The OPHA Executive Board is comprised of five key officers: President, President-elect, Past President, Treasurer and Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council (ARGC). These five leaders provide broad oversight for the organization, work with the Governing Council to develop and implement the strategic plan, and to craft and monitor annual budgets. The Executive Board serves as the primary “face” of the organization, by representing the organization at the state and national levels in meetings, in providing legislative testimony and in communications with the media. The Executive Board also provides direction to the OPHA staff.
2019-2020 Executive Board
President: Robert Jennings
Robert Jennings is a communications and public relations professional with nearly 30 years of experience in various public and private sector organizations. As the current executive director of the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), Robert is responsible for the daily management and operations of the member organization which includes overseeing its daily operations; assuring efficient management of financial and human resources and contracts with other organizations; and maintaining close relationships with the CDC, other partner organizations and NPHIC members.
Robert previously served as the Director of Communications for the Ohio Department of Health (2008-2015) where he was responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications for the state’s lead public health agency. Robert has been an active member of OPHA since 2015 and began his term as its current President on July 1, 2019. He also serves as co-chair of OPHA’s Health and Equity in All Policies Committee.
Immediate Past President: Natalie DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH
Natalie DiPietro Mager has earned degrees in pharmacy from Ohio
Northern University and epidemiology from Indiana University. She is currently a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern
University, teaching in the areas of pharmacy administration, pharmacy professionalism, and women’s health. She is active in a number of professional and volunteer organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, the Ohio Pharmacists Association, and the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality.
President-Elect: Alex Jones, RN, MS
Alexandria (Alex) Jones, RN, MS joined Franklin County Public Health in June 2018 as Assistant Health Commissioner and Director of Prevention and Wellness. Ms. Jones has served in public health nursing leadership positions at both the state and local level. She is a recent graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader Fellowship program. Currently, Ms. Jones serves as the OPHA President Elect. From 2014-2015, she served as chair for the OPHA Public Health Nursing Section. Ms. Jones has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Public Health Nursing Administration from the Ohio State University.
Treasurer: Claire Boettler, MPH, RN
Claire Boettler is the Director of Prevention & Wellness at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Claire has been in public health for 19 years and has worked in or directed programs addressing maternal and child health, childhood obesity prevention, breast and cervical cancer prevention, HIV/AIDS services, creating healthy communities, reproductive health and wellness, teen pregnancy prevention, school health, and communicable disease prevention.
Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council: Kelly Bragg
Kelly Bragg is a program manager in the Center for Public Health Practice at the Ohio State University. She leads projects with a special focus on community health assessments, community health improvement plans, and strategic plans. Kelly coordinates CPHP’s Public Health Training Center (PHTC) grant activities, which aims to enhance public health workforce development in vulnerable populations and is an instructor for CPHP’s and OSU Extension’s SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Training grant, which provides Youth Mental Health First Aid to schools and communities throughout Ohio. Kelly also works on the center’s public health accreditation support efforts.
Before joining CPHP in 2016, Kelly worked in local public health in both Ohio and North Carolina, where she coordinated community health assessments and health education grants focusing on policy, systems and environmental changes. She also has experience with corporate worksite wellness programs, including health risk assessments and health coaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health with a concentration in community health education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a master’s degree in public health leadership with a focus on public health practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a certified health education specialist.