Ohio Living Officers
Laurence C. Gumina has more than two decades of experience in the health care industry, specifically with life plan communities, skilled nursing and assisted living operations, hospital administration, sponsorship transitions, home health, hospice and age-restricted affordable housing operations.
Prior to joining Ohio Living, Mr. Gumina served as senior vice president at Springpoint Senior Living where he was responsible for the development of new communities, repositioning existing communities and third-party management/development service agreements. Mr. Gumina also previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Bayshore Community Health Services, and associate executive director at Riverview Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian Health.
Presently, Mr. Gumina serves in a board leadership role for the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (PAHSA), is on the investment committee for the Ziegler Link-Age Longevity Fund I & II, and is on the board of directors for Link-Age and Leading Age Ohio.
Mr. Gumina holds a Master of Public Administration in health care administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Dan Ginis is a non-profit executive with more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience. He has created and developed high performing staff and volunteer teams to advance organizational missions. During his career he has designed and implemented capital and endowment campaigns, increased annual giving performance and managed major gift portfolios.
Prior to joining Ohio Living as chief development officer, Mr. Ginis served in senior leadership roles in development, marketing and gift planning at the Michigan Humane Society, University of Michigan, Jewish Federations in greater Atlanta and metropolitan Detroit, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Ginis holds a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, a master’s of social work in community organization from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College.
Joyce B. Miller came to Ohio Living with extensive experience in information systems. Her professional accomplishments include implementing an electronic medical records system for Ohio Living, introducing telehealth and mobile technology that have increased efficiency and quality of care across our continuum, and ensuring the safe protection of resident and patient information as our HIPAA security officer.
Before joining our organization, Ms. Miller was chief information officer for several hospitals in the northeast Ohio area. Prior to that, she served as corporate director of information services for University Hospitals in Cleveland, director of information systems for what is now the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, manager of information systems and support at Jewish Hospital in Louisville and an account executive at SMS.
Ms. Miller holds a B.S. in nursing from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Dayton. She is a Certified Healthcare CIO and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems.
Daniel J. O’Connor has more than 30 years of experience in the aging services field, the majority of which have been spent in leadership positions with Ohio Living where his responsibilities have included operational oversight, strategic planning and financial results.
Mr. O’Connor began his career as a licensed nursing home administrator and was regional director of operations at a for-profit nursing home company prior to joining Ohio Living in 1990.
During his time with our organization, Mr. O’Connor has served as executive director of Ohio Living Dorothy Love, as chief operating officer (COO) for the community division, and now as COO for both our life plan communities and Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Dayton, Mr. O’Connor went on to earn a master’s in gerontology with a concentration in long-term care administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2010, he received Miami University’s W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mica Rees is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments including hospitals, home health, hospice, long-term and sub-acute care, assisted and independent living, and adult day care. She is a results-driven leader with expertise in business development, sales, marketing, training and community relations, and has led her teams to drive significant market share growth and create integral business partnerships.
Ms. Rees joined Ohio Living in 2013 as vice president of operations and business development for our home health and hospice service line, and went on to serve as corporate executive of business development before her promotion to chief brand and growth officer. Prior to Ohio Living, Ms. Rees’ roles included regional manager of business development, district and area director of sales and marketing, and community relations coordinator.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in health from Ohio University, Ms. Rees went on to earn a master’s in Health Care Administration from the university as well.
Robert B. Stillman has more than two decades of experience in public accounting with a practice concentration serving senior living and long-term care providers, as well as a broad range of non-profit organizations.
After beginning his career with KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory services firm, Mr. Stillman went on to serve long-term care providers while working for a public accounting firm that specialized in that sector. He was an assurance partner for Columbus-based accounting firm GBQ Partners, LLC for 14 years prior to joining Ohio Living in 2013.
Mr. Stillman is a CPA (inactive) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Connie Tostevin has been with Ohio Living for more than 25 years, where she has worked closely with our local leadership teams to earn industry-setting outcomes and align clinical operations across the continuum.
Prior to being named chief nursing officer, Ms. Tostevin served as home health manager, director of nursing, director of quality assurance, and vice president of nursing services and clinical operations.
Ms. Tostevin earned a BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in nursing administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is board certified in geriatric nursing and is also legal nurse consultant certified. Ms. Tostevin has presented at several LeadingAge Ohio conferences and seminars, and has been quoted in various articles. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Tostevin is also secretary for the Madison County Food Pantry, Senior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church and a volunteer for the Madison County Crisis Response Team.
Dana Ullom-Vucelich is a human resources executive with extensive experience in the health care industry. Among her accomplishments at Ohio Living, she successfully infused an employee appreciation and recognition culture, invested in many HR system enhancements, was instrumental in the organization’s receipt of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics, led a team that was honored as a Team Excellence finalist for Columbus CEO Magazine’s HR Excellence Awards and most recently led the national initiative for the honor of Great Place to Work designation.
After working as vice president of human resources for an Ohio hospital for many years, Ms. Ullom-Vucelich came to Ohio Living in 2000 as vice president of human resources, in addition to serving as our ethics and compliance officer.
Ms. Ullom-Vucelich earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master of Human Resources Development from Webster University, in addition to various certifications. She has been highlighted in many articles and most recently in the book, Appreciate – Celebrating People Inspiring Greatness. An active public speaker and volunteer leader for many faith-based, civic and non-profit organizations, she also belongs and has had leadership roles within local, state and national business associations.
Ohio Living Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2018)
Edward S. Snelz – Vice Chair & Assistant Treasurer
Consumer Banking-Marketing, Chase
A native of Denver and resident of Worthington, Mr. Matson holds a graduate degree in Theology from Boston College and in Business and Human Resource Management from OSU. He has worked as a certified HR professional in a variety of non-profit organizations for over 30 years and is currently serving as VP of HR at EWI, a local engineering services consulting firm. He was named one of Central Ohio’s top 25 senior executives by Columbus Business First in 2016. Mark is an avid biker – both as a bicyclist and Harley man – and loves travel in general, having been in 49 States. Ohio Living’s faith-based continuum of service to senior citizens engages him because he has assisted both parents with their challenges until they passed on, is moving in the direction of retirement himself and recognizes the critical nature of the challenges of aging for the country as a whole.
Mr. Karchner is a native of Middletown and resides at Ohio Living Mount Pleasant. He currently serves as the Ohio Living Board’s Resident Representative. Mr. Karchner graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in mechanical engineering and spent over 35 years in production management with the Armco Steel Corporation, both domestically and internationally. He also served as the president of the Columbia Industrial Sales Corporation in Dayton for eight years. Mr. Karchner’s interests and hobbies include golf, genealogy and travel.
Mr. Lowery is a 32-year employee of the Cleveland Clinic Health System and currently serves as the Director of Nursing, Emergency/EMS and Outpatient Nursing Services, as well as the Director of Disaster Operations. The most important aspects of his life are his faith, wife and two boys. His hobbies include camping, scuba diving, restoring antique automobiles, remodeling houses and woodworking. Mr. Lowery always looks to maintain a work life balance, as health and well-being are a critical component of his life. He has been involved with Ohio Living since 2007 when he joined the board at Ohio Living Breckenridge Village in Willoughby. Mr. Lowery was so impressed with the vision, mission and core values of the organization that he went on to become chairman of their quality committee, as well as their board. After six years there, Mr. Lowery was honored to begin his service on the Ohio Living Board.
Mr. Johnston is a former Ohio Living Board chair and is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He grew up in Marion and graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Journalism and from Franklin University with an MS in Communications and Marketing. Mr. Johnston had over 30 years of experience in advertising before acquiring a home care company for older adults. After five years, Mr. Johnston sold the company and became a healthcare marketing consultant. Mr. Johnston joined the Board in 2010 and has served on various committees including Finance and Executive Compensation, as well as chaired the Branding Task Force, which commissioned and oversaw the recent organizational rebranding. Mr. Johnston resides in Worthington and is an Elder at Liberty Presbyterian Church. He enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife, Michele. They have a blended family of six children and seven grandchildren.
Ms. Riley currently works as a public policy consultant focusing on aging and disability, human services, health care and social justice issues.
She previously served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Aging having been appointed in 2007 by Governor Ted Strickland. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, including two years as Director. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the Medicaid, Child and Family Services, Child Support, Income Assistance, Unemployment Compensation and Workforce Development programs.
Ms. Riley started her work in Ohio with the Legislative Budget Office managing the health, human services and justice sections. Before moving to Ohio, Riley was an administrator of various non-profit service organizations in Michigan and Missouri.
She has her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree in public policy and political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mr. Chenoweth grew up in Iowa and attended Ohio State University from which he received a Ph.D. in psychology. He served as director of Counseling Services at New England College and then Ohio Wesleyan where he became dean of Student Services. He returned to OSU as an internal leadership development consultant before taking an early retirement. He then ran a non-profit community services center in Delaware, after which he worked at a hardware store for two years (one of his very favorite jobs). He now works part-time in fundraising and public relations for a mental health service provider in Delaware. Mr. Chenoweth has two adult children and lives in Sunbury with Gail Russell, a ceramic artist and owner of Peachblow Pottery. Mr. Chenoweth is engaged with Ohio Living due to the extraordinary competency of its leadership team and their commitment to doing things the right way for the right reasons.
A lifelong resident of Youngstown, Dr. Cleary received a BS from Georgetown University and an MD from New York Medical College. He completed his post-graduate residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Cleary owned and operated a private practice in internal medicine for over 35 years before serving as chairman of the Department of Medicine for the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for eight years. In his retirement, Dr. Cleary serves the Youngstown Rotary and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. He also enjoys fly fishing for trout and salmon, as well as Pike fishing in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Cleary’s interests also include ornamental and Bonsai gardening. Dr. Cleary has spent his entire professional life devoted to helping others attain their goals of health care and happiness. He is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of Ohio Living, which carries the same mission.
Laurence C. Gumina
Ohio Living Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Smith graduated from Miami University, served as a USAF instructor pilot and spent his early career in manufacturing. He and his wife, Gay Elizabeth, reside in Sidney, and own and operate a real estate brokerage firm, as well as a mid-sized grain farm. Mr. Smith first became involved with Ohio Living at Ohio Living Dorothy Love in the early 1990's, serving both on various committees and as Board Chair. He joined the Ohio Living Board shortly thereafter and has served in a variety of capacities since, including as Board Chair. He continues to serve because of the organization’s dedication to its mission – a charge that is practiced 24/7 at every location and is the driving force behind all that Ohio Living does.
Brett A. Wingart
Sr. Manager – Corporate Accounting, Bob Evans Farms
Mr. Flannery is a highly experienced and talented trial attorney. He is a former federal prosecutor and is the co-founder/partner at Flannery | Georgalis, LLC. Mr. Flannery has successfully handled a wide array of criminal cases ranging from complex fraud and public corruption matters to violent crimes. He has also successfully represented individuals and organizations in complex business disputes, including professional malpractice, corporate fiduciary duties, and real estate.
Before forming Flannery | Georgalis, LLC, Mr. Flannery served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio and in private practice at a prestigious law firm in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Flannery is a graduate of John Carroll University (majoring in Economics and Foreign Affairs) and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He resides in Gates Mills with his wife Lisa and two young children, where they are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
Mr. Futryk is founding partner of Government Advantage Group, LLP, and has spent his entire professional life in government, beginning with his election to the Seven Hills City Council in 1977 at the age of nineteen. Mr. Futryk served as an intern for the Ohio House of Representatives, worked for former Cleveland Mayor George V. Voinovich, and has served on numerous municipal boards and commissions.
An independent lobbyist for 32 years, Mr. Futryk has represented private and public sector interest before the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, various state agencies and departments, and local governments. A past board member and President of the Ohio Lobbying Association (OLA), Mr. Futryk holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration/finance. Mr. Futryk is a three-time recipient of the OLA’s Presidents Award and is a Certified Lobbyist. Mr. Futryk lives in Powell with his wife and daughter.
Rev. Zaki is a Christian of African and Middle Eastern (MENA) origins. He studied at four higher education institutions located in three continents and was ordained a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He served three pastoral calls, two offices of the General Assembly (PCUSA), with Habitat for Humanity International as Director of Church Relations and Global Faith Engagement, and with the Synod of the Sun (PCUSA) as Stated Clerk and Associate Synod Executive. Currently, Rev. Zaki serves as the Synod Executive with the Synod of the Covenant. He also served as a volunteer on several boards and committees, including General Assembly committees and the Ohio Council of Churches.
Rev. Zaki is a multi/cross-cultural leader who is passionate about church and community transformation. He is married and blessed with three children, and enjoys family, music, sports, reading, and cooking.
Mr. Fischer is a retired account manager for IBM and a former operations manager for Goodyear Tire. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College. Mr. Fischer serves on the Executive Board of the Tuesday Musical Association and is a Council member at Fairlawn Lutheran Church. In addition to serving as Chair of the Ohio Living Foundation Board, Mr. Fischer also serves as a member of the Ohio Living Rockynol local advisory board and a member of the professional advisory committee for Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Greater Akron. Mr. Fischer and his wife Beverley reside in Akron. His hobbies include antique postcards and miniatures.
Born and raised in Waynesville, Mr. Edwards has served his community for over 34 years, ten as the Administrator for Wayne Township and 24 as an elected Township Trustee. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for Quaker Heights Care Community for the past 17 years. Mr. Edwards began pursuing a Political Science degree from Wright State University before deciding to choose a career path as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Following a disabling injury, he chose a path of public service and became involved in many civic organizations. His wife of almost 40 years, Barbara, is a retired school teacher who also operated her own private home health care agency. Mr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his daughter and two grandsons who also live in Waynesville.