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Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Founded in 1937, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association is a private, non-profit trade organization that supports the state’s 88 elected county prosecutors.  

Mission Statement:
The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association assists county prosecuting attorneys to pursue truth and justice as well as promote public safety.  The Association advocates for public policies that strengthen prosecuting attorneys’ ability to secure justice for crime victims and serve as legal counsel to county and township authorities.  Further, the Association sponsors continuing legal education programs and facilitates access to best practices in law enforcement and community safety. The Association also offers information to the public about the role of prosecutors in the justice system.



Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
196 East State Street, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone 614-221-1266 * Fax 614-221-0753

Louis Tobin - Executive Director
Steve Hall - Assistant Director

Steven Taylor - Legal Research and Staff Counsel
Diana Morris - Administrative Assistant

2023 Executive Committee
Past Presidents

Jane M. Hanlin
, Jefferson
Kevin S. Talebi
President-Elect, Champaign
Keller J. Blackburn
Vice President, Athens

David P. Fornshell
Treasurer, Warren
Gwen Howe-Gebers
Secretary, Henry

Julia R. Bates, Lucas
Kevin J. Baxter, Erie
Paul A. Dobson, Wood
Mathias H. Heck, Jr., Montgomery
Morris J. Murray, Defiance
Michael C. O'Malley, Cuyahoga
David W. Phillips, Union
Edwin A. Pierce, Auglaize
Victor V. Vigluicci, Portage
Sherri L. Bevan Walsh, Summit
Dennis Watkins, Trumbull

2023 Members-at-Large

Steven D. Barnett, Carroll
Matthew E. Crall, Crawford
Michael T. Gmoser, Butler
Jason D. Holdren, Gallia
Charles T. McConville, Knox
Phillip A. Riegle, Hancock
Melissa A. Schiffel, Delaware
Ryan D. Styer, Tuscarawas

S. Forest Thompson, Medina
Christopher R. Tunnell, Ashland
Jess C. Weade, Fayette
Ronald L. Welch, Muskingum
Judy C. Wolford, Pickaway
Eva J. Yarger, Van Wert
Katherine J. Zartman, Williams

2023 Alternate Executive Committee members

Daniel P. Driscoll, Clark County
Matthew J. Muzic, Holmes County
R. Kyle Witt, Fairfield County

2023 Committee Appointments

2023 Executive Committee Meeting Dates

January - Thursday, January 26th, Brio Italian Grille Polaris 11:00 Legislative, 12:00 lunch, 1:00 Executive
February – Thursday, February 23rd, Athletic Club of Columbus 11:00 Legislative, 12:00 lunch, 1:00 Executive
March – Thursday, March 30th, Athletic Club of Columbus 10:30 Legislative, 12:00 lunch, 1:00 Executive
April – Wednesday, April 19th, Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square (prior to Spring Training)
May – Thursday, May 25th - Delaware Golf Club. Legislative 10:30, lunch 12:00, Executive 1:00.
June – Thursday, June 22nd, Breakers East Conference Center (prior to Summer Workshop)
July – No Meeting
August – Thursday, August 24th, Zanesville Country Club. Legislative 11:00, lunch 12:00, Executive 1:00.
September – Wednesday, 27th, Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square (prior to Fall Training) Legislative 3:00, Executive 4:00, Palace Ballroom II 2nd floor
October – Thursday, October 26th, Granville Inn, Granville, Ohio. Legislative 11:00, Executive 1:00
November - No Meeting
December – Wednesday, December 13th, Hilton Columbus at Easton (prior Annual Meeting). 3:00 Legialtive, 4:00 Executive - Columbus Rooms

Dates are tentative. Times will be posted when determined. Click location for a link to Google maps or the venue's website.

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