Ted Seuss, Region 1: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain
Ted first discovered SPAN Ohio at the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor union hall in Cleveland. After just 9 months, he joined State Council and just a year later - Region 1 Coordinator. As you can see, SPAN Ohio quickly became very important to him. He credits Debbie Silverstein and Dr. John Ross' words that first day.
After working for Cleveland Public Schools and Cleveland State, he later joined corporate America before eventually starting his own small manufacturing corp. which he owned for 18 years before selling. He currently provides consulting services for small, privately held corporations.
Volunteering is nothing new - supporting the homeless, ex-offenders, addressing gang violence in Cleveland schools, voter registration and multiple political campaigns. He was a Neighbor Team Leader (NTL) in the 2008 campaign for president Obama. In2012, he was part of the leadership of the "Move to Amend" campaign in conservative Brecksville which claimed the first election victory in the state for this important cause.
While Ted is already on a single payer system, Medicare, he believes that there is nothing more important than getting this passed as an amendment to our state constitution by 2020. Not only will it (1) provide better coverage than most of us now have (2) do so with no deductibles or co-pays (3) insure everyone including the more than 30 plus million Americans who still can’t afford the Affordable Care Act (4) place the doctors, not insurance companies, in decision-making capacities as to what the patient needs and (5) save us all, as individuals, money - it also supports businesses, jobs and our economy in general. What could be better for America!
Dennis Slotnick, Region 2: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood
Dennis is a teacher at Clay High School with 30 years teaching experience. He teaches Biology and Environmental Science grades 9-12. He lives in Genoa, Ohio, is married to Elizabeth Slotnick, has two daughters ages 27 and 30. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, University of Michigan in 1975, Masters of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University in 1982. He is recognized for coordinating the Wind Energy Research facility with the Oregon City Schools. Past political activities include Chair of the Natural Law Party of Ohio, US Congressional candidate, Ohio House of Representatives candidate and Mayoral candidate of Genoa. He has served on tree commission, zoning and planning commissions and presently coaches the Clay Chess Club. Hobbies include canoeing, backpacking, gardening, skiing and swimming.
Patty Mercer, Region 3: Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, Washington
Patty Mercer took over the helm from Arlene Sheak in Region 3 last February when Arlene moved to Columbus. She was born and raised in McArthur, Ohio (Vinton County) and attended college at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University and Ohio State University (And for what it is worth, earned a BA and MA in economics, MSW, respectively).
Patty worked in social services and was always interested in social justice. She is a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Sri Lanka, 1986-87) and recently retired from the role of director of The Athens Village, a virtual village providing wrap around services for members over the age of 60 who want to stay in their own homes.
She is happiest when gardening, singing, reading medieval mysteries, having friends over for dinner, visiting family/in-laws in Israel and talking with like-minded souls who are eager to figure out ways to make the world a better place, one relationship at a time
Deliah (Dee) Chavez, Region 4: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren
I went to nursing school at University of Ky., got my BS in Nursing. Then I passed boards and became licensed as a registered nurse, and have been working in various health care settings from nursing instructor to acute care to outpatient care for 43 years. I am active in my church and sing in the church choir. I enjoy ballroom dancing as a hobby.I am a member of Sierra Club. I am a member of National Nurses United.
For several years I have worked on campaigns of progressive political candidates locally with literature drops and discussion of issues. The most fun was the campaign for Barack Obama! I have two grown daughters who are the light of my life!
Bob Krasen, Region 5: Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Union, Wyandot
Bob Krasen was a Catholic priest for 17 years in 4 parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland, an occupation which helped him develop a social conscience. He worked in social services in Columbus until retirement 2006, when he became an activist for "health care for all" in SPAN Ohio.
Bonny Graham Esparza, Region 6: Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Trumbull, Wayne
Short bio to follow.
Matt Noordsij-Jones, M.D., Region 7: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby
Dr. "NJ" received his M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin. He recently completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Wright State University. NJ has a B.S. in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While there, he served as a research assistant for UW Hospitals in the area of pediatric infectious disease, studying osis. Following his undergraduate career, he worked in Boston as a biochemical analyst. Med-peds intrigues NJ because he enjoys the complexity of medicine as well as the personal aspect of pediatrics. In his spare time, NJ enjoys running, rowing, and gardening/landscaping. He also won two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze in the Rowing National Championship.