Ted Seuss, Region 1
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
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.
Arlene Sheak, Region 3
Arlene Sheak is an Appalachian grandma and a retired social worker who lives with her husband in Athens. Through a career that taught her the gaps of our dysfunctional and exploitative system, she has a passion for a compassionate and cost effective single-payer health care system. Arlene enjoys meeting people of Southeast Ohio who share in these goals.
Deliah (Dee) Chavez, Region 4
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!
Marilyn Webster, Region 5
Please meet Marilyn Webster, RN, MSN. Marilyn graduated from The Ohio State University College of Nursing in 1985. She also has a BA in Sociology (1974) from The Ohio State University. She received her Master's in Nursing from Capital University in 2003. Her concentrate at Capital was in Family and Community Nursing. Before working for LifeCare Alliance for 12 years as a Wellness Nurse, she worked at Mount Carmel Medical Center for 16 years and gained experience in many areas including Oncology, Elder Care, and Rehabilitation Nursing.
In addition to practicing nursing, Marilyn also teaches CPR and Community First Aid for the Girl Scouts through the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). In the past, she served for ten years as a lifeguard for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's Senior Water Aerobics classes at the aquatics center on Hunter Avenue. While she was still employed by Mount Carmel, she helped facilitate a Stroke Support Group there. She still attends the group, and ended up having a mild stroke herself in March, 2008. She also worked with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in the past teaching Canoeing and Small Craft Safety.
She is a member of the Ohio Nurses Association where she is active on the Legislative Committee at the district level. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing while at Capital, and served as the President of Capital's Chapter, Theta Theta, in the past. She is active with Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) Ohio, and is currently serving as Region 5 coordinator for that group.
In October 2014, she presented to the Licensed Practical Nursing Association of Ohio. The title of her presentation was "Nurses as Advocates for Heart Health."
On a more personal note, Marilyn is married and has three grown children, seven grand-children, and two great-grandchildren. When she has spare time, she likes to bicycle, canoe, swim, and hike. To relax, she enjoys reading, sewing, crocheting, counted cross-stitching, and playing games on her computer.
John Gordon, Region 6
John Gordon is a retired auto worker and a proud member of UAW 1112. John is also active on the V-CAP Council for the area UAW. He delivers Meals on Wheels as a volunteer and enjoys singing in the Stephen Foster Chorus. John worked as a First Responder when he was an active member and that sparked his interest in health care and our health care system, leading him to volunteer for the position of Regional Coordinator.
Matt Noordsij-Jones, M.D., Region 7
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.