Debbie Silverstein, SPAN Ohio State Director
Debbie taught Middle School Earth Science and High School Math for 30 years in the Stow, Munroe Falls City School District. In addition to her teaching duties, Debbie served in various capacities in her local teachers’ association and was active in bargaining and grievance processing. She became active in SPAN in 2008, first as a local leader, then as Regional Coordinator for Region 6 and now as the State Director.
Matt Noordsij-Jones, M.D., SPAN Ohio Associate State Director
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.
Johnathon Ross, M.D., SPAN Ohio Secretary
Dr. Johnathon Ross is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a national health reform group with over 18,000 members (PNHP). He is a graduate of Cornell University and received his medical degree in 1975 from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. In addition to his medical degree, he has a master’s degree in health policy and administration from the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and currently practices and teaches general internal medicine at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a 500 bed center city teaching hospital in Toledo, Ohio. His experience inside the health insurance industry convinced him of the logic and need for a national health insurance program.
Barbara Walden, SPAN Ohio Treasurer
Dee Chavez, Executive Committee
Bonny Graham, Executive Committee
Bob Krasen, Executive Committee
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 in 2006, when he became an activist for "health care for all" in SPAN Ohio.
Tim Kettler, Executive Committee (On Temporary Leave)
Ted Seuss, Executive Committee
Ted first joined SPAN Ohio in 2014. In 2015 he joined State Council and in 2016 was elected Regional Coordinator. Born in NYC, Ted came to Ohio to attend Kenyon College. After graduation, he came to the Cleveland area where he still resides. Volunteering is nothing new. But once Ted understood Single Payer, he stopped all other volunteer work to devote his time to SPAN Ohio. While he espouses the morality that healthcare is a human right, he is a strong proponent for the economic benefits Single Payer would bring in terms of public and private sector savings, jobs, and all that it would do for big and small businesses alike.
Ted’s first love is downhill skiing in addition to hiking, long distance road biking and anything else outdoors. He also plays keyboard.
Dennis Slotnick, Executive Committee