Advisory Council

General Information

Advisory Council members are community and leadership volunteers who represent the perspectives and needs of older adults in their counties. Members advise the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging regarding development of plans, budgets, and programming. The council is comprised of 32 individuals from eight central Ohio counties (Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union). Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.

2022 Meeting Schedule

Advisory Council Recruitment

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is recruiting new Advisory Council members for a three-year term to begin in January 2023. We are recruiting candidates who live or work in these counties: Fairfield, Fayette, Madison, and Union. Interested candidates should submit their completed application by November 30, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Summary of Role

Application 

Advisory Council Responsibilities

The COAAA Council fosters a partnership of older adults and representatives from community agencies and local governments. 

Responsibilities of the Advisory Council are to:

  • Advise COAAA on the development and administration of the Strategic Area Plan, interests of older adults and community policies, programs and actions which affect older adults and individuals with disabilities.
  • Participate in periodic public hearings concerning COAAA's Strategic Area Plan. 
  • Advise and assist COAAA with leadership and advocacy on behalf of all older adults and individuals with disabilities within the agency’s geographic area (Planning and Service Area 6).
  • Serve as a liaison between COAAA and local offices on aging, public officials and service providers, in order to disseminate information on the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities and to help coordinate local, state and federal programs.
  • Advise and assist in the pooling of untapped resources of public and private agencies in order to strengthen or initiate new services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
  • Advise the Ohio Department of Aging, through COAAA, regarding special projects and statewide programs that affect Planning and Service Area 6.

To fulfill these responsibilities, members of the Advisory Council need to:

  • Become familiar with the needs and challenges of older adults and individuals with disabilities in their respective counties
  • Be aware of programs currently serving older adults and individuals with disabilities in their counties
  • Regularly attend Advisory Council and other county meetings specific to older adults and individuals with disabilities
  • Report to community group leaders on business discussed at Advisory Council meetings
  • Report to the Advisory Council regarding county concerns
  • Gather and distribute information as requested
  • Become familiar with funding process sources and requirements and identify appropriate services for funding
  • Understand the funding profile of current services for older adults and individuals with disabilities in their counties

Representatives 

Three members per county may serve a maximum of two 3-year terms each. The year and number in parentheses after the names indicate the final year of their first or second term (updated 3/2021).

2021-2022 Chair: Jim Cesa
2021-2022 Vice Chair: Anna Tobin

Delaware County
William Brown 12/21 (1)
Dennis Gulick 12/24 (1)
(Vacancy)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Fara Waugh

Fairfield County
Anna Tobin 12/24 (1)
Sharon Waldo 12/21 (2)
(Vacancy)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Melanie Culbertson

Fayette County
Edward Helt, Jr. 12/21 (2)
Cheryl Royster 12/21 (1)
Cheryl Stockwell 12/24 (1)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Bambi Baughn

Franklin County
Judythe Dodson 12/21 (2)
Edward Elberfeld 12/21 (2)
Dr. J.S. Jindal 12/22 (2)
Alternate: Charles Gehring
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: David W. Paul

Licking County
Karla Lust 12/23 (1)
Betsy McPherson
(Vacancy)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Melissa Owens

Madison County
Megan Witteman 12/24 (1)
(Vacancy)
(Vacancy)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Misty Bradley

Pickaway County
Richard Fisher 12/23 (1)  
(Vacancy)
(Vacancy)
Alternate: Connie Kelly
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Holly Cottrill

Union County
James W. Cesa 12/23 (1)
Holly Novak 12/20 (2)
(Vacancy)
Ex Officio: County Commissioners
Commissioner's Designee: Janell Alexander