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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging The Director of the Ohio Department of Aging

Bonnie K. Burman

Bonnie K. Burman
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Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Aging by Governor John Kasich in 2011. In this role she is helping to lead the state's effort to transform health care and long-term care for its citizens, while promoting the concept of preventive gerontology.

Under Director Burman's leadership the Ohio Department of Aging has developed a laser focus on initiatives to reform and enhance the quality and efficiency of our system of long-term services and supports. Special attention is being paid to strengthening person-centered, relationship-based care options to ensure that elders are able to live meaningful lives as their care needs change. At the same time, she encourages all Ohioans to be "Golden Buckeyes" and be inspired by their age, not defined by it as she advocates for resources and opportunities for elders to continue to grow, thrive and contribute. She has made it her mission to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population. In 2013 she and Director John McCarthy (Ohio Department of Medicaid) were honored by the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging with its first Ohio State Innovators Award for their contributions toward transforming Ohio's system of long-term services and supports.

As the former executive director of the Pioneer Network, a national center for person-centered long-term care delivery systems development, Director Burman drove consistent and creative public policy change at the national and state government levels. Prior to joining the Pioneer Network in 2007, she worked for 16 years as the director of The Ohio State University's Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Dr. Burman earned her doctorate in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently resides in Gahanna with her husband, Robert.


Past Directors

The Ohio Department of Aging has had nine directors:

  • Bonnie K. Burman (2011-Current)
  • Barb Madden-Petering (2011)
  • Barbara E. Riley (2007 - 2011)
  • Merle Grace Kearns (2005 - 2007)
  • Joan W. Lawrence (1999 - 2005)
  • Judith Y. Brachman (1991 - 1999)
  • Kenneth M. Mahan (1991)
  • Anne Harnish (1990 - 1991)
  • Carol D. Austin, Ph.D. (1988 - 1990)
  • Joyce F. Chapple (1984 - 1988)

The Ohio Commission on Aging had three executive directors:

  • Joyce F. Chapple (1983 - 1984)
  • Martin A. Janis (1974 - 1983)
  • David C. Crowley (1973 - 1974)

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