About the Board of Health

The Board of Health (the Board) consists of five members, who are appointed by the District Advisory Council for a five-year term. Board member appointments are made with regard to equal representation of all parts of the Health District. The District Advisory Council may consider the applicant’s place of residence and employment. Board members may not hold an elected office, should be knowledgeable in the field of health and at least one member shall be a physician. Each March a Board Member term expires and interested parties are able to run for the open position. For additional information on the process contact Mitzi Kline at (614) 525-3028.The Board meets at least once a month and may hold as many special meetings as it deems necessary. The Board typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Memorial Hall, 280 East Broad Street. All meetings are open to the public and begin promptly at 8:00 am.  If a Board Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled that will be at 8:00 am and the Board Meeting will begin at 9:00 am.  **The Board meets in person but due to COVID-19 the meeting is also available virtually on Zoom. For connection information please see the Columbus Dispatch Legal Notice section or contact Debra Smith at debra.smith@franklincountyohio.gov or (614) 525-3670. **


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Board Members

Sally Morgan, MS, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACNS-BC resides in Columbus and is a nurse practitioner at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received her Master of Science degree and postgraduate degree from The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Sally is the immediate past president of the Ohio Nurses Association. She was appointed in March 2018. Term expires 2023.

Roy Barnewall, DVM, PhD, resides in Perry Township and is is the Director of Veterinary Sciences, Nonclinical Toxicology, and Safety Pharmacology at Amplifibio. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from The Ohio State University. He was appointed in September 2017 to fill a vacated term. Term expires in 2025.

Latisha Chastang, MNML, resides in Columbus and is is the Deputy Chief for the Ohio Department of Development, Community Services Division. She obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University. She was appointed in March 2019. Term expires in 2024.

Thomas Rudge, Jr., Ph.D. received his doctorate in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University in 2000. He works at the Battelle Biomedical Research Center and resides in Blendon Township. He was appointed to the Board of Health in 2017. Term expires in 2022.

Arthur R. James, MD, FACOG, resides in Bexley and is a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Pediatrician.  H is a former member of the faculty at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He was the founding Medical Director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Teen and Pregnant Program and has served as the co-lead for Ohio Better Birth Outcomes, the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality  and was a consultant for the Franklin County Infant Mortality Task Force, now known as CelebrateOne.  He was appointed in September 2017 to fill a vacated term. Term expires in 2026.