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Wood County Ohio GOP
Who We Are
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - ROBERT "BOB" LATTA
Bob is currently serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives after being re-elected in 2010. Congressman Latta currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee including the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Health and Environment and the Economy, in addition to serving as an Assistant Whip. In addition, he is the chair of Republican Study Committee Energy Task Force, co-chair of the Republican New Media Caucus and member of the Franking Commission.
Before his election to Congress, Latta was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2001-2007), Ohio Senate (1997-2001), and Wood County Commissioner (1991-1996).
Congressman Latta is also active in his community, where he is a member of the Bowling Green Noon Kiwanis, having served as President, Director, and Trustee. Latta is also a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Farm Bureau.
A lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Congressman Latta graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978, and earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1981. Congressman Latta and his wife Marcia reside in Bowling Green with their two teenage daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.
STATE SENATOR - RANDY GARDNER
Randy has served in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate representing Wood County and four other Northwest Ohio counties since 1985. He has been elected to seven leadership positions over the years, more than any legislator in Ohio history, rising to Senate Majority Leader and House Majority Leader and House Speaker Pro Tem.
Senator Gardner received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining the House, he worked as a realtor and a high school history and government teacher.
Senator Gardner has been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Disabilities Council and received the Andrew Carnegie Award from the Ohio Library Association. He has also received the Watchdog of the Treasury Award numerous times and achieved a 100% roll call voting record on bills and amendments (more than 9,400 consecutive roll call votes) in the House and Senate for 28 years.
Senator Gardner and his wife Sandy reside in Bowling Green and have three children; Brooks, Christina and Austin.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE - THERESA GAVARONE
“As evidenced by her many years of public service, her first-hand knowledge of the small business sector, and her law experience within the community, I believe Theresa Gavarone will honorably and diligently serve the constituents of Wood County,” Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) said. “I’m pleased that she was sworn in as a member of our caucus and I look forward to working with her on issues important to those in the district.”
Gavarone holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. As a resident of Wood County for over 30 years, she has an extensive background representing the community, serving on Bowling Green City Council and participating in the local Kiwanis group. On the city council, she was chair of the Public Lands and Buildings Committee and also served on the Finance and Ways and Means Committee as well as the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee.
In addition to her public service, Gavarone is an attorney with Ruck & Wright Law and the co-owner of a family business with her husband of 24 years, Jim. She and Jim reside in Bowling Green and have three children. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Wood County as their next state representative,” Gavarone said. “It is truly an honor to be in this position and I look forward to working with constituents and my new colleagues in the days to come.”
COMMISSIONER - DORIS I. HERRINGSHAW, Ed.D.
Doris is currently president of the Board of Commissioners. She serves on the Air Quality committee for TMACOG, Extension Advisory Committee, and the Ohio County Commissioners Association Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. She has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University and a Masters of Education and Doctorate Leadership and Policy Studies from Bowling Green State University.
Doris served as Extension leader in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences, County Director and Erie Basin Area leader with Ohio State University Extension before her retirement in 2011. She received many state and national awards for her achievements, creative programming and teamwork with Extension. Throughout her years with Extension she collaborated and partners many with local organizations and county departments to improve the quality of life of Wood Countians.
She served on the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce board of trustees, was a member of its executive board, including president of the organization. She was president of the Ohio Extension Professionals Association, The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and chaired the public policy/external marketing committee for the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. Doris is a graduate of JoAnn Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. Doris is also serving on the Falcon NestBoard and Bowling Green Community Foundation. She is also a member of the Bowling Green Rotary and Exchange Club.
Doris and her husband, Paul, reside in Liberty Township and have two adult children: Sarah Herringshaw Brooks and Brian Herringshaw.
COMMISSIONER - CRAIG LAHOTE
Craig is currently vice president of the Board of Commissioners. He was appointed in 2015 to fill the unexpired term for former Commissioner James Carter. Craig has an MBA degree from Heidelberg University, is a former part-time instructor for the University of Toledo and Owens State Community College, and currently serves on the Computer Science Advisory Committee at Owens and the Information Systems Advisory Council within the UT College of Business and Innovation.
Prior to serving as a Commissioner, he served for 12 years as a Trustee for Perrysburg Township. He is a graduate of the Ohio Township Association's Leadership Academy and served as president or vice-president for eight of his 12 years on the Board. Craig holds state licenses in insurance and real estate and has served in executive and management roles for technology, service and manufacturing organizations during his career.
He volunteers as an assistant emergency coordinator for the Wood County ARES, and is a former volunteer firefighter and EMT for Perrysburg Township. He is a graduate of the Perrysburg Township, Perrysburg City and Wood County Sheriff's Citizen Police Academies. His community involvement includes past service on the board of the Wood County American Red Cross and membership in Perrysburg Rotary and the Wood County Township Association.
Craig and his wife, Nancy, live in Perrysburg Township and have three adult children: Lindsay, Alex and Jessica.
COMMISSIONER - Dr. Ted Bowlus
Dr. Ted Bowlus was elected Wood County Commissioner for the term commencing January 3, 2017. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Dr. Bowlus served on the Eastwood School District Board of Education and is a past president of the Wood County Board of Health. He is also a past president and former National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) board member.
Dr. Bowlus holds degrees from Western Michigan University and the University of Toledo Medical Center (formerly the Medical College of Ohio). He earned his doctorate from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Bowlus has participated in several medical mission trips and helped rebuild homes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
He and his wife Lois reside in Center Township.
AUDITOR – MATTHEW OESTREICH
Matt was appointed as Wood County Auditor in October 2017, and previously served as Assistant Chief Deputy in that office. Oestreich brings seventeen years of public sector experience to the office of Auditor; while serving as Weights and Measures Inspector in 2006, he was the recipient of the Frank P. Gallo award, which recognizes excellence in the area of weights and measures. As Auditor, Oestreich serves as the County’s chief fiscal officer and appraiser. He is the sealer of weights and measures, and is also the secretary of the Budget Commission, Board of Revision, and Data Processing Board. Matt serves as the Vice President of the Wood County Community Improvement Corporation, and is a member of the TMACOG Finance Committee.
Matt is a member of the Wood County Republican Party Executive Committee and the Young Republicans. He is active in the community – a member (and past director) of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, he is the Kiwanis liaison to the Eastwood Key Club. Oestreich is a coach for Upward Youth Sports, a member of the Wood County Historical Society, and a Friend of the Wood County Parks.
A lifelong resident of Wood County, Matt is a graduate of Elmwood High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in Agricultural Business from Owens Community College. Matt farms in Montgomery Township where he resides with his wife, Leslie, and their three children.
CLERK OF COURTS - CINDY HOFNER
Cindy has served as the County Clerk of Courts of Common Pleas Court since 2009. Prior to being elected as the Clerk of Courts, she served as Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts for 16 years; and as a Deputy Clerk of Courts for 17 years prior to that.
Since becoming the Clerk of Courts, she has advanced the office into the electronic era. Both the Legal and Title Office now accept credit cards for payment; and, along with their current duties of processing automobile and watercraft titles, the Title Office recently became a Watercraft Agent for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources which allows them to process “watercraft registrations.” In the Legal Office, in order to move to a more electronic-based paperless office, Cindy has continued to implement many new processes by using current technology to manage the court documents more efficiently. These new technological changes have enabled her office to keep up with an increasing case load.
Cindy currently serves as Third Vice President of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association; and on the Title and Legislative Committees for the Association. In the community Cindy is active with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Council serving as the Black Swamp Service Unit Registrar. She is Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Pack #325 Cub Scouts; and an active member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Tontogany, OH.
Cindy, a lifelong resident of Wood County; and her husband William (Bill) live in rural Bowling Green. They have two children, son, Andrew, South Charleston, OH, an Agronomist; and daughter Carey, Edwards, CO, Assistant Manager of a golf course.
CORONER - DR. DOUG HESS
Douglas W. Hess, M.D., has served the citizens of Wood County as Coroner since 2004. He is a Wood County native, graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1973 and a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1977, and received his medical degree in 1981 from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Hess completed his general surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio in 1986, and returned to Wood County where he has continued to practice general surgery at Wood County Hospital.
Dr. Hess is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery. In addition, he has attended yearly conferences in the specialty of forensic medicine while serving as the county coroner. His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Ohio State Coroner’s Association and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY - PAUL DOBSON
Paul graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1994. Thereafter, he worked as a Bowling Green City Prosecutor until joining the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996. For a short time, he engaged in private practice in Toledo, Ohio. He returned to the Prosecutor’s Office in 2002 to resume what he as said is the most rewarding job of his career. During his tenure in the Criminal Division, Mr. Dobson has successfully prosecuted a wide range of crimes.
In 2005, he was appointed by then-Prosecutor Raymond C. Fischer as one of two Chief Assistants over the Criminal Division. In 2008, Mr. Dobson was elected as Wood County Prosecuting Attorney.
He continues his work to improve communication and accountability within the office. Mr. Dobson’s guiding principles are truth and fairness in representing the public interest, rigorous prosecution of criminal offenders, and care and empathy for crime victims.
SHERIFF - MARK WASYLYSHYN
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is a life-long resident of Wood County, a graduate of Rossford High School, a 1983 B.A. graduate of Hillsdale College, the Police Executive Leadership College, and the National Sheriff's Institute.
TREASURER - JANE A. SPOERL
Jane was elected Wood County Treasurer for the term commencing September 5, 2017. Jane comes to the position with 35 years of retail, commercial and investment banking experience. Jane serves on the Wood County Board of Revision, Budget Commission and Data Processing Board.
Jane is active in the Wood County community. She is a board member of Otsego Endowment Fund and BG Kiwanis; treasurer of Wood County Republican Women’s Club and Grand Rapids Cub Scout Pack #325. Jane is active in Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Weston Church of Christ.
A lifelong resident of Wood County, Jane is a graduate of Otsego High School and lives with her husband, Doug, in Plain Township. They work together on their Fourth generation family farm. They have two children, daughter, Nicole, an RN; and son, Thomas, is a partner on the family farm and owns TMS Transportation.
JUDGE, COMMON PLEAS COURT, PROBATE AND JUVENILE DIVISION - HONORABLE DAVID WOESSNER
Judge Woessner has served in this capacity since December 29, 1998.
Judge Woessner has also served as the Wood County Common Pleas Court Security Judge; has been a District One Trustee for the Ohio Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and has been the presiding Judge for the Wood County Common Pleas Court in 2002 and 2003. In addition to his regular duties, Judge Woessner oversees the 48 bed Wood County Juvenile Detention Center, which houses youth from Wood and surrounding counties. Judge Woessner also serves as the Administrative Judge for the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio.
Judge Woessner is also involved in a variety of athletic and recreational programs relating to youth.
JUDGE, COMMON PLEAS COURT, GENERAL DIVISION - HONORABLE REEVE KELSEY
Judge Kelsey was first appointed Judge of the Wood County Common Pleas Court, General Division, in December, 1998; he was elected to a full term commencing January, 2001 and continues to serve in that capacity.
In 1970 Judge Kelsey was graduated from Washington and Lee University. He then served almost 3 years of active duty in the United States Army. Following his military service, Judge Kelsey attended and was graduated from the Duke University School of Law.
After being in the private practice of law for 19 years, then Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery appointed Judge Kelsey as an assistant attorney general and managing attorney of her Toledo regional office. Judge Kelsey held this position for four years until his appointment to the bench.
Judge Kelsey serves as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Supreme Court’s Taskforce on Commercial Dockets. He is co-chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Jury Service Committee.
JUDGE, COMMON PLEAS COURT - HONORABLE MATTHEW REGER
Matthew Reger is a judge in the Wood County Court of Common Pleas having taken office on January 1, 2016. Prior to becoming a judge he had been an attorney in Wood County for 23 years. He began his career as a staff attorney with Judge Charles F. Kurfess, Wood County Common Pleas Judge from 1990 - 2003. In 1996 Reger began a 20 year career with the Bowling Green Municipal Prosecutors office in Bowling Green. In 2000 Reger was named the Bowling Green Prosecutor.
In 2006 Reger took a year away from his duties as prosecutor and became a volunteer with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative. Serving as a criminal law specialist in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia Reger trained attorneys and prosecutors in trial advocacy skills. He also trained judges in the new domestic violence law. Reger participated in parliamentary meetings devoted to creating a new criminal procedure code modeled off of both the United States and EU codes. In 2009 Reger took his international experience and began serving as an election monitor. This once a year obligation requires that he travel to an election site overseas to monitor and report on the election. Reger has monitored elections in Moldova (2009), Kazakhstan (2011), Mongolia (2013) and Bosnia/Herzegovina (2014).
Reger is the founder of Community Christian Legal Service which began, with the help of several other attorneys, as a monthly legal clinic devoted to helping those in need of legal assistance. CCLS still exists today and continues to help those in need of legal assistance. Reger is a past chair of the Wood County Republican Party and also served for five years as one of two Republican members of the Wood County Board of Elections and served in the position until his run for judge in 2016. Reger has received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Public Service Award for Attorneys under 40, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and the Public Interest Law Award from Legal Services of Western Ohio. Reger has been and continues to be an active member of the community serving or having served as chair of youth arts for the Black Swamp Arts Festival (2012 - present), member of the Wood County Airport Authority (2010 - 2015), member of Woodlane Industries Board (past president of that board)(2008 - 2014), Bowling Green Kiwanis, Bowling Green Alliance Church, Wood County Bar Association (former president (1999), vice-president (1998) and secretary/treasurer (1997), and Wood County Committee on Aging meal on wheels volunteer (2002 - 2006, 2008 - 2011).
JUDGE, COMMON PLEAS COURT - HONORABLE ALAN MAYBERRY
Judge Alan Mayberry took the bench in 2003. Prior to that time he served four terms (1989-2003) as Wood County's Prosecuting Attorney, obtaining a conviction in every murder trial. He earned his Board Certification in criminal law during that time. Judge Mayberry has held the title of Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, City Councilman, Referee/Magistrate in the Municipal Court and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney during his long-standing career.
A College of Law graduate from the University of Toledo, Judge Mayberry received his B.S. in Education, Political Science from Bowling Green State University (graduating in three years). He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Political Science Honorary and was a Justice on Student Court, while receiving honors on the Dean's List. He served as Editor of The Ohio Manual of Criminal Complaints and Indictments (Anderson Publishing Co., 1996, 1986) and was a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center, University of South Carolina.
Judge Mayberry has been awarded numerous honors on a national, state and local level. They include, but are not limited to: District Award of Merit, Boys Scouts of America, Wood District; Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society; Friend of Education Award, National School Public Relations Association; Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney; and Community Service Award from the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.
JUDGE, MUNICIPAL COURT - HONORABLE MARK REDDIN
Judge Reddin was first elected in 1995 and has served as Bowling Green Municipal Court Judge since January 1996. A native of Bowling Green, he received his Bachelor in Education degree from Bowling Green State University and his Law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Prior to his election, he was in the private practice of law in Wood and surrounding counties. For ten years he served as a municipal prosecutor, prosecuting cases for Wood County villages and the city of Bowling Green. Judge Reddin has instituted specific domestic violence and nonsupport case schedules, a “no bond” policy on defendants charged with crimes of violence, and diversion programs for nonviolent offenders.
Judge Reddin is the President of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio serving on the judicial education, single judge courts and ethics committees. The association’s primary purpose is to provide educational programming to meet the membership’s mandatory judicial educational requirements. Judge Reddin also serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Education, Technology, and Criminal law and procedure committees. Reddin has served as well as a member mentor of the Ohio Judicial College’s Mentor Committee which pairs experienced judges with new judges.
Judge Reddin is an Elder currently serving on the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green and resides with his wife and son on their farm in Liberty Township.