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Executive Staff

Below is a list of the OOD Executive Staff. To contact an office click here. To contact a specific OOD division, click here.

Erik Williamson, Assistant Executive Director

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Erik Williamson joined OOD in 1990.  He has served the agency as a Disability Claims Adjudicator, Supervisor, Area Manager, and Assistant Deputy Director before moving to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation as Deputy Director.  In 2009, Erik was appointed Deputy Director for DDD.  In 2017, Erik became Assistant Executive Director in addition to his duties as the Disability Determination Services Administrator.

Erik served as President of his professional organization, the National Council of Disability Determination Directors (NCDDD), and currently serves as the immediate Past President.  He is a member of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Claims Processing System Steering Committee, and previously served on their National Disabilities Issues Group (NDIG), an advisory body to SSA.  In 2016 Erik received the Social Security Commissioner’s Disability Leadership Award.  Erik currently serves on United Way Delaware County’s Hunger Alliance Allocations Committee, and was formerly Chair of the Allocations Committee and ex-officio Board Member.

Erik Graduated from Miami University with a BA in Sociology and received his MS in Social Agency Counseling from the University of Dayton.

 

Susan Pugh, Deputy Director of Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

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Susan Pugh has worked in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) field since 1992. She has been employed by OOD in various capacities since 1994, beginning as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and advancing to become a VR Supervisor, Assistant Area Manager, and Assistant Deputy Director for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. She was appointed as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in October of 2009. 

  • Pugh has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s Degree in Education (Rehabilitation Counseling) from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

 

 

Mindy Duncan, Deputy Director of Bureau Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

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  • Mindy Duncan serves as Deputy Director, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. She began her career in public service in 2006 with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Before joining OOD in November 2012, Duncan served as Grants Manager for the ODJFS Office of Workforce Development. She also has over 20 years of experience owning and operating small businesses in the retail, recruiting, training, and property management fields. Duncan attended both Columbus State Community College and Franklin University.

     

     




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 Janine Salloum Ashanin, Deputy Director of Human Resources

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  • Janine Salloum Ashanin serves as OOD’s Deputy Director of Human Resources. Before coming to OOD, Ashanin was the Policy Development Administrator for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Prior to working for DAS, she was an Assistant State Public Defender.
  • Ashanin received her post graduate education at The Ohio State University where she received a Juris Doctorate from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law, and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. She brings nearly 15 years of public service experience to the Human Resource Department.

 

 

 

 

Michael Rodgers, Chief Legal Counsel

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Michael Rodgers joined OOD in June 2016. Before joining OOD, Michael served as Deputy Legal Counsel at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Chief Legal Counsel at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and as a Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst for the Ohio Judicial Conference.

 

Michael received his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Michael brings over 13 years of diverse public service to his position in the Division of Legal Services.





 

Therese Dyer, Chief Financial Officer

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  • Therese Dyer was appointed Chief Financial Officer for OOD in October 2012. Well versed in state government, Therese comes to OOD after spending 27 years at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Most recently, she was Administrator of the Office of Accounting with ODOT’s Division of Finance where she was responsible for administration of the department’s purchasing, accounts payable, inventory and cost accounting functions.




     

     

 

Kristen Ballinger, Deputy Director of Employer and Innovation Services

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  • Kristen Ballinger serves as Deputy Director for the Division of Employer and Innovation Services. She joined Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities as an Assistant Deputy Director for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in 2015. Prior to joining OOD, Ballinger worked for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) in the Division of Policy and Strategic Direction, where she led implementation of Governor John Kasich's Employment First Executive Order. In this capacity, she was named a 2015 Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) ambassador for the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Prior to her role at DODD, she worked as a Bridges to Transition coordinator for the Knox County Board of DD, and later in a statewide leadership role with the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Ballinger graduated from Ohio University. 





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Tim Nguyen, Chief Information Officer

Tim Nguyen photoTim Nguyen was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2011. Prior to coming to OOD, Nguyen served as Network Manager for the NOC (Network Operation Center) from 1997-2011 and as interim CIO for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Nguyen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University and is also a CPM (Certified Public Manager) in Ohio.

 



 

 




     

Vicki Friesland, Policy Coordinator

Vicki Friesland photoVicki Friesland joined OOD as the Policy Coordinator in January, 2010. Vicki began her state career in September 1978 as an account clerk with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. She transferred to the Department of Youth Services in January 1983 where she served the agency in a variety of fiscal positions including Bureau Chief over payroll, inventory, records, purchased personal service contracts, and fiscal policy and procedures. Her career at DYS also included Bureau Chief over Personnel Services in the Division of Human Resources. Vicki attended the University of Kentucky.