Meet the Staff

Joe Russell


Joe Russell PhotoJoe Russell is executive director of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. Before joining OCHCH, Joe served as the director of policy and advocacy for the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB). Previously, he served as the director of government affairs in the Columbus office of Strategic Health Care, a national consulting firm specializing in health care policy analysis and government advocacy. He also has experience as senior legislative aide to former House Majority Floor Leader, and current Director of Medicaid, Barbara Sears. Joe earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Toledo. Joe currently serves as president of city council in London, Ohio.


Lynette Cox, BA


staff imagesAs the marketing & communications director for the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, Lynette is responsible for the creation of marketing materials, including digital media, print and electronic publications, and social media. Lynette brings more than 15 years of experience to her position and holds a bachelor of arts in public relations with a marketing minor from Western Kentucky University.


Kim DeVillers


Kim DeVillers

As operations director for the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, Kim is responsible for member retention and management of member benefits and OCHCH office function. She is the staff liaison for the Membership Committee. Kim brings more than ten years of association management experience to her position. Kim is a dedicated community volunteer and is active in local outreach programs.


Alan Duncan


Alan Duncan PhotoAlan is responsible for the day to day accounting at OCHCH. Alan has over 30 years of accounting experience including working in property management, natural gas marketing, and the construction of tax credit communities. Alan is active in his church, serving as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees, a leader in youth programs, men's fraternity, and more.


Beth Foster, RN, BA, CPHQ


staff imagesBeth Foster joined the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice in 2007 and serves as the regulatory affairs director. She is a graduate of Mount Carmel School of Nursing, has a BA in Health Care Administration from Ohio Dominican College, has the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Beth has held many positions during her career, including as a visiting nurse, aide trainer/competency testing coordinator, intake coordinator, home care liaison, clinical care manager, and as a director. Previously, she served as an Ohio Department of Health Surveyor for all provider types including home health & hospice. She is the staff liaison for the Home Health Committee.

Jim Godin, CMP


Jim GoodwinJim serves as the logistics director. Jim earned the designation of Certified Meeting Professional in 2014. He previously served as the Director of Event Technology at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and as a Regional Manager of the in-house Audio Visual Services. Additionally, he volunteers as a musician for, a charity which benefits the Heather Pick Music Foundation at the OSU James Cancer Center.

Melissa Jacobs-Croswell


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Melissa is the education director for OCHCH and has served in a variety of positions since joining the staff in 2008. She is responsible for identifying and implementing educational workshops, webinars, and the planning of the annual conference and tradeshow. Melissa is the staff liaison for the Education Committee. Previously, she worked as an education administrative assistant at the Ohio Restaurant Association primarily planning the Ohio ProStart student culinary event at their annual conference.  Melissa is also a registered Notary Public.


Kathy Royer, RN, MBA, DMin, CHPN, CHPCA


Royer0934lrbg5cKathy Royer is the hospice regulatory director for the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. She is a registered nurse with more than 22 years of experience in hospice. She served as a corporate division director with a demonstrated history of improvement in quality scores. She has expertise in hospice and hospital environments. Kathy is skilled in corporate leadership development, operations management, regulatory consultation, coaching, Palliative Care, team building, and as a cultural change agent. Kathy serves as the staff liaison for the Hospice & Palliative Care Committee.