Ohio State Bar Association makes staff changes

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Columbus, Ohio (January 30, 2014) – Mary Amos Augsburger, executive director of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), today announced promotions for four staff members.

“We are honing our organizational structure to better serve our members,” said Augsburger. “Over the past few months, we’ve examined our needs, evaluated our talent pool and determined that we can be more efficient and effective with a revised internal structure. All four of the people we have promoted have excellent credentials, have served this organization well and can now help us reach new heights in member service.”

Eric L. Wells of Upper Arlington (43221) has been named assistant executive director for finance and business affairs. Wells, who joined the OSBA in 1989, previously served as director of business affairs and has been responsible for accounting, budgeting, building management and employee benefits. In his new position, he reports directly to the executive director and oversees the areas of business affairs, building management, human resources and technology. A Mount Union College graduate with an undergraduate degree in English, Wells earned a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant. He enjoys swimming and spending time with his wife, Marlene, and their two grown children.

Eugene Whetzel of Upper Arlington (43221) has been named assistant executive director of legal services and general counsel. He joined the OSBA in 1992 as OSBA general counsel and staff liaison to the OSBA Ethics Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Now directly reporting to the executive director, Whetzel continues as general counsel and is responsible for matters related to corporate governance, disciplinary actions and unauthorized practice of law complaints. Whetzel, who has two children and one grandchild, enjoys reading, shooting and visiting historical sites. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his master of arts and law degrees from The Ohio State University. He also is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired).  

Jeanelle Harden of Worthington (43085), OSBA meetings manager since 2000, has been promoted to director of meetings and facilities management. In her new position, she oversees the meeting planning and event management functions for the association. She will also be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the OSBA headquarters building. She will continue to be responsible for planning, managing and executing conventions, meetings and special events for lawyers and paralegals throughout Ohio. Before joining the OSBA, Harden spent 12 years as an association manager at G.A. Gummer & Associates, where she provided full-service association management services to smaller associations. Born and raised in Columbus, Harden attended The Ohio State University.

Michael Murdock of Westerville (43082) has been promoted to systems architect manager for the OSBA Information Technology (IT) department. He has worked as a senior developer/architect for the OSBA since 2009, and is the architect of the OSBA website (www.ohiobar.org), which received national recognition as the winner of the 2013 National Association of Bar Executives Luminary Award for websites of large bar associations. In his new position, he will focus on design and integration and will supervise IT staff members. Having owned his own business in Central Ohio (Network Now Corp) for more than 10 years, Murdock also served as a consultant and architecture team leader for Compuware Corporation for 12 years, providing services to clients including BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce, OSU/James Cancer Research and Columbus Division of Police. Raised in Rocky River, Ohio, he is a graduate of Hickok Technical Institute in Cleveland, specializing in electronics and microprocessor technology. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, Maureen, and their four sons.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio, as well as nearly 4,000 paralegals and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
 
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