Columbus attorney Kathleen Trafford, partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, has been elected
president of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF) board
of trustees, a statewide charitable foundation providing resources and
support for Ohio’s legal aids.
Trafford succeeds Ritchey Hollenbaugh of the Columbus firm Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP, who
served as president for three years.
David A. Kutik, a partner at
Jones Day in Cleveland, was elected to serve as the OLAF’s vice
president. Mary Mertz, First Assistant Attorney General under Attorney
General Mike DeWine, was elected secretary and Joseph Mas, a partner in
the Columbus firm 330 Lawyers Group, now serves as the OLAF’s
treasurer. Mas previously served a three-year term as secretary.
The OLAF board has
also elected four new trustees to at-large positions: Stephen Buchenroth
of Columbus, a senior attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease;
Robert DeRose, a partner in charge of the Litigation Division at the
Columbus law firm Barkan Meizlish, LLP; G. Scott McComb, president and
CEO of Central Ohio-based Heartland Bank; and John B. Pinney, a partner
at Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP, in Cincinnati.
“We are honored to have such
extraordinary individuals leading our board,” said Angela M. Lloyd, executive director of OLAF. “The board’s collective experience
and wisdom will lead the organization as it strives to create
communities where justice is available to all,” Lloyd added.
To see a complete list of the OLAF’s trustees, click here.