Board of Health

The Delaware General Health District Board of Health is the governing body for the district’s health department. Responsibilities include establishing public health programs, appointing employment of staff, financial management and rule-making authority. Board of Health members are appointed by elected officials who serve on the District Advisory Council or by the city they represent.

As a combined health district, the number of board members is determined by contracts between the city health districts and the general health district (the area of the county exclusive of cities). In our health district, the contracts call for two members to be appointed by the City of Delaware, one member to be appointed by the City of Powell, and five members to be appointed by the District Advisory Council from the remainder of the health district.

Among the board members, one position must be filled by a physician. The state law also requires geographical representation from the area served. The provisions for appointments to boards of health are addressed in  ORC 3709.

The Delaware General Health District Board of Health regular meetings and committee meetings take place at the Delaware General Health District at 1 West Winter Street, Delaware, OH. Notice of cancellation of any of the Board of Health meetings and/or committee meetings will be posted on the Delaware General Health District’s website.

Board of Health meetings are last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in training room.
Board of Health Personnel Committee meetings are third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Commissioner’s office on an as needed basis.
Board of Health Variance/Subdivision Committee meetings are second Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in training room on an as needed basis.
Board of Health Finance Committee meetings are last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Health Commissioner’s office on an as needed basis.

The Board of Health will meet Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be a virtual meeting.

To access the meeting, please go to the Delaware General Health District’s Youtube Channel, where the virtual meeting will be streamed live. Members of the public can participate and ask questions by typing into the chat box once the meeting is live. Please “sign in” when joining the virtual meeting by typing your name in the chatbox.

YouTube Channel

Lisa Brown


Walter Ronald Threlfall

Board President
Liberty Township
Term Expires March 31, 2022

Dr. Threlfall is Professor Emeritus from The Ohio State University, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He currently serves as Vice President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also is the representative for Boards of Health on the Ohio Association of Boards of Health.

Dr. Threlfall has served on the Board of Health since 1991 and has served as Board President for several years.

Patrick E. Blayney

Vice President, Board of Health
Genoa Township
Term Expires March 31, 2025

Mr. Blayney previously served as Chief Deputy Engineer for Delaware County for 5 years, after he retired from R. D. Zande & Assoc. Inc., where he was corporate secretary and member of the Board of Directors. He formerly served as a Genoa Township trustee for 20 years. He currently represents the Health District on the MORPC Community Advisory Committee.

Board Member George Wiseman

George Wisener

Radnor Township
Term Expires March 31, 2021

Mr. Wisener has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Business Administration/Management with continuing education courses from Penn State in Business Management. Mr. Wisener has 37 years experience in the food industry with most recently being Store Director of Buehler Fresh Food.

Dolores Smith

City of Delaware
Term Expires March 31, 2025

Ms. Smith has a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where she also holds a lifetime teaching certificate. She has experience in the Peace Corps as a trained volunteer in health and nutrition, and is bi-lingual with Spanish as her second language. Her previous employment includes PIN, Delaware City Schools, Department of Job and Family Services, the Delaware County District Library and she is now an active volunteer for many community service organizations. She has served on the Board of Health since 2007.

Mark Hickman

City of Delaware
Term Expires March 31, 2021

Dr. Hickman is a family practitioner in Delaware and has  assumed the elected duties of Delaware County Coroner since 2005. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.

Margie Fleischer

Delaware Township
Term Expires March 31, 2023

Mrs. Fleischer and her husband have two sons and reside in Delaware. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in dietetics and is currently employed as a Nutrition Consultant with Dietary Solutions, Inc.

Amy Howerton

Trenton Township
Term Expires March 31, 2024

Ms. Howerton is a licensed nursing home administrator with experience in health, wellness, safety; state and federal government reporting; fiscal responsibility; management and leadership.

David Karr
Term Expires Jan. 7, 2025

David graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and then received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.  He practiced as a litigator for 11 years at the Columbus law firm of Carlile Patchen and Murphy. In 2005, he moved over to serve as in-house counsel for Nationwide Insurance and is currently Managing Counsel. David has previously served on the boards of Southeast Healthcare Services as well as the American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter.  David lives in Powell with his wife, son and daughter.