Meet Our Board of Directors

Franklin County Guardianship Service Board
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Jane Higgins Marx


The ADAMH Board’s appointee to the Board is attorney Jane Higgins Marx, a partner with Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, a Columbus law firm. Ms. Marx practices in the areas of estate and business planning, probate, probate litigation, business succession planning, and elder law. She is a Fellow of The American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. A graduate of Denison University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, she is a board member of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Ms. Marx is a member of the Columbus Bar Association (Estate Planning and Trust Committee and past chair of the Probate Court Committee), The Ohio State Bar Association (member of the Board of Governors of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, member Elder Law Section Committee), the Columbus Foundation Professional Advisors, The Columbus Estate Planning Council, the Society of Financial Service Professionals Columbus Chapter, and The Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group. She is a resident of Upper Arlington.

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Frederick G. Cloppert, Jr.

Vice Chair

Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities chose Fred Cloppert to serve as their appointee to the Board. In addition to being a parent and guardian, he is retired from the law firm of Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter and Washburn. Fred Cloppert was the founding attorney and senior partner until his retirement in 2008. In addition to his law practice, he has served as a law clerk to a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and as Assistant Attorney General. He is a graduate of Loyola University and Georgetown University Law Center and has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Goodwill Columbus Human Relations Committee and the Ohio Industries for the Handicapped Board.

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Nikki S. Mesnard


Judge Jeffrey D. Mackey, Judge of the Franklin County Probate Court, appointed attorney Nikki Mesnard to the Board.  Ms. Mesnard is a sole practitioner and founder of Mesnard Law Office, practicing in the areas of closely held business, trusts and estates, and probate. While attending Capital University Law School, she worked as a judicial clerk at the Franklin County Probate Court.  In that role, she also served as legislative liaison to the Ohio General Assembly for the Ohio Association of Probate Judges.  Ms. Mesnard is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and several professional advisors groups for non-profit organizations.  She is a former chair of the Estate Planning and Trust Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and has given continuing education presentations for the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, and private wealth management firms and organizations.  She previously served on the board for Kids N Kamp and includes guardianship services in her pro bono work.

2021 Board Meeting Dates:

February 18, 2021

May 20, 2021

August 19, 2021

November 18, 2021

Thursday's at 2:00 p.m.

Please email for Meeting details.