Meet Our Board of Directors

Franklin County Guardianship Service Board
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Jane Higgins Marx

Chair

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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Robert E. Ryan

Vice Chair

Bob Ryan was chosen as a board member by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Bob is President of Egan-Ryan Funeral Homes, a five generation family owned and operated funeral business.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.  Bob is a graduate of St. Charles Preparatory High School and the University of  Notre Dame.  He is active in many church and civic activities and organizations, and just recently finished his term on the board of The Mt. Carmel Hospital Foundation.  Bob, and his wife Mary Ginn, founded  SPICE  (Special People in Catholic Education), a ministry to raise awareness and funds to help  serve students with special needs in Catholic schools.  Bob and Mary Ginn are blessed with 11 children and 14 grandchildren.  They have been longtime residents of the Eastmoor neighborhood. Their youngest daughter Megan, 28 years old, has Down Syndrome and is an Assistant Teacher at The OSU Nisonger Childhood Center.  Bob is honored to be a member of the Guardianship Service Board.

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Nikki S. Mesnard

Secretary

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.

2022 Board Meeting Dates:

February 17, 2022

May 19, 2022

August 18, 2022

November 17, 2022

Thursday's at 2:00 p.m.

Please email GuardianshipServiceBoard@franklincountyohio.gov for Meeting details.