The Ethics Commission is an independent, bipartisan commission, comprised of six members, who are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate to apply and administer the Ethics Law for state and local public officials and employees outside of the General Assembly and judiciary. The Commission was created upon the enactment of the Ohio Ethics Law in 1973. Commission members serve staggered, six-year terms.
Current Commission Members
Merom Brachman, of Bexley, Ohio was elected as Chairman of the Ethics Commission in January 2019 and has served on the Ohio Ethics Commission for many years. Mr. Brachman is CEO of the OPC Polymers/Yenkin Majestic Corporation in Columbus. He previously worked as Chief of Staff for a United States Senator and for the Secretary of the Interior in Washington D.C. Mr. Brachman received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Harvard University. He served in the United States Air Force and has been active on numerous public and community boards.
Term Expires: 1/1/2025
Megan C. Kelley, of Dublin, Ohio was elected Vice Chair of the Ethics Commission in January 2019 and has served on the Commission since March 2016. Ms. Kelley is a licensed attorney and serves as the Director of Public Policy for National Church Residences, a national nonprofit provider of affordable housing and services for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining National Church Residences, Ms. Kelley was a partner in The Law Firm of Hayman & Kelley, LLC, where she practiced in various areas of civil litigation. In addition, she previously worked in the Ohio General Assembly. Ms. Kelley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Term Expires: 1/1/2022
Bruce E. Bailey, of Westerville, Ohio was appointed to the Commission in January 2012. Mr. Bailey is a partner in the law firm Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin where he practices in public/municipal law, estate planning, probate/ trust administration, and non-profit law. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Bailey serves as Law Director of the City of Westerville and is an active member of the community serving on a number of public, non-profit and foundation boards.
Term Expires: 1/1/2024
Julie A. Rutter, of Grandview Heights, Ohio, was appointed to the Commission in January 2017. Ms. Rutter has served at American Electric Power (AEP) in Columbus, Ohio since 2008. She is currently Director of Corporate & Field Human Resources, and previously served as AEP’s Chief Compliance Officer and as Senior Counsel in the litigation group. Prior to her service at AEP, Ms. Rutter was an attorney at the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Term Expires: 1/1/2023
Elizabeth E. Tracy, originally from Tiffin, Ohio and a graduate of Heidelberg University, was appointed to the Commission in March 2014. She has been an active member of her community serving on numerous boards, including the International Visitors Council of Columbus and WOSU media stations. She is also a member of the Heidelberg University Alumni Council and the Columbus Bar Association Alliance which fosters understanding of the legal profession through education and community service. Most recently, Ms. Tracy served on the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from August 2011 until her appointment to the Ethics Commission.
Term Expires: 1/1/2026
Mark A. Vander Laan of Cincinnati, Ohio was appointed to the Commission in April 2016. Mr. Vander Laan is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has 43 years’ legal experience, including business and fiduciary litigation, white collar crime and investigations. In addition to his work at the law firm, Mr. Vander Laan teaches legal ethics as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is very active in his community. Mr. Vander Laan graduated Cum Laude from Hope College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Term Expires: 1/1/2027
Paul M. Nick serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Ethics Commission where he oversees the state-wide responsibilities of the Commission. Mr. Nick joined the Ohio Ethics Commission in 1995 and has previously served as the Commission’s Chief Investigative Attorney where he supervised the Commission’s investigations and as Investigative Counsel. Before joining the Ethics Commission staff, Mr. Nick served with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor and assistant city attorney in the civil division. Mr. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, his Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Accounting from Franklin University, and his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University.