Jessica Cunningham Named to the Rhodes State College Board of Trustees

LIMA, Ohio, September 7, 2023 – Jessica J. Cunningham of Lima has been appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to the James A. Rhodes State College Board of Trustees for a term beginning Sept. 1, 2023, and ending Aug. 31, 2025. Cunningham is the Director of the Patient Access Center, Intensive Care Unit and Support Services for the Lima Memorial Health System.

Additionally, Cunningham has over 10 years of progressive leadership experience in the nursing profession; experience in policy and protocol development; successful development/implementation of cardiac programs (e.g., Structural Heart and TAVR); led quality improvement initiatives to greatly increase quality metrics; led organizational initiatives to enhance patient experience and held leadership oversight of seven cardiology medical directorships, including contract negotiations.

“We are excited to have Ms. Cunningham as a member of our Board of Trustees. Her experience and organizational insights will be invaluable to the institution, said Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers, President, Rhodes State College. “I look forward to serving as a trustee at the College, commented Cunningham. “Education is of great importance to me, and this is an amazing opportunity where I can give back to our community,” added Cunningham.

Jessica earned her Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from Rhodes State College, continued on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University, and a Masters in Nursing, Organizational Leadership from Western Governors University.

The Board is composed of seven Allen County residents, five of whom are appointed by a caucus of the city, county, and exempted village boards of education of Allen County, and two are appointed by the Governor. Full terms of appointment are for three years. The Board of

Trustees of Rhodes State College has legal, statutory, and fiduciary authority and responsibility for the college as defined in Chapter 3357 of the Ohio Revised Code.