IOA Advocacy Committee

About this Committee & Their Mission

The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to provide centralized coordination of:
  • Tracking current legal issues and developing responses
  • Identifying lobbying opportunities globally to best leverage the position of ombuds
  • Coordinating key outreach and partnerships relative to positively influencing ombuds relevant policies, shield laws, and other administrative policies and procedures
  • Developing a coordinated strategy and resource management approach for securing professional legal, lobbying, and related services, recognizing that the committee itself will lack expertise in these areas

The Committee is designed to be highly action-oriented and proactive so that the IOA can be kept abreast of emerging issues and opportunities and can actively work to build a shared concept of the ombuds role and wide recognition of the key elements of the standards of practice for ombuds.



  • Sarah Klaper, JD, Northwestern University
  • Mark Patterson, JD, LL.M California State University Channel Islands

Committee Members

  • Sara Ash, MA, University of Oregon
  • Anita Bardock, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
  • Marsha Baum, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Paul Caffera, University of Mississippi
  • Marguerite Dorn, MMDorn Mediation
  • Natalie Fleury, JD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Brian Green, JD, CO-OP®, Emory University
  • Katherine Greenwood, JD, PhD, CO-OP®, University of Southern California
  • Nellie Haddad, MA, MS, PhD
  • Jessica Kuchta-Miller, JD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Maddie Leonardi
  • Steve O'Barr, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences
  • David Pauker, JD, LL.M, Ombuds Solutions
  • Michele Simon,  Consultant
  • Jennifer Smith Schneider, PhD, CO-OP®, University of South Florida

To Join the Committee

If you are interested in joining this or any other committee, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more about available positions and complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

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