Staff

Nick Lashutka

President
E-mail: nlashutka@ohiochildrenshospitals.org 
 

Nick Lashutka joined the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) as President in 2007 and has nearly 24 years of public policy experience working in the private sector and state government.  

OCHA serves as the statewide advocacy leader for children focused on achieving the vision of making Ohio the best place for child health.  The organization advocates in partnership with children’s hospitals and their patients, families and communities for continuous child health improvement with a focus on bringing solutions to complex public policy challenges.

Under Nick’s leadership, OCHA has dramatically expanded its portfolio of work beyond advocacy to include specific efforts designed to save, protect, and enhance the lives of children in Ohio and beyond. 

In 2009, Nick was instrumental in the creation of Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) and currently serves as President of the network.   SPS was formed in partnership with Ohio’s business community and the six members of OCHA in addition to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Mercy Children’s (Toledo) to eliminate serious harm in our hospitals. Since its founding in Ohio, SPS has now grown to 87 hospitals across North America. 

In 2013, the OCHA Research Collaborative Task Force was formed under Nick’s leadership and is the first statewide children’s focused research collaborative of its kind.  Currently four projects are underway that are dramatically improving outcomes for children.  

Prior to his work with OCHA, Nick served as the first ever director of external relations for the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), a partnership of the chief executives of the state’s major businesses.  Before joining the BRT, Nick represented organized medicine on behalf of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) and their physician members.

Nick is a 1990 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he studied both government and history. Nick and his wife, Megan, are the parents of four sons – Kuyper, Duke, Ike and Drake – and live in Upper Arlington.

Sarah Kincaid

Director of Policy and Advocacy

E-mail skincaid@ohiochildrenshospitals.org  

Sarah Kincaid joined the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) as Director of Policy and Advocacy in 2017 with nearly 10 years of public policy experience working in the private sector and state government.

Sarah’s involvement in the political arena includes working in policy and government relations for the Office of the Governor, Kallner and Associates, LLC, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Under her direction as Government Relations Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Sarah lead representation for all government affairs activities at the Ohio Statehouse by successfully partnering with members of the Ohio General Assembly and state agencies to promote bipartisan support for the health and wellness of Ohio’s youth. Her work also included developing strategies and advocating various positions on key issues at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Sarah also coordinated policy initiatives for both the hospital and Research Institute. ? As Government Relations Consultant at Kallner and Associates, LLC, Sarah successfully managed highly controversial legislation in transportation, tax, finance, mental health, pharmacy, education, real estate, insurance, gaming, and economic development. She also provided consulting and strategic council to local, regional and national private sector clients on public policy issues, political fundraising, Political Action Committee development, and internal government affairs advancement

Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University and attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in 2008. Sarah sits on the boards of Voice’s for Ohio’s Children and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.

Sarah Cansler 

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

E-mail scansler@ohiochildrenshospitals.org  

Sarah Cansler has enjoyed over ten years of service to the Ohio Children's Hospital Association. Serving as Office Manager, Sarah handles all office operations and administrative duties. She also is Executive Assistant to Mr. Lashutka.

With the inception of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association Foundation and more recently, the Ohio Children's Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety National Network, Sarah has also assumed the role of Office Manager for both organizations.

Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Performing Arts from Capital University in Columbus, OH and resides in Gahanna with her daughter Evelyn.