The Ohio Lottery Staff

Staff

Dennis Berg, Director

Dennis Berg was named Director of the Ohio Lottery on February 10, 2012. A longtime employee of the Ohio Lottery, Mr. Berg had served as Interim Director since Jan. 10, 2011.

Mr. Berg oversees an agency selling Ohio Lottery game products to more 9,000 retailers statewide.  Under his leadership, the agency is also responsible for the licensing and monitoring of video lottery terminals at Ohio’s racetracks.

Mr. Berg formerly served as the Ohio Lottery’s Deputy Director of Finance. His experience at the Ohio Lottery has allowed him to touch virtually every aspect of the agency’s business operations.  He has been an employee of the Ohio Lottery since 1991.

Mr. Berg earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University. A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, he is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mr. Berg also holds an Ohio Financial Accountability Certificate issued by the Auditor of State.

Gregory Bowers, Deputy Director, Office of Finance

Greg Bowers was appointed Finance Director in March 2014, after serving two years as Acting Finance Director.  He manages the day-to-day activities of the Finance Division, including Accounting and Financial Reporting, Budget and Planning, Accounts Payable, Prize Claims, Retailer Accounts, and Procurement.  His experience at the Lottery spans nearly 23 years.  Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior Budget Officer, managing the agency’s annual budget.  In that role, he directed the development of the agency’s biennial budget for submission to the Governor’s office and served as the agency’s liaison to the Office of Budget and Management.

His experience in Finance also includes eight years of managing the agency’s accounting department.  During that time, he oversaw the development of nine Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs), each recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. 

Mr. Bowers is a member of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.  Mr. Bowers holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Ashland University.

Danielle Frizzi-Babb, Deputy Director, Office of Communications

Danielle Frizzi-Babb joined the Ohio Lottery in July of 2011 as Deputy Director of Communications.

Ms. Frizzi-Babb comes to the Ohio Lottery after an 11-year career in television news. A life-long Ohioan, Frizzi-Babb worked as a reporter and anchor at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio from 2000 to 2005. She has spent the last five years in Cleveland, Ohio working as a general assignment reporter at WJW FOX-8.

Ms. Frizzi-Babb was an Emmy-nominated reporter and holds Ohio and West Virginia Associated Press awards for investigative reporting.

As a local TV personality, Ms. Frizzi-Babb has served on scholarship award committees at Ohio University Eastern and has been involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Danielle graduated from Ohio University with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Sandy Lesko Mounts, Deputy Director, Marketing Communications

Sandy Lesko Mounts joined the Ohio Lottery in January 2011 as Deputy Director of Marketing. Ms. Lesko Mounts has been active in the Cleveland not-for-profit and communications communities for the past two decades.

Following a broadcast journalism career that included seven years as a weekend anchor and reporter for WJW TV-8 in Cleveland, Ms. Lesko Mounts served as Director of Communications for the Ohio Lottery Commission. She held that role from 1991 to 2001.

Ms. Lesko Mounts went on to launch her own marketing communications firm, Sandy Lesko Communications, a company which handled various elements of media, marketing, public relations and communications training for a number of Northeast Ohio businesses including the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation’s Catholic Charities Appeal, Special Olympics Ohio, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northern Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners, and Kalahari Waterpark Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

Ms. Lesko Mounts has also been an active volunteer and member of a number of area organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Public Service Consortium of Greater Cleveland. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan.

Constance Miller, Deputy Director, Office of Operations

Constance Miller joined the Ohio Lottery in 1992 serving as an Administrative Assistant for Director Virgil Brown.  Since that time she has held various positions within the Agency, including Deputy Director of Information Services, Assistant Director and Chief of Staff.

In her current position, Ms. Miller oversees production of the daily drawings and weekly Cash Explosion game show; agency strategic research and planning; and special projects.  In 2010, Ms. Miller was assigned to coordiate the agency video lottery installation at Ohio's licensed racetracks.
Ms. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in public sector management and the gaming industry.  Ms. Miller holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Charles Lo Presti, Chief Legal Counsel

Charles LoPresti was appointed Chief Legal Counsel in September 2017. Mr. LoPresti had served as Assistant Legal Counsel at the agency since November 2012, and has been practicing law in both the public and private sectors since 1996. In his current capacity, he provides legal advice and direction to the Executive Director on all legal matters concerning the agency. This includes the supervision, coordination and management of the Legal Department and agency legal functions and requirements, while ensuring agency compliance with applicable rules, regulations, codes, policies and procedures. As the agency’s Chief Ethics Officer, he is also responsible for coordinating ethics training, reviews and updates to ethics policies and practices, and the application of ethics laws and directives.

Mr. LoPresti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Master’s Degrees in Law (LL.M.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), Public Administration (M.P.A.), and Criminology (M.C.J.), and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence (J.D.).

John O'Donnell, Deputy Director, Office of Security

Jack O’Donnell has been the Ohio Lottery Commission’s Deputy Director of Security since May, 2002. He oversees a staff responsible for securing the safety and security of the agency’s employees, game products and drawings. The Office of Security investigates stolen ticket incidents, initiates background checks for employees, vendors and retailers, and provides general security needs to protect the safety and reputation of the agency. A 36-year law enforcement veteran, he comes to the Lottery from the City of Beachwood, where he was Commander of Investigations.

Mr. O’Donnell is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and is a certified Law Enforcement Executive in the State of Ohio.  Mr. O'Donnell holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Gwendolyn A. Penn, Deputy Director, Office of Contract Compliance

Gwendolyn A. Penn was appointed Deputy Director of Contract Compliance in January 2015. Ms. Penn began her career with the Ohio Lottery in 1988. During her time, she’s worked in a variety of positions within the agency including Online Products Manager and for six years, Deputy Director of Product Development.

Ms. Penn serves as a board member and Vice-President for a non-profit organization as well as the financial secretary for her church. Ms. Penn volunteers with a local organization preparing adults for their GED.  For over five years, Ms. Penn was an adjunct instructor at a local business college teaching management courses.

Ms. Penn holds a Master’s and bachelor’s degree in management from Myers University.

Michael Petro, Deputy Director, Office of Information Technology

Michael Petro was named Deputy Director of the Office of Information Technology in June, 2002. His career at the Ohio Lottery began in 1978. At the time he left the Lottery in 1985, Mr. Petro supervised the agency's programming staff.

In 1985, he joined Curtis Industries, where he served as a project team leader until 1989. In 1989, Mr. Petro joined Ecotran, a software company, where he served as Vice President of Product Development until 1998. Ecotran was subsequently purchased by Trapeze Software, and Mr. Petro led their development group until 2002.

Mr. Petro holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in computer and information science. Mr. Petro is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.

Elizabeth Popadiuk, Deputy Director, Human Resources

Elizabeth Popadiuk was named Interim Deputy Director of Human Resources in November, 2009 and assumed the position permanently in February, 2010.  Ms. Popadiuk oversees all functions in the Office of Human Resources (HR Management, Labor Relations, Benefits Management, EEO, Training & Development & Organizational Development).  She joined the Ohio Lottery in October of 1993, in the Office of Human Resources and has held several positions within the HR group, most recently as Human Resources Manager.

Prior to joining the Lottery, Elizabeth worked in the private sector, including work in the field of Human Resources.

Ms. Popadiuk is a long standing member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree - Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and has completed graduate coursework in Labor Relations and Human Resource Management at Cleveland State University.

Richard Perk, Deputy Director, Office of Sales Management

Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director, Internal Audit
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