Staff

McDonald.jpgPat McDonald, Director

Pat McDonald was named Director of the Ohio Lottery by Governor Mike DeWine in February 2019. Prior to his appointment, Mr. McDonald began serving as a member of the Ohio Lottery Commission in 2007, and was Chairman for the last eight years. Under his leadership, the Commission added Committees on Responsible Gambling and Audit to review and refine the agency’s management practices.
 
As Director, Mr. McDonald oversees a $4 billion operation through the sale of traditional lottery games at nearly 10,000 licensed retailers and the regulation of the video lottery terminals at Ohio’s seven racetracks. In Fiscal Year 2018, this resulted in the transfer of $1.087 billion to the Lottery Profits Education Fund.
 
Mr. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Dayton. Mr. McDonald has more than 30 years in senior and executive management roles in state and local government. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where he oversaw the successful execution of 58 elections in the largest voting jurisdiction in the state of Ohio, while simultaneously leading the charge in establishing the Board as a widely respected agency both statewide and nationally. He also has served as Finance Director for the Ohio Secretary of State, Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce and Deputy State Treasurer in the office of Ohio Treasurer 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.\

Maureen Hall, Interim Deputy Director, Office of Information Technology

Sandy Lesko Sabbath, Deputy Director, Marketing Communications

Sandy Lesko Sabbath joined the Ohio Lottery in January 2011 as Deputy Director of Marketing. Ms. Lesko Sabbath 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 Sabbath served as Director of Communications for the Ohio Lottery Commission. She held that role from 1991 to 2001.

Ms. Lesko Sabbath 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 Sabbath 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.).

Simeonia Mays, Interim Deputy Director, Office of Security

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

Richard Perk, Deputy Director, Office of Sales Management
Richard Perk was named Deputy Director of Sales in August 2017. Mr. Perk has almost 30 years of Sales experience, with 20 years spent in lottery sales.  In 1996, he was named Assistant Director of Sales directly supervising the lottery’s Corporate Account’s Department.  He and his team developed a strategy that grew sales and brand awareness at those locations by 40 percent.  When he left the Ohio Lottery in 2002, chain stores accounted for nearly 34 percent of the lottery’s overall sales.

In 2003, Mr. Perk joined SPRINT/Nextel Communications as their Government Account Executive working with Public Safety and First Responders to improve communications between neighboring jurisdictions. In 2007, he joined Corporate Express as their Business Development Manager responsible for prospecting and closing new Large Market Commercial Accounts within the NE Ohio region.  Corporate Express merged with Staples in 2006 and Mr. Perk continued as the BDM until 2010 when he accepted the position of Government Account Executive for SECURUS Technologies, which provides inmate phone services, investigative tools and revenue generating opportunities for correctional facilities.  In 2013, Mr. Perk returned to his role as the Assistant Director of Sales for the Ohio Lottery.<

A 1983 graduate from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Mr. Perk holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Public Relations.   

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.

Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director, Internal Audit
Jennifer Wilson joined the Ohio Lottery in 2012 as a VLT Regulation Manager and, in 2014, was appointed Deputy Director of Internal Audit. She manages the day-to-day internal audit activities and is administratively accountable to the Lottery’s Executive Director and functionally accountable to the Lottery’s Audit Committee and Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management’s Office of Internal Audit.

Prior to joining the Lottery, Jennifer served 11 years with the Ohio Auditor of State’s office in their Performance Audit Division and, prior to that, served over 10 years as Quality Assurance Manager in the private sector’s manufacturing environment.

Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and holds an Ohio Financial Accountability Certificate issued by the Auditor of State. She currently serves as Vice Chairperson of her local government’s Resource Conservation and Recycling Commission.

Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Malone University.