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ASHLAND -- Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO) has announced that Rev. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson has joined the organization's board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome JoAnn to our Board of Directors," said Mr. Ralph V. Tomassi Jr. Chief Development Officer, at Hospice of North Central Ohio. "She brings a multitude of experience and skill sets to our organization and is a person of high integrity.”

Watson is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Ashland Theological Seminary and Ashland University after 31 years of teaching.

Rev. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson

Rev. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson

“It is an honor to serve on the HNCO board," Watson said.

She also served as Chair of the Church History, Theology and Philosophy Department for many years. She received numerous mentoring and academic awards during her career. Dr. Watson received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2016.

Watson has authored 13 books, most notably the seven-volume set of the Selected Spiritual Writings of Anne Dutton (Mercer University Press, 2003-2015). She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and has pastored churches in Ohio and New York. She has served on the pastoral staff of the Ashland First Presbyterian Church and as a chaplain at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watson worked as a missionary volunteer with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She served on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Women Ministers as the representative for the State of Ohio.

Watson is the Moderator and President of the 80 congregations in the Muskingum Valley Presbytery of Ohio and was a delegate to the National General Assembly. She Watson has served as President of the Ashland Symphony Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Ashland City Schools Foundation Board. She has also served on the ACCESS Board and Catholic Charities Advisory Council.

Watson also serves as Chair of the Women's Fund Steering Committee of the Ashland County Community Foundation.

Hospice of North Central Ohio serves more than 200 patients daily in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties who are living with chronic and terminal illnesses. Additionally, free continuous bereavement services are provided for hundreds of families of hospice patients and to anyone in the community experiencing grief. Call 800-952-2207 for more information. HNCO is a 501c3 non-profit organization with over 37 years of experience and a community partner of United Way of Ashland and Knox County.

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