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Brenda Rinehart, First Assistant Attorney General

Brenda Rinehart

First Assistant Attorney General

Brenda L. Rinehart oversees the legal operations of the office. She uses skills acquired during her years of experience in both the private and public sectors to manage pressing legal issues and to ensure that operational needs are met.

Rinehart previously worked for seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. While in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she handled civil litigation and bankruptcy matters and assisted with select criminal litigation.

She has worked at all levels of government, starting her career with the state during the final administration of Gov. James A. Rhodes. She worked for city and county governments as a department director, staff attorney and in various other positions.

Rinehart also served for eight years as chief of staff for then-State Auditor Dave Yost. In that role, she focused on the administrative and legal operations of the office, overseeing the day-to-day work and assisting with implementation of Auditor Yost’s policy initiatives.

Rinehart holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a law degree from Capital University. She has been admitted to practice in Ohio, U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Benjamin Marrison, Chief of Staff for Attorney General Dave Yost

Benjamin Marrison

Chief of Staff

Benjamin Marrison, chief of staff for Attorney General Dave Yost, is responsible for all non-legal matters, including operations, public policy and communications.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Marrison was communications director and senior adviser for Yost at the Auditor of State’s Office during Yost’s second term.

For 16 years, from 1999 to 2015, Marrison was editor of The Columbus Dispatch – the longest-serving editor in the history of the capital-city newspaper. In that role, he oversaw the newsgathering operations, managing the newspaper, its websites and related publications. He was a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Operating Committee.

Before joining The Dispatch, he worked as the Statehouse bureau chief for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and a reporter at The (Toledo) Blade.

Marrison is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Ellen, have four adult children.

Carol O'Brien, Chief Counsel

Carol O’Brien

Chief Counsel

As chief counsel for Attorney General Dave Yost, Carol O’Brien oversees seven “sections” focused on law enforcement/criminal justice: the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, Special Prosecutions, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, Health Care Fraud, Crime Victims and Criminal Justice.

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, O’Brien spent 12 years in the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, the last eight as the prosecutor and the previous four as assistant prosecutor. During that time, she also served as a special prosecutor in numerous criminal cases in counties throughout the state.

Earlier in her career, O’Brien served as an assistant attorney general in the Attorney General’s Office and as an assistant prosecutor in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to those roles, she worked as a staff attorney for the clinical programs within the Ohio State University College of Law, for the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program and for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality.

In 2016, O’Brien was recognized as Ohio’s Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney for her dedication to justice. She has been an active member of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association for nearly a decade, serving as president in 2019, and has given presentations on a wide range of prosecutorial matters and other legal topics.

O’Brien has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Toledo. She is licensed to practice in Ohio, South Carolina, the Northern and Southern District Courts of Ohio, the District Court of South Carolina, and the 4th and 6th circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

O’Brien and her husband, Bill, live in Delaware County.

Jonathan Blanton, Deputy Attorney General for Major Litigation

Jonathan Blanton

Deputy Attorney General for Major Litigation

As Deputy Attorney General for Major Litigation, Jonathan Blanton works directly with the Ohio Solicitor General as well as the Antitrust, Constitutional Offices, Consumer Protection, and Charitable Law sections of the Attorney General’s Office.

Blanton manages some of the office’s highest-profile civil matters, including ongoing litigation against a number of opioid manufacturers and pharmaceutical distributors. He has served as a subject-matter expert and trainer for the National Association of Attorneys General on various topics, including tactics for maximizing the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, regulating medical professionals, and developing and litigating claims against pharmaceutical supply-chain participants.

Before joining Attorney General Yost’s administration, Blanton served as chief of the office’s Consumer Protection Section for more than four years. A litigator at heart, he has extensive experience in investigating and prosecuting felony criminal cases, including 10 years as the Jackson County prosecutor.

Blanton is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Jonathan Fulkerson, Deputy Attorney General

Jonathan Fulkerson

Deputy Attorney General

Jonathan Fulkerson has worked in the Attorney General’s Office for 20 years. In his current role as Deputy Attorney General, he supervises the work of the office’s Health and Human Services, Education, Court of Claims, Public Utilities, Environmental, and Employment sections.

Previously, Fulkerson served in criminal and civil sections within the Attorney General’s Office. He has argued cases in administrative hearings, trial courts and appellate courts. He has argued cases in state and federal courts. He has also spent time in private practice, representing and counseling corporate clients.

Fulkerson is a graduate of American University and Capital Law School. He is a member of the Delaware County Law Library Board and volunteers as a scout leader. He is a counselor for the Law Merit Badge.


Cynthia Dungey, Deputy Attorney General

Cynthia C. Dungey

Deputy Attorney General

Formerly a prosecutor in the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Cynthia Dungey has rejoined the office as the deputy attorney general responsible for managing the Civil Rights, Labor, PUCO, Taxation, Transportation and Workers’ Compensation sections.

Dungey came to the Attorney General’s Office in 2019 from the Ohio Department of Youth Services, where, as deputy director of Community Engagement and Reentry, she planned for the successful return of youths to their homes and communities.

Prior to that, she served as director of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services for five years and as the federal designee responsible for supervising the state’s public assistance, workforce development, unemployment insurance, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.

She previously worked for ODJFS as the chief of staff of Medicaid, managing daily operations and, with a workforce of 500-plus, maintaining 70,000 active providers and issuing multimillion-dollar payments weekly as reimbursement for services to 1.5 million people.

Dungey began her first stint with the Attorney General’s Office in 1996 in the Crime Victims Section, then worked for five years in the Health Care Fraud Section.

In all, Dungey has more than 20 years of experience in administering federally regulated programs, developing and implementing state laws and administrative rules; working with government officials, health care providers and stakeholders to improve delivery systems; and identifying millions in inefficiencies, fraud, waste and abuse in health care, public assistance and other government programs.

Dungey has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from DePauw University, a law degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law, and an honorary doctorate of community leadership from Franklin University.

Shawn Busken, Director of Outside Counsel

Shawn Busken

Director of Outside Counsel

Shawn Busken, director of outside counsel for Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, is responsible for the engagement, retention and oversight of private sector attorneys appointed to represent state entities (agencies, colleges, universities, retirement systems, boards and commissions) and to work on securities cases and all other contingency cases.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Busken worked as policy director for Yost at the Auditor of State’s Office, helping to lead legislative initiatives to require fiscal training for local fiscal officers; reform the charter school process; and prohibit monopolies from being written into the Ohio Constitution, among others.

Before his work in the Auditor’s Office, Busken spent five years in private practice at Blaugrund, Kessler, Myers & Postalakis, where he practiced labor and employment law. He also served with the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office.

Busken earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from The Ohio State University.

Michael Rodgers, Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Michael Rodgers

Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Michael Rodgers brings more than 15 years of diverse experience in state government to his role as director of policy and public affairs for Attorney General Dave Yost. In leading the Policy and Public Affairs team, he has primary responsibility for all legislative matters at both the state and federal level.

Prior to joining the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Rodgers served as the chief legal counsel at Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities, a deputy legal counsel at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

He also has served as a legislative liaison and policy analyst for the Ohio Judicial Conference and as a legislative aide for multiple members in the Ohio General Assembly.

Rodgers earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University, and his law degree from Capital University.

Bethany McCorkle, Communications Director

Bethany McCorkle

Communications Director

In her role as communications director, Bethany McCorkle manages the day-to-day media interactions for the Attorney General’s Office, overseeing three public information officers.

Prior to joining the office, McCorkle was a deputy director at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, where she oversaw multiple areas, including communications, general services, human resources, information technology law enforcement, and the fiscal and legal offices.

Previously for ODNR, she served as chief of communications, implementing strategic communications and marketing initiatives for one of Ohio’s largest state agencies.

McCorkle also has served as a communications and a marketing officer for the Ohio Department of Development, where she worked with national and local media to highlight department efforts and initiatives. Before that, she spent a number of years in the private sector, most recently as a director at Worldwide Express.

McCorkle has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She currently heads the Public Outreach Committee for the Worthington School PTA.

Carrie Bartunek, External Affairs Director

Carrie Bartunek

External Affairs Director

Carrie Bartunek, director of external affairs and senior policy adviser for Attorney General Dave Yost, manages the office’s external relations and outreach efforts, overseeing its regional liaisons across the state.

Bartunek previously worked for eight years for then-State Auditor Yost, first as communications director and then as senior policy adviser for external affairs. In those roles, she handled media relations and both internal and external communications.

Her experience in communications, media relations, publications and event coordination spans more than 30 years, primarily covering city and state government, law enforcement and K-12 education.

Bartunek holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

Glenn Sheller, Senior Special Projects Director

Glenn Sheller

Senior Special Projects Director

As senior special projects director, Glenn Sheller writes speeches and op-eds, conducts policy research, and reports and writes special reports on topics designated by Attorney General Dave Yost.

Sheller previously filled a similar role for Yost at the Auditor of State’s Office, in addition to serving as editor for the office’s Performance Audit Section.

Before that, he spent more than 30 years in newspaper journalism, as a reporter, copy editor, editorial writer, columnist and editor. He worked at the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun, The York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record, The York (Pennsylvania) Dispatch/Sunday News and The Columbus Dispatch. For the final 14 years of his newspaper career, he served as editorial page editor of The Dispatch.

Sheller holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.