Our Staff

Tom Dusza

Tom Dusza, Court Administrator and Magistrate

Magistrate Dusza is a graduate of C.F. Brush High School and the University of Toledo, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degrees, Magistrate Dusza went on to attend the University of Toledo College Of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. He is also a certified mediator specializing in domestic and family law mediation.

Prior to his current position, Magistrate Dusza worked for over 25 years as a private practice attorney in the areas of family law, criminal law, and bankrupcy.  In addition, he has served as the President for the Erie County Metro Parks, the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Bay Area Soccer League. He is currently a member of the University of Toledo Alumni Association, Erie and Ottawa County Bar Associations, and Chairman of the Erie and Huron Counties Joint Grievance Committee.

Magistrate Dusza accepted the position of Court Administrator and Magistrate with the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in 2017.  His duties include presiding over divorce, dissolution, and post-divorce matters, as well as issuing decisions and domestic orders. As the Court Administrator, he monitors the flow of the Court’s docket, rules on pre-trial motions and appears on various criminal matters. In addition, Magistrate Dusza is responsible for the day-to-day operations and budget of the Court, supervising staff, coordinating jury issues, and overseeing the Specialized Dockets programs.

Thomas can be reached by email at tdusza@co.ottawa.oh.us


Sarah Nation, Magistrate

Magistrate Nation is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and the University of Toledo, earning her Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Economics.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degrees, Magistrate Nation then attended the University of Toledo College Of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate.

Prior to accepting a position as Staff Attorney and Magistrate with the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, Magistrate Nation opened and continues to maintain her own law practice in Ottawa County, where she practices in the fields of bankruptcy, probate, business, domestic relations, juvenile, and criminal law.  In addition to her private practice and duties as the Staff Attorney and Magistrate, she serves as the Solicitor for the Villages of Rocky Ridge and Helena, and teaches at Terra State Community College.

Magistrate Nation accepted the position of Staff Attorney and Magistrate with the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in 2010.  Her duties include legal research and writing for the Court, conducting conferences and hearings in various civil, criminal, and domestic cases, assisting with jury trials, preparing local rules, and monitoring the flow of the Court’s docket.

Sarah can be reached by email at snation@co.ottawa.oh.us


Brian Godell

Brian Goodell, Magistrate

Magistrate Goodell is a graduate of the College of Law of the University of Toledo.  He also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Akron.

Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas, Magistrate Goodell served as a Magistrate in the Juvenile Court of Lucas County, Ohio. In addition to his experience as a Magistrate, he has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Law at the University of Toledo, and he has taught continuing legal education courses for lawyers and judges for numerous legal organizations, including the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Judicial College.

In his capacity as Magistrate, Magistrate Goodell acts as judicial hearing officer and has the authority to conduct trials, take witness testimony, make evidentiary rulings, and issue temporary orders as needed to regulate the Court proceedings.

Brian can be reached by email at bgoodell@co.ottawa.oh.us


Kelly Lilie

Kelly Lilie, Administrative Assistant

Kelly Lilie is a graduate of Port Clinton High School. After graduation, Kelly earned diplomas from the American Institute of Banking in General Banking and Commercial Lending.

Prior to working with the Court, Kelly worked for the Huntington National Bank for over 19 years in several capacities and multiple positions. She has worked with Ottawa County since 2000, starting in the Clerk of Courts as a deputy clerk.

Kelly began working for the Common Pleas Court in 2007 as the Administrative Assistant. Kelly is responsible for scheduling court hearings, sending notices to attorneys and parties, and preparing the Court’s calendar, docket, and files.  Other responsibilities include telephone communications, conference calls, dictation, preparing and distributing court documents, and preparing required reporting.

Kelly can be reached by email a klilie@co.ottawa.oh.us


Jodi Radsick

Jodi Radsick, Administrative Assistant

Jodi Radsick is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School. She also earned a Certificate in Word Processing from the Penta County Career Center.

Prior to working with the Common Pleas Court, Jodi worked with a Toledo law firm for 20 years, beginning as a Receptionist and advancing to Office Manager. Jodi also worked with the county prior to her current position. She has worked as a Case Manager for the Ottawa County Child Support Enforcement Agency and a Deputy Clerk with the Ottawa County Clerk of Courts.

Jodi was hired as the Administrative Assistant in 2014. Her duties include scheduling court hearings, sending notices to attorneys and parties, preparing and distributing court documents, and preparing required reporting statistics. She is also responsible for telephone communications and conference calls, organizing files for the docket, and managing Court calendars. She also serves as the Notary Commissioner.

Jodi can be reached by email at jradsick@co.ottawa.oh.us


Jane Held

Jane Held, Court Reporter

Jane Held is a life-long resident of Ottawa County. She graduated from Clark Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Court and Conference Reporting Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from Heidelberg College.

Prior to working with the Court, Jane served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College’s Court Personnel Education and Training Committee for over ten years. Jane is an active member of the National and State Court Reporters Associations and the Steno CAT Users Network.

In 2010, Jane began working as the Court Administrator for the Common Pleas Court and is a Registered Professional Reporter. Her primary role is to create a voice-to-text translation of court proceedings via real-time technology. Her responsibilities also include preparing verbatim transcripts, emailing transcripts, providing condensed versions, and providing all-word indexes to ensure the end user received an accurate, fast, and reliable record.

Jane can be reached by email at jheld@co.ottawa.oh.us


Gale Zelms

Gale Zelms, Bailiff

Deputy Zelms is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio and of the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy.

Prior to working with the Court, Deptuy Zelms was a Police Dispatcher for the Oak Harbor Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff for the Ottawa County Shefiff’s Office. She was also a paramedic for Mid County EMS. She is a current member of the Fraternal Order of the Police, the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the Ohio Bailiff’s Association.

Deputy Zelms was hired by the Court in March of 2013 as a Deputy Bailiff and Court Security. In 2015, she was appointed Bond Commissioner as well.

Gale can be reached by email at gzelms@co.ottawa.oh.us


Katelyn Ritzler

Katelyn Ritzler, DATA Program Coordinator

Katelyn Ritzler is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Denison University.

Prior to working with the Court, Katelyn worked as a case manager for adolescents and teenagers, and worked with survivors of domestic violence in a shelter and community setting.

Katelyn began working with the Court in 2013 as Program Coordinator the Drug Addiction Treatment Alliance (DATA) Program. Her duties include overseeing program functioning and development, analyzing and reporting program statistics, and providing direct services to participants, including ensuring compliance with program rules and facilitating access to community resources.

Katelyn can be reached by email at kritzler@co.ottawa.oh.us


Jaimee Prieur

Jaimee Prieur, Mental Health Court Coordinator

Jaimee Prieur is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School and a graduate of The University of Findlay where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Jaimee attended Bowling Green State University where she earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. In 2014, Jaimee became a Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Training Supervision Designation.

Prior to her employment with the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas, Jaimee worked for Unison Health in Toledo, OH as a Clinical Therapist, Clinical Specialist, and then Clinical Supervisor. Jaimee has provided services for both children and adults with mental health diagnoses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

In 2017, Jaimee accepted the position as the Mental Health Court Coordinator for the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas. As the Mental Health Court Coordinator, Jaimee has various duties including developing policies and procedures, providing linkages and coordination with treatment providers, community resources, and the courts, assisting the court in identifying individuals who may be suffering from mental illness, data collection and reporting, and facilitating a treatment team meeting each week. Jaimee is also a member of the Drug Free Collaborative, Ottawa County Council on Health & Social Concerns, and is the Stepping Up Coordinator for Ottawa County.

Jaimee can be reached by email at jprieur@co.ottawa.oh.us