Bryan J. Bucklew

President and CEO


Bryan has been leading the strategic direction and operations of GDAHA since 2005.  His expertise includes analysis of local, state and federal public policy, data analytics, strategic development, and marketing and communications.

In addition to supporting our Board of Trustees, Bryan oversees our general operations and manages our staff.  With Bryan’s vision and strategic guidance, GDAHA has focused on delivering intensive data analytics on process and quality of care, creating strategic partnerships to develop innovative and commercially viable medical technologies and become a resource on local, state and federal legislative and regulatory initiatives.  Bryan has ensured that GDAHA has served as a community leader on disaster preparedness and the implementation of health information technology.

Bryan also researched, developed and implemented Ascend Innovations, a partnership between three major hospital networks (Dayton Children’s, Kettering Health Network & Premier Health) and Kaleidoscope, a nationally recognized design-innovation firm to multiple Fortune 500 and 100 organizations.  Ascend Innovations has established partnerships with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), 711th Human Performance Wing, regional community stakeholders and economic/innovation organizations throughout Ohio and other states.  Ascend Innovations now has innovation verticals in intensive data analytics, medical device development, clinical trials and hospital observational/research studies.

Under his leadership, GDAHA received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility and GDAHA was recognized as both the Non-Profit Organization of the Year and the Overall Business of the Year by the Dayton Business Journal.  The paper has also identified Bryan as one of Dayton’s Most Influential Business Leaders.

Bryan began his career in 1992 serving as district director for United States Congressman Tony P. Hall, where he directed all office operations and managed public policy in the areas of military, tax, education and transportation.  In 1997 the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce asked him to serve as Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development.  There he created, developed, and implemented the Chamber’s public policy for its 3,000 members including a successful strategic plan to revitalize the region’s transportation infrastructure that saw over $1.6 billion in infrastructure investment.  During that time Bryan was recognized as a “Forty Under 40” award winner by the Dayton Business Journal.

Bryan is a native of the Dayton area, and attended Wright State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.  He later earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton.  He has served as Board Chair for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, is a member of the Special Wish Advisory Board, and was Chair of the Culture Works arts campaigns.  As an adoptee, he is involved in multiple community efforts to promote adoption, which most importantly includes being a parent of an adoptee.

Bryan lives in Springboro with his wife (Karen) and their four children (Jenna, Meghan, Sam & Zoey).