Union County, Ohio

Meet the Commissioners


Commissioner Dave Burke, Commissioner Christiane Schmenk, Commissioner Steve Robinson


Commissioner Dave Burke


Commissioner Dave Burke proudly represents the families and communities Union County. Looking to help improve his community, Commissioner Burke was elected to Marysville City Council in 2002 and became Vice-President of the Council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and was re-elected again in 2010. While in the House, Burke pushed for legislation – now law – that addresses the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Ohio and helps keep synthetic drugs out of the hands of young Ohioans.

Appointed in 2011 and twice elected (2012 and 2016) as a member of the Ohio Senate, Burke put his extensive knowledge and expertise of the healthcare industry to work as Chairman of the Medicaid Committee. He also served as a member of the Agriculture Committee, Finance Committee, Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, and Rules and Reference Committee.

Born in Cincinnati, he was adopted by his loving parents in Marion when he was 3 months old. As a child, he attended St. Mary’s elementary and later graduated from Marion Catholic High School. He then went on to graduate from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and later obtained an MBA from Capital University. Commissioner Burke has been married to his wife Donna for 30 years and has two wonderful children, Alexandra and Adam.

•             2022 Vice President of the Board of Commissioners

•             President of the Board of Revision

•             Council for Union County Families Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

•             County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO)

  • Justice and Public Safety Committee
  • Taxation and Finance Committee

•             Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) Board of Trustees

•             North Central Ohio Solid Waste District (NCOSWD) Board of Trustees

•             Ohio Gas Access Partnership (OGAP)

•             Tri-County Regional Jail Board of Directors

•             Union County Land Reutilization Corporation Board

•             Juvenile Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             Family Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             County Investment Advisory Board

•             Data Processing Board

•             Memorial Health Board Liaison

•             Union County Developmental Disabilities Board Liaison

Commissioner Christiane Schmenk


Christiane S. Schmenk has been a Union County Commissioner since January 1 2019. She is a former economic development attorney with Bricker & Eckler, LLP, and she was a member of Governor John Kasich’s Cabinet and Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency from 2011 to 2013. Chris served as the elected Mayor of Marysville from 2008-2011 and previously worked for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company as its Vice President of External Affairs and Assistant General Counsel.  Before that, she was in-house counsel for Wendy’s International, Inc in Dublin, Ohio.

Chris currently serves on the Boards of, Governor DeWine’s Executive Workforce Board, Ohio Treasurer Sprague’s Central Ohio Regional Advisory Board and the Hope Center of Union County.  

Chris received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her BA from Ohio Northern University.  She lives in Marysville with her husband, and they have two adult children and a grandson.

•             Member of the Board of Commissioners

•             Bridges Community Action Partnership

•             Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) Board of Trustees

•             Union County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC)

  • Board of Trustees
  • Executive Committee
  • Tax Incentive Review Council

•             County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO)

  • Board of Directors
  • Jobs, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee

•             MidWest US-Japan Association

•             Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

  • Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO)

•             Yorii Friendship Committee

•             North Central Ohio Solid Waste District (NCOSWD) Board of Trustees

•             Union County Land Reutilization Corporation Board

•             Juvenile Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             Family Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             County Investment Advisory Board

•             County Records Commission

•             Union County Joint Recreation District Board Liaison

•             Union County Health Department Board Liaison

Commissioner Steve Robinson


Commissioner Steve Robinson was raised on a dairy farm in Union County, Ohio and started a family farm of his own after graduating high school at North Union. He has continued to farm throughout his adult life and currently manages approximately 900 acres of row-crops. He uses conservation techniques with the awareness of how critical it is to maintain these practices. He also owns and maintains a family excavation company he started in 1978 and now includes 3 employees. Much of his excavating business is for producers who wish to employ conservation practices on their land.

Steve has served on the local, state and national levels in various conservation leadership capacities. He began his lifetime dedication to volunteerism as a board member on the Union County Soil and Water District and went on to hold all state offices, all national offices, and eventually served as National President of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He has always felt a duty to serve and to give back to the people and the land that have given so much to him, his family, and his professional life.

His background as well as the opportunities that he has had to serve on all levels of district management have given him the insight and skills to be an effective leader and active contributor to local government in Union County. No stranger to hard work, making the tough decisions, and being a consistent leader, Steve believes strongly in local grassroots decision-making. He understands that the role of the local government is crucial when considering state and national policy decisions.

Steve and his wife Ann recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. Together they have 3 children, Josiah (Amy), Matthew (Jennifer), and Rebecca (Jeremy Miller). They are blessed with 11 grandchildren. Josiah and Rebecca and their families live in the local area and attend North Union and St. John’s schools and Matthew and Jennifer live in Northern Kentucky with their 3 children.

•             2022 President of the Board of Commissioners

•             County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO)

  • Agriculture Affairs Committee
  • General Government/Operations Committee

•             County Risk Sharing Authority Board (CORSA)

•             Local Emergency Planning Committee

•             Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission (LUC) Zoning and Subdivision Committee

•             Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Sustaining Scioto Board

•             North Central Ohio Solid Waste District (NCOSWD) Board of Trustees

•             Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) Council Member

•             Union County Chamber of Commerce

  • Recognition Committee
  • Team Marysville

•             Juvenile Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             Family Treatment Court Advisory Committee

•             County Investment Advisory Board

•             Union County Airport Authority Liaison

•             Union County Soil and Water Conservation District Board Liaison

•             2019  American Farmland Trust Project Advisory Committee Upper Scioto River Watershed

•             2003 Recipient of the ODNR Cardinal Award for Conservation Achievement

•             2001 NACD Strategic Plan Writing Team

•             2001  NACD Core 4 Implementation Team

•             2001 NACD Pay to Play Task Force

•             2001 NACD Farm Bill Implementation Team

•             2014 – Present          Church Trustee – Marysville First United Methodist Church

•             2014 – Present          National Conservation Foundation Chair

•             2004 – Present          Chair, NACD North Central Region

•             2001 – Present          Board Member, NACD Board of Directors

•             2001 – Present          Past President, OFSWCD

•             2001 – Present          Chair, NACD District Operations Committee

•             1996 – Present          Member, NACD District Operations Committee

•             1985 – Present          Member, Ohio Farm Bureau

•             2011 – 2013               National Association of Conservation Districts Past President

•             2009 – 2011               22nd National Association of Conservation Districts President

•             1999 – 2001               President, OFSWCD

•             1997 – 2001               NACD Board of Directors

•             1988 – 2020               Supervisor, Union SWCD

•             1985 – 1988               Associate Supervisor, Union SWCD