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OCC Senior Management


Dan ShieldsDan Shields 

Dan Shields joined the Agency as Director of the Analytical Department in March 2014. He is responsible for administering the Agency’s accounting, economic, and financial analyses associated with utility rate filings and other matters that affect Ohio’s residential utility consumers. He provides advice and recommendations for the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel’s consumer advocacy on technical and policy issues related to regulation and legislation. Before joining the Agency, Dan served as the Federal Energy Advocate at the PUCO and was Director of the Office of the Federal Energy Advocate. He earlier served as a PUCO Senior Policy Specialist on state and federal energy and telecommunications issues.


Photo UnavailableLarry Sauer 

Larry Sauer was appointed as the Deputy Consumers’ Counsel by the Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board in September 2014. As Deputy, he performs the duties of the Consumers’ Counsel during any times of the Consumers’ Counsel’s unavailability. Larry also serves as the Director of the Legal Department. He joined the Agency in March 2003 as an Assistant Consumers’ Counsel. He has served as counsel in electric and natural gas cases, and he has advised the Agency on consumer issues involving the transition to competitive markets for utility services. Prior to joining the Agency, he worked for 24 years as an accountant, analyst, and attorney for American Electric Power.

Public Affairs

Open PositionOCC's Public Affairs Department provides for Ohioans the services of communications, outreach and education, and legislative activities.


Chief of Staff – Non-Case Services

Monica HunyadiMonica Hunyadi 

Monica Hunyadi joined the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel in September 2013. As the Chief of Staff – Non-Case Services, she provides assistance to the Consumers’ Counsel on special projects affecting Ohio consumers and the Agency. She leads the Agency’s Operations and Public Affairs Departments toward meeting objectives for services within the Agency and for the public. She previously served as the Agency’s Director of Operations from 1996-2005. She then accepted a position as the Director of Human Resources at the Supreme Court of Ohio. In addition to leading human resources, she also taught various human resource courses for the Ohio Judicial College and the Ohio Association of Court Administrators.