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Ohio University - Chillicothe’s faculty and staff bring considerable expertise to the regional service area.  As part of our dedicated mission, OUC experts are available to speak at clubs, organizations, schools, and conferences and with the media on subjects within their area of knowledge.



Donna Burgraff

Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D.

T: 740.774.7204


Dr. Donna L. Burgraff offers expertise on diversity, leadership, and organizational development.  At OUC, Dr. Burgraff teaches courses in leadership, organizational development, human relations, group dynamics, research, applied studies, and educational counseling. As a leadership fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Burgraff traveled the world visiting countries such as South Africa where she attended a Truth and Reconciliation Hearing, studied with some of the America’s nationally renowned leadership experts like DePree, Palmer, Clifton, and Lencioni and attended national trainings such as the Gallup Leadership Institute, Disney University, and National Coalition Building Institute.  She has published her work in various scholarly journals like the Journal of Leadership Studies and has presented at conferences such as The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.  She is available to speak, conduct staff trainings, or assist businesses and organizations in analyzing their effectiveness.



Tanya Hire

Tanya Hire, MSA

T: 740.774.7284


Tanya Hire, MSA, offers expertise in accounting, management, and leadership.  At OUC, Ms. Hire teaches courses in financial and managerial accounting, financial and strategic management, and leadership.  Ms. Hire is available to speak on a variety of accounting, management, and leadership issues to a wide range of audiences.



Mike Lafreniere

Michael Lafreniere, M.E.

T: 740.774.7766


Michael Lafreniere, M.E., offers expertise on pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study and applications of environmental response and sampling of hazardous materials.  At OUC, Mr. Lafreniere teaches courses in mathematics and environmental engineering technology.  His consultations, presentations, grants, and publications have included consultations with public and private sector agencies and corporations; conference presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels; funding for educational outreach and pedagogical improvement; and publications in conference proceedings, national, and international journals. Mr. Lafreniere is available to speak on the subjects of environmental & occupational health and safety, environmental sampling, confined space entry, hazardous materials response, technology uses in education, uses of technology in assessment, and STEM education.



Ken Larimore

Ken Larimore, Ph.D.

T: 740.774.7213


Ken Larimore is the Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor for the Social Work program at OUC. He spent 25 years working in child welfare in treatment foster care. During those 25 years he founded two non-profit treatment foster care agencies and he got the last agency certified with the Department of Mental Health and with CARF (Commission  on the Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities). His dissertation was on “Preparing At-Risk Foster Adolescents for Independent Living: Preparing to Age Out of the Foster Care System.”  He has written an independent living program that has been used for many years. He is currently a board member of Ohio Reach which Supports Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking (L.E.A.R.N.). Dr. Larimore also provides a nine hour training to prepare LISW’s for the “Supervision” designation for the LISW-S licensure. He is also involved in supervising Master level LSW’s for the LISW licensure designation.



Barbara Mahaffey

Barbara A. Mahaffey, Ph.D.

T: 740.774.7287


Barbara A. Mahaffey, Ph. D., is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who is an Associate Professor of Human Services Technology (HST). She is the Regional Higher Education Program Coordinator and Program Coordinator for the Ohio University - Chillicothe Human Services Technology program. She would be interested in presenting talks at the state, national, and international presentations about her research in the following areas: Miscommunication Model technique for couples, therapeutic alliance, adoption counseling, mentoring, counseling ethics, and college students who are parents. Barbara enjoys talking with students about the many choices for career opportunities in Human Services and counseling. Many students in the HST program go on to pursue four-year degree options such as the Bachelor of Technical Applied Studies (for students interested in preparing for a Master in Education in counseling) or Social Work. 



Jim McKean

James R. McKean, PhD
T: 740.772.8002


Chief (Ret.) James R. McKean, PhD possesses practitioner knowledge in a diverse range of criminal justice issues including ethics, organizational leadership, criminal investigation, homeland security and criminological research.  At OUC, Dr. McKean teaches ethics, criminal investigation, law enforcement administration, research methods and statistics.  As a lead assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), he conducted organizational assessments for compliance with CALEA standards at agencies in Texas, Washington, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee.  As a consultant for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), Dr. McKean conducted organizational reviews at Bazetta Township, Niles, Carlisle, and Fairborn.  He has presented his research on distance education and student learning at a number of national and state conferences with publications in a variety of scholarly journals.  Dr. McKean is available to speak on a range of contemporary criminal justice topics.



Brenda Phillips

Brenda D. Phillips, Ph.D.

T: 740.774.7207


Brenda D. Phillips, Ph.D., is the author of Disaster Recovery, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Qualitative Disaster Research, the lead author of Introduction to Emergency Management, and co-editor of Social Vulnerability to Disasters.  Dr. Phillips is as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology, has written for the National Council on Disability, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation.  Locally, she serves on the Ross County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Ross County Safety Council, and the board of the Scioto Valley Red Cross. Dr. Phillips can speak on disasters, volunteerism, at-risk populations, and emergency management.  .  She has spoken in Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, England, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and China. Most recently, she spoke at conferences for the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.



Barbara Trube

Barbara Trube, Ed.D.

T: 740.772.7360


Mary Barbara Trube, Professor of Education at Ohio University, Chillicothe Campus, has been a teacher educator for more than twenty-five years. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration with a concentration in special education and a M.Ed in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and a M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education from The University of Texas at Tyler, a B.S. in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, and an Adult International Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate from the University of Cincinnati. She has experience as an elementary principal, assistant principal, assistant Head Start director, education coordinator, and classroom teacher (prekindergarten through grade six). Professor Trube has numerous publications and presentations focusing on mentoring from diverse perspectives. Her current research interests include mentoring through educational diplomacy for inclusive and sustainable quality in international education.



Allison White

Allison White, M.Ed.

T: 740.774.7255


Allison White, M.Ed., B.S. Marketing & Business Administration, A.A.B., offers expertise in office administration, office and workplace ergonomics, business analysis (SME in elements of utility marketing and customer service arena), business application software, business communications, and educational technologies.  Her presentations have included conference talks at the International Society for Technology in Education, the United States Distance Learning Association, and the Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio. Presentation topics include supporting faculty teaching with technology, technology-rich degree programs, analyzing the job market for office administration majors, and developing/delivering an interdisciplinary course.  With publications in the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Ms. White brings nationally-recognized expertise to the Ohio University region. Ms. White is available to speak on the subjects of office process analysis, online course design, and business communications.