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Executive Committee


Note: All faculty appointments shall be for a period of two (2) years unless otherwise noted.

The voting membership of the Executive Committee shall be composed of those deans, associate and assistant deans, directors, and other unit heads designated by the executive dean; the chairperson of each Heritage College department; the six (6) officers of the faculty, as elected by the voting membership of the Heritage College; one (1) representative of the college administrative staff; and one (1) representative of the classified staff. The non-voting membership of the Executive Committee shall include the seventh faculty officer elected to serve as an alternate and the president prime of the Student Government Association or his/her designee upon invitation.


Kenneth Johnson, DOChief Medical Affairs Officer, Ohio University; Executive Dean, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Tracy Shaub, DODean, Athens Campus 
William Burke, DODean, Dublin Campus 
Isaac Kirstein, DODean, Cleveland Campus 
Sharon Casapulla, EdDDirector, Education and Research 
Rachael Crouch, MAChief of Staff 
Jody Gerome-Zuchowski, DOSenior Associate Dean, Medical Education 
Darlene Berryman, PhDAssociate Dean, Research and Innovation 
Elizabeth Beverly, PhDCo-Director, Diabetes Institute 
Vishwajeet Puri, PhDCo-Director, Diabetes Institute 
Erin Murphy, PhDChair, Department of Biomedical Sciences  
Joe Bianco, PhDChair, Department of Social Medicine 
Jennifer Gwilym, DOChair, Department of Primary Care 
Andy Culver, DOChair, Dept of Specialty Medicine 
Shawn Kerger, DOChair, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 
Beth Maxon, PHR Chief Operating Officer  
Shelley Ruff, MBAChief Financial and Strategy Officer 
P.J. Murphy, MAChief Public Affairs Officer 
Lisa Forster, PhD (ABD)Chief Communications Officer  
Tanisha King, PhDChief Inclusion Officer  
Mario Grijalva, PhDDirector, Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute 
Kelly Coates, MBASenior Director, Finance 
Susan Williams, PhDAssociate Dean, Faculty  
Laura Yamarick, MSSenior Director, Professional Affairs Partnerships 
Eric Clift, MEdDirector, Medical Education Technology 
Jill Harman, MEdSenior Director, Admissions & Recruitment 
John Schriner, PhDAssociate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs 
Marie Barone, MASenior Director, Student Affairs 
Sherri Oliver, MPAExecutive Director, Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center 
TBDDirector, Global Health 
Chris Vinyard, PhDAssociate Dean, Curriculum 
Mary Wurm-Schaar, PhDDirector, Institutional Assessment and Accreditation 
Scott Rogers, MDAssociate Dean, Clinical Education  
Brian Clark, PhDDirector, Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute 
Brian Thompson, MEdSenior Director, Administration, Dublin 
Terra Ndubuizu, MBASenior Director, Administration, Cleveland 
Noel Studniarz, MPASenior Director, Heritage College Operations  
Danny CountsDirector, Heritage College Academic Facilities  
Melissa Standley, MEdSenior Director of Operations, Office of Research and Grants 
Brenda Noftz, PhD, JDSenior Director, Medical Education 
Heather Porter, MPAExecutive Director, Clinical Education 
Caitlin Barnhardt, MADirector, Strategic Initiatives 

Appointed Voting Members

Cory WarnerAdministrative RepresentativeTerm ends 6/30/24
Jennifer FritchleyClassified RepresentativeTerm ends 6/30/24

Elected Members & Officers of the Faculty

Anna Kerr, PhDClinical1st term ends 6/30/24Chair of Faculty
Laura Hocter-Ousley, DOClinical1st term ends 6/30/24Secretary of Faculty
Ron Russ, DOClinical1st term ends 6/30/24Vice Chair of Faculty, Cleveland 
Chunmin Lo, PhDNon-clinical1st term ends 6/30/251st Vice Chair of Faculty
David Drozek, DOClinical1st term ends 6/30/252nd Vice Chair of Faculty
vacant  Vice Chair of Faculty, Dublin

Ex-Officio Non-voting Member

Jon Peters, OMSII, SGA National Representative

Staff Support

Laura Risler, PhD, Executive Special Projects Manager