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Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson Portrait Sandra Anderson completed her term on the Board of Trustees of Ohio University in May 2016, having been appointed by Governor Strickland in 2007. She served as Chair of the Board twice, including in her final year. She currently serves on the Ohio University Foundation Board. From August 2010 through June 2013, she was Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at The Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs. From 1977 to 2010, Sandy practiced law with the Columbus law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, focusing on civil litigation. Sandy is a 1973 graduate of Ohio University (summa cum laude) and a 1976 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law (magna cum laude). Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge George Edwards, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Sandy is Chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund, and she also serves on the board of The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation. Past board service includes the Scripps College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Board, Ohio State Bar Foundation, Life Success Seminars, Inc. and New Directions Career Center. She served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates for several years. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was the first female president of the Columbus Bar Association and later served as president of the Columbus Bar Foundation. She served for six years on the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, including as Chair in her final year on the Board. She has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and as an adjunct professor at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy. Sandy and her spouse, Mary Lynn Readey, live in Dublin, Ohio.

Josh Bodnar

Josh Bodnar Portrait Josh Bodnar is a native of Berlin Center, OH and came to Athens in the fall of 2008. He was selected to serve as the founding Director of Access, Transaction & Video Services in 2014 and was charged with centralizing and streamlining the functions that now make up the department, including the creation of the One Card Office. Before assuming his current responsibilities, Josh began his career at Ohio University with Housing & Residence Life and served in various roles, including as a Resident Director and Assistant Director for Communications and Technical Operations. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Josh is active in a variety of university committees and community organizations. Most notably, Josh has served as a Senator on the Administrative Senate since 2009, and is a past Vice Chair and Chair of the Senate. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Beeghly College of Education at Youngstown State University and a Master of Education from the Patton College of Education at Ohio University.

Robin Bowlus

Robin Bowlus Portrait Robin Bowlus is the Director of Public Relations at Bluffton University in northwest Ohio. In this role for 13 years, she leads a team that works to promote Bluffton University and strengthen its relationships with a variety of constituents through strategic communications, community partnerships, and cultivating alumni and friends support. Her expertise is in strategy, media relations and crisis communications and she presents on these topics at CASE, AICUO and OFIC conferences. Originally from Gahanna, Ohio, Robin is a 1998 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As a student, she was a member of the Ohio University Marching 110, performing and traveling around the US and internationally. In 2003, she received the Ohio University Charles and Claire Ping Recent Graduate award for professional and civic achievements for young alumni. Today, she serves as a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Robin's civic service includes the Junior League of Columbus, Rotary International and involvement in local chambers of commerce and her church. She is currently enrolled in a MBA program and will receive that degree in 2017. She is married to Jeff Bowlus ‘00 and they have a son. They live in Lima, Ohio and is are members of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Bluffton.

Gerardine Botte

Gerri Botte Portrait Dr. Gerardine (Gerri) Botte became Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2009. She was named a Distinguished Professor in 2016. Botte is the founder director of Ohio University’s CEER. Botte has become internationally known for the development Ammonia Electrolysis and Urea/Urine Electrolysis. Botte is also an entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of E3 Clean Technologies Inc. E3 is a spin-off of Ohio University with the objective of commercializing and deploying Botte’s technologies. The company has received international attention regarding its innovative technologies used to clean water as well as diesel and power plant emissions. Dr. Botte's main research interests include electrochemical engineering, power sources (advanced batteries), novel electrolyzers, sensors, flow batteries, numerical methods, mathematical modeling, materials science, and electro-catalysis, electrochemical water remediation, electro-synthesis of petrochemicals, sensors, batteries, fuel cells, ammonia electrolysis and urea/urine electrolysis.

Hannah Britton

Hannah Britton Portrait Hannah Britton is a junior undergraduate student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is studying strategic communication journalism, marketing and global leadership studies. Hannah is from Painesville, Ohio; where she attended T.W. Harvey High School. Hannah is currently interning at The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland this summer. On campus, she holds two jobs at Baker University Center and The Office of African American Studies. Hannah is the Special Events Co-Chair for The Black student programming Board, secretary of the NAACP here at Ohio University, a proud member of the imPRessions student PR firm and a Margaret Boyd Scholar. Through Ohio University Hannah has studies abroad in Hong Kong and China, and completed a consulting project in Cambodia. Upon graduation, she hopes to receive a Fulbright Grant to teach English in Colombia.

Hannah Clouser

Hannah Clouser Portrait Hannah Clouser is an upcoming senior studying Actuarial Science with minors in Business and Finance. She is originally from LaGrange, Ohio. Hannah has been heavily involved on campus since her freshman year and currently serves as the President of Ohio University Student Senate and Vice President of Finance for Student Alumni Board. She also is a Cutler Scholar and works as a Tour Guide and Peer Tutor. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.

Victor Goodman

Victor Goodman Portrait A member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, N. Victor Goodman is a graduate of Yale University. There he received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laud, before attending the Harvard Law School, where he completed his Juris Doctor. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by Ohio University in 2004. Mr. Goodman is currently an Attorney at Law with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff LLP, where he is a partner. Mr. Goodman has a prolific history of service including an 8-year term on the Ohio Board of Regents, membership on the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1994-2001 with Chairmanship from 1999-2000, membership on the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001-2010, and was appointed by President Reagan and reappointed by President Bush as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel from 1987-1994. In addition, Mr. Goodman served as a member of the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Ohio Supreme Court, appointed by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2008—December 31, 2010 and then reappointed for a three-year term from January 1, 2011—December 31, 2013. Trustee Goodman received various awards including his election as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2002, recipient of the Miami University Presidential Medal in 1992, 1991 Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award, and the 1997 Thomas A. VanMeter Award for Community Service from Ashland University, to name a few.

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison Portrait Lisa Harrison is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Ohio University and received her PhD in Middle School Education from the University of Georgia. Lisa serves as the Middle Childhood Program Coordinator at Ohio University, faculty liaison to Logan Hocking Middle School, and teaches courses in Middle Childhood Education. Her research interests include socio-cultural factors relating to young adolescent development, teaching for social justice, and middle level and preservice teachers of color teacher education preparation.  Her scholarship can be viewed in peer-reviewed journals such as Middle Grades Research Journal, Youth and Society, and Multicultural Perspectives. In addition, she currently serves as co-editor of the Journal for the Ohio Middle Level Association.

Jivanto P. van Hemert

Jivanto van Hemert Portrait Jivanto P. van Hemert is a second-year master’s student in the Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education College Student Personnel Program, serving as the Graduate Assistant for Student Senate out of the Dean of Students Office. Jivanto also serves as Graduate Member At-Large on the Board of the Ohio College Personnel Association, Vice President for Professional Development of Ohio University’s Student Personnel Association (SPA), and Communication Coordinator for the NASPA IV-E New Professional and Graduate Student Knowledge Community. Formerly, he served as an Admissions Counselor and Interim Alumni Officer at his alma mater, Salve Regina University (Newport, RI) where he completed both a master’s degree in business administration and undergraduate work in administration of justice.

Janetta King

Janetta King Portrait Janetta King is vice chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. She studied government and politics internationally while living in Heidelberg, Germany, working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and supervising elections in Kosovo and Bosnia. Before founding Innovation Ohio in 2011, King served as the deputy chief of staff for policy for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Working with state agencies, legislators and stakeholders, she lead implementation of the governor’s signature public policy agenda, including passing legislation to ensure every Ohio child has access to affordable healthcare; Ohio’s advanced energy standards bill; the first bipartisan jobs stimulus bill in the country; and a complete overhaul of Ohio’s education system and funding formula. Prior to working in his statehouse office, King was the chief policy advisor on Governor Strickland’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and worked as a policy aide and legislative director in his congressional office in Washington, D.C. beginning in 2002. Throughout her career, King worked on economic development, education and healthcare issues to make a meaningful impact on lives of Ohio’s working families.

Christine Knisely

Christine Knisely Portrait Christine Knisely has lived in Athens since 1996. She is President of Athens City Council and has served on Council since 2008. During her tenure as an At-Large Council member she served as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee, and as Chair of the Transportation Committee. In her role as Council President she also serves on the City/University Memorandum of Understanding work group. She worked at Ohio University, in the College of Education from 1993-1994 (as the director of a National Science Foundation Summer Institute), then at the College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1996-2010 (as a Curriculum Coordinator, and as Executive Director of the Research Office). She has been active with League of Women Voters at the local and state level. Christine is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University (1974) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Ohio University (1999).

Randy Leite

Randy Leite Portrait Randy Leite is dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, where he also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Social and Public Health. During his time as dean, Leite led the college through a comprehensive restructuring of its programs, development of a range of online programs, and establishing a presence at the new Dublin Extension Campus. As dean, Leite has led the college to a position of leadership in outreach and engagement, interprofessional education, and innovative approaches to teaching and clinical experiences. In addition to his role as dean, Leite also teaches in the College’s Child & Family Studies program and as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Administration program in the Patton College of Education. His research interests center on patterns of involvement and interaction among fathers and children, family aging, understanding dimensions of nonresidential parenting, and family policy. Leite also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood as a result of his work. Prior to his arrival at OU in 2008, Leite held positions at Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. He and his wife Theresa have three children and two grandchildren.

Joe McLaughlin

Joe McLaughlin Portrait Joe McLaughlin joined the English Department of Ohio University in 1996. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a specialist in Victorian Literature, with an emphasis on Dickens, representations of London, and the History of the Victorian Book. For five years (2005-2010), he served as chair of the English Department and currently directs its Honors Tutorial program. In addition to four years of service as chair of the Faculty Senate’s Finance & Facilities Committee (2006-2009, 2015-2016), he is the current Chair of the Faculty Senate and previously served in that role for three years (2009 and 2012).

Jennifer Romero

Jennifer Romero Portrait Jennifer Romero is a Student Support Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services at Ohio University, where she enjoys assisting students in their academic pursuits. After taking several years off to pursue other life goals, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Ohio University in June of 2007. Jennifer has served as a Classified Representative on Classified Senate since 2014 and will begin her role as Classified Senate Chair on July 1, 2016. Jennifer's passions in her free time include reading and working in her gardens.

Elizabeth Sayrs

Elizabeth Sayrs Portrait Elizabeth Sayrs is the Dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; she is currently serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts. As an Associate Professor of Music Theory, she received the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. Her research has appeared in articles and reviews in the College Music Symposium, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, Music Theory Online, and Music Theory Spectrum, as well as in the book chapter “Playing the ‘Science Card’: Science as Metaphor in the Practice of Music Theory,” with co-author Gregory Proctor. Her interactive e-text, MFun: Music Fundamentals was published by MacGAMUT Music Software International in 2012. She received the B.A. in Music from Wellesley College, the M.A. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and the Ph.D. in Music Theory from Ohio State.

Dave Scholl

Dave Scholl Portrait Dr. David Scholl served as President and CEO of Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. (DHI) in Athens, Ohio from 1995 to 2010. Dave joined the fledgling company as Director of Research in 1983. Under his leadership, the DHI Team grew from a small startup to being named twice on Inc. 500’s list of Fastest Growing Companies in America, ultimately emerging as a world leader in the clinical virology medical diagnostics market. In 2003, Dave was the recipient of the Central Ohio Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Life Sciences, and in 2006 was awarded BioOhio's Bioscience Leadership Award. DHI’s dynamic growth led to its merger and sale in February 2010 to Quidel Corp of San Diego, California. Dave joined the Quidel executive team as a Senior Vice President until his retirement in October 2011. He currently serves as a venture partner with Athenian Venture Partners, a venture capital firm founded and based in Athens, OH that makes investments in private, high growth potential, innovative, technology-based companies focused on Healthcare and Information Technology market applications. Dave received his B.A. in Biology from Indiana University in 1977, and Ph.D. from Ohio University in 1981 (College of Arts and Sciences). He volunteers through multiple endeavors: as a Commissioner on the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, as a Trustee of Ohio University, the Ohio University Foundation and BioOhio, and as a Trustee Emeritus of the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST; Philadelphia, PA). Dave also serves on the advisory boards of the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program, Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and OhioHealth Innovation Investment Committee.

Hugh Sherman

Hugh Sherman Portrait Hugh Sherman serves as the Dean of the College of Business at Ohio University. He has twenty years of corporate experience and founding and operating his own business. His corporate experience includes being the vice president of marketing for SMH Corporation (now known as the Swatch Group). He received his Ph.D. from Temple University in 1995 in strategy and international business. He has had extensive experience in the United States and internationally, teaching business and government executives seminars and courses on strategy and strategic leadership. His research has been in the areas of corporate governance and economic development. He has been the principal investigator or investigator for numerous economic development research and assistance grants from agencies including Economic Development Administration of the U.S Department of Commerce, US/OTP Grants Program, Office of Technology Policy, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. At the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, he assists in the supervision of a major region-wide economic development organization which includes Tech Growth Ohio and several early stage venture funds. These efforts provide sophisticated business technical assistance to potential high growth firms in Appalachia Ohio.

Joe Shields

Joseph Shields Portrait Joseph C. Shields is Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College at Ohio University. As Vice President he oversees units including Ohio University’s Technology Transfer Office; the Innovation Center, an award-winning on-campus business incubator for technology startup companies; the Edison Biotechnology Institute; the Industry Partnership Office; the Research Compliance Office; and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. As Dean he is responsible for administrative support for over 5000 graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the institution. Shields has had a leadership role in several major campus planning initiatives. He is currently leading implementation of OHIO’s Innovation Strategy for leveraging interdisciplinary partnerships to advance the university’s mission in confronting major societal challenges. Shields joined the OHIO faculty in 1996, and is a professor and former chair in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley. In his research he studies the consequences of supermassive black holes in galaxies, using both ground-based and space-based observatories. Shields was appointed Vice President and Dean in 2011.

Perry Sook

Perry Sook Portrait Perry A. Sook is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Pro-forma for the completion of all transactions Nexstar will own, operate, program or provide sales and other services to 171 television stations and their related low power and digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households. Prior to Nexstar, Sook was one of the principals of Superior Communication Group, Inc., which was sold in 1995 to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Before Superior, Sook was President/CEO of Seaway Communication, Inc., owner of network affiliated stations in Bangor, ME and Wausau, WI. Before being recruited to run Seaway, he worked in the television industry as a General Sales Manager, acting General Manager and National Sales Manager. Sook previously spent five years with Cox Broadcasting, first in local sales in Pittsburgh then at Telerep, Inc., as a National Account Executive. Early in his career, Sook was involved in local TV sales and radio sales. Sook also worked briefly as a television news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Clarksburg, WV. Sook did his undergraduate work at Ohio University in Athens, OH and was an adjunct professor at Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NAB/BEA Harold E. Follow Memorial Scholarship, a Board Member of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Television Bureau of Advertising, the NBC Affiliate Board, and a Board Member and Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation.

Martin Tuck

Martin Tuck Portrait Martin Tuck has been Dean of Ohio University – Chillicothe since 2011. After a three year research fellowship at Temple University School of Medicine, Martin Tuck came to the Ohio University Athens campus as a faculty member in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department; where he taught undergraduate and graduate biochemistry for 20 years. As a faculty member, his research interests were rooted in the molecular basis of cancer formation. His work was funded by the American Cancer Society and published in journals such as Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis and Nucleic Acids Research. In 2004, Dr. Tuck joined the Provost Office at Ohio University as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

Dave Wolfort

David Wolfort Portrait David A. Wolfort is chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. He has served as the president of Olympic Steel since January 2001 and chief operating officer of the company since 1995. He also serves as director of the Metal Service Center Institute (MSCI). David is a regional board member of the Northern Ohio Anti-Defamation League and is currently a trustee of the Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra). He received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 1974.




Janelle Simmons (Alternate and Special Advisor)

Janelle Simmons Portrait Janelle Simmons serves on the board of trustees for Ohio University and is the Chief Diversity Officer for L Brands, Inc. She leads diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives associated with attracting, retaining and advancing minority talent across all businesses. Ms. Simmons has nearly 20 years of experience in leading efforts to shape and implement initiatives that enhance corporate strategy and significantly benefit communities. She has held leadership positions with The Ohio State University, Cleveland Municipal School District, and the United Way of Central Ohio. Ms. Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and holds a certificate in business management from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Ms. Simmons’ honors include Columbus Business First Forty Under 40, Columbus CEO Magazine – Executive Women Rising to the Top, The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award, and Who’s Who in Black Columbus –Interesting Personality.