Ohio State staff advance their leadership skills

Congratulations to The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series 2019-20 cohort for completing the series in August and the 2020-21 cohort for being selected to start the next series in September.

Outside group photo of members of the 2019-20 Staff Leadership Series
2019-20 members of the Staff Leadership Series after team building exercises in September 2019. (Not pictured: Elaine Pritchard and Kelly Sitz)

Ohio State University staff are working hard to advance their leadership skills. The list of staff below who have participated in the 2019-20 cohort of The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series (SLS) are better prepared to advance and take on new leadership roles and responsibilities. The list of staff who were selected through a competitive application for the 2020-21 cohort are excited to begin the next year of leadership training.

The SLS is a 12-month, experiential program that enhances leadership capacity and facilitates skills development to help staff become more effective, innovative and inclusive leaders. It creates a pool of potential staff leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in key leadership roles.

SLS graduates are equipped with relevant skills for the following:

  • Leveraging personal strengths of self and others for effective leadership
  • Relating to people and conducting difficult conversations
  • Coaching peers and direct reports effectively using multiple techniques
  • Strategizing to successfully deal with interpersonal and environmental demands
  • Leading teams through change and crisis
  • Cultivating an inclusive environment in which diversity is valued
  • Conducting inclusive conversations, building effective teams, and solving problems

These leaders are now uniquely qualified for higher education administration at Ohio State and to cultivate a more equitable environment, a culture in which all can thrive.

Through the SLS, the university has greater access to leaders who bring diverse ideas and perspectives, enthusiasm, and ingenuity to their work environments. Please consider these trained and motivated staff, along with previous graduates, for leadership positions in your units and colleges.


2019-20 Staff Leadership Series Graduates



Title and Department/Unit

Sue Beck


Senior Systems Consultant, Ohio State University
Libraries, Information Technology

Tina Bogac


Senior Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Ana Casado


Graduate Program Coordinator & Grants Coordinator,
College of Engineering, Department of Engineering

Kelly Crawford


Director and SFO, College of Education & Human Ecology,
Office of Finance & Business Services

Holly Davis


Psychologist , Office of Student Life, Counseling and
Consultation Service

Alexis Duffy


ALX Projects Coordinator, Office of Distance Education
and eLearning

Jennifer Fry


Director of Enrollment Services, Ohio State Mansfield,
Enrollment Services

Carly Grimshaw


Associate Athletic Director of Compliance, Ohio State
Athletic Department

Cara Harris


Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Practioner, Certified
Diabetes Educator, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes
and Metabolism, Lead Advanced Practice Provider East

Nadia Howard


Program and Communications Manager, Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering

Alice Hutzel-Bateson


Communications-Marketing Coordinator, Alber Enterprise
Center, OSU Marion, OSU Extension

Gina Jaquet (Hnytka)


Director of Education and Learning, Sustainability Institute,
Office of Academic Affairs

Khadijah Jones


Associate Director, Access and Diversity, Undergraduate
Admissions, Office of Student Academic Success

Diane Kanney


Director of Enrollment, OSU Newark, Admissions Office

Lauren Lopez


Program Manager, Dr. James L. Moore III Scholars
Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Jenn Perkins


Customer Engagement Specialist, University
Advancement, Engagement Services

Debbie Pond


Program Manager, College of Medicine, Faculty Affairs,
The Center for FAME

Elaine Pritchard


Executive Assistant, University Libraries, Office of the Vice
Provost and Director

Becca Roby


Assistant Director of Student Affairs, College of Optometry,
Office of Student Services

Nidhi Sharma


Research Analytics Specialist, Comprehensive Cancer

Kelly Sitz


Relationship Manager/Executive Assistant, Office of
Research, Industry Liaison Office

Liz Trolli


Program Manager, College of Pharmacy, Institutional
Health-System Experiential Program

Ashley Van Hesteren


Program Assistant, OSU Wooster, Office of Diversity and
Inslusion, Upward Bound

Nicki Verbeck


Research Specialist, College of Medicine, Office of
Curriculum and Scholarship


2020-21 Staff Leadership Series Cohort



Title and Department/Unit

Taletha Askew


Advanced Practice Professional Lead, Professional

Caitlin Brendel


Faculty Affairs Specialist, ASC Administration

Kathleen Clemons-


Diversity & Inclusion program coordinator, The Office of
Student Life/Diversity & Inclusion

Sheila Craft-Morgan


Senior Resource Planning Analyst, Institutional Research
and Planning

Janet Dettorre


Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program
Coordinator, Hematology

Aparna Dial


Senior Director, Sustainability and Strategic Services,
Facilities Operations and Development

Paris Gordon


Registered Nurse, East Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Judy Kariuki


Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical-Surgical Nursing

Katie Klakos


Director of Field Education, College of Social Work

Traci Lewis


Program Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Monica Lichi


Director- A4, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kimberly Lowe


Director for External Engagement, Alumni Affairs, and
Special Events, Advancement

Suzanne Mikos


Administrative Associate 2, Geography and Center for
Urban and Regional Analysis

Estephanie Ortiz


Program Coordinator, Center for Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

Kaamilya Reddens


Lead Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine, Medical

Dee Dee Snyder


Program Manager, Program Excel, ATI/CFAES

Sherine Tambyraja


Senior Research Specialist, Crane Center for Early
Childhood Research and Policy (College of Education and
Human Ecology)

Karen VanEtten


Staff Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine Rehab

Lauren Todd


Program Assistant, College of Nursing Clinical Placement

Jill Toft


Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost, The Office of
International Affairs

Elizabeth ("Emy")


Managing Attorney, Office of Legal Affairs

Rachel Tuttle


Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program Manager &
Academic Advisor , Engineering Academic Success and

Barbara Urbanczyk


Interim Assistant Director, Clinical Services, Counseling
and Consultation Service

Danae Wolfe


Educational Technology Specialist, Extension Learning
and Organizational Development