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Faculty & Staff Directory

rebecca abraham

Rebecca Abraham

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Management
419.448.5869
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., in Leadership, Tiffin University

Instructor Rebecca (Becky) Abraham began with Tiffin University in 2012 as an adjunct on main campus as well at our extended learning sites. In 2018, she became full-time management faculty. Prior to academia, Becky accrued a background in the Human Resources and Management fields working for over ten years for a family business in Sandusky, OH.

Instructor Abraham earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from Tiffin University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation with St. Thomas University.

She is active in her community and children’s schools. In her free time she enjoys spending time up at the lake with her family relaxing.

Becky resides in Avon, Ohio with her husband and three children.

Sherri Adachi

Business Office
Payroll Administrator
419.448.3370
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration
TEFL Certification

Sherri Adachi serves as the Payroll Administrator for Tiffin University in the Business Office.

jeremy albrecht

Jeremy Albrecht

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
567.268.6086
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Degrees & Certificates

MA in History, Bowling Green State University
Graduate Certificate in Public History, Bowling Green State University
BA in History with Minors in Philosophy and Classical Civilization, Bowling Green State University

Though I’m originally from Virginia Beach, I’ve lived in Ohio for the last two decades and consider myself much more a native Ohioan than Virginian. I’ve always enjoyed learning in any form I can find and perhaps it was this thirst for knowledge which drove me into both a Bachelors and a subsequent Masters program at Bowling Green State University, the former earned in 2015 and the latter in 2020.

Higher education always felt rather comfortable to me. I enjoyed the coursework and the overall atmosphere of learning and self-improvement that a university seems inevitably to foster. As a result, it seemed only natural that, as a newly minted MA, I would focus my job search in the field that had always felt so much like home. My love of learning and desire to help others have access to the same educational opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to experience made admissions a particularly enticing field, so when I heard about an opening in Tiffin University’s Online Admissions department I jumped at the chance.

Outside of work, I fill my time in any number of ways. Reading has always been a major focus of my life and I still devour nearly every book I can get my hands on, regardless of genre. Additionally, I’ve always enjoyed watching sports, mainly baseball and football, and I’ve fostered a deep appreciation for gaming, both in a virtual environment and in a more traditional tabletop structure. I tend to spend my weekends with my family and particularly enjoy the company of my young niece and nephew, who are more than adorable enough to make up for their rambunctious nature.

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Jill Aldrich

Residence Life, Student Affairs
Director of Housing Operations
419.448.3264
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Tiffin Ohio native, Jill Aldrich came to Tiffin University in the summer of 2004 and serves as the Director of Housing Operations.

Jill has over 21 years’ experience in higher education.  She has served in various roles, ranging from an Assistant to the Dean of Students in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Undergraduate Admissions visit coordinator to where she now happily hangs her hat in Residence Life and Student Affairs.

Jill earned her Bachelors of Business Management in 2015 while also completing a minor in Marketing and Equine Management from Tiffin University. 

Being around students, helping them grow and find their way in life has always been what fills Jill’s cup.  Known as the campus mom she is always willing to help guide students, be a listening ear, cheerleader and voice of reason for them. 

Jill is the proud mother of two grown daughters and two stepsons.   Lately though, being GG to her two grandbabies has been pretty hard to top on the scale of happiness and joy. 

It is Jill’s hope that every student that graduates, has the right tools to be successful in their next journey; both socially and in their careers.

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Tom Alexander

Admissions
Dean of Campus Recruitment & Marketing
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, Heidelberg University
M.A. in Education, Heidelberg University

Tom joined Tiffin University as Director of Undergraduate Admissions in January of 2023. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters from nearby Heidelberg University. Tom comes to Tiffin with over a decade of enrollment management and marketing experience. He has worked in enrollment roles at Urbana University, Heidelberg University, and The Ohio State University. Additionally he spent time at Fathom, a digital marketing agency with expertise in enrollment marketing, as well as Niche.com, the #1 college search platform for prospective students in the nation. Tom and his wife, Lauren, have three children, Jaidyn, Zakary, and Jarett.

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Julie Allen

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Operations
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration

Julie Allen joined the financial aid office in May of 2011 after completing her degree at Tiffin University as an adult student.  She works in the processing side of financial aid where she imports data and integrates various sources of information into the financial aid system.  Julie has lived in Tiffin all of her adult life.  She is married and has 3 grown children and one grandson.

holly allgood

Holly Allgood

Director of Institutional Research
567.268.6020
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Science - University of Oklahoma
Master of Business Administration - Tiffin University

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide accurate information to support the decision making processes and strategic planning. The office facilitates and coordinates the collection, analysis, and delivery of data for internal and external constituents through various formats – including dynamic, interactive dashboards. Under the Office of the President, the Institutional Research Office maintains and reports data required by state and federal governments, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and several other external agencies such as NCAA, SARA, OFIC, and AICUO. As such, the Director of Institutional Research (Holly Allgood) is the university’s data liaison of official reporting to the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). In addition, the Director oversees and supports all aspects of reporting requirements for the Move the Needle Retention initiative, as well as other continuous quality improvement and assessment data collections such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Prior to joining Tiffin University in 2017, Holly served as Assistant Director of Student Operations at the University of Oklahoma and has over 12 years of Higher Education experience.

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Dr. Jonathan Appel

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Director of Institutional Review Board (IRB)
419.448.3285
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Counseling with cognate in Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
M.S., Criminal Justice, Tiffin University
M.Ed., Counseling, Kent State University
B.A., Psychology, Kent State University
Graduate Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Dr. Jonathan Appel has worked in the field of behavioral health for over three decades. He has worked with individuals, groups, families, and organizations as a counselor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, director of behavioral health services, consultant, researcher, department chair, and educator. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University.

Dr. Appel studied Media and Communications at Cleveland State University and did some work in college Radio at WCSB (Cleveland State University) and WKSR (Kent State University) and has since dabbled in internet radio.

Dr. Appel received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Community-Clinical Counseling from Kent State University, a second Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Administration (Tiffin University), and a Ph.D. in Counseling (sub-specializing both in Marriage and Family Therapy and Organizational Psychology) from The University of Akron. He also has received a Graduate Certificate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Dr. Appel is a Diplomate in Psychotherapy and is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Career Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional. He has also received training as Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster, Emergency and Terrorist Events. He is certified in the Psychology of Terrorists by the American Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Appel is also currently licensed as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, a Supervising Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor, and had been licensed as a Social Worker.

Dr. Appel has worked with a diverse range of populations/problems which include persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. He has designed, managed, and worked in clinical programs that have included services for the severe mentally ill, child, couple, and family therapy interventions, substance abuse assessment and treatment, dual diagnosis, forensic treatment, NGRIs (not guilty by reason of insanity), sex offenders, court-ordered mental health, addiction, anger management /violence prevention services, career counseling, community crisis/trauma response team interventions, and employee assistance program (EAP) services. He also has assisted in training police officers as part of Community Involvement Training (CIT) — a joint mental health and criminal justice practice initiative. He has also provided counseling and psychotherapy in a private practice setting.

Dr. Appel’s professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, as well as a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He also has been an executive board member of the National Organization for Human Services, serving as its Education Chair.

Dr. Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, the psychology of terrorism, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

He has also taught at The University of Akron, Old Dominion University (Virginia), and as part of a faculty exchange program at The University of Kitakyushu in Kitakyushu, Japan. He has done research and/or applied work with organizations around stress, trauma/violence in the workplace, family violence, employee burnout, issues related to family-work balance, and the applications of “mindfulness” to psychotherapy.

Dr. Appel also has co-authored a training curriculum in Domestic Violence for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, and is a peer reviewer for the Family Relations Journal and the Open Social Sciences Journal. He has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. He has also co-authored numerous book chapters. His research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, family violence, workplace violence, the mentally ill offender, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health.

Dr. Appel has done extensive travel and research in Asia.

Research Interest

Dr. Appel’s research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as global citizenship, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, universal ethics, workplace violence, employee burnout, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, and cultural competency.

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Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology
419.448.3446
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Toledo
M.A., Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
B.A., Psychology, Anna Maria College

Dr. Victor began her career with a plan to consistently combine academics and applied service because she truly believes that one cannot teach without “doing”. As a result, she has been able to monitor both the extension of her field in academia, as well as its application in the real world. She feels this best enables her to educate her students, and prepare them for the challenges they will encounter in their careers. During all levels of her own education, Dr. Victor has worked in the field.

Born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, in the late 1970s she started working for the Department of Youth Services (DYS) for the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. After leaving DYS, she worked in Boston for a suicide prevention center. During college, both undergraduate and graduate, Dr. Athaide-Victor also worked for a juvenile lock-up facility, a hunger-relief program, and volunteered in programs specializing in mental retardation, autism and in substance abuse rehabilitation programs.

As part of her pre-Doctoral program, Dr. Victor studied with Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg at Harvard University, doing research on moral reasoning and attribution of responsibility. Dr. Victor also worked for several years at a Sleep Disorders Center, a Community Mental Health Center, and a Sexual Disorders Center, all located in Toledo.

Dr. Victor joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 1989. She has conducted abundant research on jury behavior, jury cognitive processing, child sexual abuse litigation, toxic tort litigation, juror competence, and juror bias. Dr. Victor was the first Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. She belongs to several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Association of Hispanic Psychologists, and the American Society of Criminology. She is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner.

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Justin Baker

Admissions
Director of Admissions Systems & Operations
419.448.3510
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Tiffin University
Master’s of Business Administration, UMass Dartmouth

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Zac Ball

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Assistant Director for Online Admissions
419.448.3038
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Degrees & Certificates

MBA, Tiffin University

I graduated from Tiffin University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing. I also earned my Master of Business Administration in General Management degree from TU. My experiences here were so great, I wanted to help other students pursue their educational goals like I did. That’s what led me to become an admissions counselor at TU in 2014.

One of the greatest challenges I’ve ever experienced was pursuing my MBA while participating in athletics and working part-time. I was fortunate to have a great support system of friends, family, coaches and TU faculty and staff. It was hard work, but I accomplished my goal to get an MBA, something I never expected to do.

I think the best part of my job is working with people from so many different backgrounds. Our online students are all at different points in their lives, but they have this in common: they all want to better themselves and have a rewarding future. I believe that whether or not someone has been successful in the past, they can be successful if they set their mind to it. I encourage students to have faith in themselves and take advantage of the resources available to them. We have a great faculty and staff at TU who are here to help.

I’m very dedicated to my job, but like I did when I was a student, I have a life outside TU. When I’m not working, I enjoy working out, watching and playing sports, and spending time with my wife, Brittany, and our dog, Dora.

maria barulina

Maria Barulina, Ph.D.

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Finance and Analytics
419.448.5132
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in International Business with concentration in Finance, University of Texas
M.S., in Management Information Systems, ITMO University
B.S. in B.B.A., ITMO University

Dr. Maria Barulina received her Ph.D. in International Business with concentration in Finance from University of Texas at El Paso. While working on her doctoral degree, Barulina taught numerous courses at her alma mater’s department of Economics and Finance. She also has MS in MIS and BS in BBA from ITMO University, Saint Petersburg Russia, and holds numerous professional certifications.

Prior to joining faculty at TU, Barulina has worked as a Senior Quantitative Financial Analyst for a consulting firm in Texas. In this position, she has led projects for clients in various industries including financial sector, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, and others, across and outside of the US.

Areas of Interest

  • Research: International Business, IT & Finance, Corporate Finance, Implementation of Theoretical Models, Investments, and Portfolio Management
  • Teaching: Investments, Financial Markets, International Finance, and Corporate Finance

Programming Languages: R, SQL, Python, HTML, Pascal, GPSS, VBA
Statistical Applications: SPSS Modeler, SPSS Statistics, SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS PROC, MATLAB, Stata
Databases: Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access
Data Sources: WRDS, Capital IQ, Value Line, Google, World Bank, Thomson Reuters, ESRI, LexisNexis
Languages: Fluent Russian; Conversational Serbian; General understanding of Slavic languages

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Chelsea Bass

Student Success Advising
Coordinator of First-Year Experience
Assistant Director of Student Success
419.448.3304
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Degrees & Certificates

M.B.A., in Human Resources and Leadership, Tiffin University
B.S.B.A., in Management, Bowling Green State University

Office: Murphy Center

Caitlyn Bass-Wysowaty

Admissions
Assistant Director of Admissions Systems & Operations
419.448.3374
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Robert Baxter

Board of Trustees
President
Mercy Health North for Bon Secours
Mercy Health, Ohio
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Bob Baxter is the President of Mercy Health North for Bon Secours Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio. As a leader in Northwest Ohio, Baxter oversees strategy and operations for eight hospitals, one college, and more than 100 sites of care across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The Northwest Ohio Markets employ more than 5,500 staff and 400 providers, experiences more than 47,000 admissions, and has net operating revenue of greater than $1 billion.

Baxter previously served as the President and CEO, St. Rita’s Health Partners and Senior Vice President, Mercy Health which included two hospitals, four physician joint ventures and a wholly owned physician enterprise. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Baxter served as the Chief Operating Officer at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota.

He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. He received a MBA and a MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.

Baxter is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Regional Growth Partnership, United Way of Greater Toledo, and ConnectToledo Downtown Development Corporation. He previously served as a delegate to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board, a member of the ACHE Chapters Committee, President of the South Dakota Healthcare Executive Group, and received the ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award

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Jeff Beard

Board of Trustees
Owner & Managing Member
SSNB, Inc.
Lancaster, Ohio
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Jeff Beard is Owner of Ladybug Cleaners, LLC, DBA Molly Maid of Columbus East, a residential cleaning franchise. Prior to Molly Maid, Jeff was President and CEO of SSNB, Inc. and its subsidiary Standing Stone Bank in Lancaster, Ohio. Jeff joined the bank in 2007 and served in the position of Vice President and CFO before becoming President and CEO in January 2013, serving in that role until the Bank sold in November 2021. Jeff also served on the Board for both SSNB, Inc. and Standing Stone Bank from 2011 to 2021. Jeff started his career as a financial institution auditor with Crowe LLP followed by a stint at Wendy’s as a manager of financial reporting prior to joining Standing Stone. Jeff was also briefly involved with a start-up bank in Central Ohio.

Jeff earned his BBA from Tiffin University, his MBA from Capital University, is a CPA (inactive) and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Jeff is currently on the Tiffin University Board of Trustees, the Visit Fairfield County Board of Directors, and the Fairfield County Foundation Investment Committee. He has completed the Fairfield Leadership program, was a Lancaster Rotarian, and was the 2018 Fairfield County United Way Campaign Chair. He is a former member of the Fairfield County Foundation Board, Route 33 Development Alliance Board, the Ohio Bankers League Board, Tiffin University Board of Counselors, Tiffin University Alumni Board, the United Way Impact Council, Lancaster Rotary Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board and Ohio Bankers League Bank Services Board.

Jeff resides in Pickerington, Ohio with his wife Michelle and their three boys. He coaches youth football and baseball.

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Jonathan Beard

Student Success Advising
Dean for Academic Engagement
419.448.3018
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Jonathan Beard serves as the Dean for Academic Engagement at Tiffin University.

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Jason Beaver

Student Affairs
Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
567.268.6084
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. Interdisciplinary Sciences with a Minor in Biochemistry
EMT and CPR Certifications
Pursuing Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology

As a graduate assistant for student engagement at Tiffin University, Jason has the privilege of working alongside all the organizations on campus, including Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Student Government, to create vibrant and inclusive campus experiences. His role involves planning and organizing a diverse range of events that cater to the interests and needs of our dynamic student body.

During his time at Tiffin University, he has been dedicated to fostering a thriving campus community by collaborating with student leaders and organizations to design engaging and memorable activities. Whether it’s coordinating social gatherings, cultural celebrations, or educational initiatives, he is committed to ensuring that our events reflect the diverse passions and aspirations of our students.

Jason is deeply invested in supporting the holistic development of our student body and take pride in contributing to an environment where every student feels valued and empowered. Through his work with the Campus Activities Board and Student Government, he strives to create opportunities for meaningful connections, personal growth, and lasting memories for all members of our university community.

Dr. Joanna Beres, Ph.D

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
419.448.3506
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Chemistry, Walsh University
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Akron University

Dr. Beres has a passion for teaching chemistry. She obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Walsh University in 2006 and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Akron in 2011. She has worked for the City of Canton as a Chemist at the Water Reclamation Facility. Dr. Beres began her teaching career at the University of Toledo as a Visiting Assistant Professor in chemistry. Then moved to teaching at the University of Findlay as an Instructor for 6 years. There her teaching was for General Chemistry I and II lecture and lab and Inorganic Chemistry with a focus on student success and retention. Dr. Beres started at Tiffin University in the fall 2023 and hopes to continue to pursue her passion for Chemical Education Research at Tiffin University as well as Undergraduate research.

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Craig Berry, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor for Exercise Science
5672686083
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Craig Berry serves as an Assistant Professor for Exercise Science for Tiffin University in the School of Arts & Sciences.

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Dr. Olga Bertelsen

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence
419.448.3321
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., University of Nottingham (UK)
M.D./D.D.S., State Medical University, Ukraine
B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bertelsen joined Tiffin University in August 2021. Prior to that, she practiced medicine/dental surgery in Ukraine and, after earning her bachelor and doctoral degrees in History with the focus on Soviet/Russian history and intelligence at American and British universities, she conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on world history, international relations, and security and intelligence studies at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, New York University, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Arizona).

With special interests in Ukrainian and Russian history and intelligence, her research focuses on political violence, bioterrorism, covert action, counterintelligence, and U.S. national and global security. Dr. Bertelsen is the author and editor of five books, and a great number of book chapters and articles that explore the issues of genocidal practices, state violence, U.S. national and global security, and Russian covert operations of ideological subversion. Her scholarship is grounded in empirical and archival research that she conducts in the United States and Europe, including the former KGB archives. Her most recent publications examine Russian covert operations in American academia and Russian disinformation campaigns.

She is a recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, and a speaker at various international conferences, forums, and assemblies, including the United Nations. She is a member of several professional associations, and is serving as a reviewer and member of editorial boards of several prestigious scholarly journals, including Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Ideology and Politics Journal, Scripta Historica, and Kyiv-Mohyla Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Bertelsen’s research and publications shaped the vector of her collaborative work with governmental and private intelligence agencies and her consulting activities that mainly focus on the Russian covert action and U.S. national security. She actively engages her students in her research and publication activities, and among her graduate students are individuals whom she helped receive prestigious national and international awards and grants, and who have been employed by the U.S. Department of State and think tanks in the United States, Geneva, Brussels, and Toronto.

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Alexandria Beuoy

Human Resources
Human Resources Generalist
567.268.6046
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A. in Management: Human Resources with a minor in Accounting and Finance, Tiffin University

Alexandria Beuoy is the Human Resources Generalist at Tiffin University located in Tiffin, OH.  As the Human Resources Generalist, she specializes in all aspects of talent acquisition and employee retention.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration concentrated in Human Resource Management from Tiffin University and continuing to obtain her Masters of Business Administration concentrated in Human Resource Management from Tiffin University. She has been in the field of Human Resources since 2019 in a variety of industries.  Alexandria is certified in CCU@TU (Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations) and Mental Health First Aid. She is also the Program Chair for CUPA-HR Ohio Chapter (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources).

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Anas Blasi, Ph.D

School of Science, Technology and Health
Associate Professor of Computer Science
567.268.6078
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Computer Systems Science, Department of Systems Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, NY, USA.
M.S., Computer Science (ITM), Department of Computing, College of Engineering and Technology, Sunderland, UK.
B.S., Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, College of Information Technology, Mutah University, Al-Karak, Jordan.

Anas Blasi joined Tiffin University as an Associate professor of Computer Science in the Fall of 2022. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Science from SUNY at Binghamton (USA) in December 2013 and his BS in Computer Science from Mutah University (Jordan) and MS in Computer Science from the University of Sunderland (UK), in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

Before joining Tiffin University, Dr. Blasi was a Visiting Associate Professor of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the School of Engineering (SOEN) at Texas A&M International University. Dr. Blasi was a Chair at the Department of Data Science and Software Engineering at Mutah University. He founded the department of Data Science and developed a bachelor’s degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence during his administration.

Dr. Blasi was an Assistant Dean for Quality Assurance at Mutah University. He worked closely with a specialist team to prepare all documents, reports, course files, and statistics reports needed for the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). As part of preparing the supplementary material, Dr. Blasi created and structured the idea of the E-ABET system, and he was the team leader of a completed E-ABET system that alternates (ABET) paperwork to a dynamic website that allows the staff and the QA committee to complete all ABET tasks efficiently with fewer efforts.

Dr. Blasi was an Assistant Dean for Students Affairs in the Information Technology college at Mutah University. He founded the first Annual Undergraduate Information Technology Conference (AUITC-2019). He was a coach and trainer for six years for the Africa and Arab Collegiate Programming Championship (ACPC), a Judge member for the HULT Prize, and a founder of the Jordanian Youth Development Association (JYDA).

Dr. Blasi was the founder and director of the Computer Center and the Consultations and Training Center at Aqaba University of Technology. Dr. Blasi was a faculty member in the Information Technology College at Mutah University, Aqaba University of Technology, and Middle East University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Machine and Deep Learning
  • Optimization algorithms
  • Fuzzy logic and control
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Mitch Blonde

Advancement, President's Cabinet
Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Public Affairs/Chief Advancement Officer
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Degrees & Certificates

M.A., Organizational Leadership, Siena Heights University
B.A., Communication: Argumentation & Advocacy, Adrian College
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Mitchell P. Blonde, a certified fund raising executive (CFRE), joined the Tiffin University President’s Cabinet in 2017. Prior to TU, he served 10 years as vice president of institutional advancement for Siena Heights University, a Catholic liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. He has over two decades of experience in higher education and has spent the majority of that time in leadership positions.

A native of Michigan, Blonde earned degrees from Adrian College and Siena Heights University. His development career began at Adrian College while serving as director of annual giving and later transitioned to major gift officer at Bowling Green State University. He was named executive director of the Jackson Community College Foundation in 2005 and has taught at Central Michigan University, Baker College of Port Huron, Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

Blonde has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees. Currently, he serves on the board of the Tiffin–Seneca Public Library and is a Trustee for the Four County Community Foundation.

He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and travelling in his free time. He and his wife, Dawn, have two children.

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Christopher Boehler

School of Science, Technology and Health
Visiting Professor of Chemistry/General Sciences
567.268.6041
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Degrees & Certificates

M.S., Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University
B.S., Water Resources, Heidelberg University

Christopher Boehler earned a Master of Science from Bowling Green State University while researching the elemental ratios found in fish otoliths, commonly known as ear-stones, of Lake Erie Steelhead trout. Employing otolith chemistry, he was able to determine where fish from different state fish hatcheries would return to spawn. Christopher has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Water Resources from Heidelberg University. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in biogeochemistry from Kent State University in the department of Biological Sciences. He is researching the importance of cyanobacteria and their role in processing nitrogen (i.e., nitrogen-fixation) within the overall microbial nitrogen cycle of Lake Erie along the conditions that may lead to the production of toxic harmful algal blooms. Nitrogen-fixation rates were quantified with the acetylene reduction assay (ARA).  He also employed the use of nutrient diffusion substrata (NDS) by submerging enriched agar cups into lakes to investigate benthic microbial community composition.

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Nick Bollinger

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
PhD Transfers
Assistant Director of Online Post Graduate Admissions
419.448.3397
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Degrees & Certificates

BSCJ, University of Cincinnati

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Growing up I have always had a passion for education and learning. I took this with me to the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. A year later I decided it was best to move back to my hometown of Tiffin, Ohio. I started working in higher education as a Success Coach in the Murphy Center at TU. This allowed me to develop an intimate knowledge of Tiffin University’s campus and culture.

The spirit of continuous growth and self-improvement is what drives my passion for education. I believe that attacking each day with a hunger to better oneself is the only way to truly achieve great things and true success in any field. I am convinced that with the right support and guidance, no goal is unattainable. With this in mind, one of my current goals is to continue to pursue my own education here at Tiffin University while helping others do the same.

As well as working at TU, I also help out at the local YMCA as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. I enjoy working out and being outside as much as possible. I also love collecting rare comic books, dogs, and going to the movies in my free time.

Jayson Boyers

Workforce Ready
Executive Lead for WorkforceReady
802.777.9275
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Degrees & Certificates

Ed.D, Creighton University

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Eric Brown

TiffinArts
Adjunct Instructor of Commercial Music
Recording Studio Engineer
Studio Production, Beatmaking, Live-Looping, TiffinMusic Studios
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in Professional Music, Tiffin University
Master's in Music Production, Berklee School of Music (in progress)

Eric Brown serves as Adjunct Instructor of Beatmaking and Live-Looping, as well as Recording Studio Engineer for TiffinMusic Studios. After receiving a BA in Professional Music from Tiffin University in 2014, he began his ongoing career as a freelance multi-instrumentalist and producer. He returned to TU in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant while pursuing a master’s degree in music production from the Berklee School of Music. A guitarist, bassist, pianist and producer, Eric also has his own studio in Columbus, Ohio, where he collaborates with a number of regional artists.​  “I enjoy being fully immersed in music and sound, and I love teaching it to people because it’s changed my life so much.”

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Brittany Brownell

Student Success Advising
Athletic and Academic Support Services
419.448.3019
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Entertainment, Sports Promotion and Management, Northwood University
M.B.A. in Leadership & Change, Tiffin University

Brittany Brownell serves as the Athletic and Academic Support Services liaison.

Brownell has worked at Tiffin University for almost 10 years. She recently served as Student Success Advisor and also spent nearly a decade growing the Women’s Golf program. Throughout her time the women’s golf team qualified for the NCAA National Championship twice, and the NCAA Regionals 4 times.

Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Brownell graduated from Northwood University in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Business Management. She was a four-year All-GLIAC honoree in women’s golf, twice earning Second Team honors and All-Academic honors. Brownell received her MBA in Leadership from Tiffin University in 2016.

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Cassie Bump

School Certifying Official
Head Stunt Coach
419.448.3314
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's in Exercise Science, Grand Canyon University
Master's in Business Administration, Ottawa University

Cassie Bump enters her first season as Head Stunt Coach at Tiffin University, and will be serving as the School Certifying Official.

Bump most recently served as Cheer Coach at Ottawa University from 2019-21 where she oversaw the expansion of the program, choreographed competition and gameday routines, and coached 50 student-athletes.

While coaching the Ottawa University Spirit Squad, she led the team to four national championship titles. In 2021, Ottawa was UCA Show Cheer COED National Champions, while also winning national titles in Band Chant, Fight Song, and Game Day Performance. They also were 2020 UCA Show Cheer COED National Runner-ups.

While also serving as Dysart High School’s Cheer Coach over the same period, she led a team that finished USA COED National Runner-up in 2021. They finished 3rd at Nationals in 2020.

Bump has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Grand Canyon University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University.

She has completed the Department of Veterans Affairs school certifying official training course and IHL and NCD facilities course.

Bethani Burkhart

Career Services
Director, Career Services
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Arts, Tiffin University
Master of Humanities, Tiffin University

Bethani works with students in all phases of their career journey. Whether it’s guidance on what major or career path is the right fit for you, or if you’re getting ready to apply to internships, jobs, or graduate school, Bethani can help. Bethani has worked in career services in higher education for over nine years and is excited to be back at her alma mater. She graduated from Tiffin University in 2016 with her Masters of Humanities, and in 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a minor in Creative Writing. Bethani loves her two dogs, Dobby and Peter, and is attempting to kayak in all 50 states – 12 down, and 38 to go!

Samantha Busack

Admissions
College Credit Plus Program Manager
419.448.5128
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Science in Biology, Terra State Community College
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education with a focus in Education and Interpretation, Bowling Green State University

As the College Credit Plus Program Manager, Samantha oversees the application, admission, and enrollment and advising processes for all prospective, current, and returning CCP students. Samantha advises on course selection, prerequisite requirements, and degree offerings and promotes the CCP program to develop new high school partnerships.  A Seneca county native, Samantha grew up just outside Tiffin. She enjoys many outdoor activities and water sports such as hiking, gardening, wakesurfing, and yoga. It was outdoor activities and play that led her to pursue a degree in environmental science, but it was through job experience and support she found her niche in education. She is a a certified yoga teacher in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, and a NASP certified archery instructor.

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Professor Dean Butler

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Crime Scene House Coordinator
419.448.3305
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Degrees & Certificates

M.S., Justice Administration, Tiffin University
Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Justice Administration, Tiffin University
STEP – Supervisor Training & Education Program
PELC – Police Executive Leadership College

Dean is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He is retired frm the U.S. Air Force, Ohio Army National Guard, and Ohio Air National Guard after 26 years of service. Dean also spent 23 years as a Lieutenant in the Perrysburg Police Division and 4 years in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

Steele Butzin

Admissions
Graduate Assistant for Undergraduate Admissions
419.448.3423
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. Cybersecurity; Minor: Business Administration, Tiffin University

Steele assists in scheduling visits, documenting prospective student information, campus tours and admission conversations with those prospective students and their parents.

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Bruce Chambers

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Director of the Drone Academy
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Bruce Chambers, the owner of An Aerial View Point (Drone Services and Training), has been designing, building, and flying RC Planes and Helicopters for over 50 years. By trade Bruce is an IT professional. When Drones first appeared offering an RC vehicle with a computer inside it was love at first sight. For over 15 years Bruce has watched the Drone revolution grow to an industry changing business. Now Bruce specializes in Drone Technology for First Responders, City, County, and State Governments, along with Agriculture needs. Bruce works closely with his community EMA, Police and Fire Departments, volunteering his Drone fleet wherever it is needed.
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Dan Clark

Online & Extended Learning Admissions, School of Education and Extended Learning
Vice Provost & Dean for the School of Education & Extended Learning
Associate Professor
419.448.3349
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Degrees & Certificates

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)in Adult Education - North Dakota State University
Master of Science in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation - Syracuse University

Provide Academic and Administrative leadership to a cross-functional team that supports all aspects of the university’s distinctive online and extended (graduate and undergraduate) offerings.

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Brandon Clay

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of English and American Literature
419.448.3343
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A., Hiram College
M.A., Miami University

Brandon Clay joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 2012. He went to graduate school at Miami University and did his undergraduate work at Hiram College, where he played varsity soccer and tennis. Prior to coming to TU, Professor Clay held teaching positions at Miami University and Ohio University. He also taught high school English for several years. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and his current research focuses on antebellum African American literature.

Leonard “Lenny” Clouse

Board of Trustees
President and CEO
Clouse Construction
New Riegel, Ohio
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Lenny Clouse is President and CEO of Clouse Construction. Clouse Construction is ranked 24th in the nation and tops the list of Ohio metal builders by growth, tonnage and square footage according to Metal Construction News, May 2017 and was recognized as Builder of the Year awarded to the contractor who achieves the highest standards of performance and service in the Lakes Region. The Clouse Construction mission is building people, the companies they work for, and the towns they live in. They pride themselves on doing the best job by utilizing the best products, completing a project for the best price and creating a work environment for its employees which combines professionalism, small-town friendliness and family values. Clouse continually gives back to clients through contributions of time, materials and financial assistance. Clouse Construction was the pre-engineered building contractor for the Heminger Center. A resident of Tiffin, Ohio, Clouse joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

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Erin Conti

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Senior Online Academic Advisor
419.448.3269
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Degrees & Certificates

BS in Psychology, Baldwin Wallace University

I am the first point of contact for graduate students enrolled in the Master of EducationMaster of Science in Psychology and Master of Humanities, and Bachelor of Arts programs. I guide students on their academic journeys by registering and withdrawing them from courses, monitoring class participation and grades, and fielding phone calls, e-mails and visitor questions.

I worked in the sports information department at Baldwin Wallace University while pursuing my undergraduate degree. I found that I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes processes of higher education and have worked at TU since 2013.

I know how to help students through a wide variety of issues, although new challenges come up now and then. As an example, I had a student who was a resident of Puerto Rico scheduled to begin her graduate program the week before Hurricane Irma hit the island. After the storm, she was able to find areas with functioning Internet and phone service to update me on her progress. She temporarily relocated, continued her incredible communication and successfully completed her first set of classes. She went on to complete her degree without withdrawing from any classes or taking any time off. Amazing!

In my experience, the key to success in a graduate program is time management. Students who find time to read the course material and complete the assignments are well on their way to a graduate degree. I compare it to my own life. As busy as I am, I find time to practice yoga because it is important to me. I have practiced since 2003 and been a certified instructor since 2010.

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Kamryn Corraro

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Enrollment Specialist
567.268.6015
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Degrees & Certificates

BBA, University of Detroit Mercy

I am originally from the great state of Minnesota until I went to college at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. There I was lucky enough to play lacrosse and earn my Bachelors in Business Administration.

Through my time in college I got the opportunity to travel all over the United States for sports. I quickly learned how to juggle work, school, sports and free time. I had multiple part time jobs in coaching, admissions, and being a substitute paraprofessional back at home over breaks. I knew from there that I loved to work with kids.

After college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. In the matter of a couple of months things changed fairly quickly for me. I chose to move to Tiffin, Ohio where I then got the chance to work with students and help them through their time in college. I will start my MBA here at TU as well, and with that I can really gage on what the students are going through and try my best to assist them. My experience proves that you can have no clue as to what you want to do or be when you grow up. But, life will bring you many opportunities to grow and learn. As long as you strive to do and be your best at whatever life gives you, the opportunities become endless.

As well as working at TU, I continue to coach lacrosse as it is one of my many passions. I enjoy traveling, working out, cooking and of course, watching the Vikings like a true Minnesotan. I also love dogs, binge watching my favorite shows, and spending time with my friends and family.

Caylee Creeger

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Counselor
Students with Last Names H - R
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor in Homeland Security and Terrorism, Tiffin University

The Financial Aid Counselor assists students and parents with the financial aid process and provide information on financial aid procedures and eligibility requirements. Adhere with institutional, state, and federal compliance guidelines, takes the initiative to resolve problems, and assist with the overall day-to-day activities associated with the processing of all items associated with financial aid.

Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds

Favorite sports team: I pick a team depending on who is playing

Biggest fear: Clowns

Favorite music genre: Indie Pop/Alternative

Favorite food: Pasta

Motto I live by: “What will be will be”

Hometown: Marion, OH

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Rebecca Crowley, Ph.D.

Creative Arts Institute
Adjunct Instructor of Commercial Music
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Degrees & Certificates

B.Mus. in Flute Performance, Oberlin College
M.Mus. in Flute Performance, University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music

Dr. Rebecca Crowley is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, both in Flute Performance. Following her graduate work at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Crowley joined the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps as a Fife Instrumentalist and served for over four years at the rank of Staff Sergeant in this elite military organization. She went on to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She has been teaching the online Music Appreciation course at Tiffin University since 2011. Also, Dr. Crowley currently works remotely as a Performing Arts Copyright Examiner at the Library of Congress’s Copyright Office. After living in the DC area for many years, she now resides in Youngstown with her husband and two young sons.

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Jeremy Croy

Advancement
Assistant Vice President of Athletics and Development
Gift Officer
Office: 567.268.6072 | Cell: 567.220.9677
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Degrees & Certificates

BBA In Sports Management, Ohio Northern University
MBA in Sports Management, Springfield College

Croy served as the Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at TU from 2000-22. He led the Dragons to 20 consecutive winning seasons. Through the 2021 spring season, the men have posted a 1347-179 record (.882) and the women 859-338 (.717) during that same time. The Dragons also have had over 279 All-Americans (Academic and Athletic) and shattered every school record on the books.

Coach Croy was named 2021 GMAC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year, just one of many coaching honors accumulated over his career. He was also named 2020 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Indoor Men’s Coach of the Year along with GMAC Indoor Coach of the Year. The region honor marks the fifth time in the last six years that he has been named the Midwest Region Men’s Coach of the Year. In addition, Coach Croy was named USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year and GLIAC Coach of the Year for the 2017 indoor season. In 2016, Coach Croy was named GLIAC Coach of the Year and National Coach of the year as his 2016 men’s indoor track and field team won Tiffin’s first NCAA Division II National Championship.

Croy is an Ohio Northern University graduate with a degree in Sports Management. He also was a four-year letter winner in track and cross-country, earning MVP honors for the cross-country squad. Croy obtained his Master’s degree in Sports Management from Springfield College (MA). Croy, his wife (Meladie), daughter (Corinne) and son (William) reside in Tiffin.

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Dr. Michael Curtis

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Criminal Law
Cold Case Fellowship Program Director
567.268.6047
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Degrees & Certificates

Juris Doctorate, Duquesne University School of Law
BA, Criminal Justice, West Liberty University

Associate Professor Michael T. Curtis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, trial preparation, and ethics. Mr. Curtis earned his B.A in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University and his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Associate Professor Curtis is a former police officer for the city of Weirton, West Virginia, where he was employed in many capacities from patrol to investigations. During this time, he was a head wrestling coach at Steubenville Catholic Central High School, in Steubenville, Ohio. Mr. Curtis is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he received the honor of being selected as the “Most Outstanding Officer” of his class. Professor Curtis is a licensed attorney and has practiced law since 2006. He is a former founding partner of the law firm of Grishkevich and Curtis, P.L.L.C., specializing in general practice, bankruptcy law, criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, and family law. Mr. Curtis is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in the Persian Gulf and was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

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Mazie Davis

School of Science, Technology and Health
Professor of Biology
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Zoology, The Ohio State University
M.Sc. in Biological Science, Bowling Green State University

Mazie Davis serves as a Professor of Biology for Tiffin University in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Shannon De Clute

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology
419.448.3034
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
B.S., Counseling Psychology, Morningside University

Dr. Shannon De Clute earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology from Morningside University and a master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Akron. She has conducted forensic assessments for private practice, disability testing for social security services, and evaluations for juvenile detention centers.  She has previously worked at Morningside College where she developed integrated majors, served as the internship/externship coordinator, and led travel courses in Belize and England. She teaches a variety of courses ranging from psychology, sociology, writing and career development.
She has completed research with the Iowa Department of Health to survey Iowan psychologists over the Covid-19 pandemic and co-chaired a task force for APA examining graduate student education and training.  Her primary research focuses on teaching pedagogy and mindfulness with college students.  She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Midwestern Psychological Association.
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Chris Deal

Board of Trustees
Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition and Delivery
Boston, Massachusetts
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Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Chris Deal, TU Class of 1995, earned a B.S. in Business Administration and three All-American titles as a Dragon on the football field. After graduation, Chris began his professional career as a recruiter with the company Allegis Group, a talent management firm, in Cleveland, Ohio. In his 21 years with Allegis, Chris made a number of geographical moves while moving up in the company, from Account Executive to Sales Manager to Executive Director of Business Operations in Boston, Massachusetts. After 21 years with Allegis Group leading and managing sales, recruiters and technical consultants, Chris retired in 2016. In 2017, Chris returned to the workforce when asked to help a major U.S. retail corporation implement a human capital and contingent workforce program that would result in the implementation of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) to source and screen viable candidates that could be hired globally. In 2018, he joined a U.S. based multinational computer software technology corporation that is the leader in Voice Recognition. Chris joined a global consulting organization as the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition and Delivery. Chris resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Jen, and daughter, Hannah. Chris joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2020.

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Dr. Erin Dean

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Counseling and Psychology & Assistant Dean for Social Sciences
Outcomes Assessment Program Review
419.448.3390
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Kent State University
M.Ed., Community Counseling, Kent State University
B.A., Psychology, Kent State University

Prior to coming to Tiffin University in 2006, Dr. Dean taught courses for Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. In addition to her teaching experience, she served as the Project Director at Kent State University (KSU) for a $3.5 million dollar National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) HIV prevention program for inner-city women grant. Dr. Dean is also a supervising licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC-S) in the state of Ohio. Over the past 16 years, she has had a variety of community mental health experiences including work with couples, families, and children at Family Solutions in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS at AIDS Holistic Services in Akron, Ohio, and with clients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) at Harbor Behavioral Healthcare in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to being full time faculty at Tiffin University, Dr. Dean continues to see clients one evening per week in her community.

Her research interests and areas of specialization include HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender issues, and working with clients with a dual diagnosis. She has served as a reviewer on a Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia to evaluate the scientific merit of grant proposals received in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for community based HIV prevention programs and as a reviewer for proposals submitted for presentation at the American counseling Association (ACA) annual conference.

Her passion for clinical work, ensuring that clients receive the highest level of care, and her desire to mentor students, are the driving forces behind her decision to transition into the academic community. In her decade at TU, she has served as the first Director of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the faculty advisor to SPECTRUM, as a faculty sport sponsor to the women’s soccer team, as the chair of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment Committee, as a member on various other university committees, and currently, as the department chair for the seated undergraduate social and behavioral sciences department. Above all else, she enjoys her role as a counselor educator and helping to train ethical and competent future addictions counselors.

Jane Dell

Board of Trustees
Managing Partner and Attorney
Dell Burtis Law, Ltd.
Tiffin, Ohio
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Jane Dell is a Managing Partner and Attorney at Dell Burtis Law, Ltd., an estate planning, elder law, business planning and real estate law firm. She has extensive experience planning and administering estates and trusts, protecting assets from long-term care expenses and transferring farms and businesses from one generation to the next. Dell is also a Licensed Title Agent and Owner of Professional Title Services, Ltd. As a licensed title agent, Dell conducts real estate closings, issues title insurance and advises clients on all legal issues related to buying and selling real property.

In addition to Dell’s legal practice, she serves several community organizations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Good Shepherd Home and the Mary Lay Home. Dell is a former Board member for the Tiffin Community Foundation and Tiffin Calvert Educational Foundation. She has also served on committees for St. Mary’s Church and was an interviewer for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program.

A graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Dell served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Dell resides in Tiffin, Ohio, with her husband and firm partner, Paul Burtis. They have three adult children, Cecilia, Jack and Sophia.

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Justin DeLong

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Instructor of Commercial Music
Voice, Music Technology, and Musical Theatre
419.448.3391
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Degrees & Certificates

Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy (Contemporary Commercial Music emphasis)
Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music

Justin DeLong (he/him) is an Instructor of Commercial Music at Tiffin University, where he primarily teaches voice lessons and directs theatre productions. He holds a master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy with an emphasis in Contemporary Commercial Music from Shenandoah University, and is a trained vocalist in musical theatre, pop, rock, and other commercial genres. He specializes in contemporary, evidence-based vocal pedagogy, and has also been trained in gender-affirming voice care for trans and non-binary individuals. Justin worked briefly as a recording engineer and then as an actor before becoming a voice teacher, music director, and director. He has extensive experience as an accompanist and music copyist/transcriptionist, and is a commissioned arranger. His arrangements have been performed in a wide variety of venues, including by Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Micaela Diamond at the famed cabaret restaurant 54 Below in New York City. He has also sung with multiple choirs, vocal jazz groups, and a cappella groups. As a director and music director, his favorite credits include NEXT TO NORMAL with Tiffin University (director and MD), GODSPELL with Hornet’s Nest Theatre (MD and conductor), BRIGHT STAR with the Little Theatre of Alexandria (assistant MD), and NEWSIES with The Arlington Players (MD), for which he received a Washington Area Theatre Community Honors award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

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Jason Dennis

Student Affairs
Director of Campus Safety and Security
419.448.5136
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Degrees & Certificates

M.S. in Criminal Justice

Jason Dennis serves as the Director for Campus Safety and Security for Tiffin University. Before joining the Tiffin University team, Jason spent 10 years as a Deputy Sheriff for Sandusky County, and has 13 years of experience as a small business owner in Grand Rapids, MI (Franchise owner Logistics Co. Landstar). Married for 23 years, Jason loves spending time outdoors, riding motorcycles, traveling, and spending time with his English Bulldog, Bo O’Fatty.

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Shantel Dewald

Financial Aid
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Students with Last Names A - G
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Arts, Tiffin University

The Financial Aid Counselor assists students and parents with the financial aid process and provide information on financial aid procedures and eligibility requirements. Adhere with institutional, state, and federal compliance guidelines, takes the initiative to resolve problems, and assist with the overall day-to-day activities associated with the processing of all items associated with financial aid.

Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite sports team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Biggest fear: Spiders

Favorite music genre: Pop/Rock/Alternative Rock

Favorite food: Homemade sausage and gravy over mashed potatoes

Motto I live by: “In a world full of darkness, be the light that brings a smile to others’ faces.”

Hometown: Tiffin, OH

Quincey Dinan

Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
419.448.5122
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Degrees & Certificates

B.CJ. in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Addictions Counseling, Tiffin University

TU Alumna
TU Cheerleading / STUNT the Sport Alumna
Hometown: Clyde, Oh
Favorite things: Peep (dog), plants, music/concerts
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Andrea Draper

Registration & Records
Associate Registrar
419.448.3452
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate Degree of Applied Business Terra, Community College
Bachelor of Business Administration, Tiffin University
Master of Business Administration, Tiffin University

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Tonia Duncum

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Physics
Department Chair for The Tiffin Core
419.448.3586
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois
M.S., in Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Professor Tonia Duncum, Assistant Professor of Physics, earned her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2015 as an adjunct instructor before being hired fulltime in 2016. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Tiffin University, Professor Duncum taught for 16 years in the areas of engineering, physics and mathematics at Lake Land College in Illinois. She also brings experience as a middle school teacher for gifted children.

Outside of Tiffin University, Professor Duncum volunteers with Celebrate Recovery, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband.

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Robin Dunlap

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
419.448.5141
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Degrees & Certificates

A.A.P., Terra State Community College
B.S., California University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Marshall University
M.A., Winebrenner Theological Seminary

There is no additional information available at this time.

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Matthew Early

Career Services
Assistant Director of Career Services
Adjunct English Faculty
567.268.6063
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in English and Communication, Minor in Organizational Communication, Muskingum University
MFA in English/ Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetics, Butler University

Matthew has over five years of experience working in the realm of higher education, both through teaching and administrative roles. He first joined the Dragon family in November of 2021 as the Public Relations Writer with the Office of Marketing and Communications, and has since shifted gears and entered the world of career coaching. He is also a part-time English faculty member within the School of Creative and Media Arts.

He has extensive experience in the areas of student mentorship and teaching, as well as in the practice and impartation of academic / professional writing and public speaking skills. He is grateful for the opportunity to share this knowledge with TU students looking to bolster job application materials and effectively market their skills to employers. He is also excited to develop and maintain relationships with employers and other career services professionals, as well as be a liaison between the institution and its accreditation / grant committees – all for the purpose of advocating for his students.

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication from Muskingum University in 2018, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Butler University in 2021.

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Luann Edwards

Library
Library Director
419.448.3436
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Arts in English with a pre-law concentration and a minor in Criminal Justice, Wilmington College Masters Degree in Library and Information Science, Kent State University Masters Degree in English, National University

The Director of Pfeiffer Library develops the strategic direction for our academic library and works with all our campus and consortia partners. Duties encompass the administration of library staff, resources, and services in order to drive student success, to provide dynamic customer service and to provide meaningful learning resources. The position is accountable for ensuring patron satisfaction through effective personnel management, interpersonal relationships, project management, budgetary oversight and continuous quality improvement. The Library Director is also the point of contact for library services on campus representing the department for archives, instruction and outreach initiatives. Success in the position requires diverse understandings of librarianship as well as strong project management and interpersonal skills.

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Brook Edwards

Director of the Academic Writing Center and University Bridge Programming
419.448.3410
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Degrees & Certificates

A.B., Wilmington College, History
M.A., National University, English

A native of Southern Ohio, Brook came to Tiffin in 2020 to help develop the academic support programs. He began his career as a tutor during his undergrad before moving to campus coordinator and eventually program coordinator at the community college level. Returning to his alma mater in 2016 he assumed the management and operation of all academic supports before coming to Tiffin University in 2020.

In addition to his academic work, Brook has served as the Vice-President of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, Secretary of the Ohio Association of Development Education, Professional Development Char and Board Member of the New York College Learning Skills Association, and has served as a volunteer with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education where he co-authored a white paper on assessment in peer assisted learning centers. He is currently a member of the National College Learning Center Association, Ohio College Learning Center Association, College Reading and Learning Association and the New York College Learning Skills Association.

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Dr. Lacy Ellis

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Department Chair, Criminal Justice
419.448.3051
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
M.S., Criminal Justice, Tiffin University
Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Tiffin University

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner’s Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

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Andrew Faber

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Accounting
419.448.3030
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Degrees & Certificates

M.B.A. Tiffin University
B.B.A. Tiffin University

Professor Faber has been an adjunct since 2010, and became full-time faculty Fall of 2014. Before joining Tiffin University full-time, Professor Faber spent 10 years with Fruth & Company, PLL CPA’s, in their Tiffin, Ohio office, including serving as manager for 2 years. At Fruth & Company he had many areas of expertise, primarily, those areas were individual and corporate tax preparation, financial statement preparation, auditing, accounting software consultation and implementation, and business start-ups, acquisitions, and dispositions.

Professor Faber received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tiffin University, and was a four-year letter winner on the University’s Football team from 1999 to 2002.  Professor Faber is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s. He also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties, and is a board member of the Seneca County Revolving Loan Fund.

Professor Faber, along with his wife Andrea, who is Tiffin University’s Director of Financial Aid, reside in Tiffin, Ohio along with their three daughters, Scarlett, Savannah, and Stella.

Andrea Faber

Student Success Advising
Assistant Vice Provost of Student Success
419.448.3375
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A in Management
M.B.A in Business Administration

As the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success, Andrea supports several enrollment and student success aspects including forecasting/budgeting, system processes, development, contract management and project management. She spends time leading new strategic alliances to ensure a smooth and streamlined implementation. Andrea is currently managing and leading the Move the Needle (MTN) Project with Credo and overseeing the Title III Project Director and Director of Financial Aid.

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Andrew J. Felter

Board of Trustees
President & CEO
Webster Industries, Inc.
Tiffin, Ohio
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Andrew Felter is President and CEO of Webster Industries, Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. His management career has also included six years with Findlay Industries, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Tiffin University. He served on the TU Business School Academic Advisory Council and has been an active member of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation Board, the Seneca County Junior Achievement Board, the Seneca County Industrial Management Council, and the Tiffin YMCA. Felter has dedicated his time and expertise to mentor TU students and promote internship opportunities that provide real-world experience. He was awarded TU’s Alumni Achievement Award presented to outstanding alumni for their achievements, leadership, and contributions to their profession, community, and their alma mater. Felter joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2014.

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Jeanie Fisher

School of Arts and Sciences, Administrative Assistant
419.448.3274
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Jeanie Fisher serves as the Administrative Assistant for the School of Arts and Sciences at Tiffin University.

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Dr. Stacey Floyd

Center for Faculty Support, School of Creative and Media Arts
Dean of General Education & Teaching Innovation
Professor of English
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D. in English, University of Kentucky

Stacey Floyd is an Associate Professor of English. Her Ph.D in English is from the University of Kentucky and she has Masters and Bachelors degrees in both Education and English. She has published a chapter in Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-first Century (2017) and in MLA’s Options for Teaching Laboring-Class Literature (2018). She has also published  “The Specter of Class: Revision, Hybrid Identity, and Passing in Great Expectations” in Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Identity (2012) in addition to New Woman Writers, Authority and the Body (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) with Melissa Purdue and a selection on working-class literature for Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism in 2011. Her research and teaching interests include representations of the working class in the long nineteenth century as well as High Impact Practices in teaching and learning and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The Faculty Center seeks to envision and operationalize the evolving needs of teaching and learning as well as supporting faculty from onboarding through promotion and retirement. To fulfill this mission, the Center hosts workshops and conversations, organizes mentoring and demonstrates a commitment to faculty success. For questions about the Center activities or to make suggestions for programming and services please contact the Director, Dr. Stacey Floyd at facultycenter@51hiltz.com.

Location: 117 Franks, First Floor

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Owen Fritz

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Drone Academy Director
419.448.3384
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D. Candidate, Northcentral University
M.B.A., Tiffin University
B.B.A., Tiffin University
A.A.B., Terra State Community College
CFOT, Certified Fiber Optics Technician
MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist

Professor Owen Fritz began with Tiffin University in the fall of 2015 as an affiliate professor for the School of Business in the areas of Computer Information Systems and Economics. In the spring of 2018, he became a full-time faculty member within the Computer Information Systems program. In 2019, Owen is proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Miller in bringing revamping the Computer Information Systems program into the new Computer Science Program offering a B.S. in Computer Science.

Owen’s research interests include Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) & Generation Z, Technological Social Responsibility, and Office Applications in the Workplace.

Before academia, Owen has worked a variety of different jobs that have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students entering the field. Professor Fritz is a graduate of Tiffin University and is proud to be a #dragonforlife! Outside of the University, he has many different passions and interests that keep him involved in the community. One passion is weather, and Owen is responsible for the Sandusky County Skywarn (Storm Spotters) program that falls under the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency. Also, he is an Asst. Emergency Coordinator for the Sandusky County Amateur Radio Emergency Service program that is back up communications when disasters should occur. Owen also is an avid fan of basketball as he can see him at most Dragon home games working scoring at the table as well as he is active with many activities around campus including serving as a Faculty Advisor for the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Student Chapter.

Professional Memberships

  • ACM (Association of Computing Machinery)
  • ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League)
  • CCSC (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges)
  • NCHE (National Council for Higher Education)
  • SIGCSE (ACM Special Interest Group of Computer Science Education)

Willow Frye

Office of Student Accounts
Financial Analyst - Student Accounts
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A. in Accounting from Tiffin University
M.B.A. in Forensics and Fraud Examination, Tiffin University

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William Fuller, Ph.D.

School of Business
Associate Professor of Marketing
419.448.3020
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Degrees & Certificates

BA, Missouri Valley College
MBA, University of Phoenix
PhD, Capella University, Business Management - Marketing
Graphic Design EQF Level 5 Certification - Shaw Academy
Critical Thinking - Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Instruction Certification - The Foundation for Critical Thinking

Dr. Fuller has been an Associate Professor of Marketing at Tiffin University since 2021.  His passion is teaching.  When he reaches a student who has been struggling and watches them grow into an independent learner who successfully lands a job in marketing, he is thrilled.  Dr. Fuller is a lifelong learner, having earned 3 degrees in adulthood.  He previously taught at Missouri Valley College where he designed and implemented Digital and Social Media Marketing courses to refine and update the Marketing major to reflect current technology and digital platforms.

Dr. Fuller previously owned and was President, CEO, CFO, and COO of Fuller Marketing, Inc. for 33 years. Fuller Marketing developed and implemented intensive marketing tools for diverse clients including Armstrong Flooring, Husqvarna Outdoor Power Tools, Miller Electric, Glidden Paints, and more.

Dr. Fuller is a member of the American Marketing Association, Social Media Marketing Society, Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, and the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  His future research interests include push/pull strategy and misunderstanding in the literature, branding opportunities for small HEI institutions, and critical thinking in the teaching of marketing.

Brandy Gabrielson

Admissions
Undergraduate Admission Visit and Event Coordinator
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B.A. in Hospitality Management, Ohio University
SGMP/CMGP

Favorite Food: Pancakes
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Motto to live by: “How Does a Moment Last forever.”
Favorite Social Media: Instagram
Hometown: Tiffin, OH

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Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

School of Business
Professor of Economics & Finance
419.448.3361
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Economics, University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University
B.A., Madras Christian College

Prior to joining our faculty in 2002, Dr. Gajjala taught courses in Information Systems and Business Economics at the University of Toledo’s College of Business Administration and worked as a Financial Engineer for an energy services company in Pittsburgh, PA.

His research interests include globalization and its implications for entrepreneurship and corporate strategy in transition and emerging market economies; Privatization in transition economies; and Business in emerging economies. His paper on the role of Information and Communication Technologies in enhancing processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies has been published in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the IFCAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development. He has also made several presentations at national and international conferences, including the Midwest Economics Association; Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conferences in Toronto and Maastricht {the Netherlands); and the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Hyderabad, India.

He has been a featured speaker on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, organized by the American Association of University Women at the Wood County Senior Center and the open forum sponsored by the international affairs committee of the League of Women Voters, Bowling Green, OH. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in International Trade, International Finance, Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, Managerial Finance, Microeconomics and Microeconomics.

Research Interest

International Financial Management by Multinational Corporations.

International Financial markets.

International Trade disputes.

Globalization and its implications for transnational entrepreneurship.

Microfinance and Development.

Role of Privatization in transition and emerging market economies.

Role of Information and Communication Technologies in supporting economic growth in emerging market economies.

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Laine Gallant

Student Affairs
Area Coordinator
419.448.3346
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Communication, Heidelberg University

Laine Gallant is originally from Defiance, OH and first came to Tiffin in 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Heidelberg University, later switching to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. They worked in the Office of Admission at Heidelberg starting at the beginning of their sophomore year, served as an orientation leader in 2019, and also worked there as an admission counselor for one year after graduating in 2021. Through their experiences working in enrollment and as an orientation leader, Laine developed a love for working with students and helping them be successful in college. In their free time, Laine enjoys video games, TTRPGs, binge watching TV shows and movies, and spending time with friends.

Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek

Board of Trustees
Higher Education Professional and Leadership Consultant
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Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek served as President of Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH 2016 to 2022; Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA from 1996 to 2016; and Dean of Counseling Psychology and Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Boston, MA from 1984 to 1996. Understanding the benefits of shared governance, she is appreciative of faculty and staff who are committed to institutional mission and furthering the work of assuring access, affordability, and success for students. An advocate for liberal arts education that is integrated into professional studies, Dr. Gawelek earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and her M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. Her scholarship focuses on gender equity, diversity, and enhancing the learning experience through the integration of technology.

With over 30 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Gawelek served as a Department Chair, Chief Academic Officer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost, President and a faculty member teaching traditional undergraduate and working adult students as well as graduate students. Under her leadership Dr. Gawelek led the development of doctoral programs in Nursing, a free-standing Orthodontics program, partnerships with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine allowing students direct entry into medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, and undergraduate studies in exercise science, sports management, craft beverages and holocaust studies. She established mobile technology programs geared to expand and enrich the learning experience.

A believer in strategic operations, Dr. Gawelek developed multiple strategic plans with successful goal completion. She has also facilitated successful national institutional accreditations through Middle States and the Higher Learning Commission.

Understanding the power of athletics in developing individuals she expanded Lourdes’ athletic program to include e-sports, bowling, tennis, dance and women’s wrestling.

Dr. Gawelek has been instrumental in strengthening community relationships at each campus in her career, strengthening partnerships within the business, non-profit, educational and governmental sectors. She has served on multiple community boards most recently as President of the Board of Directors for the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Gawelek is a fellow of American Psychological Association’s Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women. In 2005, she received the Athena award for professional excellence, community service and mentoring of women. In 2011, she earned the Council of Independent Colleges Academic Officer Award.

Dr. Gawelek has traveled extensively, most recently to Ireland and Italy with upcoming trip to Poland. She loves spending time with her family, which includes her golden retriever Cody Quinn and reading a good mystery novel.

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Sandra K. Geringer, Ed.D

Executive Assistant to the Provost
419.448.3299
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. from Bowling Green State University
M.Ed. from College of William and Mary
Ed.D. from United States Sports Academy

Reporting to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Sandra K. Geringer, takes on the operational and administrative details and performs functions that require a thorough knowledge of University policies and procedures with an understanding of the University’s role within the community. She has an extensive background in both higher education and sports. She was previously the Director of Recreation Management and Sports Studies at the United States Sports Academy. She also held the responsibilities of Institutional Accreditation Liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Title IX Coordinator, and Chair of the Admissions Committee. Dr. Geringer has taught sport management courses through the United States Sports Academy in the degree programs as well as abroad, including the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Coaching in Malaysia and the Sport Authority of Thailand Certification in Sports Management program. Dr. Geringer has extensive experience as a tennis professional and has coached women’s and men’s tennis teams at the high school and collegiate levels

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Sushmita Ghosh, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Professor of Science
419.448.3591
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., Calcutta University, India
M.S., Calcutta University, India
M.E.S., Baylor University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Dr. Ghosh joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2008 as Associate Professor of Science, after beginning her teaching career in India. Dr. Ghosh taught courses in physiology and electron microscopy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Later she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois working in toxicology at the Veterinary School of Medicine and a Postdoctoral Research associate at Tulane University Medical Center, where she worked in the area of prostate cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Ghosh has presented her research at various scientific meetings and has published over 12 papers in reputed scientific journals.

Since 2001, Dr. Ghosh has taught in area colleges and universities in Ohio teaching a variety of courses at Terra Community College in Fremont, The University of Findlay, both Heidelberg College and Tiffin University in Tiffin. She has also developed and taught a number of seated and online classes. While teaching at Tiffin University, her courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography at the undergraduate level and The History and Philosophy of Scientific Exploration at the graduate level.

In 2006 and 2008, Dr. Ghosh assisted with the organization and implementation of the highly successful India Study Abroad Program conducted by Tiffin University and The University of Findlay respectively. She has also served as a judge at various science fairs in Illinois and Ohio.

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David Gierhart

School of Science, Technology and Health
Drone Academy Instructor
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David has been flying drones for 5 years. Member of the Sandusky County Drone Emergency Response Team. Prior 20 years, building and flying remote control airplanes. Licensed FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot. Mechanical Engineering Associate’s Degree, Terra Technical College. Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree, University of Toledo. Forty-year career as a Draftsman, Product Designer, Plastics Engineer, Quality Engineer. Six Sigma Certified Black Belt in problem solving. Retired in 2011 from Whirlpool Corporation, Clyde, Ohio where I live with my wife Mary. We have five children and five grandchildren.

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James Gilmer

Library
User Services Librarian
419.448.3326
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in European History, Ohio University Athens
Masters of Arts in Ancient & Classical History, American Public University System
Masters in Humanities, Wright State University
Masters in Library and Information Science, Kent State University

James Gilmer earned a Masters of Library & Information Sciences from Kent State University along with a Masters of Arts in Ancient & Classical History from the American Public University System and a Masters of Humanities from Wright State University. His theses included an historical analysis of the theory and practice of Byzantine warfare during the tenth and eleventh centuries — drawing upon a close reading of historical chronicles and Byzantine military manuals — and a translation of the Hyle Historias, a twelfth century Byzantine chronicle authored by Nikephoros Bryennios.

Prior to Tiffin University, James has taught courses in Greco-Roman culture, war & society, and mythology at Ohio University’s Lancaster campus. In addition to Greco-Roman literature and Byzantine military history courses, James’ specific teaching and research interests include Greco-Roman and Byzantine magic, monsters & heroes, and the concept of military virtue in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sources.

Outside of Tiffin University, James enjoys campaigning — both as player and as dungeon master — Dungeons & Dragons, 3D printing, and the intersection of the two.

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Rhonda Gilreath, Ph.D.

School of Business
Associate Professor of Accounting
419.448.3581
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in Accounting, Northcentral University
M.B.A., Tiffin University
B.B.A., in Accounting, Tiffin University
A.S., The University of Kentucky

Professor Gilreath has been with Tiffin University as an adjunct professor since 1998 teaching accounting, economics and finance courses. She became full-time in the fall of 2008. Professor Gilreath has worked at United Way, British Petroleum Oil (BP Oil) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company holding various positions relating to accounting and finance. In addition, she owned and operated a tax and accounting business for 14 years.

Professor Gilreath has been an educational member of The Ohio Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Sean Glieberman, Executive Director

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Executive Director for Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
M.S. of Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University
E.M.P.A . Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Professor Glieberman is a cyber executive with 16 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors.  He served over a decade in the Department of Defense, most notably in a COO capacity at the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC).  A Fellowship recipient and graduate of the Executive MPA program at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Most recently, a CEO at a cybersecurity startup company headquartered in Israel. Currently serving as Executive Director of the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics at Tiffin University and Instructor of Cyber Law and Ethics in the School of Criminal Justice.

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Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.

School of Business
Associate Professor of Sports Management
419.448.3449
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., North Dakota State University
M.A., University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Before joining Tiffin University in 2017, Professor Goeb taught Sports Management at the University of Northwestern Ohio including sport marketing classes and co-lead the American Marketing Association to a first place finish in the Nation at the 2017 AMA National Conference for the Top Small Chapter in the United States.

For 12 years, Dr. Goeb served as Director of Athletics at Bemidji State University where he successfully fundraised for a 65 million dollar facility that is home to the BSU men’s and women’s NCAA Division I hockey teams. He demonstrated specialized skills in selling priority seating, club seating and suites raising revenues over 700% in one year. Under his leadership, the hockey team appeared in the 2009 Frozen Four and football, basketball and track won conference championships.

Dr. Goeb is a former NCAA National Champion wrestler and is in the North Dakota State University Hall of Fame. He was a head college wrestling coach at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. Other top accomplishments include receiving the Herb Brooks Outstanding Service Award where he has served on many active committees. One of his teaching passions is to connect students to the community to participate in event management and marketing opportunities that benefit both the Tiffin community and the student.

Dr. Goeb loves to spend time with his wife Carol and his children Amber, Anna, and Jordan. Studying all facets of sport continues to be a life-long adventure and passion.

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Michael Goodnough, Ph.D.

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of History
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in Cultural and Intellectual History, Kent State University
M.A., Kent State University
B.A., History, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Michael Daniel Goodnough is Assistant Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences. He started at Tiffin University as a part-time instructor in 2017 before coming on full-time as Instructor of History in the fall of 2018. A native of Ohio, Dr. Goodnough received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2011 and completed his M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2019) in cultural and intellectual history from Kent State University.

Professor Goodnough’s teaching interests are wide-ranging. At TU, he teaches the majority of the history courses. He specializes in teaching U.S. history from colonization to globalization, World History, and sub-Saharan African history. Dr. Goodnough uses the lens of cultural history to teach how culture can provide insight into a plethora of historical themes. While at TU, he also worked to develop the new Public History major, which merges the field of history with the University’s mission of linking knowledge to professional practice.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Goodnough is an active scholar. He has presented research at international, national, and regional conferences, including the 2014 15th International Bakhtin conference at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden and the 2017 American Historical Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. He published a journal article (2015) and an encyclopedia entry (2018) about the New Left during the 1960s. His current research focuses on antimodernism during the 1970s.

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Andy Groman

School of Science, Technology and Health
Instructor of Cyber Security
567.268.6085
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Degrees & Certificates

M.S.C.I.A., Western Governor’s University
B.S., Xavier University
CEH, Certified Ethical Hacker

Professor Andy Groman began with Tiffin University in the fall of 2022 as an instructor  for the School of Criminal Justice in the areas of Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics. Before academia, Andy has worked a variety of different jobs that have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students entering the field. Outside of the University, he has many different passions and interests that keep him involved in the community. Andy also is an avid fan of baseball as well as he is active with many activities around campus including serving as a Faculty Advisor for the hacking club.

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James Gucker, J.D.

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business Law
419.448.5110
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Degrees & Certificates

J.D., University of Toledo
B.A., Bowling Green State University

Dr. James Gucker is an instructor of Business Law at Tiffin University and has taught graduate courses in law and ethics as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Gucker is licensed to practice Law in the state of Ohio and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.  Dr. Gucker has practiced law in Tiffin Ohio since 1988 and has concentrated his practice in the areas of business law, tort law, real estate and real estate planning.  He was appointed by The Ohio Supreme Court as an acting Judge in the Wyandot County Municipal Court. He has been the Tiffin City Prosecutor and Assistant County Prosecutor.

The Ohio Department of Education has appointed him as a referee in teacher termination cases.  He is the solicitor for the Village of Sycamore, Republic, and Marseilles.  He has represented large and small corporations in Ohio.  He a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Justices.

Dr. Gucker also volunteers his time and legal expertise for many non-profit organizations including United Way, Seneca County Junior Fair, Tiffin Mercy Hospital, and Mohawk Community Library Foundation.

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Perry Haan, D.B.A.

School of Business
Professor of Marketing
419.448.3350
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Degrees & Certificates

D.B.A., Marketing, University of Sarasota
M.B.A., Xavier University
B.S., Business Administration, The Ohio State University

Dr. Perry Haan has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education since 1986. He was won teaching awards at three different institutions of higher learning. He has taught in eight countries outside the U.S. He won the 2016-2017 Tiffin University Scholarship Award. In 2017 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal. In 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship by the International American Association of Financial Management for his teaching and academic work in international markets.

Haan earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota, Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals, including the Journal of Marketing in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship. He co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Research Interest

Dr. Haan is a Fulbright Scholar (research conducted in Nepal). He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles and co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

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Mike Hampp

TiffinArts
Assistant Director of the TU Marching Band
Instructor of Low Brass
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's in Music Education, Kent State University
Graduate Work in Music Education, Bowling Green State University

Mike Hampp serves as Assistant Director of the TU Marching Band and instructor of low brass.  For 35 years he served as a music educator in the Tiffin City public schools, directing the Tiffin Columbian HS marching band, concert band, brass choir, jazz band and pep band.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kent State University, and did graduate work in music education at Bowling Green State University. Mike served as low brass instructor at Heidelberg College, where he also conducted the Brass Choir and Madrigal Brass. He also served as choir director at Trinity United Church of Christ for 14 years, as a frequent judge of marching band competitions around the state, and played with the Akron Symphony and numerous community orchestras and bands. He performs with several regional Brass Quintets and Erie County Chapter of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Donald Hampton Jr.

Board of Trustees
Chief Executive Officer
Pace Industries
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Donald Hampton Jr. (Donnie) joined Pace Industries as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2020. Previously, Donnie was as an executive officer delivering more than two decades of global leadership for premier companies such as Honeywell International /Allied Signal, Maxion Wheels/Hayes Lemmerz, Rea Magnet Wire Company and Faurecia. Throughout his previous roles he ignited revenue and profit growth, equity value creation, and world-class standards of operational excellence.

He began his professional career with Allied Signal in Fostoria, Ohio as a Supervisor at their spark plug plant. After holding several roles with increasing responsibility at Allied Signal, Donnie joined Hayes Lemmerz International in Detroit, Michigan as the Director of Operational Excellence for North America. He progressed through various leadership roles including: Vice President-North America, Vice President and General Manager – North and South America, and Vice President of Global Manufacturing. He left Hayes Lemmerz to assume the role of Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Rea Magnet Wire in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After two years at Rea Magnet Wire, he joined Faurecia in 2016 as the President North America Interiors Division.

Donnie was born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio and is a graduate of Fostoria High School. Mr. Hampton is also a veteran of eight years with two branches of service having served in the Army National Guard and with the United States Navy in Atsugi, Japan. He earned both his BBA in Accounting and an MBA from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of that institution.

Stephanie Hatton

Student Affairs
Assistant Director of Campus Safety & Security
419.448.5135
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Degrees & Certificates

MS Criminal Justice, Tiffin University

Stephanie was a professional police officer for 14 years in both Ohio and Florida. She obtained an MSCJ from TU in 2012, and began teaching at TU as an adjunct CJ Professor (both on campus and online for 7 years). She has a goat and cattle farm, along with a Labradoodle dog named Max. She has a 16-year old son. Stephanie enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, the ocean, the woods and anything else that brings her peace.

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Ali Havrilla

Online Enrollment
Director for Online Enrollment Management
419.448.3442
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Degrees & Certificates

MBA, Tiffin University

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The online enrollment division of Tiffin University wears many different hats. My staff oversees the admissions and advising for all online and extended learning students, including our undergrad, graduate and PhD students. We also work closely with many of our articulated community college partners and corporate partners to establish quality relationships and good customer service for various pipelines for enrollment. The joy I have in my role is overseeing a staff that is proud of their work and how they make a change in our non-traditional students’ lives. Meeting our students where they are at and helping them capture what inspires them to pursue their educational goals, for the benefit of their personal and professional lives.

I’ve been with TU since 2011. The first five years, I worked in athletics – specifically with our equestrian athletes at that time. Since 2016, I have worked in various roles under the scope of online enrollment management. As an admissions counselor, academic advisor, associate director for online enrollment and most recently, the Director for Online Enrollment Management. Now, our department includes even the like of our PhD students, articulated and corporate Partners.

My academic achievements include earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership. Professionally, I have served in roles both under the umbrella of athletics, admissions/enrollment and advising/student success.

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Michael Herdlick

Advancement
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
567.268.6030
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A., Malone College
M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Mike has been with TU since 2001 serving in a number of capacities including Adjunct Professor, Instructor of Mathematics, Director of Institutional Research, Dean of Students and now in his current roles. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Liberal Arts from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. He also holds Graduate Certificates in Institutional Research from Florida State University and in Student Affairs/Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University.

The Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for soliciting annual, major and planned gifts from alumni and friends of Tiffin University. This includes identifying, cultivating and managing a large group of supporters. The AVP works collaboratively with volunteers, colleagues and other University representatives to solicit donors for university-wide projects. In addition, the AVP frequently staffs university events, both on campus and off campus, and works closely with university leadership, advisory groups, boards, and councils.

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Diego Hernandez, Ph.D.

School of Business
Assistant Dean for Online Learning and Undergraduate
Associate Professor of Management
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D. BA Management of Engineering & Technology, Northcentral University
M.B.A., University of Toledo
M.H.M., Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)

Diego holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Master’s degree in Higher Management from Industrial University of Santander (Colombia, South America).

As a faculty member at Tiffin University, Hernandez teaches accounting and management online courses and Financial and management courses at the Degree Completion Program for the Off-Campus program.

Professor Hernandez enjoys teaching online so that he can reach students who may otherwise not be able to attend college or who do not have time to come to campus for all their classes.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

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William F. Hertzer

Board of Trustees
Senior Cost Analyst (retired)
The National Machinery Company
Tiffin, Ohio
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William Hertzer retired as a Senior Cost Analyst from The National Machinery Company in Tiffin, Ohio, after 36 years of service. An alumnus of Tiffin University, Bill and his late wife Jean Grady Hertzer, also a TU graduate, donated gifts creating the Hertzer Technology Center in 2004 and the newly named William F. Hertzer Department of Accounting and Finance in 2018. Hertzer has served on the boards of Heidelberg Beach Homeowners Association and Tiffin Rangers, was a Council member at First Lutheran Church, and a past Junior Achievement Advisor. He resides in Tiffin part of the year and Florida during the winter months. Hertzer joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2015.

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Audrey Heslet

Advancement
Asst. Director of Advancement Services
419.448.3282
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Tracy Hilare

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Director of Choirs
University Choir, Gospel Choir
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Music, Belhaven University
M.A. in Teaching, Belhaven University
M.M. in Worship Studies & Choral Conducting

Tracy Hilaire serves as Director of Choirs at Tiffin University, conducting both the University Choir and Gospel Choir. He also serves on the music staff at Defiance College, where he conducts the College Choir and Men’s Chorus. A native of Louisiana, Hilaire loves Traditional Spirituals, R&B and Jazz music, and is an active vocal and choral clinician nationwide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Classical Voice) a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belhaven University, and a Master of Music degree from William Carey University.

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Andrea L. Hoerig

Murphy Academic Center
Academic and Career Advisor / Coordinator of Tutoring
419.448.3590
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science, Owens State Community College
Saylor Academy Organizational Culture, Diversity, & Ethics Certificate
Currently completing undergraduate studies in the Customer Service & Leadership Program, Ohio University e-campus

This position reports to the Vice Provost for Academics, Campus Programs.  Position responsibilities include providing support to the Deans, department chairs, and full-time and adjunct faculty of the School of Business and the School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences.  A variety of administrative support duties are performed to ensure efficient and professional daily operation which leads to student success while maintaining high university standards.

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Melissa Hoffman

Student Success Advising
Assistant Director for Upperclassmen Advising
419.448.3431
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Degrees & Certificates

BS in Athletic Training from Heidelberg University
W.I.T.S Personal Training Certificate
MBA in Leadership and Change at Tiffin University

Melissa Hoffman serves as the Assistant Director for Upperclassmen Advising for Tiffin University.

Lisa Hohman

Board of Trustees
Chief Executive Officer
Concordance Healthcare Solutions
Tiffin, Ohio
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Lisa Hohman was named the CEO of Concordance Healthcare Solutions in 2019 and calls Tiffin her home. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Heidelberg University, Lisa began her career in the distribution industry in 1992, working for AmeriSource Bergen in IT Support and was named Vice President of National Accounts for AmeriSource before leaving to join Seneca Medical in 2000. When Seneca Medical merged with Kreisers and MMS, a medical supply company, to form Concordance in 2016, Lisa remained the Chief Strategy Officer and used her diverse background to coordinate company growth and strategic initiatives. Lisa is currently the HIDA HEF Board Chair, as well as a SMI Advisory Board Member and was awarded the 2019 PWH Leadership of Distinction Award. When asked what her biggest personal goal is as CEO, Lisa states that she will continue to provide a stable and positive work environment for the employees and the customers. In addition, her goals are to continue the measured growth and expansion of Concordance’s offerings in order to provide exemplary service to the healthcare provider which allows them to provide the optimal care for the patients they serve. When outside the office, Lisa loves to travel and camp and attends a variety of her children’s sporting events and extra-curricular activities. Her passion is spending time with family and friends and watching her three children grow up. Hohman joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2019.

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Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.

President's Cabinet
Provost/Chief Operating Officer
419.448.5864
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University
M.S., Management, Cardinal Stritch University
B.A., Business Administration, Cardinal Stritch University
A.A., Marketing, Lakeshore Technical College

Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D. is a visionary, values-based leader, adept at building strong working relationships and networks to leverage the talents of others to strategically and operationally achieve sustainable results. As Provost and Chief Academic Officer for Tiffin University, Holbrook brings more than 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, change management, teaching, leadership training, board development, fundraising, program development, assessment and evaluation, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Tiffin University, Holbrook was President and CEO of Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Dean of the College of Business and Management, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Holbrook is serving as Tiffin University’s first Provost, a role that brings into focus his ability to lead transformative change through shared vision, leadership, decision-making and governance. Holbrook’s emphasis has been on driving student success through excellence and continuous improvement leading to the development of signature programs that are distinctive to Tiffin University, while meeting the educational needs of students and employers. Focused on the future of teaching and learning, he is overseeing the adoption of alternative credentials and micro-learning initiatives across multiple modalities, including credit and non-credit programs.

During his tenure at Stritch, Dr. Holbrook served in a number of key leadership roles that positively impacted the fundraising, public relations, enrollment and academic initiatives of the university, including holding the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Leadership Center. Early in his tenure, he successfully led the process to attain university status. As Dean of the College of Business and Management, he provided strategic leadership and insights for all academic programs within the college. He successfully guided a multi-year change process that resulted in reaffirmation of the College’s ACBSP Accreditation, renewal and growth of academic programs while reestablishing faculty-shared governance, nearly tripled the number of full-time faculty lines in support of quality teaching and learning in the classroom.

Holbrook has taught at the doctorate and undergraduate level at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a researcher, published writer and speaker on leadership and change management, with emphasis on Franciscan, servant and transformational leadership. His current research interests include exploring the intersection of leadership capacity with innovation and change. Additional areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion, with a focus on inclusive leadership and cultural intelligence.

Holbrook has experience with designing and facilitating leadership development programs and trainings for numerous for- and non-profit organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin. He is a trained facilitator and coach in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Compression Planning. In addition, he has led and facilitated strategic planning sessions for local organizations in Wisconsin, including the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Holbrook has volunteered with several local and national nonprofits in Southeastern Wisconsin and Seneca County, Ohio, including service as Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services, Commissioner and Vice Chair for the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, the Board of Directors for Diverse and Resilient in Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Television Vision 2057 Task Force.

Dr. Holbrook holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

April Holbrook

Student Affairs
Title III Project Director
419.448.3281
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Concord University, 2011
Master’s Degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, 2013
Ph.D. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, 2019

April Holbrook earned her Ph.D. in 2019 from Bowling Green State University in Sociology. She has worked in higher education since 2016, and thoroughly enjoys helping students. She manages the federal Title III budget and grant. Title III is geared towards student retention & success, specifically helping to shepherd innovative ways to increase career-readiness, student success, academic retention & student retention overall. She enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Chris, and her rescue dog Vincent.

Brooklyn Honaker

Registration & Records
Registration and Records Coordinator
419.448.3417
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration, Tiffin University
Master of Business Administration, Tiffin University

Brooklyn Honaker serves as the Registration and Records Coordinator for Tiffin University.

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Aly Horn

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Assistant Dean for Program Development
Voice Faculty, Commercial Music
Musical Theatre, Voice, Entrepreneurship
419.448.3366
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Degrees & Certificates

BM in Music Education, Ashland University
MED in Higher Education Administration, Tiffin University

Aly Horn currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Program Development at Tiffin University. With a strong focus on recruiting, retention, and administrative management, Aly plays a pivotal role in overseeing the institution’s music, dance, art, theatre, and media arts activities. In the newly created School of Creative and Media Arts, she also serves Commercial Music and Digital Media majors. 

As a member of the voice faculty, Aly brings her expertise in functional vocal pedagogy and evidence-based voice teaching to students, instructing across various styles and genres. She is passionate about versatile vocal technique, vocal health and the inclusion of popular and commercial music styles in higher education curricula.  She also founded TU’s musical theatre program and under her direction, the program successfully produced notable shows such as Rent (2022), Dogfight (2021), Spring Awakening (2020), and Heathers (2019). She currently serves in a producer role for musical theatre productions. 

Before joining TU, Aly gained valuable experience in Ohio public schools, where she served as a Director of Choirs and directed numerous musical theatre productions. Her solid foundation in classical voice was established during her undergraduate studies in Music Education and Voice at Ashland University. Furthermore, she holds a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Tiffin University, complemented by training in Commercial Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah University.

In addition to her role at Tiffin University, Aly has also contributed her expertise as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at East Tennessee State University. She instructed various courses including Diction for Singers and Vocal Pedagogy, as well as lessons to musical theatre, music education, and contemporary music majors. 

Beyond her professional endeavors, Aly enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Ruby.

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Grace Huff

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
419.448.3017
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's in English, Ohio Northern University
Master's in Rhetoric and Writing, University of Findlay

As someone who grew up in a small town, I always felt the urge to follow the path of higher education. This path first led me to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Northern University in 2019. I then went on to receive my Master’s degree from University of Findlay in Rhetoric and Writing in 2022.

During this journey I discovered a love for helping students and the atmosphere in higher education. Higher education provided an environment and opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and help develop themselves personally. I taught several classes at Findlay as a teaching assistant and being able to interact with students just beginning their journeys and watching them develop was one of the most rewarding experiences so when I had the opportunity to help students in admissions, I was thrilled. I am passionate about helping others achieve the same educational opportunities because my own academic journey was vital to my development professionally and personally. Higher ed is an amazing place for students, no matter where they are in life, to better themselves and to discover new ideas.

Outside of work, I carry my passion into a variety of things. Reading is essential to who I am so you will always catch me with a book somewhere in my vicinity as well as a notebook for writing poetry. Additionally, I enjoy watching sports, mainly ice hockey, and am a big fan of memes. In order to keep my nerd status, I love watching Star Wars and am ready to devour anything fantasy or sci fi related. I also hold a love for animals and regularly volunteer at pet shelters in order to get my dose of animal loving.

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Mandi Hummel

Career Services, School of Education and Extended Learning
Assistant Professor of Education
419.448.3422
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Degrees & Certificates

M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Wright State University
B.S. in Education, Wright State University
Certified Career Services Provider, NCDA (National Career Development Association).

Mandi Hummel serves as the Executive Director of Career Services and has been with Tiffin University since 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Bowling Green State University. Mandi is a Certified Career Services Provider through the National Career Development Association. This certification demonstrates her competencies in providing essential skills in areas such as assessment, diverse populations, ethical and legal issues, career development models, labor market and employability skills and helping/coaching skills to name a few. Mandi has a breadth of experience in multiple Student Affairs functions including, Student Conduct, Title IX, Residence Life, First-Year Experience, Health and Wellness and Career Services. Mandi holds a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wright State University. She loves to be outdoors in the sun and by water, her favorite superhero is Aquaman!

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Mandi Hummel

Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness (CCU)
Executive Director for Career Services
Served 2016 – present
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., Middle Childhood Education, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
M.A., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Mandi Hummel has been passionately serving students in a higher education setting for over 10 years. She joined the Tiffin University community in May of 2013 and currently serves as The Executive Director of Career Services where she strives to bring to life the purpose and mission of the University by transforming lives through career readiness education.

She advises V.O.I.C.E. (Voicing Our Insights and Creating Empowerment,) a Tiffin University diversity leadership organization whose members are exceptional student leaders who strive for equal rights for women and minority individuals. The students in this group are not afraid to challenge the norm, speak out against inequality, educate community members, and empower others to use their voice to stand up for what is right.

Mandi earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Wright State University in March of 2006, and furthered her education with a Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Wright State University in June of 2008. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has lived in and visited several different states and countries. In her free time she can be found at a pool or waterpark enjoying the sunshine!

Tammy Hunter

Business Office
Director of Accounting
567.268.6058
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Finance with a minor in Accounting, University of Toledo
M.B.A. in Business Management, Ohio Dominican University

Tammy is responsible for all accounting functions, treasury cash management, debt management, grant reporting, financial reporting, annual audits and tax compliance. She will ensure a strong system of internal controls and high-quality financial reporting for long-term financial planning and strategic decision matters. Outside of work Tammy enjoys watching her children play sports, spending time with family and traveling. She and her husband, Brent, have two children.

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Juliene Huston

Office for Equity, Access & Opportunity
Coordinator for Disability Services & 504/508 Coordinator
419.448.3021
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Stasia Huth-Fretz

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Academic Advisor
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's degree in Education, Heidelberg

Stasia has a passion for education since she was little. Her passion led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Heidelberg University. She enjoy’s helping people succeed, advising and comforting them when they struggle and cheering them on when they thrive.

She grew up on a farm with horses and goats but now lives with her two dogs, Malik and Zeus as well as her four cats: Peaches, Bean, Stubby and Ivy. She was born in Republic, Ohio and moved to Tiffin to grow roots. Her favorite things to do are reading and writing, with a bit of art in between.

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Korab Imami

Online & Extended Learning Admissions, School of Education and Extended Learning
LMS Administrator
419.448.3356
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Degrees & Certificates

BBA Computer Information Systems 2015
MBA Finance & Management 2017
Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations 2021

Korab transferred to Tiffin University during his junior year (2013/2014) to play on the basketball team.
He graduated with a Computer Information Systems degree in 2015 and an MBA degree in 2017. After
graduating, Korab was hired full-time as an Instructional Technologies Specialist.

Korab supports technologies used in online and campus courses. As a Moodle admin, he helps with
course creation, design and quality assurance, instructor and student enrollments, faculty training,
general Moodle support, etc.

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Victoria Ingalls, Ed.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Professor of Mathematics and Sciences
419.448.3396
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Heidelberg College
Ed.D., Ashland University

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Mathematics education at BGSU, Vicki began teaching at a local high school while earning her Masters of Education Degree from Heidelberg College. She launched her collegiate career by lecturing as an adjunct instructor at a variety of local colleges and began teaching full-time at Tiffin University in the mathematics department in 2007. Dr. Ingalls completed her doctoral education from Ashland University in the fall of 2008. She lives in Tiffin with her husband and five daughters.

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Danial Jameel

Board of Trustees
Founder and President
Ready Education
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Danial Jameel is the Founder & President at Ready Education, a leading student engagement platform for higher education, which serves over 350 colleges and universities in North America. Danial is a lifelong advocate for education and is a member of the leadership council at the Brookings Institute Center for Universal Education (one of the premier policy centers focused on universal quality education). He is a serial entrepreneur, an advisor to several technology start-ups and has won numerous business and technology awards. In 2015, he was selected on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Danial studied Economics, Political Science, and Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

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Megan Jasso

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
567.268.6089
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's in English, Western Michigan University

I grew up a native Michigander, though I spent plenty of time in Ohio for most of my childhood. I spent many summers visiting Lake Erie and even spent three summers while in undergrad working (and having way too much fun) at Cedar Point. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing in 2018,  and moved to Ohio with my husband, Alex, shortly thereafter. Rather than jumping right into higher education, I started out with a much younger crowd – namely, elementary school kids. I spent the first four years after earning my degree being the orange-peeling, tear-wiping, and fun-loving supervisor for a before and after school enrichment program, and loved every second of getting to help mold and encourage little minds.

With the urge to constantly grow, I set out to experience something new. My biggest drive in life is to constantly be learning new things, and my enthusiasm for education at all levels caused me to fall in love with Tiffin University’s campus and mission of flexible and equitable education for all. I love talking to people and assisting others with their goals, so getting the opportunity to be placed with the admissions team here at TU as a Graduate Admissions Counselor was the perfect fit. Though I myself have not yet furthered my education at the graduate level, I hope that my passion and drive for helping others to achieve their educational goals and dreams will allow me to welcome you into the TU family!

When I’m not working – and even when I am – I am a loud and proud nerd. I’m a lover of literature and film, with my true passions lying mostly with the fantasy/science fiction genres, though I will always have a special place in my heart for anything horror related. I run a collaborative writing website in my free time, and play tabletop and video games as often as I can with my family and friends. I’m not a total hermit, however, and love being outdoors. I camp as often as I can, am a passionate amusement park fanatic, and spend a lot of time in my yard either hosting bonfires or playing with my two dogs, Oliver and Akali.

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Erin Jensen Skeel, LPCC-S

Student Affairs
Director of Counseling & Wellness
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Erin Jensen Skeel serves as the  Director for Counseling & Wellness for Tiffin University.

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Saffie Jobe

International Affairs
Regional Advisor for Africa
Office: 567.268.6077 | Cell & WhatsApp: 567.230.9039
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Degrees & Certificates

M.B.A in Human Resources Management
B.Sc in Management
Diploma in Accounting and Business

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Kerry Jones

Coordinator of Assessment
419.448.5866
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Coordinate with the following key AEDE areas to design, implement., and measure excellent, distinctive, and effective academic programming in alignment with the university’s and AEDE’s strategic plans: Outcomes Assessment, Program Review, Co-curricular programming, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Library, and Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness.
– Respond to, investigate, and resolve faculty and student issues in conjunction with University policies and procedures.
– Assists the Vice Provost and Director of CITL in coordinating and delivering appropriate training opportunities for faculty and staff in all AEDE areas;
– Supports the ongoing development and implementation of comprehensive outcomes assessment programs for all academic and administrative units that support the goals of the University’s strategic plan;
– Assist the Vice Provost in implementing and evaluating academic program review for all university academic programs.
– Maintain a positive relationship with faculty by ensuring customer satisfaction with problem resolution.
– Handle other duties as assigned by the Vice Provost or Provost.

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Russell Jones

School of Science, Technology and Health
Head Coach, Collegiate Drone Racing Team
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Russell has been passionate about production ever since he worked on his first professional show in the entertainment industry over 20 years ago! In addition, Russell owns Jones Drones Cleveland which has given him the ability to see the bigger picture on anything from small to large scale drone-related jobs. In 2017, Russell became interested in action drone filming and drone racing and became a highly skilled operator in both. His love for drones and extensive production experience have created the perfect mix for the advancement of drones and drone racing. We are proud to have Russell on our team!

Aashi Kapoor

International Affairs
Regional Advisor for South East Asia
Office: 567.268.6076 | Cell & WhatsApp: 419.455.5769

Noah Kennard

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Education, Heidelberg University

Growing up I always wanted to be an educator of some kind. This led me to completing my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Heidelberg University in 2023. While completing undergrad I fell in love with higher education as well as the town of Tiffin.  Keeping this love going I began my professional journey in higher education here at Tiffin University. Higher education serves as a place for people from all walks of life to further their life and I am honored to be a small part in that journey.

In my personal life, I have a few passions. One such passion is my love for sports. You will be hard pressed to find a Sunday in the fall that I am not glued to my tv watching the NFL. Some other things I really enjoy are watching anime, romantic comedies, and spending time with my family, especially my adorable baby nephew

Diane Kershaw

Information Technology Services
Technical Support Specialist
419.448.3277
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Degrees & Certificates

B.C.J. in Forensic Psychology, Tiffin University

As an IT Support Technician, Diane is responsible for hardware and software support of lab and end-user devices throughout campus. She also assists the technical director in improving wired and wireless networks across campus

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Peter Kharchenko

Creative Arts Institute
Instructor of Guitar & Bass
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Degrees & Certificates

MM in Jazz Studies, Bowling Green State University
BA in Guitar Performance, University of Toledo

Peter Kharchenko is a multi-instrumentalist and musicologist who plays who plays guitar, bass, the lute and the oud. He is in consistent demand in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan music scenes, performs a wide variety of rock, pop, jazz, country, classical and world music. He has also accompanied many artists in diverse musical styles, and taught guitar lessons and classes at BGSU and several Toledo music schools.

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Rebecca Kielbasa

Office of Marketing & Communications
Digital Content Specialist
419.448.3587
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Communications: Public Relations, Tiffin University
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Tiffin University

As the Digital Content Specialist, Rebecca is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the social media channels and website at Tiffin University. She oversees, coordinates and administers a range of operational and administrative activities to promote the brand of the University, as well as various university departments.  She is responsible for strategic planning of design, photography, video and content for social media posts, as well as developing a plan for tracking and metrics. Rebecca also maintains the Tiffin University website.

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Fun Fact: I joined TU as a staff member in 2021, right after graduating with my B.A.

Mikki King

Advancement
Director of Annual Giving
419.448.3443
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Mikki King has served as the Director of Annual Giving at Tiffin University since April 2019. Her primary roles include the Campus Family Campaign, Annual Giving, Database Administration, Tiffin Society, and Dragon Family Council. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Heidelberg University, Master of Science in Education from Walden University, and her MBA from Tiffin University. Mikki is a 2016 Leadership Seneca County graduate. Mikki serves on a number of committees for the University including Strategic Advisory Committee, Equity, Access, & Opportunity CCU Diversity & Inclusion Council, TUSA, and Moving The Needle Team Member. She also teaches Dragon Education Core (DEC) and helps with Kiwanis Circle K on campus.

Mikki has served on several non-profit boards and committees. She has been a member of the Tiffin Kiwanis Club since 2006. Currently, she serves on the Kiwanis Foundation Board, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Northwest Career Ready, Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival Board of Trustees, Women In Action, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and is a United Way Campaign Volunteer. In the past, she has been involved with Leadership Seneca County Board Member, Tiffin Elementary PTO, Cub Scout Leader, Community Hospice Care Volunteer, American Cancer Society Advisory Board, Tiffin Relay for Life, and Y-Wives.

She enjoys reading, hockey, and traveling in her free time. She and her husband, Chris, have one child.

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John Kleinoeder

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of Digital Media
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John has been a member of the TU Family since 2009. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member he served as the Director of Instructional Technology in the Center for Online Education and Learning (COEL). In this role he was responsible for creating online learning modules, designing courses, as well as providing multimedia services to multiple departments across campus.

John has earned a Master of Education in Learning Design and a Bachelor of Science Technology in Visual Communication Technology, both from Bowling Green State University.

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Sandy Koehler

Director of Event Services
Co-Director of the Physical Plant
419.448.3323

Wayne Kreis

Student Affairs
Director of Student Engagement
419.448.3353
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in National Security and Intelligence, Minor in Government, Tiffin University
Masters in Science in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Administration, Tiffin University

Wayne Kreis originates from Tennessee. During his time as an undergraduate student at Tiffin University, he served as President of the Global Affairs Organization, Student Government Senator, Circle K Student Representative, and a member of the Theta Eta Omicron Fraternity. Wayne graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the FLAME Award for Excellence in the Field of Study for National Security.

During his graduate studies at Tiffin University, Wayne served as the Graduate Assistant (GA) for Student Engagement, where he served as primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board (CAB). During his time as a GA, Wayne became Coordinator of Student Engagement and began advising Student Government, Greek Council, as well as CAB. Wayne oversaw over 200 events and programs during the 2020-21 academic year. Wayne graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded Excellence in the Field of Study Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Administration.

Now serving as the Director of Student Engagement, Wayne looks to develop opportunities for student growth, leadership, and involvement at Tiffin University. Wayne serves as the primary advisor for Student Government, CAB, and Greek Council. He also provides guidance for all student organizations as they plan events and activities. Wayne also helps with implementing university and community sponsored events.

In his free time Wayne enjoys traveling, watching British television, and attending outdoor concerts. Wayne currently resides in Tiffin, Ohio.

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Kelsey Kuzma

Office for Equity, Access & Opportunity
Director of Prevention Education & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
419.448.3332
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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, West Virginia University
MLS Master of Legal Studies, West Virginia University

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Dr. Fang-Mei Law

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice
419.448.3381
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Counselor Education, Mississippi State University
M.Ed., Professional Development and Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin River Falls
M.Ed., Counselor Education, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
B.Ed., Counselor Education, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Born and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Law’s dream since childhood was to become a teacher. This dream came true when she became an instructor in the Department of Social Work at Shih-Chien University in 1983, after obtaining her M. Ed. in counseling at Changhua University of Education. During her seven years at Shih-Chien University, she was active academically and administratively on campus. Academically, she researched factors that influenced college students’ adjustment to campus life, and the psychological well-being of a low-income family. After three years, she attained the rank of associate professor and taught psychology, group practice in social work, and social work practicum.  During the same period, she served as the director of extra curriculum for two years, and of the counseling center for another two years.

In order to pursue a higher level of professional development, Dr. Law relocated to the United States in 1990, obtaining a second M. Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-River Fall in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University (MSU) in counselor education with a minor in psychology in 1995.  During her time at MSU, she worked as a counselor in the international students office and in the counseling center, and as a research assistant at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Blindness and Low Vision. In addition, she also passed the examination to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

In 1995, Dr. Law returned to being an associate professor at Shih-Chien University in Taiwan, and was also appointed to be the director of the counseling center.  One year later, Dr. Law returned to the United States, serving as the executive director of Asian American Community Services (AACS), as well as a counselor, cultural competence trainer, and interpreter trainer. AACS is a non-profit organization designed to provide prevention and intervention programs for Asian Americans in Central Ohio. During this time, she passed the examination to become a Licensed Professional Clinic Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio, and was also actively involved as a committee member for many non-profit organizations in central Ohio, such as the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Ohio Coalition of Sexual Assault Association, the BEST program of American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross. In these settings, Dr. Law gained significant experience working with clients and students of diverse cultures and backgrounds.  Also during this time, Dr. Law served as a field instructor for the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University, as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Dayton’s Department of Counselor Education and Human Services, and as an adjunct faculty member in Columbus State Community College’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Law joined Tiffin University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2005, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010, and to Full Professor in 2016. Dr. Law has published and presented books and papers, conducted trainings regionally, nationally, and internationally focusing on topics such as student interest in research, statistics anxiety, the effectiveness of drug treatment programs, the psychological well-being of correctional officers, overcoming depression, finding hope, and acculturation issues for immigrants.  Her publications and presentations, in both English and Chinese, are a testimony to her interest in research.

Dr. Law’s teaching focus at TU is psychology, teaching such courses as Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Research Design, Multicultural Issues in Society, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology at the undergraduate level, and Statistical Application to Criminal Justice, Forensic Counseling, and Advanced Psychological Assessment Theory at the graduate level in the criminal justice program.  On campus, you can also find Dr. Law working very closely with international students to enhance their acculturalization a new land.  She does this by teaching First-Year Experience for international students in the English as Second Language program, serving as a Faculty Advisor for the Chinese Students and Scholar Association, serving as a member of the Diversity Committee and the International Students Support Committee, and by conducting culturally-related programs for the TU community as needed.

Dr. Law is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Her teaching goal is to draw on her multicultural and clinical experiences in the classroom to make the subject matter more enjoyable, relevant, and practical to both her undergraduate and graduate students and to fulfill their educational needs.  All of this is reflected in her selection as an Excellence in Teaching award recipient at Tiffin University in 2016.

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Beth Leary

Financial Aid
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Students with Last Names S-Z
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

2005 Associates Degree in Social Behavioral Science/Early Childhood Education; Terra State Community College-Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
2013 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology Human Services; Tiffin University--Magna Cum Laude
2015 Master of Education Degree Higher Education Administration; Tiffin University--Academic Distinction
Other Relevant Certifications:
2021 Completed ""Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations"" Training Course
Earned NASFAA Credential Certification for Professional Judgements (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators)"

The Assistant Director of Financial Aid provides direction for the day-to-day operations of the Financial Aid Office and works closely with the Director of Financial Aid to implement financial aid policies, procedures and initiatives which support the goals and objectives of the office and university. The Assistant Director will meet with students who have special concerns and resolve conflicts as well as advise students and parents of general financial aid opportunities and eligibility requirements.
Beth is a lifelong resident of Tiffin. She resides in Tiffin; loves to camp, cook, make crafts and visit Disney World. Beth is married to TU Alum, John (Class of ’12 and ’14) and is Mom to Chrissy, DJ, Herbie-Cat and has two Grand “fur” kids; Lemon and Basil.

Beth has completed the Department of Veterans Affairs school certifying official training course and IHL and NCD facilities course.

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Nadia Lewis

President's Cabinet
Vice President for Human Resources and the Center for InterculTUral Excellence
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in International Business, University of Cincinnati
Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Management along with a certification in Strategic Global Organizational Leadership, Colorado Global

Nadia Lewis received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in International Business and her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Management along with a certification in Strategic Global Organizational Leadership from Colorado Global campus.  Nadia has over 15 years working as an HR business partner for industries such as aerospace, engineering, robotics, healthcare, behavioral health, higher-education, factory automation and manufacturing.  She is a certified facilitator in Bridges out of Poverty, Fierce Conversations, the Color Code and CQ (Cultural Intelligence).  Helping to train organizations in the opportunities that exist to maximize the various pathways in creating a culture of engagement, under a culture of inclusion.

Nadia has served consecutive years as a chair and a board member for the Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association (a state chapter of SHRM) most recently consecutive years as the Diversity Chair.  She is also a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) previously served in the role of President on the board for CUPA-HR.  She has also served as a keynote speaker/presenter at national, regional and state conferences. Presented on topics such as “Creating conditions that lead to retention, productivity, and engagement in entry-level workers”,  “Getting results through individual and organizational accountability” at conferences such as the NOHRA-SHRM Diversity Conference of 2017, Keynote Speaker CUPA-HR Conference 2017, 2018 & 2019, Keynote Speaker for Health Care 2016, Staffing World conference and other SHRM chapters.  Outside of her professional HR environment, Mrs. Lewis has served on the Lucas County Mental Health Board as well as NAMI as an advocate for creating opportunity and equitable access for the underrepresented population.

Mrs. Lewis holds a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) in Human Resources.
Nadia Lewis currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Kevin and their two boys KJ (10) and Camden (6).  Nadia is from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  As a mom raising two boys of color, her goal is to have them grow up in a world that welcomes everyone and celebrates their differences.

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Cindy Little

Financial Aid
Assistant Director of Financial Aid Operations
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Commercial Science, Tiffin University
Masters of Business Administration, Tiffin University

Favorite TV Show: Just about anything on the Discovery Network
Hobbies: Quilting and Counted Cross Stitch
Biggest Fear: Snakes
Favorite type of music: Classic Hits like Mix 96.7 plays
Favorite food: Chocolate
Words I Try To Remember: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”.
Something I try to do daily: Stay one step ahead of my grandchildren
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Savannah Long

Student Affairs
Mental Health Counselor
567.268.6019
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Heidelberg University

Savannah works with individual students and groups to help create healthy lifestyles through individually tailored consultations and treatment in areas such as substance abuse awareness and prevention, anxiety and depression, stress and anger management, self-esteem, fitness and nutrition, sexual health and grief management. She conducts mental health assessments, provide short-term, brief solution-focused therapy and initiate referrals for more intensive services when necessary.

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Lori Longo

Business Office
Senior Financial Analyst – Purchasing & Non Student Accounts
419.448.3419
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Terra State Community College

Lori Longo serves as the Senior Financial Analyst for Purchasing & Non Student Accounts for Tiffin University in the Business Office.

Ron Lonzo

Online Enrollment
Vice President of Enrollment and Recruitment Strategy
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Degrees & Certificates

Master’s degree, University of Wisconsin System

Ron is a seasoned executive with a strong strategy orientation who has lead major initiatives and businesses in varying roles before taking on this role at Tiffin University.

With over 11 years of experience in higher education in various roles within public and private institutions, Ron is a passionate, innovative, and dedicated manager/advisor leading growth through increased sales and shaping a culture of change and excellence. Sitting in various roles from the president, enrollment management and faculty, he has demonstrated diverse strengths in linking strategic and tactical planning to day-to-day operations.

Spending time with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, and Acer America, Ron also brings 5 years of corporate experience in budgeting, training, and sales. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin System in 1994.

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Thomas R. Marben, Ph.D., CPA, CMA

School of Business
Dean for the School of Business
Assistant Professor of Accounting
419.448.3327
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Accounting, Davenport University
M.B.A., in Finance, Central Michigan University
CPA, State of Ohio
Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Capella University

Dr. Marben joined the Tiffin University School of Business in the fall of 2017. He has spent a number of years working in both public and private accounting. During his time in public accounting he worked at Plante Moran, as well as smaller firms totaling 7 years of experience. During his public accounting practice he worked with clients in various industries including: hospitals, schools, foundations, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, energy and various other small businesses. While working with these clients Dr. Marben provided audit, tax, retirement plan audit, and general business consulting services. During his 10 years in private accounting Dr. Marben focused mostly on the oil and gas industry where he was the controller for an independent exploration and production company in Northern Michigan. He also taught Accounting and Finance courses for Davenport University and North Central Michigan College.

Dr. Marben received his undergraduate degree from Davenport University in 2003 and his MBA from Central Michigan University in 2005. In 2022 he earned his PhD in Business Management with a concentration in accounting from Capella University. He formerly held his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in the State of Michigan, and is currently licensed as a CPA by the State of Ohio. In 2022 Dr. Marben passed the Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA) Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) exam and earned this certification.

Dr. Marben serves on the Calvert Catholic School Board, and is currently the board president. He is also active in the Tiffin community with the Sharing Kitchen, and FISH food distribution. He formerly served the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) of Michigan as President, as well as the Finance Council of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish spending 3 years as the Chairman.

Dr. Marben enjoys running, and he has run 12 marathons, including the 2020 virtual Boston Marathon, and the in-person 2016 Boston Marathon. He also enjoys triathlons, having completed 2 half-iron races. He also enjoys hunting and camping with his family. He resides in Tiffin with his wife Beth and two children Emma and Jacob.

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Jamie Marinis

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of English
419.448.3357
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Degrees & Certificates

M.Ed., Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University
T.E.S.O.L., Bowling Green State University

Marinis is an Assistant Professor teaching primarily communication and Dragon Education Core courses. She also serves as the Cultural Immersion Coordinator, organizing the semester study abroad student experience, short-term cultural immersion trips abroad, as well as local and domestic cultural programming. She found her passion for higher education through her own challenges and experiences as a college student. After her first year of college, she found herself fully enjoying the college experience as a varsity cheerleader and member of a sorority, but was a bit lost in regards to her academic plans. Her involvement and interactions with faculty and staff while a student led her to pursue a fulfilling career in higher education where she finds great joy helping students navigate and balance their own college experience.

Since 2005, Jamie has called Tiffin University home. During her time, she has held a variety of positions across campus in admissions, advising, athletics, student success, first-year experience, international student programming, and most recently as a full-time faculty member. Through these various roles, she has kept one definitive goal in mind: helping students achieve their dreams and find their passion. In doing this, Marinis proudly celebrates her own cultural uniqueness and makes it a priority to help others understand, respect and celebrate their uniqueness while learning to work effectively with people who are different themselves.

Originally from Oregon, Ohio, Jamie now resides in Tiffin with her spouse and two children, Karris and Niko. She is actively involved in the local community, serves as the Assistant Varsity Cheer Coach at Calvert High School and enjoys traveling with family and friends in her free time.

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Mary Mulvaney Marks

Board of Trustees
Counsel
Antitrust Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell
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Originally from Rochester, Indiana, Mary has been practicing merger and antitrust law in New York City for almost 30 years. Mary has been Counsel in  the Antitrust Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell since 2015, and is ranked in Band 4 by Chambers USA. Davis Polk, a global law firm with approximately  1000 attorneys working across 10 office locations, was named American Lawyer’s 2021 “Law Firm of the Year”. 

At Davis Polk Mary has specialized in the areas of antitrust and competition counseling, with a focus  on complying with and obtaining clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and global merger control  and foreign investment laws for U.S. and multinational acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.  Mary advises transaction parties with respect to permissible pre-clearance and pre-closing activities.  She also counsels clients regarding coordination and information sharing activities, and has been  invited to participate in FTC discussions regarding HSR practice issues. 

Prior to joining Davis Polk, Mary was Of Counsel in the Antitrust and Compliance Practice at  Greenberg Traurig, and she spent 16 years in the Business Transactions Group at Schulte Roth and Zabel, working on securities offerings and reporting, mergers, corporate governance issues, antitrust  compliance, and investment transactions involving private equity, venture capital and activist  investors. 

Mary regularly writes and speaks about US and international antitrust compliance. Since 2016 she has  been the editor of Lexology / Getting the Deal Through’s Merger Control – United States chapter, and  the editor of the antitrust aspects of Thompson Reuters’ Advising Private Funds treatise. 

Mary has been active in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association since 2010, serving as  Vice Chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee from 2013-2019 and Pricing Conduct  Committee from 2010-2013. In 2023 she will be the Chair of the Antitrust Section of the New York  State Bar Association. Mary is a Director on the Advisory Board of Keller Logistics Group in  Defiance, Ohio. 

Mary graduated With High Honors from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in philosophy and  accounting, and has passed all four parts of the CPA exam. She received her JD from Georgetown  University Law Center, where she was on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. 

Mary has been active in her local parish, school Mothers’ Club, Girl Scouts, and the Northern Indiana  Community Foundation, Defiance Area Foundation and the Women’s Giving Circle of Defiance  County. Mary contributes to The Outlet Youth Center in Rochester, Indiana, the Defiance Dream  Center, and various Rochester-area and Defiance-area projects, currently focusing on refurbishing and  renovating the historic buildings at 300-304 Clinton Street in Defiance, Ohio. 

Mary has three adult daughters, who are pursuing careers in finance, nursing and engineering, and she  is engaged to Bryan Keller. In her spare time Mary enjoys reading, playing tennis and piano.

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Kimmy Martin

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Academic Advisor
567.268.6013
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Bowling Green State University

I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Following graduation I moved to Florence, SC to pursue my career in intercollegiate athletics for the past 3 years before moving back to Ohio to start my position at TU.

I made the career change from athletics to admissions to better suit my current lifestyle. Working in athletics I really got to know all the student-athletes and enjoyed seeing them grow not only in their sport but into young adults. I decided I wanted to stay in higher education because of how much I enjoy seeing students better themselves and take their next steps in life. I enjoy learning the different backgrounds of students I work with which makes me excited to work with the online community.

My experience has shown that you may have a set plan for your future but in the end you never know where life will take you. I am eager to help people take the next steps in their life and see them grow in their time at TU.

Outside of working at TU I enjoy hiking, working out, watching football, and most importantly spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy binge watching shows and having Disney movie nights with my nephew.

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Dominique Matich-Reynolds

Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness (CCU)
Event Planner and Coordinator for The Center for Intercultural Excellence
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration concentrated in Finance, Tiffin University

Dominique came to the United States from New-Zealand 3 years ago to attend Tiffin University. She is a part of the women’s tennis team, winning two conference championships. She is currently working to obtain a Masters of Business Administration concentrated in International Business from Tiffin University.
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Michelle C. Maus, Ph.D.

School of Business
Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
419.448.5858
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Acute Care Administration, Ohio University
M.B.A., Cleveland University
Ph.D., Leadership and Organizational Change, Walden University

Professor Maus has taught in higher education, both in an online and seated environment. Her career in higher education originated as an adjunct instructor in 2005. Her full-time position at Tiffin University began in 2010. She teaches business and healthcare administration courses. She developed the Associate’s Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration, the Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration and the Bachelor’s of Science Degree of Healthcare Administration for Tiffin University. She has had the opportunity to work in the healthcare industry since 1991 in a variety of different capacities within hospitals, a non-profit organization, in the medical employment industry, and for a highly specialized laboratory testing facility. During her tenure at On Assignment, Inc., she received the prestigious honor of President’s Club affiliation twice for outstanding marketing and sales performance. Professor Maus has acted as a reviewer for a health insurance textbook published in 2014, a peer reviewer for the annual American Public Health Association conference, and recently presented at an international conference concerning the use of supplemental instruction within an online learning environment in Orlando, FL.

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Vicki Mayfield

Online & Extended Learning Admissions, School of Education and Extended Learning
Faculty Services Manager for COEL
567.268.6012
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Vicki Mayfield serves as the Faculty Services Manager for COEL for Tiffin University.

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Laura Mays, Ed.D.

School of Business
Professor Emeritus of Management
440.343.0377
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Degrees & Certificates

Ed.D., Education, Rutgers University
M.S.E., Education, Rowan College

Dr. Mays is Professor Emeritus of Management and has research interest in Eastern and Central Europe entrepreneurship and leadership issues as they relate to cultural orientation.

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Matthew McCabe, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Department Chair for Sciences and Mathematics
567.268.6026
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in Health Education, University of Cincinnati
M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Ohio University
B.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Exercise Science, Wilmington College

Matthew joined Tiffin University from the University of Cincinnati where he earned his doctorate in Health Education. He earned a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a concentration in Exercise Science from Wilmington College.

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Timothy McCarty, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
419.448.3283
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in Mathematics, West Virginia University
M.S., in Applied Mathematics, West Virginia University
Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Jazz), West Virginia University

Dr. Timothy McCarty earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from West Virginia University. He previously received a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Jazz) and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, both from West Virginia University.

Dr. McCarty has spent time as an Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at West Virginia Northern Community College and Belmont College, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at West Virginia University. He has presented mathematics research work at five different conferences and was awarded a West Virginia University STEM Fellowship when he was a doctoral student.

Natalie McClain

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
419.448.3579
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., Middle Childhood Education, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Education, Heidelberg College

Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 2003. Upon graduating, she taught elementary, junior high and high school for 7 years in a local public school while earning her Master of Arts in Education degree from Heidelberg College in 2008. Natalie joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2011 as an adjunct instructor before being hired as a fulltime math instructor in 2012. Natalie teaches classes primarily in our general education core for science seeking majors. Natalie lives in Sycamore with her husband Ryan and children Kinsley and Kaden.

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Kellie C. McGilvray, Ph.D.

School of Business
Professor of Marketing
School of Business Internship Coordinator
Assistant Dean for Online Learning and Graduate Programs
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.B.A., Tiffin University
B.B.A., Tiffin University

Alumni, Dr. McGilvray started with Tiffin University as a part-time adjunct professor in 2003. Her full-time position started in the Fall of 2007.

During her part-time position with Tiffin University, Dr. McGilvray was the Marketing Director for a university-associated Credit Union in Toledo Ohio, where she worked for more than five years. Prior to that position she was the Marketing Manager for an Oracle software satellite office.  She is the Men’s Basketball faculty sport representative, Student Adviser and Special Housing Adviser.  She has taught Introduction to Marketing, Business-to-Business Marketing, Retail Management, Small Business Management, Marketing Communications, Marketing Management, Personal Selling, Buyer Behavior and Freshman Seminar. She is an active board member for the University of Toledo Federal Credit Union and a member of The Advertising Club of Toledo, American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation. Kellie’s research interests are in higher education marketing, online learning, online satisfaction and student-centered teaching. Kellie, her Husband, Brandon, and two daughters Carlie and Braelie reside in Toledo, Ohio.

Kellie C. McGilvray, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Tiffin University with teaching concentrations in Marketing Management, Communications and Personal Selling. She has taught for over 10 years in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and both online and seated classes. Kellie’s research interests are in higher education marketing, online learning, online satisfaction and student-centered teaching.  At Tiffin University, Kellie serves as the Internship director for the school of business, advisor for the Business Club, Retention Committee, Scholarship Committee and the American Marketing Association Club.  Kellie also completed ACBSP peer review evaluator training.

Mike McKay

School of Education and Extended Learning
Online Learning Designer
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Degrees & Certificates

Master's of Education and Technology (MEd)
Bachelor's in E-Business (BSeB)
TESOL and TEFL certified

Just before COVID hit, McKay was the National Training Director for a large auditing firm. Before that, he was an adjunct in Japan for 12 years with about 10 years of adult and secondary teaching experience prior to that. McKay has been working in web development off and on since the 90s; and course design, with an emphasis on virtual worlds, for around 12 years. McKay has a Master’s in Education and Technology and a Bachelor’s in E-business and his area of research is/was virtual world language learning.

On a personal note, McKay currently resides in Las Vegas, enjoys cooking, entertainment, nature, and anything computer and game-related. He has two wonderful children in college in Germany and Japan with whom McKay hopes to be reunited very soon.

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Shannon McKeehen, MFA, Ph.D.

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of English
419.448.3509
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Degrees & Certificates

BA, English Studies, Bluffton University
MFA, English and Creative Writing, Mills College
Ph.D., English Rhetoric and Composition, Kent State University

Joining the Tiffin University community in January, 2020, Dr. McKeehen teaches rhetoric and technical writing classes. She has been teaching and tutoring rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and technical writing at the college level for various institutions since 2009. In addition to specializing in technical writing, Dr. McKeehen also writes and publishes poetry and other creative writing. Her chapbook, Barbra in Shadow, is available on Amazon. Her hobbies include playing board games, collecting records and CDs, and reading comic books. More information about her, including her CV, can be found on her website at www.shannonmckeehen.com.

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Shauna McMillan

School of Science, Technology and Health
Director of English as a Second Language (ESL) program
419.448.3355
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Degrees & Certificates

M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Ohio University
B.A. in Applied Linguistics, Ohio University

Ms. Shauna M. McMillan, Director of ESL, has been with Tiffin University as an Affiliate Professor since 2009. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics, both from Ohio University.

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Michelle Meadows, Ph.D.

School of Education and Extended Learning, School of Science, Technology and Health
Associate Professor of Education
Department Chair for Education
567.268.6028
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Degrees & Certificates

Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Mathematics, Kent State University
B.S. in Middle Childhood Education: Science and Mathematics, Kent State University

Dr. Michelle L. Meadows, Associate Professor of Education, has been with Tiffin University since 2015. She earned her Doctorate and Master of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. Her Bachelor of Science degree, from Kent State University, was in Middle Childhood Education specializing in Science and Mathematics with an emphasis on Reading. Prior to coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Meadows taught middle school mathematics and science for eight years. Her research interests include incorporating technology as an aid in student learning, pre-teacher training, and differentiating lessons to meet the needs of all learners. 
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Robert B. Melczak, M.S.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
419.448.3382
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Degrees & Certificates

M.S. Exercise Physiology
CPR/AED/First -Aid Instructor Certification

Robert works to develop students and to prepare them for professional careers related to the field of Exercise Science. He contributes to Tiffin University and surrounding community. Robert was born in Youngstown OH and began research in the field of Exercise Science during undergraduate coursework and teaching in the field during graduate coursework. He is currently finishing a Terminal Degree in Exercise Physiology at Kent State University.

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D. Ford Mennel

Board of Trustees
President
The Mennel Milling Company
Fostoria, Ohio
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D. Ford Mennel is president of The Mennel Milling Company, Fostoria, Ohio, and is the fifth-generation to assume the leadership of the family business. He joined the company in 2005 and succeeded his father Donald L. Mennel as president in 2013. The Mennel Milling Company produces wheat flour, baking mixes, popcorn and other food ingredients for large consumer packaged goods companies, restaurants, foodservice and institutional consumers of their products. The company operates flour mills, bakery mix-manufacturing facilities, a popcorn plant, as well as logistics and distribution companies. The flour mills have a combined 5.8 million pounds of daily capacity which makes the company the seventh largest flour miller in the United States. Mennel earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University and an MBA from Averett University. He joined Tiffin University’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

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Renee Meyer

Board of Trustees
Intercultural Consultant/Mediator, from the Midwest to the Grand Est
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Renée Meyer is an American and Swiss citizen, having grown-up in Tiffin, Ohio, USA, and currently living in Strasbourg France. Renée has worked and lived in Europe, and North and South America. She speaks  French, German and Spanish.

Renée works independently as an intercultural mediator, combining her skills in intercultural  communication, sustainability and finance. Her current activities are linking the French (mainly the  Grand Est region) and the U.S. (mainly Midwest) markets. She concentrates on creating the bridge  between actors in different cultures, so that the client can focus on adapting their product or service  offering to the export market. She has specialized in medtech, however is looking to expand to other  areas.

Renée also lectures at several universities in France and in South America, covering subject matters like:

  • International and intercultural HR management
  • Strategic Finance in Anglo-Saxon multinationals
  • Negotiating internationally
  • Working, living and communicating abroad

Renée began her career as an internal auditor for Owens-Illinois in Toledo Ohio. She has finance and  controlling experience in Life Sciences, having worked in the Swiss pharmaceutical industry for 15 years.  Her former employers include for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Renée completed her higher education in the U.S., and received the following degrees:

  • Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix,  Arizona
  • MBA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • Bachelor Economics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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Amber Miller

Residence Life, Student Affairs
Director of Residence Life
419.448.5138
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Forensic Science, Tiffin University
M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration, Tiffin University

Hello! My name Amber Molnar and I am from Brunswick, Ohio, a large suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I began working for TU as a full-time employee in July 2019. Before taking on my role as an Area Coordinator within Residence Life and Student Affairs, I was a Graduate Assistant for First-Year Experience and Student Success here at TU. Through my time as a GA, I really developed a love for working with students in a way that has positively impacted them and hope to work in a role where I can do this on a daily basis.

I obtained my Bachelors of Science with a concentration in Forensic Science from Tiffin University in May 2018, and my MBA in Healthcare Administration in 2020. I currently teach a plethora of dance classes at a studio called Dance Unlimited and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, doing anything outdoors. My experience in Tiffin, Ohio, and as a student and employee of the University has been unforgettable. Tiffin University has shaped me into the person I am today. Through my role as a staff member, I hope to create an experience like the one I had for students of all facets.

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Dr. Sandra Miller

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Criminology
Internship Coordinator
419.448.3168
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Psychology, Northcentral University
M.S., Criminal Justice (Forensic Psychology and Justice Administration), Tiffin University
B.Ed., University of Toledo

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Before joining Tiffin University as full-time faculty, Dr. Miller served as an adjunct professor for 15 years and taught graduate courses at the University of Toledo and police science courses at Owens Community College. Dr. Miller received her B.Ed. from the University of Toledo, her MSCJ with concentrations in both justice administration and forensic psychology from Tiffin University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University.

Prior to joining Tiffin University, Dr. Miller was a detective for 34 years with the Toledo Police Department. Her main field of expertise was sex crimes investigations, and her vast experience as a detective also includes investigating homicides, violent crimes against persons, property crimes, and juvenile crimes.

Dr. Miller’s research interests are focused on police mental health. As an employee assistance professional (EAP) with the Toledo Police Department Dr. Miller was involved in numerous debriefings following critical incidents, provided guidance and advice to officers struggling with PTSD and grief, and provided education and monitoring of the mental wellness of officers and their families.

Dr. Miller currently volunteers as a CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem) for Lucas County and sits on the City of Toledo Civilian Police Review Board. On campus, you can find Dr. Miller working as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and civil rights investigator.

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George Miller, D.B.A.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Associate Professor of Computer Science
419.448.5857
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., University of Findlay
M.S., South University
D.B.A., Argosy University

Dr. George Miller, an undergraduate alumni, is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tiffin University. He started with Tiffin University as an adjunct instructor in 2012 and went full time in the fall of 2016.

Previous to his time at Tiffin University, Dr. Miller, worked as a full-time instructor, starting in 2005, at a small college in Findlay, Ohio. The duties included instructing business and technology courses and serving as the Director of Technology (DOT), overseeing their student local area network (LAN) and a liaison for the wide area network (WAN), between corporate and the local Findlay college. Prior to his time in education, Dr. Miller spent 28 years in manufacturing. He also served as a board member for the Stansanco Tiffin Works Credit Union, an auditor for the same credit union and prepares tax returns for the past 34 years.

George has lived in Tiffin his whole life and has been married to his wife Sharon for 30 years. Sharon is an adjunct instructor for accounting in the Tiffin University MBA program. The Miller’s like to travel and have spent time in all 50 states.

Corri Miller

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Management
Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR)
419.448.3064
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Degrees & Certificates

M.A.E. - HRD, University of Findlay
B.B.A., University of Findlay

Assistant Professor Corri Miller began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2014 as an adjunct while also instructing at The University of Findlay within the College of Business. In 2015, she became full-time management faculty with a concentration in Human Resources. Today, Corri serves as Management Chair within the School of Business, faculty advisor for the Business Club, Serves on the Academic Experience Council, certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, and Director of the Study Aboard program.
Prior to academia, Corri accrued an extensive background in the Human Resources field. For over 16 years, she worked in higher level, strategic Human Resource leadership roles within several Fortune 500 companies.
Professor Miller earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Findlay.
She is very active in her community coaching at Liberty Benton high school, serving on the Open Arms Domestic and Rape Crisis Board, past United Way division chair, WIA Policy Board, a Hancock Leadership graduate, and chair of the Miller Bash charity.
In 2012, to continue her commitment to an environment of continuous learning, she began offering HR consulting services to numerous organizations. This supports her obligation to her profession, while providing continuous opportunities to bring leadership, management and human resources experiences to the classroom environment.
Corri is a member of the Findlay Area Human Resource Association, The Society of Human Resource Management and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Corri and her husband Steve live in Findlay, OH with their twin daughter and son.

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Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

School of Creative and Media Arts
Professor of English
419.448.3345
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A., Psychology, Oberlin College
M.A., Creative Writing, Miami University
Ph.D., English, University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Vincent Moore has worked in a number of non-academic fields and has lived in eleven states while pursuing his educational and career goals. Growing up in Oberlin, OH, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College (1985). He studied for an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, but instead earned an M.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (1992). In 1998 he earned his doctorate in English (main focus: Writing; secondary areas are 20th Century American Literature, Film, and Posthuman Literary Theory) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the college level, first as an adjunct in Maryland and New York, then full time at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and later at St. Paul’s College in Virginia before coming to Tiffin University.

Dr. Moore has been at Tiffin University since August, 2002. His teaching interests are Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Postmodern Literature, and Film.  He regularly teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with courses such as History of Film, Film Genre, The Criminal Mind in Crime Literature, Genre Fiction, Creative Writing, a seminar on Sherlock Holmes, and introductory writing courses.  He’s been a member of the Popular Culture Association since 2001 and has presented at their national conferences on masculinity, body dysmorphic disorder, science fiction, and posthuman theory.  As a freelance writer, his work has been in Jewish Currents, Inside Kung-Fu, Black Belt Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bulletin of Bibliography, and many other magazines and journals.  He teaches the novel-writing class in the Master of Humanities program and three of his novels are available on Amazon.com.

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Mya Morris

Admissions
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Campus Undergraduate Transfers
419.448.3358
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Heidelberg University
Master of Business Administration, Heidelberg University

Mya joined Tiffin University in 2021 as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor. From there, she became the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions in October of 2022 and specialized in transfer recruitment. She now serves as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and oversees all on-campus first-year and transfer recruitment. Mya earned both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Business Administration from Heidelberg University. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, as well as taking care of her two pets, Archie and Winston.

Dr. Regan Murray

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University
B.S., Psychology, Kalamazoo College

Dr. Regan Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College and a master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University.  She did a year of postdoctoral clinical training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in substance abuse, and a three year substance abuse research fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Addiction Research Center. Her primary research focus was in developing interventions targeting both substance misuse and aggression.

Dr. Murray’s primary area of clinical interest is in the area of forensic assessment, particularly for sex offender risk assessments.  She has worked at forensic centers in both Ohio and Michigan, as well as doing volunteer work in the correctional setting.  Prior to coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Murray worked for over a decade as an associate professor of psychology at Briar Cliff University; she also served as director of the Siouxland Research Center for approximately ten years.

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Dan Myers

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Assistant Professor of Commercial Music
Music Production, Film Scoring, Sound Design, Indie Bands
419.448.3295
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University
Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen, Columbia College

Dan Myers serves as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Music. He is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and writes music for film, television and the stage, and his original songs can be heard in major motion pictures, animation, and network television series. As a member of actor Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, Dan has enjoyed the privilege of dueling on fiddle with Charlie Daniels at the Kennedy Center, performing for U.N. troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and debuting new music at the Ravinia Festival. Dan tours nationally with his Indie-folk band Stolen Silver, which has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and American Way Magazine. Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College. www.thedanmyers.com

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Chris Novak

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
419.448.6087
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Tiffin University

After my service in the United States Army Infantry, I worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 10 years. After several years within the industry, I discovered a 4-year degree was necessary to advance toward my goals of management. After careful research, I decided to attend Tiffin University in 2013 and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. After working at a resort in Palm Beach, Florida for several years, I relocated to Dallas, Texas to continue personal growth. After a few more years in the hospitality industry, I decided to make a career change. 

In 2020 I moved back to my childhood city of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue a career in Property Management. While in Cincinnati, I frequently visited Tiffin to meet with friends and enjoy the area of my alma mater. Eventually, I decided to relocate back to Tiffin in early 2022 with the intention of continuing my education and seeking a career within education and learning. Having over 4 years of experience as a seated student at Tiffin University, with a firm understanding of the University’s campus and culture, I decided to apply my knowledge as a tool for current/future students.

Living in Tiffin again has revitalized my passion for continuing education and enjoying the journey. I am very motivated to provide insight, support, and encouragement to all people with a desire to learn. As a Graduate Admissions Counselor, I am personally invested in the overall success and betterment of everyone I speak with on a daily basis.

When out of the office, I enjoy spending time with family/friends, camping, sports, grilling, and meeting interesting new people!

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Marissa Nugent

Murphy Academic Center
Graduate Assistant for the University Academic Support Center
419.448.3324
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Degrees & Certificates

B.C.J. Forensic Psychology with a minor in Addictions Counseling, Tiffin University

Marissa serves as the lead desk supervisor, overseeing the daily desk operations in the Murphy Center. This includes study table hours, training, troubleshooting, and whatever else may come arise on a day-to-day basis. She also assists in the general function and flow of the Murphy Center. As a Tiffin University student, she played women’s soccer and graduated a year early.

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Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Dean for the School of Creative and Media Arts
Associate Professor of English
Department Chair for the Humanities and Creative Arts
419.448.3341
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A., in Criminal Justice and Political Science, Ohio Northern University
Ohio Teaching Certification, Bowling Green State University
M.A., in English Literature, University of Toledo
Ph.D., in English Literature, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Stephanie Opfer earned her Ph.D. in English Literature, with a specialization in Medieval Literature, from Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation was a linguistic analysis of the Old English elegies in order to find similar characteristics shared by the poems which would lead to a more specific genre definition. She earned her Master of Arts in English at the University of Toledo and her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science, from Ohio Northern University. She also completed the teacher certification program for Integrated Language Arts at Bowling Green State University.

Prior to Tiffin University, Dr. Opfer has taught grammar, composition, and literature at the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, and Rock Valley College. She has also been a fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature” Summer Institute at Western Michigan University. In addition to composition and general literature courses, her specific teaching and research interests include Old and Middle English language, Anglo-Saxon literature (Beowulf in particular), linguistics, mythology, Chaucer, and pedagogical techniques for teaching medieval literature.

Outside of Tiffin University, Dr. Opfer occasionally participates in summer “Shakespeare in the park” productions in Fremont, Ohio, and she enjoys playing the flute in various community groups.

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Cassie Paas

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Undergraduate Transfers
Assistant Director of Online Undergraduate Admissions, Transfer, and Articulation
419.448.3447
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Degrees & Certificates

MBA, Tiffin University

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Having completed my MBA online and from Tiffin University, I know firsthand what a quality education one receives from this institution. I was privileged enough to serve as the Graduate Assistant of Career Services for two years before transitioning into this role. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting students from all different backgrounds and it is with much excitement that I get to continue meeting new students and being an advocate for Tiffin University!

I grew up in Upper Sandusky, about 25 minutes south of Tiffin. What drew me to TU was the flexibility to complete my degree online while still feeling like I was a part of campus. Even though I never met my classmates or professors face to face, the class sizes were still small enough, allowing for a more personal relationship with all constituents. My experience was great; it is my hope to assist other students in reaching their educational goals, which excites me about this position!

Like everyone else, I experienced challenges while pursuing my education. Despite these hurdles, I never gave up; I learned how to adapt and gained some exceptional life skills along the way. Juggling academics with work and children is no easy task, but I accomplished my educational goals through time management and organizational skills. Being successful comes down to how motivated you are to work for what you want and then pushing yourself to reach it. Pursuing an education online allowed me to have the freedom to combine all my schedules.

When I am not working, you can find me with my two children, Lexie and Lennex. Lexie is very athletic and can be found cheering, doing gymnastics, playing baseball or touching up her karate skills. Lennex is her biggest fan and can often be heard clapping and yelling her on!

Vincent J. Palombo, DBA

School of Business
Associate Professor of Management
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Degrees & Certificates

DBA, Walden University
MBA, Myers University
BSBA, Myers University

Vince has worked in higher education since 2009. He has served in both teaching and administrative positions and has established an entrepreneurship center and developed new majors in entrepreneurship, health care management, and a master’s degree in business administration.

Prior to education, he spent over 20 years as the operations manager/owner for Terrell Manufacturing, where he managed all operations for the business supervising over 30 employees in the manufacturing of precision-machined products. His career experience involves a period of rapid growth and development by a dynamic corporate culture shift and the cultivation of long-term business relationships with customers and suppliers. Inspired by his experience, his dissertation topic was “Exploring Turnaround Strategies for Small Machine Shops,” a qualitative, ethnographic study.

In addition, he has served as a volunteer business advisor for Business Volunteers Unlimited and The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE). He is a stakeholder for Nelderm, a medical equipment start-up company, and a board member for Idea Works, a business and entrepreneurship support organization.

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Shane Parendo, Ph.D.

School of Business
Associate Professor of Economics and Analytics
419.448.3377
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

After completing a Master’s degree in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Parendo found his interests lied more in the area of Economics, one of his two minors as an undergraduate. At UCSB, he taught several finance classes as a graduate student while pursuing research in several fields, including Microeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics and Game Theory.

Prior to joining Tiffn University full time in 2011, Shane was an instructor for both the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University where he taught Introductory Macroeconomics, Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics and a graduate class in Industrial Organization. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society.

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Drew Parent

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Director of Bands
Instructor of Commercial Music
Marching & Concert Bands, Jazz & Funk Bands, Percussion, Rhythm Section Courses
419.448.3439
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in Music Education, Saginaw Valley State University
Master's in Percussion Performance, Central Michigan University

Drew Parent serves as Director of Bands and an Instructor of Music at Tiffin University, directing the TU Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, our premier touring ensemble Word On The Street (Funk/Fusion), and other small instrumental groups. He also teaches percussion/drumset lessons and general music courses. Mr. Parent has served as assistant marching band director at Trine University and drumline director at Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, and Central Michigan University. He has also taught and arranged percussion for many successful high school marching band programs in the Midwest that include Maumee High School, Springfield High School, Angola High School, Carroll High School, and Lake Orion High School. Along with teaching, Mr. Parent is also an active performer with his Detroit based percussion quartet Rela Percussion, as well as playing drums and percussion with many regional bands and artists. Mr. Parent received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University and his master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University.

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Jason Parkins

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Management
567.268.6060
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Economics, University of Findlay
M.B.A. Finance/Marketing, University of Findlay

Assistant Professor Jason Parkins started his career with Tiffin University in 2003 as an adjunct instructor.  Jason also served as an adjunct instructor for Owens Community College and the University of Findlay for 15 years.  In January 2022, Professor Parkins joined Tiffin University as a full-time faculty member in the School of Business, with an emphasis on marketing and supply chain curricula. Prior to a career in academics, Professor Parkins compiled an extensive, diverse background of experience in banking, as well as manufacturing/logistics, with a combined 27 years working for several multinational corporations.  During this time, Professor Parkins gained valuable domestic and international real-world  experience, which enables him to marry the academic theories with real-life examples, allowing his classroom to be exciting and relevant.  Professor Parkins earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Findlay.  In addition, Professor Parkins is completing his third year in the doctoral program at Tiffin University. Jason has always been an active member of his community, serving and/or chairing several non-profit Boards.  Currently, Jason is a Board Member for the Open Arms Domestic and Rape Crisis Board, the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Board, and a member of the Findlay Hancock County Kiwanis Club.  In the past, Professor Parkins was the Board Chair for the National Association of Credit Managers – Tire Manufacturers Division, Board Chair for Hancock Leadership Alumni Board, and Board Chair for the Findlay High School Trojan Club Athletic Boosters Board.  Professor Parkins and his wife Heather reside in Findlay, Ohio with their two daughters.

Mallory Parkins

Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
419.448.3386
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Favorite food: Chicken Tenders
Favorite TV show: New Girl
Motto to live by: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Favorite social media: Tiktok
Hometown: Findlay, OH
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Dakel Patterson

Student Affairs
Dean of Student Development and Transformation
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Degrees & Certificates

Master of Business Administration, The University of Findlay
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology, The University of Findlay

Dakel holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Findlay and a double Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from The University of Findlay. He enjoys all sports, coaching track and field athletes and custom cars!

Bobby Petras

Board of Trustees
COO & Co-Founder
Priority Life Care
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Degrees & Certificates

Business Administration, Tiffin University

Bobby has 15 years of experience in Seniors Housing. In addition to co-founding Priority Life Care, Bobby is also the Co-founder of Senior Housing  Maintenance, Senior Housing Wellness, and Connections Life Care Hospice. In addition to seniors housing, Bobby is also very active in the fitness community. He and his Wife Brandie own Mad Apple Fitness, Mad Apple Sports Performance  and the Masters Fitness Championship. Bobby and his wife also run the Bobby and Brandie Petras foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to  under privileged youths’ sports. Priority Life Care is the 30th largest assisted living operator in the country with more than 60  locations in 15 states and growing. Bobby and his wife are avid supports of Tiffin University and are members of the Tiffin Society  Visionary Circle. In addition, the Football locker room is named after Bobby and the football  conference room is named after Brandie. Bobby formerly served as Trustee on Tiffin University’s Board of Trustees from 2015-2022. Bobby and Brandie have 4 children: Bella, Bianca, Bobby III and Brielle. They reside in Fort  Wayne, Indiana.

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Kelly Petrosino

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Manager of Extended Learning & DragonNext
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I am the Manager of the Northwest Ohio Academic Center in partnership with Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio. I work with students who want to transfer credits they’ve earned at other schools toward a degree in Criminal Justice & Social Sciences or Business from Tiffin University.

I am passionate about helping each student customize a program that meets their needs and fits into their schedules as they pursue their degree and career goals. What I love most about my job is the opportunity to work with students from the beginning of their degree program until the day they walk across the stage to receive their diploma. I’m here for them throughout the entire process, giving guidance and encouragement all along the way. It is a true sense of accomplishment for the graduate and for me as well!

I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Counseling from Toledo University and have dedicated my career to helping others stretch for and achieve their personal best. Before joining Tiffin University in 2016, I spent nearly 30 years in social work, supervision and education. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling profession or job than where I am right now. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon!

When I’m not working, I spend most of my time with my husband, our four kids and friends. I enjoy doing anything outdoors, including attending live concerts and sporting events.

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Dr. Pete Piraino

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Dean of the School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
419.448.3395
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Governors State University
B.S., Law Enforcement Administration, Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service’s Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

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Dane Pitchford

Student Success Advising
Student Success Advisor
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Psychology, Bluffton University
M.A. in School Counseling, Heidelberg University
Licensed Professional School Counselor

Dane works with students to help them with any questions or issues they may have when it comes to their professional development. He can assist them with their course scheduling, changing majors and minors, and help them to ensure they reach their personal and professional goals. Outside of work, Dane enjoys video games, exercise, trips to Cedar Point, and playing with his pets.

Office: Murphy Center

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Kenneth Rauch, Ed.D.

School of Business
Director for Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change
419.448.3420
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Degrees & Certificates

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University
MSE in Training and Development, Indiana University
B.S. in Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University

Kenneth is an educator/business leader who is the current founding director of the Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program for Tiffin University. Experience as an instructor, presenter, mentor, and consultant developing curriculum, publishing, and mentoring. Experience with evaluation of academic programs, and as participant in determining policy and procedures guiding university programs to their fullest potential. Focused on teaching leadership, international studies and related social science topics. Strong interest in bridging academic disciplines with contemporary global and cross-cultural issues. Multidimensional background and interdisciplinary experience includes leadership and business expertise. Served in multiple roles as educator, consultant and strategist, and provided successful management of collaborative endeavors bringing business and academic experience to realize successful program development.

Research Interest

Eastern European leadership orientation within their transition economies; Generational attitudinal persistence of gender leadership inequality; Followership and role orientation in shared leadership (relational self-concept).

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J Rawls

TiffinArts
Visiting Instructor of Hip Hop & Music Business
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's in Business, University of Cincinnati
M.Ed., Ashland University
Doctorate in Education, Ohio University

J Rawls serves as Visiting Instructor of Hip Hop & Music Business at Tiffin University, where he teaches music industry courses, coaches hip hop performers, teaches turntablism and beatmaking, and presents regular workshops on music industry topics. Known for his work with Black Star, a hip hop group comprised of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Rawls contributed production on “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yo, Yeah,” which placed him on the map among independent hip hop producers. The album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star did was acclaimed as one of the best albums of 1998 and was a major force in the late-1990s underground hip hop explosion. Rawls has also worked with Dose One, Beastie Boyz, Slum Village, El Da Sensei, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Us3, and Moka Only. Rawls has released three solo albums, and contributed to or produced dozens of others, having worked with J-Live, Aloe Blacc, Eric Robertson, Dudley Perkins, and many others.  He is one-half of the duo The Lone Catalysts, with emcee J. Sands, having released four albums together. Fusing jazz and hip hop, his 2006 work with The Liquid Crystal Project led to national acclaim for his collaboration with B-Jazz, Shaun Scott, B Chapman and Selah and their tribute to the legendary producer J Dilla. His Columbus-based production company and record label continues to make an impact in the national hip hop scene, and he is in high demand as a DJ for top clubs and private functions around the country. Rawls holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in education from Ashland University, and a doctorate in education from Ohio University.

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Brad Rees

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Dean for the School of Creative and Media Arts
419.448.3317
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. Mass Communication, George Mason University
B.Mus. Vocal Performance, George Mason University
M.Mus. Choral Conducting, University of Northern Colorado
CAGS, Music Education, Boston University

Brad Rees, Dean for the School of Creative and Media Arts, conducts University Choirs, directs the award-winning a cappella ensemble Up in the Air, and teaches voice, music theory, music production & engineering, and music business. A leader in contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz education for two decades, Brad has served as the Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, on the faculty at Iowa’s School for Music Vocations, and on the jazz faculty at Bowling Green State University.  A frequent clinician at vocal music festivals across the US and Canada, he is a regular judge for ICCA, ICHSA and show choir competitions throughout the Midwest, and has served on the faculty of Halewyn Jazz Workshop in Belgium and many other summer workshops and camps.  His ensembles have appeared across the United States and Canada, at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and on tour in the Republic of China, Germany, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. His choirs have also performed on several national TV broadcasts.  His own performing credits include appearances with Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, Joe Williams, George Shearing, African gospel artist Rebecca Malope, and others. He sang with the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz quintet, The Axidentals, with Phil Mattson’s Voices, and in residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Brad holds degrees in choral conducting, voice, music education and public relations, and is an alum of Boston University, the University of Northern Colorado, Western Michigan University and George Mason University. He has served in leadership positions for the Ohio chapters of IAJE and ACDA, and his compositions and arrangements are available through UNC Jazz Press and TiffinMusic Publications. 

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Daniel E. Reineke

Board of Trustees
(Secretary of the Board)
Co-owner/co-manager
Reineke Family Dealerships, Tiffin Ford Lincoln Inc.
Tiffin, Ohio
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Daniel Reineke is co-owner/co-manager of Reineke Family Dealerships, Tiffin Ford Lincoln Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. His memberships include the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, National Automobile Dealers Association, Seneca County Home Builders Association, and St. Mary Parish. A member of the Calvert Catholic Educational Foundation, he served as Co-Chair of the Calvert Catholic Schools Annual Appeal (2005-2007), and is a past President/Board member of the Ritz Theatre. A resident of Tiffin, Ohio, Reineke joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2015.

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Professor Nicholas Reinhard

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Peer Mentors
419.448.3022
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Degrees & Certificates

M.Ed., Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
B.A., Education, Heidelberg University

Professor Reinhard is an Instructor of Social Sciences within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. A graduate of Hopewell-Loudon, Professor Reinhard is a life-long resident of rural Tiffin, OH. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Social Studies Education, 7-12 from Heidelberg College. He then went on to earn two graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University: a Master of Arts degree in Popular Culture and a Master of Education degree in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies.

Professor Reinhard is a familiar face within the Tiffin University community, having served in various positions throughout the university including adjunct faculty member teaching in all TU schools, success coach, and Coordinator of Student Outreach in Student Affairs during his first two years at the university.

In the local community, he is actively involved in the Bascom United Methodist church, serving as the director of the Ecumenical Vacation Bible School, Board Member, and Bell Choir Director. He also volunteers with F.A.C.T. (Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment) of Seneca County in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Professor Reinhard currently teaches various courses within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching a great deal of courses required for the Leadership Studies minor as well as advising many of the students that choose to advance their knowledge of leadership skills and theory in conjunction with their major field of study. In addition to teaching within the Leadership Studies program, he also assists in the oversight of the F. J. Miller Leadership Society, a collaborate effort between Academic and Student Affairs. Professor Reinhard also serves as the advisor to student organizations Tailor Made Swagg and the Saudi Student Organization.

Professor Reinhard’s current research interests include popular culture and media studies, theories of everyday living, culinary tourism, and race, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as best practices in leadership development.

Professor Reinhard is a proud member of the Tiffin University and a staunch supporter of student engagement inside and outside the classroom. Go Dragons!

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Nicholas J. Reinhard

Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness (CCU)
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences
Served 2016 – present
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A., Integrated Social Studies Education, Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH
M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
M.Ed., Human Movement, Sport and Leisure, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Professor Reinhard is an Instructor of Social Sciences within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. A graduate of Hopewell-Loudon, Professor Reinhard is a life-long resident of rural Tiffin, OH. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Social Studies Education, 7-12 from Heidelberg College. He then went on to earn two graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University: a Master of Arts degree in Popular Culture and a Master of Education degree in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies.

Professor Reinhard is a familiar face within the Tiffin University community, having served in various positions throughout the university including adjunct faculty member teaching in all TU schools, success coach, and Coordinator of Student Outreach in Student Affairs during his first two years at the university.

In the local community, he is actively involved in the Bascom United Methodist church, serving as the director of the Ecumenical Vacation Bible School, Board Member, and Bell Choir Director. He also volunteers with F.A.C.T. (Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment) of Seneca County in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Professor Reinhard currently teaches various courses within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching a great deal of courses required for the Leadership Studies minor as well as advising many of the students that choose to advance their knowledge of leadership skills and theory in conjunction with their major field of study. In addition to teaching within the Leadership Studies program, he also assists in the oversight of the F. J. Miller Leadership Society, a collaborate effort between Academic and Student Affairs. Professor Reinhard also serves as the advisor to student organizations Tailor Made Swagg and the Saudi Student Organization.

Professor Reinhard’s current research interests include popular culture and media studies, theories of everyday living, culinary tourism, and race, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as best practices in leadership development.

Professor Reinhard is a proud member of the Tiffin University and a staunch supporter of student engagement inside and outside the classroom. Go Dragons!

Michelle Renninger

University Retail & Postal Manager
419.448.3411
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Michelle Renninger serves as the University Retail and Postal Manger for Tiffin University.

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Judy Reynolds

Office of Marketing & Communications
Graphic Designer
419.448.3348
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in Design Leadership, The Modern College of Design in Kettering, Ohio (formerly: SAA College/School of Advertising Art)

Judy designs and updates Tiffin Universities publications, alumni magazine, advertisements, direct mail pieces, invitations, logos, brochures, signage, and other marketing and educational materials as needed. She collaborates with several departments across the university to help achieve their needs while maintaining brand graphic and editorial standards to develop print communications for internal and external audiences. Judy has a creative mindset and love the day to day challenges that TU brings.

Hometown: Bellevue, Ohio

Fun Fact: I can solve rubix cubes!I have two children, my son Chase, and daughter Laken, and I have a chihuahua named Rosey

Professor Ronee Rice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Visiting Professor of Psychology
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Degrees & Certificates

Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Toledo
M.A., Counseling, Heidelberg University
B.S., Psychology, Heidelberg University

Ronee Rice is joining Tiffin University as a Visiting Professor of Psychology. As a proud first-generation student, she is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toledo in the Doctoral Counselor Education & Supervision program. Her dissertation is focused on exploring the prevalence of sexual harassment experienced by counselors. Ronee earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling with a clinical counseling concentration from Heidelberg University.

Ronee is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio with experience in private practice, college counseling, and school-based mental health. Ronee established the Center for Survivor Empowerment office at Heidelberg University, an office dedicated to providing resources, programming, and advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence. She brought Green Dot Bystander training to Heidelberg University which engages all members of the campus community to intervene in situations that may lead to potential violence. She oversaw the implementation of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program grant from 2017-2020. Additionally, Ronee, coauthored and was awarded a $300k grant to continue the work of the Center for Survivor Empowerment. Ronee also was awarded a grant through the Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health Collaborative Program Developmental grants which focused on bringing suicide prevention and awareness programming.

Ronee is a member of the following professional organizations: American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio Counseling Association, Northwest Ohio Counseling Association, Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, & Gender Expansive Identities, & Ohio Counselors for Social Justice. She is a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Seneca County and Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling honorary. Ronee also serves as a board member for the Seneca County Council on Homelessness.
Ronee loves to spend time with her husband and three boys. She enjoys going on hikes and other adventures with her family.

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BK Riha

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Arts Recruiting Coordinator
Instructor of Commercial Music
Musicianship, Vocal Groups
419.448.3380
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory & Voice, Ashland University
Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Kent State University

BK Riha serves as Arts Recruiting Assistant and Instructor of Music. She currently teaches Music Fundamentals and directs a vocal small group. In addition to her work at TU, BK is also a published a cappella arranger, producer, and clinician. Her arrangements have been performed by scholastic and professional groups across the globe, and she has led workshops on arranging, directing, music theory, and vocal percussion. BK is the founder, producer, and director of Zero to Sixty, Ohio’s summer a cappella group (non profit). She has a Master of Music in Choral Conducting (Kent State University) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory & Voice (Ashland University). In her spare time, BK enjoys reading tarot cards, solving logic puzzles, trying new recipes, and cuddling with her sassy rat terrier, Ellie.

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Tangi Ritchie, J.D.

Financial Aid
Director of Financial Aid
419.448.3279
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Arts, Heidelberg University
Master of Business Administration, Tiffin University
Juris Doctor, Western Michigan University Thomas M Cooley Law School
Tiffin University’s Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations Certification
ATIXA Title IX Investigator Level 3 Certification
ATIXA’s Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker Certification
ATIXA Title IX Investigator Level 3 Certification
ATIXA’s Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker Certification

The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the overall administration of financial aid programs and provides leadership and effective management to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and institutional financial aid program policies and regulations.

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Deborah Roszman

Office of Marketing & Communications
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
419.448.3513
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Degrees & Certificates

BA in Speech Communication and Public Relations, Miami University

As the Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications, Deborah helps to define, achieve objectives and outcomes that reinforce Tiffin University’s marketing/communications plan, both internally and externally. She is the coordinator for establishing a production schedule, planning content, generating story ideas and assists in coordinating the production of print, electronic, video and web-based communications in conjunction with individuals and offices for the university.

Hometown: Tiffin, Ohio

Fun Fact: I have a husband and 2 kids, as well as 2 dogs!

Favorite Weekend Hobbies: Gardening and Painting

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Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Dean for the School of Science, Technology, and Health
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
419.448.5114
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., University of South Florida
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry courses as well as non-traditional multidisciplinary courses such as Forensic Science, Caveman Chemistry, Consumer Applications of Chemistry, Marine Science, and Food Science. He is very excited to be at Tiffin University and hopes his experience below will help students be empowered to value their education and become lifelong-learners, develop their maximum potential, and reach their career goals “for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service” (Tiffin University Mission).

Dr. Sabo joined Tiffin University in August of 2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. For sixteen years before coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Sabo was at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Swink Professor for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and Director of the Catawba Analytical Research Laboratory (CARL). While at Catawba, Dr. Sabo spent many summers as a Visiting Scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA. He helped develop and improve instrumental techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel.  From 1994 – 1998, Dr. Sabo served Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chemistry Education and Visiting Associate Professor at Miami University where he was responsible for faculty enhancement, curriculum and materials development, student enrichment programs, networking, and program evaluation in the area of chemical technology. From 1990 – 1994 he worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation to develop new analytical methodologies to solve a variety of industrial problems. During his time at Quantum Chemical, he served as industrial mentor and instructor for Miami University’s Partners for Terrific Science industrial/academic program

Stephen Sanney

Student Affairs
Assistant Dean of Student Life
567.268.6080
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Psychology, Albion College
M.A. in Higher Education, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

In the role of Assistant Dean, Stephen oversees the student conduct process and supervises the areas of Residence Life, Housing Operations, Student Engagement, and Campus Safety.

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Andrew Savage

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Biology
SAS Lab Director
419.448.3428
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Andrew earned his Ph.D. conducting research on respiratory adaptations of fish to low environmental oxygen levels. He also conducted research on skeletal morphology in fish and histopathology of arthritis in humans. Andrew currently teaches anatomy and physiology focusing on the medical applications of these fields. His personal research covers many areas but is largely focused on understanding the interactions and adaptations of burrowing animals in estuarine environments. This research includes behavioral, morphological, taxonomical, and physiological studies of fish and invertebrates. In addition to his teaching and research, he is the lab director for the STEAM building and the faculty mentor for the applied health science and nursing recipients of the Choose Ohio First Scholarship.

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Pam Schalk

Business Office
Assistant Controller
419.448.3272
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Pam Schalk serves as the Assistant Controller for Tiffin University in the Business Office.

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Justin Schlenker

Information Technology Services
Enterprise Applications Director
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Justin is responsible for the extraction and movement of data between disparate systems; assisting departments with data reporting needs; the analysis, design, and creation of reports for administrative offices; and assisting with general technical support of administrative systems.

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R. Diane Schmallegger, Ed.D.

Online & Extended Learning Admissions, School of Education and Extended Learning
Director of Learning Design
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Degrees & Certificates

Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University
M.A. in Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado
B.A. in Mass Communications with emphases in Public Relations and Broadcasting

Diane is Director of Learning Design at Tiffin University in Ohio, where she has worked as a remote employee since July of 2019. She manages a remote team of instructional designers and leads efforts to create Tiffin’s online courses.

She currently resides in Estero, Florida, situated on the Gulf Coast between Naples and Fort Myers.

In 2020, she moved from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she had worked as an Instructional Designer for MGM Resorts in their corporate office. At MGM, from 2014 to 2019, she created a blended-learning program for new leaders and led efforts to pilot and launch an online professional development program for line-level employees.

At The Learning House, in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2006 to 2013, she managed a faculty support team in preparing their online classes, led the creation and delivery of a faculty development class, which introduced faculty at more than 100 institutions to the Moodle learning management systems and online pedagogy, and implemented a team to provide technical support for both faculty and students.

She then served as Director of Instructional Design for the division of Distance Education at Utah Valley University, where she worked as part of a team to develop quality standards for online courses and led implementation of these standards.

Her research interests include examination of how hosting platforms may influence course quality and delivery of massively open online courses (MOOCs); academic integrity as it pertains to online education; and how Community of Inquiry supports the distance education environment.

Waiting 12 years after high school to begin her undergraduate degree at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, she can relate to non-traditional students and is passionate about encouraging adults to pursue their dreams through higher education. Excited about the high quality online courses she has completed, and discouraged about the low quality ones, she is driven to do what she can to improve the online learning experience for both learners and educators.

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J. Stephen Schult, CPA

Board of Trustees
Retired Partner of Gilmore Jasion Mahler, Ltd.
Gilmore Jasion Mahler, Ltd.
Waterville, Ohio
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A resident of Waterville, Ohio, Stephen Schult is a CPA who has been a tax partner at the accounting firm Gilmore Jasion Mahler, Ltd. (GJM) for 20 years. GJM is the largest locally owned accounting firm in Northwest Ohio with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Prior to joining GJM, Steve spent 14 years developing his auditing and tax expertise at the Toledo office of Ernst & Young. Steve earned a BSBA (summa cum laude) with a specialization in accounting from The Ohio State University, and studied abroad at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. He has served as treasurer for the City of Waterville for the past 15 years and is currently a board member for the Boy Scouts of America Erie Shores Council. He is a past president of both the Rotary Club of Waterville, Ohio, and The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Lucas County. He is a 1992 Leadership Toledo graduate, as well as a past board member for The University of Toledo Family Business Center and a past board member and treasurer for The Victory Center, a nonprofit that assists cancer patients and their families. Schult joined TU’s Board of Trustees in 2019.

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Lillian Schumacher, Ed.D.

Board of Trustees
Degrees & Certificates

Ed.D., Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Organization Development, Bowling Green State University
B.A., Economics, Allegheny College

Dr. Lillian “Lil” Schumacher took the helm as Tiffin University’s Interim President on January 11, 2016 and was named President just five months later on June 8, 2016.  Prior to her presidency, she has been an integral part of the University since 2010, first as Dean of the School of Business and more recently as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Tiffin University and the City of Tiffin have been part of my family for over 30 years,” Schumacher said.  “TU is a great institution in a fine city and I am thrilled to continue its tradition of success.  We have a supportive and engaged Board of Trustees, an exceptional faculty and staff who believe in student success, and an outstanding, diverse student body that expects the best from us.  With these strengths, we will achieve great things.”

A natural leader who has experience and academic training in leadership, Dr. Schumacher has over 33 years of expertise in higher education and corporate environments in areas of strategic leadership, program development, outcomes assessment and accreditation, teaching, budget preparation and administration, staff selection and evaluation, and fundraising.  As a professor of management, she has designed and taught courses and workshops in the areas of organizational behavior and change, strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, career mapping, human resources, international business and global leadership, and other related disciplines.

With over 23 years of serving as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership development, global thinking, executive coaching, strategic planning, human resources, career coaching and change management, Dr. Schumacher believes in an organizational culture that embraces mutual respect, accountability, intentional actions, diversity, inclusion and clear decision-making aligned with organizational values.

She has demonstrated her ability to manage and advocate change processes in higher educational and corporate settings, and is a highly motivated, results-oriented professional with an approachable leadership style and a strong work ethic marked by dedication, initiative, integrity and professionalism.

During her time as President, she has established a Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness commitment, which assures students, employers and our community that TU graduates, regardless of their area of specialty, are innovative problem-solvers who can leverage diversity of any type to work effectively with people who are different from them and produce innovative ideas.  She has created the Center for InterculTURal Excellence that launched in January 2022. President Schumacher also instituted “Guiding Principles,” which very clearly state TU’s strategic priorities, purpose, mission and vision along with ICARE values.  In addition, she led the effort in raising $8 million, after a $4 million donor match, within her first 18 months in the job and has since continued to fundraise successfully through a multi-year comprehensive campaign.

Prior to returning to Tiffin with her family in 2010, President Schumacher was an Associate Professor and founding Director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She served as the first Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Chancellor University in Cleveland, Ohio and prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, where she also served as the Graduate Program Director and Assessment Coordinator for the school.

In the private sector, President Schumacher is a trained facilitator and executive coach specializing in the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Assessment, DISC Personal Profile Systems and Franklin Covey’s Four Disciplines of Execution.  She has consulted with both national and international companies.

Dr. Schumacher serves as board director for Webster Industries and the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.  She is past president of the Industrial Management Council and has served in various leadership positions for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). She is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio (AICUO), and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).
A true Renaissance woman who knows that technology has placed the world at our fingertips, President Schumacher is actively involved in the global aspect of education, having served as a board member for the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) until December 2016.  She is now striving to integrate global diversity into curricular and extra-curricular experiences for all Tiffin University students.

President Schumacher holds a Doctorate in Leadership Studies and Master’s degrees in Organization Development and Higher Education Administration, all from Bowling Green State University.  She earned a Bachelor degree in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Although she has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, President Schumacher is happy to call Tiffin her home.

President Schumacher brings a high degree of accountability to ensure creative, stimulating and positive environments to her position at Tiffin University.

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John Schupp, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Outreach Coordinator for the Drone Academy
419.448.3507
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S., Cleveland State University
Ph.D., Chemistry, Cleveland State University

Dr. Schupp has twenty-five years experience in the synthetic crystal industry, from 1980 to 2005. In which time he received four patents in the area being granted in 2002.
Dr. Schupp started a student veteran program at Cleveland State in Fall 2006, and since 2009, he has spoken to over 600 campuses nationwide regarding veteran education.
Dr. Schupp helped write, pass and fund legislation for a FIPSE grant in 2010 which provided $6M in grants to over twenty campuses nationwide for veteran education.
Dr. Schupp is the winner of the Zachary Fisher Humanitarian of the Year award from the Department of Defense.

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Dr. David Selnick

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies
419.448.3325
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Media, Culture, and Heritage, Newcastle University (UK)
M.A., War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada
Master of Organization Development, Bowling Green State University
B.S., Business Administration, Bowling Green State University

Professor Selnick joined Tiffin University in January 2013. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force, performing duty as a Cyberspace Operations officer, a Logistics officer, and a Politico-Military specialist. Professor Selnick served in numerous locations across the United States, as well as several foreign countries.

During his time in the Air Force, Professor Selnick spent four years in Ottawa, Canada, as a Foreign Exchange Officer with the Canadian Forces, serving in a semi-diplomatic capacity. He also served in Baghdad, Iraq, as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he helped plan, execute, and manage the largest logistical movement of U.S. troops and materiel since World War II–including subsistence products worth over $3 billion per year. As a result of his efforts, he was awarded the Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award at the Major Command level. Professor Selnick later served as a communications officer for Special Operations Command Central, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the Middle East as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His responsibilities included tactical and base-level communications for Special Operations Forces in the entire U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. In 2007, US Central Command named him the Communications Officer of the Year. Professor Selnick’s last assignment prior to retiring from the Air Force was as the Chief of Cyber Security Strategy and Planning at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. There, he was responsible for numerous efforts, including working cooperatively with our defense industry partners to better protect their networks from cyber espionage and with the Intelligence Community to determine the damage that resulted (in terms of dollars, technological knowledge, and the development of countermeasures) from cyber intrusions. He also worked extensively with offices across the service to reorganize the way the Air Force manages cryptography.

He is a co-author of a cultural heritage protection guide jointly published by the DoD Legacy Program and the Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group and also a contributor to a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization effort to develop cultural property training for militaries around the world.

Professor Selnick is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), an independent policy institute based in London, UK; the US Committee of the Blue Shield; the Archaeological Institute of America and its Cultural Heritage Military Panel; the Military Cultural Heritage Advisory Group; the Society for Military History; the Air Force Association; and the Jane Austen Society of North America. He is also a certified Project Management Professional ® through the Project Management Institute.

Professor Selnick has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Organization Development degree, also from BGSU, a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Media, Culture, and Heritage Studies from Newcastle University, where he researched the effectiveness of international laws in helping to protect cultural property in conflict zones.

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Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

President's Cabinet
Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs
Professor of Management
419.448.3309
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., Ohio State University

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed a ten-year career in the insurance industry. She joined TU in 1993 as an adjunct professor while completing her doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. She has held numerous positions during her tenure at TU, including the founding Director for the degree completion program, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Assessment, and most recently as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shafer currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness where she provides leadership and oversight for institutional research, strategic planning, global education, career services, and accreditation activities of the University. Dr. Shafer continues to oversee operations in Bucharest, Romanian where we have offered the EMBA for 20 years and will start a BBA in Management in fall 2019. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a Peer Reviewer. She has successfully led TU’s compliance efforts to obtain maximum reaffirmations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), HLC, and Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP). She also serves as a Board Member for ECBE. Dr. Shafer holds the rank of Professor of Management within the TU School of Business.

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Dr. Johnathon Sharp

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
419.448.3500
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Psychology (Specialization in Forensic Psychology), Walden University
Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Walden University
M.S., Criminal Justice (Forensic Psychology), Tiffin University
Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Justice Administration), Tiffin University
Associates in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Terra State Community College

Dr. Johnathon Sharp is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Chair for online undergraduate and graduate criminal justice and social science programs. Dr. Sharp has an Associate degree in criminal justice from Terra State Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice majoring in criminal justice administration and a Master’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic psychology from Tiffin University; a PhD in psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology, and a second PhD in criminal justice both from Walden University.His first dissertation was job satisfaction in law enforcement officers according to generational cohorts, and his second was harm reduction strategies and law enforcement’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Johnathon has also conducted research on elderly victimology, on perceptions versus realities of the law, public cynicism and citizen video journalism towards police, race/ethnicity in the context of officer involved shootings and a main research focus on police psychology. He has mentored a number of undergraduate and graduate students on their research projects also. Dr. Sharp is a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP), and the Consortium of Police/Public Safety Psychological Services (COPPS) and also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

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Kylie Skeel, Ph.D

School of Creative and Media Arts
Assistant Professor of English
419.448.5868
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Degrees & Certificates

M.H., in English, Tiffin University
B.A., in English with Licensure in Education, Tiffin University
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Kylie Skeel teaches rhetoric, research, and academic writing undergraduate and graduate courses at Tiffin University. Her research interests include first-generation college students, feminist rhetoric, and first-year writing studies. Kylie serves as the co-founder and advisor for First-Generation Dragons, the on-campus student organization, and she is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. She has also been accepted to present her research nationally at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2021 (Zoom), 2022 (Zoom), and 2023 (Chicago, IL). Kylie’s dissertation entitled “We Should All Be Feminists:” Supporting Black Women First-Generation College Students in the Writing Classroom was successfully defended in March of 2023 and she was also the youngest Ph.D. graduate at BGSU in 2023.

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Brian Smith

Information Technology Services
Analytics
419.448.3265
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Brian is responsible for the extraction and movement of data between disparate systems; assisting departments with data reporting needs; the analysis, design, and creation of reports for administrative offices; and assisting with general technical support of administrative systems.

Shawn Smith

Board of Trustees
Chairman and CEO
Dedicated Financial GBC
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Shawn Smith is chairman and CEO of Dedicated Financial GBC. When Shawn founded the company in 2015, his vision was to create a new kind of commercial loan portfolio management company, combining both a new model of connecting on a personal level with those in financial trouble  and a new corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, the company has grown by 50%  or more every year since its inception. 

For its revolutionary approach, Dedicated has been rewarded both with strong team member  loyalty and a solid client base of like-minded companies.

Shawn created a model of philanthropy that leverages the resources of Dedicated Financial GBC  to improve communities around the world, donating both money and time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Shawn and his wife, Stephanie, have focused their personal philanthropy  on children’s health and well-being, education, hunger, and other social issues. 

In addition, Shawn is the Executive Director of the Jenika Francois Foundation, which partners  with nonprofits that help mend broken spirits, heal mental and physical pain, and help children and families to flourish on their own. 

Shawn believes that businesses have the greatest opportunity to change the world and Dedicated  is taking steps to prove that. He has embraced a multi-stakeholder approach to leadership, serving all stakeholders including clients, team members, business partners, and communities-to  make the world a better place. Shawn also inspires fellow business leaders to do the same by sponsoring client service trips to underdeveloped countries and ensuring that, at Dedicated  Financial GBC, men and women are paid equally for comparable work. 

Shawn is a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry. Prior to launching Dedicated Financial GBC, he worked at various companies where team members were devalued and unappreciated, thus fueling his passion for justice and equality in business as well as in life.

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Dawn Smith

The Exchange-1888 Apparel & Post Associate
419.448.3437
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate Degree

Dawn serves Tiffin University’s campus in a customer service role in the campus store and mail center. Dawn is a wife and mother to 2 children, 4 step children and 8 grandchildren.

Javier Solorzano Parada

Office for Equity, Access & Opportunity
Assistant Vice President for Intercultural and Community Engagement
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Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, University of Michigan
Master of Arts in Higher Education, University of Michigan

The Assistant Vice President for Intercultural and Community Engagement is responsible for the oversight of the Office for Equity, Access, and Opportunity and serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Elizabeth Sprunk, Ph.D.

School of Science, Technology and Health
Professor
Dean of Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., in Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado M.S., in Nursing, Medical College of Ohio B.S., in Nursing, Franklin University

Dr. Elizabeth Sprunk is a licensed registered nurse with over 39 years of experience in health care practice and academic settings. Dr. Sprunk is the Dean of Nursing and Professor at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franklin University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Ohio, and a PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Sprunk’s area of clinical expertise is medical-surgical and orthopedic nursing. In addition, Dr. Sprunk is certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Sprunk serves as a program evaluator and evaluation review panel member for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Dr. Sprunk’s major research interest is academic incivility, with a specific focus on student and faculty incivility; the impact incivility has on students, faculty, and administrators; and prevention strategies and methods to manage incivility.

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Dr. Craig Stapley

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
567.268.6055
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Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
B.A., Japanese, Brigham Young University

Dr. Stapley has been involved in the field of security studies for over 15 years and in International Relations and Comparative Politics for over 25 years. In that time, he has travelled extensively, spending time in Japan, China, the Soviet Union (in 1989), and Israel. He has also worked in government and casualty insurance fields.

Dr. Stapley received his B.A. in Japanese from Brigham Young University and was working in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh staged the Oklahoma City Terrorist Bombing. Based on that experience and others, he returned to school to pursue graduate work. He completed a Master of Public Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate in Political Science with an emphasis on terrorist targeting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

Dr. Stapley taught at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2004 as a Graduate Teaching Associate, teaching independent classes of American Government and International Relations in both traditional and online settings. He then taught at Kansas State University from 2005 to 2016 in traditional, online and video teleconference settings. While at Kansas State, he also directed the graduate program in Security Studies. Also while at Kansas State University, Dr. Stapley guest-lectured and conducted classes at the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tiffin University. Dr. Stapley also has an unusual teaching background including teaching English as a Second Language as well as university classes in dance.

Dr. Stapley has presented scholarship at The Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and at professions conferences including the International Studies Association, the Peace Science Society, and the Southwest Social Science Association Conference.

His scholarship has appeared in such peer reviewed journals as the Open Journal of Political Science (2014), Journal of Politics (2014), International Interactions (2014), Global Security Studies (2012), and Contemporary Security Policy (2006). He has also contributed to the edited volumes Terrorism’s Unanswered Questions (2008), and The Handbook of Security (2006). Dr. Stapley has also published book reviews in the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section (2001).

Dr. Stapley has been a member of the editorial board of the refereed journal Global Security Studies as well as Research Associate at the Consortium for Small Arms Research, and Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He has won and been nominated for University wide awards for teaching and advising.

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Laura Stark

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Dance Team Director & Choreographer
Arts Operations Assistant
419.448.3360
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Degrees & Certificates

Heidelberg University

Laura Stark serves as director and choreographer for the Tiffin University Dance Team, as well as Arts Operation Assistant.  Laura is a veteran ballet dancer, having studied under the Cincinnati Ballet, Chicago Ballet, BalletMet and American Ballet Theatre, spending two summer intensives at the Ohio Ballet, and attending the Universal Ballet Academy.  She started her dance education under Judy Reading for 12 years, and also studied jazz under Jennifer Bates. While at BalletMet and performed classical and contemporary works from the artistic Directer Gerard Charles.  She took Ballroom while attending Heidelberg University under Steven Velasquez, competed at the collegiate level, and went on to teach the Heidelberg ballroom group.  She currently serves as ballet instructor at In Motion Dance Studio, teaching students the passion and grace since 2007.  She also continues her dance career with Findlay academy of Ballet along with Neos Dance Theatre.  She studied piano and music music theory with Brian Bevelander and voice with Renee Clair, and served as organist/vocalist for All Saints Parish for twelve years and music director, organist and vocalist for St. Patrick’s for three years.

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Prisca Strother

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Artist-In-Residence
Instructor of Commercial Music
Songwriting, Voice, Keyboard, Artist Development, Musicianship, Entrepreneurship, TiffinMusic Studios
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B.A. in Humanities, Point University
Professional study with Billy Hume, Tricky Stewart

With more than 15 years of success in the music industry, Artist-In-Residence PRISCA is an accomplished and versatile music professional with a diverse skill set including recording studio production and management, vocal and keyboard performance, songwriting, artist development and education, tour management and booking, and music publishing and licensing. A voting member of The Recording Academy and an active member of BMI, PRISCA holds over 100 credits as producer, songwriter, and vocalist, equally adept at composing beats, tracks, and film scores. She has extensive knowledge and experience in music licensing, touring, fundraising, product design and live events, and has a deep passion for teaching and working in non-profit arts organizations.

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Jennifer Stuller

Information Technology Services
User Services Manager
419.448.3318
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Jennifer’s primary responsibilities include augmenting support of the file/print services and email systems, such as system upgrades, patching, testing documentation, and planning. Also responsible for scheduling and monitoring systems backups, and assisting the Senior Systems Administration and CIO with technology programs and initiatives.

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Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.

School of Business
Vice Provost for Academics, Campus Programs
419.448.3315
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J.D., Ohio Northern University
M.B.A., Bowling Green State University
B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University

Dr. Sullivan began his career with Tiffin University in January of 1991 as Director of the Lima Program. In May of 2000, Dr. Sullivan earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, at which time, he joined the full-time faculty teaching in the areas of Law and Finance. In addition, during his 16 years with Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan has also taught undergraduate courses in the areas of economics, management and marketing.

He has served as the Chair of the Accounting, Economics, Finance and Law Department, as well as on the Athletic and the Curriculum Committees at the University. For five seasons, he was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach. Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the faculty advisor to the University’s Investment Club.

Prior to arriving at Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan worked for Whirlpool Corporation. In addition, he worked as a Mutual Fund and Insurance Representative selling Long-Term Care Insurance, and advising individuals on their mutual funds, IRA’s, Keoghs, 401(K) plans, 403(B) plans as well as annuities.

His favorite past time is spending time with his wife and two children.

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Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.

School of Business
Professor of Management
419.448.3261
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D.S.M., United States Sports Academy – Sports Management and Human Resource Management
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Sports Administration
B.S., Troy University – Physical Education N-12

Bonnie Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy (USSA), is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. Tiell is the founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience (OAE), a program through Tiffin University that offers students from around the world the opportunity for on-site study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition in an Olympic host city. She is also co-founder of a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in Olympic host cities with two-time Olympian, Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, who serves as co-director.

Tiell received Tiffin University’s Provost award in 2017, the highest recognition for faculty at the institution. In 2016, she was recognized as Woman of the Year in Sports by the Cleveland Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). In the same year, it was the second time she was the recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Tiell also received the Donahue Service Award in 2013 from NCAA II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

In 2014, Tiell was named USSA Alumnus of the Year.  She currently serves as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, a prestigious group of educators who teach international sport administration and coaching programs abroad. In 2017, Tiell participated in the Academy’s program to teach sports management to students from the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. She taught the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management program, which prepares participants for leadership roles in sport. In 2018, she is administering a similar program for the Federation of Disabled Sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Tiell is also co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Symposium, a program partially financed and now administrated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Women Leaders in College Sports. The three-day program facilitates the entry, retention, and advancement of females in intercollegiate athletics.

A published scholar of almost 100 articles and manuscripts, Tiell authored a textbook for Jones & Bartlett on “Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach” in 2017. The book features best practices, case studies, global spotlights and industry voices from respected executives from every facet of the sports industry. Tiell has traveled across five continents speaking and delivering sport education programs.

Tiell is spearheading a “Salute to Olympians” week in Tiffin, Ohio in 2018 which will feature a slate of activities involving Olympic athletes and coaches from multiple countries. She led a group of 17 students and scholars in the 4th Olympic Academic Experience during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil highlighted by programs at the Olympic Reunion Center, the Brazilian Sailing Federation Headquarters, and at the 8th International Sport Business Symposium which featured executives from the IOC and local organizing committees. The Salute to Olympians Week will coincide with the opening of registration for participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Academic Experience.

In her faculty role at Tiffin University, Tiell served as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, Dean of Graduate Studies, and MBA Chair. She also taught in the Executive MBA program in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to her faculty appointment, Tiell served as Senior Woman Administrator and an assistant athletic director. She is a member of the TU Hall of Fame for her extensive coaching accolades. She has coached volleyball, softball (1993 national qualifier), and tennis (2006 national qualifier) for Tiffin University. She also coached briefly at Alfred University in New York (volleyball and track) and at Peace College in North Carolina (basketball – assistant).

Tiell she holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Troy University, a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in Sports Management from the USSA. She writes a monthly column for the Advertiser-Tribune focusing on economic, global, and social issues in sport. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Tiffin, OH. Their oldest daughter (Kimberly) is a sales manager in Atlanta, GA and their youngest (Katie) is a student-athlete (swimming) studying communications and emerging media while minoring in sport management at Lynn University in Boca, Raton, FL.

Kit Tiell

Board of Trustees
Tiell Financial Group
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I received a Bachelors in Business from Tiffin University in 2008 and an MBA from Webster University in London in 2010. I started my career as a tax advisor working for both Deloitte and EY preparing US and UK tax returns for ultra-high net worth individuals. In 2016, I returned home to join Tiell Financial Group as part of the succession planning as my aunt, the founder, prepared for her own retirement. My role at Tiell Financial Group continues to evolve depending on client needs and industry trends. My job allows me to help friends, family, and neighbors save for the future, retire with confidence, and transition through stages of life. 

I hold Series 7 and Series 66 registrations along with licensing in Life, Variable Annuities, Accident, and Health. I am a Financial Advisor & Investment Advisor Representative (IAR). 

I am passionate about downtown Tiffin and recently completed a multi-year renovation of a historic building where I reside on the 2nd floor and rent out the storefront and 2 additional apartments. To help further the revitalization in downtown Tiffin, I serve on the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, the Downtown Development Committee and the Downtown Tiffin Business Enhancement Committee where I speak with business owners and make connections to needed services. 

Outside work, I am a dedicated member of Crossfit Tiffin and enjoy running with my dog Killian. “Do one thing every day that scares you” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Jamie Tooman

School of Science, Technology and Health
Assistant Professor, Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
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M.S., in Nursing, University of Phoenix Master of Health Administration B.S., in Nursing, Spring Arbor University

Jamie Tooman is a licensed registered nurse with 18 years of experience in the acute care setting and the academic setting. Ms. Tooman is the Interim Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, a Master of Health Administration from and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Tooman’s area of clinical expertise is critical care nursing, nursing management and case management. She has served as an elected official on the Benton Carroll Salem local schools Board of Education for 10 years.

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Ashley Triplat

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
567.268.6022
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After many years serving the Tiffin community as a photographer Ashley had the pleasure of working with Tiffin University’s marketing department and fell in love with the campus. The faculty, staff and students at TU welcomed her in as one of their own which ultimately led her to a career change. In her role as an Online Admissions Counselor she looks forward to meeting new students and helping them achieve their goals with professional development through education. Her motto is that every day is the first day of the rest of your life.  It’s never too late to chase your dreams.

As well as working for TU, Ashley is a native Californian that loves the ocean, tacos, music and traveling.  Outside of the office you will still find her with a camera in hand creating art for families across Northwest Ohio. She also loves reading and writing in her spare time, but most importantly she takes pride in being a mom to her three boys.

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Elisha Tyree, M.Ed.

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Academic Advisor
419.448.3454
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor’s of Art in Early Childhood Education, Heidelberg University
Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership, Grand Canyon University

My passion for education began at an early age and has continued into a path of lifelong learning. I earned my Bachelor’s of Art in Early Childhood Education from Heidelberg University. I taught for a couple of years and decided to further my education. Through dedication, time management and commitment, I earned my Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership through an online platform at Grand Canyon University. Pursuing further education online allowed for the balancing of work, education, and children. I initially became interested in higher education while working with students who were transitioning from school to adulthood. My interest in working in higher education intensified when my oldest son, Brendon, began pursuing his college programs and goals.

As an advisor, I am one of the first people for my students to contact with all their needs to pursue their dreams and goals.  I will guide students through their higher education experience here at Tiffin University. Life and challenges will happen but staying a motivated student is an important characteristic to utilize while completing an online degree. It is important that they have a supportive resource that will guide and encourage them to do their best!  I believe that I must be one of their biggest supporters!

Outside of work, I enjoy watching sports and road tripping through Ohio. I love the scenic shores of Lake Erie and the relaxation that waves hitting the shore brings.  I enjoy professional sports but you can generally find me cheering on my youngest son, Braylon, at his football, basketball or baseball games. My family has a true love for baseball in which we spend many weekends during the summer traveling to baseball tournaments. I have truly enjoyed being both of my son’s biggest fan!

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Amarachi Uzowuru

Career Services
Graduate Assistant for Career Services
419.448.3313
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Degrees & Certificates

M.B.A in Data Analytics
B.S. in Political Science

As a Graduate Assistant for Career services, Amarachi is responsible for vetting and posting career and internship opportunities, researching current career-ready tools, and keeping the resources new and relevant for use in career coaching sessions. Amarachi assists with special programming and projects such as career fairs, training sessions, classroom presentations, and other programming initiatives. Outside of work she loves traveling to different places to experience different cultures and make new friends.

Joseph Van Kerkhove

School of Creative and Media Arts, TiffinArts
Associate Professor of Art
Advisor of the TU Art Team
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BFA, The Columbus College of Art and Design
MFA in Printmaking, Indiana University

Joseph Van Kerkhove is an accomplished artist, who also holds the positions of Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Diane Kidd Gallery. In his role as Advisor to the Tiffin University Art Team, he draws upon his extensive experience to guide and support students with interests in art. Van Kerkhove resides in Toledo, Ohio, where he runs his printmaking studio from his home. He holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University and a B.F.A. from The Columbus College of Art and Design. His artwork reflects his personal experiences and incorporates a blend of traditional and experimental printmaking techniques.

Joseph’s unique ability to manipulate familiar images into complex compositions allows viewers to reflect and relate to their own memories and experiences. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he is currently represented by J. Petter Galleries in Saugatuck, MI. Joseph is an active member of the Mid America Print Council (MAPC) and Southern Graphics Council International (SGC).

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Joseph is a co-founder of the Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations (EVAC) Project. As an advisor, he oversees the recruitment of participating artists for the project, which brings together veterans and artists. Through the EVAC Project, curators interview veterans about their experiences, and artists create prints based on their interpretation of those stories. The prints are exhibited alongside excerpts from the transcribed interviews, bridging the gap between military and civilian life. The EVAC Project has traveled to over 20 venues since its inception in 2017, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dulles International Airport, Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum, and The Flatiron Building in New York City. Additionally, the project was featured at the Mid America Print Conference at Kent State University.

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Lindsay Vance

School of Education and Extended Learning, School of Science, Technology and Health
Lourdes University Liaison for Education
419.448.3385
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Degrees & Certificates

Doctorate in Foundations of Education with an emphasis in Educational Sociology, University of Toledo
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy, University of Toledo
Bachelor of Education in Middle Childhood Education (Language Arts and Social Studies), University of Toledo

Dr. Lindsay Vance joins Tiffin University as an Assistant Professor of Education and also serves as the Coordinator of Teacher Education Programs in the partnership with Lourdes University. She has extensive elementary and middle school teaching experience. Her areas of expertise include literacy instruction, transformative pedagogy, multicultural education and issues of social justice.
Dr. Vance earned a Bachelor of Education in Middle Childhood Education, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Foundations and Educational Sociology from the University of Toledo. She is licensed in grades 4-9 and has a reading endorsement (K-12). While working in K-12 education, she served on district and building leadership teams, the Response to Intervention team and a schoolwide Literacy Committee. Dr. Vance has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences. Most recently, she presented “Social Justice and the Language Arts: An Empowering Approach” at the Ohio Middle Level Association where her school was named “Team of the Year.”

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JT Vaughan

Admissions
Senior Admissions Counselor
419.448.3592
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B.A., Heidelberg

Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Sport: Tennis
Favorite Social Media: TikTok
Hometown: Mantua, OH

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Amy Watson

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Financial Aid Counselor
All Online and Extended Learning Students
567.268.6094
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Degrees & Certificates

B.S. in Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management, University of Findlay

The OEL Financial Aid Counselor assists online students with the financial aid process, and provides information on financial aid procedures and eligibility requirements. Adheres with institutional, state, and federal compliance guidelines, takes initiative to resolve problems and assists with the day-to-day activities with the processing of all items associated with financial aid.

As a financial aid counselor, I am one of the first lines of contact for my students at TU. The Online and Extended Learning FAC is a new position at TU. I am excited to be the bridge between the OEL team and the FA team.

I am originally from Pennsylvania. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Equestrian Studies, and Equine Business Management from the University of Findlay, which brought me to this area. I have a huge passion for horses, and was a professional show horse trainer traveling all over the country for years. I became interested in higher education while working with students who were transitioning from school to adulthood. I am looking forward to pursuing my Master’s degree here at Tiffin University.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my large, blended family. We enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing and other outdoor activities. I spend lots of time watching the kids participate in track, cross country, golf and other activities. I love all types of animals, and will always have that huge passion for horses!

Olivia Webb

Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
567.268.6093
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Degrees & Certificates

BBA in Managerial Marketing, Professional Sales Certificate, Kent State University

Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Hobby: Dance
Motto to live by: Let Go & Let God
Favorite Social Media: Pinterest
Hometown: Tiffin, OH
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Missy Weininger

Registration & Records, Student Success Advising
Vice Provost for Academic Engagement & Student Success
419.448.3416
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Degrees & Certificates

M.B.A, Heidelberg (College) University
B.S. in Education, Bowling Green State University
(CCU) Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations, Tiffin University

Missy Weininger currently serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement & Student Success at Tiffin University. Missy has made higher education her career for over 20 years, getting her start in Collegiate Athletics coaching softball, women’s basketball and volleyball, a former faculty member in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and the Assistant Director in the Office of Graduate Student Advising before transitioning to the Office of the Registrar.  Additionally, within her 15 years at TU, Student Success, Academic Support and Recovery, and First-Year programs have reported to Missy.

As a member of OACRAO, Missy has served on the Records and Registration Committee and the Bylaws Committee. She also serves as a CROSSWAEH Community-Based Correctional Facility Governing board member, was a member of the inaugural Tiffin University Building Cultural Competencies in Organizations lecture series and was elected as the Tiffin University Staff Assembly (TUSA) Representative to the Tiffin University Board of Trustees (2016-2017).

Missy earned her MBA from Heidelberg University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Bowling Green State University, where she was a 4-year letter winner in softball. She and her husband, Joe, reside in Tiffin with their 5 children, Rylie, twins Bryce and Brayden, Luke, Morgan, and their dog, Sadie.

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Peter J. Wentzler, Sr.

Information Technology Services
Chief Information Officer
419.448.3300
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Pete has over 25 years of professional Information Technology experience with 15+ years in Higher Education. The last 15 years with Ellucian has been spent traveling 100% of the time to all of Ellucians Higher Education clients. He has amassed over 2 Million Miles with Delta Airlines and similar milestones with Marriott Hotels and National Car Rental. His previous IT experience was in such business disciplines as the Department of Defense, Hotel/Gaming/Food & Beverage and large scale Call Centers. He has received very private and specialized training from such IT leaders as Microsoft, Cisco, and NetIQ.

Pete’s specific skill set has heavy emphasis on Messaging and Directory Service Integration as well as team building. In his role with Ellucian, he has been involved in new account start-ups and medium to large scale project implementation. Pete is also one of the lead Directors used when interviewing most IT positions within the company. He has also been tasked on many occasions to step into the CIO role on an interim basis. Generally considered an exceptional thought leader, Pete is constantly consulted by his peers and superiors on how to handle the hot button items of the day.

In January 2007 Pete retired from the US Air Force after 26.5 years of combined service between Active Duty and the Air National Guard. When he is not traveling for work he is traveling all over the world. Hawaii and Italy are mandatory annual visits as well as Omaha, Nebraska to see the “world’s most dangerous children” and those cute little grandchildren.

Pete takes up residence in always sunny Delray Beach, Florida and enjoys cooking and golf.

Drew Westenbarger

School of Science, Technology and Health
Law Enforcement Drone Operations Specialist
567.245.3124
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Degrees & Certificates

Associates degree in Criminal justice

Drew will be assisting and advising the Tiffin University drone academy with tasks related to public safety, in addition to helping with grant research with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Program. He is an officer with the Tiffin Police Department, going on his tenth year with them, and has enjoyed working with Tiffin University in the past with Criminal Justice interns at the department throughout the school year. Drew has been involved in public safety most of his adult life. He began as an EMT for a local department as well as a volunteer firefighter shortly after. Drew enjoys being able to share his experiences and lessons with the next generation and looks forward to being on campus and seeing everyone there.

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Vickie Wilkins (’09/’11)

Advancement
Director of Alumni Relations
419.448.3595
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor's Degree, Tiffin University
Master's Degree, Tiffin University