Past Presidents

OCPA Past Presidents

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Year of Service Name Institution at time of Presidency
1976-1977 Fayetta Paulsen *  
1977-1978 Donald Schweingruber*  
1978-1979 Richard A. Bredemeier  
1979-1980 M. Douglas Reed, Ph.D.  
1980-1981 Mark G. Noffsinger*  
1981-1982 Kathryn O. Venema  
1982-1983 Eric V.A. Winston  
1983-1984 Dr. Stephen Markwood  
1984-1985 Susan J. Eklund-Leen Sinclair Community College
1985-1986    
1986-1987 Roxanne DuVivier Hocking College
1987-1988 Robert Gatti Otterbein University
1988-1989 Joanne Risacher Wright State University
1989-1990 Meg Benke  
1990-1991 Walter Gilliard  
1991-1992 Becky Smith Otterbein University
1992-1993 Karen Hagans Ashland University
1993-1994 Carol Russell  
1994-1995 Leslie Haxby McNeil Miami University
1995-1996 Sue Heimann Ashland University
1996-1997 Luther Smith Xavier University
1997-1998 Robin Gagnow Ashland University
1998-1999 Sandra Emerick Cleveland State University
1999-2000 Barbara Harrison (Wasserman) Ohio University
2000-2001 Marty Manning  
2001-2002 Scott F. Smith Ohio Northern University
2002-2003 Cynthia Mako-Robinson University of Akron
2003-2004 John M. Berry  
2004-2005 Amy Lahmers The Ohio State University
2005-2006 Dwayne Todd Columbus College of Art and Design
2006-2007 Kathy Morris Wright State University
2007-2008 Tracy Benner Otterbein University
2008-2009 Michael Griest Urbana University
2009-2010 Kimberly Ferguson Kent State University
2010-2011 Vik Arunkumar Wright State University
2011-2012 Chris Mundell Columbus College of Art and Design
2012-2013 Jenny Hall-Jones Ohio University
2013-2014 Jennifer Grube Vestal Denison University
2014-2015 Karl Rishe Notre Dame College
2015-2016 Erin Nunn Case Western Reserve University
2016-2017 Bowen Marshall The Ohio State University
2017-2018 Rachel Tuttle The Ohio State University
2018-2019 Ardy Gonyer

The University of Toledo

History

In the spring of 1975, it was proposed that Ohio student affairs professionals organize a state chapter of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). A committee of 20 met and worked over the summer of 1975 to gather a membership, write bylaws, and consult with other Ohio associations to form a new entity.

1976 charter certificate photo

In March 1976, the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) completed a 10-step membership process and was granted a charter by ACPA at its annual convention in Chicago.  

The first OCPA conference was held in 1977 at Kenyon College in Gambier with 189 attendees. Since that time OCPA has grown to offer multiple formats of professional development, develop a membership base of Ohio professionals across functional areas and institutions, and establish a robust and well-attended annual conference. Some of the earliest founders of OCPA remained active throughout their careers, and although the original generation of founders has moved on, their mentees and students carry on their ideas to give us an intergenerational association. Ohio's student affairs professionals rely on OCPA for a local, low-cost strategy for keeping skills fresh, new ideas coming, and to anticipate the challenges of the future; but it is the network of people and relationships we build that are at the heart of OCPA.

In 2015, the membership of OCPA voted to become an independent association. The clolsely-allied Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators (OASPA) folded into OCPA as a new era began. January 2016 marked the first annual conference of OCPA with its new identity, as it celebrated 40 years.

OCPA leadership is committed to maintaining a rich archival record of the history of the association, which is entrusted to the National Student Affairs Archives in Bowling Green, Ohio. Additional information about OCPA history can be found in the OCPA manuscript collection (MS-525) by contacting the NSAA or visiting the archives in Jerome Library at Bowling Green State University. The following documents provide overviews developed by members of OCPA.

Leadership

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President

Colette Masterson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Student Involvement

Otterbein University

B.S. in English Creative Writing & Business Marketing, Otterbein University

M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

Ph.D. in Higher Education, Ohio University

Email: cmasterson@otterbein.edu

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President-Elect

Mark Zeno

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Heidelberg University

B.S. in Computer Information Systems, Heidelberg University, 1996

M.A. in Higher Education Administration, The University of Akron, 1998

Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University, Expected Dec. 2018

Email: mzeno@heidelberg.edu

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Past-President

Ardy Gonyer, Ph.D.

B.A. in Psychology from BGSU, 2008

M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, 2010

Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, from BGSU, 2017

E-mail: gonyerh@gmail.com 

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Membership

Dave Vale

Assistant Director, First-Year Experience & Family Programs

Case Western Reserve University

B.A. in History & Integrated Social Studies, Adolescent/Young Adult Education from Baldwin Wallace University, 2007

M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, 2009

Email: dmv42@case.edu

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Treasurer

Ben Daleiden

Business Manager, Student Life Financial Management

The Ohio State University

B.A. in Accounting from Walsh University, 2009

M.B.A. from Walsh University, 2013
 
Email: Daleiden.4@osu.edu

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Assistant Treasurer

Andy Sokolich

Student Success Specialist

Cuyahoga Community College - Eastern Campus

B.B.A. in Business Management, Kent State University, 2013

M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, 2015

Email: Andy.Sokolich@tri-c.edu 

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Historian

Taylor Lowry

Otterbein University

Graduate Member at Large

Brianna (Bri) Agner

Graduate Assistant for OHIO Alumni Association

Ohio University

B.A. in Organizational Communication, The University of Akron, 2018

M.Ed. in College Student Personnel, Ohio University, Expected 2020

Email: ba237318@ohio.edu 

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Graduate Member at Large

Zach Hooten

Research Director, Assessment of Collegiate Residential Environments

The Ohio State University

B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Dayton, 2007

M.A. in Theological Studies, University of Dayton, 2009

M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel, University of Dayton, 2014

Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University (Third Year)

Email: hooten.8@osu.edu 

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Four Year Public Member At Large

Leah Schuh

Academic Advisor, College of Education and Human Ecology

The Ohio State University

B.A. in Public Relations, Speech Communications, Otterbein University

M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, the University of Dayton

EmailSchuh.34@osu.edu

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Four Year Private Member At Large

Sam Filkins

Director for Student Engagement

Kenyon College

B.A. in Communication Studies, Baldwin Wallace University, 2008

M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs, Univeristy of South Florida, 2010

Email: filkinss@kenyon.edu

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Two Year College Member At Large

Christina Corsi

Assistant Director, Student Engagement and  Leadership

Lakeland Community College

B.A. in Public Relations, Baldwin Wallace University, 2011

M.Ed. in Leadership in Higher Education, Baldwin Wallace University, 2013

Email: ccorsi3@lakelandcc.edu

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Awards

Ali Martin Scoufield

B.A. in History/Philosophy, Western New England University

M.S. in College Student Personnel, Miami University

M.L.S. in Human Rights & Social Justice, Southern Methodist University

E-mail: awards.ocpa@gmail.com 

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Faculty Liason

Henrique G. Alvim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development

Lead Faculty, Student Affairs in Higher Education Specialty

Walsh University

Bachelor of Juridical Sciences, Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (Brazil), 2002

M.S.Ed. in Counseling/Student Affairs, Youngstown State University, 2005

Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education, Kent State University, 2014

Email: halvim@walsh.edu

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Communications

Jivanto P. van Hemert

Area Coordinator

University of Dayton

B.A. in Administration of Justice, Salve Regina University, 2014

M.B.A. in Business Administration, Salve Regina University, 2015

M.Ed. in College Student Personnel, Ohio University, 2017

Email: JvanHemert1@udayton.edu

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Technology / Webmaster

Mitch Joseph

Interim Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The College of Wooster

B.A. in Political Science, Urbana University, 2008

M.A. in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 2010

Email: mjoseph@wooster.edu

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Equity and Inclusion

Anna Wagner

Senior Coordinator, Student Leadership Development

The Ohio State University

B.A. in English, Willamette University, 2015

M.A. in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 2017

Email: wagner.1476@osu.edu 

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Professional Development

Christopher Wood

Email: cawood2009@gmail.com 

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Development

Currently Vacant

Careers in Student Affairs Conference Chair 

Jen Vrobel

Associate Director of Career Development

Capital University

B.S. in Psychology, John Carroll University, 2015

M.A. in Counseling & Human Development, Student Affairs in Higer Education Track, Walsh University, 2017

Email: jvrobel@capital.edu

Jen Vrobel

Assistant Careers in Student Affairs Conference Chair

Jivanto P. van Hemert

Area Coordinator

University of Dayton

B.A. in Administration of Justice, Salve Regina University, 2014

M.B.A. in Business Administration, Salve Regina University, 2015

M.Ed. in College Student Personnel, Ohio University, 2017

Email: JvanHemert1@udayton.edu

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Annual Conference Chair

Julie Humbel-Courtney

Associate Director, Honors & Scholars Center

The Ohio State University

B.S. in Communication Disorders, Bowling Green State University, 1997

M.S.Ed. in Community Counseling & Higher Education, Youngstown State University, 2001

Ed.D. in Higher Education & Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, Expected May 2022

Email: humbel.1@osu.edu

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Assistant Annual Conference Chair

Dennis N. LoConti, Jr. 

Area Coordinator for Housing

Heidelberg University 

B.A. in English Writing, Minor in Theatre Arts, Heidelberg University, 2010

M.Ed. in Leadership in Higher Education, Baldwin Wallace University, 2013

Email: dloconti@heidelberg.edu 

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GSAC Chair

Carolina Bejarano Eyl

Coordinator for Residential Ministry

Walsh University

B.A. Walsh Univeristy

Email: cbejaran1@walsh.edu

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Journal Editor

Brad Pulcini

Associate Dean for Student Engagement

Ohio Wesleyan University

B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education, Social Studies, Duquesne University

M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies, Duquesne University

Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Ohio University (A.B.D., Anticipated Completion 2020)

Email: btpulcin@owu.edu 

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Don Schweingruber Senior Student Affairs Officer

Dr. D'Andra Mull

Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students

The Ohio State University

Email: mull.67@osu.edu

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