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EHE Alumni Society

The EHE Alumni Society promotes and advances interests of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, including the Departments of Educational Studies, Human Sciences and Teaching and Learning. We provide fellowship and help nurture professional relationships among the alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Society. We are an integral part of The Ohio State Alumni Association, Inc., the official alumni organization of The Ohio State University, and promote and support its mission.

President's Message

I am proud to say that I was Professor Emerita Diane Sainato’s first doctoral student at The Ohio State University. She taught me many lessons that took place outside of formal coursework.

The return on the investment that I received from these lessons continues to pay dividends 25 years later.

She said regularly, “Work on what matters.” In my position as the superintendent of an Ohio educational service center, what matters is having the resources to impact school improvement.

One of the most valuable lessons Diane taught me was how to write grants proposals. My lessons started with a federal grant to fund graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in early childhood special education.

Learning to write grants was tedious, frustrating and exhausting, but I knew the work did matter. And the rush when you get that letter or email announcing an award is exhilarating.

To date, I have been fortunate to have more than 90 percent of the grants funded that I have written. The valuable lessons I learned in EHE have helped leverage more than $25 million, which in turn have impacted the lives of more than 50,000 students across central Ohio.

The time and patience Diane invested in me has resulted in an immeasurable return that benefits many others.

What has your return on investment brought to the world?

Marie C. Ward, '94 PhD, EHE Alumni Society President


2018-2019 EHE Alumni Society Board of Governors

President - Marie Ward, '94
Superintendent, Fairfield County Educational Service Center
Carroll, OH

President-Elect - Kelly Aughinbaugh, '13
Customer Service Representative, Nature's One, Inc.
Hilliard, OH

Secretary - Ristina Gooden, '12
Events Manager, University Advancement, The Ohio State University
Upper Arlington, OH

Treasurer - Kevin Doll, '00 and '01
Financial Advisor, Hamilton Capital Management
Westerville, OH

Past President - Donna Ball, '77
Retired Elementary School Principal, Marysville Exempted Village Schools
Hilliard, OH

Consumer Sciences Representatives

Angela Richardson, '09
Associate Sourcing Manager, Ascena Retail Group
Grove City, OH

Bryan Stewart, '91
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Healogics, Inc.
Neptune Beach, FL

Educational Policy and Leadership Representatives

Randy Leite, '83, '99
Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University
Athens, OH

Human Development and Family Science Representatives

Carolyn Hummel, '70
Retired Middle School Principal, Fremont Public Schools
Fremont, MI

Lindsay Seitz, '12
Residence Hall Director, Office of Student Life, The Ohio State University
Springfield, OH

Human Nutrition Representatives

Amanda Perrin, '13
Program Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Research, The Ohio State University
Worthington, OH

Martha Orabella, '87 and '94
Physician, The Christ Hospital
Loveland, OH

Physical Activity and Educational Services Representatives

Larry Hurtubise, '84, '89, '01
Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Gahanna, OH

Raeanna O’Brien, '98, '03
School-Based Mental Health Clinician, Syntero
Upper Arlington, OH

Teaching and Learning Representatives

Melinda Farry, '78, '90
Educational Consultant; Ohio Department of Education TrainerRetired High School Principal, Olentangy High School
Gahanna, OH

Charlie Keenan, '90
Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools
Aurora, OH

Recent Graduate Representatives

Steve Kuilder, '10 and '11
Director of Promotions & In-Game Entertainment, Columbus Clippers
Columbus, OH

Stephanie Force, '14, '15
Teacher, Hilliard City School District
Columbus, OH

At-Large Representatives

Daniel Ehrman, '13
Administrative Director, University Advancement, The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Cynthia Letjekides, '83
House Director, Alpha Gamma Delta at The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Martha Nicodemus, '04
Compliance Lead, Aetna
Baltimore, OH

OSU Alumni Advisory Council Representative

Robert Grimm, '74
Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University
Zionsville, IN