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.
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
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2018-2019 EHE Alumni Society Board of Governors
President - Marie Ward, '94
Superintendent, Fairfield County Educational Service Center
President-Elect - Kelly Aughinbaugh, '13
Customer Service Representative, Nature's One, Inc.
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
Past President - Donna Ball, '77
Retired Elementary School Principal, Marysville Exempted Village Schools
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
Human Development and Family Science Representatives
Carolyn Hummel, '70
Retired Middle School Principal, Fremont Public Schools
Lindsay Seitz, '12
Residence Hall Director, Office of Student Life, The Ohio State University
Human Nutrition Representatives
Amanda Perrin, '13
Program Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Research, The Ohio State University
Martha Orabella, '87 and '94
Physician, The Christ Hospital
Physical Activity and Educational Services Representatives
Larry Hurtubise, '84, '89, '01
Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
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 Trainer; Retired High School Principal, Olentangy High School
Charlie Keenan, '90
Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools
Recent Graduate Representatives
Steve Kuilder, '10 and '11
Director of Promotions & In-Game Entertainment, Columbus Clippers
Stephanie Force, '14, '15
Teacher, Hilliard City School District
Daniel Ehrman, '13
Administrative Director, University Advancement, The Ohio State University
Cynthia Letjekides, '83
House Director, Alpha Gamma Delta at The Ohio State University
Martha Nicodemus, '04
Compliance Lead, Aetna
OSU Alumni Advisory Council Representative
Robert Grimm, '74
Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University