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Alumni Profiles

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Joy Garrison Cauffman

Joy Garrison Cauffman

Degrees: BS '48, Education; MA '53, Physical Education; PhD, '59, Health Education and Health Care Administration

Career: Professor Emerita, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, with 30 years service.

Professionally: A Blanchester, Ohio, native and a California resident, I was a health and fitness consultant to three U.S. presidents and have conducted numerous medical research studies with contracts and grants from public and private sources. I have lectured worldwide. Recently, I received the Republican Senatorial American Spirit Medal. I also cherish my recent honorary memberships from Blanchester's Boy Scouts of America Troop 47 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7484.

Interesting fact: While Assistant Director of Health and Physical Education for Columbus Public Schools, Novice Fawcett was the Superintendent. He encouraged me to obtain my PhD. When I received the PhD from The Ohio State University, Nov was President and he hooded me.

Neal Craft

Neal Craft

Degree: BS, Human Nutrition, 1978

Career: President and Owner, Craft Technologies, Inc. (CTI), Wilson, NC

Professionally: In 1994, my wife and I founded CTI, a nutritional analysis laboratory. CTI analyzes vitamins, carotenoids, and phytochemicals in serum, tissue, foods, and nutraceuticals. Additionally, we assess nutritional deficiencies in developing countries using dried blood spots. Our simple vision to serve others is impacting lives worldwide.

Interesting fact: Dr. Failla, chair, Department of Human Nutrition, was the instructor of my first graduate-level biochemistry course. I learned right away that he is amazingly intelligent and has a photographic memory. He became my mentor and remains one of my best friends today.

Wendy Goldstein

Wendy Goldstein

Degrees: BS and MS, Textiles and Clothing, 1975 and 1981

Career: Owner - Costume Specialists, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Professionally: Costume Specialists, Inc., manufactures and manages corporate logo walk-around costumes and children's book characters internationally. A few examples are: Michelin Man, Kool Aid Man, Curious George, and Brutus Buckeye, and we have many more. We work with clients such as Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and Sony. We are one of the very few companies in the country that produces high-quality costumes for business use. I use my design and business background from my fashion merchandising degree every day. I am one of those lucky people who gets to make a living with my passion!!

Interesting fact: I tried to design my own major in Costume Design as an undergrad and was told that I couldn't make a living doing that so was directed to Textiles and Clothing. Never give up your dream!

Abdul Hameed

Abdul Hameed

OSU Degree: PhD '88, Education: Theory and Practice specialization

Career: Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

Professionally: When I was asked to project my future, special education was not at the forefront. But in real life, I became the flag holder for quality special education first and for inclusive education later in Pakistan. I pursued this goal throughout my 27 years at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, from which I retired as chairman of the Special Education Department in 2008. Most recently, I joined the University of Management and Technology, first as associate dean, and then as dean.

Interesting idea: The future can hardly be predicted accurately, but the lesson I have learned is flexible education is the only answer to the uncertain future.

Malik S. Henfield

Malik S. Henfield

Degrees: PhD, Counselor Education, '06

Career: Assistant professor, School Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision, College of Education; and administrator, Diversity Initiatives, Belin-Blank International Gifted and Talented Center, both at The University of Iowa

What has given you most personal satisfaction in your career?
I am most pleased to mentor master's and PhD students in the same manner as my former advisor, Dr. James L. Moore III. Our interactions taught me to have high expectations of students and hold them accountable while simultaneously offering unwavering support. As students travel toward the professoriate, I see them blossom, which gives me great pleasure. With the Belin-Blank Center, I am proud to lead recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs and courses.

Interesting fact: I've been driving the same car since 1999 -- a 1996 Toyota Camry. It has more than 200,000 miles, and despite a few transmission issues, is still going strong!

Annette E. Jefferson

Annette E. Jefferson

Degrees: '74 BS, Education; '79 MA, Black Studies; '96 PhD, Social Work Administration

Career: Founder and Chief Creative Officer, DeARK Enterprises, Columbus, OH; Faculty member, University of Phoenix, Columbus Campus, History and Sociology.

Professionally: I teach creatively through telling and training and express my passion for the American saga as a living history presenter. I serve as a humanities scholar with the Ohio Humanities Council and as a professional teaching artist with the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artist-in-Schools Program. For these and other pursuits, Youth Connections, Inc, honored me with its 2010 Living Legend Award.

Interesting fact: I enjoy bring dead people to life--through living history. Multiple personalities such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, African-American women during the Civil War and Remembering Miss Rosa (Parks) live through dramatic narrative and song. Each presentation links the past to the present to empower the future.

Joan Koonce

Joan Koonce

EHE Degrees: MS '85, Family Resource Management: Consumer Economics Emphasis; PhD '88, Family Resource Management: Consumer Economics Emphasis; Minor: Business Finance

Career: Professor, The University of Georgia (UGA), taught personal finance course for 17 years. Now Financial Planning Specialist, UGA Cooperative Extension.

Professionally: In 2001, I led the effort to develop, implement and obtain certification of the UGA Family Financial Planning undergraduate program from the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Board. In 2005, I led the effort to create the Family Financial Planning undergraduate major. Since then, enrollment in the program has continually increased. I also contributed to the proposal for the nonthesis MS degree with an emphasis in Family Financial Planning. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are attracting outstanding students and producing top-notch financial planning professionals.

Interesting fact: I am a black belt in taekwondo, and my personal memoir, Integrity in a Box of Chocolates: Consuming Life's Hardships One Bite at a Time, was published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, Dec '09.

Joan Gaudion McKinney

Joan Gaudion McKinney

EHE Degree: BS '81, Fashion Merchandising/Textiles and Clothing

Current Role: President/Creative Director, Aurora Exhibit Solutions Inc., Columbus, Ohio, 21 years

Professionally: I have been in the tradeshow/exhibit industry for 26 years. I was a founding member of the Atlantic Display Alliance, as well as WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development). Locally, I have served on many boards, including the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and Circle of Friends. My most cherished professional achievement has been building a company that stands for integrity in business with an environment of innovation and fun!

Interesting Fact: I used to say I wasn't using my degree. I realized, while talking about being a business owner with a girls' group, that my Ohio State experience strengthened my core values. Creativity, hospitality, teamwork, risk and love still differentiate my company from competitors. I AM using my degree -- and I'm proud that it comes from Ohio State!

Marcia J. Strong Millet

Marcia J. Strong Millet

EHE Degree: MA '90, Elementary Education

Career: Assistant professor, Tennessee State University, Nashville. Teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level math and science methods.

Professionally: I am on a team that received $8 million in Tennessee's Race to the Top funds. I serve as project director and math specialist for a statewide consortium of teacher preparation programs focused on improving K-8 mathematics learning. Six colleges and universities partner with local school districts, providing teachers with cutting-edge instruction in the teaching and learning of mathematics. I thank all my professors in the college for the knowledge and skills that have afforded me infinite possibilities.

Interesting fact: I am married to Dr. Peter Millet, also a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. We live in Nashville, the home of famous football star Eddie George.

Megan Mumford

Megan Mumford

EHE Degree: BS '08, Sport Leadership and Humanities

Current Role: Graduate Assistant, University of Florida Career Resource Center, and intern, UF's University Athletic Association (UAA), Office of Student Life (Academic Services for Student Athletes)

Professionally: Right after graduation, I joined the Miami Dolphins in the Marketing Partnerships department. There, I handled numerous sponsorship accounts as well as the planning and execution of Dolphins' events and game day activations. My advertising interest led me to OutOfTheBlue Advertising – a small advertising boutique in Miami, for a year. My passion for athletics and desire to advocate for collegiate student-athletes brought me back to school. I'm earning a master's degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education.

Interesting Fact: My father, Larry Mumford of Columbus, is the person I admire most in the world. He is the kind of person I consistently strive to be – passionate, dedicated and with a strong work ethic. He has always supported my dreams, and without him, none of them would have come true.

Roberta "Bobbie" Norman

Roberta 'Bobbie' Norman

Degree: MA, Business Education, 1985

Career: Retired Associate Dean for Planning and Student Affairs, College of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Professionally: I earned my master's degree while the mother of two and a full-time teacher at Westerville South High School (10 years). After moving to New Jersey, I became a program designer, consultant and seminar presenter for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation Foundation. In 1992, I joined the Office of the Secretary at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as the assistant secretary, serving as an officer of the university's Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. My experience led to the invitation to serve as an associate dean in the College of Pharmacy. I retired in 1999 from Rutgers when I returned to Ohio.

Interesting fact: In the 1960s, I was employed as a flight attendant for United Air Lines, and when I married, I was asked to leave my position.

Thomas J. Sacco

Thomas J. Sacco

EHE Degrees: BA, Education, '67; MS, Foreign Language Education, '70

Georgetown University Degree: MA, Applied Linguistics, '77

Career: Flight Attendant, American Airlines

Professionally: I taught French and Spanish for five years in the Upper Arlington School system at both the junior high and high school levels. My interest in foreign languages and foreign cultures led me to work overseas as an ESL, French and Spanish trainer/teacher for 30 years in: Ohio, Kuwait, Japan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. My students around the world stay in touch, sending me letters and e-mails expressing their "world citizen" views.

Interesting Fact: After retirement in 2011, I hope to lead university workshops at Broward County Community College in cross-cultural understanding/research and foreign language education, plus soak up the good life on beautiful Ft. Lauderdale beaches in between seminars and my continuing travels around the world. Ca, c'est la vie!

Peggy Gawiser Shecket

Peggy Gawiser Shecket

EHE Degree: MS, Family and Child Development, '73

Career: Wellness and Prevention Specialist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Traumatic Brain Injury Network, The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)

Professionally: I began my career in the field of developmental disabilities. From 1985-1999, I enjoyed being a parenting consultant at Riverside Methodist Hospital and contributed a chapter to Becoming a Father, edited by Shapiro. I then worked with traumatic brain injury patients, first for the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, now for OSUMC. I believe my success comes from what I learned from my wonderful graduate school professors: to be a helper, to always accept people where they are and respectfully guide them to their next goal.

Interesting fact: I currently work in McCampbell Hall -- the same place I worked during my graduate years at Ohio State. It was like coming home again!

Matt Studer

Matt Studer

Degree: BS, Family Resource Management, 1992

Career: Owner - FLG Hospitality, Columbus, Ohio

Professionally: I own commercial real estate with a concentration in hotels. My company manages the hotels I own as well as manages hotels for others. In the hotel business, it's important to understand the consumer and what will motivate them to stay at one of our properties. Providing a quality, safe, and convenient place to stay is what we do; my education has prepared me well to take a look at our properties from the consumers' point of view.

Interesting fact: I've been to 20+ Grateful Dead concerts.

Rick Studer

Rick Studer

Degree: MA, Educational Administration, 1972

Career: Senior Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications at Battelle for Kids (BFK), Columbus, Ohio

Professionally: I have "bookended" my professional life. I was a high school teacher and principal for 14 years. Between then and now I was primarily in marketing and strategic planning. Currently I am using my education and business background at BFK to have a positive impact on school improvement at a national level. I couldn't be happier.

Interesting fact: I am proud of, and humbled by, the personal and professional accomplishments of my family members.

Brenda Kay Toler

Brenda Kay Toler

Degrees: BS, MA, PhD, English Education & Educational Administration, 1978, 1980, 1989

Career: Coordinator of Gifted Services and Enrichment Programs, Worthington City Schools, Worthington, OH

Professionally: I've served as a teacher and educational administrator for 29 years. I began teaching at Maysville Local School District in South Zanesville, Ohio, and expanded my career by serving as a lecturer at several Central Ohio universities. As a consultant to Summer Honors Institutes for gifted high school students, I have witnessed our children's unleashed potential to problem solve complex scenarios. As an advocate for students, I believe my most important charge is to help prepare young people for an ever-changing world.

Interesting fact: I was on the 1976 OSU Homecoming Court.

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