Past Distinguished Alumni
Susan A. Bourke
Professor Bourke received her B.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University with a double major in Law Enforcement and Social Work, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from UC. She worked for the Kentucky Cabinet for Juvenile Justice as a juvenile counselor in a Day Treatment Program, was a Juvenile Court Probation Officer, and an Administrator for the Kenton County Juvenile Court. Her area of expertise is corrections, particularly juvenile justice. Currently, she is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Criminal Justice, as well as Faculty Adviser to the Criminal Justice Field Placement Program and the Faculty Adviser to the Criminal Justice Society.
Dr. Joseph King, Jr.
Dr. Joseph King Jr. earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, School of Education. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Consultant at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, as well as Principal & Director of The King Group Consulting LLC a performance management firm. He has been a leader in human capital management and the promotion of equal opportunity, from positions with the U.S. government and the U.S. military, to teaching and consulting internationally throughout Europe, Iceland, and Bermuda. He has also garnered numerous awards including Who’s Who in American Education 1999, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2001 and the Superior Civilian Service Award in 2009. As an author and a statesman, his arduous work has promoted education, performance excellence and equality in all levels of society both here and abroad.
Dr. Donald I. Wagner
Dr. Wagner earned his M.Ed. from the University of Cincinnati in Health Education/Health Planning. He currently serves part time as Senior Advisor to the Provost at the University of Memphis and is Professor Emeritus (2008) of Health Promotion at the University of Cincinnati. While at the University of Cincinnati he served as Director of the Center for Prevention Studies, Director of the Ohio Prevention and Education Resource Center (OPERC), a statewide training, technical assistance and educational materials clearinghouse. He has served as a consultant to a variety of health programs in schools, governmental health units, hospitals, managed care systems, and occupational health settings.
Amy B. Moyer
Amy is a business focused technologist who is driven by connecting users to meaningful and innovative technology solutions. She currently serves as the Director for the Blackbaud CRM system with UC Foundation, but her passion is in connecting people to technology. She serves as a Teacher’s Assistance for various Girl Develop It courses, serves as a judge in robotic competitions for the FIRST Lego League, and co-founded the Women in IT student group.
Robin L. Carew earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati (UC), a B.S. in Information Engineering Technology and an A.S. in Chemical Engineering Technology. She went on to earn a M.B.A. with a focus in Sustainable Enterprise from the Dominican University of California. She is currently the Program Manager of Autodesk, Incorporated’s Voice of Customer Platform Manager in San Rafael, CA, and is an Adjunct Faculty member at UC’s School of Information Technology. Carew has been awarded numerous awards from UC, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from the School of Information Technology and an Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 from the College of Applied Science.
Dr. Edward S. Neukrug
Dr. Ed Neukrug is a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Old Dominion University. He earned his Ed.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He has been director of the Counseling Program and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling. Dr. Neukrug has written eight books, edited one encyclopedia, and numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Human Services.
Judy M. Mause
Judith M. Mause earned both her Master of Education and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, in which she graduated cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, School of Education. She has held numerous teaching positions in her career, and most recently retired as Director and Program Coordinator of the Gen-1 Theme House through the University of Cincinnati. There she has successfully developed and implemented a residential support program for first-generation, low-income, freshmen with a track record of success, extensive media attention, and both University and national recognition. Her work was highlighted on Making a Difference, the NBC Nightly News segment in April of 2010.
Stephanie A. Wyler
The Honorable Stephanie A. Wyler is currently the Judge of the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas in the Juvenile and Probate Divisions. She attended the University of Cincinnati for both her B.S. in Criminal Justice and her Juris Doctor, through which she was admitted to practice of Law in Ohio in 1978. She previously was an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services, and was awarded Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2011.
Dr. Donna Mayerson
Dr. Donna Mayerson is a licensed counseling psychologist and special educator, specializing in child and family therapy. Her education began at Miami University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She next earned her Masters of Education degree in Special Education and Teaching here at the University of Cincinnati, and finally achieved her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah.
Donna has worked in a variety of clinic and school settings and also established a private practice. A gifted therapist and coach with uncanny powers of intuition and sensitivity, she can quickly discern core issues and suggest pragmatic ways of dealing with problems. These special talents have particularly aided her work in training and mentoring coaches.
In 2003, she co-founded Hummingbird Coaching Services, LLC. where she served as Chief Coaching Officer. In that role, she developed the organization’s training model, and was responsible for the training and supervision of coaches for all of the company’s coaching products.
Donna is currently the Director of Practice at the VIA Institute. As a psychologist and certified coach, she uses her deep knowledge of the VIA strengths as a framework for individual and organizational change with education administrators and teachers, leaders of youth-serving organizations, in training coaches/practitioners, and with individuals and families. Donna is also part of the product development team for VIA and serves on the Board of Directors.
Outside of work, she is active in the Cincinnati community and serves on a variety of non-profit Boards, including the board of directors of the Mayerson Family Foundation, where she oversees a number of operating programs. Donna is a champion for children in our community, particularly children with disabilities and special needs. With her support, the Transition and Access Program housed here in CECH has grown tremendously over the years. The TAP program offers students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to have a fully inclusive college experience, a dream for many families that would not be possible without Donna’s unfailing support.
For her outstanding career contributions in our College and community, we are pleased to award Dr. Donna Mayerson as our 2014 Distinguished Alumna from the School of Education.
Dr. Christopher R. Taylor
Dr. Christopher R. Taylor has had a distinguished career spanning over 30 years in school psychology. As one of the first graduates (in 1983) of UC’s newly established doctoral program, he was a leader in the greater Cincinnati region and the state in establishing school psychology practices that are research-based, innovative, and serve as a model for other districts.
In 1997, he rose to the role of Lead School Psychologist for Cincinnati Public Schools, where he supervised approximately 40 school psychologists and coordinated the district’s mental health crisis recovery team for 10 years. In his role as the Crisis Team chair, Chris assumed responsibility for providing training to staff and ensuring continuous awareness of best practices. During his tenure, the crisis teams responded to between 15-25 serious critical incidents each year, providing essential support to children, families, and staff.
Chris also provided leadership in coordinating special education services for Cincinnati Public Schools, chairing a team to develop local procedures aligned with best practices and federal guidelines. Under his leadership, the team met or exceeded federal guidelines for ensuring access and supports for students with disabilities.
Additionally, Chris is a well-trained and skilled mediator, and has been routinely requested by the district’s legal counsel, the Student Services Director, Legal Aid Society and other advocacy agencies to mediate conflicts between schools and parents, seeking resolution through a process of consensus rather than litigation. He writes, “I strongly believe that the best interests of the child are served when these parties have an opportunity for guided collaboration on the development an agreement.” Without question, his work played a major role in promoting better relations among all parties, and ensured children had access to better services.
Chris has “given back” to the UC School Psychology Program by serving on the Program’s Advisory Committee for over 20 years, providing valuable feedback for accreditation visits, program curriculum planning to assure we are meeting the needs of regional employers of our graduates, steering future directions, and most importantly, just being one of the most collaborative, caring, and devoted alumni and partners that a professional training program could ask for. We already miss him as a partner, but value his extensive contributions to our Program’s continued excellence.
Though Chris retired from Cincinnati Public Schools in 2012, he still remains active with the district as a consultant and mentor, and continues as a close friend to the School Psychology Program here in CECH. For his tireless dedication to children and families; his leadership to the professional community in school psychology, Cincinnati Public Schools, and the State; and his enormous contributions to the Program over two decades, we are proud to award Dr. Chris Taylor with this year’s School of Human Services Distinguished Alumnus award for 2014.
Jim Hay has worked with Fortune 100 companies and high tech startups alike, and is currently the VP of IT Services for Corbus, LLC, a Dayton-based privately held MBE delivering IT consulting services with a team spanning the globe.
Jim has a proven track record of creating strategic plans and executing on them to achieve results. Jim has risen through positions of increasing responsibility in his career, reaching numerous “C” level roles along the way. In his IT and operational leadership roles, he has worked with the senior management teams of companies to define business plans, strategies & objectives. He has developed strategic plans that connect IT investments to goals, established criteria to effectively measure return on investment, and built IT organizations to execute those plans. Jim’s ability to not only align IT strategies to community and organizational business objectives, but to also help organizations adopt and utilize new systems and technologies, has been key to his professional successes.
Jim’s esteemed career in IT stems from his Military Service in the United States Marine Corps. After being honorably discharged as a Sergeant, he entered the University of Cincinnati’s Computer Technology program, which is one of the predecessors to the current Information Technology degree. After receiving his Associate’s degree, he went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, graduating magna cum laude from UC in 1986.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jim is also an active volunteer leader in our community. He served as the volunteer coordinator of the Telephone Pioneers for the first Habitat for Humanity home built in Cincinnati; the President of Youth Sports organizations; project leader for various grade school/high school community service programs; and Chairman of the Archbishop McNicholas High School Military Memorial Committee, to name a few.
For his commitment to service, Jim received recognition as a finalist of the Anderson Township Citizen of the Year award in 2010, and was recently honored with the School of IT Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year. Today we are honored to add to his list of accolades by awarding him with the 2014 CECH Distinguished Alumnus award from the School of Information Technology.
Dr. Jennifer L. Hartman
Dr. Jennifer L. Hartman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice in 1999. Dr. Hartman is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is affiliated with the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests center around effective interventions for offenders and the assessment of correctional programs. She has served as a consultant to agencies providing technical assistance for adults and youth on risk/need assessments, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and the implementation of effective treatment services.
Dr. Adrienne C. James
Dr. Adrienne Conliffe James earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from Wittenberg University and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Xavier University, before coming to the University of Cincinnati to complete her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
She has dedicated 30 years of her career in education to Sycamore Community Schools, and four years to the Worthington School District. After teaching for eight years, she served as the Assistant Principal at Blue Ash Elementary and was promoted to Principal in 1992. In 2003, she became Assistant Superintendent in Sycamore, and in August 2006, the Board of Education named Dr. James as the Superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools. She is the chief executive officer for this nationally recognized school district that serves 5,400 students.
In addition to building her esteemed career of educational service, Dr. James finds time to serve her community, as well. She serves on Boards of Directors for a number of organizations, including YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Education Foundation, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, the Alliance for High Quality Education, Learn21, and the Economics Center for Education & Research here at UC.
In addition to this honor, she has received the Alumni Citation Award from Wittenberg University; The First Tee Core Values Award; the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Award; and was named an Outstanding Young Women of America and featured in Who’s Who of Cincinnati. It is for this unrelenting commitment to excellence in education that the School of Education is proud to present this year’s Distinguished Alumna award to Dr. Adrienne Conliffe James.
Dr. Robert A. Coppola, Jr.
Dr. Robert Coppola, Jr. graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education program in 2000. His interest and experience as an athlete and student here at UC led him to pursue subsequent degrees from the National University of Health Sciences, ultimately culminating in his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004. He then opened All Star Chiropractic in Northern Kentucky, and vigorously grew it from a startup to a million-dollar business in just a few years, treating more than 300 patients weekly and conducting a range of health- and sports-related workshops throughout Greater Cincinnati. His knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the demands of budding athletes later led him to start All Star Performance, a business that provides explosive training for young area athletes.
Dr. Bob’s commitment to his business endeavors are equally matched by his commitment to UC and the Greater Cincinnati community. He actively serves on the UCATS Board, and is a former President of both the UC Young Alumni Group (now Young Professionals) and C-Club, an organization specifically for former UC varsity athletes. Dr. Bob also gives back to our College as an adjunct instructor in the School of Human Services, teaching and mentoring students in the field of kinesiology.
Earlier this year, Dr. Bob was awarded with the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, an award given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement and continued service and involvement with the University and community.
For all of his contributions to his field and alma mater, it is with great pride that the School of Human Services presents this year’s Distinguished Alumnus award to Dr. Robert A. Coppola, Jr.
James C. Neil, Jr.
A proud lifelong resident of Hamilton County and 2nd generation law enforcement officer, Sheriff Jim Neil has dedicated his career to serving his community. After graduating from Western Hills High School, Sheriff Neil continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati where he earned an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. From there he was hired by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1981 as a Corrections Officer in the Jail Division. Committed to his education and training, he obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s Criminal Justice program, graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command program at Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed more than 4,000 hours of job training and education, all while working full-time.
In his 30-year tenure with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, he was tapped for a number of special assignments, including: Commander of the Bomb Squad, Commander of the Patrol Academy, Hazmat Technician, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor, among others. With his demonstrated leadership and extensive training and work experience in the Corrections and Patrol Divisions, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander before his election as Hamilton County Sheriff last year.
Sheriff Neil has received numerous awards including the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Medal of Valor, the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association’s Medal of Honor, the Fraternal Order of Police’s Act of Bravery, the Hamilton County Police Association’s Police Officer of the Year, and the U.S. Department of Justice F.B.I. Bomb Data Center Certificate of Appreciation, to name a few. We are proud to add this award to his long list of accomplishments. Please join me in congratulating this year’s Distinguished Alumnus from the School of Criminal Justice: Sheriff James C. Neil, Jr.
Gary L. Wilson
Providing senior level consultation to the industry’s leading executives for the past two decades, Gary Wilson brings a broad range of technical and business experience across CRM, eCommerce and ERP technologies. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CNBS, Gary Wilson is responsible for direct sales, channel management, account management, and lead generation for this Cincinnati-based software startup. CNBS was recently awarded the top award in its class at the Cincinnati Business Courier's Fast 55 Awards.
Previously, Mr. Wilson held a variety of positions within NEC and Convergys in account management, sales engineering, product management, business analysis, custom software development, IT operations and IT project management. Since 1986, Wilson has developed high-powered teams and expanded Convergys’ presence in North America, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
Gary Wilson’s prestigious career began right here at the University of Cincinnati, with an Associate’s degree in Computer Programming Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems. He also earned his Masters of Business Administration at Xavier University.
Over the years, Mr. Wilson has continued support for both of his alma maters – serving as a student mentor and enrollment ambassador at Xavier and as a member of the IT Advisory Board and TechExpo judge for CECH at the University of Cincinnati. In April 2013, Gary was awarded the Department of Information Technology Life Achievement Award.
In honor of his exemplary career and alumni involvement, the Department of Information Technology is proud to present this year’s Distinguished Alumnus award to Mr. Gary L. Wilson.
Edward Kruessel graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s Criminal Justice program in 1979. After graduation, Ed began his nearly 30 year career in corporate security and loss prevention. Working his way through the ranks, Ed presently serves as Crisis Management and Emergency Operations Center Manager for the multi-billion dollar corporation – Limited Brands in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, Ed is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating the Crisis Management Response Protocol to approximately 3,000 stores, 8 distribution centers, and 2 call centers.
As impressive as his professional career has been, what separates Ed from the rest is his unyielding commitment and support for our Criminal Justice program – specifically our students. Toward the conclusion of every academic term, Ed volunteers his time to help prepare Criminal Justice students for the workforce. Ed coaches students on how to search for careers, effectively network, and prepare for job interviews. Ed often goes the extra mile by introducing students to employers he knows within the industry.
Without Ed’s support, our Criminal Justice program would not be what it is today. Ed’s commitment helps ensure our students enter the workforce confident and prepared.
Ed has been a shining example of what it means to be a Distinguished Alumni. On behalf the entire Criminal Justice program, it’s my honor to recognize our 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Mr. Edward Kruessel.
Jack is a legend. While getting his degree in elementary education at UC, he lit up the scoreboard at Bearcat basketball games, averaging 24.6 points and 16.5 rebounds. After 11 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Cincinnati Royals and becoming a six-time NBA all-star and Hall-of-Famer, Jack pursued a broadcasting career as an analyst for the NBA Game of the week on ABC. In later life, he was chairman and chief executive of Super Food Services, a food wholesaler based in Dayton.
But Jack is not legendary because of his success in basketball or business. It’s because he stood up to help his teammate, Maurice Stokes, when he needed him most.
Maurice and Jack came in as rookies together and played for the Cincinnati Royals. Jack was a budding star and Maurice ranked third in the league in both rebounds and assists. A tragedy that would change both their lives occurred in the last game of the regular season. Maurice fell over the back of another player and slammed his head on the court. He suffered from post-traumatic encephalopathy, which ravaged the part of his brain that controlled motor skills. He would never walk again, much less play basketball.
That's when Jack stepped in. He was one of the few Royals who lived in Cincinnati during the offseason. With his teammate confined to a hospital bed – scared and all alone, with no way to pay his mounting medical bills – Jack took over as Maurice’s legal guardian, because – as Jack said – “That’s what friends are for.” He helped Maurice get workers’ compensation; raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for his medical care by organizing an annual charity game of basketball superstars and establishing the Maurice Stokes Foundation, which now supports former NBA players in need. Jack also helped Maurice learn to communicate by blinking his eyes to denote individual letters.
Years after his accident, when Maurice had recovered enough finger flexibility to type, his first message was: “Dear Jack, How can I ever thank you?”
Jack never looked for accolades, but he clearly deserved them. We honor him tonight for his contributions to UC, the game of basketball, and his humanitarian efforts. We are saddened by his passing, but are pleased to present a Distinguished Alumni award to a true legend – John Kennedy “Jack” Twyman.
Dr. Stephanie Stollar
Since her graduation from the UC School Psychology PhD program in 1994, Stephanie has served in many leadership roles where she has made a significant and positive impact on both school psychology and education in general, especially early literacy development.
Her first leadership position was at the University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor, but she missed UC and the Cincinnati area too much, so she returned in 1998 to be involved in regional and state-wide support for educational initiatives through the Southwest Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center and State Support Team 13. In her years with these agencies, she was involved in state-wide leadership for Reading First and implementation of research-based, multi-tiered practices for academics and behavior (Response to Intervention). For the past several years, Stephanie has had a nationwide impact through her work as Professional Development Specialist and Research Associate with the Dynamic Measurement Group (DMG) out of Oregon. Stephanie is co-author of DIBELS NEXT (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a measurement system used with millions of children nationwide for early intervention and progress monitoring of reading skills.
She has provided professional development in 24 states (more than 260 total trainings). As Director of Mentoring and Online Training for DMG, she has provided development and support for over 3000 mentors nationally, increasing her positive impact on the early literacy development of countless children. She also contributes to national leadership as a member of the planning committee for a national conference “RtI Innovations” which has provided professional development and leadership to hundreds of school districts, thousands of educators, and state-level teams supporting implementation of research-based practices for multi-tiered services.
Clearly, Stephanie is a very distinguished alumna. She is also a constant friend and supporter of the School Psychology Program, serving as Chair of the School of Human Services Advisory Council and previously serving on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Student Success, as an adjunct instructor. We are honored to provide this much deserved recognition to Dr. Stephanie Stollar.
Dr. Gregg MacMann
Gregg graduated with his Ph.D. in School Psychology in 1987 and went on to have an exceptional research career that included a national prestigious award for early career scholarship in School Psychology from the American Psychological Association in 1994. Before his school psychology graduate studies, Gregg was also a scholar-athlete--a four year varsity defensive end at Georgetown.
Gregg excelled in research. His work appear in the most highly regarded journals and books in School Psychology and Special Education. One of his early empirical works (1988) continues on the all-time top 40 cited articles in the Journal of Special Education. Gregg’s articles were noticed by leading researchers and journal editors in school psychology and special education. He had a remarkable record of “accepted as-is” publications from leading journals, meaning that they were viewed as conceptually and methodologically faultless by nationally ranked editors. As a result of his research publication prowess, he was invited to serve on editorial boards for leading journals.
While an assistant professor at several major universities, Gregg took on highly influential, important, and controversial research ideas. His research focused on decision making concerning children and demonstrated a commitment and tenacity toward a new philosophy in child advocacy. Gregg was present during monumental changes in our field, when there were encounters with strident opinions about practices affecting basic educational decisions that were not necessarily based on sound data. Gregg’s inquiries revealed how psychologists and educators as well as parents may be misled, at very high rates, about child decisions using standard instruments, more than many professionals and researchers had realized.
Gregg was a gifted doctoral student and researcher whose many contributions to School Psychology and education have made a meaningful difference. We mourn his sudden and untimely passing, but are honored that he was an alumnus of our program and made such an amazing impact on the profession. We are pleased to present a Distinguished Alumni award to Gregg MacMann, Ph.D.
In the five years since graduating from CECH with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education, Nicole Nichols has amassed quite a resume. Nichols is an ACE-certified personal trainer, AFAA-certified fitness instructor and health educator who helps people of all skill levels integrate simple but powerful fitness techniques into their daily lives. She’s known for her approachable style that makes working out fun and accessible.
Nichols graduated from UC in 2006 from the school of Human Services, specializing in exercise and fitness, and completed several journalism electives. Landing a writing gig for the SparkPeople.com website as a student, she is now the head Editor and Fitness Expert for America’s #1 diet & fitness site. Nichols sets the editorial direction for SparkPeople, overseeing and contributing to the production of content, articles and newsletters for an audience of more than 11 million members worldwide. Known as “Coach Nicole,” her blogs and articles are read by hundreds of thousands of people every week.
Nicole has designed and taught health programs on the topics of eating disorders, body image and self-acceptance, strength training for women, exercise for seniors, and prenatal exercise, and continues to teach a variety of fitness classes in the area. This experience helped her create more than 50 workout videos for SparkPeople, making her one of the most-watched exercise instructors on YouTube with more than 15 million views to date. She has also created three fitness DVDs. Her fourth DVD will be released this December and sold in Target stores nationwide. She is a regular media contributor, appearing on FOX and CBS news programs as a fitness expert.
While at UC, she was named the “Student Major of the Year” by the American Association of Health Educators (AAHE). In 2009, she was named “Health Woman of the Year” by the local website, CincyChic.com. She currently holds a seat on the School of Human Services Development Committee for the CECH.
Most recently, Nicole won two national awards: A panel of judges from ACE and Life Fitness named her “America’s Top Personal Trainer to Watch” earlier this week. She also won the “fan favorite” title among all contest finalists by receiving more than 3,500 votes in their Facebook voting competition. Additionally, she is currently pictured on a billboard in Times Square—the grand prize awarded in another online voting contest that included 30,000 entrants in a variety of professional fields.
Brian T. Hilsinger
Brian Hilsinger has been a Deputy U.S. Marshal for 4 ½ years. First stationed in Cincinnati, Hilsinger felt very fortunate to be one of only a handful of recruits placed in his home city, instead of being stationed in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, or a Texas border town.
Prior to being hired by the U.S. Marshals Service, Hilsinger served as a Parole Officer for the State of Ohio, in Hamilton County. While attending UC, Hilsinger’s internships included both the U.S. marshals and the St. Bernard Police Department, fulfilling his fieldwork for his Criminal justice degree. Since being a U.S. Marshal, Brian has returned to campus to help CECH, our criminal justice students, and the U.S. Marshals in ongoing recruitment efforts.
Outside of work, Hilsinger has been a volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a west side native and graduate of Elder High School. He arrives to today’s event just back from his honeymoon in San Francisco, CA, newly married to his wife Danielle.
Danielle Hilsinger works in admissions for Beckfield College. They are a true crosstown couple, as Brian notes “unfortunately, she graduated from Xavier University”.
Education Alumnal Scholarship Board
Beginning in the 1930s, a group of alumni of Teachers College started an annual card party held on campus at the old Great Hall of the student union, as a fundraiser for scholarships. The annual event became a tradition that continued into four decades, drawing hundreds of alumni and school teachers from the region to deal and shuffle the night away. From year to year, the evening included not only several hands of bridge and other card games, but raffle prizes big and small, as well as a bake sale.
The card parties raised tens of thousands of dollars that in turn were invested into scholarship funds that today benefit several students each year. Though the parties came to an end in the 1970s, the alumni group remains active with a close-knit group of education supporters. The group still meets for an annual picnic each summer.
Over the years, the Education Alumnal Scholarship has grown to become THE scholarship for the College’s top overall students. This scholarship, endowed in 1953, has now been supporting students for several generations. To illustrate the impact of the Education Alumnal Scholarship, we have taken just a snapshot of the last 10 years:
In the past 10 years, the Education Alumnal Scholarship has awarded a total of $265,000 in scholarship support for 75 outstanding students, representing all three Schools at CECH and more than a dozen program majors.
But the impact of these scholarships goes far beyond the walls of Teachers College and Dyer Hall. For example, 44 of those 75 scholarship recipients were teacher education majors in early, middle, secondary or special education. If these students became teachers after graduation, they each taught an average class size of 25 students per year for early, and special education; 50 students per year for middle education and 125 students a year for secondary ed. Take those class sizes, multiplied by the years each graduate has been teaching — and these 44 students have already influenced the lives of nearly 10,000 young people since they have graduated.
While those numbers are impressive, there is a lasting impact that we cannot calculate– the impact on the students themselves. Upon learning that this group was being honored, some scholarship recipients sent us their own words about the impact of the Ed Alumnal Scholarship in their lives:
“The Education Alumnal Scholarship helped me in so many ways. I paid for my entire undergraduate education by working throughout college and with loans. CECH offered me a wonderful education, and really prepared me for further education. I owe so much to the Education Alumnal Scholarship Committee for acknowledging my dedication to my education and helping me reach my goals.”
Rachel Bailey, UC Class of 2010
“It is humbling and encouraging to think of the people who gave generously to help me fulfill my dreams and pursue my education with all my might. The financial benefit of the scholarship lifted an enormous load from our shoulders and inspired us to give in similar ways in the future. Meeting some of those who contributed and selected scholarship winners last year was also inspiring. Hearing their stories and their confidence in the power of education helped me refine the picture of the teacher I hope to be. I am working hard to represent the honorable and generous Education Alumnal Scholarship Committee well!”
Heather Bennet, Class of 2012
“In my 6 years teaching in Madeira City Schools, I have had about 450 students. I have taught both 7th grade math and 4th grade math and language arts in the district. I teach a before-school class with 4th graders, called WKID, where the kids create, videotape, and produce a video broadcast of the morning announcements. I attended graduate school at UC, while teaching, earning a degree in Educational Leadership. The scholarship funds that I received impacted me greatly as a college student, but then had a chain reaction because of all the lives I can touch as a teacher. THANK YOU!!“
Angela Schnelle Young, Class of 2005
“The Education Alumnal Scholarship impacted my life in many ways, mostly financially, as I am paying for my own education. I loved my time spent getting my education at UC and was excited when people said they “saw my picture in the glass case”. Receiving the scholarship was proof that my hard work was recognized and well worth it.“
Erin Foltz, Class of 2011
Today, we honor several of those card party pioneers as CECH distinguished alumni. Before we recognize the individuals here with us today, we would like to read the names of the Ed Alumni Board Leaders that have passed on:
Ida Mae Rhoades
Now we will say a few words about living members of the group:
Evelyn Osterbrock says being with children, learning and teaching together has always been an important part of her life. Mrs. Osterbrock taught Kindergarten for more than 40 years before retiring. After retirement, she studied for the next five years to attain lay minister standing in the United Church of Christ. She now serves as a minister to children.
Evelyn’s alumni activities, along with her husband, Bill, date back to the famous card parties held in Tangeman Center and have continued, as she writes,“a happy ongoing association with the University of Cincinnati.“ The Osterbrocks have graciously hosted the annual Education Alumnal Picnic at their house for more than 30 years.
Caesar Santangelo graduated from XU in 1953, and completed an education certificate at UC in 1957. He joined in the card parties in the 1950s and served as treasurer of the group.
Caesar notes that for him, one of the most significant events that changed his life was when he was offered a teaching position at Condon, among other schools. “My new bride, Anne, said without hesitation, Condon… and it was the best and most transforming event” in his career.
The Condon school in Roselawn was one of the first in the country to be designed for the needs of physically disabled students. Condon School ‘s population of students came from school districts throughout the Cincinnati area and surrounding districts and counties.
Caesar says his experience at the Condon School, “brought me greater understanding and compassion for others.”
Carolyn and Jim Bruckmann
Jim Bruckmann holds three degrees from the University of Cincinnati – a BA in American History with Honors, a BS in Education, and a master’s in secondary education and administration.
Jim was employed for 30 years with the Cincinnati Board of Education. He taught social studies for seven years and was an assistant principal for 23 years at Gamble Jr. High, Western Hills High School, and Porter Junior High School.
Carolyn Clark Bruckmann has a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the College of Education and also a master’s degree in education. Carolyn taught in the Cincinnati Public Schools for seven and a half years, for Bramble, Eastwood, and Cummins schools. Carolyn has also taught the younger set, at a Christian Cooperative nursery school at College Hill Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed working with new moms and dads in a co-operative setting.
Both Jim and Carolyn Bruckmann are very involved UC alumni and were so moved by meeting the Education Alumnal scholarship students each year they decided to endow their own scholarships. The Carolyn C. Bruckmann scholarship is awarded to students in early and or middle childhood education programs. The James P. Bruckmann scholarship is awarded to students in the secondary education program with a focus on Social studies and Educational Leadership Graduate Students.
Marvimil Nankovich taught kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades at Schiel School for over 25 years. A “demonstration” school specializing in new and different methods of teaching, Schiel was the first of its kind in Cincinnati. Through her success in teaching at Sheil, she was invited to teach over the summer at UC for 3 years.
Marvy got involved with the Education Alumnal board through her principal at McKinley School, where she began her teaching career. Marvy served as secretary, Chairman of the Card Party and President of the School of Education Alumni Association. It was through her involvement as a UC alumna that she met her husband, Svet, who was president of the Alumni Association while she was secretary. Since Marvy never seemed to get the meeting minutes done on time, Svet called her frequently and she would take the trolley to deliver the notes to him. Svet Nankovitch was a teacher as well, who taught at South Avondale, Roselawn and Mt. Airy School. It was while teaching at South Avondale School, that Svet met William Joel McCray.
William Joel McCray
Joel McCray taught grades 7, 8 and 9 at Ach Middle School, formerly at Reading and Rockdale Roads, for one year. He then became the first Black teacher at South Avondale Elementary School, teaching grades 5 & 6, and taught there for the remainder of his career.
Joel’s only departure from that role was service in the Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947 in Pensacola and Orlando, Florida. While he was asked to remain an officer at the end of his term, he wanted to return to teaching. Born in Macon, Georgia but raised in Cincinnati, Joel attended Cincinnati Public Schools and the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. McCray remains active in the arts community of Cincinnati and co-founded the Duncanson Society at the Taft Museum, which this year is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
Thomas H. Streicher
Tom Streicher is Colonel and Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department. Tom began his career as a police cadet immediately upon graduation from high school in 1971. He was promoted to police officer in 1975 where he was on uniform patrol duty and assigned to undercover drug investigations, and also worked as a plain clothes investigator. Tom became a police specialist upon earning his bachelor's degree in 1981, and rose through the ranks serving as a sergeant, lieutenant, and police captain. He became assistant police chief in 1998, where he was assigned as patrol bureau commander and SWAT commander. Tom was promoted to police chief in 1999.
In 2011, Tom will have been with the Cincinnati police force for 40 years, and has indicated in press interviews that he has plans to retire from the force in the next year.
He serves on the board of directors of the Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Children's Hospital Medical Center Safe Kids Coalition, as well as Downtown Cincinnati Inc., and Bridges for a Just Community. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in criminal justice from UC, and he is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 80th Administrative Officers Course, and a member of the National Executive Institute (NEI/FBI), 23rd session.
Tom Streicher has been an invaluable asset to the School of Criminal Justice, helping to forge partnerships between UC and the Cincinnati Police, including the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which would not have been created without his blessing. The Cincinnati Police Department regularly employs UC Criminal Justice interns and reaches out to the school's faculty for research and best practices for the department.
Tom is also pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice at UC, which possibly makes him the first "current student" to receive our Distinguished Alumni Award. He hopes to complete his MS in Criminal Justice in 2011.
Mary A. Ronan
A 32-year veteran of Cincinnati Public School system, Mary Ronan has served as superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools since 2008. Prior to serving as superintendent, Mary also held the position of assistant superintendent, and director of schools for CPS, supervising the district's principals. She has held administrator roles at Kilgour and Woodward schools, and early in her career taught at Merry Middle School and Withrow High School. While Principal at Kilgour School, she was honored with the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence from the US Department of Education. At both the school and central administration levels, she has earned a reputation for building strong, supportive and open relationships with her staff as well as parent and community stakeholders. In 2005, she received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from The University Council for Educational Administration.
Ronan oversees a district of 34,000 students and under her leadership, the district achieved an "Effective" rating district on the Ohio Report Card, earning national prominence among urban districts.
A lifelong Cincinnatian and alumna of Seton High School in Price Hill, Mary graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Biology and Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1976 and a BSEd in Secondary Education from the College of Education in 1977. She received an MBA in Business Administration from Xavier University in 1980.
Mary is a champion for STRIVE, a partnership of organizations who care deeply about the education of our children, where she serves on the Executive Committee.
Dr. Monica J. Posey
Dr. Monica J. Posey is Vice President of Academics for Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, where she leads all academic divisions for the College, as well as oversees the library, co-op, honors, and faculty development. Monica's career at Cincinnati State began in 1992, serving as an Assistant Dean, the Director of Institutional Research & Planning, and now as Academic Vice President.
Prior to joining Cincinnati State, Monica worked at UC as an Assistant Director of Career Development and for AT&T in Cincinnati and New Jersey in market research and project management.
Monica's professional activities include serving on the Cincinnati STEM Partnership, the Board of Trustees for Minorities in Mathematics, Science & Engineering; and the Advisory Committee for Woodward Career Technical High School. In 2005, she became chair of the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), and has served as Director of Christian Education for the Columbus-Cincinnati District of the AME Zion Church. She is a graduate of the Leadership Cincinnati Class of 2010, and her numerous professional awards and recognitions include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convene for the Dream Award, the Leading Women Award of 2005, as well as a YWCA of Greater Cincinnati "Career Woman of Achievement" 2008. Monica also holds the rank of 2ND Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate, demonstrating skill in self-defense and physical power.
Monica graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an EdD in Educational Foundations from the College of Education in 1999. In addition to her degree from UC, Monica holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School. In 2003, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management. Monica and her husband, Rev. Michael Posey, also a graduate from the UC Educational Foundations doctoral program, are both avid higher education supporters. They have one daughter, Marchelle, a successful educator as well, and three grandchildren.
Carlo X. Alvarez
Carlo Alvarez first launched his athletic coaching career as a student assistant at the University of Cincinnati in the mid-90s. While at UC, Carlo became strength and conditioning coach at St. Xavier High School, implementing innovative and successful programs. In 1998, Carlo ventured to the University of Notre Dame under the tutelage of Mickey Marotti, where he evaluated, designed and implemented programs for male and female varsity athletes.
From Notre Dame, he went on to become Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, where he was responsible for developing player training plans and coordinating Latin American athletic development programs and internships. In 2002, Alvarez became Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds, responsible for major league, minor league and Latin American operations. During his time with the Reds, he developed one of the most comprehensive and recognized athletic development programs in Major League Baseball and Latin America.
In 2005, Carlo founded Ethos Athletics, a sports performance training company based on the philosophy that athletes, regardless of age and competitive level, must follow a multi-disciplinary approach to athletic development. Ethos Athletics is known for providing athletes and coaches of all levels the resources necessary to become champions in their respective fields through education, training, discipline, hard work and a commitment to excellence.
Carlo consults with companies including Nike, EAS, Gatorade, Vizual Edge, Cincinnati Bell, Wellington Orthopedic, LaValle Metabolic Institute and Sports Nutrition 2 Go, and is a contributing writer for Total Health Breakthroughs, Fitness Editor of The Healing Prescription and The Athlete Report Newsletters. He also continues to serve as St. Xavier's Director of Wellness and Strength and Conditioning.
Although career opportunities took him away from Cincinnati to work with high-caliber teams, Carlo continued to take courses at UC throughout the years, ultimately completing his degree in Health Promotion and Education in 2007.
Dr. Ralph J. Bryson
Dr. Ralph J. Bryson graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BSEd in Elementary Education and a MEd in Educational Foundations from the College of Education. He also earned a PhD degree from Ohio State University with specialization in American Literature and Secondary Education.
Dr. Bryson is a lifetime educator who began his impressive career as a classroom teacher in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He taught in the English Departments at Southern University in Baton Rouge and Miles College in Birmingham. After earning his PhD he joined the English Department at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
A renowned scholar holding membership in nearly every professional honor society, Dr. Bryson spent 40 years at Alabama State, including 30 years as Professor of English and Department Head. During his 40-year career, he served as University Marshal and a leader of the Faculty Senate. Although he retired in 1992, he continues to serve his University as a Professor Emeritus and Acting Chair and Professor of Languages and Literature.
Dr. Bryson has been active in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, for over 50 years, serving as Keeper of Records for over 40 years and elected as Grand Historian. Earlier this year, Dr. Bryson was honored with the Laurel Wreath, the highest honor bestowed on fraternity members, putting in the same company as renowned civil rights activist Donald L. Hollowell, Congressman John Conyers, tennis legend Arthur Ashe and Judge Nathaniel Jones, among others.
Dr. Bryson's legacy lives on here at UC. The Bryson Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to graduate or undergraduate students in CECH, majoring in secondary education or educational administration, helping to foster educators and educational administrators for generations to come.
In recognition of his dedication to the field of education and his legendary service, CECH is proud to award Dr. Bryson with our highest honor as CECH Distinguished Alumnus.
Kathleen Church Kissel
Kathleen Church Kissel graduated from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services with a BSED in Special Education in 1970 and MEd in 1976. Since then, Kathe has dedicated her career to supporting children with special educational needs in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Mrs. Kissel has worked for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center for 25 years, providing expertise, support and advocacy for special education across Hamilton County. She also serves as an adjunct Professor of Special Education at Xavier University, training future educators in the latest techniques in special education. Her experiences with students that have disabilities include the areas of: developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, preschool disabled and hearing impairments and the deaf.
Mrs. Kissel is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and past president of the local CEC chapter and newsletter editor of the State of Ohio CEC. She is also active in various divisions of CEC such as Division of Communication Disorders, Division of Learning Disabilities, Division of Behavioral Disorders, and Teacher Education Division. She is a member of Applied Information Resources (AIR), a non-profit public policy research and community information organization. Kathe is also a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Alexander Bell Association.
In addition to her lifetime of service to special education teachers, future educators and the Hamilton County education community, Kathe has also provided leadership and expertise to her alma mater - UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Since its inception nearly two decades ago, Kathe has served as President of the CECH Alumni Board, representing CECH at the University's Alumni Board of Governors and at numerous University events. Kathe also serves on the Dean's Advisory Council, providing expertise and insight on a number of College issues.
For her contributions as an outstanding educator and her unfailing support of CECH, we are proud to award Mrs. Kathleen Church Kissel Distinguished Alumna.
Mr. Stephen Kramer began his career as a middle school teacher in math, science and social studies. He spent 6 years at Three Rivers School District in Cleves and in 1982, he began teaching in the Madeira School District, where he has continued his career to today. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UC and a master's degree in Education Administration from Xavier University, Mr. Kramer's career progressed from teaching to administration. As an administrator, Mr. Kramer displayed his leadership abilities, working his way up from an administrative intern over 25 years ago to becoming the District Superintendent, which he has served as for the past 7 years.
Under his leadership, the Madeira School District has continued to flourish. Mr. Kramer was a driving force behind the District's successful levies which provided funding to completely rebuild 2 schools and renovate a third, giving the students of Madeira contemporary learning environments. Mr. Kramer has served as Executive Director of the Madeira Schools Foundation, an organization that has raised over $2 million to benefit Madeira Students. As superintendent, Madeira Elementary School was awarded a Blue Ribbon from the US Department of Education; the District has also earned an "Excellent" rating for ten consecutive years, most recently attaining the "Excellent with Distinction" rating. Mr. Kramer has worked diligently to ensure that every student in his district receives a quality education, including students with special learning needs.
In addition to advancing student success in his district, Mr. Kramer continues to be an advocate for teachers and administrators as well. Under his leadership, a plan was developed to support entry level teachers to succeed in the classroom. He has worked diligently to ensure all faculty and staff have access to professional development opportunities, affordable healthcare and optimum working and learning environments.
Stephen Kramer has embraced the community of Madeira and dedicated his career to educating a generation of learners. The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services is proud to recognize him as one of our Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. John Henderson
Dr. John L. Henderson graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1950. He received a Bachelors degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1955 and then went on to the University of Cincinnati to earn a Master's degree and Ed.D. in Counselor Education both from the College of Education in 1967 and 1976 respectively.
Dr. Henderson's extensive and impressive educational career started at Xavier University where he served first as Assistant Dean of Men, Assistant Dean of Students and then Coordinator of University and Urban Affairs. He returned to the University of Cincinnati as Dean for Student Development for four years before becoming Dean for the Public Services Division. Later he served at Sinclair Community College as Vice President for Student Services. In 1984 he returned to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College as Vice President for Institutional Development. In 1988, Dr. Henderson was appointed President of Wilberforce University, the nation's oldest, historically black college or university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served for nearly 15 years. Upon his retirement from Wilberforce, he returned to Cincinnati and remained active in higher education as a consultant. Dr. Henderson is currently the Interim President at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, a position he has served since November 2007 and will continue until at least 2010.
Dr. Henderson has served on numerous committees and community projects throughout his career. He was a former board member and chairman of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; served on the Special Task Force on Racial Isolation in Cincinnati Public Schools in 1972-73; and was a board member of Cincinnati Private Industry Council from 1973-75. In 1996, he was the first African American elected as Chairman of the Council of Independent Colleges. In 2002, Dr. Henderson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also served on the Council of Presidents for the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), which helps set the direction of higher education.
He currently serves on the boards of Project Grad, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, and the list goes on.
His commitment to higher education, leadership and dedication to excellence has brought him justifiably high praise. Because he is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, he brings honor to us as well. It is with great pleasure that we present Dr. John L. Henderson the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009.
Mary Danner Wineberg
Born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, Mary Danner Wineberg moved to Cincinnati at age 5 with her mother Athens Danner. She attended Walnut Hills High School where she joined the track and field team and began running. Upon graduation in 1998, she enrolled at UC and continued track and field at the collegiate level while carrying a full course load. As a UC student, Mary perfected her stride and medaled at a number of conference meets. She set the UC record for the 400-meter indoor/outdoor dash. The outdoor record still stands today.
After graduating from UC in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Education, Mary continued running professionally. After an unsuccessful attempt to make the 2004 Olympic team, Mary was more determined than ever to be a top athlete in her field and an Olympian.
She was able to realize that dream when she qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the age of 28, Mary ran the first leg of the 4x400meter relay and struck gold.
Mary earned sponsorships from Nike and Home Depot Olympic Job Opportunity Program for athletes who are ranked in the Top 25 in the World. Coached by Jim Schnur she competes year-round and her husband Chris Wineberg is her training partner and has won 3 World Championship medals in addition to her Olympic Gold medal in the past 3 years.
Off the track, Mary is a mentor, volunteer coach here at the University of Cincinnati, teacher at her church, and role model to young track and field athletes. Last December, Mary delivered the keynote address at UC's Winter commencement and received the UC Award for Excellence which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the purposes and ideals of the University.
Mary is truly an inspiration to the millions who watched you compete in Beijing as well as the individuals she touch on a daily basis. Mary is a role model for young athletes everywhere and for anyone who dreams BIG. It is with great honor we present Mary Danner Wineberg the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009.
Sandra Schwallie Wiesmann
Sandra Schwallie Wiesmann graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1962 and from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1966.
She started her career as an English and Speech teacher first in Deer Park and then in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Sandy learned that she could make a difference in the lives of students as well as in the lives of teachers and she became active with the St. Louis Teachers Union as a field representative in 1973.
Her career progressed from there to the state level at the Missouri Federation of Teachers, and then nationally to Leadership positions at the American Federation of Teachers, a labor union representing the economic, social, and professional interest of classroom teachers. At the American Federation of Teachers, Sandy has served as National Representative from 1977-81, Regional Director from 1981-98, and then Director of Affiliate Services until her recent retirement.
Sandy has spent more than 30 years working tirelessly on behalf of teachers and their students. Her efforts helped to improve teachers' professional environments as well as the overall perception of teachers and public education.
While this work is particularly important to those of us here in CECH's Teacher Education Programs, the work of the AFT has significant influence of the quality of Public Education for all children.
Sandy has been actively involved with the University and CECH, helping the University's STRIVE program to establish highly innovative public high schools with a state-of-the-art focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) careers.
In 2006, Sandy received an Alumni Masters Series Award, given to UC Alumni from a variety of professions who have set new standards of accomplishment by which others measure themselves. Today, we would like to honor her with our highest award.
For her lifetime commitment to improving education and the lives of teachers and children across our country, we are honored to present to Sandra the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009.
Dr. Carolyn D. Woodhouse
Over the past twenty-five years Dr. Carolyn (Lynn) D. Woodhouse's professional responsibilities and research activities have emphasized improving applied public health practice and enhancing public health workforce development, specifically the development of community-based practitioners. To continue this theme Woodhouse recently accepted the position, beginning in fall 2007, of Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Assessment and Accreditation and Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior in the newly developed Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. From 1987 to 2007 she was the director of the East Stroudsburg University of PA (ESU) Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited MPH (Master of Public Health) program in community health education and practice and the former director of the undergraduate community health education program (1987-1995). Woodhouse was a tenured full professor from 1993 until her retirement from ESU. As MPH director she provided guidance for program development and leadership for multiple successful program re-accreditation self studies and assessment cycles. Dr. Woodhouse also served as Chairperson for the Health Department during 2006-7.
Woodhouse completed her BA in Psychology in 1973, her M.Ed. in Health Education in 1981 and her Ed.D. in Educational Foundations (emphasis in health research methods and social behavioral science foundations) in 1987 at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she completed a postdoctoral MPH in public health practice at the University of South Florida School of Public Health in 2000.
Woodhouse's research areas of expertise include mixed method projects designed to illuminate risks to and improve the health of vulnerable populations. She received funding for, conducted, published multiple articles about and presented multiple research studies at national and international meetings emphasizing this goal. Topics of her research include coalition development, child abuse prevention evaluation, the integration of public health and medical residency training, HIV/AIDS and prevention, tobacco policy and prevention, preterm birth prevention as well as various community participatory research initiatives. She teaches evaluation strategies, research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, social behavioral science theory, applied research and communication skills for community based participatory research and community empowerment.
Professional service is a major theme of her career. Her professional service continues the emphasis on improving public health education and practice. This service includes two six year terms on the Board of Councilors of the public health accreditation agency, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), during which time she has served as Treasurer and Vice President of the CEPH Administrative Committee. She was recently appointed to the American Public Health Association (APHA) National Education Board. She is serving in her second term as an elected member of the APHA Governing Council for Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section (PHEHP, 2006-2009), as a member of the Executive Committee for the Council of Accredited MPH Programs (CAMP), and in multiple volunteer/elected positions with Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) including Vice President and Trustee of Research and Ethics, and as a member of the strategic planning committee for the Health Disparity Elimination Research Agenda Summit (2006). She held various other national leadership positions with PHEHP such as student awards chair and chair of the workgroup for collaboration.
Dr. Woodhouse has received multiple awards for her work in public health education. She was awarded the 2006 APHA PHEHP Distinguished Career Award and the 2006 SOPHE Trophy. She was elected a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health. She is a member of Delta Omega, the public health leadership honorary society, Delta Omicron, the leadership honor society and Phi Kappa Phi, the academic honor society.
Dr. William Wester II
After undergraduate work at XU, Dr. Bill Wester did his masters work at UC and graduated from the doctoral program in Counseling in 1965. He has achieved diplomat status and is board certified in 3 areas; 1) counseling psychology, 2) family psychology, and 3) clinical hypnosis. Wester has held offices in a wide range of professional organizations including serving as one of the earliest members of the states psychology licensing board and as President of that Board for a term during the mid 1970s. Wester also is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He was founder, Chief Executive Officer and President at Behavioral Science Center in Cincinnati, a practice which grew to 32 psychologists. Wester recalled that managed care became interested in his operation because it was such a large group, and fit their modus operandi for contractual relationships. In addition to a busy private practice, he has held positions at several local institutions of higher education: Clinical Professor of Psychology at Wright State; Vice President and dean at Edgecliffe College, now part of Xavier University, for 18 years; and director of the graduate program and professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Athenaeum. Bill has taught courses at additional local universities, including a popular clinical hypnosis course at U.C. He has had over 40 publications, including six major books in the field of hypnosis. He is a Forensic Hypnosis Consultant of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has been a forensic hypnotist for over 25 years. Although now semi-retired, Wester remains active as a professor and as a forensic consultant to the FBI and ATF and in his new career as Dr. Magic, he entertains with wonderful magic shows.
Mrs. Robertson graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services in 1956 with a BS in Elementary Education. She went to receive her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University in 1960.
Mrs. Robertson remains firmly and enthusiastically connected to the University of Cincinnati through her volunteer and committee work. She joined the UC Foundation Board of Trustees in 1999, serving on the marketing committee. She was honorary chair for the 100th anniversary gala for our college. She also co-chaired the 2006 50th Class reunion. She is a member of the UC Alumni Association and the CECH Dean’s Advisory Council.
Mrs. Robertson taught in Cincinnati Public Schools upon graduation. She is a National Advisory Member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where she was a founding board member. She is a board member of the Cincinnati Arts Association, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Foundation. She is a director of the Bankers Club, and past president of The Town Club of the Bankers Club, member of the Women’s Capital Club, Advocates for Youth Education and the Cincinnati Chapter of The Links, Inc. As a member of the Links, she served as National Director of the Arts; and as a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra board, she was on the National Advisory Council of the Women’s Symphony Orchestra League. Mrs. Robertson is an alumna of Leadership Cincinnati.
Mrs. Robertson’s 30 year volunteer service is varied but mainly focused on youth and the arts. She has served on boards of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the Hamilton County Youth Leadership Conference, the Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, the Adolescent Clinic of Jewish Hospital, the Franciscan Health System of Cincinnati, the Red Cross, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Family Services of the Greater Cincinnati Area, the Cincinnati Ballet, Playhouse in the Park, CET, Ohio Center for the Arts, the Negro Spiritual Festival, the Tall Stacks Commission, and the Greater Cincinnati Sports and Events Commission.
Mrs. Robertson is married to former University of Cincinnati and NBA basketball star Oscar Robertson. They have three children and one grandson.
A native of Compton, California, Lorenzo Romar has served as the head basketball coach for the University of Washington´s Huskies since 2002. He is the 18th head coach in Washington´s 105 year history and the first African American to serve in this position. Recently he was rewarded with an eight year contract after a fantastic 2005 season.
Prior to the University of Washington he served as head coach for both Saint Louis University and Pepperdine University. During this time he gained a reputation as a hard-working coach admired for integrity and dedication to his team.
Romar played and coached basketball from 1985 to 1992 with Athletes in Action, the athletic division of the international organization Campus Crusade for Christ, a non-denominational ministry that began in 1951 at UCLA.
He was drafted into the NBA in the seventh round in 1980 by Golden State. Coach Romar played five NBA seasons with three teams.
Voted most inspirational by his teammates two seasons in a row, Romar started for two years as a Washington Husky under Coach Marv Harshman and served as team captain his senior season.
Coach Romar earned his associate degree from Cerritos Community College in California in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-1980. He completed his coursework at University of Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor´s degree in criminal justice in 1992.
Growing up in Compton, Coach Romar faced and overcame challenges that most of us only read about in newspapers. Regularly young men were beaten up, harassed and even shot. Romar lost close friends to the violence. He lived on the same street with gang members, rode city buses with gang members and learned how to co-exist with them without joining them. Coach Romar learned to negotiate this urban obstacle course much like a full-court press. He never panicked or took undue chances.
"I don´t have a soft spot for excuses." Coach Romar has said. "That doesn't affect me at all. If you want it bad enough and have basic talent, you can accomplish goals. Not everyone can have great talent. I have fondness for kids with a passion for something. Passion can compensate for a shortage of talent."
Clearly, Coach Romar possesses and exhibits that very passion himself. We are pleased and proud to present him with the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Raymond J. Brokamp
Raymond J. Brokamp graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1951 with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education. He completed his Masters Degree here in 1955 in Education Administration. He was an active member of Phi Delta Kappa.
Brokamp served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring from the Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He devoted 33 years of his life to public education in Cincinnati and retired as Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools in 1987.
In addition to his excellent service to Cincinnati Public Schools, Brokamp has been a champion for myriad Cincinnati non-profit organizations. He is Past President of the boards of The Cincinnatus Association, INROADS, The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, and Hoxworth Blood Center. He currently serves on the advisory councils of CET, Junior League, Dress for Success and on the boards of YMCA Metro, National Conference for Community and Justice, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Walnut Hills High School Foundation.
For the past 20 years, Brokamp has served as the Director of Leadership Cincinnati, a program sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber that helps to shape community leaders. Herb Brown, senior vice president of public relations for Western & Southern Financial Group observes, "Leadership Cincinnati is a tremendous asset for the region. I can't think of another program that is more important to the future of our community."
Kent Friel, UC alum and Past President of Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association says, "I first knew Ray as the Principal of Walnut Hills High School, where my three children graduated. He was a tremendous leader there, respected by students, teachers and parents. He was really "connected" to his teachers and students and set standards for both academic excellence and development of the children as good citizens. Over the past ten years I have worked closely with Ray and I have really come to respect Ray's leadership skills. There are now more than 600 Leadership programs throughout the country; Cincinnati's Alumni Association is now the largest and most active of all of those programs. This is a great tribute to Ray's dedication and leadership."
Karen Gould, Dean of UC's McMicken College of Arts & Sciences adds, "I remember Ray from Leadership Cincinnati Class of XXIX as a great model of committed engagement in our city. He has a broad range of interests in Cincinnati and its people, and his enthusiasm for leadership that serves our region is infectious! He was an inspiration for all of us."
Brokamp lives in Mt. Washington with wife, Pauline. He enjoys arts, sports, and family time with his five grown children and their families.
Raymond Brokamp embodies the word volunteer and we are delighted to present him with the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Reginald A. Wilkinson
In March of this year, Governor Bob Taft announced that Reginald A. Wilkinson, the longest tenured corrections director in the country, was stepping down as the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC). Dr. Wilkinson now serves as Executive Director of the Business Alliance on Higher Education and the Economy, which serves as a catalyst, mediator and advocate for an enhanced and more strategic role for higher education as a significant contributor to the state´s economic growth.
Taft said of Dr. Wilkinson, "Reggie is one of the most respected leaders in the nation and under his leadership, DRC has become a benchmark corrections agency.".
Wilkinson was employed by DRC in 1973. He initially was appointed director of DRC in February 1991 by former Governor George Voinovich and reappointed by Taft in 1999.
Complementing his tenure with DRC, Dr. Wilkinson served as President of the nation´s oldest and largest corrections organization: American Correctional Association. ACA has 20,000 members internationally. He also served as Vice Chair for North America of the International Corrections and Prison Association, and Director of the ICPA Center for Exchanging Best Practices. He is also past president of the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association, the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the State of Ohio Training Association.
Dr. Wilkinson has authored numerous articles on a variety of correctional topics and has chapters published in several books. He has received awards from many organizations including the National Governor´s Association, the American Correctional Association, Association of State Correctional Administrators, the International Community Corrections Association, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Volunteers of America, the Ohio Community Corrections Organization and the Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association.
Wilkinson received his bachelor´s degree in political science and a master´s degree in higher education administration, both from Ohio State University. Dr. Wilkinson was awarded doctor of education degree (Ed.D) from the University of Cincinnati in 1998.
Dr. Wilkinson has served the state of Ohio and its residents throughout his long and distinguished career and we feel fortunate that he has chosen to continue working on behalf of the state of Ohio and it residents for the advancement of higher education. It is with great pleasure that we present Dr. Reginald A. Wilkinson the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Rita Poth
In her nomination, Dr. Rita L. Poth is described as a tireless leader with a vision and ideology that realizes meaningful change and lasting improvements. She is happy to acknowledge the work of others, but is not one to seek acclaim.
Dr. Poth attended the University of Cincinnati as a nontraditional undergraduate student. With a commitment to learning and recognition of the opportunities that an education can provide, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati in 1980. She was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, a distinguished academic society for liberal arts majors. Continuing her education, she earned an M.Ed and Ph D. in School Psychology in 1982 and 1986 respectively from the University of Cincinnati, College of Education.
Dr. Poth is a licensed School Psychologist by the State of Ohio. Previously, she has worked in private practice, and served as project coordinator for the Court Ordered Parenting Program in the Hamilton County Office of Education. In 1983, she started as a school psychologist with the Hamilton County Office of Education and in 1991, she was named lead school psychologist. In 1995, Dr. Poth became the Educational Assessment Project Coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center. She was named Associate Director of the Southwestern Ohio Special Educational Regional Resource Center in 2003. Since 1998, she has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Human Services in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.
Dr. Poth has been published in many of the leading school psychology journals. She has presented numerous papers and made presentations at state and national conferences. She is a frequent and consistent contributor to national conferences, and has served on many statewide task forces. The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children has recruited her to serve on its policy writing committee and steering committee to address educational standards, assessments, and other educational reforms needed to comply with federal law. In 2004, she was to represent Ohio at the Public Policy Institute for the National Association for School Psychologists in Washington D.C. She was also a member of the Ohio Delegation to the National Innovations in Educations annual conferences.
Dr. Poth's commitment to leadership in education has resulted in change in educational policy and practice and across Ohio for all children, including those with disabilities. These practices now serve as the basis of policy, practice and training across Ohio, under the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children. Her work performed through collaboration with others, will have profound implications for all students in Ohio Public Schools.
Although steeped in research, Dr. Poth has always been an advocate for children. She is mindful of how decisions and policies will affect the lives of students. She has advocated for children especially children with disabilities.
Her commitment to educating exceptional children, dedication to excellence in the field of school psychology, and service to the education reform has brought her justifiably high praise. Because she is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services she brings honor to us as well. It is with great honor we present Dr. Rita Poth the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2005.
Dr. Mabel Jones Matthews
As an educator and administrator, Dr. Mabel Jones Matthews has been described as a visionary leader. In 2003, she received the NASA Creative Management Award "recognizing those unique supervisors who actively demonstrate an understanding of the art of working with people creatively, inspiring and motivating them to greater achievement while improving personal morale and effectiveness."
Dr. Matthews earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeastern University in Washington D.C. She went on to attain an MBA in Marketing from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1991, she was awarded a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation topic was "The Relationship between the Perceived Quality of Selected State Universities in Ohio and Student Application Sets."
Dr. Matthews held the position of Associate Professor at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh North Carolina, teaching undergraduate courses in marketing and management. She served as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she taught Higher Education Finance.
In 1991, Dr. Matthews became the Chairperson of the Division of Business at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina. As Chairperson, she implemented several innovations that were credited with strengthening the Division of Business. She introduced an interdisciplinary curriculum for a major in international business that incorporated foreign languages, political science, and business.
In 1995, Dr. Matthews was named Dean of Academic Affairs at Saint Augustine's College. As Dean, she was responsible for the supervision and leadership for the academic component of the college, which had over 150 faculty and staff and five academic division, several academic centers and the Enrollment Management Division of the college. She lead an effort to revise the core curriculum of the college which included implementing an integrative liberal learning focus that stressed critical learning outcomes involving students in inter-disciplinary studies.
In 1998, Dr. Matthews was named to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at Trinity College of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont. She introduced a 'one-stop' shopping customer services system that was credited with reducing human power requirements, operating cost and duplication of services.
Currently, Dr. Matthews serves as a university program manager for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) at the NASA Headquarters Office of Education in Washington D.C. As university program manager, she is charged with providing overall functional leadership, expert advice and guidance to achieve the NASA mission to "inspire the next generation of explorers" and "increase the interest in science and technology" that leads to increased degrees earned in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to her duties as program manager, Dr. Matthews is working several leadership development projects, which are designed to address a major NASA transformational imperative-cultural change.
Throughout her career, Dr. Matthews has received numerous awards. The NASA Headquarters Wall of Women Inspiring Hope and Possibilities, Quality Performance Awards from NASA Headquarters, President's Distinguished Services Award from Saint Augustine's College and "Teacher of the Year" Award from the Division of Business at Saint Augustine's College are just a for awards. Today, we would like to honor her with our highest award.
Because she is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services she brings honor to us as well. It is with great honor we present Dr. Mabel Jones Matthews the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2005.
Juanita Wallace Jackson
Juanita Wallace is a respected educator as well as a nationally recognized leader in the arts community. She earned a B.S. in Kindergarten and Primary Education from the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Master of Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her master´s degree focus was in the area of supervision, curriculum development and educational administration.
Ms. Jackson has been a classroom teacher as well as an administrator. She has taught kindergarten through the 10th grade in public and private schools in Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and the Virgin Islands. She was the Associate Coordinator of Reading for the Cincinnati Public Schools. She was the Director for Kindergarten Education for the Wilmington, Massachusetts Public Schools where she managed four sites and a staff of 20. Under her leadership, the program became a demonstration site for the State Department of Education. Later, she became the Senior Supervisor of Curriculum and Staff Development specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education. She was the Executive Director for the Schoharie County, New York Child Development Council, Inc., which managed the Head Start program for the county. While in this position, she was able to combine her two loves, education and music by obtaining County Arts Council support for a project that brought young people´s choral groups and chamber orchestra groups to a rural community for parents and children.
Mrs. Jackson is a classically trained vocalist. She studied voice with the late Louis John Johnen, a noted voice teacher and music critic. She sang the title role in Central State University production of Bizet´s Carmen. She also sang with the Cincinnati Festival Chorus. Her oratorio performances include; alto soloist in Handel´s "Messiah", Vivaldi´s "Gloria", Hadyn´s "Mass In Time of War" and Mozart´s "Coronation Mass". Mrs. Jackson has appeared as a soloist with the Vienna Choral Society, the Chautauqua Motet Choir and has appeared as a guest soloist for a number of churches and organizations in the Washington D. C area and several states across the country.
Mrs. Jackson has developed a program dedicated to the preservation of the Negro Spiritual as an art form. This program combines song, poems and a narrative depicting this very important contribution to American music. She has performed this program for organizations, schools and churches throughout the country.
Mrs. Jackson has held leadership position in several national cultural organizations. She is a current board member and past president of the Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers. She served on the National Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors as President of the Women´s Committee. She is the past vice president of the McLean Orchestra board of directors. She is a former member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In addition, she is vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York where she also served as chair of the Development Council. She is the newly elected president of the one hundred twenty year old Friday Morning Music Club. She is a member of the Boards of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and The Washington Performing Arts Society. She is the past president of the Albany NY Links, Inc. and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her many honors include; listing in "Who´s Who in Women Executives", "Who´s Who in American Education" and induction into the "Akron East High School Hall of Fame" for her work in the Arts and Education.
Mrs. Jackson has stated, "I am proud of being a UC graduate". Mrs. Jackson, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services is proud to call you one of our own. For your dedication to excellence in education and your commitment to arts and culture and to your community it is with great pleasure we name you a 2005 Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Velmer S. Burton, Jr., Ph.D, Ed.D.
Dr. Marty Sapp
Dr. Marty Sapp is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, he is a licensed psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Experimental Hypnosis, and American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In addition, he holds certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Hypnosis. To say Dr. Sapp's accomplishments are impressive would be an understatement. He has authored seven books and more than 70 articles, 3 book chapters and 9 newspaper articles. He has made 76 scholarly conference presentations and sits on 17 national editorial boards. Professor Sapp is a highly regarded scholar and teacher.
Dr. Sapp received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. In 1998, he completed his Ed.D. in our college in Educational Psychology with support areas of Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Quantitative Research. His dissertation titled The Effects of Three Treatments for Test Anxiety: Autosuggestion Therapy (Self-Hypnosis) Combined With Study Skills Counseling, and Nondirective Therapy involved the development, standardization, and quantitative evaluation of three treatments for test anxiety.
Dr. Sapp's primary area of research is psychological applications of hypnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. He is the author of Hypnosis, Dissociation and Absorption: Theories, Assessments, and Treatments. He also writes and makes presentation about cognitive-behavioral interventions (Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, REBT) for at-risk and special educational students, test anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and guided imagery. In addition, Dr. Sapp is the author of Psychological and Educational Test Scores: What Are They?, a book designed for individuals who are phobic about quantitative information but are forced to interpret test results.
Dr. Sapp has written several articles exploring the subject of school choice and its effects on public schools and the negative impact privatization has in public education.
Dr. Sapp has received numerous awards in his career. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Men Service Award. In 1989, he was listed in the National Distinguished Services Registry: Counseling and Development. In 2000, he was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association for his outstanding contribution to the science and professional psychology.
His commitment to excellence in Educational Psychology has brought him great honor and respect from his colleagues around the world. Because he is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justices, and Human Services, he brings us honor as well. It is with great pleasure we present Dr. Marty Sapp the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Markay Winston
Markay Winston is an educator with vision. Currently Director of Student Services for Cincinnati Public Schools, Dr. Winston has embraced the challenge to provide an effective and efficient education for all children. She's been with CPS little more than a year, but in that year she's taken her official job description requirement as compliance officer for federal and state regulations for the education of students with disabilities to a more inclusive model focused on blending general and special education so that the needs of all children are met in an effective and efficient manner. To do that, she's worked across the organization, partnering with her colleagues like the director of curriculum in a collaborative model unusual in public education.
Dr. Winston is serious about system change; she is trying to move the department and the district to a paradigm shift of one that is inclusive and supports student success. She's committed to eliminating the silos and system of dual services that have been costly and generally unsuccessful. Her vision is one where all students succeed "both in the general and special education populations" and where every student has access to the best possible opportunities available.
To accomplish this she already has reorganized her office, conducted strategic planning with the goal of being consistent with overall goals of the district, conducted coordinated training for all principals in the district, and enhanced positive visibility for the district by collaborating nationally with the Urban Special Education Collaborative. This innovative work improving special education at CPS was showcased at the national conference. Taking on this challenge in a large urban school district with 7500-8000 students in 95 schools, with 16-18% of students receiving special education services is no small task, but Dr. Winston was ready, and her dedication has already netted exciting results that are and will continue to make a difference for children.
She came to Cincinnati in 1987 to pursue graduate studies, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central University of Iowa. She graduated with a Master of Education degree in School Psychology in 1989. She continued her work and in 1996 received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in School Psychology, where she was appointed Minority Fellow and Scholar for both degrees.
Dr. Winston began her career in Cincinnati as School Psychologist for CPS in the Secondary Diagnostic Center for Behavior Disordered Youth and moved to the position of Mental Health Consultant the following year. She served Princeton City Schools as School Psychologist, where she implemented school-wide programming that included peer-mediation programs and intervention-based services.
Dr. Winston has served as adjunct professor for both the School Psychology and Educational Foundations programs in the college, teaching graduate level courses since 1994. She was also adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University in 1998 and 1999.
In program development and evaluation, she served as a consultant to the UC Women's Center, facilitating strategic planning and evaluation services. She was an educational/mental health consultant to Talbert House Educational Collaborative, where she designed, delivered and evaluated training, provided organizational consulting, monitored program evaluation activities, and provided technical assistance on assessment, intervention and remediation strategies.
At Lighthouse Youth Services, she worked on an organizational diversity initiative where, over five years, she planned and implemented staff development and training activities, conducted focus groups, collaborated with organizational stakeholders, and conducted skill-based parent training workshops.
As a Mental Health Consultant she worked with Core Behavioral Health Centers to conduct an agency-wide needs assessment and provided diversity training for service providers and program administrators. Dr. Winston consulted with the Ohio Department of Education on a high school conflict management program. Over a seven-year period she consulted with Talbert House on a Family Violence Project, where she conducted staff training and developed an agency-wide conflict management program.
In her spare time she has published, been invited to deliver keynote addresses for a number of organizations, and developed countless presentations and workshops on a variety of topics for multiple audiences. She active in six professional organizations, and her civic involvement includes the Regional Leadership Advisory Group on Student Affairs, Roselawn Community Planning for Student Success, Big Brother/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati board service, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Cincinnati Alcoholism Council Teen Institute, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She has served on the UC School Psychology Advisory Council since 1997.
Dr. Winston received the Outstanding Young Citizen Award from the Greater Cincinnati Jaycees, was named Big Sister of the Year in Greater Cincinnati and the Outstanding UC School Psychologist Alumna in 1997. She was a Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Summer Fellow at UC in 1995, and received a service award from Big Brother/Big Sister. Dr. Winston was named in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1987.
One wonders when she was able to develop hobbies, but they include golf, travel, bicycling, reading, music, college basketball, and spending time with family and friends. Her most admired person is her mother, who set a clear example of the importance of love, integrity, self-respect, humility and service.
Dr. Janet Graden, division head for Human Services in the college, said she is really just a stellar individual in every way. The faculty in the program gave her their strongest endorsement. The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services is pleased to give Dr. Markay Winston the Distinguished Alumni award for 2003.
Dr. Patricia O'Reilly
Patricia O'Reilly has had a tremendous impact in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the University of Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati community. She is a loyal alumna and has been an outstanding faculty member at UC, where she rose through the faculty ranks from Instructor at University College to Professor in the College of Education, responsible for the division of Education Studies from 1994 to 1997.
Dr. O'Reilly completed all her academic work at UC, including a B.S. in Child Development, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, and an interdisciplinary Ph. D. in Psychology and Sociology. After serving as Director of Recreational Therapy at Children's Hospital Medical Center for fourteen years, Dr. O'Reilly began as Instructor and Coordinator of the Child Care Technology program at UC and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Child Development and Director of Arlitt Child Development Center; then Associate Professor, and Coordinator of Educational Foundations in the Department of Educational Leadership, joining the Women's Studies Faculty in 1985. After a two-year break, she again served in a leadership capacity as Head of the Department of Educational Foundations and in 1994 she became Professor and Head of the Division of Education Studies. Recently retired, she continues her involvement as Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education.
Dr. O'Reilly's contributions to the university and the larger community have been particularly notable with her work and commitment to gender equity. Her papers and presentations in this arena are legend, benefiting the National Organization of Women, the Regional Conference of Women Judges, a regional conference for adolescent girls at Wright State University, local high schools, the Ohio Board of Education, the Greater Cincinnati Women Lawyers Association, the YWCA, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the Federal Women's Program of the EPA, the Federal Women's Program of the IRS, the American Montessori Society, the American Chemical Society Women's Caucus, and the National Women's Studies Association Conference, just to name a few.
Internationally, Professor O'Reilly has presented papers and consulted in Spain, Taiwan, England, and Australia. Her scholarship has been equally impressive with numerous articles, book chapters and co-editorship of a book, "Educating Young Adolescent Girls," resulting from her experiences planning conferences for area middle-school aged girls. She served as co-editor of the Journal of Educational Foundations and has two videotapes to her credit, one as a part of a Gender Equity Project for Cincinnati Public Schools, called "Teachers Make It Happen," and another, "Back to the Future," a history of the College of Education she researched, wrote and produced for WCET.
Dr. O'Reilly is renowned for her community service. Some of her involvements include membership on the Committee of 100 to plan a new Walnut Hills community school, Board member of East End Community Heritage School, NAACP Education Committee, Sexual Harassment Task Force and Sex Equity Office of the Ohio Department of Education, U-Kids Day Care Center, Gender Equity Committee and Parent Leadership Training Program for Cincinnati Public Schools, Hamilton County Board of Education, EMR Family Life Project, to highlight a few. Also, member of the Child Advocacy Committee of the Mayor's Commission on Children, United Way and Community Chest Think Tank leader on School Drop-Outs, a variety of committees for The Women's City Club, Traveler's Aid International Institute, Women Helping Women, and The Children's Discovery Center of the National History Museum. She was president of the Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children and chaired the Policy Advisory Committee for the Parent-Child Center in Over-the-Rhine. She coordinated a college-sponsored conference for 700 adolescent girls from local schools.
College and University Service includes the Commission on the Status of UC Women, University Mentor for New Faculty, Collective Bargaining Faculty Negotiating Team, Committee "W," University Faculty Senate, Barbour/Cohen Awards Chair, AAUP member and committee assignments, Association for Women Faculty, and President's Advisory Council on Women's Issues, to name a few.
Selected honors include the Sylvia Boltz Tucker Award for Leadership and Service to the college, the Just Community Award for promoting equity at the University, special recognition from Ohio Department of Education for "Leadership and Commitment to Educational Equity," the Friends of Women's Studies Distinguished Alumna Award, Phi Delta Kappa, a Women Helping Women award from Soroptomist International, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Barbour Award, Who's Who Child Development Professionals, 1st Annual Edition, Psi-Chi Psychology Honorary. Recently Dr. O'Reilly was asked to present at a Congressional Briefing on Gender Equity in the Classroom, a policy briefing to congressional and federal agency staff and special interest groups examining social, motivational and cultural issues in education.
We suspect we have only touched the surface of her significance to the university and the greater community. For example, she secured funding from Dr. Ada Hart Arlitt to build the Arlitt Center. She designed and supervised the building of the center, and she secured the first Head Start grant at the University of Cincinnati. The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Alumni Association is honored call Dr. Patricia O'Reilly an alumna, and to present her the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2003.
Dr. Barbara J. Hammel
Barbara Hammel has dedicated herself to improving the lives of children in our community, our state and our country. She has been described as "an authentic educator who has the amazing ability to bring out the best in people." She started her career as a classroom teacher in the West Clermont Local School District and now serves the Superintendent of the Deer Park Community City Schools.
Dr. Hammel earned a B.S.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education from Miami University. She received an M.ED. in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Upon completing her dissertation titled Leadership in a Collaborative Setting, she was awarded an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
After starting her career as a classroom teacher for emotionally handicapped children, Dr. Hammel moved into administration as an elementary school principal. As principal, she implemented a number of innovative programs such as the Fine Arts Magnet Program, Effective Schools Program, Outdoor Education Program and one called Everybody Counts, the first such program in Ohio. She gained a reputation as a leader who fostered a positive learning and teaching climate, as well as one who encouraged and supported positive attitudes among staff, students and the community.
Dr. Hammel continued to climb the ranks in administration. She served as an Elementary Coordinator, Director of Staff Development and Administrator for Staff Development and Personnel. In 1990, she was named Assistant Superintendent of the Winton Woods City School District, where she distinguished herself an innovative, fair, competent and child-focused educator.
In 1997, Dr. Hammel was named the Superintendent of Deer Park Community City Schools. As Superintendent, she has demonstrated exceptional skills as a leader who promotes consensus building, team building and child advocacy. She has earned the devotion of the teaching staff and her opinions are well respected in the community. She strengthened Deer Park schools by cultivating a positive working relationship with the police and fire department, and the city counsel in Deer Park and Sycamore Township. During her tenure as superintendent, students have excelled academically, and the school has attracted a remarkable number of Board Certified Teachers.
Deer Park Community City Schools was one of eight districts selected nationally to participate in the Harvard Institute for School Leadership, Change Leadership Group supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Hammel has received several professional awards. In 1996, she received the "Excellence in Educational Leadership Award" from the University Council for Educational Administration. She was awarded the "Ohio PTA Educator of the Year Award" and is a Lifetime Honorary PTA Member.
Dr. Hammel has served on several professional organizations. She was a member of the Board of the Ohio Children's Trust Fund. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
At UC Dr. Hammel served as an Adjunct Instructor for courses in Teacher Personnel Administration, Staff Development and Change and Change Techniques. Also, she worked with the Professional Practices Schools Development Team, and the Educational Administration Council.
Her commitment to educating all children, dedication to excellence in the field of education, and service to the community have brought her justifiably high praise. Because she is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services she brings honor to us as well. It is with great honor we present Dr. Barbara Hammel the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2004.
Dr. Robert E. Wubbolding
Robert Wubbolding is an internationally known teacher, author and practitioner of Reality Therapy, having taught Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia including thirteen countries. Dr. Wubbolding has become synonymous with a branch of psychotherapy called Reality Therapy. His books, presentations and courses served to advance this therapeutic application and brought him personal and professional distinction of international scope. His contributions to the theory and practice include the ideas of "Positive Symptoms," "The Cycle of Counseling," and "5 Levels of Commitment."
He has also expanded significantly the procedure of "Evaluation." His ten books on Reality Therapy include Reality Therapy for the 21st Century, Employee Motivation and A Set of Directions for Putting and Keeping Yourself Together, among others. Also author of chapters in fifteen textbooks, he has written over 125 articles and essays contributing regularly to the International Journal of Reality Therapy.
His professional goal over his thirty-year career has been to make reality therapy academically respectable and widely practiced, as well as to adapt the theory cross-culturally. With this commitment he has made over 50 presentations and workshop per year for over fifteen years. His audiences include professional organizations, parent groups, managers and supervisors, corrections workers and others.
Locally and within the state of Ohio, Bob Wubbolding has contributed mightily to the understanding and appreciation of counseling and counselor education. Without a doubt he is one of the very best well known and respected scholars and teachers of counseling every produced in Ohio. His many honors and awards attest to his level of accomplishment.
Dr. Wubbolding received a BA in Philosophy and History at the Athenaeum of Ohio. He was awarded a Master of Education in Counseling from Xavier University and the Ed. D. in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. He has been a high school teacher and counselor, elementary school counselor, teacher of adult basic education and university professor. He holds licenses in both clinical counseling and psychology. He founded the Ohio Valley Reality Therapy Association in 1985. He then co-chaired the Silver Anniversary Convention of the William Glasser Institute in Cincinnati.
He is currently director of the Center for Reality Therapy, professor emeritus of counseling at Xavier University, and Senior Faculty as well as Director of Training for the William Glasser Institute in Chatsworth, California in which he monitors the certification process and the instructor raining program. Comments William Glasser, "He is one of my closest and most trusted associates. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly."
Among his numerous responsibilities were Visiting Professor, Oversees Graduate Program of the University of Southern California in Japan, Korea and Germany; Group Counselor and Consultant for Talbert Halfway House for Women; Elementary School Counseling at St. Monica School; Director of the Adult Learning Center for Newport Public Schools; and, Social Studies Teacher at Purcell High School.
Professional and volunteer awards and honors for Dr. Wubbolding include the Marvin Rammelsberg Award from the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association, the Herman J. Peters Award from the Ohio Counseling Association, the Mary Corre Foster Award and a Recognition Award for 20 years of service from the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association, Distinguished Presenter Award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, Award of Excellence in Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Counseling Profession from the UC Department of Counselor Education, Recognition for his Introduction of Reality Therapy to Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, Kuwait, India and Taiwan, and books being translated into Japanese, Korean and Croatian.
Dr. Wubbolding has continued his pattern of productive excellence in presentations, publications, videotapes and honors during his most recent years, consistent with his lifetime pattern. He is also a person and professional of the highest quality and integrity. He has elevated the science and practice of counseling through his personal life example. The Alumni Association agrees with the Counselor Education program and is honored to recognize Bob Wubbolding as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2002.
Emily Watkins Spicer
Emily Spicer graduated from the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati with a teaching degree and moved from there to a lifetime of achievement in education, her community and her church.
Mrs. Spicer began her teaching career at Lincoln Heights High School, and she taughtat Heinold Junior High and was a teacher and counselor at Aiken High School. She was a guidance coordinator before becoming assistant principal at Woodward High School. Along the way she was awarded the Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from The University of Cincinnati.
As a student at Withrow High School and at the University of Cincinnati, Emily Spicer experienced discrimination firsthand. Though few Blacks went to college, let alone became teachers, at that time she was committed to a career in education and refused to give up her dream. Throughout her career in Cincinnati Public Schools, she sought to help students improve their lives through education.
Her talent and leadership were recognized with every career step she took. She was always given the toughest assignments because she was known for her success in turning around problem schools. In 1976 Mrs. Spicer was named principal of Merry Junior High School, overseeing about 1,000 seventh and eighth graders being bused in from around the city. As before she and the staff took on the challenge, got the building cleaned up and turned the school around.
Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent James Jacobs knew her abilities, and in 1978 assigned her to Taft High School as principal. Mrs. Spicer was the first female to serve as principal of a secondary high school in Cincinnati Public Schools. As always she was up to the task and, before long, she started a project to give the school a new sense of spirit by cleaning up and painting the school. Even Dr. Jacobs came to help. At Taft Mrs. Spicer took full advantage of civic resources to bring new dimensions to education in the urban school. She asked the West End Community Council, the Arts Consortium, the Jaycees, the Women's Alliance and other service organizations to help broaden the experience of her students and to improve the school's image. Her visibility and her caring nature convinced others in the community they needed to help too.
Mrs. Spicer also served as principal of Queen City Vocational School and completed her career as director of staff development and director of secondary education for Cincinnati Public Schools, retiring in 1983.
Since then Mrs. Spicer has served as chair of a reform task force working with the school system and is a founding and active member of Cincinnati Reads, serving as a volunteer to help children read, and is a member of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign. A former Forest Park resident, she is a former member Vice President and President of the Greenhills-Forest Park school board, presently known as Winton Woods school board. She is the first African American woman to both serve on the board and to be elected President. She is a founding member and serves as Vice President of the Board for The Hamilton County Math and Science Academy, a Mt. Healthy charter school. Mrs. Spicer is also chair of the AMOS Education Task Force. She has been active in numerous other civic organizations including YMCA, YWCA, Black Achievers and Black Family Reunion. She is an ordained deacon and elder at Carmel Presbyterian Church.
Her recognition as a pioneer for urban education has been recognized by many community organizations. In 1979 she was named Enquirer Woman of the Year. She is a YWCA Achiever and was recognized as a YMCA Black Achiever. She was honored by the Cincinnatus organization. She received the first AMOS Living The Vision Award, a Faith in Action Award from the Council of Christian Communions, and The Ethelrie Harper Award from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.
In 2002 Emily Spicer was honored as a Great Living Cincinnatian by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, joining the "greats" of those whose achievements warrant this high level of recognition. For her outstanding commitment to children, education, her church and her community, the Alumni Association of the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati is proud to award Emily T. Spicer the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2002.
Dr. William K. Bogdan
William K. Bogdan is recognized and respected throughout Ohio, the national and internationally as a leader in the area of special education. His early career, following his cum laude graduation from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Special Education, was as a teacher of children and youth with significant challenges in Munfordville, Kentucky. During that time he pursued a Master of Education degree in Special Education at University of Cincinnati and was awarded the degree in 1976.
Dr. Bogdan then taught children and youth with learning disabilities and severe emotional disturbances for the Indian Hill school district. He moved into a role as supervisor/consultant for Special Education Services for the Hamilton County Office of Education in 1980. In 1990 Dr. Bogdan was appointed Director of Special Education and Student Services for the Hamilton County Educational Services Center and he became Assistant Superintendent of the center in 1996.
During that time his interest in educational leadership led him to the UC doctoral program and he received his Doctorate of Education from the Ed Leadership program in 1984.
In 1983 Dr. Bogdan began his involvement with the Ohio Council for Exceptional Children and, over the years he served as Treasurer of the Ohio Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Ohio Newsline Editor for the Newsletter of Ohio Council for Exceptional Children. He was elected to First Vice President, then President Elect and Convention Chair, and then President for the Ohio Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Bogdan then moved to leadership roles in the International Council for Exceptional Children, serving as the Ohio Representative to the Board of Governors, then Governor-at-Large, US Executive Committee, and then First Vice President and President Elect. During that appointment he also served as Convention Chair for the Charlotte, NC international conference. In 1999 Dr. Bogdan was elected President of the International Council for Exceptional Children. He served a notable two-year term, followed by his role as Convention Chair for the Seattle, WA conference that took place April 9-13, 2003.
Highlights of Dr. Bogdan´s work with the Council for Exceptional Children, in addition to his leadership service include his recognition as the Ohio Special Education Administrator of the Year for the Council of Administrators for Special Education in 1993 and Educator of the Year for the Ohio Council for Exceptional Children in 1999. He presided over the World Congress on Special Education in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in April 2000 as well as the international convention. Dr. Bogdan successfully completed a strategic planning process and a massive governance reorganization for the Council for Exceptional Children, he presented at numerous state and provincial conferences, and represented the council at Congressional hearings related to issues in special education.
Dr. Bogdan received the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award from the National Examiner in 2002. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Hamilton County Family Children First Council and is an Elder and Chair of the Finance and Stewardship Committee at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.
From the early days of his career Bill Bogdan has been committed to helping students with special needs. Following his years in the classroom he worked with teachers and school districts to implement practices that would result in positive outcomes for children. His commitment to improving special education practice extended well beyond his specific job responsibilities and, due to his leadership in the Council for Exceptional Children, his "calling" has succeeded in bringing together diverse viewpoints with the common goal of helping children. Bill Bogdan has achieved awesome heights in his chosen profession and, for this reason, we are proud to recognize him as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. John Bryant
John Bryant is an alumnus of the College of Education with three degrees, but his involvement with the University of Cincinnati wove in and out of his career over a period of years. He first got his B.S. in Education, and then taught Business Education at Withrow High School for eight years, earning his masters degree in Secondary Education before returning to UC as an instructor while pursuing his doctoral degree, which he completed in Educational Foundations in 1971.
Basketball also was a part of Bryant's life during those years. He made the UC basketball team during the Oscar Robertson era, and he was Head Basketball Coach at Withrow High School during a part of his teaching stint there. When he returned for his doctorate he served as an Assistant Basketball Coach under Taylor Blake, combining that responsibility with Instructor in the College of Education.
Having achieved the doctorate, Dr. Bryant became Professor of Education and chairman of the Education Department at Wilmington College where he served nineteen years. At Wilmington, he's recognized for his development of an innovative program that is a unique part of the teacher education curriculum. The course, taken after student teaching, gives future teachers exposure to the urban communities of Columbus and Cincinnati with direct involvement in urban schools and social service agencies. Bryant took a two-year leave from Wilmington College in 1990 to head up the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative - an organization established in 1987 to address the problems that afflict students in urban American schools. This partnership among Cincinnati Public Schools, business, government and community groups seeks to help students realize their full potential and become productive members of society. The successful collaboration has won accolades from two U.S. Presidents, along with many national business and education groups.
No one doubts that much of the credit for this achievement rests with John Bryant. Considered a pioneer in urban education, Dr. Bryant's commitment to area youth is acknowledged and lauded by top business leaders, educators and government officials. CYC's mentoring program has more than 2,000 volunteers and is credited with encouraging countless of our community's children to pursue college. He's helped raise a $2 million endowment to secure continuation of the mentoring program. He created academic awards and scholarship programs for Cincinnati youth and is guided by a sense of mission to guide thousands of our children to success.
Dr. Bryant extends his dedication to children through involvement on boards and commissions for youth-oriented organizations, including Cincinnati Children's Museum, Crayons to Computers, Every Child Succeeds, Ohio Reads Council, Urban Appalachian Council and Seven Hills Neighborhood House. He maintained his relationship to the College of Education by serving as a valued member of the Dean's Advisory Board.
John Bryant served on the Teacher Education Certification Advisory Board, on the Board of Trustees of Southern State Community College, and was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Dayton-Miami Valley Education Opportunity Center. He served on the Fair Housing Board for Clinton County and was Chairperson for the Clinton County Housing Authority. He received the honorary degree from Wilmington College. Dr. Bryant is a tireless advocate for children. His energy and vision for children and their futures have combined to make him a well-known and highly regarded citizen of southwestern Ohio. We are proud to call him an alumnus of the College of Education, and to award him the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2001.
Dr. Nancy R. Hamant
Nancy Hamant has had a tremendous impact on the College of Education and the University of Cincinnati. She is one of the most loyal alumni and faculty members at UC, and much of her career has been here, where she has risen through the faculty ranks from Instructor to Associate Professor in the college, responsible for the Professional Experiences program.
Dr. Hamant completed all her academic work at UC, including her A.B. in History, a B.S. in Secondary Education, the M. Ed. in Administration and the Ed. D. in Administration and History. She was teacher of Latin, English and History, and Curriculum Director, at Reading High School. She served as Associate Principal at Wyoming High School before returning to UC's College of Education. In addition to her coordination of the Professional Experiences program she serves as co-editor of Educator magazine, an annual publication for alumni and friends of the college.
At UC Dr. Hamant is a member of the Herman Schneider Legacy Society, UCATS, UC Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA, C-Club, Order of the Black Blazer, President's Council Life Founder, and UC Foundation Board Faculty Advisory Committee, currently serving as chair. She is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and served as president of the UC Alumni Association. She received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and was the first recipient of the Faculty Member of the Year award for the UC Alumni Association.
Her service beyond the University has focused on accreditation review of schools through the North Central Association, reviewing area schools and schools as far away as Panama and Germany. She also serves the Hamilton County Park District on the Board of Commissioners, where she is currently president. Her commitment to athletics has extended beyond the campus through her membership on Division Management Council for Conference USA.
Dr. Hamant serves the College of Education and the University in significant ways beyond the classroom, professional practice, athletics and UC Alumni Association. Her support for students training to be teachers is renowned in the Cincinnati area, and she serves as a mentor for students, faculty and staff in the College of Education. Dr. Hamant has explored ways to improve diversity in the teaching profession. At UC she focuses on the quality of the student experience - - what she can do to improve academic and student life around her, how to improve the overall University of Cincinnati experience, and how to celebrate the contributions UC has made locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
In addition to her tireless work on behalf of the College of Education, athletics and to UC Alumni Association, she and her husband, Tom, also an alumnus of UC, have been generous in support of the University with their contributions. Their support has improved programs and athletics, and created opportunities for students through scholarship support.
Nancy Hamant is a tremendous friend and supporter of the University of Cincinnati and the College of Education. Her wise counsel has been important to students, faculty, staff and administration. We suspect we have only touched the surface of her significance to the university and the community. The College of Education Alumni Association is honored call her an alumna, and to present her the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2001.
Frank T. Brogan
UC College of Education alumnus Frank T. Brogan, Lieutenant Governor of Florida, received the Distinguished Alumni award at UC Homecoming, October 29, 2000.
Brogan graduated from UC in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Before his career in politics, Brogan´s work in education included service as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He was the youngest and first Republican to serve as commissioner for education in the state of Florida, a state-wide elected office.
Brogan´s degree from the University of Cincinnati made him the first in his family to graduate from college. Born September 6, 1953 in Lafayette, Indiana, Brogan's family moved to Cincinnati in 1955. One of six children raised by a single working mother, Brogan grew up in Blue Ash, attended All Saints School, and graduated in 1971 from Moeller High School before attending UC.
Brogan dedicated his career to serving as an advocate for public education and he has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the 1996 Civil Rights Award in Education, the 1998 Child Advocate of the Year, Superintendent of the Year and the Florida School Board Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Brogan was selected to receive the award because of his service to education in the state of Florida.
In addition to his work for education and children in Florida, Lt. Governor Brogan has been especially involved in the fight against cancer. He received a public service award from the Pioneers in Prostate Cancer and has been a tireless crusader in the battle against breast cancer. His late wife, Mary, who lost her fight against the disease in 1999, was also known for her commitment to teaching and education. She was also a graduate of UC.
While serving as commissioner of education he was tapped by Jeb Bush to be Bush´s running mate when he was running for governor. Ron Sterling, UC associate professor of teacher education, remembers he was just starting his career at UC when Brogan became Sterling´s student and friend. "I´m not at all surprised that Frank has accomplished so much", says Sterling. "He was a great student, and he really enjoyed the classroom and also enjoyed people. He was very humorous, very outgoing, and was a lot of fun to be around."
Dr. Betty Turner Asher
Dr. Betty Turner Asher began her career at UC as Assistant Director for Career Planning and Placement in 1975, and became a Graduate Assistant for Administrative Functions in Counselor Education in 1976, having graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1966 with a B.A. in English and History, and from Western Kentucky University with an M.A. in Counseling in 1970. She had previously served Brescia College as an Assistant Professor and Student Teaching Supervisor before beginning her doctoral studies at UC.
While at UC she was promoted to Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs in 1977 and to Senior Associate Vice Provost in 1978 through 1980. She continued her career in higher education by serving the Minnesota State University System as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and became Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Arizona State University 1982 through 1989.
In 1989 she was appointed president of the University of South Dakota, where she served with distinction through 1996. At South Dakota she also served as professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling. Among her leadership accomplishments were the crafting of an academic plan calling for greater access, service and outreach, enhanced research productivity and grant procurement, increased private and corporate fund raising and expanded state funding for new buildings on campus. Under Dr. Asher´s leadership the quality of the student body improved, resulting in 26 national merit students, 579 valedictorians and salutatorians and 41 Mickelson Scholars (top 1%).
Currently Dr. Asher is president of Business & Industry Training Services in Destin, Florida - a consulting and training company specializing in organizational development and leadership, continuous quality improvement and safety and environmental concerns.
Dr. Asher was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws by Eastern Kentucky University in 1989 and is listed in "Who´s Who in American Education". She was named "Woman of Distinction" by the city of Tempe in Arizona in 1988, and is an inductee of Eastern Kentucky University´s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Asher has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association and the Ohio College Personnel Association for "Outstanding Service", and has been honored by numerous student groups as well.
Dr. Asher has consulted with organizations nationally and internationally, including universities and governmental organizations. Her publications include journal articles, reports and managing editor for a number of books. She has served with the North Central Association on Accreditation Teams and was a member of the Presidents Commission of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, serving on the Restructuring Committee. Her service on corporate boards are too numerous to mention individually, and she has been involved with national organizations including Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Delta Kappa.
Dr. Thomas Wagner
Dr. Thomas Wagner is University Professor Emeritus of Planning and Urban Studies in the School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at UC.
He holds two degrees from the College of Education, and he received a Master of Arts in History from Miami University in 1967. Upon graduation in 1962, Wagner taught American History at Finneytown High School for four years. In 1966 he joined the UC Office of Admission staff and, over a 34-year career, has amassed an enviable record.
During his years at UC, he served as Admissions Officer, Assistant Dean of Summer School, Acting Dean of Summer School, Assistant to the President, Assistant Provost, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Senior Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate and Student Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Services. As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Wagner was the chief negotiator for four bargaining contracts with AAUP. Wagner was appointed the University's chief student affairs officer in 1987. In 1991 his title was changed to Vice President for Student Affairs and Services. Thus, he was the first UC chief student affairs officer to hold the Vice President title.
He also has a solid record of publications. He published journal articles and presented papers about academic administration, collective bargaining, and Appalachian migrants. He is co-author of Valuing Our Past, Creating Our Future, published by Berea College in 1999. The book received the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums 1999 Award of Commendation for local history writing. A second book on Appalachian Odyssey: Historical Perspectives on the Great Migration, edited with Phillip Obermiller and Bruce Tucker, will be published in 2000.
In May 1999, he received the Stuart Faber Award in recognition for his contributions to the Urban Appalachian Council. He has served on the board of Santa Maria Community Services and the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency.
He currently is Vice-Chair of the Fernald Citizens Advisory Board, a Department of Energy Site-Specific Advisory Board.
Donald E. Benken
Paul J. Flemming
As a counselor at Delaware Technical & Community College, Paul J. Fleming offers many students "sound advice and practical solutions to seemingly insurmountable hurdles."
His ability to approach each student's situation with a fresh look earned him UC's College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.
Mr. Fleming earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1962, and a master's degree in education in 1967 at UC's College of Education.
While attending UC as an undergraduate, Mr. Fleming was co-captain of the wrestling team and played second base for the Bearcats baseball team.
Mr Fleming started his career in education at Woodward High School. He has been a secondary school administrator and a coach/instructor at two universities, twice winning Coach of the Year honors in wrestling.
Mr. Fleming is very active in the Senior Olympics. Since 1995, he has won seven gold medals in State of Delaware competition and a gold medal in Baseball at the National Senior Olympics in Tucson, Arizona.
While in Delaware, he served as president for the Capital School District Board of Education and on the Governor's Delaware Education Improvement Commission and was elected president of the Delaware Counseling Association.
Mr. Fleming was hailed by colleagues for his innovative "Peak Program," a partnership between the Delaware Technical & Community College and Kent County public high schools to help high school students in jeopardy of expulsion.
Joyce Chambers McCosham
When it came to sports, there weren't too many Mrs. Joyce Chambers McCosham didn't try. From field hockey, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf, tennis to swimming, Mrs. McCosham devoted 51 years to physical education and counseling.
While at UC, she was a cheerleader, member of ARET, and served on the Teacher's College Tribunal. Her "outstanding professionalism while serving her community" earned her the UC College of Education 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mrs. McCosham earned a degree in Physical Education from the College of Education in 1948 and became certified in Guidance and Counseling and Administration in 1972.
She began her teaching career in 1948 at North College Hill High School, where she taught physical education and health and served as women's coach. She taught swimming for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission for 26 years. In 1952, she taught physical education at Mother of Mercy High School, where she was Athletic Director, assistant principal, and coached basketball, swimming, volleyball, tennis and golf. At Edgecliff College, she taught the Ohio Elementary Education courses for Certification in health and physical education, chaired the department of physical education, and taught swimming and team sports required for college graduation.
Since 1992, she has worked as a counselor at Oak Hills High School. Her activities and awards interspersed throughout her career are many. She taught lifesaving and first aid courses, has been a member of many professional organizations, including the National and Ohio Health and Physical Education Association. She was the first inductee into Mother of Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. She also taught a total of 8 years at the Bethesda and Deaconess Hospital Schools of Nursing.
She was student nominated into Who's Who Among American Teachers. The Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association awarded her the 1994 May Corre Foster Award for outstanding contributions to the counseling profession. Served on the Board of Directors for 20 years including Vice President and Presidential terms.
On June 5, 1998, Mayor Roxanne Qualls declared Joyce McCosham Day in honore of 50 years in education. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, for outstanding educator. She is a life member of the OEA, NEA, HCRTA and the ORTA. She is an Ohio Licensed Private Counselor (LPC). She is also very proud to be a member of the National Hole-in-one Association. She is a Certified Group Leader for the Aring Institute (did Strengthening Families After Divorce Groups for 12 years). She is also a Certified Alcohol Education Counselor, and a Children of Alcoholics Counselor, and served as a Core Team member (for students at risk.)
She, her late husband and two daughters (all UC grads), ran a Picnic Games business for 39 years, and were well known in the Greater Cincinnati area. She and her late husband also ran a recreation program for inner city children at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, where they served as Elders.
In addition to being a golf nut, she is a world traveler (retired to go on an African Safari), and a water sports enthusiast (owns two boats), and was a slalom skier until age 65.)
Nominated by Professor Ed Latessa, Division Head for Criminal Justice, Pam McClain is receiving the Distinguished Alumna award for her contributions to her profession and her commitment to the UC College of Education.
Pam has 22 years of experience at Talbert House, where she has served in every facet of substance abuse treatment, from Direct Provider to Administration. She has been involved with numerous collaborative efforts throughout Hamilton County, including her leading role in developing and implementing the IMPACT Project. IMPACT is a collaborative of six Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addition Services Board Providers who offer a continuum of care to the clients of the Department of Human Sservices for those assessed as “chemically dependent.” Pam was an integral part in assisting these agencies in developing new lines of communication and methods that would allow clients to receive services from multiple chemical dependency treatment providers if needed. This example is only one that Pam has provided leadership, in order to ensure that the chemically dependent/mentally ill clients of Hamilton County can obtain proper care.
Currently Pam is Vice President of the Behavioral Health Services, where she began her career as Direct Provider, raising in the ranks through positions such as Assistant Program Director, Program Director and Vice President. She is a licensed Professional Counselor and is certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselor III.
Dr. Latessa states that, “I have known Pam for many years, both as a student in our program, and as a professional with whom I have had the great pleasure to work. Pam is an alum of whom we can truly be proud. Over the years she has devoted herself to helping others less fortunate.
“Those who work with offenders are often overlooked when it comes to recognition. However, I cannot think of many other professions that pose as difficult a challenge, is as important to society, or is as unappreciated as the one that Pam has chosen as her life’s calling.”
“As Vice President of Talbert House, Pam has developed and supported a number of programs that work with victims, offenders, youth and other underprivileged and troubled individuals. Pam is one of those rare people who brings to her work the vision and wisdom that makes a true difference in the lives of others.”
“I do not believe that you will find a more deserving person for this award,” states Latessa.
In addition to her demanding career at Talbert House, Pam has been active on the national board of the College of Education Alumni Association, participating in annual events such as Homecoming, and serving as co-chair of the Technology Conference.
Dr. John A. Michael
John Michael can chalk up more than 50 years in art education - through his art works, research, teaching, consulting and as art judge. His monumental contributions in the field earned him the 1997 College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State in 1942 and a Master of Education at UC's College of Education in 1948. He earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1959.
Dr. Michael began a teaching career in 1942 in the Cincinnati Public Schools. He taught at Fairview and Hoffman elementary schools and at Hughes High School. He then became art supervisor at Finneytown Public Schools.
Beginning in 1961, he taught at Miami University, where he was coordinator of graduate studies and assistant chair of the Art Department, in charge of the art education program. He is now art professor emeritus.
In 1991, Miami University honored him with an Achievement Award for his role in establishing The Center for the Study of the History and Art Education, of which the Autobiographical Lecturer Series by Outstanding Art Educators is a part and which he and his wife endowed in 1995.
He authored more than 90 articles, 15 books/chapters in books, one of the most recent being a history of the National Art Education Association in celebration of 50 years service since its founding in Cincinnati in 1947. He has received numerous awards in his field, among them being twice named, in 1980 and 1984, the Ohio Art Educator of the Year. At the national level, he was given, in 1985, the Lowenfeld Memorial Lecture Award for significant contributions to art education; in 1986, the Marion Quin Dix Award for outstanding leadership as an officer in the development of specific programs, goals, or activities at the state level; in 1988 named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association; in 1989, the June King McFee Award for distinguished contributions to the field; in 1990 the National Educator of the Year; in 1993 the National Retired Art Educator of the Year; and, in 1997, the Marilyn Zurmeihlen Award for Distinguished Research in Art Education.
Dr. William R. Nester
As chancellor emeritus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, William R. Nester is someone who credits his UC education and twenty six years of progressively responsible administrative duties at UC with providing the foundation for an outstanding career as educator and administrator in higher education. Nester received three degrees from UC, including his BS in English and History, MEd in Counseling and Guidance, and his EdD in Administration of Higher Education.
At UC he was director of the Student Union, assistant dean of men, dean of men, dean of students, vice provost for Student Affairs, vice president for Student and University Affairs, associate senior vice president for Academic Affairs and, finally, associate provost before he went on to serve Ohio State University as vice president for Student Services. He then became president of Kearney State College, and became chancellor when the college became University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Nester served his profession with equal dedication, serving in leadership positions with the Council of Presidents for Nebraska State Colleges, ACE Commission on Women in Higher Education, Council of Presidents for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, executive committee of the National Association of Student Personnel Association, Nebraska Art Collection Foundation (President Emeritus), President, Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference and President, National Interfraternity Conference, President Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.
Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Presidents and Deans of American Colleges and Universities, Leaders in Education Outstanding Educators of America and the Dictionary of International Biography, Nester has enjoyed an exemplary career in higher education.
Dr. Victoria Walker
Dr. Mian M. Yusuf
Mian M. Yusuf was awarded the College of Education's first Distinguished Alumni Award at the National Alumni Association meeting during the Homecoming Luncheon. A committee of the Alumni Association selected Dr. Yusuf, a doctoral program graduate of the department of Curriculum and Instruction, from a group of nominees.
Dr. Yusuf is currently working with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Formerly he was an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin and at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Yusuf served as Lecturer/Research Associate at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan, and his teaching experience was in middle, high school, and college and university settings for more than 30 years.
Among his other achievements are appointment as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow for 1992-93, National Outstanding Class Project Award in 1995 by the National Education Association, and State Outstanding Class Project Award in 1995 by the Students Wisconsin Education Association.
Dr. Yusuf is the inventor of a teaching method for Geometry called Logo Based Instruction (LBI), and has chaired an international group and organized two conferences about the methodology. He has written software for teaching mathematics, and conducted research studies on national and international topics. Dr. Yusuf has presented research papers, conducted workshops and published articles on Logo Based Instruction and other mathematical topics.
His service includes participation on journal boards and reviewing research papers for annual conferences. Dr. Yusuf is currently mapping the curriculum with state standards, serving on the Mathematics Assessment Anchoring team for MPS and chair of the Sub-committee for Writing Grant Proposals for Hamilton High School.