Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Individuals join Chillicothe Campus community, have new roles with opening of 2015 fall term

Several individuals are joining the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus as new employees, or in new positions, with the beginning of the 2015 fall semester. Some individuals had previously begun their situations, while most faculty members officially joined OU-C in these capacities when classes begin Aug. 24. These individuals include:

Leanna Ater, Records Management Specialist. Ater joined the campus in June, working in financial aid. She had been a registrar/office assistant at Adena Regional Medical Center and was previously an administrative assistant at Westmoreland Place and a clerk specialist with the Southern Ohio Women’s Cancer Department of the Ross County Health District. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the office technology program at OU-C. A former OU-C student, Ater earned an associate degree in office technology and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Ohio University while taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus.
 Ater is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education from Ohio University.


Mary Basham, Administrative Services Associate, Nursing Office. Basham was previously employed by Hopewell Health Centers in a number of progressive positions, most recently as regional site director. She provided computer and software service to more than 120 employees and supervised employees and site managers at four regional offices. Basham is a graduate of Paint Valley High School and Pickaway-Ross Technology Center.


Heidi Cottrill, Accessibility Coordinator. Cottrill is working with students on both the Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses to help ensure access to higher education for students with physical and mental disabilities. She is on the Chillicothe campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Friday. While it is preferred that students make an appointment, they can also drop by to meet with Cottrill as her schedule permits. Her office is located in Bennett Hall 141A, and she can be reached at (740) 774-7253 or cottrillh@ohio.edu. Cottrill has extensive experience providing inclusion opportunities and resources for students at the Circleville City Schools, Dublin City Schools and Logan Elm Local School districts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from Ohio State University and her master’s of education degree from Ohio University. She also holds a professional intervention specialist licensure.

Rick Jarrell, Maintenance Repair Worker. Jarrell was hired in the spring. He was previously chief engineer with the Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel, where he managed all aspects of the building and property. He has also worked as a line technician with Kenworth and was self-employed doing remodeling and construction work. Jarrell is a graduate of Westerville South High School and Columbus Technical Institute.


Michael Koop, Lecturer of Physics/Physical Science/Astronomy. Koop has taught astronomy at Lansing (Mich.) Community College this past year. Prior to that, he was a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University since 2008, and served as a research assistant, teaching assistant and instructor. He was previously a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Koop has produced more than 50 online videos that are focused on student presentations. He has published articles in several academic journals and has delivered presentations at professional conferences. Among teaching honors, Koop earned the Stan Shepard Teaching Award, graduate teaching award, the David H. Rank Memorial Physics Award and the Roberts Graduate Fellowship from Pennsylvania State.  Koop has served as a judge for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition and the Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and his doctoral degree in physics from Pennsylvania State. His research interests are in the area of gravitational wave astronomy.

Lance Mekeel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Communications. Mekeel has a strong academic and stage background. He was most recently on the faculty of Bowling Green State University (BGSU). He has also been a visiting lecturer at Ohio Northern University, an adjunct faculty member at Defiance College and a teaching assistant at Susquehanna (Pa.) University. He was also a drama teacher for Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester, Pa., and a scene shop instructor for the Upper Darby (Pa.) Summer Stage. Mekeel is experienced as both a director and actor in several academic settings and has also taught in several workshops. Further, he is skilled behind the scenes in a number of production roles. He has delivered several presentations and has earned awards for his theater work from BGSU. Mekeel earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from Susquehanna University, a master’s degree from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in theater from BGSU. Mekeel is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov technique of acting through the National Michael Chekhov Association.

Greg-Victor Chidi Obi, Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology. Obi has a strong background in both academic and professional pursuits in the area of organizational management and leadership. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at Purdue University Calumet and with the Ivy Tech College School of Business in Indiana. He has also been on the faculty of Indiana Institute of Technology and a graduate aide/research assistant with the Purdue University School of Management. Further, Obi has been a manager in the Corporate Affairs Department of the Sovereign Trust Insurance Company in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Society for Human Resource Management, and he has published numerous scholarly works. Obi earned a higher national diploma from the Institute of Management and Technology in Nigeria; a post-graduate diploma from Enugu (Nigeria) State University of Science and Technology; an MBA from Purdue University and is concluding work on his Ph.D. in the area of global leadership/organizational management from Indiana Institute of Technology.

Christopher Potratz, Lecturer of Chemistry. Potratz has been an assistant professor at Jacksonville (Fla.) University since 2010. He was previously a laboratory and recitation teaching assistant in chemistry at Ohio State University. He also taught laboratory sessions and worked with students in the Research Experience Enhances Learning (REEL) NSF Initiative with the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State. Potratz has extensive research experience. He was most recently an undergraduate research advisor at Jacksonville University. He was also a post-doctoral research associate as well as a graduate teaching and research assistant at Ohio State. Potratz has been involved in several workshops related to teaching and research, and he has delivered numerous presentations at academic conferences in addition to having articles published. Further, Potratz is a member of the American Chemical Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Ohio State.

Ronald Vance, Interim Associate Director of Nursing. Vance has been a member of the OU-C nursing faculty since 2006 and has been recognized in Ohio Magazine’s “Excellence in Education” section. An associate professor of nursing, he has been involved with international service-learning opportunities that offer students the opportunity to achieve learning goals while providing meaningful service to communities. Vance has delivered numerous presentations and publications at professional and academic conferences. Prior to joining the Chillicothe Campus, he was an adjunct faculty member with Rio Grande University and Ohio University-Athens. He is a Licensed Registered Nurse in Ohio and has extensive professional experience. Vance was previously employed with Veterans Memorial Hospital, Holzer Health Care, Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. Vance earned his certificate in nursing and associate degree in nursing from Hocking College, as well as his bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on education, both from Ohio University. Vance is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Ohio University.

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