Lydia Rall

 Columbus College of Art & Design

Hello!  I am Lydia Rall, and I am beyond excited for the opportunity to serve on the OHAAA Board once again, as President. I previously served as the 4 Year Private Representative, and as President Elect.  I am currently the Senior Academic Advisor at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where I have worked since 2012.  At CCAD, I work with students in our Advertising & Graphic Design, Cinematic Arts, Film & Video, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Photography programs in numerous aspects of academic planning and degree completion.  As well as working with at-risk students on Leave of Absence and Withdraw processes.  I also serve on our campus Care and Response /Behavioral Intervention Team, and our Equity, Social Justice and Leadership team.  Before seeking out a career in Advising, I have previously worked as an Admissions Representative, and Financial Aid Specialist.

I presented at the OHAAA conference in 2015, on the importance of integrating Advisors into campus Care and Response Teams.  I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University, and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Ohio University.


Katie R. McGrath

Ohio University

I am grateful to serve as your 2019-2020 OHAAA President-Elect. Currently, I work at Ohio University as an academic advisor in The Patton College of Education. Alongside my professional work, I serve as the service chair for Athens Sunrise Rotary and President of Jackson Business and Professional Women.

Prior to Ohio University, I worked at Shawnee State University as an academic advisor in the College of Professional Studies and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. I attended Wright State University as a first-generation college student, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in December 2014 and Master of Education in April 2017. During my graduate career, I served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA+) Affairs, gained experience in Title IX initiatives, and danced for the kids at our annual dance marathon event, Raiderthon. I am a lifelong learner, dog lover, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. My experience in higher education led me to mentors who inspire me to make a difference in the lives of students, just as they impacted mine. As M.J. Riggs stated, “We come to college not alone to prepare to make a living, but to learn to live a life.”


Monica Durham

North Central State College


Deborah J. Sobczak

University of Toledo

Graduate, Online & Adult Center for Academic Support

Web & Media Manager

Racheal Yocum

Ashland University

My entire professional career has revolved around supporting individuals who were striving toward reaching their highest potential. From a mental health specialist to an academic advisor and now as Director of Academic Advising & Support, the focus has primarily been on advocating for and empowering personal growth. With over 15 years of experience in a higher education setting, I am committed to fostering student success and supporting students as they strive to achieve their dreams. Throughout this time, I have worked with diverse student populations ranging from college ready students, student-parents, 1st generation students, students with disabilities, under-resourced students, and other at-risk (or as I would like to say “at-promise”) student populations. I am excited to serve as part of the OHAAA executive board in order to help promote and support best practices in the areas of advising, professional development, and personal well-being as it relates to the advising community and the students served by these individuals.

I am looking forward to serving as Treasurer on the OHAAA board. After so many years as a member, it will be fulfilling to give back to this wonderful organization. I truly believe in the missions of both NACADA and OHAAA; they provide very worthwhile professional development and networking opportunities.

Since 1995, I have worked in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Toledo. I currently hold the position of Director of Student Services and advise our pre-professional division students. In addition to involvement on countless college and university committees over the years, I am currently on my third term on our Professional Staff Council and remain as Chair of our Sick Leave Bank.

My points of pride include serving as the Inaugural Chair for our Toledo Academic Advising Association (TACADA) and honorary membership in Blue Key and Sigma Phi Sigma. I am extremely honored to be the recipient of the UT Outstanding Advisor Award, the UT Shining Star Award and the OHAAA Advising Excellence Award.

I earned my degree from UT with a dual major in Management and Finance. In my "pre-academia" life, I was the Credit Manager for a multi-million dollar corporation. For those of you who don't know me, I am organized and detail-oriented. I am very excited to help serve on OHAAA. Thank you for the opportunity!

I am delighted to be serving as your OHAAA Media Manager this year!

I  currently serve as an Academic Advisor in the Graduate, Online, & Adult Studies division at Ashland University. The majority of my students are non-traditional students who have either taken less than 30 college credits or who have never enrolled in post-secondary courses. I find that this often results in freshman like questions and concerns, but with more life experience.

I completed my undergraduate degree in English at Ashland University and I've recently completed an MBA in Marketing and Media Analytics in May of 2019. I met my partner here 8 years ago and we've been married for 5 years. We live in our small town of Ashland with our 3 adopted cats. 

In my small free time, I enjoy cooking/baking, working on my cookbook, and being generally crafty with crochet. I also donate a lot of time to the charity, Operation Christmas Child.

Member Manager

Brittany Erwin

Wright State University


Ginny Cottrill

Ohio University

Conference Chair

Andrew Hazelton

University of Toledo

Hi, everyone! My name is Brittany Erwin and I’m excited to serve as your Member Manager. I currently work as Assistant Director, University Academic Advising, Liberal Arts at Wright State University, a four-year public institution. I’ve been at Wright State going on five years now (hard to believe!). Before that, I worked at Sinclair Community College (2 year public) and did a graduate assistantship in the advising office of Miami University’s regional campus in Hamilton. I’m a proud graduate of Miami University and have served in two other position in OHAAA: Treasurer and Four-Year Public Representative. I had to “stop out” due to medical reasons but am feeling great and excited to be back on the OHAAA Board.

If there is anything I can do to help you learn more about OHAAA or improve your member experience, let me know.


My name is Ginny Cottrill, and I am the Student Success Coordinator for eCampus at Ohio University.  I feel privileged to be able to serve as your Member-at-Large for the 2018-19 year. It is my first board position with OHAAA.  I have been a professional academic advisor and student success coordinator for over 10 years. My work has primarily been working with graduate and undergraduate adult students continuing their education from a distance through our eCampus program. As a lifelong learner and a former adult college student, I feel I have a unique perspective that I can share with our students. I went to grad school as a single mother of 4 young children, and I share that with the students I advise as a way to connect with them on a more personal level.

I have a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo, two master’s degrees – one in liberal arts and the other in education both from Marietta College – and a doctorate in education administration from Ohio University. I am currently the chancellor of the eCampus Psi Delta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda – an honor society for non-traditional students. I was the recipient of the Ohio University Chapman-Clapp Excellence in Advising Award and a past winner of the Best of OHAAA presenter award that inspired me to present regionally and nationally for NACADA, as well.

I look forward to serving as your Member-at-Large!

Andrew Hazelton is in his third year as a full-time Success Coach at the University of Toledo as well as entering the final year of coursework for his doctoral studies in the Educational Technology PhD program at UToledo. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology and a masters in higher education and student affairs administration. He has worked at several other institutions including Western Michigan University, Kettering University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Mississippi. Andrew is committed to the professional development of all those in the state and is excited to see the OHAAA Annual Conference return to Toledo! He can be found out of his office rooting for the Detroit Red Wings, grabbing some amazing downtown food in the area, or getting out on the links for a round of golf.

Four Year Public College and University Representative

Amber Lohrey

Miami University

4-year Private Representative

Autumn Richards

Xavier University

Two Year Community and Technical College Representative

Travis Binkley

Clark State Community College

My name is Amber Lohrey and I’m so excited to serve as the 4 year Public College and University Representative! In the past, I’ve hosted the 2015 OHAAA Annual conference and served as Conference Chair for the 2019 Annual OHAAA Conference.

I currently work at Miami University Regionals and have been in academic advising for over 10 years. I love working with students to help them figure out their career path and support them through the journey!  I also teach a course for incoming freshmen to help them navigate being a college student.  I have earned my Master’s in College Student Personnel and my Bachelor’s in Health and Sport Studies: Sport Organization.

I’ve been married to Doug for 15 years and we are blessed with three children: Mariah, Dylan and Alyssa.  We live on a hobby farm with mini horses, goats, and chickens.  There is so much I enjoy, but I will just name 3 - I enjoy hiking, traveling and hammocks! 

I am excited to not only be a new member of OHAAA but to serve the organization as the 4-Year Private Representative! I value the opportunity to network with my peers and grow as a better advisor for my students and am looking forward to this year! 

In my current professional role, I holistically support first and second year students in their transition to college as a Success Coach and Academic Advisor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have previously served in the field of education as an undergraduate and graduate admission counselor, intern within Mount St. Joseph University's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Spanish teacher. I hold my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Math Education from Western Kentucky University with a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. My passion is supporting underserved students in overcoming their academic and personal challenges to receive the life-changing gift of education they deserve.


In my free time, I love supporting my community by serving as a mentor for local high school students and spending time with bedridden patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. On a nice day, you can also find me hiking around state parks with my husband and two dogs!

I have been working in the Academic Advising area for around ten years now. In my career I have worked in multiple one stops and in more traditional advising areas. Currently I am Assistant Dean, Advising Services at Clark State Community College. I am a community college graduate and finishing up my last courses towards my doctorate program at Northeastern University. I wanted to be representative of two year institutions so I could actively help promote and discuss the needs of academic advising for community colleges. I am on our Strong Start to Finish team, SSLI team, play an active role in our strategic enrollment plan and strategic plan, and I am leading Clark State through an advising redesign.

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