The Ohio State University
Hello! I am Lydia Rall, and I am beyond excited for the opportunity to serve on the OHAAA Board once again, as Past President. I previously served as the 4 Year Private Representative, as President Elect and President. I am currently an Academic Advisor at The Ohio State University in the Center for Life Sciences Education, in the College of Arts & Sciences. I work with students in our Biology and Pre-Health Programs. 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.
University of Cincinnati
I am grateful to serve as your 2020-2021 OHAAA President-Elect. I am excited to be part of such a fun and dynamic organization and can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring!
I am currently a Senior Academic Advisor for the School of Education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. On top of advising, I am also an Adjunct Instructor for our First Year Experience courses offered through my college.
I have my BFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati and my MA in International & Global History from Aarhus University in Denmark. Along with advising Education students here at UC, I have previously worked with international students in Denmark and Business students in Munich, Germany.
In my free time, I spend a lot of time with my family and like to test my luck with gardening in my yard in Northern Kentucky.
I value the opportunity OHAAA provides for us to connect and learn from one another. So, I am happy to serve the association on the Board. Most of my career has been spent in the corporate arena as a training consultant. I spent several years as an adjunct faculty member before joining the academic advising team at Ohio University. I am the Academic Advisor for the Online Psychology program within the College of Arts & Sciences. I earned my Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of South Florida, and from OU, I earned my Master’s in Instructional Communication and my PhD. in Higher Education.
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 Arts & Sciences Division at Columbus State Community College.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Business Management at the University of Kentucky and later went back to school to earn my Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville. I live in a northeast suburb of Columbus with my partner of 10 years and we have three beautiful daughters together.
In my free time, I love spending time with my family, and also enjoy running, reading and doing puzzles. I'm also heavily involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. I am passionate about advocating for those with disabilities and fighting for equality.
The Ohio State University
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 Tonga Cox, and I am the Academic Advisor for OHIO Online at Ohio University. I earned my Bachelor's in Journalism and Business and my Master of Arts in Education with a minor in English. I also hold certificates in TESOL and have enjoyed both teaching and studying overseas in Universidad de San Francisco, Fullbright in Ecudaor, ESL in Korea at all levels and in London, England.
I have served as an instructor and advisor for high school English and Journalism , for communication at Hocking College, in Arts & Sciences at Ohio University and finally, at OHIO online. I have also had the opportunity to work in the private sector in business training, testing and publishing, and student learning.
I look forward to serving as your Member-at-Large!
My educational background consists of a Master of Science in Education degree with a focus on Counseling and Student Affairs Leadership and Practice as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. These degrees were both proudly earned from Youngstown State University.
I have reflected on how higher education operates in various roles and directly applied this knowledge to the positions I have held throughout my career thus far. I believe that as a product of working in higher education, we are obligated to be lifelong learners as well as continue to embrace improvement in the ways we advocate and provide best practice to our students. I have been in higher education for six years and at Ohio State for the last four. Currently, I serve as the president of the Academic Advising Association at Ohio State (ACADAOS). I am looking forward to serving as the chair for the upcoming virtual OHAAA Conference.
Four Year Public College and University Representative
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.