My name is Krista Sturdevant, and I am your President!  I am very excited to be serving on the OHAAA Board again. (I have been the president-elect and secretary.).  Currently, I am an Academic Advisor for the Inclusive Early Childhood Program at BGSU.  I started working at BGSU in April of 2015.  Prior to working at BGSU, I was employed by The University of Toledo. I have a Maters of Arts in Counselor Education as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Toledo.  I hold current licensures in both School Counseling and Adolescent and Young Adult Language Arts Education through the state of Ohio.  I’m excited to be a part of a wonderful advising community such as OHAAA.  If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year please do not hesitate to contact me

I’m truly excited to be serving as OHAAA past-president for 2017-2018. I currently work at Siena Heights University and am the Director of Academic Advising.

I previously served as treasurer, president-elect, and president for OHAAA. I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Social Science and with a minor in history.  I also have a Master’s in Education (Higher Education) from Ohio University.  

I have presented at the OHAAA conference (2013), the NACADA region 5 conference (12, '16, '17), and the NACADA conference ('12, '13, '14, '16, '17).  In 2013 and 2016, my presentations were selected as a Small College Commission Sponsored session. I also have volunteered to read proposals for NACADA in 201, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2012, I received the Outstanding Advisor-Primary Role Award for NACADA.  In addition, I completed the Emerging Leaders Program for NACADA in 2016.  I currently serve as the Small College and University Commission Chair for NACADA and also am a member of the Finance Committee.


Jennifer Buening is serving as secretary for OHAAA for the 2016-2017 year. This is her first Executive Board position with the organization. Jennifer is an Advisor from Bowling Green State University – Firelands Campus. Her areas of interest include working with non-traditional students, time management, and workplace moral. Prior to her role as an Advisor Jennifer worked in the field of Residence Life for five years and brings crisis management and relationship building skills from this position into her current work. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science in Education from Indiana University Bloomington. On her off days she enjoys spending time with her husband Dave and their 9 month old daughter, Ella. She looks forward to serving you in her role for the upcoming year!

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 pleased to be serving as your OHAAA media manager this year. I strongly believe in the professional development that OHAAA provides to professionals in Ohio and the surrounding area.

I am the Academic Success Coach Coordinator at Rhodes State College. I've held academic advising positions at Owens Community College and Rhodes State prior to my current position. 

Currently, I am working on my dissertation which examines what services success adult students access at community colleges. I hope to complete my work and earn my EdD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2017. I have a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State 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.


Hello! I am Lydia Rall, and I am beyond excited for the opportunity to serve on the OHAAA Board, and look forward to working with Advisors across the great state of Ohio! I am currently in my 4th year working as an Academic Advisor at the Columbus College of Art & Design. At CCAD, I work with students across all majors, 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, Positive Campus Climate Committee, and the planning team for our Men’s Health Awareness Month: No Shave, No Shame, November. 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 will complete my Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Ohio University, in December of 2016.

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