Lydia Rall

 Columbus College of Art & Design


Katie R. McGrath

Ohio University

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.

Newly elected! More information to come. 


Lindsay K. Monihen

Shawnee State University


Monica Durham

North Central State College


Deborah J. Sobczak

University of Toledo

I am honored to serve as your 2018-2019 OHAAA Past  President. Previously, I held the position of conference chair for the OHAAA 2017 Annual Conference. I work at Shawnee State University as the Director for Student Advising and Support Services in the College of Professional Studies. Since starting at SSU in 2015, I have served as the chair of the University Administrative Assembly (UAA), a governance group for administrators. I also presented at the OHAAA 2016 Annual Conference on “Texting Retention Initiatives” and at the OHAAA 2018 Annual Conference on “Learning to Share: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Shared Advising Model”. Prior to academic advising worked at Juniata College in central Pennsylvania. The experiences I had in the offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Campus Ministry were formative to my career in higher education. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Geneva College. I have been married to my partner Keith for 6+ years. I’m also a trained specialty coffee barista, freelance graphic artist, cat lover, novice gardener

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!

Graduate, Online & Adult Center for Academic Support

Web & Media Manager

Racheal Yocum

Ashland University

Member Manager

Brittany Erwin

Wright State University


Ginny Cottrill

Ohio University

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'm now completing an MBA at the university as well. I met my partner here 7 years ago and we've been married for 4 years. We live in our small town of Ashland with our two feisty sister 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.

Newly elected! More information to come. 

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!

Four Year Public College and University Representative

Amber Lohrey

Miami University

4-year Private Representative

Kelly Petrosino

Tiffin University

Two Year Community and Technical College Representative

Travis Binkley

Clark State Community College

Newly elected! More information to come. 

I feel that working in an advising capacity as I aid students through the transfer process has given me a unique viewpoint of student needs. While I fully understand that there are differences between 2 year and 4 year institutions as well as private and public ones, I also recognize the need for communication and professional development between those institutions. This allows for the sharing of experiences and best practices, thereby improving academic advising across Ohio. I would very much enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with others in similar roles at other institutions toward the ultimate betterment of the students.
Newly elected! More information to come. 


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