Board of Directors
A member of the Alumni Board of Directors is appointed to hold the position based on demonstrated involvement, support and commitment to BGSU and the Alumni Association. In accepting this four-year appointment, the member agrees to fulfill the requirements and meet the responsibilities associated with board membership. These include, but are not limited to:
- Attending and participating in all three scheduled board meetings held each year on campus. If unable to attend a board meeting, to submit in advance of the meeting a written response related to action items on the agenda.
- Serving actively on alumni board and Alumni Association committees. Occasionally these committee meetings are held in conjunction with the board meeting but many are also held at other times throughout the year.
- Contributing financially to the university. All board members are expected to be current and annual donors.
- Developing funding support by assisting the staff in development and fundraising efforts by arranging introductions, encouraging friends and associates to attend special events and otherwise opening doors to funding sources.
- Becoming a representative and spokesperson in your community for Bowling Green State University and the Alumni Association. This may involve recruiting prospective students, meeting with other alumni and attending local alumni chapter events and more.
- Representing the University and Alumni Association at institutional and alumni activities both locally and on-campus whenever possible.
- Serving in an advisory and advocacy capacity for the alumni association and providing active support of the alumni association through resolutions and board advocacy.
To contact board members, please call the Alumni Association office at 419-372-2424, or toll-free at 888-839-2586.
Daniel Mordarski ’91
Daniel R. Mordarski is the founder and primary practitioner for The Law Offices of Daniel R. Mordarski, LLC. He received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and English (1991) from Bowling Green State University. Mordarski also earned a juris doctorate (1997) from Cleveland Marshal College of Law, where he serves on the Dean’s National Advisory Council. He is also an active volunteer with the Ohio Supreme Court Mentoring Program, The Ohio Mock Trial Competitions and The United States District Court for Southern Ohio. Mordaski is actively involved with the Pre-Law Mentoring Program, the Steven Ludd Scholarship and the DeCrane Leadership Foundation. He currently resides with his wife, and Falcon Flame, Mindy in Columbus, Ohio.
Iris Jones ’74
Position: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect; Chair, Development and Volunteer Recognition Committee
Iris Jones is a business development strategist at one of the nation’s oldest international law offices. After earning a bachelor’s degree from BGSU she earned a law degree from Texas Southern University. Her first job after law school was as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas in 1978. From there she worked as the Director of the Law Department for the City of Austin and then went into private practice as a shareholder with two prominent Austin law firms before establishing Iris Jones & Associates PC. She practiced law for over 23 years. As an instructor at the WJF Institute in Austin, Jones trained and coached hundreds of senior-level partners in global law firms on client development and relationship management. In 2003, she joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the client services advisor.
Ron Parthemore ’73, ’89
Position: Immediate Past Chair; Chair, Nominating Committee; Foundation Board Representative
Ron Parthemore is president of Strategic Planning Solutions, a marketing and communications firm in Sandusky, Ohio. Previously he spent nearly 25 years at Firelands Regional Medical Center, serving as director of human resources and strategic planning and vice president of marketing and planning. He has also taught several classes at BGSU’s Firelands campus, including business and allied technology and marketing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1973, and gained additional post-graduate studies in the Organization Development program at BGSU. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from BGSU in 1989. He is currently president of both the Sandusky State Theatre Board and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Alumni Board, as well as past-President of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Erie County. Ron and his wife, Warrenette '86, live in Sandusky and are the parents of two adult children.
Peter Winovich III ’08
Position: Chair, Finance, Audit and Investment Committee
Peter Winovich received a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from BGSU. As a student, he helped lead the Falcon football team to two MAC East titles and two bowl games. He was also inducted into the 2008 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Honor Society and earned the Falcon Club’s Junior Scholar Athlete of the Year and “ESPN The Magazine” Academic All District. Winovich is a financial advisor with Wilcox Financial/Wilcox Sports Management focusing on estate, investment and insurance planning for business and sports management clients.
Karmen Concannon ’91
Position: Chair, Student Recruitment, Retention and Scholarship Committee
Karmen Concannon is publisher at the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green. She currently is chair of the Ohio NIE committee- part of the Ohio Newspaper Association and serves on the board of the Ohio League of Home Dailies, BG Rotary board, BG Zonta board, ACT BG, and is active in the community. She was a realtor with Prudential Fox & Roach in Philadelphia, Penn., for eight years. She obtained her ABR, e-pro and Green designations while practicing real estate. She lives in Bowling Green with her two children.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gregg DeCrane ’69, ’74
Gregg DeCrane retired in 1999 as the Dean of Students and assistant vice president of Student Affairs after 30 years of service to BGSU. After five years selling real estate in Bowling Green, Gregg and his Falcon Flame, wife Darlene ’69, ’79, relocated to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, where he is serving his second term as president of the Sea Trail Resort Master Association. He is also involved in a cancer support group and is helping to establish the Coastal Carolina Alumni Association. His two daughters both relocated to Ohio in the past year.
Luci Gernot ’71
Luci Gernot spent 32 years as an educator in northwest Ohio. She lives in Bowling Green and volunteers her time to several organizations including Junior Achievement, Wood County Youth Olympics and Bowling Green Exchange Club. Gernotis a 1971 graduate of BGSU with a bachelor's degree in Education. Many opportunities to serve BGSU have arisen from her appointment to the BGSU Alumni Board of Directors. She and her husband, George (Class of 1971, too!) have four children. Justin, Carli and Nicki live in Chicago, and Seth lives in Pittsburgh.
Jack Hott ’70, ‘91
Jack Hott earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from BGSU. He also received a Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma in 1977. He is the contracts manager for Fluor Government Group. Hott is a board member for the Clear Creek Soccer Association and previously served on the National Contract Management Association’s Board of Directors (including terms as the regional vice president and national vice president and treasurer).
Matthew Maurer ’06
Matthew Maurer is the director of Innovation and Growth Strategies at Reynolds Consumer Products, a consumer products company with household brands like Hefty and Reynolds. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 2006 and is currently a class of 2017 MBA Candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At BGSU, Maurer also serves on the College of Business Young Alumni Board, the Student Affairs Leadership Council and is a proud member of the Presidents Club and the Falcon Club. Outside of BGSU, Maurer serves on the board of directors as vice chairman for his National Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Molly ’07, and their daughter Madison.
Denny McGurer ’64
Denny McGurer is currently president of McGurer & Associates, Inc., an executive coaching company. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Speech, he has moved fourteen times throughout the United States and internationally and worked in marketing, strategic planning, training and entrepreneurial responsibilities. He has worked extensively with Northwestern and Penn State universities on executive development initiatives.
He is not about to retire and is committed to “refiring” and has recently launched his new company, Upsurge Advisors, focused on cultivating relationships through training and coaching programs.
McGurer’s community involvement includes serving on the board of the Aiken South Carolina Rotary SunRise Club, serving on the advisory board of Reserve Country Club, and coordinating Woodside Community Gardens for ACTS/HeIping Hands, and he is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Linda ’64, have been residents of South Carolina for the past six years and are looking forward to sharing the BGSU story with southeastern alumni, friends, business colleagues and family.
Michelle Remeis ’92
Michelle Remeis is co-owner of Mecca Management Inc., in Bowling Green. She has been with the family-owned business since 1994. Remeis received her bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising from BGSU in 1992. She is active in the Bowling Green community volunteering for American Cancer Society fundraisers and her children's school. She and her husband, Mark '91, are the parents of two children, Tyler and Kelsey, and reside in Bowling Green.
Thad Standley ’95
Thad Standley is a director of Organizational Development and Learning for Honeywell, supporting their Automation and Control Solutions business group. Previously, Standley worked in organizational development roles for more than 20 years across Cargill, 3M and Alliant Tech Systems.
Standley is originally from Lincoln, Neb., and earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1993. At BGSU, he earned dual master’s degrees in the Master in Business Administration and Master in Organization Development programs in 1995. While at BGSU, Standley was active in the Graduate Student Senate, Graduate Business Student Association and Organization Development Student Network. He is an active volunteer, serving on the board of directors of Senior Community Services and supporting youth leadership development for more than 25 years with Launch Leadership (formerly the Nebraska Association of Student Councils). He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Cate (born in 2013) and Greg (born in 2015.)
Robert Stanton ’72
Bob Stanton is retired from the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department and lives in Frisco, Texas. He graduated from BGSU in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Having gone through the ROTC program, he received his commission in the Air Force. He worked in both public and private education prior to criminal justice. He now volunteers with Meals on Wheels as well as in greeting military personnel as they return to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. He is a founding member of BGSU's Dallas Alumni Chapter and served as its activities chair.
J. Rockne Starks ’88
J. Rockne “Roc” Starks is director and senior vice president of corporate insurance for Citizens Bank in Smithfield, RI. He is responsible for the corporate insurance, safety, health and well-being, and loss prevention for the company. He earned a degree in biology in 1988 from BGSU. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Certified Risk Managers and Certified Insurance Counselors. He teaches financial institution seminars for the National Alliance of Insurance Education, volunteers at a local golf fundraiser, and teaches Sunday School. He and his wife Lee Field-Starks, a 1986 graduate from BGSU in business, have two children and live in Bowling Green. Roc is now also a faculty member at BGSU.
Mizell Stewart III ’94
Mizell Stewart III is managing director and chief content officer of Journal Media Group. He leads news content strategy and journalistic excellence with a team of more than 700 journalists in 14 communities throughout the United States.
Journal Media Group newsrooms include the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Naples (Fla.) Daily News and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. He has been an editor, managing editor, local news editor and award-winning reporter at the Evansville Courier & Press, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News-Sun. A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is a board member of the American Society of News Editors and will become the organization's president in 2016. Stewart is a journalism graduate of BGSU and holds a master's degree in executive leadership and organizational change from Northern Kentucky University. He is a member of the BGSU Presidents Club and a former member of the Board of Student Publications. He resides with his wife, Valerie, in West Chester, Ohio.
Carol Ware ’80
Carol Ware received a Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism/Advertising from BGSU. She currently serves as the senior health program administrator for Ohio’s Department of Health/Department of Job & Family Services. She has served as a board member for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, as financial secretary for the Delta Foundation of Greater Columbus, as secretary for the Traditions at Rocky Ford Board of Directors and on the national executive board for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jay Winner ’72
Jay Winner is the owner/manager of Robert Winner Sons, Inc., a family owned business for more than 80 years. He majored in marketing while at BGSU, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In his community, he has served as a member of the Bremenfest and co-chaired the New Bremen Athletic Foundation (during construction of the high school’s athletic complex).
Dr. Ron Zwierlein ’68, ’70
Dr. Zwierlein is currently an adjunct faculty member for BGSU’s School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies. After receiving his degrees from BGSU, he went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in 1980 from The Ohio State University. During his professional career he served as director of Intercollegiate Athletics at St. Bonaventure University (New York) and various positions at BGSU including senior associate vice president for Student Affairs, director of Intercollegiate Athletics, director of Recreational Sports, director of the Perry Field House and head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.