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. 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 his/her 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.
Peter Winovich III ’08
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.
Carol Ware ’80
Carol Ware received a Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism/Advertising from BGSU. She retired from the State of Ohio Department of Medicaid as the Health Equity Administrator, after 30 years of service. 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 Fork Board of Directors and on the national executive board for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She lives in Westerville, OH and serves on the board of trustees and is choir director at the Second Baptist Church in Columbus.
Iris Jones ’74
Position: Immediate Past Chair; Foundation Board Representative; Chair, Nominating Committee
Iris Jones joined McNees in early 2015 and serves as its Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer. She leads the firm’s business development and marketing team which delivers proactive service and high-level support to the firm and its attorneys. Iris works closely with firm management and members to expand the firm’s business by strengthening relationships with existing clients. She and her team provide analytical and strategic support for identifying and capturing new business and expanding existing relationships. Skilled in designing solutions based on analytical needs assessment, Iris directs complex projects from concept to fully operational status. Iris’s strengths are effective in team building, strategic planning and execution. She is a highly capable project director/manager who has extensive experience in coaching, training and providing business development strategic support to all levels of stakeholders.
Iris serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Professional and Personal Development Committee (PPDC) and the 2026 Future’s Committee.
Prior to serving as Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer for other AM LAW 100 firms in DC and New York, she practiced law in Texas for over 22 years in the public and private sectors handling state and federal jury and bench trials and federal appeals.
Iris has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1978 with extensive litigation and appellate practice experience while serving as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas and Director of the City of Austin’s Law Department. Iris is a member of the Legal Marketing Association, and has served as a panelist at several LMA annual conferences and LMA Chapter events.
Jack Hott ’70, ’91
Position: Chair, Finance, Audit & Investment Committee
Jack Hott earned both a Bachelor of Science degree, 1970, and a Master of Business Administration, 1991, from BGSU. He also received a Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma in 1977. A retired Air Force officer, he has over four decades working in federal contracts and acquisition. He is the owner of Sourcing Outcomes & Solutions LLC concentrating on subcontract/purchasing business systems for federal government contractors. He 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), and currently is a member of the Subcontract Management Institute Board of Trustees.
Denny McGurer ’64
Position: Chair, Development & Volunteer Recognition Committee
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.
J. Rockne Starks ’88
Position: Chair, Student Recruitment, Retention & Scholarship Committee
J. Rockne “Roc” Starks is an executive in residence/instructor for Insurance as part of the BGSU Finance Department faculty. Roc teaches Personal Finance, Introduction to Insurance and Insurance Careers, Life and Health, Property and Casualty, Insurance Company and Agency Operations and Insurance Law classes. He is also the faculty advisor for both Gamma Iota Sigma (Insurance Fraternity) and Theta Chi (Greek) fraternity. The BGSU Institute of Insurance and Risk Management is under Roc’s supervision as well.
Prior to joining BGSU in 2015, he was the director and senior vice president of Corporate Insurance for Citizens Bank. He was responsible for the corporate insurance 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, an Associate in Risk Management, a Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor. He teaches financial institution seminars for the National Alliance of Insurance Education. He and his wife Lee Field-Starks, a 1986 graduate from BGSU in business, have two children and live in Bowling Green.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff Cashell ’96
Jeff Cashell received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from BGSU in 1996 and his Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Jeff is currently the Vice President of Contracts, Subcontracts and Procurements at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio where he oversees about $1B in annual sales and $360M in annual spend. Jeff is a seasoned contracts professional where he has over twenty years of experience within the Aerospace and Defense industry with specialized competencies in contract management, customer relationships, negotiation, procurement, program management, business development, change management, leadership and compliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors as well as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Battelle National Biodefense Institute. While at BGSU Jeff was a four year starter on the Falcon Golf Team and was named to the Academic All-American Team his junior and senior years and earned the Falcon Club’s Junior Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
Brenda Frankart ’90, ’97
Brenda (Gribler) Frankart is a 1987 graduate of Van Wert High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary mathematics education from BGSU in 1990, and she earned her master’s degree in educational administration in 1997 from BGSU. She has also completed her superintendent’s licensure coursework from the University of Findlay in 2005.
Brenda started her educational career as a high school mathematics teacher at Fostoria High School for eight years before becoming principal of Liberty-Benton High School in 1999, her current position.
Brenda serves the Ohio High School Athletic Association on the Northwest District Athletic Board, and she is the sport coordinator for cross country, track and field, and co-coordinator for girls’ and boys’ basketball. She has been a member of the Blanchard Valley Conference Governing Board since 1999 and has been a member of the OHSAA-OASSA Principals’ Advisory Committee for six years. In 2010, Brenda was the Ohio High School Principal of the Year. Brenda lives in Findlay with her son, Ethan.
Alison Frye ’00
Alison Frye is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio and a summa cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University. Alison has worked in banking since 2000 and is a Vice President at Signature Bank, a commercial bank located in Toledo, Ohio. In her role at Signature she manages the Treasury Management and Deposit Services teams who are responsible for managing corporate/personal deposit relationships and day-to-day branch operations.
Outside of her professional time, Alison is involved with the Rotary Club of Perrysburg, serving as President Elect. In addition, Alison is the Public Image Chair for 63 Rotary clubs in Northwest and Central Ohio. In 2016 Alison was named one of Rotary’s 40 Young Professionals under the age of 40 for an area encompassing over 60,000 Rotarians in the Midwest and Canada.
Alison also volunteers for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and a board member for the Fort Meigs YMCA. In 2012 Alison was selected as a Toledo 20 Under 40 Award recipient. Alison has called Perrysburg home since 2007 with her husband Greg and their daughters, Abigail and Mackenzie.
Ray Gibson ’05, ’07, ’14
Ray Gibson is a high school social studies teacher at Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, Ohio. He is a self-proclaimed "Triple Falcon" and has earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Master of Arts in College Student Personnel, all from BGSU. He has spent his career teaching middle and high school students and coaching cross country and track, and is currently pursuing his principal’s license. When Ray is not inspiring young minds about the Constitution, the courts, or American military history, you will find him spending time with his beautiful wife, Falcon Flame Antoinette ‘08, and their three amazing children, Quinnlyn, Gabriel and Avery.
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.
Bob Mihocik ’01, ’03
Bob Mihocik received both his bachelor (2001) and master (2003) degrees in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. He went on to earn an MBA from The Ohio State University. Mihocik currently serves at Applications Development Lead for Bank One in Columbus. Prior positions with the company include junior applications developer and production support team lead. He is a member of BGSU’s Presidents Club and Falcon Club.
Jodi Mitchell ’95
Jodi owns her own consulting practice, JC Health Strategies, LLC., based out of Macedonia, OH. With over 20 years in health care policy and government relations, Jodi is focused on influencing policies and supporting community health improvement efforts. She currently works in the corporate environment engaging businesses in community to promote healthy communities. Jodi previously served as a health policy program officer for a health foundation in Cleveland, where she devoted attention to Medicaid expansion, ACA implementation and community health improvement initiatives including obesity prevention. She has also served as executive director of a statewide consumer health advocacy organization and was a health lobbyist at both the state and federal level.
Martha Haskins Oakes ’86
BobMartha Oakes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from BGSU in 1986. Following graduation she started working for Westfield Insurance, one of the 50 largest property and casualty insurance companies in the United States. Martha left Westfield in June of 2017, after 31 years with the company. At the time of her departure she led the Middle Market & Specialty Lines underwriting and sales teams. Martha served as a trustee of the Ohio Insurance Institute for the last 10 years, including terms as the vice chairman and presidential search committee chairman. She has also served as a board member for Project Learn of Medina County, and as the Funds Committee chair of Jerusalem Lutheran Church. Martha received the YWCA of Cleveland’s Women of Professional Excellence award in 2007 and was named one of Business Insurance Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2008. Martha currently resides in Westfield Center, Ohio with her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Sarah.
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.)
Mizell Stewart III ’94
Mizell Stewart III is vice president/News Operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network. His team provides oversight of newsroom technology, partnerships and the company’s five design studios. Before joining Gannett, Stewart was a corporate news executive for Journal Media Group and the E.W. Scripps Company. 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 active in the news industry and currently serves as president of the American Society of News Editors. Stewart is a journalism graduate of BGSU and holds a master's degree in executive leadership and organizational change from Northern Kentucky University. He resides with his wife, Valerie, in Aurora, Ohio.
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 has held the position of athletic administrator from 1975 to 2015. Prior to his administrative roles at BGSU, he spent three years as the head coach of BGSU’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving programs as well as the Director of Aquatics at John Carroll University. Zwierlein was the first-ever recipient of BGSU’s Administrative Staff Outstanding Student Affairs Award and was twice recognized with the University’s Hollis A. Moore Presidential Outstanding Administrator Award (1987, 1994). He has served as chairperson for both the Mid-American Conference and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. After receiving his undergraduate and master degrees from BGSU, he went on to earn his doctorate in philosophy in 1980 from The Ohio State University.