The Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1956 to raise and manage private money for BGSU, above that which is appropriated from state funds. Operating as an independent organization in a politically neutral, more flexible environment increases its responsiveness and efficiency in meeting important University goals, and serves as a way to procure services, programs and projects that benefit the University and its students. The Foundation maintains a long-term perspective of needs, priorities, and past commitments going beyond the outlook and tenure of current University administrators, assuring that grant monies are distributed according to donor wishes and are carefully monitored by an independent governing board in perpetuity.
The Foundation supports the mission, vision, and strategic planning of BGSU by:
- Inspiring alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff to be donors and assisting in the collection of philanthropic resources for the benefit of the University.
- Utilizing all available resources for the betterment of the University, consistent with the goals and intention of its donors.
- Providing donors with opportunities to witness and experience the impact of their philanthropy.
Emanuele Conti ’89
Emanuele (Manny) Conti is an Operating Partner in the technology practice WCAS having joined in 2019. He identifies and conducts due diligence for new technology investments as well as supports existing portfolio companies in developing value maximization plans. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in software, data analytics and technology-enabled services. Prior to joining WCAS, Conti was the CEO of Opus Global, a leading regulatory software platform. Previously, he was CEO of Kroll Inc. and the President of the North America and International divisions of Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB). He has also held leadership roles at Qwest Communications, Ernst & Young and General Motors.
Conti received a Bachelor of Arts in finance from BGSU in 1989 and an MBA from the University of Chicago. As a student, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. Conti served as a commencement speaker in 2015.
C. Ray Mullins ’74, ’77
Position: Chair Elect; Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee
The Honorable C. Ray Mullins was appointed to the bench in Atlanta in 2000, becoming the first African-American bankruptcy judge in the Eleventh Circuit, which consists of all federal districts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. In 2012, he became the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Mullins to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, which provides training and research for the federal judiciary. Judge Mullins received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from BGSU in 1974 and his MBA in 1977. As a student, he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and served as their president. He has been married to his Falcon Flame, Beverly Mullins, for more than 40 years.
John Gawaluck ’73
Position: Chair, Audit Committee
A 1973 BGSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, John Gawaluck worked for EY, formerly Ernst & Young, for 41 years until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure with EY as a certified public accountant, he held several key leadership positions and served the firm’s top clients, including many Fortune 250 companies. As a student, Gawaluck was active in Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Omega and was a member of BGSU’s varsity lacrosse team. Gawaluck currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Valerie Newell '75
Position: Treasurer; Chair, Financial Affairs Committee
Valerie Newell is the chairman of Mariner Wealth Advisors-Cincinnati, where she serves as a managing director and senior portfolio manager. Mariner Cincinnati is an SEC-registered investment advisor managing investment assets of $3 billion for high-net-worth individuals and families and was ranked the No. 1 financial advisor in the state of Ohio by Barron’s for the last three years. Newell’s particular specialty is investment asset management and financial planning. She works primarily with business executives, entrepreneurs and multi-generational families.
Newell received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting in 1975 and was honored as the Outstanding Woman graduate of her class by President Hollis Moore. A two-time All-American, she was a three-year captain of the BGSU women’s swim team and a letterman. The Varsity BG club honored her as a Silver Letter Winner in 2005.
Newell previously served on the BGSU Board of Trustees, retiring as chairman in 2004. Prior to that, she was a director of the BGSU Foundation and also served on the Alumni Board. In honor of her service to these three boards, she was awarded the BGSU Leadership Award in 2000. She was inducted into the BGSU Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame and in 2006 was named an Accomplished Graduate of the Schmidthorst College of Business. The women’s locker room in the Sebo Center and a student activities office in the Bowen-Thompson Union are named in recognition of her financial support.
Newell resides in Cincinnati (technically on the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky) with her husband, attorney Timothy Smith. She has two sons, Andrew, a public defender appellate attorney in Chicago, and Parker, a chemical engineering major at the University of Cincinnati.
Position: Chair, Development Committee
Marty Stiffler possesses more than 20 years of development experience with a specialization in writing grants and fundraising communications. She has provided foundation and grants management in nonprofit fields including education, health and the arts. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Stiffler founded and was president of a writing service for businesses and professionals.
Before focusing her career on writing in 2015, Stiffler’s most recent position was director of institutional giving at Washington National Cathedral, an organization she contributed to for seven years. In this role, she was responsible for foundation and grants management along with major donor and planned giving relationships. One of her achievements was to procure a $5 million grant for building restoration of the earthquake-damaged cathedral from a major national foundation.
Stiffler also served as associate director of development for Ravinia Festival for four years; director of development for Providence St. Mel School for three years; and freelance grant writer for nonprofits such as Columbia College and The Chicago Chamber Musicians for two years. Stiffler started her career as a volunteer and continued to hold volunteer positions, including serving as a member of the community boards of the United Way, Sacramento Valley and the Josselyn Center for Mental Health, where she remains an honorary trustee. Stiffler also is a founding member of the University Libraries Leadership Council at BGSU.
Stiffler earned her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and pursued the study of law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Howard Aldrich '65, '16 (Hon.)
Dr. Howard Aldrich is currently the Kenan Professor of Sociology and an adjunct professor of business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His main research interests are entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial team formation, gender and entrepreneurship and evolutionary theory. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and mentoring, including the Favorite Professor Award from the senior class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from BGSU in 1965 and a master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan. Aldrich received an honorary doctor of social sciences degree from BGSU in 2016 and has served as a commencement speaker. Together with his wife Penny, they have established the Penny & Howard Aldrich Scholarship and have documented plans to permanently endow a Distinguished Professorship in Sociology at Bowling Green State University.
Craig Anderson '79
Craig Anderson is general manager and director of operations at The Americas, Global Oil & Gas Group, for the Gates Corporation in Houston, Texas. Gates Corporation is a global provider of fluid power and power transmission products, services and engineering solutions through material science. Prior to Gates Corporation he was general manager of the Energy Products Division for the Parker Hannifin Corporation, Fluid Connectors Group in Houston.
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science in applied engineering and technology from Bowling Green State University in 1979. As a student, he was a founding father of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and held several officer positions and was vice president of Inter-Fraternity Council, as well as a member of Club Lacrosse and Student Government Association. He was also recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, and was a member of the Anteans Society and Phi Eta Sigma.
After graduation, he started the Houston Alumni Chapter, and upon being transferred to the Cleveland area, restarted the North Coast Alumni Chapter. He served on the Alumni Association Board from 1992- 1998. He has also served on the Executive Leadership Committee for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk and served on the boards of Fort Bend County Junior Achievement, Water Jet Technology Association, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas. He is currently alumni chapter president for Pi Kappa Phi–Delta Sigma Chapter. Anderson was awarded the Accomplished Alumni Award from the School of Technology and Applied Engineering in 2017.
James Bailey ’67, ’18 (Hon.)
Jim Bailey received his BS from BGSU in 1967 and an MS in Mathematics from New York University in 1970. He received an Honorary Doctorate from BGSU 2018. From 1972 to 2007, he was the Executive Vice President at Citibank (28 years) and Chief Operating Officer at U. S. Trust (4 years).
Bailey previously served on the BGSU Board of Trustees and Foundation Board and is currently on the Changing Live for the World Campaign Committee. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport Connecticut. Jim and his wife Judy have two daughters and reside in Naples, Florida.
Gary Benz ’81
A 1981 BGSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Gary Benz, attended law school at the University of Toledo, graduating in 1984 with a J.D. Benz worked for nearly four years in a law firm in Cleveland, OH before he joined FirstEnergy Corp. in their legal department. He retired from FirstEnergy in 2021 after nearly 33 years of service. During his tenure there, Benz held a variety of leadership positions including Associate General Counsel, Vice President, Supply Chain, and Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.
As a student, Benz was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and held various positions at the BG News, including editorial editor. He and his wife Betsy split their time between Naples, Florida, Akron, Ohio and New York City. They have 5 children, including a recent BGSU graduate, and 3 grandchildren.
Linda Davis Watters ’75
Linda Davis Watters is retired as Vice President, Government Relations at John Hancock Life Insurance Co. She has served on the John Hancock Board and as a director on the John Hancock Trust Company Board, as well as the U.S. National Archives Foundation in Washington DC. Her professional and volunteer service has included board directorships and membership in insurance, community health, business, education, women's, and urban/minority advocacy organizations.
Davis Watters earned her BA in Business Administration/Economics from BGSU in 1975. As a student, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Panhellenic Council, Pommerettes, and was the 1972 Homecoming Queen. In 2013, she was inducted into the BGSU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and served as a commencement speaker. Davis Watters served as a member of the BGSU Changing Lives for the World Campaign steering committee.
Gregory Forté '76
Greg Forté is a former associate director for The Procter & Gamble Company. He led P&G’s northeastern sales organization and eventually central operations for the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. After P&G, he became director of consulting for Management Performance International (MPI). At MPI, Forte worked with clients to drive strategic growth through improved work systems, training and organization development. Prior to consulting, he was development director for The Freedom Center in Cincinnati. He is currently president of OE-DE Investment Group.
Forté is a 1976 graduate of BGSU with a bachelor’s in business administration. As a student, he was an active Greek as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., where he held leadership positions. Forte recently served on the BGSU Student Affairs Leadership Council prior to accepting his role on the Foundation Board of Directors. In 2017, he was inducted into BGSU’s Academy Of Distinguished Alumni.
Keith Grass '78
Keith Grass is the owner of KBG Holdings, Inc., after retiring as President and CEO of the David J. Joseph Company (DJJ) in 2014. DJJ is a subsidiary of Nucor Corporation, and is one of the largest scrap-metal brokerage operations in the United States. He joined DJJ in 1978 upon receiving his Bachelor of Science in business and finance from BGSU. During his time at the University, Grass was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity where he served as president, a member of the Interfraternity Council, Anteans Society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society. As an alumnus, Grass has served on the Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council where he led as chair for several years. He established the Grass-Reid Endowed Scholarship, and the Grass/Reid Student Collaboration Space in the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center is named in recognition of his generous support. Originally from Queens, New York City and Long Island, Grass now resides in Cincinnati Ohio.
Holly Horn '83
Holly Horn is the chief surveillance oﬃcer of public finance for Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation, formerly known as Financial Security Assurance Inc. Assured Guaranty is the leading provider of ﬁnancial guaranty insurance. Previously, she was with Financial Security Assurance Inc. and Ernst & Young. Horn graduated from BGSU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in education/social studies and received a Master of Health Administration from the George Washington School of Business in Washington, D.C. Horn served as a commencement speaker for BGSU in 2016.
David Levey '71
Levey is a retired executive vice president with Forest City Enterprises Inc., an $8 billion, publicly traded real estate ﬁrm based in Cleveland. His responsibilities were in the residential, multifamily group, where he handled acquisition and development activities in the eastern part of the country. In his 26 years with Forest City, Levey’s duties also included syndication of public housing projects and development and construction of hotel properties. A nationally recognized expert in Historic Adaptive Reuse Development, he has been responsible for historic redevelopment in Philadelphia; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Dallas, collaborating closely with the National Park Service to accomplish these urban redevelopment projects. Prior to joining Forest City, Levey was executive director of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. A frequent speaker at national conferences, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1971.
C. Raymond Marvin ’60, ’17 (Hon.)
A private investor in the telecommunications field, Ray Marvin graduated from BGSU in 1960 with a liberal arts degree. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan and embarked on a successful career that included serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Corps, Ohio assistant attorney general, assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition and founding director of the National Association of Attorneys General.
While a student at BGSU, Marvin was a member of SICSIC, Omicron Delta Kappa, Falcon Marching Band, Forensics Team, Student Council and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Since 2010, he has supported students through the Ray Marvin Leadership Awards, which recognize outstanding leadership on campus and in the community, and in 2018 named the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of liberal arts from BGSU.
Mary Beth Pate ’00
Mary Beth Pate received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from BGSU in 2000. She is the Executive Director, Marketing & Philanthropy Communications at Cleveland Clinic. She has served as a guest speaker at many industrial conventions including the Association of National Advertisers, multiple Ohio Marketing Summits, and the HealthCare Strategy Institute and at the CM World Cleveland Clinic Health Summit. As a student, Pate was a member of Delta Gamma and served on the Panhellenic Council. She currently lives in Cleveland and sits on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio.
John Riedl '65
John Riedl graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. After three years with Leo Burnett advertising, he joined ABC Television in the stations division. He spent 28 years at ABC with stints at WLS-TV in Chicago, New York national sales and 22 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles as general sales manager. He then spent 10 years as vice president of West Coast sales for Metro Networks before retiring. Riedl was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving two terms as president. Recently, as a member of the class of 1965 50th reunion committee, John provided a generous lead gift for the Changing Lives for the World campaign, supporting the new Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center building, the future home of the Schmidthorst College of Business opening in 2020, as well as generous support for the Falcon Club and the School of Media and Communication. Riedl served as president of a self-managed home owner’s association at his second home in Big Bear Lake in California for 14 years before joining the BGSU Foundation Board.
Anthony Rucci ’72, ’76, ’78
Anthony (Tony) Rucci is Clinical Professor of Management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He joined the OSU faculty in 2006 following a 25-year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies: Baxter International, as SVP of corporate strategy; Sears Roebuck and Co., as EVP and chief administrative officer and Chairman, Sears Mexico; and most recently, Cardinal Health, as President of strategic corporate resources and Chief Administrative Officer. He has also been Dean of the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current teaching and consulting activities focus on the areas of Leadership and Strategy Execution. He also maintains an active pro bono advising practice with not-for-profit organizations. He has endowed a number of student scholarships through the BGSU Foundation.
Rucci received a BS in psychology in 1972, an MA in industrial psychology in 1976 and a Ph.D. in industrial psychology in 1978 – all from BGSU. As a student, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Antaean Society, Sigma Xi and Delta Tau Delta.
Bonnie Sandman '77, '78
Bonnie Sandman holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from BGSU. She has provided consulting services to a wide range of public and private organizations in the U.s, U.K. and Canada. Her clients have been in manufacturing, steel, industrial casting, transportation, telecommunications, child protective services, electric utilities, health care, and police and fire departments. Work scope has included designing and implementing human resource systems for employee selection and promotion, attitude surveys for organizational diagnosis, employment selection interviewing, and individual assessment for management selection. Sandman also conducts “individual assessments” for career guidance (young adults 17 to 35 years of age), choice of major, and career change assessment for adults seeking occupational change or re-entry into the workforce.
Sandman is a member of the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary Society, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Houston Area Industrial/Organizational Psychologists. She has taught courses at St. Thomas University, Bowling Green State University, University of Maryland (U.K.), and Central Michigan University and has authored papers on job satisfaction, job stress, and employment testing. Dr. Sandman is a licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania). She has served on the St. Clair Hospital Foundation Board, and was president and board member of PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape) for nine years.
Thomas Shanklin '91
Tom Shanklin graduated from BGSU in 1991 with a BSBA in Marketing. Upon graduation, he joined his family’s business, a startup company in the State of Florida, Crestview Aerospace Corporation (CAC). With his leadership alongside his family, they took CAC from bankruptcy to the foremost aerospace subcontractor in the United States, employing over 1,300 people prior to selling to L-3 Communications in 2006. Currently, Shanklin is partner in Farran Realty Partners in Missoula, Montana as their Executive Vice President for Business Development. Farran specializes in developing luxurious mixed use, multi-family and student housing projects. He is involved as co-founder in two healthcare startups, Natura Health and Wellness Clinics and Ella Functional Medicine, both also based in Missoula. He manages his own investment company, Vertex Investments, and currently lives on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Shanklin is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and remains very active, serving on the Chapter Advisory Board. His father, Charles E. Shanklin ’51, chaired all three leadership boards at BGSU, including the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and Alumni Board, while remaining an avid supporter of BGSU and Sigma Chi throughout his life. Four of his five siblings also attended BGSU. There are currently multiple scholarship programs at University funded by the Shanklin Family. He loves to hunt, fly fish, and travel with family and friends.
Judith Sommers ’68, ’95
Judith Sommers has committed her life to the advancement of education, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1968 and a doctoral degree in school administration in 1995, both from Bowling Green State University. Her professional career includes nearly 40 years of experience in public education and higher education in Ohio and North Carolina. She has been published in several national journals, contributed a chapter on career counseling to a graduate textbook, and has presented workshops at a variety of national, state and local conferences.
Sommers’ commitment to education goes well beyond her professional career. She has been a strong advocate and active participant in the success of BGSU and BGSU Firelands. She served as a BGSU Alumni Board member and an alumni chapter leader, is a past president and member of the BGSU Firelands Advisory Board and past chair and member of the BGSU Firelands Development Board. Sommers has received the BGSU Community Service Award and the BGSU Alumni Service Award.
Karol Spencer '79
Karol Spencer is retired as Director of Pupil Personnel, Sandusky County Educational Service Center and was previously an elementary school principal. She received a bachelor of science in elementary education from Edinboro University and a master of science in education administration from BGSU in 1979. Spencer joined BGSU’s Pro-Musica society in 2002 where she served as president, led the 25th anniversary celebration of the Moore Musical Arts Building in 2005, and co-chaired Pro-Musica’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2008. She has served on the College of Arts and Sciences Advocates board and received the College of Musical Arts Dean’s Exemplary Service Award in 2011 and 2017.
Arthur Tuttle '80, '81
Art Tuttle is retired as Executive Director -Retailer Financial Services & Shared Services for American Greetings in Cleveland. He previously worked at Pilkington Glass in Toledo, and Marathon Oil in Findlay. He taught corporate finance at BGSU after receiving his MBA in 1981. He had earned his bachelor of science in business and finance from BGSU in 1980.
As a student, he was a member of the Stock Market Club, Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honor society, and received the Financial Executive Institute Award given to the outstanding senior Finance major. He recently served on the BGSU Athletics Leadership Council from 2016-2019. His spouse and two sons are all Falcon alumni.
Carol Ware '78
Carol Ware received a Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism/Advertising from BGSU. Following an early career in publishing and public relations in the private sector, she retired from the State of Ohio Department of Medicaid as the Health Equity Administrator, after 30 years of service. Ware has a passion for community service and has served on several boards. While employed with the State of Ohio, she served as a board member for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Additionally, she serves as financial secretary for the Delta Foundation of Greater Columbus; as secretary for the Traditions at Rocky Fork Board of Directors and for nine years on the National Executive Board for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ware was a member of the BGSU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2013- 2021 and served as board chair in 2018-2019. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Carol lives in Westerville, OH and serves on the board of trustees and is choir director at the Second Baptist Church in Columbus.
Michael Winner '85
Michael Winner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from BGSU in 1985 and now serves as president of commercial lines for Grange Insurance. As president, Winner is responsible for the overall growth and proﬁtability of the company’s commercial lines, including product development, underwriting management, risk control and operations. Prior to his move to Grange in 2014, he served as president of Liberty Mutual’s Mid-Atlantic Region for business insurance and was responsible for managing an eight-state regional insurance operation with nearly $700 million in commercial premium. He is immediate past chairman of the leadership council of The Griﬃth Insurance Education Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. He and his family reside in Maineville, Ohio.
Past Board Members
Sara Jane DeHoff
James Hodge III
E. William Ingram III
J. Michael McGuire
John Moore Jr.
Theresa Popp Braun
Hugh Smith Jr.
R. Max Williamson
Updated: 09/22/2022 12:05PM