Foundation Board


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R. Max Williamson '59

Position:  Chair

Max Williamson is the former president and chief operating officer of Scottsdale Insurance Company where he also served as chairman of the board. Prior to joining Scottsdale, a subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance Company, he was president and chief executive officer of ACCEL International Corporation. A 1959 graduate of the College of Business, Williamson previously served on the BGSU Foundation Board from 1995-1997 and 2005-2010, the BGSU Alumni Association Board, and the College of Business Dean’s Council. He is also a generous supporter of the University with the Max Williamson Scholarship and gifts across campus including the College of Business, Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Athletics. Williamson resides in Dublin, Ohio.

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Michael E. Kuhlin '68

Position:  Chair-Elect

Mike Kuhlin is the former senior director of corporate relations for SBC/Ameritech in Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism-public relations in 1968 from Bowling Green State University. As a student, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society; and was selected as the Outstanding Greek Man in 1968. He received the BGSU Distinguished Service Award. Kuhlin previously served on the Foundation Board of Directors from 2006 to 2010.  He is currently serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Council and is a member of The Presidents Club. He and his late wife, Sara, were Falcon Flames. The Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center is named in recognition of their financial support. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the School of Media and Communication and opened in the Fall of 2016.

David A. Bryan

Position: Immediate Past Chair

David Bryan is a partner with the Toledo law firm of Wasserman, Bryan, Landry and Honold, LLP. Before his legal career, he taught in Toledo Public Schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1969 from Muskingum College and his juris doctor degree in 1976 from the University of Toledo. Bryan previously served on the BGSU Board of Trustees, the Advocates Board for the College of Arts and Sciences and as the chair of the School of Art's Medici Circle. In 2009, Bryan was recognized as an Honorary Alumnus of the University. He has previously been active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio, receiving its HERO Award in the Business and Labor category. He is a former director of Mid American National Bank and Trust Co. and Sky Financial Group Inc., the holding company for Sky Bank. He and his wife, Myrna, are recognized in The Presidents Club and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio

Eugene "Gene" A. Novak '74

Treasurer/Chair, Financial Affairs Committee

Eugene “Gene” Novak is chief financial officer of Dwellworks and is responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting, and the oversight of the administrative, human resources and information technology functions. Founded in 2007, Dwellworks has more than 30 years of experience, leadership and service in the relocation and real estate industries. Before joining Dwellworks, he was chief financial officer and executive vice president for SIRVA Relocation. He began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co., is a certified public accountant and a member of various professional organizations. Novak earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from John Carroll University and earned a master’s degree in accounting from BGSU in 1974. He is a board member of Project Love, a character-building education and training organization. He and wife, Robin, have supported the Excellence Fund for BGSU. They reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.


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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.

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Craig Anderson '79


Craig Anderson is the Global Director of Marketing and Sales, Oil & Gas-Engineering & Services for the Gates Corporation in Houston, Texas. Gates Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer of power transmission belts and a premier global manufacturer of fluid power products. Craig earned a bachelor’s of science in construction technology from Bowling Green State University in 1979. As a student, he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He served on the BGSU Alumni Board from 1992 – 1998.  

Emerick Corsi '72


Emerick Corsi is president of Forest City Enterprises Real Estate Services. He has been with the company for 35 years dividing his time between leasing, asset management, development and third-party business. In his career, he has overseen the development of more than 13 million feet of shopping centers across the United States. As a 1972 graduate of BGSU, with a degree in Business Administration/Advertising, Corsi was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. In 2014, he was honored as an outstanding BGSU Alumnus. He also received a master’s degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. Corsi is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute, has taught at the ICSC Executive Learning Series level, is a former member of the ICSC's CenterBuild Advisory Board, and served on the Advisory Board of central Michigan's Undergraduate Real Estate Program. He and his wife, Donna, live in Novelty, Ohio.

Alicia Fernandez Mott
Alicia Fernandez-Mott ’82


Alicia Fernandez-Mott is former chief of the Division of Seasonal Farmworker Programs, Employment and Training Administration for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. From 1991 until her retirement in 2006, she managed job training programs for migrant workers across the nation and developed and monitored performance standards and financial management of funds to state governments, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Additionally, in 2003, Alicia was asked to work in the Dallas Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor as director, Office of Discretionary Programs, director of Systems Support. She returned in 2009-10 as team lead and primary technical adviser to all Department of Labor American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grantees, specifically addressing regulatory and reporting requirements. Prior to her Department of Labor Service, Alicia was the director of Rural Opportunities Inc., a statewide organization providing training and services to farmworkers and other economically disadvantaged youth and adults.

Alicia received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1982. In 2014, she received the Academy of Distinguished Alumni award from the University. She and her husband, Dr. Charles Mott, reside in Dayton.

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Jan Heppe '74

Position:  Chair – Nominating and Governance Committee

A 1974 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in home economics, Jan Heppe recently retired as president of Burberry for the Americas, which experienced substantial growth with her leadership. She previously served as vice president of stores for Burberry USA following leadership in the retail industry including serving as senior vice president and director of stores for Loehmanns. She previously served on the Alumni Association Board.

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Holly Horn '83


Holly Horn is the Chief Surveillance Officer, 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.

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Richard Kappel Jr. '69


Richard Kappel Jr. is the retired president of Advanced Computer Systems in Dayton. Kappel graduated from BGSU in 1969 with a bachelor’s in business and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Kappel is also a member of the Falcon Club and has active memberships in both the Dayton and Southwest Florida Alumni Chapters. He will inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Hall of Fame in April 2015. The family has continued the BGSU tradition with Kappel’s daughter, Kimberly, graduating from the University in 1993. Richard Kappel III received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Outside of the University, Kappel has also been involved with the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. Kappel and his wife, Alicia, live in Xenia, Ohio.

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Charles "Charlie" Kowal '75


Charlie Kowal graduated from BGSU in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and earned a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University. He joined Ernst & Young following his graduation from law school and rose through the ranks to partner before retiring. While at BGSU, he was a member of Sigma Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa and pitched for two years on the BGSU baseball team.

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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, Va.; 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.  

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Mitch McLeod '85


Mitch McLeod is chairman and founder of ARCOS LLC. His focus is on the company's long-range business plan and overseeing the company's executive committee. Before becoming chairman, McLeod was president and CEO from 2006 through 2011. Prior to founding ARCOS LLC in 2005, McLeod was president and founder of McLeod & Associates Ltd. This consulting firm, founded in 1993, specialized in the design, development, implementation and support of complex software applications for Fortune 1000 companies and state and local government. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from BGSU in 1985. He and his wife, Julie, are Falcon Flames. She earned her degree in social work from BGSU in 1985. They have established the Mitch McLeod Scholarship in Mathematics. They reside in Naples, Florida and Columbus, Ohio.

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C. Ray Mullins '74, '77


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.  

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Valerie Newell '75


Valerie Newell is the Chairman of Mariner Wealth Advisors-Cincinnati, where she serves as a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager. Mariner Cincinnati is a SEC registered investment advisor managing investment assets of $3 billion for high net worth individuals and families and was ranked the #1 financial advisor in the state of Ohio by Barron’s for the last three years. Valerie's particular specialty is investment asset management and financial planning.  She works primarily with business executives, entrepreneurs and multi generational families.

Valerie received a Bachelor of Business Administraton 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 Woman’s swim team and a letterman. The Varsity BG club honored Valerie as a Silver Letter Winner in 2005. 

Valerie 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 this 3 board service, 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 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.

Valerie resides in Cincinnati (technically on the Ohio river in Covington, Ky) 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. 

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Christina “Tina” Norton '79


Tina Norton earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from BGSU in 1979, a law degree from Georgetown University in 1989, and a Master's of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in 2012. While a student, Norton worked at WBGU-FM and WFAL-AM. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the Society of Professional Journalists and Women in Communications. She and her husband, John Biek, also an attorney, have established the Norton & Biek Scholarship at BGSU. She currently works as a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Norton and Biek reside in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Thomas Orchard '75


Thomas Orchard is Senior Vice President, Investments, for UBS Wealth Management in Columbus, a Senior Portfolio Manager in the UBS Portfolio Management Program and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He received a bachelor's degree in business in 1975 from Bowling Green State University. He served on the National Campaign Steering Committee for the Building Dreams capital campaign, the College of Arts and Sciences Advocates Board and The Presidents Club. He is married to Martha Anne (Zink) Orchard. They reside in Westerville, Ohio.

Don Poling '70 '72


Don Poling is a principal with Financial Management Partners, a multi-family office advisory firm. He joined FMP after a 36-year career as a partner at Deloitte where he specialized in providing income tax, financial and estate planning services. He is a double graduate from BGSU with a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. He also attended the Stanford AMP. As a student, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary, Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, and the World Student Association. While at BGSU, he was a resident advisor and participated in intramurals. He is member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and currently serves on the boards of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and the Cultural Festivals of St. Louis. He resides in St. Louis with his wife, Susan.

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Judith Pryor '85


Judith DelZoppo Pryor, a 1985 graduate with a bachelor of arts in interpersonal and public communication, is vice president for External Affairs at OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation), the U.S. Government’s development finance agency. Before being appointed to this position, she ran the global communications operation for WorldSpace Inc., a multi-billion dollar satellite radio start-up serving developing markets worldwide. Pryor held similar positions with COMSAT and Orion Network Systems, and began her career in the Washington, D.C. offices of Gray & Company, continuing with the firm after it was acquired by Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs.

Damon Ragusa ’89


Damon Ragusa is the CEO of, creator of the Abre open source school management software platform that provides a growing number of connected applications for administrators, staff, students and parents. Additionally, since September of 2016, he is executive in residence at CincyTech USA. One of the most active seed funds in the Midwest, CincyTech is supported by Ohio Third Frontier, more than two dozen foundations, corporations, municipalities and individuals as well as its founding partners, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Damon earned a bachelor’s of science in business administration degree from BGSU in 1989.

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John Riedl '65


Charlie John Riedl graduated from BGSU in 1965 with a bachelor of arts in marketing. He is a retired telecommunications consultant having spent a career in television sales and marketing management. Most recently he served as Director of TV Advertising Sales & Marketing for Metro Networks in Los Angeles. While attending BGSU, John was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving a term as their president. Recently, as a member of the Class of 1965 50th reunion committee, John provided a lead gift for the campaign, making a $1 million commitment to BGSU. His generosity impacted a variety of areas on campus including student scholarships, the library, athletics and capital projects for the College of Business and School of Media and Communication.

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Thomas Shanklin '91


Russell Tom Shanklin is a 1991 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is a principal with Vertex Investments, LLC based out of Victor, Montana. As a student, Tom was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and continues to be an active supporter of the BGSU chapter today.

Mark Sirower '83


Dr. Mark Sirower is a principal at Deloitte Consulting in New York and U.S. leader of the firm’s merger and acquisition strategy practice. He has over 17 years of experience advising corporate and private equity clients in growth strategy and innovation, merger and acquisition strategy and process, target screening, commercial due diligence, valuation, investor relations, pre and post-close merger integration, and on governance issues related to merger and acquisition decisions. Mark received his bachelor of science in business administration and finance from BGSU in 1983, an MBA in finance and statistics from Indiana University and a PhD in strategic management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. As a student, he received a mascot letter as Freddie Falcon and was a member of the Falcon Marching Band. He served as a commencement speaker for BGSU in 2016. 

W. Russ Stewart '69


Russell “Russ” Stewart is managing director and president of Camargo Investment Management Ltd. in Cincinnati. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from BGSU in 1969 and an MBA in Finance in 1977 from Xavier University. He serves on Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board in Cincinnati. He and his wife, Dawn, are Falcon Flames. She is a retired high school business education teacher. They have gifts to BGSU in support of the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Development, The Excellence Fund for BGSU, and the Gilbert and Lottie Cooke Fund.

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Christopher J. Wade '83


Chris Wade is a senior vice president and residential loan officer with Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, a commercial, community and investment management firm. He supervises all loan processes and loan officers. He is a member of the American Bankers Association, the Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade, the American Institute of Banking and the Institute of Certified Bankers. Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in 1983 in interpersonal/public Communications from Bowling Green State University. As a student, he was a tour guide and is currently a member of The Presidents Club. He was a 2008 Accomplished Graduate for the College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Dean's Circle. He has established the Wade Family Scholarship and has a bequest benefitting the Excellence Fund for BGSU. He participated in the pre-campaign consultants' survey interviews in August of 2012. Wade resides in W. Somerville, Mass.

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Daniel White '73


Daniel White is the CEO of Norwalk Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end custom upholstery selling to a national and increasingly international market. White was formerly president of Geotrac, one of the largest flood zone mapping companies in the United States and the first in its industry to open an operations center in India. Following the successful sale of Geotrac, White formed the Geotrac Foundation. In 1973, White earned his bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in French. He went on to receive a master’s degree in geography in 1974. White is also a member of the Firelands Development Board, and received an Accomplished Graduate Award from Firelands College.  

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.