2017 Alumni Award - TOM ULLOM '93
Tom Ullom began his career in federal law enforcement in 1993 and has worked investigations related to domestic and international drug trafficking, fugitive apprehension and various complex fraud schemes. He has served in the U.S. Marshal’s Service, as a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. In 2011, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Chicago Regional Investigations and in June 2015 to special agent in charge in the same region. He currently leads an office conducting fraud, safety and hazardous materials investigations in 11 states relating to various transportation systems.
2016 Alumni Award - Dr. Susan Wajert '76
Dr. Susan Wajert is president of Mercy College of Toledo, a health-care focused college with about 1,200 students. Since assuming the presidency in 2014, she has led the college through a successful restructuring and strategic planning process. She is responsible for strategic, operational and educational activities for the college. Dr. Wajert graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, later earning an M.B.A. from The University of Toledo and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute from Norwich University. Before joining Mercy College, she served as dean of Health Sciences for Mount St. Joseph University, Chancellor of Trinity College of Nursing, and associate academic dean for program development at Defiance College.
2015 Alumni Award - Beth Rudloff ’84
Beth Rudloff was appointed chief operating officer of UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in Orlando, Fla., in February 2011. UF Health Cancer Center is a fully integrated statewide cancer treatment and research program with University of Florida Health that provides cancer care to more than 80,000 patients. Prior to becoming chief operating officer, she was the chief nursing officer for Orlando Regional Medical Center. Rudloff previously served in other leadership positions for the health care organization including chief quality officer, director of Care Management, and executive director of Healthchoice. She holds a master’s degree in business administration specializing in health care administration from Northcentral University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Certified Nurse Executive – Advanced. She serves on the board of directors for Shepherd’s Hope and J4 leaders.
2014 Alumni Award – Jessica Miller-Blakely ’97, ’13
Jessica Miller-Blakely has served as a licensed nursing home administrator since 2001, most recently as the licensed nursing home administrator, Healthcare Facility, for the Bowling Green Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. She brings a service-oriented perspective to her facility while still creating a home-like feeling for her residents.
A lifelong resident of Wood County, Miller-Blakely has worked for several facilities within the county. Her research and areas of interest include: the psychosocial benefits of animal-assisted activities on the quality of life of long-term care residents; administration in long-term care; the aging process of individuals with development disabilities, and the health, nutrition and biology of aging.
Miller-Blakely served as an adjunct faculty member in the BGSU gerontology program. In addition, she is active in her community, serving on the boards of Wood Lane Residential Properties, the Bowling Green Skating Club, the Bowling Green Rotary Club Board of Directors, and Bowling Green Rotary International.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology from BGSU and her Master of Science in interdisciplinary gerontology from BGSU in December 2013.
2013 Alumni Award – Thomas Stofac ’81
Tom Stofac is chief executive officer of the Ohio Masonic Home, an aging services company that serves nearly 750 residents on campuses in Springfield, Waterville and Medina, Ohio. They also provide community-based services to more than 1,700 clients in various locations across the state.
With 30 years of experience in the long-term care industry, Stofac is known as a visionary leader, strong strategic facilitator, innovative thinker and a cultural change agent. As the top executive for the Ohio Masonic Home, he is responsible for the long-term guidance, direction and success of the organization. Prior to joining the company in April 2011, Stofac was the president of Stofac Consulting, LLC. Previously he was president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. He has also served the senior care industry in Minnesota, Massachusetts and North Dakota.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Stofac earned his bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Bowling Green State University.