College of Health and Human Services Leadership Council holds fall meeting

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Pictured (L-R) Front Row: Jessica Miller Blakely, Paula Davis, Dave Subleski, Dean Marie Huff and Associate Director of Development Meredith Olson

Back Row: Sue Houston, Tom Stofac, Associate Dean Melissa Burek, Associate Dean Nancy Orel, Karla Jones, Kelley Recker, Doris Herringshaw, Hans Schmalzried and Brian Shulman

The College of Health and Human Services’ Leadership Council held their fall meeting on October 14. Four new members (Frank Iarossi, Hans Schmalzried, Kelley Recker and Brian Shulman) joined the 12 returning members of the council. The goal of the Leadership Council is for members to support the college in its continual quest for excellence by sharing their expertise and insights, and to help promote the college’s outstanding programs and students. Members also provide a sounding board for the Dean as well as assistance with stewardship, college projects, recruitment of students, securing internship sites and community engagement activities.

During the meeting, members enjoyed poster presentations from two outstanding students (Sarah Pilkington, CDIS and Ashley Meehan, PAH) who received college funding to facilitate research projects over the summer. Meehan presented on HIV/AIDS and students’ knowledge about the disease and Pilkington presented on voice issues among BGSU student teachers. Dr. Mamta Ojha (social work faculty) also presented on behalf of social work student Alana Marsh, who studied the impact of fostering on biological children in the same family.

“We are so appreciative of our Leadership Council members’ time and commitment to our college,” Dean Huff said. “Engaging our external friends and stakeholders enhances our awareness of the needs of our communities, and helps to ensure that we are graduating competent and knowledgeable professionals who are making a positive difference.”